Zach Alan’s Light Painting Photographs Are Fire – Literally!

All images by Zach Alan. Used with permission.

“…my chief strength in this genre is improvisation,” says Zach Alan. He adds, “Whenever a location doesn’t quite pan out, it’s a good feeling to still pull off a shot I can be proud of.” Everyone should admire Zach’s light painting photographs, not only for how interesting they are but because of the time and effort he puts into creating them. While viewing them, we feel like we’re looking into another world, his creative world. We’re big fans of this type of photography. It takes us away from the pressures of everyday life and injects some fantasy and awe into our minds. We describe the work as fire, not just because we’re cool, but because they literally are. Not content with an orthodox lighting approach, he introduces actual fire to his larger than life scenes! Tired of asking, “How does he do it?” we thought it would be better to contact him and find out.

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You Secretly Want This Rare, Unused Hello Kitty Polaroid 600 for $3,215

Anything Hello Kitty touches is guaranteed to be saleable, but we’re not sure a Hello Kitty Polaroid 600 should be going for this much.

If you’ve been following our vintage finds, you’ll know that we keep our eyes peeled for all things noteworthy, cool, and sometimes overpriced. Today’s find has all three ticked: a rare Hello Kitty Polaroid 600, in unused condition, going for $3,215. It’s definitely a collectible item both for Hello Kitty fans and Polaroid photographers (and Polaroid photographers who are also Hello Kitty fans). But whether it warrants the hefty price tag is another matter altogether.

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Kevin Krautgartner Plays with Light and Shadow in Aerial Photos of Dunes

All photos by Kevin Krautgartner. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve been following a lot of outstanding aerial photography lately for the abstract imagery they offer to intrepid photographers. It’s exciting to see them uncover nature’s breath-taking art that stays hidden from most of us. It’s also interesting how each shot is a testament to the impact of perspective on perception. Case in point is the expanse of sand dunes that German photographer Kevin Krautgartner captured to present a mesmerizing dance of light and shadows.

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Photographer Carmen Yahchouchy Visits Your World as You Sleep

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“I was only a visitor to their ‘safe’ space, and they were eager to go back to ‘dreaming’ as well,” says photographer Carmen Yahchouchy. Carmen has an inquisitive mind. A tremendously intelligent photographer, she communicates her view of the world through compelling visual storytelling, as we see in her series, Vulnerable Visits. On a much deeper level, the place in which we rest can be something sacred, and Yahchouchy recognizes that. She took something as simple as men sleeping and turned it into an exploration of anxiety, dreams, and vulnerability. The work is simple in execution, but complex in its meaning – naturally, we found this intriguing.

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Exploring the Bigger Creative Roles of Film Photography and Print (NSFW)

For Nick Sabatalo, film photography is less about the cool factor and more about its role as a bastion of fine art alongside the print.

With film photography still having a place in our creative arsenal, we’re always curious about how fellow film photographers are going against the grain and making the most out of the unique medium. So, when (currently) Los Angeles-based fashion photographer and casting director Nick Sabatalo got in touch with us to share the latest in his film photography forays, we were curious. Five years after picking up a film camera, he’s now venturing into a major component of the medium that most of today’s film photographers are skipping: making fine art prints of their images. In our chat with Nick, we asked him to tell us more about his insights on print (specifically darkroom printing), the plans for his all-film photography magazine, and what roles film is meant to fill in the realm of fine art photography.

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Yusuke Nishibe’s Creative Photos Honor a Traditional Japanese Print

All photos by Yusuke Nishibe. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Before photography became one of the primary tools for creative expression and documentary work, there were traditional art and printing techniques. Japan was a cradle of some of the most fascinating of these, including a nature printing method called Gyotaku. It’s safe to say that it inspired Yokosuka based Yusuke Nishibe to use photography as a way of paying tribute to the unique craft with his own digital version.

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Tobias Friedrich’s Old Canon DSLR Captures Critters of the Deep Seas

All photos by Tobias Friedrich. Used with Creative Commons permission,

If you were fascinated with the surreal sea creatures photographed by Tobias Friedrich during one of his blackwater dives, he’s got more to satisfy your curiosity. In his latest snaps, he showcases the diversity of tiny critters in tropical waters of Indonesia, training his macro lens on creatures both weird and wonderful. If you have a keen interest in marine life, or simply find blackwater diving intriguing, this collection will surely be worth checking out.

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Giacomo Bruno Makes a Beautiful Tribute to the Masters of Japan

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When it comes to getting a glimpse of life in the world’s best-known places, Giacomo Bruno remains one of our go-to documentary photographers. The last time we followed the adventures of the Milan-based photographer, he took us to the depths of the Amazon forest in Brazil to show how the people of Beira do Río grow and harvest the açaì berry. His latest travels took him to Japan, which he found a fascinating country for its strong and heartfelt adherence to traditions, especially when it comes to art and craftsmanship. Of course, he couldn’t pass up documenting this particular side of the country’s culture. He did so by photographing the masters of the most typical and traditional of the Japanese arts.

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Analog Self-Portraits Help Chantal Convertini to Love and Accept (NSFW)

All images by Chantal Convertini. Used with permission. 

“I don’t like these overly perfect fashion images that are as pretty as they are empty.” That’s the thought of Chantal Convertini. She adds, “shooting self-portraits is a form of self-acceptance and self-love.” She gives her audience a raw, straight out of camera view of her world with film photography that is gentle, but also has a powerful message – we’re human, we’re different, and that’s okay. In her portfolio, a mix of portraits and self-portraits, we see women wanting to connect to themselves, not to the self that society tells them to connect to. We find this truly inspiring and we adore the beautiful results that come from this creative approach.

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Marta Syrko’s “Dot” Is a Very Clever Take on Fashion Photography

Feeling stuck in your fashion photography projects? You might want to draw some timeless inspiration from the work of Marta Syrko.

Fashion photography can sometimes look bland and repetitive these days. What usually works to remedy this is trying something new, or drawing inspiration from a totally different style. If you’re looking into shaking up your practice with more timeless imagery, we think you’ll find the work of Ukranian fashion, portrait, and fine art photographer Marta Syrko inspiring.

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Andreas Urscheler: Minimalist Mountain Scenes in Monochrome

All photos by Andreas Urscheler. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Been thinking about going monochrome for your next landscape photography project? If the mountains are your next destination, we have just the right series to inspire you. Zurich-based Andreas Urscheler takes us along the majestic curves and winter slopes of the Davos and Piz Kesch area in Switzerland through his beautiful minimalist snaps in black and white.

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Vlad Tretiak: Nighttime Street Photography in Siberia Shot on Film

All photos by Vlad Tretiak. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve put the spotlight on a fair bit of impressive film photography here, and we’re keen on adding more. If you’re a film photographer looking into keeping the craft alive, we have another series to inspire you. Since 2013, Russian photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer Vlad Tretiak has been shooting his hometown of Kemerovo and its surrounds on film, in both 35mm and 120 formats. His two-part collection is comprised of some moody nighttime scenes made extra dreamy by the nostalgic look of film. Step right up if that sounds like the look you’re going for!

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Paolo Pettigiani’s Full Spectrum Nikon D750 Photos of the Aeolian Islands

All photos by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Charmed by infrared photography and thinking of taking the plunge into the craft? Our featured landscape series should be more than enough to give you that push. We’re putting the spotlight back on Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani, who previously impressed us with his infrared photos of the Dolomites and New York City’s Central Park. This time, we have our eyes on his surreal infrared snaps of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily.

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4 Easy to Follow Tips on How to Get Yourself Out of a Creative Rut

There’s nothing harder than dealing with a creative rut when you’re a creator.

Being a photographer or a media creator can be challenging at the best of times, but when you find yourself slipping into a creative rut, what was once fun and uplifting can become a burden quite quickly. Like many others, I have been through several creative ruts, with my most recent rut being not too long ago. This time around I didn’t know what I was going to do to get myself out of it. Anita Sadowska, a popular YouTuber, recently posted a new video that deals with this issue. The video offers four very easy to follow tips on how you can break free of your own creative rut. Continue reading…

Obscura: Beautifully Puzzling Imagery of Surrealist Simon Hjortek

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There’s more to portrait photography than just straightforward headshots or studio portraits. As we’ve seen in many previously featured conceptual portrait works, it can also be used to tell stories. It’s always interesting to see what surrealists — or at least those who have an inclination for bizarre and peculiar imagery — can create out of portraiture. Another perfect case in point is a series by Swedish fine art photographer and filmmaker Simon Hjortek, which features a strange combination of elements to produce a visual narrative that challenges the viewer’s perception and imagination.

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Justin Zoll Photographed the Beauty of Crystallized Amino Acids

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The invention of the microscope has opened our eyes to a totally surreal and stunning realm that would otherwise be unknown to us. It led to countless breakthroughs, not only in science but also art. A perfect example is how Ithaca, New York-based Justin Zoll has found a way to use the power of microscopy to reveal the colorful and kaleidoscopic world hiding beneath crystallized amino acids. If you’re into the unique imagery created by the merging of art and science, you’ll surely find this body of work fascinating.

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Watch These Canon Cameras and Lenses Get Cut in Half by Water Jet

Warning: These water jet cutter videos are pretty painful to watch. Make sure you hug your cameras and lenses after!

We spot a lot of photography related stuff on Reddit; a lot of it is downright cool, some is slightly unsettling. Today’s find falls under the latter, so you might want to proceed with caution. A thread titled “Cutting things in half with water” obviously doesn’t spell anything good befalling photography gear. Still, we followed a lead to the Waterjet Channel on YouTube, and found their videos slicing Canon cameras and lenses (a Canon Elan 35mm SLR camera, a Canon 17-85mm zoom lens, and a Canon G7X) in half. If you’re curious about how it’s done, and what the innards of this gear looks like, then watch the videos after the jump.

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Paolo Pettigiani’s Infrared DJI Mavic Pro 2 Shot The Maldives

All photos by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve been following the work of Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani for quite some time, mesmerized by his infrared renditions of some of the world’s most famous locations. The latest of these takes us to The Maldives, a tropical nation already stunning on its own, but even more eye-catching in infrared. This series becomes that much more striking with the addition of aerial photography!

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‘Their Grind Not Mine’ Is a Zine That Explores the Human Form

All images of the zine by Lester Jones. Used with permission.

“I shot quick candid portraits and my obsession with documenting this further was born,” said Lester Jones. a photographer who connects to the daily life of the people he lives amongst. His project – and now zine – Their Grind Not Mine, takes a candid look at the mundane, difficult routines people endure. Shot in several major cities around the world, the work looks at the cultures and behaviors of the human form. In this collection of street portraits and street photography, Lester has turned every day, monotonous normalities into something interesting and compelling.

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Paolo Pettigiani Reimagines Dubai as a Surreal Infrared Metropolis

All photos by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Dubai has been a favorite location for many photographers: its stunning architectural elements are artworks in their own right. But if you’re fond of unique takes and perspectives on the world’s best known cityscapes, you’ll find this Dubai series by Italian photographer and graphic designer Paolo Pettigiani nothing short of impressive. As he has done with New York City’s Central Park, he opens our eyes to the surreal and unseen face of Dubai through infrared photography.

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Photography History: The Cameras Behind Iconic Photos

If you’ve ever been curious about the cameras used to shoot some of the iconic snaps in photography history, you’ll find this interesting.

Photography history is full of colorful milestones and unforgettable moments. It’s not surprising that more and more of today’s generation of photographers are interested in the small details. Learning about the most iconic photographs, for example, often leads to getting curious about the cameras used to shoot them. If that sounds like you, we have just the right stuff!

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