Photographer Stephen DiRado on Documenting His Father’s Battle with Alzheimer’s

No matter the topic of our photography project, there’s always a personal affiliation with it. It becomes even more personal when it is centered around the people we love the most.

“…to answer your question, there was no real separation, this was and is how I function,” says Stephen DiRado about documenting his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Stephen has been taking photographs since he was 12 years old. From early on, his friends and family became accustomed to him pointing a camera in their faces. The camera was the bridge that brought him closer to those around him. In the late 1980s his father’s (Gene) health became the focus of his lens. Although it was first thought to be depression, Gene was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Until Gene’s death in 2009, Stephen visually documented his journey with the illness. We caught up with him to explore the impact the process had on him and their relationship.

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Christian Reister Gritty Black and White Photos Capture Berlin’s Frenetic Nightlife

Berlin Night images by Christian Reister; used with permission.

The night is young, the drinks are cold, and the parties are colorful — but it’s a different face of nightlife that you’ll see in this new photo book by German photography Christian Reister. Titled Berlin Nights, this volume offers a more gritty and personal approach in monochrome to depict the vibrant nightlife of Berlin. Alongside heady clubs, interesting party people, and dizzying dance floors, he brings us to the calmer and often more emotional “after party” scenes out in the streets.

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Cool “AudioPhotography” Project Combines Film Camera and Digital Sound Recorder

“AudioPhotography” is certainly one of the most creative and experimental photography projects we’ve come across this year.

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of talented photographers and impressive projects that were truly inspiring and creative. Many of them tackled eye-opening topics, and some of them challenged the boundaries and norms of genres and approaches. However, this work of Italian film photographer Mario Cipriano certainly tops our list of favorites. If you’re in need of some bright ideas to fuel your own drive for creativity and out-of-the-box photography projects, you’ll surely get a big helping with this!

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Reuben Wu Reveals the Beauty of Peru’s Shrinking Pastoruri Glacier

All images by Reuben Wu. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Chicago-based visual artist and music producer Reuben Wu has been one of our go-to creatives for inspiration for his otherworldly landscape photography. One of these is Lux Noctis, which, in his own words, “presents familiar sights in a new and unfamiliar light.” For the most recent installment of this project, he traveled to Peru in July 2018 to photograph one of the few glaciers that remain at the tropics at an altitude of 17,000 ft. The results are as stunning and magical as expected.

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Street Photography Inspiration: Mexico City at Night with the Fujifilm X-T3 and 56mm f1.2

Been thinking of doing some street photography at night? We have plenty of stuff to inspire you, the latest of which is a quick video of a night prowl around Mexico City.

Every city takes on a different character at night, as you’ve probably seen in a number of impressive street photography projects we’ve already shared here. Today, we’re adding yet another to our inspiration bank: a quick photo walk around Mexico City at night with some stunning photos to boot!

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Mark Broyer Takes Us to a Foggy Early Morning Stroll in Hamburg

All images by Mark Broyer. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve been following the works of Hamburg-based Mark Broyer for a while now, and definitely enjoying the unique nighttime perspective that he captures his city with. We’ve seen colorful after hours, misty nights, and dreamy harbor scenes, all strong and fascinating all the way to the recent installments. But in his most recent take on this ongoing project, he takes us to an early morning stroll around a Hamburg on the cusp of waking up.

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Dive Into the Painterly Nocturnal Seascapes of Antti Viitala

All images by Antti Viitala. Used with Creative Commons permission.

The sea has always been a captivating subject for artists, inspiring them to find new ways to depict the spectacular scenes. One of our latest favorite seaside works is by Cape Town-based Antti Viitala, whose surreal and aptly titled Nocturnal Seascapes set remind us how stunning these bodies of water are at night.

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Seeing Things That Aren’t There…Until You Look

The following is a syndicated post originally found on J. Riley Stewart’s blog. It has been published here exclusively with his permission. Syndication by Joy Celine Asto.

To appreciate today’s featured image, you have to STOP AND LOOK at it for a moment. Once again quietly: stop. and look. I don’t mean to be yelling at you. Really. But I did want to get your attention, because the story I want to tell you today demands some creative thought on your part. Fun! At this time of year, with the holidays fast approaching, we’re all going 100 miles per hour. And we need to just stop for brief periods to catch our breath. Or we risk missing something important.

The picture isn’t important. The things our kids say and do everyday: those are important. The holiday wishes we get from friends: again, important. The quiet planning by those busily preparing holiday meals: Important. Important. Important!

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Take a Peek at the Cool Kodak LPD4 ISO 4 Black and White Film!

Haven’t heard of the Kodak LPD4 ISO 4 film? Here’s a peek that will definitely get you even more curious!

Once in a while, we come across some films that are rare, discontinued, often times obscure, and definitely very interesting. The folks of the Film Photography Project have been keeping tabs on some of these prized emulsions, as we’ve seen previously in their top 5 unique and ultra cool 35mm films to try and experiment with. They’ve recently shared another ultra rare film to try, and we’re sure many film photographers out there would be curious to experiment with it!

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Watch the Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR Lens Survive a Heavy Rainstorm

We told you that we’d hold manufacturers to their claims, and the Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR held up to a heavy rainfall.

We tested the new Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR here in NYC, and considering how well we’ve know Fujifilm cameras and lenses to be able to stand up to the elements we wanted to put this latest lens option through a thorough test. This lens is Fujifilm’s wide angle zoom lens, completing their trinity of f2.8 lenses for professional users of their X series cameras. Tested on the new Fujifilm X-T3, this lens not only withstood heavy rains here in NYC, but also direct dripping. Oh, and we caught it on video that we posted to our Instagram!

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Simon Puschmann Uses Powerful Flower Analogy Inspired by “Me Too” Campaign

All images by Simon Puschmann. Used with Creative Commons permission.

How do you make a bold statement or support a cause close to your heart through your photography or art? Looks like Hamburg-based photographer and director Simon Puschmann figured out one of the most effective ways to do this by crafting a powerful analogy to guide your visual message. He executes this idea gracefully in a series called Assaulted Flowers.

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Antonio Gouveia on Creating an Atmosphere for Minimalist Photography

All images by Antonio Gouveia. Used with permission.

When it comes to the minimalist approach in landscape photography, we see a lot of different subjects and subtle variations in style. But the look and feel of the images remain consistent enough for the sub-genre to stand on its own: heavily atmospheric, minimalist, and dramatic in monochrome. It has also become a popular approach to architectural photography, and it’s not uncommon for some photographers to do it for both genres. UK-based Antonio Gouveia is one who often captures a good mix of natural and man-made elements in his minimalist work.

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Venom is a Badass Woman in this Cosplay Photography Series

This cosplay photography series stars cosplayer Luna, who struts her stuff in front of the camera as Venom!

October this year saw the Hollywood premiere of the Tom Hardy-starrer Venom and to commemorate (and in time for New York Comic Con 2018, too), actor and cosplayer Luna dressed up as a female version of this Marvel comics character in a skintight latex bodysuit and thigh high boots.

Luna’s final look is nothing short of amazing, with makeup artist Charles Zambrano doing her makeup and bodysuit that perfectly emulated a symbiote. And it’s all caught on camera by photographer Chad Wagner. On Behance, photo retoucher Valeria Belenko shared the final retouched images in an album called, well, Venom.

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These Beautiful Landscape Photos by Michal Gurnik Look Like Paintings

Let these images by Michal Gurnik inspire you into pursuing your next photography project! 

At first glance, you might mistake these landscape images by Michal Gurnik as paintings. Those soft pastel and natural colors plus the absence of sharp lines make them look like so, but look closer – they’re actually photographs! Indeed, many landscape photographers have worked to make their images appear like paintings at times due to drawing inspiration from many of the gorgeous paintings that they see. And with Michal, you’re getting just that.

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Check Out These Cool Kodak Ektachrome Photos Snapped With a Leica M6

Been itching to see more photos from the Kodak Ektachrome? Here’s a bunch, along with some insights on how to make the most out of this famed slide film. 

Now that more and more lucky film photographers have started getting their hands on the Kodak Ektachrome, some of us not-so-lucky ones are getting even more curious about the results of this much awaited emulsion. In this quick video, Ohio-based photographer Matt Day shares some of the Kodak Ektachrome photos he shot using a Leica M6, as well as his thoughts on how to shoot this precious slide film.

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David Williams Puts American State Fair Food Under the Spotlight

Photographer David William’s series may induce nostalgia and a hankering for those often greasy, always good state fair grub. 

One of the most important highlights of any state fair is the food, and these are what photographer David Williams is putting the spotlight on in his ongoing personal project, State Fare. State fairs have been around for a long time – Wikipedia says that the first U.S. state fair happened in Syracuse, New York in 1841 – and as such have become tightly interwoven into the American experience. Some of you might have memories of visiting state fairs: going around to take in all the sights and enjoying state fair grub as you go along.

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Paul Hoi Used a Mamiya RZ67 and Expired Polaroids for These Surreal Landscapes

All images by Paul Hoi. Used with permission.

Traveling with film of all kinds and formats has become increasingly popular these days, and we all have the analog resurgence to thank for it. Instant films are now among the staples of traveling film photographers, and some would even be keen on experimenting with what expired Polaroid films are still out there. The results, as experimental landscape photographer Paul Hoi found out four years ago, can be rewarding.

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Ezo Renier’s ‘Phobias’ Is a Visual and Conceptual Confrontation of Fear

By creating stylized scenes, photographer Ezo Renier makes fear become tolerable – even beautiful.

Saint Petersburg-based Ezo Renier described photography as his daydream about the world around him. It’s no surprise, then, that his body of work tackles surreal or fantastical imagery – from contorted women in glass boxes in the woods to humans depicted as creatures. They’re the stuff nightmares are made of – or dreams, depending on how you look at it.

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What It’s Like to Take the World’s Largest Polaroid Photo

Ever wondered how big Polaroid photos can be? We have the answer in this fascinating video.

If no one has told you yet, allow us to let you in on a little secret: Polaroid films go bigger than the 4×5 peel apart instant films you’ve probably seen. Snoop around at the Polaroid Originals website and you’ll see some handmade 8×10 instant films for large format cameras. But, it gets even bigger than that. How big exactly, this interesting video shows us, complete with a photo shoot!

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Tom Hegen Explores Global Warming Effects Through the Arctic’s Abstract Beauty

All images by Tom Hegen. Used with Creative Commons permission.

The Arctic region is one of the most extreme places on Earth, but also among the most vulnerable. We’ve long been hearing about why it’s imperative to keep the polar region protected: to avoid the catastrophic consequences and to. Munich-based Tom Hegen shows us what we could possibly lose to climate change in a beautiful, abstract-styled landscape photography series titled The Two Degree Celsius Series.

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Florian Mueller’s Street Photography Turns the Lens to Shanghai’s Streets

All images by Florian Mueller. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Night scenes are among the favorites of many street photographers. The sheer number of outstanding works we’ve featured on the topic are a testament to this. We’re adding one more to our roster of favorites in the form of Florian Mueller’s latest set, which takes us to the streets of Shanghai and its colorful Nightshift scenes.

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