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Photo Essays on the Web, March 2014

As we breeze past the quarter-pole in 2014, the following photo essays from the web highlight Instagram, doodling, black-and-white format, 19th-century Paris, and finding life in the town called Death.

From chaos one finds order, and I often moments of stillness in the noise …

Is Instagram Helping to Democratize Photography?

Love it or hate it: Instagram has been a part of a huge wave worldwide making photography far more accessible to an ever increasing number of people. The World Photography Organisation takes a “insta-look”.

Bored Commuting: Doodling on the Train

What happens if you’re a commuter on a train and you’re bored? Draw caricatures of your fellow passengers, and photograph the very funny results. Here’s the hilarity from October Jones, who’s also the creator of the very funny “Text From Dog” tumblr website.

Alex Webb’s view of the world

Magnum photographer Alex Webb has a wonderful way of viewing a world in black and white. When asked how he views the relationship between ‘documentary or journalistic content and purely aesthetic concerns in your work’, he says they’re both ‘simultaneous and inseparable, both in vision and the world, of form and content.’ He always asks questions through his photographs, his experiments with form are sometimes by themselves the literal process of asking those very questions.

Mastering What You Have

There are good reasons why I made tens of thousands of clicks on my old camera. One of those reasons was how I’d get used to the camera until it became second nature. That when it was time to make a shot, I wouldn’t have to think about what to do, or what button was where. Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more, so that getting the shot was 1st nature, and making the shot became 2nd nature. It’s what photographer David duChemin writes in his latest article, about mastering one’s own camera gear, whatever gear you might have.

Glories of 19th Century Paris

In the second half of the 19th-century, the French capital city of Paris experienced massive urban transformation, and Marville was charged to document these changes. His photographs are now seen as a “standard” to urban documentary photography and as historical documents to what Paris was like before redevelopment. I’d seen some of his work over the past few years in exhibitions in Hamburg and Essen, and the fascination is just as fresh as the first time I laid eyes on these beautiful photographs.

Welcome to Death! (in Finland)

“Welcome to Death!” That’s the sign you’ll see outside the town of Kuolema in Finland. Swedish photographer Eva Persson was captivated by this, and spent time in town to photograph ‘life in Death’. I also laugh at the “simple” contrast she draws between Swedes and Finns about life and death in general. To Finns: you’re born, you suffer a long time, and then you die. To Swedes: you’re born, all is “Jätte bra!” (very good), then you disappear … to somewhere warm, preferably the Mediterranean.


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Photo Essays on the Web, February 2014

I highlight a number of photo-essays not only for their content, but also for the unique perspectives photographers bring to their photographs. I think there are also many ways to view the world, and sometimes, we go through our cameras. Does what we see always come into focus? Not always, but often it’s the attempt that matters most.

Cynicism Illustrated

Funny and simple, Eduardo Salles highlights his own cynical (and frankly, universally 21st-century) view of the world through his illustrations. What makes his work very effective is how he gets to the point directly and brilliantly (My Modern Met).

Photographing an African Safari

A lot of people dream about going to Africa, experiencing a safari, and seeing and learning about the special animals which live in a very special place on our planet. Photographer Essdras Suarez spent 2 weeks in Kenya and Tanzania in 2013, and some of his experiences are highlighted here (Boston Globe).

Fukushima: How Emergency Becomes Normalcy

After the devastating 2011 Tohoku/Sendai earthquake, part of the everyday conversation in eastern Japan still involves recovery, radiation, and rebuilding. Photographer Kosuke Okahara set out deliberately with a large format camera to highlight how the “abnormal” has become “normal.” The camera choice required time to prepare each of his photographs (Lens Culture), and forced him “to only take pictures of things or situations that were slow-moving” so he could “(effectively) convey some of the impact of the disaster”.

Greenland: Where Ice and Population Are Thinning

It’s easy to forget ice-covered Greenland has a population of over 50000 people. But the ice is thinning, and so too is the population. Slovenian photographer Ciril Jazbec spent two weeks with Uunartoq Lovstrom in a remote settlement with a population of 250. Jazbec’s photographs (NY Times) highlight the effects of climate change on “traditional” ways of life, how current residents cope with the changes (or leave), and what they mean to the people of Greenland.

Black and White Simplicity

Paul Outerbridge once said “in black and white you suggest; in color you state”. There is a quality, an air of mystery surrounding black and white photography. The work by Derek Toye is no exception, and there’s a wonderfully somber mood to his photographs (My Modern Met): a loneliness to be found in wide open spaces.

The Cassini Spacecraft Orbiting the Planet Saturn

I’ve always been fascinated by the Solar System, ever since I saw those first images transmitted by the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft as they passed by and photographed the outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus. Subsequent spacecraft, like the Cassini probe, allows us to study the outer planets, particularly Saturn, in greater detail to provide more insights about the creation of the Solar System and about why there’s a difference between the terrestrial planets (like our own Earth) and the gas giants (like Saturn). Frankly, these photos (The Atlantic) are absolutely stunning.


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Six Photo Essays, 20 November 2013

In case you missed them, here are six recent photographic essays I’ve read in the last few weeks, and reasons why you also should have a look.

Disappearing Cultures, Vanishing Tribes

I’ve an immense respect for those who make photographs and tell stories of people in a variety of locations. They’re at least a hint of, if not a spotlight on the human condition and our place in the world. Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent 3 years in atolls, deserts, jungles, mountains, and tundra all over the planet, and time with over 30 tribes under the threat of vanishing. We must ask ourselves: are these cultures worth saving? A small gallery appears in The Guardian’s Travel section; for more on Nelson’s photos and book, he has a website.

Queen of the Curve

Zaha Hadid’s architecture invokes either praise or criticism; her work is never short of commentary. It’s important to understand the reasons for her work, her vision, and how her life’s work arrived to a point in 2004 when she was the first women to be awarded architecture’s highest honour, The Pritzker Prize. Recently, in The Guardian’s Art & Culture section, Hadid was featured: “Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve”.

“In Love With My Planet”

Recently at a book store in Berlin, I found a copy of Sebastião Salgado’s latest work/opus. Over a period of years, he traveled to all corners of the planet to look for and photograph any and all remaining elements which seem almost timeless in nature. His latest work is appropriately called “Genesis” and a part of his work appeared earlier this year in a NY Times’ feature called “In Love With My Planet”.

Serious Gender Inequality in Nepal

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been “in love” with the large-format Lonely Planet book on Nepal by Richard I’Anson; his images are filled with colours, people, and the grand scale of the Himalayas. I know I’d like to see in person some of the world’s highest mountains, even at a distance. But thoughts of romanticism are tempered with another kind of reality, one which is often ignored. That’s the focus of the latest NY Times’ Lens photo-essay by Marie Dorigny: “High in Nepal, a Lowly Status for Women”.

Women Breaking the Rules in Nepal

Staying in Nepal, Spanish photographer Arantxa Cedillo met with and photographed several women who are breaking boundaries and “expected gender roles” in the country. Her portraits include ” … a former sex slave, an elephant trainer, a swimmer, and the first female pilot in the country.” Coburn Dukeheart wrote the following story for NPR News.

Simplicity of the Everyday

To end on a lighter note, Javier Pérez has taken everyday items to make creative sketches and themes. His story got covered on Petapixel here; his photographs will get you to chuckle. The maxim “simple is good” seems well justified, as his Instagram shows.


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