Faces of Shanghai: Visual Story Telling of the Faces and Emotions of a People

All images by Blupace. Used with permission.

We’ve featured Blu & Pace before on this website, and they’re a couple who continue to astound me with the quality of their black and white photography. The duo specialize in portrait, fashion, and documentary photography–with a new series called Faces of Shanghai being at the fore of their new work.

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Levi Wedel’s Invisible City Envisions an Eerie Cinematic World Without People

All images by Levi Wedel. Used with a Creative Commons permission.

There are more than enough films out there that use and envision a near apocalyptic future, but perhaps none really capture it like Levi Wedel’s Invisible City. Levi hails from Alberta, Canada and the Invisible City project is a number of photos taken at night on medium format film. The scenes depicted are devoid of people–and when you look through the images it’s really easy to feel as if you’re completely alone in the scene. This sense of being alone leads to an eerie uneasiness that someone or something may pop out and get you; and that something is creeping in the darkness.

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Colorgrams: Combining Psychology and Analog Photography Accidents

All images by Kay Adams. Used with permission. Editor’s Note, in a previous version of this article we referred to Kay as a woman. Kay is actually a man! We apologize for this error.

“I am currently working as a Psychologist, creating photos both as a part of my job and as compensation.” says photographer Kay Adams in his email to us. “Ever since I was 16, I tried to get my hands on everything related to photography. I started digital, but switched almost completely to analog photography.” Born in Germany in 1989, Kay cites a sense of deeper connection to her analog romance. He calls this series his “Colorgrams” and in some ways, they remind me of Rorschach drawings.

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Laine Ellison’s MILK Portraiture Draws Inspiration from 70’s Disco Era Luxury

All images by Laine Ellison. Used with permission.

“I got into photography by originally (shooting) landscapes wherever I traveled, but never did anything serious with them because I felt as though it wasn’t my niche.” explains photographer Laine Ellison in an email to the Phoblographer. O’ne day a friend and I decided to go out and shoot around with some portraits and that’s when I truly became passionate about photography.” Like a lot of other photographers out there, this was only the beginning. Laine truly was and still is inspired by the creation process involved with portrait photography. A lot of this is evident in her particular style which she states draws influence from the 70’s luxury and extravagance.

The glitz. The Glam–it’s all there.

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Ali Choudhry’s Portraits Convey Edgy Characters in Everyday People

All images by Ali Choudhry. Used with permission.

“I started photography about 7 years ago when my partner gifted me a camera for Christmas.” photographer Ali Choudhry tells us in an email. “I had recently lost my possessions in a house flood and this was his way of getting me back into art as I often mentioned some of the things I’d lost.” Ali specifically says the word art because of his portraiture process involving the specific creation of photos, not their capturing. When Ali sent his initial email, I could from the words that he was holding back from showing us some of his best work–and instead being timid to show off all the work that every other photographer has out there on Instagram.

But I asked him to resubmit–and was pleasantly surprised.

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Jayanta Roy’s Himalayan Odyssey Is a Hypnotic Black and White Landscape Photo Series

All images by Jayanta Roy. Used with a Creative Commons License.

Jayanta Roy’s Himalayan Odyssey photo series surely reminds us that you don’t need the Golden Hour to create fantastic landscape photos. According to Jayanta, he developed the series over a year of travelling. Now just imagine that for a second: you’ve been travelling a whole lot and you’ve accumulated a load of images. What’s going to make you choose the final photos for your portfolio? Luckily, Jayanta did a fantastic job not only with shooting the photos, but also getting really inspiring black and white photos of the the mountain range.

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Jett Inong’s ANXIETY Combines Street Photography with Creative Color Usage

All images by Jett Inong. Used with permission. Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this article, we misspelled Jett’s last name. We apologize for this mistake. 

“Photography to me is a very complex form that consists of vast amount of visual language,” explains Jett Inong. “It is more eloquent than verbal language itself. When we look into a manual to build or fix something, we are most likely reliant to the photographs rather than the typed words for instructions.” In fact, Jett has a great point. No one likes to read a manual; and so it indeed is a type of language–one that’s easily conveyed in his series, ANXIETY.

Jett explains how that’s why he got into photography in the first place–the infinite capability to articulate one’s most visceral thoughts with just a click of a button, as he describes it.

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Daniel Valledor: Street Photography Inspired by Cinema

All images by Daniel Valledor. Used with permission.

If you were to liken any sort of photography genre to cinema, it would be tough to do so with street photography–but Daniel Valledor is sort of putting that claim to rest. You see, Dan is a photographer and DP based in Madrid. During the day, he’s a Telecom Engineer but he’s worked in advertising and commercial photography. To his extra credit, he’s shot a number of award winning short films and has won over 50 awards and 100 selections in international film festivals.

So when you take a cinematographer and blend his work with street photography you get something with a classic, beautiful feel.

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