Sebastian Weiss Explores the Outward Personality of Architecture in “Dramatis Personae”

All images by Sebastian Weiss. Used with Creative Commons permission.

In portrait photography, the goal is to capture the essence of a subject’s personality and make use of a certain mood to match or highlight it. For Hamburg-based Sebastian Weiss, the goal of his architecture photography is more or less the same for an ongoing project. If you’re into this genre of photography and are curious about how he captures the “personalities” of buildings and architectural elements, this is definitely a body of work you’d be delighted to see.

Sebastian describes himself as “passionate about concrete aesthetics and the beauty seen in city shapes.” When you have an eye or appreciation for architecture like his does, you’ll definitely see it in his work. In his ongoing project called Dramatis Personae, Sebastian harnesses this passion to capture not only the beauty of architecture, but their personalities.

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Here’s What Happens When You Ignite Gunpowder on Printed Photos

All images by Dewey Keithly. Used with permission.

Photographer Dewey Keithly has been a fan of old photographic processes for a really long time, and he’s also always been very experimental with his work. His latest project was a combination of things including a super interesting and creative idea. For his latest project he took color print images and set them ablaze with gunpowder to give off a really unique look.

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Mika Suutari Imagines a Lonely Life for a Plague Doctor

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One of the strengths of conceptual photography is its appeal to the imagination through story-based imagery. In this day and age where everything has already been done, a concept doesn’t need to be something perplexing or completely unfamiliar. The most moving concept can also come from a distant past, as today’s featured photographs by Finland-based Mika Suutari demonstrate.

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Osborne Macharia Fashion Photography Focuses on the Iconic Rude Boy

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After featuring a handful of work showing daily life around Africa, it’s time for us to go deeper into its pockets of culture that most of us rarely see. Today’s featured project by Nairobi-based Osborne Macharia is an colorful inspiration for both fans and practitioners of fashion photography. If you liked his vibrant portraits of an old school hip hop heads who call themselves Kabangu, this new project by Osborne will definitely catch your eye. Aside from its cheeky title, The Return of the Rude-Boy is a showcase of Nairobi’s ghetto fashion scene and careful balance of bright colors.

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Alexander Berdin-Lazursky Merges Photography and Digital Art in Futuristic Fashion Portraiture

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Creative projects that blur the boundaries between digital art and photography may be pretty common, albeit somewhat controversial these days. But once in a while, we come across bodies of work that are simply surprising and amazing, it doesn’t matter how they were made. Today, we bring you one such collection of images, by New York-based Alexander Berdin-Lazursky.

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Felipe Bedoya Captures the Daily Life of Colombia’s Beach Vendors

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The goal of most documentary photographs is to tell a story in the most straightforward way, but what happens when it’s given a fine art treatment? Today’s perfect example comes in the form of photographer and illustrator Felipe Bedoya’s photos of beach vendors in the port town of Cartagena in Colombia.

Aptly titled Walkers, the set documents the daily stroll of street vendors along the beach of Cartagena. They peddle their wares to beach-goers who may want some food, drinks, and inflatable toys, creating pretty interesting scenes not only for documentary photography, but also travel photography to some degree. Based on the description provided for this set, the project is also part of a series whose objective was to study Colombians currently involved in informal commerce. These beach “walkers” are part of the 51% of the population working as informal traders, making Felipe’s work an artistic view into a national issue.

Also, from what I understand in the statement, Walkers also risks being a “misappropriation” of one of the country’s top tourist destinations. The peddlers, therefore, star in postcard-worthy scenes whose intention may not be clear (other than supporting images for the previously mentioned research work). However, I think they effectively and beautifully illustrate a slice of life along the city’s beautiful shores.

The peddlers and their wares create a nicely colorful contrast against the paleness of the sand, effectively drawing the eyes and interest of the viewer. I especially love the two other treatments within this set. The “Sequence” photos show transition and movement, while “Toys” is a unique display that combines the photos with sand through the frame to create a 3D effect.

I’m sure you enjoyed Walkers, so definitely give Felipe Bedoya’s Behance portfolio to see his photography and equally beautiful artworks.

Matthieu Bühler Takes Us to a Dreamy Stroll Around Neon Tokyo

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Japan is a paradise for photographers. It’s not just because of the latest and greatest in photography gear, however. Its cities are full of character that make them distinct, memorable, and certainly picture-perfect. Tokyo-based graphic designer and photographer Matthieu Bühler shows us how the capital alone makes for a dreamy street photography location in his beautiful set called Neon Dreams.

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Elizaveta Porodina Channels the 1960s “It Girl” with Retro-Inspired Portraits

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When it comes to portrait photography, I find myself gravitating towards themes and styles that go beyond straightforward portraiture. Nothing against the usual posed model shots, but portrait projects that tell a story, reinvent a style, or emulate a concept are simply inspirational in my book. One such example that I’ve tucked into my list of favorite portrait works is the retro-inspired “Who’s That Girl?” by Elizaveta Porodina.

A quick look at Munich-based Elizaveta’s portfolio sites reveal a myriad of styles in her portrait works. However, one of the things I noticed was an evident penchant for retro-inspired aesthetics. Her color treatment is a dead giveaway, and the outfits and styling complete the whole nostalgic mood. “Who’s That Girl?” is one of the best examples of this, from the vibrant vintage color scheme to the edgy statement pieces. Even the high-key black and white photos have a bit of Hollywood glamour shot feel to them.

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