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All images by Jez Sullivan. Used with permission.

Photographer Jez Sullivan is a creative that is heavily influenced by the world of cinema. He used to play in rock bands, and then a change in life made his creative energy take a different turn. But Jez has a very specific and unique creative vision because of, well, his vision. You see, (no pun intended), Jez suffered from an extreme astigmatism for a very long time. It stabilized, and he then took to translating his creativity into capturing images.

Jez likes to be very low profile, and that is partially how he captured the images for “Don’t Look Now.” Jez tells the Phoblographer that the project is inspired by Nic Roeg’s 1973 gothic horror starring Julie Christie & Donald Sutherland.

“As a regular visitor to Venice, I was surprised at how many photographers fall into the trap of either producing ‘postcard’ type images, or simply using the theatre of the carnival as a backdrop.” says Jez.

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Camera bags are even more numerous than cameras and lenses–and each one has its own specific target. Everyone has the camera bag that is just right for them. They can be tough to find, and some of them can be expensive because of heavy use of leather. The more affordable but stylish alternative is canvas. Canvas is also incredibly reliable and will last for many, many years.

If you’re looking for a low profile camera bag made in canvas, here are four that you’ll really enjoy.

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“They’re not perfect, none of the fathers are.” says photographer Zun Lee in the latest episode of InFrame, a video collaboration between Bas Berkhout and Format. “There is no such thing as the perfect father. And again, that’s something the media tries to tell us. That the antidote to the absent Black Father is some sort of perfect Dr. Cliff Huxtable type archetype that can make all these problems go away.”

Zun Lee hails from Toronto but grew up in Germany. and lots of his work tries to challenge the media’s stereotypes of African American families. What he didn’t realize in his work is that he actively photographed father-child interactions. Part of this comes from the fact that the father that he grew up with wasn’t so loving of a person.

The way it relates to his psychology and through his work is rather telling and very incredible.

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TechArt is announcing today the availability of a new adapter that promises to give Leica M mount lenses autofocus when connected to a Sony EE mount camera. To do this, it’s using what it’s called z-shift technology where the Leica M bayonet is able to extend and retract. The distance between the lens and the camera sensor is hereby changed in order to autofocus. According to their press release, “The mechanism is quite similar to Contax AX system where the flange distance is changed for autofocusing.”

The system, from a demo, works very much like the way a lens bellows system works when working with medium format or large format cameras.

The adapter is said to be able to take Leica R, CY, PK, and MD with add-on adapters to utilize the autofocusing.

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All images by Mélanie-Jane Frey. Used with permission.

Photographer Mélanie-Jane Frey shoots portraits using the wet plate collodion process. “After 15 years of photojournalism I came to a point where I really needed to give more space to my creativity and my sensitivity.” she tells the Phoblographer. “I am still very convince news photographers are so important for the world’s sake. Without pictures to witness what’s happening in the world there would be no voice to the victims over the powerful, but what I need in my life and what I believe the world is missing is more beauty.”

But for Ms. Frey, she needed a creative outlet from her creative outlet. That’s why she got into the collodion process–because it’s slow and handmade. Plus, to her, it’s fun.

Part of that fun came to her while working on her project called “Orchestra.” An accident with developer fluid created an effect on the images that looks like a cellist is actually playing. On March 31st, she swill be showing off the images at the concert hall “Salle Cortot” in Paris.

 

 

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All images by Ryan Wilson. Used with permission.

Photographer Ryan Wilson lives in the east bay of California. “I’ve been taking photos now for a little over a year and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.” he tells the Phoblographer. “I also love to golf, which seems totally opposite to my creative side.”

For a man photographing for such a short amount of time, the quality of work that he produces is truly incredible. You see, Ryan’s images tend to convey some sort of emotion and therefore also make the viewer feel it. It’s one of the most important things that every photographer needs to need.

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Today, the winners of the 2015 Mobile Photography Awards were announced. Each image was shot with either an iOS device or an Android device with no desktop computer editing allowed. The results go even further to show that it’s not the gear, or pixel peeping that matters. Instead, it’s all about the actual image itself.

The images are after the jump.

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Photography, one way or another, is an expensive hobby. But you don’t need to rob a bank to get really incredible photos. No matter what, that starts with a creative vision, and to that end you can create incredible images with affordable gear. Don’t believe me? Look at the site’s many interviews: most of those folks don’t use the highest top of the line gear but instead focus more on achieving their creative vision with what they have.

If you’re looking to get into portraits, these lenses will help you get a great start.

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