Russia – photographed by Frank Herfort


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Ever since I was a child Russia has fascinated me. The reason for this may have been all those old Russian fairytales or the simple fact that, when compared to other parts of the world, I hardly knew or, to be more exact, I do not know a lot about the real Russia.

As a child I imagined Russia as a snowy fairytale land, as a country where people cuddled up in warm furry blankets ride horse-drawn sleighs. As I grew older I kept reading a lot of Russian classics such as Anna Karenina or The Seagull. Of course, I had a very romantic and unrealistic image of Russia in mind, and the older I grew the more I started to realize that things actually weren’t this way in reality. But to be honest, up until today I don’t really know much about life in Russia and I still haven’t been there.

The other day I found this article about Frank Herfort, a German photographer who lives and works in Moscow and Germany.

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A different kind of photography…


Adrian and Gidi (Adrian Woods & Gidi van Maarseveen) are two young Dutch artists who are having their breakthrough with a new style in photography. Their only tool is a lot of colorful paper, patience, precision and their camera of course.

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Since 2012 they’ve been working together as still-life photographers and since then they’ve been attracting more and more small and big customers. Their popularity is increasing and their style is unique.

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Fragmented Worlds


Lately I happened to come across a photographer whom I consider really fascinating. He composes some sort of a creative photographic puzzle which he creates from already existing famous places and objects of which he builds entire new worlds and perspectives. One example is the Grand Canyon as a model. I’d like to present you this inspiring character and therefore I’ll give you some short insight into his art and his ways of working and thinking. Enjoy reading.

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Instagram is art!


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The Belvedere Museum in Vienna is among the most important art museums in the world. The prestigious house owns the greatest collection of Austrian art, among which there is the world’s largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt.

It’s quite an honor that a prestigious house like that dedicates an exhibition to a phenomenon that is so new, so far less glamorous and still, such an influence to the contemporary photography scene. I’m talking, of course, about Instagram.
The Social Media platform has like nothing before awoken so many peoples interest in photography. If all of the 95 million photos uploaded every single day are good or do even have artistic value, is something that can be argued about. Nevertheless, fact is that Instagram moved up into the world of fine art. The exhibition “Instagram Now” that is displayed in the course of the “Eyes On – Month of photography Vienna” is also proof of that. The Belvedere museum aims to have a closer look at the phenomenon Instagram and the way it influences contemporary photography.

For me, a devoted Instagram fan, it’s a must go to.

The exhibition takes place from the 20th of October till the 30th of November 2016 at the Spitzhof of the Lower Belvedere in Vienna. Admission is free.

 

AquaViva


Summer is almost over and life is slowly but steady going back to its common ways. With summer ending, comes the end of vacation season for most of us as well. At least those kind of vacations which include the ocean.
I am one of those people who would be totally happy with a yearlong summer and who already misses the ocean while standing at its shores on the last day of vacation. For me the ocean definitely plays a major role during summer and I’m sure it is the same for at least some of you. 😉
In my yearning for the sea, I stumbled across Pierre Carreau a couple of days ago and I was instantly fascinated by his AquaViva series. He showed me a whole new side of my beloved ocean.

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The artist manages to capture something as vivid as a wave in the ocean at the exact right moment and makes it look frozen in time. His pictures let you observe the waves in detail and one cannot deny its spectacular beauty.

Asked on what fascinates him most about photographing waves, Pierre Carreau answered, that water itself is simply amazing to him. Water, which basically has no color, can, through the reflection and refraction of light, possess all of the colors in the world.

His photo results are always a surprise, even to the photographer himself, because, you can’t plan or stage something as wild, vivid and unpredictable as water. For a great wave picture, like the ones below, he needs a lot of patience and most of all luck.
To me, his Idea is simply genius and impressive. Pierre Carreau is truly a photography inspiration to me. What do you think of his work?

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The very special backgrounds – Sarah Oliphant


Who of us doesn’t know the unique pictures taken by Annie Leibovitz – one of her trademarks in studio photography being the exceptional backgrounds she uses. Structures. Color gradients. Unique patterns. These backgrounds give her images an additionally distinctive character!

But where do these works of art come from? And yes, in this case you can definitely call them works of art, as they’re all hand-painted. Hand-painted by this woman, Sarah Oliphant!

For more than 30 years she’s been painting with her colleague Adelaide Tyrol the very special screens for film productions, photo shootings, or even for the theater and much more. The list of her clients is endless, as not only Annie Leibovitz but also many top photographers are among her fans (we’re talking about names such as Stephen Klein or David LaChapelle). Fashion houses ranging from Marc Jacobs to Ralph Lauren and Prada have already used Sarah Oliphant’s painted works of art on several occasions. And even in the Editorial sector the list of clients is very long, ranging from Vogue Magazine to the Rolling Stone to Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times.

Face to Faith – A very special crowdfunding project


Samuel Zuder, a photographer from Hamburg, has created something amazing. Something beautiful. Something exciting. Something adventurous. Something crazy: In 2012 he spent several weeks in Tibet’s hardly accessible Mount Kailash region. He’d taken an analog 4×5” large-format camera with him, numerous sheet film holders and hundreds of Polaroid and color negative films. He decided for this slow and extremely demanding working method in order to approach the pilgrims and Mount Kailash, which means so much to them, with due respect as a photographer.

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