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Category Archives: Flickr Friday
Ello, Guvnah! This week’s Photostream is from a photographer and graphic artist from across the pond in England. Danielle Tunstall Doesn’t like pretty. Pretty is Boring. She uses ordinary people as models and transforms them into other beings. Sometimes they’re zombies, sometimes they’re vampires, but they’re always engaging. Danielle uses a plain white or black background to isolate and place more emphasis on her surreal subjects. The make up work is fantastic and the post production is always complementary. Her work echoes the influence of many famous artists including Bansky and perhaps even a little H.R. Geiger. Guns, Gas masks and blood are popular themes throughout her work, and she does an excellent job of often marrying them with gentle opposites; A little Girl, an innocent physiognomy, the color pink. Danielle admittedly shot only landscapes as a kid, but later because passionate about portraiture. Danielle’s artwork should be an inspiration to all photographers to see and shoot outside the box. Did you have a strange eerie dream last night? Why not try to re-create it with the tools you know how to wield? Continue reading
Corey Melton, (a.k.a. JettFoto) is originally from Hollywood, Florida. He has since brought his photography talents to New York City, where he works as a portrait photographer for actors, dancers, families and children. Corey is a fellow Astorian who also performs work for the New York Post. He has recently been involved in a project called One More Drop which aims to raise awareness and money for the water crisis that affects thousands of people every day. The work has brought him to Haiti and Kenya where he has captured images of the humble and warm hearted locals. Continue reading
This week’s featured Photostreamer (<-yea i just made that word up) hails from Louisiana, USA. Xavier started his artistic career as a painter. He had friends who were photographers whom he would argue with about composition and light. He later picked up cameras himself and began to shoot the world through a different perspective. I can relate to this path because my own was similar. As a kid I was trained in the fine arts and to draw by hand. I studied everything from Monet to Comics. When I look at Xavier’s photographs, that training is instantly apparent to me. Every shot feels like it was carefully thought out, and perhaps even sketched in a pad prior to releasing the shutter. Depth of field is kept wide for many of his shots, giving them an almost graphic quality. Sure he does some candid work, as well as spontaneous projects like the popular 100 Strangers, but his colorful scripted and playful photographs take the cake for me. Continue reading
“Though I may often be grim of nature, and dark of mind, I believe there is light in the center of my being, a luminescence of the soul that shines even in the darkest of my hours.” -Jibby!
Don’t let the lead shot fool you. This week’s featured photostream is from a photographer who thrives in the realm of sinister and playfully morbid. Shooting mostly wide angles in the Pacific Northwest, Jibby!, also known as David Leeth, is modest about his picture taking abilities, but admits to a great love for post production. He has been a Photoshop guru for over ten years, and uses his software strengths to radically bend images to his will. Ordinary, everyday scenes are not enough for Jibby! Skies darken, buildings come alive and spirits rise from their graves when he works his magic. I would imagine this is how young children often see the world, embellishing existing conditions into supernatural states. Jibby! also shoots portraiture and critters, but I find his black and white creepy stuff to be the most engaging.
Aside from his great ability to conceive and stage a specific shot, Jibby! also works as an image retoucher and restorer. I can tell you from doing this myself, that this is no easy task. Old pictures often have harsh blemishes or even missing information that must be estimated and drawn back in to the best of the retoucher’s ability. Much like a painter restores an old artist’s work, a digital image restoration process can be long and arduous.
I invite you to dive into Jibby!’s abyss and wade through his surreal work. Don’t forget to check out his many sets. But for heaven’s sake, don’t leave a big ugly group badge instead of a real comment. He’ll condemn you to hell. Enjoy!
Charles Yeh of Lucima Studios is a Los Angeles based Photographer specializing in fashion, editorial and beauty photography. Originally from Taiwan, he works almost exclusively with women, creating high profile images for magazines and various other publications. Flipping through his Photostream is like flipping through Glamour or Vogue. Not that I do that on a regular basis, I’m just sayin’. Sometimes you’re at the Doctor’s office or the car wash, or whatever waiting area and its the only thing available to “read”. All jokes aside, Charles produces some of the most consistently vibrant pictures I’ve come across on Flickr. The models are all rail-thin and 6′ tall. Basically runway material. Head on over to Flickr to check out Charles’ photostream for your weekly dose of eye candy. Continue reading
Its the last day of the year and I’d like to bless you all with some eye candy. Flickr user Ragstatic is one of my favorite contacts. He shoots with the mighty full-frame Nikon D700, and almost exclusively in super wide angles. Rags shoots mostly landscapes primarily in India and Southeast Asia. He is a master of composition, and manages to process High Dynamic Range very tastefully, often from a single exposure. But forget all the nerdy stuff, this guy produces some of the most awe-inspiring images I’ve ever seen. The colors are always bright and vibrant, but never feel overly saturated. Rags firmly understands how to make his camera and post-processing software see what the human eye sees and beyond. This is the caliber of images that grace the pages of high profile publications. Continue reading
Like most of us, Mr. Eddie Velasquez began taking pictures for leisure and found that he really enjoyed it. He now works as a part time freelance photographer in Anaheim Hills, California. His commercial work is comprised mostly of portraiture and product photography, but his interests also include architecture, landscapes and Motorsports (my kind of guy!). Eddie’s black and whites are very nice, but I’m particularly drawn to his colors, and gorgeous models. California always looks great when you’re in a New York winter! Head on over to Flickr and check out his photos. You won’t be disappointed.
As the user name suggests, dreamswanderer is a bit of a nomad. A self proclaimed people watcher originally from Arizona, he now resides in Paris, France. Use of a fast telephoto on his Canon 5D assures that dreams captures everyday life’s smallest moments with sniper-like accuracy and a creamy bokeh. Most of his subjects are women, couples and children in what look to be large public spaces. He does some portrait work as well, but I find the candids of his strangers far more compelling. There is broad diversity and a human quality rarely seen in street photography. Of course it also helps that most of his subjects are attractive young women. Feel free to check out more of dreamswanderer’s flickr photostream here. And don’t forget to comment.
This is the first installment of a weekly segment I’ll be covering called Flickr Photostream Friday.
Not all photostreams are created equal. When browsing through millions of users on Flickr, its easy to get lost in a sea of mediocrity, as discussed here. Once a week, I’ll be bringing you the best of the best (according to me) of the photostreams that never get stale.
User Nerboo has been my contact for about a year now, and I’m always enamored with his work. He focuses primarily on self portraiture, with dedicated attention to various 365 projects. Typically, when taking pictures of the same subject every day, for hundreds of days, its easy to lose focus and interest. Its easy to get bored and lose your audience with the same boring shot of your face day in and day out. Not the case here. Nerboo is fully conscious of these pitfalls and stays on course. He manages to hold attention and interest with every single shot. His use of lighting and texture are often flawless and always complementary. Also worth noting is the variation in colors, contrast and framing in each successive picture within his ‘stream. We’ll never see the same background two pictures in a row, nor the same scale or perspective. Continue reading