Here is the much awaited second edition of our Facebook 1000 words showcase — the first of 2014 and sure to wow you!
We Are Juxt believes that mobile photographers/ artists tell stories through the photographs/ images and art that represents their families, their environment, themselves. This is important because of the level of communication that is portrayed in imaging today.
We want to support the mobile arts community by having a place for artists to share, discuss, and critique (if requested by individual). These dialogues help the individuals and the community to grow.
We look forward to you and your art. We thank you for your contribution to the mobile photography/ arts community. To submit your work click here.
My curation of these images was determined by the emotional appeal I felt at first glance and how, through their complex simplicity, all of these images, keep on giving. You’ll recognize the names of some of these well-established artists but there are a couple of new/emerging mobile visionaries in this mix. Their work continues to inspire me and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about their creative process.– Mansi Bhatia
“Madeleine” by Liam Fitzpatrick
Flickr // Instagram // Facebook
This is a photo of my wife, Madeleine. The original was a straightforward iPhone image, taken candidly in a dimly lit bar during a pensive moment. She is leaning back in the seat, resting her head on a wall, and, believe it or not, listening to my father-in-law on the phone.
I didn’t do anything with this image for quite some time, until I became interested, as many of us are, in more painterly edits of my work. When I began looking for images to treat in this way, I recalled this portrait and felt that her expression lent itself perfectly to an almost Medieval, icon-like edit (minus the phone she was holding of course).
The apps used were simply Retouch, Repix and DistressedFX.
“After Summer Comes the Fall” by Rebecca Cornwell
Twitter // Instagram
Originally shot for Hipstaroll week 98 with the Lucifer VI lens and C-type plate film.
I cropped and then ran the new image through the Decim8 app. In thinking about aging–which I do a lot now–the emerging darkness made me think of mortality and approaching the end of our lives. I added the fall leaves from an additional shot in Superimpose.
“Re birth” by Emma Amar
Facebook // Instagram // EyeEm
I love trying new styles, new apps for working different types of edits. This pic interpretation is called “re birth.” For my process, I used “standby” for the shot. I chose two pics and adjusted with “oggl” for the filter, then went into “Paintfx”, blended my two pictures together and lastly added “afterlight” dusty et voilà … It was my moody day!
“Metropolis” by Cedric Blanchon
IPA // Instagram // Flickr // Facebook
I used Noir, Blender and Decim8 apps. I made a series of pictures of me with tree branches blended in my skin. It has been finalized with Decim8 and the look of this photo reminds me of Robot Metropolis of Fritz Lang.
“A Silent Conversation with Myself” (part of the “Stop Whispering” series) by Natali Prosvetova
Website // Facebook // IPA // Twitter // Eyeem // Pinterest // Flickr // Instagram
Backstory: Since I didn’t set a formal date for the my shoot, I could not foresee some things, such as a low light. I have a number of different reasons to shoot some of my pics using the Slow shutter app. A huge bonus of shooting via Slow shutter is that it really allows to shoot in very low light. On the other hand, any kind of camera shake or just slight movement will blur your shot. So, if you do not want to get this, you should use your tripod! But, experimenting with intentional camera movement using slow shutter is another great creative way to turn your pics into lovely pieces of art, since motion blur can be very artistic. Some such images are included in my “Stop Whispering” series. I guess, it is undeniable that they did good work on me! It was my very first shooting with this model and I was unsure about the features. So, I allowed myself to fool around, just “play”, by telling the stories, which could help to create the right mood and help the model. I have to say, that finally I was more than pleased with the result.Some additional images captured in the same way are also included in the rest of my “Stop Whispering” series.
“Rays of the Sun” by Dilshad Corleone
Website // Instagram // Flickr // Twitter // Facebook
The photo was taken during the In a Day Worldwide Shoot, organised by WeAreJuxt. That day, actually, I had a long hospital appointment and very little time to shoot, three hours or so in-between the two appointments. It was around 6:50 a.m. … not a single cloud and a beautiful sun. Hats are always something that intrigue me, so as soon I saw the gentleman I was all over him. I followed him for a while then I shot two different ones: this one was taken directly with the sun behind him. I was trying to create a silhouette, never expected all these wonderful rays and glares.
For the editing, the usual suspects: snapseed, VSCOcam, biglens and Filterstorm.
“May You Dance Through This Holiday Season With Joy” by Heather McAlister
Instagram // Flickr
While we’ve seen media coverage of the polar vortex in much of the northern U.S., California has remained in a state of perpetual summer. These things worry and sadden me. “With luck, it might even snow for us,” from Haruki Murakami’s After Dark, is the passage that I originally posted with this image. When choosing photos to blend, images to create, I draw from the emotions that I find difficult to translate in our everyday existence. This is my prayer for rain, snow, and all things balanced in nature. Dancing self-portrait taken on a tripod with a timer in Slowshutter, automatic setting, 0.5 shutter speed. Background taken on a visit to Yosemite last February with Hipstamatic, BlackeysSupergrain and Tinto1884. Images merged using Blender. Texture/snow noise added in Mextures.
Co-founded by Amy Leibrand (@_thisspace_) and Daniel Colvin (CS Gallery), EXPOSURE: A Mobile Photography Exhibition is a juried exhibit held each March at CS Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The first exhibit in 2013 was a resounding success despite a power outage during the opening reception that fittingly left patrons to view the artworks by the light of their smartphones.
Dates for the 2014 exhibit are set for March 15 – 26, 2014, with the opening reception 7-10 pm, Saturday, March 15.
The annual exhibit features the work of 60 new and acclaimed artists — split about evenly between Ohio and global artists – whose diverse views and voices are expressed through mobile devices. EXPOSURE illustrates the limitless possibilities of mobile art, shatters preconceived notions about the genre, and demonstrates that a desire to push boundaries can spark a global movement to redefine photography.
Ohioans: Adam Elkins | @bigmanjapan Amy Hafner | @amysreflections Caroline Kraus | @blurry_st Chad Cochran | @cowtownchad Christen McFarland | @Xris10 Christina Mayberry | @mayberrygirl1999 Donna Estep | @donnaestep Emily Rush | @ulterior_images Eve Hermann | @eveher Gwenn Danae | @uponadaydreamer Hannah Conley Jared Gibbons | @jaredsgibbons Jay Ross | @jayross1979 Jenn Brewster Jennifer Bender | @JennBender Jimmy Balough | @jimmybalough Justin Fitch | @photofitch Kate Sweeney | @kate_sweeney Lindsey Hogle | @linzho Mark Koenig | @unikoen Megan Corwin | @megancorwin Melanie Schmitt | @maschmitt15 Nicholas Carron | @njcarron Patrick McColgan | @mccpaddy Sue Milling | @suemilling Tim Courlas | @durtball Vanessa Langhurst | @venus2828 Vickie Nelson W.E. Arnold | @wearnold Yana Mikho-Misho | @mikhomisho
The Rest of the World: Ale Di Gangi | @ale2000 | Italy Barbara duBois | USA Caroline MacMoran | USA Cathrine Halsor | Norway Cindi Hobgood | @cindihobgood | USA Cristian Margarita | @Frelu | Italy Dani Salvadori | @danisalvadori | England Dewey Thomas | @deweythomas_sf | USA Fiona Christian | England Gianluca Ricoveri | Italy Gizem Karayavuz | @gizemkarayavuz | Turkey Glenn Homann | @soul_engine | Australia Heather McAlister | @poppybay | USA Helge Jorgensen | @helgejorgensen | Denmark Jacqueline Gaines | USA Jade (Brooks) French | England Janine Graf | @janine1968 | USA Jeanette Serrat | USA Jen L. Phillips | @eelnej | USA Jennifer Bracewell | @jenbeez | USA Lanie Heller | @Momma2maxh | USA Lisa Waddell | @lisamjw | USA Mel Harrison | @MahoganyTurtle | Australia Michelle Robinson | @michmutters | Australia Paul Brown | @skipology | England Rinkey Boleman | USA Roger Guetta | @draman | Canada Stephane Arnaud | @frommywindows | France Veevs Hanson | @Veevs | England Whiispa | @whiispa | Australia
A Journey in The Surreal World of Cedric Blanchon by Dilshad Corleone
Cedric Blanchon “displays incredible dexterity as a traditional photographer whose imagination and skill with apps seems to have no boundaries. His strong personal messages are cryptic, disturbing, thought-provoking, and sometimes even witty.” The surreal seems to be the driving force behind Blanchon’s photos, each and every photo of his can be read in many different ways, for they are intricately embedded with an intrinsic meaning, or that is what I feel. I was truly honored when Cedric accepted my interview request. He is the man of the moment, and yet he is one humble, down to earth person that you will ever meet, so without much a do, Ladies and Gentlemen, please do welcome the winner of the 2013 Mobile Photography Award Grand Prize: Cedric Blanchon!
Henry, portrait of a cereal killer
DC- You are the man of the moment, and I am incredibly honoured to be able to interview you here! I came across your photo much before your great win at the Mobile Photography Award, and my true congratulations for that! As soon I saw your photos I was completely taken and although I have read and seen some of your incredible tutorials, I still cannot understand how you manage to create such amazing works of art, but we will talk about this just in a bit! To start with, however, I would love to know who truly is Cedric Blanchon, what can you tell us about yourself?
CB- So I shall introduce myself, my name is Cedric Blanchon I’m 34 years old, I have two children, I live in Troyes in France (approximately 200km from Paris), it is only just 2 years that I have started iPhoneography, and this has changed my life!
Smoking will kill me
DC- What is it that you do as your day job? Are you a professional graphic designer or a photographer?
CB- Oh no, not at all, I work in a real estate agency, I am a painter decorator, my days are like everyone’s else, except that I’m taking photos with my smartphone, it allows me to express myself, to be creative with this form of art I found a means of expression and to share with others, it’s like therapy for me, some will see a psychiatric, me I’m doing mobilephotography!
Follow me (the Brainwasher series)
DC- So how did photography entered in your life? What made you start snapping?
CB- One day I bought an iPhone, I was amazed by the capabilities of this device, at first I was doing short films for fun, I had fun to cut my movies, and then as I have always loved photography (when I was younger I had a polaroid) I started taking pictures, mainly in the street, at the beginning in black and white, I discovered the photo-sharing networks, and many incredible photographer and artist. I have always been imaginative and there I started to put myself on stage (I hadn’t much choice, I had only me as a model) and the editing always amused me!
Lose yourself in my mind (the Brainwasher series)
DC- When and what made you realise that the iPhone had great potential for what you wanted to do? What was, of course, if you remember the very first photograph that you took with your mobile and what device did you have at that time?
CB- I had an iphone4s, this is the beginning of my series Poladream, I simulate the grip of a pola, and I created some fun things with the phone, some of these were also surreal. It is at this point that I realized the potential of the iPhone and all the apps available; moreover, I believe that the imagination is very important. I had many very positive turns and this has pushed me further. For me this was really the beginning of everything that I’ve subsequently created
DC- I have purchased your E-book on the iBook Store, what a fantastic collection of street, black and white and coloured photographs, and while some of those are apped, however, these photographs are quite classic street takes, daily life, truly poignant moments by all means, and yet there is a significant difference with your recent work, so before we go into this, can you tell me more about your street photography:
DC- What is it that you want to show?
CB- I love street photography; I am a big fan of Robert Doisneau. Street photography is special, to capture moments of life is not easy, I have always wanted to show (especially on my ebook) the face and soul of hidden cities, most people show the Eiffel tower its many reflections in a puddle of water, it is very pretty and aesthetic but I prefer to show and photograph those who sleep under the bridges, not far away from the Eiffel Tower, you can see this in many of my photos, especially in my series the corporation for example. I always loved those who wanted to show the hidden things, we live in a world which I don’t find very pretty and to denounce it is a good thing, even if it is most of the time useless, with regards to the ebook, I would like to thank Tribegram and its creator Severine Mydame on IG, and thank you for having purchased it.
DC- You are more than welcome! I really loved it! Are you still into street-photography? Or, do you think you are moving away from it?
CB- I always take street photos, although less, I love experimenting with all genres and I do not want to be put into a box, I like to be surprised, and streetphotography will always do that to me!
DC- where do you go to catch your preys? Is there any particular location that you love and you keep going?
CB- I love taking pictures when there is fog for example, I do not really have a special place, I just need to feel it, however, when I go to Paris, I love taking photos in the streets, many of my photos of street (part of my ebook) are taken in Paris.
And we go leave in smoke our past memories
DC- what do you think that makes a perfect street photo?
CB- For me a good street photography is successful when you can smell the street.
Desperate house clothing
DC- HA!! BEST ANSWER EVER! Your recent work is just Magnificent! Surreal, to say the least; and the introduction to your work at the Mobile Photography Award page says that you: “display incredible dexterity as a traditional photographer whose imagination and skill with apps seems to have no boundaries. His strong personal messages are cryptic, disturbing, thought-provoking, and sometimes even witty.” I cannot but agree with every single word, so, my first question on this would be, how did you came across this style?
CB- I think I’ve always had this style in me, I kind a like experimenting with the surreal, dark humor, maybe I dare to do things that others do not dare. Cinema has had a huge influence on me and I try to reproduce that feel into my photos and through my work.
Human after all
DC- There is a strong story line and as they have mentioned it: there seems to be a personal message, which is quite cryptic, murky, incredibly thought provoking, and yet, at times disturbing, combined with a dark sense of humor. What is it that you are trying to say?
CB- it really depends, for the series of the corporation, I was heavily influenced by the black and white film Erasehead by David Lynch, the World of David Cronenberg and Shinya Tsukamoto, Franz Kafka and George Orwell and the movie la Jetée by Chris Marker, something dark, a futuristic universe where man is dependent of the machinery. The photos in this series depict the pipe and the organic hole, a mixture of technology and flesh, ultimately are always technologies like TV for example, that I try to condemn and criticize, I try to say be careful don’t be too dependent on it, the new videodrome series, or the brainwasher series talk about this being dependent. My photos also talk about the place of human beings in our society, what makes us human?
DC- Yes, what does really make us Humans… You are your own model, can you tell us more about the process of photo taking involved to create this work?
CB- I put myself on scene because I do not have anyone else to use.., I use camera + for its timer, I love to stage objects, it is very important to place some objects in my photos, as organic pipe that actually exists, I love those tinkering objects found after that in my photos
DC- How do you see the world around yourself?
CB- Let’s say I have a pretty dark vision of the future, but I believe in humans (some of my photos represent a fetus), I think my black humor comes from it, I prefer to laugh otherwise I would just cry.
DC- The surreal seems to be the driving force behind these photos, any source of inspiration? Each and every single photo of yours can be read in many different ways, for they are intricately embedded with an intrinsic meaning, or that is what I feel.. can you elaborate on this a little?
CB- The sources of my photos are mentioned earlier in the interview, for example overconsumption picture, there are two reading, or even three, first humor, surrealism, and then you can see a review on our consumer society, to want to eat too, literally we vomit, to want too possess things, these things eventually possess us!
The hunt is open
DC- That’s deep! I would love to see a complete tutorial of one photo that you are most fond off, would you like to make me happy?
CB- Yes of course with pleasure, I made a tutorial for: Henry’s portrait of a cereal killer; but I think the idea it’s most important than the edit.
DC- I completely agree, the idea is always more important than the edit! Although the edit is amazing and we will be posting it separately. Have you thought what is going to happen next? It, surely, is going to be a busy year for you, where do you want to take your work? What would you like to achieve?
CB- I Continue doing what I love, I am currently working for an exhibition at the Paul Toussaint empty space gallery, I wanted to show my work in real, a little out of the digital sphere and show my photos in galleries, it’s very important to me.
DC- Where can we find you?
CB iPhoneArt, EyeEm (EyeEm has created the eyeem market and people will be able to buy my photos online at the website) IG, flickr, Facebook, tadaa, tumblr, Website: http://www.cedricblanchon.com
Yes i know! my umbrella is pink!
DC- Is there anything that you would like to mention, or that I haven’t covered?
CB- No. Just perfect, this is the best interview I’ve done, This is the first time someone has bought my Ebook for an interview and to see all my work, thank you so much!
You also sell your chilhood memories ( the corporation series)
It was the best purchase in a long time, so I am the one that say Thank you ever so much for your time! And again, congratulations for your great win!
Your sexual hologram is ready
Nokia Lumia 1020 : An Essential Quick Start Guide by Josh St. Germain
If you’re like me, you like to skip the instructions and learn about a new gadget through trial and error (followed by finally giving in and Googling tutorials and forums). That’s the approach I took when I got the Nokia Lumia 1020 in my hands. I did it mainly to test how user-friendly it was compared to other mobile devices I had shot with. I also just like to tinker and discover things on my own. That often leads to finding tricks, shortcuts, and strategies that I can later share with other users. This article is exactly that. I’m sharing with you, the most valuable tips and tricks I’ve discovered while using the 1020. Hopefully this can help you skip a bit of the trial and error and just get to making amazing images. Let’s start at the beginning, before you even think of snapping a shot…
1. Set the camera button and lock screen options to your advantage : You never know when you’ll see a moment develop that you want to capture. The time it takes you to get your phone into your hand and to open the camera app needs to be as small as possible. One of the absolute best features of the 1020 is the dedicated camera button. It let’s you half-press the button to trigger auto focus and then full press to capture, much like any pro camera out there. That’s not the best part though. There is a setting to allow you to directly open the camera by holding the camera button down when your phone is locked. Here’s a screenshot of the setting I have -
The other setting that is important is the “screen timeout” length and the “require a password after”. When you are walking around shooting, you don’t want the screen locking quickly and making it harder to access the camera and get a quick shot. I’ve set mine to 3 minutes and have been happy with it. After three minutes, the phone screen will shut off. HOWEVER, if you set the “require a password after” time to longer, you will only need to tap the side-lock button and then swipe the screen to resume where you were (you skip the password step). If you aren’t using the camera button to access the camera, this will be a lifesaver in those spontaneous situations.
2. Use multiple camera apps for different situations : I started with strictly using the native camera app that is called “Nokia Camera”, but soon learned of the 3rd party camera app called ProShot. As shown in the first tip, I have the camera button set to open the “Nokia Camera” app. You cannot set it to open ProShot. But, you can utilize the live tiles that ProShot offers you.
I keep two different ProShot modes as live tiles on my home screen. One is a black & white filtered P mode and the other is the HDR mode. This means I can open them quickly from my screen after unlocking my phone. It’s not as fast as the camera button shortcut, but it’s great to have in the arsenal as it’s black & white filter is fantastic!
The most important thing to consider when choosing a camera app, is what you’re gonna be shooting. The reason is the “zoom”. If you plan on shooting anything that requires a narrow focus field or plan to zoom in close, you MUST use the Nokia Camera app. If you don’t intend to zoom in too close, want editing options and a higher immediate output resolution, then you should utilize ProShot.
Here’s what the top of my home screen looks like:
3. Frame, zoom, shoot, reframe : This is probably the most important lesson I learned “the hard way”. I love to get close-up shots that have a nice depth of field to them. The problem is always focusing precision. The 1020 allows such a narrow focal range (especially when you change to manual focus), that it’s very easy to think you are focused the way you’d like and end up with a disappointing result upon review. I have found a perfect solution for this problem.
Let’s start with an example of what shooting at an un-zoomed distance looks like
It’s not easy to tell exactly where you are focused. You might think it’s just right and end up wrong when you take a closer look during editing. The answer is simple ; zoom before you shoot! Set the manual focus slider to the nearest focal point (just above auto). Then tap anywhere on the screen to minimize the pop-out focus menu. Then you are free to slide your finger on the screen and zoom in. Before you zoom in, you’ll want to compose the frame as you’d like it to be . Then zoom in as far as possible. You’ll be able to easily see where your focus is. Try to keep your phone in the same position and just move in or out in tiny increments to achieve the focus you want. Here’s what the zoomed in screen will look like :
Now I can see that I’m focused on the nose when I’d rather be focused on the eyes. I moved a tiny bit closer and took the shot. On any other camera, you’d be stuck with this exact image seen on the screen and only be able to get a tighter crop of it. Not with the 1020. You can then go to your camera roll and select “Open in Nokia Camera” to utilize the reframe function and zoom back out to the distance you had composed the shot at. Here is what that will look like :
Once you tap save, you’ll have your fully “zoomed out” image that you had composed before shooting!!
4. Exporting originals or grabbing originals from your computer : I want to go deeper into the reasoning behind choosing different camera apps to shoot with. My decision is often determined by how easily I want to access that glorious 38mp version of my shot. When you take a photo with the Nokia Camera, the image you see in your camera roll is a 5mp copy of the image. Your phone stores the full res version for when you want go back and reframe. The only way to get your hands on the full res file is to connect your phone to your computer and access the phones storage folders. When I do this, I will just copy/paste them into a OneDrive folder I created specifically for these. I will then be able to access them from any device that I am signed into OneDrive on. This can be a tedious method and I usually wait and do it for large batches of photos rather than each time I take a few.
I also talked about ProShot and some of the great things about it. The other amazing feature is the “Export Original” option when you view a photo within the app. You can either tap “Open in ProShot” from your camera roll, or you can open ProShot first and tap the image review button on the screen. You’ll then tap the three dots to open the options and find the “Export Original” choice. When you tap that, the unfiltered and full res version of the photo is saved to your “Saved Images” folder and instantly accessible. If you have auto-backup turned on for OneDrive, you’ll also see that it backs-up to the same folder there. I like this because I’ll have the 13mp black and white photo as well as the unfiltered 38mp original to choose from. Though, if you are doing close-up photos or feel that you’ll want to use that great reframing option, make sure you use the Nokia Camera instead of ProShot.
**I’d like to note that the ability to capture .DNG RAW files has recently been added to the Nokia Camera options. Since I am dedicated to strictly using mobile devices for shooting and processing, I have no use for these RAW files. If an app comes along that allows me to process them, I’ll happily make that adjustment to my process. Until then I’ll stay with just the 38mp+5mp mode.**
5. Re-sizing your images : Mobile photography has become much bigger than a smartphone screen. You see it on tablets, computer screens, TV’s, and there are many live galleries that are home to large prints of mobile photos. Size matters when it comes to these larger format viewing situations. Therefore, it is very necessary to mind the resolution and file size of your images. I have yet to find an app available for windows phone that will allow you to upscale the images, so I’ve had to resort to other devices to achieve this when it was necessary (at least you’ll have a good use for that old device you had before your WP). You’ll notice that when you choose to reframe a photo and you “zoom” in, the saved resolution isn’t 5mp any longer. It will be much smaller due to the amount you cropped in to frame the shot. If you were to get a large print of it done, you may have a poor quality result due to the low resolution. As I said, there are many available ways to nicely resize an image, just not yet on the windows phone.
5a. Beware of editing app resolution settings : The last thing I’d like to touch on is the output resolution of the 3rd party editing apps you’ll come across. I discovered the app Fantasia Painter thanks to this ARTICLE by Jen Bracewell. It’s a great creative editing tool and quickly had me editing many of my shots with it. After a few uploads to Flickr, I noticed that these images were at a fairly low resolution. Three of my favorite shots that I’ve taken with the 1020 were victims of this resolution theft. I then explored the settings within the app and found that the default output resolution wasn’t set as high as the app allowed. I wasn’t going to make that mistake again. So, I will only dive into an editing app that allows me to change the output resolution to a suitable size. If there is no option available, I’ll just edit one photo and then check the res before continuing to edit photos.
This image came out of the app at 932 x 932
That size is fine for a website or social sharing, but this was an image I was interested in printing and this resolution wouldn’t allow for a high quality print. I was able to successfully enlarge the image using an application outside of the phone. If you make sure that your apps are outputting the highest resolution, you can avoid the extra trouble of needing to up-scale your images.
6. OneDrive : I can’t say enough good things about OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). The auto-backup option offers a great sense of security and it is organized nicely when you sign into OneDrive. It’s extremely easy to create folders for further organization of your work as well as sharing them privately with others or straight to social media. They offer you a great amount of space for free and a backup copy of everything you have shot. You’d be crazy not to use it.
7. Get to know your camera settings : One of the most intriguing aspects of the camera in this phone is the option to adjust the camera settings manually. The manual focus is quickly becoming something I can’t live without. From the Nokia Camera app, you can easily adjust the shutter speed, ISO, focus, white balance, and brightness (which should be called exposure). Until now, you we didn’t need to be concerned with HOW these setting function because smartphone cameras take care of it for us. Due to the fact that so many mobile photographers are new to the world of photography, the majority of them don’t understand how and why to use these manual settings. It’s an easy thing to research. Just “Google it” and start reading. You’ll quickly find loads of info on how to utilize these settings to be a better photographer. The shutter speed is one of the most useful yet trickiest to learn how to utilize properly. I would highly recommend getting the Nokia Camera Grip case and a travel tripod so you can utilize the ability to take slow shutter speed photos with your 1020. I’ve gotten some great night shots using it and you can charge the case to help extend your battery life!
Here’s an example of a slow shutter shot using the Camera Grip and a tripod
Conclusion : These tips and techniques are what I feel have been the most valuable “lessons learned” in my Lumia 1020 experience so far. I encourage you to implement them in your own way, but also spend some time ignoring any rules and just experiment. You never know what cool trick or tip that you might find to share with other 1020 shooters down the road.
New Belgium Brewing Partners with We Are Juxt, Instagramers Seattle, Urban ArtWorks and City Arts Magazine to Highlight The Northwest’s Best Mobile Photographers
#SnapshotPNW photo search will honor 50 images at Fremont Foundry’s inaugural gallery event
To promote and celebrate mobile photography as an art form, and in honor of New Belgium Brewing’s latest year-round offering, Snapshot Wheat, We Are Juxt, Urban ArtWorks, Instagramers Seattle, and City Arts Magazine are collaborating on an effort to uncover the Spirit of Seattle and the Northwest through mobile images.
Photos can include urban and rural shots, portrait and landscape, even action and drama…whatever inspires.
“It takes a certain personality to really thrive in the Pacific Northwest, so there’s an inherent regional pride here to begin with; and we have a lot of natural assets to be proud of,” said Todd Gillman, New Belgium’s Seattle Field Brander. “But right now, with the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl and Macklemore bringing home four Grammies within the same two-week period, Seattle is feeling especially good about itself. We want to tap into that energy and mobilize the great amateur photographers of the region to try to capture what inspires them about this place we call home.”
An all-star jury will curate the 50 most deserving images to be printed and displayed at the Fremont Foundry in April. The top selection will also have their photo permanently displayed as a mural piece in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
“Urban ArtWorks is thrilled to be partnering with New Belgium Brewing for the SnapshotPNW project,” said Kathleen Warren, director of Urban ArtWorks. “Half of our mission is to bring communities together through public art, and this is just a different way of doing it. An event like this that allows our supporters to participate and celebrate is invaluable to us. It also introduces a whole new audience to our organization, and raises much needed sustained support, so that we can continue to achieve positive outcomes for youth and communities in Seattle.”
Photo Credits: Victoria Wright (top), Michaela Lincoln (middle right)
#SnapshotPNW Photo Contest Details
Dates: Now – March 31, 2014
To submit photos, publish your photos to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SnapshotPNW (must be 21+
- Square format only
- Pics must be taken in the PNW
- Open to those residing in the PNW
- Tag your photo(s) with #Igers_Seattle_TuesdayChallenge AND #SnapshotPNW
- Unlimited entries
- Images must be your own
Note: in order to be considered for the exhibit, your image must meet the minimum 1800×1800 size to print. Those that are below will not be selected.
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: Fremont Fine Arts Foundry – 154 N. 35th St., Seattle, WA 98103
Live DJ: DJ Phosho
Food Truck: Outside The Box: Paleo Food Truck
The curated photos from this event will be sold to the public.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to Urban ArtWorks. This night will include interactive art components provided by Urban ArtWorks, shake your booty beats from local Seattle celeb DJ Phosho, food from the awesome Outside The Box team, and New Belgium beer!
Meet the Celebrity Judges
Staff photographer at SeattlePI.com & co-founder of The Emerald Collective
Portfolios // The Emerald Collective //Email //Twitter // Instagram
I’m a staff photographer for SeattlePI.com and 2011 graduate from Western Washington University, currently residing in Seattle, WA. After having photographed with and for such outlets as The Seattle Times, The Associated Press, High Country News and The New York Times, my work – both in stills and video – has received national attention through the NPPA, SPJ, Scripps Howard and the American Photo Magazine. In recent years, I attended both the 25th anniversary of the Eddie Adams Workshop and the 65th Missouri Photo Workshop and currently hold the Region 11 chair of the National Press Photographers Association. Giving back to the rich photographic community that raised me is important; I regularly return to Western Washington and other schools around the region to speak on the merits of life that photojournalism can provide. Aside from organizing the world into one rectangle at a time, I enjoy cold showers, hot vacations and temperate attitudes.
Staff photographer at SeattlePI.com
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Working as a photojournalist since 1999, Josh uses his craft to capture images that grab attention. He excels at working in uncontrollable environments or in situations where he can collaborate with a subject to create the perfect image. He works to capture storytelling, magical moments. Josh has worked at major US newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and seattlepi.com, the first major metro newspaper to shift to online only publication. He has photographed everything from combat in Afghanistan to the Aurora Avenue late at night, the Super Bowl to ultimate frisbee at Green Lake.
Josh is on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists, Western Wash. and is a co-founder of Northwest Photojournalism, a group that supports and educates photojournalists in the Pacific Northwest.
His work has been published in almost every major US newspaper and magazine, including on the front page of the New York Times and full page features in People Magazine and Sports Illustrated. His photos are often shared via the Associated Press. But probably more rewarding, his photos have been featured on countless refrigerators in the communities where he has worked.
He also can be found occasionally teaching photography classes to everyone from college students to first-graders.
Seattle Times staff photographer
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John Lok discovered a passion for taking pictures, and photojournalism in particular, at the age of 30. This led him to pursue formal training in the photojournalism program at Western Kentucky University, where he graduated in Fall 2002 with his second undergraduate degree. During his photography education, he interned at the Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, Ky.), Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, Mich.), St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Los Angeles Times. His career has taken him to a Super Bowl, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and several seasons’ worth of Seattle Seahawks football games. Lok enjoys portraiture, lifestyle, food and sports photography, and is an enthusiast of great design in all its forms. The Seattle native has worked at his hometown’s biggest newspaper since 2003.
The Physics member and Rappers with Cameras
Website // The Physics // Twitter // Instagram // Rappers with Cameras
My name is Gathigi Gishuru, also known as Thig Nat of The Physics. Based in Seattle, WA, I create music and images. My film and digital photography capture easily-missed details, and portraits of people and places dear to me. And my passion for street photography has broadened into product and editorial projects, as well. I’m currently available for freelance work.
Activist, Blue Scholars, and Rappers with Cameras
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Geologic (born George Quibuyen; also known as Prometheus Brown, Geo) is the vocalist for the Blue Scholars and has also performed as a spoken word poet. In the 2007-2008 city-wide election for Seattle’s Poet Populist, Quibuyen placed sixth with ninety-six write-in votes, the highest total for a write-in candidate in the nine year history of the competition; although, the record was subsequently broken by Seattle poet Ananda Osel in the 2008-2009 election.
The son of Filipino immigrants, Quibuyen lived in various locations along the west coast and Hawaii as a child until his family settled in Bremerton, Washington. Geo feels rooted in his Filipino heritage and that there is an unfinished revolution among his people. His lyrics are drawn from experience, crafted for a connection to community, and working to uplift communities in general. He remains a strong advocate for the Filipino community all over the world, as an outspoken critic of US foreign policy, including its tough immigration laws and unfair corporate practices by Western business.
Meet the Sponsors
New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener,
Something powerful happens when you give young people a chance to create public artwork. They find a positive way to express themselves. They feel more connected to their communities and to their peers. And they gain real-world skills that prepare them for the future.
Since 1995, our programs have fostered a new sense of self-esteem, self-motivation and self-sufficiency for youth through pre-employment training and subsidized employment.
Igers Seattle is an Instagram community for Seattle and the Puget Sound. Formed in September 2011, our vision continues to be the same – to just have fun!
Our goal is to bring photo enthusiasts together who share the same passion about photography as we do and to showcase the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
City Arts is a platform for arts and culture in the Puget Sound. We publish City Arts, a glossy monthly magazine, and we produce a variety of music and arts events, including the Art Walk Awards.
Every month, City Arts magazine goes for a colorful, glossy romp inside our community, catching up with artists-in-process, visiting stages and studios all over town to give our readers a bird’s-eye view of what our region’s up to. We quest to understand the creative character of this place, to figure out our fundamental ethos, to chase down the cutting edge and hold the zeitgeist in our hands.
Inspired by the overlaps and intersections of our region’s many music and arts scenes, we aim to feed cross-pollination and shake things up a bit. That’s why we unearth stories from all corners of the creative community, shining a light on the people and work behind music and dance, theatre and comedy, film and visual art, lifestyle and literature.
We Are Juxt
We Are Juxt represents the idea that mobile art forms are quickly advancing along with mobile device technology. Mobile art is defined simply as Art created and developed on a mobile platform (for example iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile). The advancement and popularity of this art form has created a culture where community is highly valued and art is constantly pushing the limits. Juxt believes that the BEST is YET to COME. The art form is young and already so advanced. We cannot wait to see what the future brings. Through community presentations, artist participation, and artist engagement, We Are Juxt believes that mobile arts will continue to advance along with technology, and more importantly through COMMUNITY.
Windows: Art Meets Technology
84 Orchard Street
New York, NY
March 4, 2014, Tuesday
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
You are cordially invited to attend our mobile photography exhibition in New York City.
A few years ago, we never would’ve thought it possible to take professional quality photos with our mobile phones, but the We Are Juxt community teamed up with Microsoft to bring together a group of photos all shot and edited with the Nokia Lumias 920 & 1020 – and the results are stunning. It’s amazing what we can now do with these mobile devices we all carry.
Come see the exhibit featuring Mike Hill, Bridgette Shima, Brad Puet, Josh St. Germain, Matt Coch, Richard Koci Hernandez, Joel Aversing, Andre Hermann, and guest Jean-Brice Lemal.
Please join us for this exhibition for light hors d’oueuvres and drinks and meet Bridgette and Josh.
Also keep an eye out as this exhibit is coming to your city. New York is just the jumping point!
Feel free to pass the word on Facebook (Event Invite), Instagram, and Twitter.
Let’s have fun and see you all at Artifact in Manhattan!
PS. We are also exhibiting photos at this years SXSW in Austin, TX. More details soon!
As the collective forgetfulness falls on the minds of the USA, Sam Smotherman revisits the killing of Trayvon Martin and the protests that erupted in response to the not guilty verdict with long time political organizer, Chris Crass to find out what can be learned to move forward to a more just society.
Protestor In Front of Los Angeles City Hall
Kenny (Father) and (Son) Kai | “I brought Kai here to teach him about politics and justice.”
What was the significance of the Trayvon Martin case? Why do you think it grabbed the nation’s attention?
The murder of Trayvon Martin exposed the enduring and brutal reality of white supremacy in the United States. We heard the logic of white supremacy on the 911 call Zimmerman made. We heard Zimmerman turn a Black kid on his way home into a violent criminal. We witnessed the murderous results of Zimmerman assuming that a Black teenage boy needed to be contained and punished by any means necessary, not because he had done anything wrong, but because in a white supremacist society, Blackness equates to a pathological culture of crime and violence that must always be monitored, policed, imprisoned, and feared. It isn’t that Zimmerman acted far outside the bounds of society, it’s that he expressed the murderous, paranoid, dangerous results of the racism deeply ingrained in our society.
Systemic racism in our society that affects everything from housing to jobs to life expectancy is often denied as being a thing of the past or alternately, the result of the failures in communities of color. For example, while studies consistently show that Black and white youth use illegal drugs at around the same rate, Black youth are more then twice as likely to be arrested, and far more likely to be incarcerated.
Michelle Alexander’s best selling book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” argues that the criminal justice system in the U.S. “operates as a tightly networked system of laws, policies, customs, and institutions that operate collectively to ensure the subordinate status of a group defined largely by race.” Trayvon Martin’s murder showed the world that the New Jim Crow is the new racial order in the U.S. today.
How did protest and public expressions of outrage help make this one of the top national stories of 2013?
While the original murder grabbed headlines, what kept this story in the national spotlight, and ultimately forced the hard of the police to arrest George Zimmerman was the organized resistance of the Black community. Demonstrations erupted around the country within days of Trayvon’s murder. His family was vocal and public, and with the support of national Black leaders like Al Sharpton, they voiced outrage and grief that resonated in and beyond the Black community. Hundreds of demonstrations of tens of thousands of people took place in the initial weeks of Trayvon’s murder and this not only kept the story in the headlines, but it brought a strong race analysis to the forefront as Black people of all backgrounds denounced racial profiling and racism – from the Miami Heat basketball team to working class Black churches throughout the South.
To be clear, there were people of all backgrounds protesting the murder of Trayvon. In Knoxville, Tennessee, where I was living at the time, hundreds of white people joined with hundreds of Black people in one of the largest anti-racist demonstrations in recent memory. But that said, the organization and mobilization in the Black community is why Zimmerman was arrested, why he went on trial, and why the name Trayvon Martin is not only known around the country, but known as the name of a young man who’s life was stolen from him and all of us because white supremacy continues to shape U.S. society.
You were part of actions expressing outrage both when Trayvon Martin was murdered and when George Zimmerman was acquitted. What were you trying to accomplish and do you think it was successful?
As I mentioned before, I was living in Knoxville, Tennessee at the time of both the murder of Trayvon and the acquittal of Zimmerman. When Trayvon was murdered a coalition of groups and individuals in East Tennessee came together to form Knoxville United Against Racism. With leadership from the white, Black, and Latino community, we were able to mobilize over 400 people to express our outrage, grief, and resistance. With cities and towns around the country calling for Justice for Trayvon Martin, we brought together church groups, labor groups, LGBTQ, immigrant rights, and environmental groups, and we put forward a powerful message of unity against racism.
The Trayvon Martin murder created a dividing line in the country. Do you think Zimmerman murdered Trayvon or was it an act of self-defense? Was racism a major factor in this case or not? It is in moments like this when all of us who believe in social justice, who believe in equality, must step up and turn this travesty into a clarion call for change. Our goals were to raise awareness of the enduring reality of racism, to build momentum on the community and in society to fight racism and work for systemic equality, and to build unity across racial divisions in the process. For me, a major goal was to raise awareness in white communities and then turn that awareness into action. While there is far more that must be done, overall, I do think we were successful. Rather then Trayvon Martin’s murder being yet one of hundreds of cases of young Black people being murdered, it became a case that helped us draw attention to the epidemic of racist murders in this country. While it is true that since Trayvon, there have been dozens and dozens of horrendous murders of Black people – include several involving young Black women and men going for help after car accidents only to be shot and murder at the door of white neighbors who said they “feared for their lives” upon seeing Black people at their doors – we must do all we can to raise consciousness and get people active in the movement to end the New Jim Crow.
That brings up two important questions for me. First, how can we go from outrage of cases like Trayvon Martin and move to on-going work for social justice?
Shortly after Trayvon was murdered, I wrote the following for a national call to white people to deepen our efforts as we moved from outrage to organizing: “Let us turn our outrage and pain into commitment and action. Let us sound the alarm that silence and inaction in the face of injustice is consent and support. Let us learn from those who have come before us and get involved with those organizing for racial, gender and economic justice today. Let us be mindful of white privilege, but also remember to be powerful for racial justice. Let us act from our vision, see opportunities to challenge racism, engage in courageous efforts, create beloved community, and build our movements for collective liberation. Now is the time.”
Outrage is an important part of the journey. Outrage connects us to our sense of right and wrong and can motivate us to take action. Joining in demonstrations or organizing them ourselves is an important next step. Coming together with others in our communities is key to overcome the feelings of powerlessness and isolation, feelings which systems of inequality from apartheid, to capitalism, to white supremacy both create and thrive on. Come together with others to express our outrage, our opposition. But the next step is vital and that is the step of joining on-going efforts to win social, economic, racial, gender justice. This can be on the local, regional, national or global level, but the most important part is that we come together with link-minded people to work for positive long-term changes to the problems we face.
Shortly after the Zimmerman verdict was announced I write this short essay called, The Verdict is In: We Must Organize to Get Justice. I outline 10 steps people can take to move from outrage to organizing. Anyone who wants to explore that question further can read the essay here:
My next question is, why should white folks care about cases like Trayvon Martin? How do white folks participate in meaningful anti-racist organizing?
The question for white people is really, which side of history do you stand on? Do you stand with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that made every neighborhood watched by the slave patrols? Do you stand with the courts, police and juries that time and time again acquitted anyone accused of lynching a Black person? Do you stand with the White Citizenship Councils who were the most “respected” men of their community, who defended Jim Crow apartheid? Do you stand with the Klu Klux Klan who were the first to make the argument that the Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action gave “special rights” to Blacks, an argument that quickly became a rally crying for white Americans around the country.
Or do you stand with the Abolitionists like Frederick Douglas, William Garrison and Harriet Tubman who were routinely told that they were creating racial hostility and disturbing the natural order. Do you stand with Ida B. Wells who launched an international campaign against lynching and used her skills as a journalist to expose the false accusations of rape and theft in story after story of Black men who were lynched? Do you stand with Emmett Till and his family when he, at 14 years of age, was brutally murdered by white men because he “didn’t know his place” and was supposedly flirting with a white girl. Do you stand with Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., the Freedom Riders and the Civil Rights movement as they faced angry white mobs from Chicago to Alabama?
My nephews, 5 and 7 years old, recently asked their Grandmother, at the Lincoln Presidential Library, “Nana, how could Christians have supported slavery?” It’s a heartbreaking question. And many of us who are white would respond with indignation about slavery, as we should. But how often do so many of us look back and wonder “how could people have supported slavery and segregation.” And when we look back, we are usually pretty clear that we’re not just talking about the people who actively supported, but also the people who through their indifference and inaction supported these systems. The argument is frequently made, well that was just considered normal at the time, even though it is appalling to us now. But what isn’t as frequently named is that it was the resistance of Black Americans, people of color and white anti-racists who took on those injustices and won institutional and cultural changes.
However, most white Americans would either say that they would have been on the right side of history working for justice or at the very least, they would not be on the wrong side of history supporting the slave system and segregation. But it is always so much easier to assume you would have been on the right side of history in retrospect. What is much more difficult is being on the right side of history in the here and now. Because in the here and now, we are living in the “what was considered normal,” the normal that in retrospect is so clearly racist.
The Trayvon Martin murder, and the verdict which acquitted George Zimmerman is just the tip of the iceberg, as a recent report found that in 2012 a Black man, woman or child was killed every 28 hours by police, security guards or vigilantes. It not the uniqueness of Trayvon Martin being racial profiled and killed for being Black “in the wrong neighborhood”, it’s that his story is so tragically familiar. While there have been many white people outraged by the murder and the verdict, there are many more who say “it’s just so complicated,” “they both made bad decisions that night,” “Martin got what he deserved,” or simply “the jury did a good job.”
It’s time to speak honestly. At all the points in history that we look back on and can’t understand how people supported such racism, in all those eras, white people said “it’s too complicated,” “it’s the way things are,” “that Black person must have done something to deserve it.” Even in the murder of Emmitt Till, many white people said, “it may have been extreme, but the boy forgot his place.” Today, the verdict of Zimmerman is now part of our history, but these cases continue to happen, over and over again, and white people have to choose what side of history we are on. It can be an intimidating prospect, but ultimately it is about who we choose to be as people. Our character, values, and legacies are shaped by the choices we make in the times we live, not by the stands we imagine ourselves taking in the past. I believe in our ability to stand, in the millions, in the tradition of the Abolitionists, the Freedom Riders, and the Dream Act students, the immigrant rights movement and the Justice for Trayvon Martin movement.
I believe that we can learn from white anti-racists of the past and present and make powerful and important contributions to creating a multiracial democratic society based on equality and justice for all. I recently wrote a book called Towards Collective Liberation and one of the main themes running throughout it is the process of white people coming into consciousness about racism and moving into anti-racist action. For me, anti-racism isn’t something I do on behalf of other people, it’s a struggle for the heart and soul of our society, for my family, and for myself. Racism is a cancer in white society. I organize for social justice and do this work in part because I don’t want my son to grow up to fear and hate others based on the color of their skin, I want him to grow up in the proud tradition of white anti-racists like Abbey Kelley, Anne and Carl Braden, and people I talk with in my book, contemporary white anti-racist leaders like Molly McClure, Carla Wallace, Z! Haukeness, Amy Dudley, and Marc Mascarenhas-Swan. I also do this work because I know that when we come together across divisions and work for a better world, we begin creating that new world in the here and now. We build the beloved community, that Dr. King envisioned, when we act against injustice, stand on the right side of history, join with others in our community and around the world, and work for political, economic, cultural, and social change. This is how we honor Trayvon Martin, Emmet Till, and Renisha McBride. This is how we create the world we want to give to our children and grandchildren. This is how we live with purpose, vision and values to guide us. We can do it.
Tre’ Love, Safiyyah and Safiyyah | He brought his daughter out to his first protest so, “As she grows up I want her to know when there is injustice to stand up
Ayesha Forrest | First protest | Age 13
Marion The Last / Self described Pray Fast Warrior who prays that she and others gain “revolution knowledge and deliverance from evil
Chris Crass is a longtime social justice organizer who writes and speaks widely about anti-racist organizing, feminism for men, lessons and strategies to build visionary movements, and leadership for liberation. His book Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis, and movement building strategy was recently published by PM Press.
Here we are, the fourth edition of this wonderful showcase of amazingness! It is fascinating reading about the stories and ideas behind or even the lack of the above, and finding out that a simple sparkle, a mere idea or something that we have seen long time ago has become a source of inspiration for these truly beautiful creations!
Here we have a showcase of humanity in its different forms and moments: walking down the street, camouflaged by the background; hit by the lights and embraced by the shadows; sipping coffee and cross-wording while dreaming of a land far far away; or just being caught in a moment of metamorphoses while transforming oneself into an angel; or just being reflected in a puddle or have we been transported in a surreal world, which is actually upside down? We will never know the real answer to this….
How do we see or feel that its’ the right moment, how and when we start imagining or having a vision of something that we want to create? what is it that tickles our fancy and makes us create? These are the question that I ask myself time after time, but never have a real answer to this… would you like to tell me? what do you think?
While I go and ponder on this, I would like to thank my incredible artists for this weeks gorgeous work! and I would like to put a request to all you! I want some Amazing Landscapes, or Animal portraits, Boats and Sea… Gloomy Autumnal Glory!!! Do you have photos that match this criteria? would you like to be featured here? If you reply yes, than give us a shout! and I shall be all over you!
Light and shadows By Tomoyasu Koyanagi
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This photo is simple. A dapple of light and shadow those were impressive.
This photo taken and edited with iPhone5. App used VSCOcam
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney by Albion
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I’ve been interested in those concrete cabinets for about 6 months now. Although I’ve managed to snap a couple of decent shots with them, I’m rarely down this end of town at the right time of day and haven’t quite managed to get one I’m happy with until this one. The cabinets house the various fire hydrant equipment for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. This side of the building fronts onto George Street, one of Sydney’s main roads through the city centre, but is the rear of the building. It fronts onto Sydney Harbour on the other side, a much more lovely entrance way. I like that the Museum of Contemporary Art has these functional, but rather fetching concrete cabinets on the quiet side of the building, but on the main street of the area. It seems somehow to fit the whole enterprise.
In many regards this shot from late last year represents much of what I am hoping to pursue more this year, in terms of approaches to photography. For most of the past year and a half I have been shooting predominantly from the hip without much conscious thought about what or how I am shooting. Going by instinct and impulse. I am wanting to pay more attention to consciously framing an image, along with thinking about what I am wanting to shoot and then in a scene like this being prepared to wait a moment for the right person to walk through. I did all those things here. Luckily I didn’t have to wait long for the woman with her hand up to shield her eyes, and she walked in at the far end of the frame which I also wanted. I liked having those stairs on the left just visible to suggest the possibilities of a different path to the one the subject would be walking, and one that the light would lead down.
The photo was shot on an iphone 4 with the Hipstamatic app and is unedited.
Break Time by Hayami N
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This is my first shot of 2014. The old man was doing crossword puzzle behind my seat in a cafe. I don’t know why, but I just felt that the scene was really beautiful.
I took it with iPhone4S native camera and edited on Snapseed.
Put vintage style 3 (texture0) and adjusted brightness / contrast
Snapseed is the killer app for me to edit photographs. I usually use only this app.
Untitled by Ade Santora
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I’m really not sure how I managed to create this photo nor from where the idea I got the idea for this, it just a vision that I had. Or, maybe form the many movies that I have seen, men and wings, mythological characters and legends blending together. This photo was taken with my iPhone 4, I shot a self-portrait using Hipstamatic and for the wings element I used IColoramaS and Superimpose apps to combine this element. The texture was added with Mextures, and for the final touches I used Photo Power, Snapseed, and Afterlight.
Urban life around Sevilla´s cathedral in my world of dreams, the world upside down
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Taken with IPhone 4S native camera. Editing apps used: Camera+ for the flip and Snapseed for a certain adjustment of Light, Ambiance and Contrast.
Story: I love to watch the cities and what goes around them through the reflections on different surfaces: water, glass, metal… A puddle, even the smallest one, can turn into a mirror under certain circumstances and watched from a certain distance. When it comes to reflections on puddles, I love to turn them upside down, entering, thus, into a new dimension, a magical world in which the different textures get all mixed up.
This is the case of this pic. I was wandering around the cathedral of Sevilla at Christmas time when I saw a small puddle on the pavement. I kneeled down, took my iphone, unblocked it and pointed at the puddle. When I saw the cathedral and people passing by on my screen, I shot the pic. This is the result.
Meet Pete: Pete Halvorsen by Andres Tardio
A few years ago, Pete Halvorsen decided to take his daughter for a walk. Is there a better place for this than the nearby pier? The sand, the ocean, the beauty and the freshness give you a calm sense of joy. Perfect for a father-daughter stroll.
The pier also happens to be perfect for photography, something Halvorsen understands quite well. Since those first walks with his daughter, Pete has crafted some of his greatest works under and on that pier. His eye for the pier is a sharp one, and that love for photography has extended from the pier to other countries. His photographs, ranging from stunning landscapes to striking portraits, continue to impress.
AT: How did you get started with photography?
PH: I’d always been drawn to photography as a medium to tell stories. It wasn’t until 2010 when my eye began to be develop and sharpen that I decided to commit myself as a full time photographer.
AT: How has your life and perspective changed since you started working with mobile photography?
PH: In this image-based world a single snapshot has the ability to say so much. As an early adopter of Instagram I saw first hand how well non-tranditional (mobile) snapshot photography was received. From traveling around the world to walking down to the beach, I began looking for quick moments to share with my iPhone. Those moments wouldn’t have been as organic or easy to share before I had mobile photography as one of my weapons.
AT: Your work is pretty diverse. How do you approach portraits differently than you approach landscapes?
PH: I try to use the same approach to both; I strive to catch a real moment and freeze it. If it’s a sunset or a portrait of someone laughing, these are both experiences that can be felt if captured in the moment. I try not to over think it when shooting either, when I start “trying” to be creative it becomes inauthentic and that translates in the image.
AT: You’ve also done some humanitarian photography. How did you get involved with that initiative?
PH: A friend of mine was involved in a non-profit called Kusewera based out of Los Angeles that made humanitarian service trips to an orphanage in Malawi. She approached me travel with them live in the orphanage and document their work. I was also able to lead a mobile photography class for the kids. It was such a life changing experience not only professionally but also personally.
AT: Of course we have to speak about #pierpressure. How did this start and what do you think inspired that original spark?
PH: I was a stay at home dad to my daughter when I first downloaded Instagram, I live pretty close to the Manhattan Beach Pier and would take her on walks down to the pier almost daily. Two of my first Instagram friends Julya (@obscuralucida) and Greg (@leggomygreggo) would join me in providing hilarious puns on each others photos. I had noticed that posting a picture of the Pier at Sunset would get the most reaction of any photo I’d post. So one day I made the joke that I was giving in to the “Pier Pressure” of getting likes by posting another photo of this pier at sunset. It became a thing.
AT: A lot of people shoot the pier, but what advice do you give photographers to make their pier shots more creative?
PH: Piers all have such interesting personalities depending on the time of day or the time of year. From empty mornings during the winter to packed sunsets of summer there is always something different. I’d also recommend you go to geotags of whatever pier (or any location for that matter) and see how other people have shot it that you love. There are always images that pop off the screen to me and new angles I’ve never seen. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, I enjoy the work of Peter Lik and saw one of his shots under a pier, this inspired me to slap an Olloclip fisheye on my iPhone and shoot a similar shot. I still remember the feeling when that image went to the Popular Page and got over 200 likes (that was a lot for back then).
The other advice I’d give is something that I’ve been working on myself. Turn around. So many times recently I’m shooting and do a 180 to look for the first thing that catches my eye. More often than not it’s a better shot than the one I had originally set up for.
AT: You’re also pretty involved with meets. What do you enjoy most about meets?
PH: Meets for me are a way to give back to this Instagram community that has given me so much. I feel blessed to have the platform I have. If it weren’t for the early Instameets I went to my network wouldn’t have grown like it has today.
AT: Which meet would you consider your favorite and most memorable thus far? Why?
PH: Great question – They are all so memorable for different reasons – #foggypierpressure because of its amazing climate change within 2 hours #givingpierpressure because of the amazing donations we were able to put together at Christmas time. #brodeotree was a religious experience with some of my now dearest Instagram friends. But you never forget your first Instameet. Mine was in San Francisco back in 2011. It was put on by Laura Lawson (lauralawsonviscontti) & Michael O’Neal (@moneal). I met so many amazing Instagrammers that day at the now infamous #gandhigram
AT: Meets can also bring some negativity sometimes. For example, people may be upset when a person they meet doesn’t follow them on Instagram after the meet. Or someone may not like another’s attitude or whatever. What conflicts have you seen at meets. What do you think people can do to resolve those conflicts?
PH: The follow aspect of Instagram adds a different dynamic for some. A few of Instagrammers I know who large followings won’t go to Instameets anymore because it becomes more about them being there than taking photos. For me, that high follow number has given me the ability to help organize our local southern California instagrammers. They’ll always be a few who aren’t there for the right reasons, but that’s life. The majority of the people at my meets (we had over 150 people at the #dogtowninstameet) are amazing people and photographers. The reward of the great people I’ve met is worth the risk of running into a few bad apples.
AT: When you go shooting, what are some things you are always mindful of?
PH: Story, story, story. What story am I telling with this image or video? Focus isn’t a bad thing either…of course you can always tag it #bluronpurpose and call it art.
AT: What apps do you recommend photographers use?
PH: I’ve been through a lot of different Apps but I keep coming back to a handful – Snapseed is normally my first stop for quick tweaks, I just like it’s interface. Then I usually go to either VSCOcam, PicTapGo or Afterlight if I want to play with tones or moods. I used to shoot with Camera+ but since I got the iPhone 5s I am only using the native camera to shoot with because I shoot so much video too.
Behind The Photographs
Pete Halvorsen also shared five of his most prized shots and discussed the photographs with some details. Those images and Halvorsen’s descriptions can be found below.
PH: While I was in Malawi I ran up and shot this while the kids were playing red light green light. While I was shooting all day with thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment, this quick snap with my iPhone captured the essence of life within the walls of the orphanage.
“The Griffith Observatory”
PH: One of my favorites I ever took with my 4s. I’ve had good photographer friends of mine that couldn’t believe I shot it with an iPhone and I had to send them the original file so they’d believe me.
PH: I shot this of my daughters shadow on the playground, it was featured by Josh Johnson back in the day and was the first image that increased my following beyond the friends/family in my circle. I shot it with Hipstamatic and just rotated it because I thought it looked cooler.
“You’re Never Too Young To Dream Big”
PH: A street snap that caught a great moment of youth and art. This Banksy art on the side of the wall was across the street from where she was born (Cedars Sinai), so once again for me it held even more significant value of the message and the image.
PH: In this Chris Ozer portrait in New York, he and I were walking in SoHo just north of where the World Trade Center had stood…So to me, this flag which looks like it had been hanging for 10-plus years had a story.
Lost & Found In Los Angeles by Andres T
“20 years in the same city, still don’t know my way around,
I still get lost inside of my thoughts.” -Eyedea, “Weird Side”
I have a confession to make. I get lost. All the time. I wish that wasn’t the case, but I’ve finally come to terms with that disappointing fact. Ever since I was a little kid, I didn’t really care about directions.
Some people are awesome with directions. “Where are you going?” “Los Angeles.” “Oh. Perfect. Head South here. West there. East on this highway. Go North for a mile. Jump on this other other highway. Head South for 3 miles. Bam, you’re there.” Never cared about that stuff.
So, I can’t really give you a guided tour of these streets. I wish I could tell you to hit Spring Street or 6th Street, but I never really remember exactly which street is which. I kind of know how to find myself in these streets, but it’s hard to name them. As a photographer, that has been an interesting fact to deal with. GPS became incredibly handy, but sometimes, I toss that out the window too. I just rely on the wind and instinct to guide me.
Four Corners Of Architecture
That was the case on this calm morning. It was colder than usual for Los Angeles and the clouds looked like they were decorating the sky. I drove to where I usually go for peaceful Saturday or Sunday morning shoots and since I don’t really pay attention to street names, I can just say that it’s really close to the steel-palace that is Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Concert Hall’s website says it’s on Grand Avenue and that’s really close to the new Grand Park, so that makes sense. Anyway, near there, a really cool architectural gem stands above the street. One day a couple of years ago, I was driving to school nearby and thought I saw this. It was unbelievable. I hadn’t seen any pictures of it before because I wasn’t following too many Los Angeles photographers. I didn’t know I would find this there. I just stopped my car in the middle of street. Thankfully, it was an early morning class and no cars were coming. It’s not like I cared anyway. Instead, I just looked out of my car window towards the sky. There it was. Four buildings. Perfect. So, I went back to this spot for this photo journal because it’s still a really cool place, especially when the weather allows for this type of light. The original photograph is still my profile picture on Instagram and I’m not sure if that will ever change. Constantly reminds me to look around, look down and look up when shooting. Here’s a more recent shot I took at this place…with the Nokia Lumia 920.
Walking For Peace
After taking this shot, I thought I needed to park. I usually park in the same place because I’m a creature of habit. Plus parking in Los Angeles can be a painful journey. But, I park somewhere behind this pretty cool fountain and walk around. Because it’s usually early in the AM, I don’t have to pay the arm and/or leg that I normally would need to shell out for parking. So, after parking, I head over to that cool fountain, which is “Peace on Earth” by Jacques Lipchitz, according to a little Google search. The piece is pretty cool and it’s one of my favorite parts of Downtown L.A. I remember seeing it a few years ago and I loved how the water created an interesting contrast. You can see a shot of this below.
Walking Around Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walking around Walt Disney Concert Hall is almost always interesting. Nearly every time I walk around this space, I find a different angle, a new perspective for my shots. Sometimes, I replicate a shot, but the weather always changes the effect of said shot. In this case, the clouds really added some depth to everything. The light was just right. Having the Nokia in my hand also gave me a different way to see this space because I had never shot with this phone before. The display on the phone is large so I could see what I was shooting differently. Changing up the tools to shoot with can have that effect and this definitely served as a great eye-opener this morning.
Driving Around Downtown
People in Los Angeles usually drive. We walk around a bit (see above), but we generally like to drive. So, I usually do that around Downtown. On this day, I drove around unusually empty streets. That morning, I stopped whenever I got the chance and shot whatever I really wanted to. Usually, traffic really puts a dent on that, but for whatever reason, traffic wasn’t much of an issue on this morning. So, I drove, stopped, shot and drove some more. Since you just have to tap the screen on the Nokia, it made for a pretty excellent point-and-shoot experience for the drive-by shots.
Ever since I started shooting, much of it has been about self-discovery. Some of that self-discovery has been accidental and some of it intentional, but all of it life-altering. That’s why I no longer mind getting lost in the art, lost in photography, lost in the city. By getting lost in all of this, I’ve actually been able to find pieces of myself. The journey continues.
Show me your life.
Show me your city.
Tell me about you.
Tell me your story in the city.
I’ll visit your place some time.
Eng shows us the lovely mood of Bangkok. I visited Bangkok about 6 years ago. I remember that it was a hot and lively city indeed.
I don’t know how to describe myself. I love to photograph what is around me, my routine life.
I’m Eng, a 29 year old girl who lives in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bangkok through my eyes is the same as big cities around the world.
Everyday, we are passing strangers along the familiar street.
But none of us smile, three feet apart; a second of encounter, we dart away.
Then another meeting comes, on and on like this everyday.
No matter what you hate, it’s a hard thing to leave this deep, routine life.
My photography is a reflection of what I think, what I feel, what I am.
Maybe I’m the loneliest girl in this city.
Eng ▶ Instagram
As you know, China is one of the biggest countries in the world. Jessica shows us the very stylish, dynamic cityscapes and streets of China.
My name is Jessica and I’m from Nanjing, China. So glad to share my photos with everyone.
Because of my work, I can travel often to both Shanghai and Nanjing and can take photos of different cities and landscapes.
I hope you guys enjoy my photos, thank you!
Jessica ▶ Instagram / VSCO Grid
Jac from Singapore shows us real life through her mobile phone. Her eyes always catch everyday things, but it’s really dramatic and beautiful.
I’m a Christian mobile street photographer currently working in an investment bank.
This is the main reason why I am a street photographer: “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14). With reverence and respect, we marvel at the complexity of a pregnancy, the formation of a child, the structure of the human body and mind. Each person is intricately created. With amazement at the variety and depth of life, every person was meant to be wonderful and beautiful.
I love walking around. Most places I deem ‘walking distance’ seem too far for most Singaporeans. Besides the year-long humid summer, one of the reasons why my fellowmen don’t walk a lot is because our public transport system is incredible. I find joy in people watching on the bus or train, and being taken through streets I never knew existed, despite our country being so tiny. The iPhone has been the main catalyst for getting me into street photography. Fleeting everyday moments we take for granted which vanish like vapor, impossible to re-enact again, intrigue me. And when I realized the powerful pictures that could be produced in such a small machine, I have never stopped shooting.
My pictures tend to lean towards migrant workers or the elderly. At first, I looked to capture interesting moments in daily life but have recently been more drawn by the thrill of talking to someone, making them feel special when at most times they think they’re not. These simple conversations always bring a smile. I hope that through taking pictures, I will continue to admire and praise beauty in the everyday and especially to help others appreciate the value of those whom we hardly give a second glance to.
Jacintha Phua ▶ Instagram / VSCO Grid / Twitter
In reality, I wasn’t really interested in street photography.
I have seen and touched many kinds of photography in the past few years, I felt “something” in street photography.
I really love to imagine their lifestyles and background stories from their expressions and places.
Thanks Eng, Jessica and Jac for sharing your beautiful city views, lovely stories and a little about yourself.
Show me your life.
Show me your city.
Tell me about you.
Tell me your story in the city.
I’ll visit your place some time.
Old School Portraits with a New School Camera by Andre H
I am not a fine art portrait photographer. I am a mobile phone shooter. I love having the ability to use my mobile phone like my old Speed Graflex 4×5 camera. Combining my Lumia 1020 with Hipstamatic’s Oggl app, I did just that. What most excited me about the Oggl app paired with the Windows phone was a new film roll that emulated the old tintype prints of days past, and the razor sharp image quality from the optics in the device.
On Christmas Day, 2012, I began exploring the Oggl app and it’s ‘D-type plate’ film roll and various lens combinations. I immediately fell in love with the ability to duplicate this old historic process by digital means. I began creating portraits of friends and family. Soon this experiment blossomed into a portrait project that grew beyond friends and family and began attracting strangers and friends of friends.
At the time of this writing I have photographed 50 people. These portraits explore the very concept of identity. Since a good number of people are photographers who made portraits with me, my intention was to explore how people perceive themselves when asked to be, well, themselves, in front of the uncaring gaze of an, oddly-enough, mobile phone camera.
Creating these portraits were challenging. I did not have the benefit of hiding under cover of black fabric to look through a large 4×5 framed piece of ground glass to focus through. That would have been easy. No, I faced my subject with a fairly small, undiscerning digital camera, entertaining the questions and comments of how I was going to do this with a mobile phone. I assured everyone it would all be good and they wouldn’t know the difference. So what I am about to share with you is a step-by-step guide to how I used my Lumia 1020 and the Oggl app to transform my mobile camera into an antique medium format camera, creating beautiful tintype-like portraits.
Image #1-2: Before you get started, set the Oggl app to ‘portrait mode’ for shallow DOF (see image #1.) By choosing this setting you are telling the camera app that you want a shallow depth of field. Remember, large aperture (big opening) is a small number i.e f2.2. In portrait mode the Nokia 1020 will utilize a f2.2. aperture. When making portraits make sure to stand at least 2-3 feet away from your subject to avoid wide angle distortion. Focus on the corner of the mouth, (see image #2) to ensure all of the face is in-focus (this is an old/trusted technique.) This will come in especially handy if you’re trying to focus on the eyes of someone who wears glasses. The frame of the glasses will be in focus leaving the eyes soft.
Image #3-4: Open the image in ‘Photo editor by Aviary.’ (See image #3.) There aren’t that may good photo editor apps out there for Windows. This one I found to be pretty good, and there’s a Mac version as well.
Click ‘Effects’ choose ‘Clyde.’ This will immediately warm your image (see image #4.) Yes, apply ‘Effects’ before ‘Enhance.’ It makes a difference when it comes to filter stacking. Either way, please, experiment.
Image #5-6: Click ‘Enhance.’ Choose ‘Balance.’ This will adjust the white balance of your image, cooling it down slightly. If you look closely (see image #6), it is a minute change but a significant one in regards to toning. The slightest shift in color temperature can really make a difference sometimes.
Image #7: My image is now finished. At this point I can continue to tweak this image to my heart’s desire. And, I have experimented with adding/subtracting contrast, brightness, sharpening—the whole gamut. What I came to realize is that this final ‘magic mix’ was a good combination that resulted in an image that still felt organic, not over-processed. Feel free to give it a try and find a combo that works best for you. My next step would be to print or transfer these images on to tin plates to complete the process.
The whole set of images can be seen here.
[Photo Essay] A Man of Means by Brandon K
Following the Civil War In America, train hopping became a common means of transportation as railroads pushed west. For years trains were hopped out of necessity, especially in times of economic hardship such as the Great Depression.
From this, groups of migrant workers made a living hopping boxcars and picking up work where they could, and earned the name “hobos.”
Danger, excitement and adventure soon brought a romance to the idea of train hopping hobos, attracting writers such as Jack Kerouac, Jack London and Ernest Hemmingway.
The title of this essay is taken from the song “King of the Road” by Roger Miller and tells the story of a poor man living life to the fullest humorously calling himself the “king of the road.” While train hopping is not as common anymore, it remains symbolic of a sense of adventure, imagination, the open road and the adventures of life ahead.
iPhone5, Camera+, Filterstorm, Mextures, VSCOCam, Snapseed
We Are Juxt believes that a picture is worth a thousand words.
We tell stories through our photos, and sometimes a photo can say more than a whole book ever could. These folks I’ve picked to showcase today are from the site iPhoneArt.com ( IPA ) which has some of the most fascinating and beautiful galleries of work I’ve ever seen in one place. It is a small community, but everyone there is a true artist in every way. These are a few that submitted to the 1000 words group. We will try and do this at least once a month, it all depends on the number of submissions we get.
Please visit the site and these artists galleries, there’s plenty more where they came from. To see more from this beautiful gallery go here.
1000 Words IPA is curated by Mike H.
To see 1000 Words from Flickr
To see 1000 Words from IPA.
To see 1000 Words from Facebook
To see 1000 Words from Windows Phone Experience
You’re Drowning… I’m Yours by David Ruser
IPA // Eye’Em // Instagram
I rarely take a self portrait with a specific idea in mind. This particular day I felt as though I was drowning and really wanted to convey this in a photo. I took the original photo with ProCamera. Most of the editing was done in PhotoWizard. I also used Superimpose and Mextures.
Ode To Joy by Ivana Jechova
My picture “Ode to Joy” was taken in the Museum of Modern Art, NY, last year. It was fascinating to see a film of moving elephants projected on a large screen hanging in the center of a huge room and playing kids (visitors) behind the screen. Image editing was quite minimal – a little bit using apps Snapseed and Pixtromatic. I take pictures only in rare moments of leisure time. It is a wonderful relaxation for me. I greatly appreciate your interest in my photo and its inclusion into your showcase!
X-Ray by Chad Rankin
IPA // Flickr // Instagram // Eye’Em
This shot was one of many snaps that I capture of my children. Prior to Halloween my children were going through our costume collection and this was one of my favorites.
I took this shot using the Hipstamatic Oggl app, Lens – Florence / Film – BlacKeys XF. I then ran the image through the Tangent app to give the X-Ray effect to a portion of the image. I was going for Simplicity with a hint of surreal.
Stillness of Mind, Peace at Heart by Brandon Kidwell
IPA // Website // AMPt // Eye’Em // Instagram
I stopped by the St Johns River just south of Jacksonville Florida on a foggy day and there was a meditative calm in the atmosphere, moss hanging from the trees, the thick damp air muffling any possible noise except the smooth hum of the river. I too a few pictures and later sat down and wanted to portray that feeling I had while I was there, this is my end result.
iPhone 5, Camera+, Filterstorm, VSCOCam, Retouch, Mextures
Wide Awake In Dreamland by Andrea Koerner
IPA // Flickr // Website // Facebook
Wide Awake in Dreamland was taken with Hipstamatic and processed with Elasticam, VFX Pro and Grungetastic. The title was from the feeling you get sometimes that life is a dream from which you will wake up soon. Self portraits are my way of expressing feelings and emotions and hey the subject is always available.
Void / 3 by Juta Jazz
IPA // Flickr // Eye’Em
It was a usual spring day, April 16, 2013. I was relaxing at home with my iPad in my hands and scrolling through friends images on Eye’Em. The name of one album got my attention – Pray For Boston- what happened? I started searching for information (I don’t watch TV for negative information reasons). The information this time was really negative- I was shocked from that has happened in Boston that day… My feelings were so confused, I wanted to help these people or at least to send my prayer and wishes through my image.
I couldn’t find the right one to express my feelings. In my album I had a few snapshots from my video dance short film- here it is – this is the right one that I’m feeling right now… I started editing with a few apps- Laminar and Grungetastic… Finished. Here is my image… Here is my prayer and my silence to send…
Untitled by Carol Matre
I took this on a rainy day from a boat under the Golden Gate Bridge, and I used the Rainy Daze HD app for processing. I find I’m drawn to form, mood, and the look of the old daguerreotypes.
My purpose here is to to discuss those creative and inspiring “Hashtags” (#) that in some way were fundamental in the early months of Instagram. They became ways in which you could discover and meet amazing and talented people, sharing similar ideas and obsessions.
These were certainly fun days where at times I found myself trying to catch snapshots to fit into one of these topics. Something I enjoyed was when a photo could belong to more than one of these hashtags. I think this didn’t have much to do with photography but the intention was to explore, share and enjoy.
INDIE TAGS – born from the idea that they are very distinct labels and separate from all those that are popular and full with a lot of trash and spam.
I was able to co-create several Indie Tags. They were created with great friends with two purposes: 1. have fun and 2. find people who share the same idea and similar tastes that caught our eyes. These images could be shared in seconds with the aim of a thematic visual pleasure.
I hope you enjoy this hashtag and I will publish the other Indie Tags soon, with a specific showcase every time.
INDIE TAG 1: #NYEKUNDU
In the month of February we see plenty of red everywhere, so I’m starting with the tag #Nyekundu.
#Nyekundu was created on 23-09-2011 by Hans; there are currently 2190+photos in the gallery.
“Nyekundu – in my point of view – is about sharing the interest and mutual love of the color red. The color of life, passion, joy and love – red means so many different things to us. And that’s what’s so cool about it. It affects us differently. Nyekundu is about all of that—and the color red. I think the reason that I chose a Swahilian name for the tag was that it wouldn’t be too obvious. My idea was that it should stand apart from more obvious tags and make people wonder a bit. That, plus I think that Swahili is a cool language. Maybe I should add that I don’t speak Swahili at all.” – Hans
I remember having early discussions on whether there should be any rules for the tag, like there should be at least 50% red in the picture, but (thankfully) we never got there. It was just about having red in pictures, no matter how much.
The following 15 images are chosen by Hans, Suzanne and myself:
Photo by : @thenadj
Photo by : @artverso
Photo by : @artpen
Photo by : @debralandis
Photo by : @Kenflik
Photo by : @norbertvannunen
Photo by : @momisonig
Photo by : @il_david
Photo by : @evhane
Photo by : @evhane
Photo by : @clarkey
Photo by : @photoplatz
Photo by : @onuria
Photo by : @tato_62
Photo by : @ximoteo
I’m a proud, uncomplicated Northern Californian residing just a few miles north of San Francisco. While I love to photograph people (and my pug Fergus), my images often showcase pieces of local landscape and all that I find to be naturally beautiful about the place I call home. But, that being said— I do not view my world with a single “lens” or represent it using a single photographic style; you’ll find glitch art next to wet-plate processes and mobile photography alongside DSLR work in my portfolio. I enjoy curating the Nyekundu tag on Instagram with Hans and Hector, and am so pleased that the collection has attracted the quality of “art celebrating red” that it has– we hope you’ll join us!
Follow her: Instagram / Flickr
A good picture is a good picture is a… Don’t ask me what a good picture is though. I can’t tell you. For me it’s all about a feeling. Whether it’s abstract, a nature scene, a smiling kid or a graphic image — you know a good picture when you see one. The image hits something that’s already within you.
I’m Hans. I’m working as something so poetic as a procurement consultant in the real-estate business and live in a southern suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. Mobile photography became real for me in late 2010. The simplicity to take a photo, the ability to edit it – wherever, whenever… My imagination has been running away with me ever since.
Follow him: Instagram
I love a good romance, so naturally, it seemed fit to ask Scott and Irene to share their love story. Having met them separately on photowalks, I wanted to get the inside scoop on just what happened during the Be Mobile event!
Just like any other social network, love can be found anywhere – you just have to be open to it. And I, particularly think that this love story is a very special one…
It was the week of Labor Day, 2013. Fresh off a hectic holiday-shortened work week, and still recovering from a three-day stint at the Gorge, a decision had to be made. “What will I do with this weekend?”
Moving here from Ohio three years ago has taught me one thing: you have to take advantage of the short-lived summers and really get out and enjoy the sun while you have a chance. Caving in to the desire to sit inside all day and watch NCAA football while eating pizza and ice cream was not an option.
Days leading up to the weekend, I learned about an Igers Seattle photo walk. My daughter and I had been to a few of those in the past and always enjoyed our time together exploring more of this wonderful state and meeting some great people who shared similar interests.
The Igers Seattle BeMobile meetup (also hosted by KING5 and WeAreJuxt), Facebook invitation was staring at me. I asked my daughter, Allison, if she was interested in going. She said, “yes,” and the plan was set.
Once the day arrived, we resisted the urge to avoid the drive from Snoqualmie and made our way to Olympic Sculpture Park in our favorite city on earth, Seattle.
Little did I know that this single decision would change my life. Forever.
Igers Seattle has enabled me to meet many photographers from this great area. One of the many photographers I really admired was Irene. I enjoyed her thoughtful quotes, intriguing adventures around the globe, and her sense of humor. Oh yeah, I liked her photos, too.
There is one particular photo of the Seattle skyline that she took from Alki Beach that made me jealous. It is an amazing shot featuring a sailboat on Puget Sound in the foreground. There’s another one of the Space Needle (viewed from the ground featuring red tulips). Incredible. Her photo from the Tulip Festival inspired me to go there in the Spring of 2013 to see it for myself. I tried to best her photo but failed (this would prove to become a recurring theme)!
Irene and I had shared mutual admiration for each other’s IG galleries for over a year. Despite having a few close calls at IGers Seattle meetups, we had never met in person. This was about to change.
Allison and I made our way to the huge red sculpture at the park to begin the festivities. After meeting and mingling with a few of the attendees, I noticed Irene.
She had big sunglasses on and her hair was up (which was different from most of the photos I had seen of her). I didn’t want to be “THAT GUY,” who just assumed it was her based on her ethnicity, so I squinted at the name tag in the late day sun and confirmed it was indeed “Ireney128.”
As I was talking to Bridgette about fantasy football, Irene came up and interrupted, “Are you Scott/SeahawkSanders?” I was taken aback by this boldness and said, “Uhh, yeah.” Then she was like, “I’m Irene, Ireney128.” And then we greeted one another and I introduced her to Allison (they followed each other on IG, too), and Irene introduced me to Lisa, who was there with her.
At this point, Bridgette and I concluded our futile fantasy football strategy planning and the photowalk was about to commence.
After Brad, Bridgette, Victoria, and a couple others spoke to the group, everyone broke up and began their quest to capture some great shots before the sun set.
As people were going their separate ways, Irene saw me taking some video footage. I told her I was shooting some video and she said, “Oh, 15 seconds of video?” I laughed because I knew she thought I was talking about shooting Instagram video and was surprised since I was clearly holding a camcorder. I didn’t know what to say. Nerves got to me so I just chuckled. I began to question why I was nervous around her. Something seemed different. I had always looked forward to meeting her but didn’t expect to feel this way about it once it actually happened.
Not long after the event started Irene left. Before she left we passed by each other again (around SAM). She said goodbye to me and I was left with one impressive first impression and found myself disappointed in myself for not talking to her more and was hoping there would be other opportunities.
After going home that night I put together some footage from the event. It’s no accident that Irene appears (around the 0:28 – 0:35 mark):
I really enjoyed meeting her and wanted to talk to her more. In my mind my video would be a way in, a way to see if my initial impressions were validated. I had planned to share this with her, but something happened before I had that chance. I received notification to a tweet of mine…from @Ireney128.
Irene was not only on Twitter, but she had been following me, for quite some time. I am one of those people who will go on social media for a while and then just fall off the face of the earth for a month or so. Obviously she started following me while I was on a hiatus. How did I miss this?
Once I saw her response, I immediately followed her back and also started to back read her tweets (in-between Seahawks/Panthers plays – this was NFL opening weekend and during the Seahawks @ Carolina game)!
After the Seahawks win, I sent her a direct message to share some Dave Matthews Band footage I had shot at the Gorge (I also noticed, long ago, that we shared a love of DMB’s music and was envious of her since she had actually met the band).
Once that direct message was sent, it started a back and forth that lasted for hours, until 1 AM. The more I read from her and interacted, the more I wanted to read and the more interaction I was hoping for. The spark was lit, on my end at least.
The next day at work the messages continued. I was consumed by it and really discovering that I was starting to really enjoy conversing with her. It was taking top priority over work, sleep, everything.
Finally I got the courage to ask her out. I suggested other friends may go to help ease the nerves, but I wasn’t sure if they would join or not. I was hesitant because although I knew what I was thinking and feeling, I wasn’t sure if I was alone in this.
Many messages later, the plan was set. We would go out Saturday, September 14th. She knew how nervous I was and suggested we start out at Black Bottle in Belltown to help ease into the evening and get more familiar with one another in a friendly setting.
As I arrived at her Queen Anne apartment to pick her up, I was overcome with anxiety. This was it. Here we go. Time to tell if this was the start of something real or just friendly messages misinterpreted by a guy starving for something more.
The moment Irene walked out of that apartment I knew I was done. She had me. I instantly knew the attraction was there, but what about the personality? What about the chemistry? The skeptic in me was questioning what could go wrong and I kept waiting for it to happen and even trying to dissect it. Irene wouldn’t allow it, though. I never voiced this to her, but she wouldn’t allow it because with every conversation, every look into her eyes, and every action she made, she kept drawing me in, closer and closer. I was falling…fast. Like many others who have been hurt too many times in the past, I was also aware that I needed to keep my guard up. After all, I could still be way off on who I think she is, OR, more likely, she may not be feeling anywhere close to the same way.
After an hour or so having some great conversations at Black Bottle we moved down the street to Amber and things kept progressing. The chemistry was apparent, not only to us, but to everyone there. I didn’t want this night to end. Ever. So, I took a chance and suggested something I had always longed for. A romantic moment at Alki Beach. Yeah, it’s after midnight, but who cares. Let’s go to Alki! We arrived at Alki and sat on a bench and talked while waves crashed and we watched ferries passed by in front of us. It was incredible, I had chills. This is what I had always wanted, a connection like this. It was happening!
This fairy tale evening finally concluded, but since that night we have been nearly inseparable. I love her sense of humor, her beauty, the way she cares for me and listens to me. Talking to her about any issue is almost always a learning process. Driving with her in the car is a fun-filled event based on 80’s song trivia or just watching her laugh at something I say. I’ve never seen more love expressed for me and never wanted to see more of it. I love her so much and cannot thank Igers Seattle for giving me the chance to meet her and for changing my life. Forever.
Since the event and the night of our first date we have shared so many memorable moments together. In early November, KING5 featured Irene’s photo of us on a newscast featuring what you are thankful for. Weekend trips to Ocean Shores, Mt. Rainier, Crystal Mountain, and Las Vegas are just some of the highlights we’ve been lucky enough to share together. While Irene was away for work, I created a video of her to help pass the time until she returned and to always be reminded of the love we have for each other:
I just adore seeing how much life and love is in her when we are together. It’s so evident in this video (i.e. at 1:35, 2:12, 3:00, 4:18, 4:34, 5:48). She expresses perfectly what I feel and fail to fully show. How did this happen? How could we hold so much love and emotion for each other so quickly? “When you know, you know.” And it all started with one amazing photo walk. Unreal!
I often think back to the day we first met at that Be Mobile photo walk. What if Irene had not gone to it? (She just arrived back from an Alaskan cruise and went straight there from the ship.) What if Allison didn’t want to go, what if I had passed on this event? Where would I be now?
The thought of it instantly depresses me. Even though I experienced the first 38 years and 9 months of my life without her, I never want to think of experiencing one more day away from her. The love I found in her is something I can never fully express through words in this article. The years I have remaining is where I will try. Always. I am so lucky and thankful.
Thank you Igers Seattle, thank you so much. The community you have created has made such a huge impact on my life, it is truly amazing and I am eternally grateful.
Happy Valentines Day, Irene. I love you. – Scott, Instagram // Twitter
Instagram has been a life-changer for me. For me, it’s more than just sharing photos. It’s also about discovering my community and the world I live in. It’s about building and developing relationships.
Boy, did it give me the biggest and most significant relationship of my life.
Nearly three years ago, I moved across the country from Miami to the furthest point away within contiguous United States to Seattle. With no friends or family in town – and only a handful of colleagues and acquaintances – I set out to begin this next chapter of my life in the Pacific Northwest. I realized that Instagram was a great way to discover the Emerald City. I was in awe of the scenery and landscape and sought after more photos on Instagram. A search of #Seattle and #PacificNorthwest quickly lead to #Igers_Seattle, and I began to see the same names pop up over and over again.
One of the first people I started to follow was @SeahawkSanders. I always thought his landscape images were stunning. The compositions, the colors, the comments – they all caught my eye. I liked nearly every one of his photos, and he became one of the few IGers whom I knew I wanted to meet one day.
After a year and a half of mutual likes and comments, that day finally came on Sept. 7, 2013 during a photowalk organized by Igers Seattle, King5 and We Are Juxt. I recognized Scott right away and introduced myself to him (in my defense, I don’t remember interrupting his conversation with Bridgette!). I was making friends with many local IGers that summer and thought it was super cool to have finally met him and hopefully become friends.
Well, needless to say, Scott quickly dashed away any hopes of a friendship between us. In the following week, my days and evenings were preoccupied with friendly banter and exchanges (and I emphasize on the “friendly”; there was no flirting, at least not on my part!). I kept it cool the entire time. After all, I thought we were just friends. We agreed to meet up one week after the photowalk. I didn’t know if it was a date or just two friends getting together. In fact, I remember talking to a friend about it that afternoon about it:
Friend: So what are you doing tonight?
Me: I think I have a date tonight.
Friend: You think you have a date? What do you mean?
Me: I don’t know if it’s a date. He wanted to meet up but said some friends were also coming.
Friend: Let me know how it goes!
Scott doesn’t know this but going into it, I treated it like a date. I did a few wardrobe changes, asked a friend for his opinion on what I should wear, took my time getting ready (instead of my usual hurriedness). Now … a girl doesn’t do all this if she didn’t want to impress. He picked me up and the rest, as they say, is history. It was the BEST. DATE. EVER.
We went from zero to 60 in like three seconds. We knew right away that there was something amazing between us. But I denied it, downplayed it. I didn’t think it was real. However, I inevitably gave in to the powerful feelings that were overcoming me at full force. I remember looking into his eyes one day and I knew that this was it. This was the real thing. I love him. I’m in love with Scott … with SeahawkSanders!
What is unfolding between us now is a fairy tale come true. Scott is my Prince Charming who has awakened me from a 36-year slumber and breathed new life to me. One by one, he is making my dreams come true and making my fears disappear. He gives me faith, he comforts me, he inspires me to be a better person.
“He makes my heart sing.”
This photo caught the attention of King5 when posted it with the #k5thankful hashtag. In turn, the station featured us in their social media segment! Here is a clip:
On a cool and crisp October night, I took the ferry to Bainbridge Island to meet Scott for dinner. While admiring the gorgeous skyline, it hit me for the first time: Seattle is my home now. Miami will always be my home, but that night, I was able to say without a doubt that Seattle is my home, too. It’s amazing what love can do to you.
Instagram, especially Igers Seattle, has made a huge impact on me on so many levels: meeting new friends, helping me call Seattle my home now, and, most importantly, bringing Scott in to my life. Thank you, Igers_Seattle, and to KING 5 for introducing me to the love of my life. I count my blessings and lucky stars every day.
February 14 marks five months since our first “date.” It has been five months of new adventures, laughter, happiness and more love than anyone can ever ask for. Scott is my rock, my foundation. It has only been five months but it feels like I’ve loved him for years. And I cannot wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us … and to spend the rest of my days making him happy.
I love you, Scott Sanders. - Irene Lui Instagram // Twitter
A heartfelt thank you, Scott and Irene, for telling your story! – b.
Collected Recollections by Jeff Kelley
It all started when my father gave me a memory stick for Christmas. I thanked him, while wondering what he thought I needed it for- then he explained to me that it was full of old family photos- and I got very excited. There was a wide range of pictures on it- ranging from ancestors I’d never met, through scenes from my childhood. But the ones that I treasured most were of my parents and grandparents- the ones that told stories from parts of their lives I wasn’t around to witness. One of my favorites among these shows my grandmother (foreground) and her sister (middle) shooting rifles with some male relatives. I knew Mema had hunted when she was younger, often with my grandfather, but this was a photo I’d never seen. I knew her as the often-laughing Italian grandmother who kept gum in her kitchen drawer and who would make pb&j on crackers for me and all my cousins by the swimming pool. Seeing this frozen moment in time stirred wonder and admiration in me. – Jeff
Apps used: Image Blender, Tangent, VSCOcam & Snapseed
I decided to edit the photo as part of a collaboration with a friend, and post it on Instagram. I’d seen some very cool edits of vintage photos, often juxtaposing the vintage with the modern. But this was more than that to me, I actually had blood-ties to the figures in the picture. I explained a little bit about that in the post, and then asked people to tell me something interesting about their grandmother. Everyone had a story, not just of their grandmothers but of other relatives as well. Bridgette saw the potential of these stories and asked if I’d approach several of them and ask if they’d be willing to find an old photo, edit it in some way, and then write something about the figure in the photo. Here are their stories.
When I learned of him, my blood knew him instantly, like a sword, like a riot of errant curls, a furl of black smoke. The years on the submarine? The war in the Pacific? Never talked about it. The music? Never talked about it. His own father? Never. Facts will never tell me who he was. I know him in myself, though I never knew him, and no one will tell me anything. Headstrong and brooding, wild and big, silent, laughing, raging, the song so deep it can barely be heard. It beat in his mind like wind in a sail. He said to the song, the wild, the gentle heat: I don’t know how to do this. The song that beat in him still beats in me; indeed it led me nearly to my grave. I say, You are a giant wing to me, a blade. You can lift me, and you can cut me down. But you are just a man, and I am small. Just toss me and catch me, grandfather, please. Watch my waving hair blow in the wind. I wanted to be you and so I am. In me. – Alicia | Instagram | tumblr | wordpress
Apps used: Snapseed & Mextures
I hold the sum of your lives in my possession. Everything you owned that is still in existence belongs to me—in a trunk at the foot of my bed. I have your wedding rings. The little wooden shoes you bought in St. Medard, France, on April 18, 1919, while overseas during the war. The dress you made for the county fair when you were 9. It won first place. The little hammer you made at your forge. You were a blacksmith. The watch you carried; it’s engraved with your initials, CC. Postcards, signed “Oceans of Love.”
I am the only child of the only child of your daughter. One of you died when she was 5, and you were 30; the other lived with her at the end, until your death at 76. All the memories of you I learned about from her, and your influence on her life lives in me today, yet I never knew you. She, too, is gone and now all three of you reside solely in my mind, like shadows of shadows. Questions arise now, and yet there’s no one to ask. It’s all up to me.
There’s no wedding portrait in this chest, and only a single image of the two of you together, faded and blurry and far away. So I made this for you. - Cally Lence | Instagram
“An Assemblage Of Two”
Apps used: Picframe, Snapseed, Image Blender, PSExpress, Artstudio & Mextures
My grandmother Kathleen (Kay) had her first child, Theresa in the late 1930′s or early 1940′s.
It was interesting and unusual, that my grandmother kept her daughter, because she was not married and at that time in the world there was little support or respect for a single mother. I feel like it was rather brave of her. It’s heart warming that she met my grandfather Moodie and he took her and Theresa in. They had my aunt Jane and then my dad Bob was born in 1944. Sadly, I never knew them. Kay died when my dad was two and Moodie died when he was thirteen. This image is all I have of them and there is something so casual and sweet about the kiss, the closeness and how her rolled stockings are showing. They seem so in love. – Wen Kauffman | Instagram
App used: Afterlight
Like any 20 year old in his right mind, my father didn’t take much convincing to head out of snowy Ohio for a road trip to check out the scene down in sunny Florida. He took this old Volkswagen Beetle. He met an amazing girl, but before long it was time to head back north and possibly attempt a long distance courtship. Not too far into the trip back, his car broke down. He gave the car to a man sweeping the parking lot and called a friend from Florida who agreed to come pick him up and let him crash at his house. “Your mother seemed glad to see me back. Her father…not so much.” He stayed and they wed. Three kids, three grandkids and countless others are happy that Poppy knew there were more important things to do than fix his car that night. – Corey Gregg
Apps used: After Focus, Snapseed, Mextures & VSCOcam
This is my grandmother Marietta. I think she was about 5 in this picture. Her niece kept a copy of this framed in her dining room in Italy, so I took a photo of it when I had the chance to travel there. She was definitely the most influential person in my life. She’s been gone for 6 years but I still grab the phone to call her when I have big news. I’m pretty sure she would not be a fan of this edit, but I’m ok with that. I could always trust her to be honest with me (is there any other quality so rare?) particularly about the stuff I made. I always knew if she liked something I made, it was definitely good. I learned more about the kind of person I wanted to become while taking care of her in the last 3 weeks of her life than I have anywhere else, ever. We called her Nana. – Crystal Spellman | Instagram | tumblr
Apps used: Hipstamatic, Decim8, Fragment & VSCOcam
On the other side of this photo, she wrote, “Hon dear, I love you like the skies And the skies does not stop. Yours forever, Eva.” She had met an American soldier and she was determined to keep his heart. She not only needed to give herself a better life in the States but also the lives of her 4 Filipino sons. Her name was Nieves Fabia. But I only knew her as my Grandma Eva who lived with my ex-Army Granddad in a cigarette smoke filled, double wide trailer deep in the rural sticks of Raleigh Durham, North Carolina. – Sarah Macchi
Apps used: VSCOcam, Mextures & Snapseed
The first time I was invited at my girlfriend’s house many years ago, I entered the house via the garage. Next to the door that leads to the house there was a pike’s head glued on a plate. It scared the hell out of me, because it wasn’t a pretty sight. When I asked what that fish head was doing there, she showed me a photo of my father-in-law and his father showing their biggest catch ever. That picture always stayed in the back of my mind. Somewhere in the nineties I made a painting inspired by that photo, but I replaced their heads with Bull Terrier heads. I can tell you one thing, my father-in-law wasn’t pleased with (t)his portrait… Here’s a combination of the painting and the original photograph.
(The pike’s head is still present in that garage, looking even worse) – Bart Slangen | Instagram
Apps used: Photoshop, Snapseed & Picfx
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Family Love by Andy B.
Image by Todd
This image was taken in the carousel room of The House on the Rock in Spring Green, WI. I stepped back to enjoy the moment and snap a few shots of my wife and son together on our first family vacation, and our first as parents. It was a wonderful and surreal experience in many ways.
Image By Nat M
Uplift by Andres
“Love is family. Family is adventure. Teach them to love adventure” – Josh St.Germain
Image by Rebecca
How we need another soul to cling too- Sylvia Plath
Image by Christina
The Little Cameraman by BP
Love is my little boy. Not always understanding what or why I do things, but always wanting to see what I see in his own little way. His world is beautiful.
Image by Matt
What is Love to me?
The butterflies that well up in the pit of your stomach when you think of that special someone.
The ache and the yearning you feel inside whenever they leave.
And the tingly sense of anticipation you feel as you wait to see them once again.
“he makes my heart sing” by Bridgette S.
Image by Jessii Powers
“But this is something you have to figure out on your own. Nobody can help you. That’s what love’s all about, Kafka. You’re the one having those wonderful feelings, but you have to go it along as you wander through the dark. Your mind and body have to bear it all. All by yourself.” – Haruki Murakami – Kafka on the Shore
That may seem daunting to some, maybe even bordering on pessimistic to think of love as something we each face alone. Love isn’t about the other person, it never is. Love is about us and the more we love ourselves the more we can love other people, truly, unconditionally, with every teeny tiny bit of our hearts. Love doesn’t come with expectations or conditions, love can’t be owned or possessed, love never dies, it never goes dark, it’s the purest form of light on this earth. It’s why we live each day. Darkness is trying to control love, to make it something it’s not, to make it fit into a finite idea when love itself is infinite and omnipresent. Cultures, society, distance, time, families and a plethora of other challenges may make relationships almost impossible to have but that doesn’t, nor should it change the love we feel for those in our lives. To be in love is not a palpable feeling that comes and goes it’s a state of being in the only truth that exists in the universe. We don’t love because we get anything back, we love because we can and we love because we do and we love because that’s our purpose, it’s the reason we breathe, the reason we wake up every morning and open our eyes, it’s the reason we exist!
Every Waking Moment by Brandon
Untitled by Jen B.
Image by Mike Hill
”Once you care about a person, it’s impossible to be logical about them anymore.” – Some Person
Image by Jen Lp
Image by Dutch
No Grand Romantic Gestures Required by Joel and Stac A
Roses will be delivered, candies will be consumed, lovers will delight…
The day of love is almost upon us.
It’s also the day for Grand Romantic Gestures. You picture, John Cusack and hear Peter Gabriel playing.
When I was young, I, like many others, may have had daydreams of someone serenading me across a crowded room, picking me above all others and cementing publicly that their desire for me was greater than their pride.
As I matured, my tin heart had to have many dents popped back out, and I started to realize that most of those grand gestures are not so much about showing someone that they are your only one, as it is hoping and praying the gesture allows you to be their only one. It’s an act of desperation by someone who may realize deep down that they haven’t truly won over the object of their affection, and perhaps a huge billboard sign will convince them.
I’ve changed my views on “romantic love” more times than I’ve changed my hairstyle. Though, I’m still not ready to give it up completely.
This morning as my partner and I cuddled in bed, copped feels and laughed about ridiculous things, it felt as if we were newlyweds. As I drove to work, I thought back to darker times, a few years ago, when I was questioning my commitment. Honestly, think what you want, but love for me comes in waves. Sometimes it crashes on me in desperation, almost knocking me over with its fury. Sometimes it barely laps against my feet, tickling my toes with its emotion. And there have been many moments of low tide, where my heart appears cracked and dry, waiting for the waves of love to wash back over it.
It’s probably different for you, you may be desperately in love all the time, but for me the only thing constant about my love is change.
What keeps me committed during long periods of low tide? It’s knowing that even when I’m not sure I want to be around him, he’s there wanting to be around me.
Sometimes the grandest gesture of all is to swallow your pride and put societal views of romantic love aside and give someone a second, third, sixth, eighth chance to dent your heart all over again.
Love may start as a spark, a special connection, but a long term relationship is about unequivocally stating your needs and opening yourself up to allow a willing party to meet those needs.
I’ll end by stealing/paraphrasing words from a Relient K (yeah I’m in shock too) song
You’re still the Cusack on the lawn of my heart.
The solitary walk of the lone cowboy, an intricate architectural shot combined with some interesting reflections, early morning’s magical and dreamy mist, the sound of a guitar’s strings properly shredded by a true rocker and a forbidden, sensual kiss are making this fortnightly feature! And again I am truly blown away by the constant beauty I am coming across! Time to stop and ponder and be amused and amazed.
Each week I am overwhelmed by the quality that I find in the Flickr Group. I would like to invite everyone, and post two hundred photos at a time, every day! I might just take this feature onto a weekly basis… let’s see how it goes, but would love to hear from you and know what you think! Let me know, leave a comment if you have any suggestions or if you enjoyed the feature, also, if you have someone to recommend me, I’d love to discover those who you love and those that inspire you!
Well then, while I wait for your response, I’ll go back to enjoy these wonderful photos!
By DAVID INGRAHAM – You Will Find a Way
One afternoon in Downtown L.A., while standing at the corner of Broadway and 5th, I started crossing the street, back and forth, whenever the signal changed, stopping halfway in the intersection ( while making sure I wasn’t about to get run over ), and shooting people walking by. But, as is frequently the case, when shooting in a busy and crowded city, there was always some clutter throwing the composition off balance – a bus halfway in the frame, too many people on one side of the street while not enough on the other, etc. Instead of going back again, day after day until I got the right shot, I decided to create it instead.
Coming from a traditional straight-out-of-camera, decisive-moment background, I’m always striving to capture a good composition as well as an interesting moment in time. However, I do occasionally enjoy the creative freedom and challenges of trying to create a believable fictional reality through compositing. This image is a good example of that — an iPhone composite, made up of four different shots, all taken in the same spot a few minutes apart
I used one shot where the right side of the frame was empty ( no people or cars ), another shot where the left side was empty, another where this cool Ranchero dude was walking by, and finally a shot where I’d exposed for the sky as opposed to the foreground, getting more detail and drama in the sky instead of a blown-out look. I then meticulously combined them all using Image Blender, added the artificial shallow depth of field using Tadaa, and last but not least, did some final touches in Snapseed.
By taking this approach, I was able to create a strong sense of solitude in the big city — a feeling I frequently like to convey in my imagery.
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By MARCO LAMBERTO – Crystal Pool
Description: this photography was taken a few months ago, I’ve been working inside this building and sometimes I went outside by the emergency exits. From there you could get a clear view of the glass windows. Getting an interesting image of this place bugged me a lot and one clear sky day I took many shots from different angles. Lately I’ve picked up this image from my archive and edited a bit with Photoshop Express and Snapseed. The edit workflow started with PS Express by cropping the image square then I’ve tweaked it with clarity, highlights and shadows tools. I used Snapseed with the Center Focus tool in order to add some vignette and made the blue a bit punchier, tune image was used after for increasing saturation and ambiance. The final step was getting back into PS Express where I used noise reduction and sharpening for getting a crispier look.
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By Marianne Reiter zwischen – Jetzt Und Später (Between Now and Later)
In the mist between night and day the world seems magic, somehow unreal and dreamy. It’s all there, where it is, and yet you can barely make it out. I love these gentle minutes before sunrise. I took the photo on my way to work at the edge of a golf course between Winterthur and Zurich. I was running late, but could not resist to stop and take a deep breath and a few pictures – a good start to the day! I used Hipstamatic Oggl with Lowy Lens and Sugar Film.
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By Ryan Vaarsi – Fear Factory Live at the Whisky a Go Go
Concert photography has always been a love of mine. I carry with me vivid recollections of images created by Rob Sheridan, Ross Halfin, Pennie Smith and other photographers who’ve managed to capture otherwise lost instances of art in action. The concert photos that have stayed with me are the next best thing to actually being at the show and far better than video, in my estimate.
Let’s be honest, shall we? Smartphones are not exactly notorious for the grace with which they handle odd lighting situations and what could be odder than concert lighting? Deep, deep darks stabbed through by extremely bright spotlights. Smoke drifting across the stage and the band in constant, frenetic motion. I like my Galaxy S4 well enough, but it’s not the kind of fast glass a pro would be slingin’. That said, the best camera in your arsenal is the one you’re holding; work with whatcha got.
I’ve adored Fear Factory ever since I first encountered their album Demanufacture in 1995. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them perform a few times over the years, but never with a smartphone in my hand and never in a venue as…let’s call it “intimate”…as the Whisky a Go Go (capacity 400) in Los Angeles. I had not initially intended to take any photos of the show. I went there as a fan and wanted to watch the show, not “cover” it. That went out the window about 5 seconds after they took the stage.
Most concert photographers work very hard to get crisp, clear photos that freeze the action on stage. I might have been able to emulate that to some degree with Camera FV-5, which has decent ISO, metering and bracketing features, but I was disinclined to muck about with such things at the edge of the pit, as the boys blasted their way through “Zero Signal” and “Shock”. I also felt it would be rather obnoxious of me to blast at them with my flash from 3 feet away. Rather than go for the crisp, almost photojournalistic style of some concert photography, I opted to try and bring out the feel of the show. That intensity laced with delicacy which is characteristic of the concerts I remember most fondly.
The original version of this photo was VERY dark, except for the stage lights, which were VERY bright. I brought it into Snapseed, did some fine-tuning and used the Center Focus and Retrolux tools to create a layered, hazy look with some depth of field centered around the bass player. I’m rather pleased with the final product. It reminds me of a memory. Distinct enough to be recollected but with the details a bit smudged.
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By Susan Blasé – She’ll Be My Mirror
Hipstamatic and Mextures on iPhone
This is one of a series that I took with my mannequin “Dolly”. I started to shoot her by herself and thought it may be an interesting contrast of plastic and flesh if I came into the photos with her. All started as Hipstamatic shots and many are titled after songs. This picture I named after a line in Echo And The Bunnymen’s “Lips Like Sugar”, as I felt some at this angle looked like a reflection at first glance, and I was told looked like my mirror image. I slightly tweaked tone in Mextures and other than that it’s a straight Hipsta shot. It came to be one of my favorite photos of the collection.
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