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Breathtaking Photos Capture Loss and Hope in the Age of Climate Change

Dust Storm, Rajasthan, India, 1983 © Steve McCurry

Bear One, Devon Island, Canadian Arctic, 2008 © Sebastian Copeland

Constant industrial developments and a significant increase in the consumption of Earth’s resources over the last few decades have resulted in environmental disasters that continue to negatively impact the our climate today. Now more than ever, environmental issues are at the center of social and political debates all over the world.

Artists and journalist alike have directed their lens towards this pressing issue and documented the causes and the effects of climate change all over the world. In the hopes of raising more awareness, Lucie Foundation collaborated with The Royal Photographic Society of Thailand and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre to present the exhibition Beyond the Air We Breathe. Featuring over 80 of the world’s most accomplished and renowned photographers, including Steve McCurry, Sebastian Copeland, and James Nachtwey, the exhibition aims to highlight the astonishing stories of photographers dedicated to the protection of the environment.

These Photos of Plants in Greenhouses Look Like Paintings

Plants have historically had a significant presence in visual arts, from the vibrant flowers in Monet’s paintings to the still and colder photographs of Karl Blossfeldt. And while the meaning and significance might have changed from one artist to the next, plants have always been a subject through which to communicate a larger message about nature, and sometimes, humanity.

Inside of a greenhouse in March 2015, the photographer Samuel Zeller found what would become a body of work that now spans over three years and several countries. In his latest photo book, Botanical, published at Hoxton Mini Press, the photographer looks at exotic plants enclosed in the warmth and protection of European greenhouses.

How One Photographer-Turned-Entrepreneur Is Changing the Industry

Joshua Kissi’s Squarespace Website

One of the great things about the rise of the Internet, and social media especially, is that it gave young and independent creators access to a global audience. Photographer Joshua Kissi was able to create a career for himself in part because of his online influence, and he now stands as one of the pioneers in the business of creativity in the digital age.

Along with his high school friend Travis Gumbs, Kissi created Street Etiquette, a lifestyle blog focusing on black men’s style. Since its launch, the platform has evolved into a creative agency, and Kissi has made a name for himself in the industry. His work has appeared in publications worldwide, and he has teamed up with leading brands around the globe. With his stock photo company TONL, the Ghanian-American photographer directs his efforts towards reshaping the stock imagery industry into one that is more culturally diverse and inclusive.

As a photographer with a portfolio as extended as it is diverse, it was important for Kissi to build a website that reflected the range of his work. Thanks to Squarespace and their beautiful website templates, the photographer was able to show off his work in an organized and visually appealing way. Kissi also set up an online store, allowing him to sell prints directly to his audience.

Squarespace is a website builder that offers stunning layouts for photographers and visual artists like Joshua. Known for their clean and striking approach to web design, they make it easy to create a website without the hassle of coding. We talked to the photographer about his business, his photography, and the online platform he created to showcase it all.

This Photographer Captures the Beauty and Uniqueness of Marginalized Communities

New York based photographer Justin French captures people and their beauty in a raw and beautiful way, usually directing his lens towards those whose identities are created by the intersections of different experiences, making their very existence inherently political.

Current sociopolitical events have shifted the way many people were thinking about the world and the way they were living in it, which resulted in many artists voicing their concerns and disagreements with the way governments and other institutions have operated in the past and are operating today. As a way to contribute to the conversation and maybe just as a natural reaction to his environment, the message and significance behind a lot of Justin’s work can be traced back to a lot of the sociocultural issues of his time. Issues of racism, police brutality and the representation of LGBTQ folks are therefore things that Justin speaks about with his work, sometimes even unconsciously. The photographer explores race and gender through portraits telling the stories of fictional and surreal-looking characters living in worlds in which their identities and the way they express it do not hold as much weight and gravity as it does in ours. Still, many of the stories Justin tells remain reflective of the real-life experiences of many, making his photographs even more compelling.

We asked Justin French about his work, the messages behind it and the necessity for artists to create work reflective of the times they live in.

This Haitian Photographer Captures Marginalized Communities with Hyper-Realist Portraiture

Kòktèl (2017)

PETWO (2016)

 

Haitian photographer Zarita Zevallos takes a particular interest in identities, communities and their place in the world we live in today.

Through hyper-realist portraiture with a strong focus on colours, contrasts and shapes, the photographer captures her subjects in a way that makes them appear otherworldly, stately and powerful.

In an age where an increasing number of black artists are finally starting to have the spaces, resources and support to create works reflective of their own stories, the New York based photographer makes it a point to use her art to highlight unique individuals and how the community they live in interacts with them.

Originally from Haiti, the influence of her Haitian culture and heritage can be felt in Zarita’s work, especially in her series “PETWO”, in which she gives her visual interpretation of the Haitian voodoo cultures and traditions who, as Westernization increased in the country, have slowly been vilified and demonized.

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