Masks Are Still Important Shows Sandeep MV’s New Series

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” says commercial photographer Sandeep MV about whether masks are still something we need to wear in public. And rightly so given the rise in cases worldwide, especially in the USA and India. The manner in which the pandemic in India personally affected Sandeep MV got him thinking about creating a Covid-19 related photoshoot. Highlighting their importance but keeping it eye-catching, he produced a slightly off-beat yet relevant set of images.

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Pat Rose Shot These Elegant Flower Photos in a Fascinating Way

A few years ago, photographer Pat Rose found her perfect pandemic photo project. “Deb uses a flatbed scanner to create some of the most beautiful floral images I’ve seen to make her still life images,” she said in an email to us referring to the woman who inspired her. “Her talk was so inspirational; I resolved that evening to try my hand at scanner photography myself one of these days.” Indeed, Pat’s project takes a lot of inspiration from paintings. And in a way, she created her own painting with these photos.

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Aaron Yeandle’s Fascinating Portraits Allowed Him to Explore

Covid was a new and invisible terror,” the photographer Aaron Yeandle remembers. “March 2020 was a very scary time, as we were just seeing and hearing about these mass deaths all over the world.” In Guernsey, where Yeandle is based, the first lockdown ran for 88 days, starting on March 24th. During that time, the artist and his wife, like many of us, were flooded with countless pictures of people in hazmat suits, watching from their apartment as the global death count rose. Masks became a part of their daily lives. 

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Brian Bowen-Smith Frames Pandemic America in a Beautiful Vintage Ford

“I actually never even thought about looking at the world through my car until the pandemic,” photographer Brian Bowen-Smith tells us. “It’s a 1958 Ford F100 that can’t sit too long so every once in a while I will take it out for a spin…When I was photographing my neighbor I noticed that it looked really cool through all of the windows because of the curves.” And that’s how BBS Drivebys was born. So Brian took his truck and went on a true road trip around America during the pandemic. The result is a timeless look achieved by shooting with his Leica.

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Chris Hoare Documented How Bristol Stayed Sane in the Pandemic

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“I hope my pictures in some way seduce people into these spaces”, says Chris Hoare about his latest project. Growing Spaces was conceptualized as an idea before the Covid-19 pandemic but had to be completely done under the UK lockdown restrictions. This unexpected turn of events coincided with an upsurge in public requirements for open gardening allotments, which greatly aided this photo documentary.

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OP:Ed Photojournalism is Under Threat: Here’s What to do

We can’t let our current times bully photojournalism out of existence.

I believe photojournalism remains one of the most important genres of photography. It serves as evidence and education. Without it, we wouldn’t know the true extent of things that happen in the world. Now more than ever, we need photojournalism. These are globally challenging times. And as authoritarian societies continue to evolve, we must ensure the freedom to document isn’t jeopardized.

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How Photographer Lidia Vives Got More Creative During the Pandemic

All images by Lidia Vives. Used with permission.

“Perhaps the biggest goal is to be one of those artists who can go months without creating but keep selling so it doesn’t matter,” says Lidia Vives to us in an interview. “But I guess that’s still a long way off.” I first found Lidia through Tumblr. And I then connected with her on her Stages of Heartbreak series. Lidia’s work is emotional, experimental, and energetic. She finds ways to pack feelings and ideas into photos. Where most folks create to satisfy an algorithm on some app, Lidia doesn’t. And that’s one of the reasons why her work demands so much respect.

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How to Find Inspiration for Photography Projects in the Pandemic

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You’re all very bored. And trust us, we are too. So, we were looking for inspiration in our own pieces. We looked at a number of photography projects that photographers do when they’re bored or commit to a project. On our Flipboard, we rounded up a few things. There are photographers doing projects at home, fun projects, dealing with anxiety creatively, taking early morning walks, and seeing what photographers are doing now. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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How Achuth Krishnan Did These Creative Photos Mostly In-Camera

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“This was kind of breaking free from the monotonous life I was having due to the virus,” explains photographer Achuth Krishnan to us in an interview. “This shoot was done after almost four-five months of being stuck at home because of the pandemic. And I needed to get out and start shooting.” Indeed, Achuth joins the great list of photographers who found new ways to be creative in the pandemic. Best of all, Achuth did these multiple exposures with very little Photoshop. We asked him how he did it.

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Photographer Kent Corley Looks for Meaning in Pandemic Life

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My name is Kent Corley. I’m a fairly grizzled, middle-aged photographer that first found a passion for still photography in the last days before the digital revolution started. Before I knew what street photography was or what the possibilities of the medium were, I was wandering streets at home (North Carolina) and abroad taking candids of people and situations that meant something to me. I can still recall the first three images I ever made that hinted at the idea that I was finally finding a medium that could help me express something I couldn’t otherwise. To finally feel like I might be reasonably good at something and have an interesting perspective was huge.

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How Passionate Photographers Stay Sane During the Pandemic

It’s easy to see how difficult it’s been for many photographers.

Fact: tons of people are bored in the 2020 pandemic. Many took on a new hobby that they’ve meant to get into for a while. And amazingly, sales of photo equipment and services enjoyed a surprising increase. Photography is a great hobby. While stuck at home, lots of new, passionate photographers started cutting their teeth. The more experienced creatives embraced this new freedom and spread their wings. Some of us got new lenses. Others headed into the woods. But no matter what, most of us kept shooting. And here’s some of the gear that kept passionate photographers sane during the 2020 pandemic.

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This Senior Portrait Shoot by Jake Zaepfel Will Make You Laugh

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“They look like Sexy Kenny Powers,” I said to photographer Jake Zaepfel in a Facebook conversation. He laughed. In fact, Jake credits the entire thing to his client, Dane. The amazing photos wouldn’t have been possible without Dane’s confidence and personality. It all happened after an offer Jake put out. Essentially, he let seniors have free photography sessions amid the Coronavirus pandemic. He then blew up on the local news, and in a few weeks he had 75 senior portrait sessions. And even after I sent Jake the interview questions, he was shooting and editing a wedding. Jake is an understandably busy guy with this much talent. But he walked us through this shoot and his creative vision.

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The Strange Series Looks Like an Infrared Twilight Zone Episode

All images by Roland Kraemer. Used with permission.

“Infrared imagery has something so otherworldly appealing to it that sparked an interest in me on how infrared photography is working,” says photographer Roland Kraemer. “I instantly wanted to know what I need to create such imagery. So I began to research for quite some time before I even started taking the first infrared images.” That’s the start of the Strange Series–a project from Roland that takes infrared photography to a level that so many have been working on for the past few years. Roland tells us that he shot and edited the images to taste. But the final, curated series looks like something almost out of the Twilight Zone. A hobbyist photographer, Roland looked to express himself in this series by showcasing the world as an extraordinary place amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. So we got into his mind to talk about the series.

Be sure to follow Roland at his website, on Instagram, and on Behance.

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PSA: If You’re Going to Shoot Street Photography, Please Wear a Mask

To those who shoot street photography during this time, please distance yourselves and wear masks.

Testing cameras has made it apparent that many of the traditional tenets of street photography need to go out the window right now. The best solution possible is to just not do it right now. But I sympathize, empathize, and relate to folks not wanting to stay in all day. They want to go out and shoot. So if you do, I urge you to please be careful. COVID-19 is real. Nothing Trump says will help, and here in the US, we are far behind most of the world when it comes to recovery. If you’re going to do street photography, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

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