Debmalya Sinha: A Black and White Personal Documentary Photographer

All images and text by Debmalya Sinha. Used with permission.

My name is Debmalya Sinha and I’m a personal documentary photographer. As Martin Parr once said, “Unless there’s some vulnerability there, I don’t think you’re going to get good photographs”; I started looking for my vulnerabilities inside my otherwise easy and mostly satisfying life and quickly found out one can find pain even in the intense orgasms inside the most loving embraces of life if one is looking for it. Emptiness and fear became central to my photographs and my life during this period. A downward spiral of self inflicted sufferings later, I slowly realised that crisis is not only about pain and suffering. Simultaneous joy of an ephemeral moment and the sadness as it floats away is a projection of vulnerability too and can be expressed together. This helped me start my current project “Mono No Aware” where I’ve explored emptiness and togetherness concurrently in a dreamlike fictional sequence. Here is a very short video of a subset of the pictures from the project.

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Dan Grove: Photographic Perfection in the Reimagination of the Mundane

All images and text from Dan Grove. Used with permission.

Hi! I’m Dan – I’m 19 and from Gloucester in the UK. I’ve just finished my Photography A2 course and I’ll be setting up my exhibition for it at school soon! I shoot with a Canon 60D and 18-135mm STM or occasionally my iPhone for quick snaps.

My photography is all about reimagining the mundane – the bit of England I live in is reaaalllly dull so taking decent photos can be quite a challenge at times. I love to notice the things that other people might miss and I’m always looking to get the shot that makes people look twice or wonder how/where I’ve taken it. I tend to switch across a few different styles in my work – I either shoot bold and clean architectural stuff or gritty, documentary-style street work when I’m out and about. I’ve also spent some time in the studio at school as part of my A Level course.

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Brandon Pittser: On Artistic Geometry, Symmetry and Shapes in Photography

All words and images by Brandon Pittser. Used with permission.

As a photographer, I would describe myself as a permanent learner, because I think the most enriching work happens at the intersection of my vision and something I’ve never done before. I try to adopt a growth mindset, because I deeply believe progress only happens outside of your comfort zone, but I balance that self-applied pressure with a sincere love of the craft. Robert Frost once wrote that a poem “begins in delight and ends in wisdom,” and that describes my creative process. Many times, I’ll have an epiphany in the development phase that elevates or entirely re-interprets the material from the shooting phase, and those are the most exciting moments for me.

For gear, I use a humble Canon T3i (with 50mm and 55-250mm lenses) and my favorite object, the Ricoh GR II – I take all of this gear with me everywhere. I use Photoshop and Lightroom for development, but not necessarily in that order. For subjects I favor architecture, street photography, and landscapes. Because I try my hand at lots of styles, it’s tough for me to encapsulate my work in a single genre, but I think of my work broadly as dream-like, candid, surreal, minimal, abstract, and contemplative. That’s a lot of adjectives, which is probably cheating.

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This Rare Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T Lens Will Cost You $15,200.00

We’ve known for years that Zeiss lenses are pretty pricey, but a rare Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T lens is taking the cake in so many different ways–going for $15,200 on eBay. The lens is an offering from Zeiss that of course is hard to get your hands on and for many reasons is really coveted. But by today’s standards it’s probably really a foreign idea to lots of photographers. The lens is an M42 mount–which was popular back in the day. The M42 mount is a screw mount system that includes a number of really fantastic lenses. Zeiss, Schneider, Pentax and the likes of Vivitar amongst others made some really good lenses in that mount that even today really astound me. Lenses back then also had a particular character about them–with the Zeiss Jena offerings being made in East Germany.

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Cheap Photo: Nikon’s D750 Only $1500

Nikon’s D750 is a very popular camera among wedding and portrait photographers and now you can add one to your kit for an insane price of just shy of $1500. That is about $500 in savings on one of Nikon’s most popular DSLR workhorses. If you have been considering a D750, this could very well be one of the best prices you find on it for a while.

Also, don’t forget to check out all the other great deals noted below!

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5 Square Format Cameras You’ll Love to Get Your Hands On

Lead photo by Reinis Traidas

The Square Format is an absolutely lovely format when it comes to shooting photos. It delivers a really nice symmetry that can sometimes be very difficult to work within when it comes to creating photos. But for many years, it was the standard on Instagram. Square Photos also seem to have a special charm about them; and I strongly suggest that every photographer try it.

Here are a number of our favorite square format cameras.

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Michiel de Lange: Picturesque Moments in the Street That Look Like Drawings

All images by Michiel de Lange. Used with permission.

Photographer Michiel de Lange has a body of imagery that’s absolutely fantastic in that his candid street photography is edited in a way to look a bit like highly complex scratch drawings. The photos in the end look absolutely fantastic. “Originally from South Africa, I started meddling with serious photography in 1986 when my father passed on his old Asahi Pentax SLR and a few lenses to me.” Michiel tells us. “Using this camera, I spent a few years exploring and teaching myself photography in its basic, raw form, later upgrading to a used Pentax ME Super, which I continued to use into the early 1990’s.”

Michiel got more serious into photography with the advent of digital in 2003. These days, he calls his Leica Q and Fujifilm X100s his favorites.

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