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Homeless in Los Angeles: Michael Pharaoh’s Photographs Capture Their Spirit

Friday 09.13.2013 , Posted by

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Los Angeles is a city that people either love or hate… and the world’s opinion of the place is just as polarized as the people who live there. While the city is known for its many rich and famous, it’s also know for the many downtrodden outcasts that live on its fringes. This isn’t a new trend either… authors like Jack Kerouac and Sterling Hayden spoke of the bizarre place with a sense of awed wonder, love and hate. When New Zealand based graphic artist and photographer Michael Pharoah recently visited America and found himself in Hollywood, his camera focused on the downtrodden in the iconic place. [Read more...]

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Captured in Mid-Air: This is What Small Birds Look Like in Flight

Wednesday 09.11.2013 , Posted by

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As I’m writing this I’m sitting on the lawn looking up at all kinds of birds in flight. Most are small song birds having a great time finding nuts, seeds and fruit all over the place. One just flew by carrying a large, shiny piece of aluminum foil in its beak… probably headed to make a cozy nest. Their movements are often so quick it’s hard to get a good look at them, but every once in a while they land long enough to get a good view: it’s never while they’re flying. Paul Nelson is creating a series of photos that helps us see birds better, using a portable high speed camera rig he designed himself to capture small birds in fascinating mid-flight. [Read more...]

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Hoarder Takes Photos of All Her Stuff in Separate Colors

Tuesday 09.10.2013 , Posted by

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Brooklyn-based photographer Sara Cwynar decided to have some fun and create a colorful series of photographs showing all her stuff… and she has a lot! A self-proclaimed hoarder, Cwynar has collected an eclectic selection of items throughout her lifetime. As she tells Featureshoot, “I save things everywhere I go and then when I am making work I have this huge repository of saved images and objects to pull from. My studio is just packed with stuff. It comes from everywhere, the garbage, scraps of images from other projects, flea markets, by the pound stores, my parents’ basement.” [Read more...]

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In Rock-Hard Focus: Make A DIY Concrete Camera

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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Move over, Holga. Images are quite literally set in stone with this concrete camera, made by New Zealand photography lover and Instructables user amuu. Through amuu’s charming tutorial, any budding photographer can transform ordinary cement into a fully-functioning pinhole camera, complete with tiny wooden shutter and film spool.  [Read more...]

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Sea Change: High and Low Tide from the Same Location

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by

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It’s one of those things that makes Earth special… but if you live at the equator you might not even notice it happening. The daily rise and fall of the tide can be pretty extreme in the far north or south, drawing sea water far up and down, and leaving large areas flooded and dry in the same day. Michael Marten has been studying the tides since 2003, capturing them with his camera in diptychs showing high and low tide from exactly the same location. [Read more...]

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Print Black & White Photos at Home with a Smartphone Based Enlarger

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by

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As you shoot photos with your snazzy new Samsung Galaxy or iPhone 5, do you secretly long for the days of darkroom printing? Do you almost exclusively use the Inkwell filter when posting on Instagram? Are you a Lomography collector? If you even remotely wanted to answer “yes” to one of those questions, than this potential new gadget could be your dream come true. Called the Enfojer, it’s an old/new school photographic enlarger that creates real-life black and white prints using only your smart phone as the light source. Simple. Brilliant. I want one. [Read more...]

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Photographer Hangs from Paris Buildings to Capture a New Perspective

Wednesday 09.04.2013 , Posted by

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Carlos Ayesta is an architechural photographer with a passion for the dangerous. He decided the world needed another perspective of Paris, so he strapped up and abseiled from buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, La Grande Arche de la Défense, the Center of New Industries and Technologies (CNIT), Tour EQHO and Tour Sequoia. As he traversed the buildings and hung down, he captured the City of Lights as few have seen it. [Read more...]

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Working Women in the First World War

Tuesday 09.03.2013 , Posted by

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World War Two’s Rosie the Riveter is an iconic figure of the era. Tough and capable, she is symbolic of women’s role in the conflict and their much needed work while men were off at war. World War One had no such figure, but equally strong women. [Read more...]

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Abstract Explosions in the Sky: Fireworks Shot with a Macro Lens

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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You know what they say about photographers – it’s not the equipment you have, it’s how you use it… or something like that. Nick Pacione has been using a macro lens to photograph something you’d really hope to be far, far away: fireworks. He captured the 4th of July show in his home Dallas Texas, creating images that often look more like a psychedelic acid trip or big bundles of balloons than explosions in the sky. [Read more...]

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A Photo Series on Fukushima Devistation, Taken Inside the Prohibited Area

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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Even though the shaking and waves ended many months ago, the threat of the Japan tsunami still looms large… but how much of that threat is in our heads and how much of it is real? In many ways the danger of Fukushima and the resulting radiation contamination is imperceptible, forcing a society struggling to exist in the wake of massive destruction to build personal boundaries based on their own judgment of risk. In this landscape there is no clear border and everything is a gray area. [Read more...]

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