Justyna Zduńczyk’s Hong Kong Puzzles Is a Quiet Study of Color and Geometric Shapes

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When you look at Justyna Zduńczyk’s Hong Kong Puzzles, you’ll find a myriad of things to look and and ponder over. The series, which was obviously shot in Hong Kong, puts the city’s apartments under the magnifying glass and tries to make sense of them in an orderly way. One of the most interesting parts of the project is that it was photographed in a way that puts an emphasis on the pastel colors contrasting with the very plain white backgrounds of the city. Perhaps indeed pollution can make for great photography.

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Skander Khlif’s Black and White Images of The Surfers of Munich

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It’s not often a photographer can pull off absolutely incredible black and white surfing images, but Skander Khlif has surely done that. His series, The Surfers of Munich, centers on documenting surfers as they tackle a massive river wave. More importantly, they’re a big slap in the face to every photographer who believes that images need to be tack sharp 100% of the time. Instead, Skander uses the motion of the ocean (or river) to create a sense of urgency and drama throughout the scenes.

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Stefano Gardel’s Neon Deserts Look Like an Alien Movie

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There are very few things that captivate landscape photographers like the sunset; and Stefano Gardel has captured that pretty perfectly in his series “Neon Deserts.” The series, which is shot out in deserts in California, has a haunting look to it. It’s very easy for a photographer or a viewer to imagine that someone or something would be moving about. But instead, that isn’t really the case. What you see in the compositions are loneliness and a harsh life.

Stefano’s photos are masterfully composed not only according to the traditional rules of compositions but also in terms of color. Neon Deserts features layer upon layer of color and tonality building from smooth textures onto the rough surface of the terrain. Additionally, the lighting tends to change rather dramatically as you get closer to the surface. The scenes are cropped in a way to seem almost cinematic–which is part of the appeal of the entire series. In fact, I almost expect them to be cinemagraphs.

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Yasser Alaa Mobarak: Not Your Typical Street Photographer

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Photographer Yasser Alaa Mobarak is a 24-year-old, award-winning Egyptian photographer based in Delhi, India. He is not your typical street photographer. He’s one of the winners of the highly coveted Sony World Photography Awards. He’s also won prizes from The International Federation of Photographic Art, National Geographic Egypt, Photographic Society of America and Prix De La Photographie Paris. Of course, for such a young age, he’s quite decorated.

In fact, he’s achieved a whole lot in under 10 years. He started shooting when he was 18 when the Egyptian Revolution took place. “I saw strange events happening in my country for the first time so I decided to buy camera and start documenting these events,” he tells us. “This was the starting point of my photographic journey.” Along this journey, he drew influences from photographers Ashraf Talaat and Steve McCurry. For Yasser, photography became his creative tool for documentation, art, self-expression, and sharing his vision.

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Gene Altman’s Vintage Street Photography Showcases Candid NYC in the 1960s

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“What drew me to street photography was the thrill of candid photography,” explains photographer Gene Altman about his candid street photography from the 1960s in NYC. “I was drawn to it because I soon found that giving people time to pose usually masked their truth.” Gene’s images are part of his book called Cityscapes: Intimate Strangers which brings many of these beautiful candid moments to the fore. Gene moved to NYC a long time ago in pursuit of becoming a full time photographer. There were bouts in between where he went without work and sometimes got depressed. So in order to cope, he went out and photographed the people in the streets.

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Silent Killers Puts Pollution of the Ocean Front and Center in these Photos

All images for Silent Killers by Jose G Cano and Christine Ren. Used with permission.

“To stop derelict gear being left in the first place, requires international policy change and regulations & monitoring of the fishing industry.” stated Christine Ren about her project Silent Killers. The photo series has been making the rounds on the web and is designed to bring attention to a big problem: pollution of the water.

So naturally, we wanted to get to know a bit more about the creative message behind the project.

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Forbidden City: Jonathan Higbee’s Exploration of the World He’s Banned From

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At a certain point earlier on in his Forbidden City project, Jonathan Higbee started to wonder where the project should go. You see, it’s much different from a lot of the work he typically does. Jonathan is a street photographer and surrealist photographer who does some commissions on the side. His work has always been expressive in some way or another, but nothing quite as deep as what’s being portrayed in Forbidden City. Forbidden City is a project that uses Google Street View to showcase places that he and his husband aren’t allowed to travel.

There are lots of questions involved with the curation of a project like this. And indeed, this is a very curatorial project.

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Felix Hernandez’s Ode to Back to the Future Will Give You Serious Nostalgia

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We’ve featured Felix Hernandez here a number of times for his awesome photo projects, and this time around he’s giving us an ode to Back to the Future. Felix has been creating small scale model photography for a while now as his own personal tribute to a lot of different movies and cool parts of popular geek culture. A lot of it has to do with cars while other parts have more to do with Star Wars or other movies. But for Back to the Future, he needed to capture all the neons, fire and the overall spirit of the incredibly popular 80s movie.

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