Martin Rak’s Ethereal Long Exposure Black and Whites Border On The Surreal (Premium)

All Images By Martin Rak. Used With Permission.Czech photographer Martin Rak’s long exposure black and white landscapes are what dreams are made of. “I have recently been more attracted to black and white photography, which especially together with long exposures allow me to drift away from the real world and realize my creative intention.” Mr Rak says about his latest black and white works. The smooth gradations from black to grey to white, the tack sharp details, but almost surreal feeling really gives the impression that what you are viewing is somehow otherworldly.

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Ha Long Bay: Greg Whitton’s Prose on Scale and Human Impact on Nature (Premium)

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The world is full of absolutely breath-taking destinations that have long been the muse of many an artist. Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay is one such location that is often depicted as a pristine, untouched world marvel that shows Mother Nature’s majesty and resilience over the course of time. Ha Long Bay consists of a dense cluster of around 1600 limestone monolithic islands topped with thick jungle vegetation seemingly jutting out of the ocean. It’s no wonder why in 2000, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee named Ha Long Bay on a World Heritage Site. It’s also no surprise that photographers like Greg Whitton flock to Vietnam in hopes of capturing the world marvel.

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Frank Dautant: Views From The Land Down Under (Premium)

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Once an engineer and now working in the photography industry, Frank Dautant is a photographer based in New Jersey. Of all the things he photographs (and being a self-described film photography addict, that is a lot of things) he says that shooting landscapes is his favorite. For Mr. Dautant, the process of taking a photograph is incredibly meditative, and constitutes a real consideration of the moment, heightened from his everyday experience. Once an engineer and now working in the photography industry, Mr. Dautant is an avid traveler. These vast views come from the wild landscape of Australia, where Mr. Dautant lived and worked for several years.

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Varina Patel: Drawing Inspiration from Black and White (Premium)

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Varina Patel uses her photograhy as an escape from the real world, a chance to get away from all the stresses and distractions of our modern society. through her work, she uses her images to share these moments with others, people who may not be so fortunate to be able to get away. Black and White plays an important role for Ms. Patel, helping her to draw attention to specific elements on a scene, be it the light, a form, or a texture.

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Clyde Butcher Finds Inner Peace in the Wilderness

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Clyde Butcher has recently become acutely aware of his mortality. “My time on this beautiful world is coming to an end…74 and counting…I want to spend my time left here on this great planet out in the beauty of nature, photographing. Heaven, before heaven.”

One look at his work and you may think: “Heaven, indeed.”

Some 15 years ago, when I was the managing editor of a well-known photo magazine, I dubbed Clyde Butcher “The Next Ansel Adams.” For good reason: His photos of Florida’s Everglades, which were all I knew of him, and they were awesome and impressive not just because of the Ansel influence, but because he had clearly found his place. If Ansel visually owned the West, Clyde owned Florida. But there was more. Much more.

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Hengki Koentjoro: Fine Art Surrealist Landscapes

All Images By Hengki Koentjoro. Used with Permission. 

What makes black and white photography so important to you?

My work is in Black and White photography. With black and white, it gives me freedom to express my creativity, especially in fine art photography. Ansel Adam’s Zone System has taught me to see BW in more detail especially with the ability to “play” with the tonality of the medium. It is not only 2 colors; Black and White, but a totally different spectrum that consists of infinite shades of grays. This knowledge has allowed me to do many things in order to create atmospheric photography that accentuates the mood and nuance.

Another master of photographer that has deeply influenced my style is Michael Kenna. His sense of composition is second to none and his ability to create minimalist photography gave the impression that less is more.

I also inspired by Haiku, short poem originated in Japan, it teaches me to be simple and look at this world in the most contemplative way. Haiku is about nature and nature is the place where I seek my freedom, expression, and identity.

What inspires you to create photographs?

I love nature; it helps me get my sanity back. The ocean and mountain, in particular, have that mystic and mystery values that I look up deeply/highly.

Living in Indonesia is a blessing. Boast with 17,000 islands and known for their “rings of fire” where there are more active volcanoes per islands thank any other country on earth. I’m blessed with these playgrounds and I’m free to go wherever I please without any problems. It’s only normal that I love landscape photography.

Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the art world?

It all depends on the genre the photographer specializes in, and what they are shooting on a regular basis.  My preferred genre is in the fine art photography and BW suits this style very much. In my opinion, fine art photography is a genre that is done in a personal, deeply subjective style; something that expresses the spirit of the creator. Rather than reporting what you see, fine art also embodies the character and soul of the one behind the camera and that makes for pictures that are very-unique and also very easy to distinguish from other photographers. So, I will continue with the ambition to be a fine art photographer, first and foremost.

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Lucas Bois: Shadow Birds and Creating a Mood

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Lucas Bois is a photographer, videographer and educator who has lived, worked, and travelled throughout South America and the world, making photographs which pay attention to subtle moods and gestures. He sometimes sharpens his photographic eye by walking without his camera, using his memory to preserve what he sees. Maybe this is the reason that each image he presents seems so decisive. Sometimes he works in art or fashion, but he also has various projects which tell imaginative stories with ordinary scenes.

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Dimitrov Dedkoue: Black and White is My Real Passion

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What makes black and white photography so important to you?

Black and white photography and in general photography is my real passion. If I want to focus on the emotion in my pictures and to bring the idea of the photo to life in a shoot in the first place I do it in black and white pictures.

Colors can often be distracting and can take the focus away from the subject and the idea of the pictures. Also I can say that the pictures look more classy, stylish and artistic when they are black and white.

 

 

 

 

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Photo Therapy: The Healing Dark Art of Maren Elize Klemp

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Maren Elize Klemp likes to explore the dark side, because she’s been there. Using herself and her children as models, Kemp explores “what mental health looks like” in her black and white work, and draws upon her personal experience with bipolar disorder. In addition to raising awareness about mental illness with surreal and supernatural-influenced images, her black-and-white photos demonstrate the creativity that’s possible when you are in touch with your emotions and inner vision.

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Mask: Exploring the Darkness with Kristina Gentvainyte

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“I wanted it to be enigmatically creepy, and also a bit crazy.” states Kristina Gentvainyte, a Lithuanian visual artists based out of Ghent, Belgium when asked about her black and white photography series on masks. Gentvainyte describes her style and work as a collection of visual graphics and digital photographic manipulations with a heavy emphasis on minimal monochromes, perfect symmetries, modern forms, and organic surreal stories.

Although there are many eye-catching projects in Gentvainyte’s repertoire, it was the starkly haunting “Mask” project that immediately caught our attention. From the sheer creep-out factor of the animal masks themselves to the cornfield backdrop; “Mask” was a project that required further exploration.

Mask continues to be one of our favorite and most memorable collections in this month’s issue; the project illicit a primal fight or flight response and there are times where if you get lost long enough, it feels as if the masked models are staring right back at you. If you’re interested in checking out more of Kristina’s work, be sure to check out her personal projects page on Behance and her professional page as well.

 
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Dariusz Klimczak: Black and White Theatre of Dreams

All images by Dariusz Klimczak. Used with permission.Dariusz Klimczak is a Polish photographer who specializes in creating melancholic, introspective surreal images. Klimaczak’s style focuses on the use of black & white surreal imagery within a square frame often emphasizing his subjects interaction with negative space. His work combines signs, symbolism, landscapes, portraits, as well as digital art to draw his viewer into his world; one where a person must find their place within the desolate and at times lonely spaces. In our latest interview we find out what he’s been working on since that interview and where he believes the art form is headed.

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Océanne Cloutier: Student of Hitchcock and Monochrome

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Océanne Cloutier is a cinematography student currently attending university in Montreal City, Quebec, Canada. If you were to go take a gander at her portfolio you would find a simple, yet descriptive profile in her about me section, “I love Cinema. I love Photography. I love Art. — That is all you really need to know.” She says. Inspired by the classics, legends of black and white cinema, people like Alfred Hitchcock, Ms. Cloutier’s black and white work pays constant homage to that inspiration of the past.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Psychological Horror of Corpus Vertebrae

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To Corpus Vertebrae color imagery has too much going on, “infantile and chaotic” were her exact words to describe the medium. ”Black and white is more powerful, but also peaceful, mystical, and full of silence,” she says. Her work, as seen through her extensive portfolio on Behance, looks like something straight out of an episode of American Horror Story, combining modern photography techniques with old horror staples to blend this unique mixture of art and horror.

To Ms. Vertebrae the process of creating this horrific art is one of therapy for her, it helps her to cope with depression and anxiety, to move beyond her fears and accept herself. But more than that, her art has helped her connect with other troubled souls – where she has found that it help them in some way as well.

 

 

 

Ghost Explores Encounters From Beyond the Physical World

All Images By Sydney Wilson. Used with Permission.As many developing young adults do, Sydney Wilson heard ghost stories growing up. Stories are one thing, but firsthand accounts, those are something entirely more fascinating. While a sophomore in college Ms. Wilson heard some chilling firsthand accounts and it inspired her to center a project around it. “My photographs are meant to make the viewer think about what it would be like to encounter or even be someone who is stuck between the physical world and whatever lies beyond.” She says of Ghost, her chilling series based on those firsthand ghost stories.

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Natércia Lameiro: On Learning to Photograph Without Film

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Photographer Natércia Lameiro is based on Portugal, and tells us that she first started to concept the idea of photos by simply looking through the viewfinder. If you’re someone who learned the art form in school, it’s quite possible that this how you first started to work on composition. Combine this with the fact that Ms. Lameiro never got into painting like she intended, then add in some influences by Dali, and you’ve got a lot of interesting ways that one can truly approach photography.

 

 

 

 

Respect the Animals: The Surreal Messages of Tomasz Zaczenuik

All images by Tomasz Zaczenuik. Used with permission.

When you look at the work of Tomasz Zaczenuik, you get the feeling of being transported to a place of pure magic. Mr. Zaczenuik is very passionate about animals and creating his photographic compositions to transport the viewer to a surreal world. A digital artist for 10 years, Mr. Zaczenuik has had his wok displayed in exhibits, galleries, etc. Like every other surreal photographer out there, he has a message to convey in his images.

But more importantly, it’s a message about the environment.

 

 

 

 

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Magdalena Pilecka: Inspired by Classic Silent Horror Films

All images by Magdalena Pilecka. Used with permission.

Photographer Magdalena Pilecka’s Black and White Stories series is an incredible collection of black and white images that strongly pull their inspiration from those classic silent horror films from the dawn of cinema. A time where there were no crazy sound effects or crazy special effects to blow a viewer away, the motion picture itself was the crazy new technology, and these horror visuals had to be particularly strong in order to get the point across without any audio to aid them.

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Kurt Gledhill: Metropolis

All Images Used With Permission of Kurt Gledhill. See more of his work at on Behance.

What makes black and white photography so important to you?

I am a big lover of art. I spend hours a day looking at many different art work either online, in books or in galleries. My favourite art medium is Charcoal, I love the deep blacks and the texture from the paper. I try to incorporate this into my black and white photography. I try to push the normal tonal range in my photos to try recreate the deep blacks and rich highlights of charcoal. This is why I love grain and noise too, its like the texture of the paper showing through.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rupert Vandervell: Street Photography at Dark Hours

All images by Rupert Vandervell. Used with permission.

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What makes black and white photography so important to you?

For most of my work black and white is a good choice because in the right light it helps to produce a look that is more stark yet sensual.

Colour tends to complicate the effect and detract from my subject areas. The intricacy of the urban environment shows off the full tonal range of the greyscale palette from pure white to the densest of blacks.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tatsuo Suzuki: We Are Creatures of Emotion

All images by Tatsuo Suzuki. Used with permission.

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WHAT MAKES BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?

It is extremely emotional, impulsive, powerful, impatient, destructive–more so than color images. So I choose Black & White, because I’d like to express in my shots, emotional energy and beauty in the streets. Colour has too much going on for me, Black & White, with just two tones fits better for me. For stronger shots with more emotion, black and white processing is more appropriate, I think.

 

 

 

 

 

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