Felix Renaud Uses Cinematic Colors to Tell a Smoking Photo Story

All images by Felix Renaud. Used with Creative Commons permission.

As with all creative pursuits, photography encourages us to imagine and represent the world around us in many different ways. Montreal-based Felix Renaud shows us how we can build our own visual stories this way with his mini-series, Section Fumeur. In this four-piece portrait set, he had a simple idea: use color and glamour to tell the story of the “pathetic and sometimes dark side of the cigarette.”

That doesn’t seem to give viewers much, but we can definitely see how the results are attention-grabbing. The colors are vibrant and definitely lend a cinematic look. The subjects are styled in a way that gives us more clues to come up with our own interpretations of Felix’s story. Of course, the cigarettes are part of all the scenes playing out before our eyes.

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Kevin Goss-Ross’s Street Portraits Highlight Diversity Along a Stretch of the South African Coast

All images by Kevin Goss-Ross. Used with Creative Commons permission. 

Among the many motivations of photographers and creatives today is to foster equality, encourage diversity, and celebrate the harmony they create. In one of his personal street photography projects, South African-born Kevin Goss-Ross realizes this inspiration by documenting the different kinds of people he came across along a stretch of the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Documentary photography is often geared towards raising awareness about important social issues and injustices. But as Kevin demonstrates in his personal project called The Mile, it can also be a powerful tool in inspiring people to embrace diversity. His vehicle for illustrating this idea is the beach, which he sees as a place of convergence for all kinds of cultures, backgrounds, and classes.

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Andrew Kurcan on Capturing the Quiet, Unspoken Moments of Grief

All images and text by Andrew Kurcan. Used with permission.

For me, photography is not only a profession, but a way to cope, interact and understand the world around me. Earlier this year my brother-in-law died unexpectedly. Weeks later my mother passed away — equally unexpectedly. 2017 has been defined by grief — the loss, the anger, the confusion, the isolation — often a full gamut of emotions. Over the past few months, I have been shooting a photo essay titled On Grief as an attempt to capture those quiet moments when one is left with nothing but their own thoughts. Being a visual creative, I find that I cope and express best with imagery.

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People of Cuba: A Personal Project

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All images by Jeroen Nieuwhuis. Used with permission.

Photographer Jeroen Nieuwhuis is one of the creatives behind New Day studio and has been shooting since he was 11 years old. Back then, he used to do skateboarding photography. He recently travelled to Cuba for a specific documentary project that he posted on Behance (and called it People of Cuba). Jeroen tells us that he finds it very important to do personal projects like this aside from his commercial work.

With the help fo a guide, he gained the trust of the locals and was truly interested at the fact that these folks are living 50 years back in time on minimal recourses and income.

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Introspective: A Photo Project Shot on Kodak Aerochrome About Self Discovery

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All images by Dan Zvereff. Used with permission

We first read about Dan Zvereff on Japan Camera Hunter, we were captivated by his images and his use of Kodak Aerochrome. The famous infrared film was designed for military applications and what it did was turn all greens into a shade of purple. But that’s just the short explanation, and we’ve got a more detailed and in depth analysis here.

Aerochrome was at the heart of Dan’s project called Introspective, where he travelled around the world for three months on a quest of self-discovery. Along the way he shot various landscapes and scenes in the Arctic, Europe, and Africa.

We talked to Dan a bit about the project and his incredible images.

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