Some may say it’s quite the phenomenon. I only shoot commercial and editorial fashion and I seem to make a living out of it without shooting weddings, families, babies or seniors. I don’t live in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles and I don’t travel like George Clooney in the film “Up In The Air.” The number one question I’m asked on a daily basis: “Clay, how do I get more paying clients?”
One does not often associate violent protests and the threat of sniper fire with portrait studios. However, photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s recent portraits of protestors and fighters in Kiev, Ukraine make us question this apparent disconnect. Taylor-Lind's stunning and revealing portraits were taken with a medium-format film camera between outbursts of violence, documenting the men and women fighting for their freedom in Kiev.
Does photography have the power to radically change and improve lives? Brooke Shaden, one of the most successful contemporary fine art photographers around today thinks so. Brooke has a single-minded goal to help others through photography - and she’s only got 23 days left to do make her plan a reality.
One of the cool things about this video is how it encapsulates the creative process. Commercial photographer Trent Bell was motivated by his personal experiences to produce a series of large-scale portraits of prison inmates, against a backdrop of handwritten letters they wrote to their younger selves. The REFLECT project video walks us through shoot day, post-production, showing, and veiwer reactions.
Lilli Waters is a freelance photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her series “ANJA” features young women, often partially nude, in a mix of natural and domestic settings. Her subjects appear vulnerable, with faces often obscured or turned from the camera. Waters says the series is a “celebration and journey of femininity. ANJA means graceful, compassionate and kind, the way I see these women, my female peers.”
Publications allowing individual photographers access to their Instagram accounts is an increasingly common practice, and helps to foster a more intimate look at a photographer’s process. For example, Time Magazine allowed several photographers access to its Instagram account after Hurricane Sandy, enabling the magazine to update its almost 600k followers in real time.
Katerina Bodrunova is a self-educated Russian photographer who began photographing in 2009. Her work is striking and magical, often featuring subjects who defy gravity or seem effortlessly unaffected by their surroundings. The Underwater Tango series, featured in this post, is a brilliant example of her unique style. The fantastic series features a young man and woman in classic tango stances, seemingly unfazed by the water around them.
Few months back we featured the incredible and unique rock climbing photos of Seattle-based photographer Kiliii Fish. This week Kiliii finished his newest photo series he worked on for a long time - this time survival was the theme. The results? Nothing short of epic. In this interview he explains the whole process and reveals how he shot and edited it all.
Day in and day out I see images that raise the question; what is the photographer truly trying to convey in the photograph? In fashion photography, editorial story-telling is commonplace, but you must have a strong foundation for that to manifest properly in your image. Forget the lighting, focus or pose, first you need to question the frame.
Kate Upton? Bikini? ZERO GRAVITY? Sports Illustrated just keeps giving me more and more reasons to not read anything about sports. Now don’t get me wrong, Kate Upton is a beauty but these images, on the other hand, are mediocre. Out of focus, multiple white balances, and even some weird facial expressions going on with people in the background. Overall, I am not sure how I feel about the shoot.
Flawless models and perfect-looking celebrities are all around us. We see their perfect bodies on magazine covers and their smooth skin on ads and billboards. Girls today grow up having a distorted view on what 'Beauty' really is, and many of them aspire to look like the photoshopped version of the famous people they love - flawless and perfect. Check out this video of 'real' women react to being photoshopped into cover girls with flawless bodies and perfect skin, the way they always wanted to look like.
This is just the perfect series of photographs to share on Valentine's day. Suzanne Heintz’s series, "Life Once Removed," was born of frustration; a frustration with the perception that as a single adult woman her time was continually running out and that she was somehow abnormal or missing out by not having a ring on her finger.
Setting aside the runny noses, forget the frozen fingers and the frostbitten toes, and the winter season can lend itself to some pretty magical photos. Personally, and I’m sure many of you will agree, it’s hard to find a willing subject and convince myself to drag my gear out when there is a blizzard. The truth is, if I could create a life-sized snow globe studio with central heating, I’d be a happy man. Well, I found an alternate solution.
Jeffrey Mckee is a Lawrence, KS-based photographer and a graphic designer for the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. His colorful portraits, created with Polaroid instant film, evoke a sense of dreamy playfulness.
Like so many 20th century processes, Polaroid photography is a format far less common than its digital counterparts. However, equipment and film for instant photography have been made more accessible in recent years.