We first read about Dan Zvereff on Japan Camera Hunter, we were captivated by his images and his use of Kodak Aerochrome. The famous infrared film was designed for military applications and what it did was turn all greens into a shade of purple. But that’s just the short explanation, and we’ve got a more detailed and in depth analysis here.
Aerochrome was at the heart of Dan’s project called Introspective, where he travelled around the world for three months on a quest of self-discovery. Along the way he shot various landscapes and scenes in the Arctic, Europe, and Africa.
We talked to Dan a bit about the project and his incredible images.
FACT: You can have the most expensive camera in the world but if you don’t know how to use it to its fullest potential, then nothing you do will matter. There are loads of ways to get better images without necessarily upgrading your camera to the very best there is. Instead, you can use that thing that you were born with: your brain.
To get you inspired, here are 25 quick ways to get inspired and improve your photography today.
All images copyright of Ben Zank. Used with permission
“The inspiration came after looking at some photographs by Rodney Smith. I’m also slightly colorblind, so doing some photos in black and white gave me a chance to focus entirely on the concept rather than the color.” says photographer Ben Zank on his recent self-portrait efforts. Ben is an NYC based photographer that hails from the Bronx, and that caught the photo bug when he found an old Pentax SLR in his grandmother’s attic. Ben often tries to come up with different fine art concepts for his images.
They can be described as surreal and almost based out of fantasy. More from this series is after the jump.
Lawrence Hearn has been a photographer his entire life and was a journalism major in the 1960s. And when Photoshop came about, he started to experiment with it for a while. His latest project is called Days of Future Passed, and contrasts modern day Chicago against what it used to be: 50 years ago exactly.
Projects like this are fairly common, but we haven’t seen much centered around Chicago. So we asked Lawrence about it. Our brief interview and more photos are after the jump.
Uhhh, we mean: we stumbled on the blog of Cara and Bob–the masterminds behind the popular Hipster Food blog and Chickpea magazine. It’s about vegan food; and it’s accompanied by some very fantastic photography that is bound to get you hungry no matter what your foodie preferences are. The duo utilized one of the best modern tools for marketing yourself as a photographer: Tumblr. Utilizing the community’s heavy emphasis on imagery combined with its simple shareability via its dashboard, they were able to tap into foodies and liberal minded creatives everywhere.
But of course, no food blog is complete without excellent imagery. So we talked to Cara about how she gets the images that she does and about running the community.
Photographer Pavel Maria Smejkal decided to do a project where he took iconic photos and re-envisioned them without the people in them. The project is called Fatescapes, and he tried to focus on exactly what happens in those moments and just how important the people are to the photos. He states, “Because we know these famous photographs so well, they are iconic still after removing the situation, the people. We know about that situation, we know what happened, Fatescapes doesn’t say that it did not happen. It asks questions about present, past and future, about photography as documentary medium, about sense and character of reportage photography and journalism, about our memory, history, about death…”