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Photographing Such a Waste

One of the things that makes photography great聽is it聽opens doors which normally stay closed. Visiting places you normally wouldn’t see. And smell.聽Yesterday my camera brought me to a waste processing plant. I was asked to take a couple of photographs for a big regional newspaper (De Gelderlander).

A bit out of my comfort zone. Normally I’m pretty much in control. Being more of a studio photographer. But to go out there and just do it, really helped me in adjusting quickly to low light situations, different color temperatures and a non controllable situation. Plus I learned a little something about processing and recycling waste.

Photos聽taken for De Gelderlander at Attero in Wijster, Drenthe, the Netherlands.

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Before the group suited up and visited the actual plant, an insightful presentation about waste, plastic and recycling.

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Am I still needed? 馃槢

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Tons of waste, live on tv 馃槈
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Looking at the impressive machineries.

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Good thing the smell stays there…

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Again? One more time and I quit 馃槢

_DSC9479I really hope they painted everything this colorful to cheer up the employees a bit. Given they have to work in that special and thick odor.

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Okay, that’s it…

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Time Travel by Fl贸ra Borsi

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A dream perhaps of many. Traveling through time. Hungarian photographer Fl贸ra Borsi used Photoshop to ‘see’ some of the biggest artists, musicians and moments in western history first hand. She created images that shows her in the presence of these famous persons and moments. Capturing Elvis on stage, sneaky taking a shot of Marilyn Monroe in a bathroom or documenting the civil rights movement. Where would you love to be? You can recreate history if you are as photoshop savvy as Borsi is.

I hope her next series will show us the results of this fantastic way of traveling through time. That would really make for an amazing series.

Fl贸ra Borsi’s profile on Behance: www.behance.net/yayuniversal

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Fl贸ra聽Borsi’s聽profile on聽Behance:聽www.behance.net/yayuniversal

 

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Drive by Shooting by Johnny Tergo

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Google Streets eat your hearth out. Photographer Johnny Tergo combined the mapping style of google with the drive by shooting we know out of those certain neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Which happens to be the photographers home town. Tergo drives around in a car tricked out with strobes. He shoots LA’s pedestrians. Some photographs look to be straight from a hollywood movie. His strobes help to achieve this effect. The side mirror of the car can be seen in each image. It reminds us of being in a car. Looking at people whom we come across as we drive along the streets of Los Angeles. The series is called Passenger Side Window. The complete series now consist out of 62 photographs. Visit his website to see the complete set.

I am Constantly seeing interesting people whom I have the urge to photograph while driving past them on the streets. I built a series of interesting images of people on the street without the individuals knowledge, just as I saw it before me. I accomplished this by building a custom rig in my truck that is made up of generators, strobes, a digital capture station with remote fire capability and of course a mounted camera. This method also allowed me to light the images without having to set-up a series of lights for each individual portrait. In essence I built myself a driving studio.

In this series I seek to explore the interplay of environment and the individuals that occupy the space.

Johnny Tergo’s website:聽johnnytergo.com

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Exploding Street Style Fashion Photography

The art of Fashion needs to be covered. And photography is perhaps the perfect way to capture and share those new styles and trends in fashion. And with social media and fashion blogs on the internet it’s easy to reach a large crowd fast. The editors and photographers of these blogs聽swarm around the fashionable people attracted by Fashion Weeks held around the world. Chasing them, photographing them and in a way consuming their fashion styles to be shared among their hundreds or thousands, perhaps millions followers.

The short documentary created by Garage Magazine is called Take My Picture that explores this explosion in Street Fashion Photography.

When we set out to make this short, our intention simply was to observe the phenomenon of fashion bloggers and street style stars. As we started to review the footage, two salient trends became apparent: fashion editors frustrated by the ensuing commotion outside of shows, and the rise of “peacocking” street style stars as a result of the proliferation of blogs. This film examines these themes from both perspectives. – GARAGE MAGAZINE

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Welcome To The Pink Jungle? by Richard Mosse

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Richard Mosse visited eastern Congo to document the war聽between 2010 and 2011. He used Kodak color infrared sensitive Aerochrome. Hence the name of the series: Infra. By using that film he manages to create a very interesting contrast. He photographed the weird kind of beauty that surrounds a conflict zone. Wonderful colors make for a dreamy and alien world.

The pink jungle with men carrying weapons is such a contrast that tells the story. Mosse’s photographs really sticks out of the never-ending journalism and documentary photographs of conflict zones. For me his work is a way to make us stand still by what’s really going on. Perhaps a way of bringing news in a beautiful package to both get our attention and fulfill our need to consume news every day, over and over again. His work stamps on the break and make us look twice. Different layers to tell a terrible story.

Richard Mosse’s website:聽www.richardmosse.com

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Joey L’s Holy Men

Above the video shot during a visit to India by Joey L and his crew. He visited India to continue his series Holy Men. A portrait series of the men that leave their ordinary and material lives behind and set out to find spirituality. A truly wonderful series. As they put it themselves, they photograph something that seems ancient but is non the less happening in the present. If I think of India, I think busy places, noises, all kinds of aromas. But the photographs by Joey shows a peacefulness. Perhaps the spiritual lives of these Holy Men resonates through the photography of Joey L.

Joey L’s website:聽www.joeyl.com

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The Road to the Olympics 2014

One way to cover an event is to do it with a bunch of photographers and film crews at the moment it all goes down. Typically this is called journalism. Another way to tell the story is not to tell what is happening, but more why it’s happening. Slow journalism. Dutch photographer Rob Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen are currently working on a series in Sochi, Russia. To cover the events leading up to the Olympic games in 2014. The whole town of Sochi will change in many ways. This is their subject. You can follow their project on www.thesochiproject.org.

Rob Hornstra’s website: www.borotov.nl

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Personal Space

Alec Soth, member of Magnum聽since 2008, documents people and places. He uses an 8×10 camera. Important for him is to photograph a person聽when he or she is at ease. He said: “My own awkwardness comforts people, I think. It鈥檚 part of the exchange.”

The use of a large format camera brings about a softness that corresponds with the photographed subjects. The softness equals the comfortableness聽of the person photographed. As if Soth has found a way to reduce聽his own presence 聽to that of the comfortable vibe a person has in their own personal space. And looking at his projects (Sleeping by the Mississippi, Broken Manual, The last days of W and others) he manages to truly tell a story by creating a mix of portraits, landscapes and interiors. As if we, the audience, get a look into a world we know not much about. A world that only comes about when a stranger is not present.

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Documenting the ordinary

Magnum photographer Martin Parr documents the ordinary and extraordinary. He considers himself to be a documentary photographer. And documenting he does. The way we ‘normally’ would label documentary photography is when the subject is that of war, hunger or poverty. Martin Parr gives us quite the opposite. He directs his camera upon the rich western social life.

His work looks like point and shoot photography. Of the normal things we encounter day by day. Like supermarkets, fast food and our fashion style at the beach. But the way he constructs an image makes us giggle and laugh at the weirdness that we all can relate to. He manages to come very close to the subject, almost always using a wide-angle lens. And by using the flash (often a ring flash) his photographs get that signature look. The look of something very colorful that shows us a raw or weird view of the way some of us behave or dresses at for example the beach. When I look at his work I get a cheap feeling of the richness we all enjoy in the west.

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