Why I love the tube and all its passengers and find photographs thereof to be most enjoyable.
I have many small obsessions, many of them revolving around that thing we call “the human condition” (as if we have anything to compare it to). One of these obsessions is with strangers, and as an offshoot of that, public transport. I could almost say that the people I like most are strangers, the people that are big fascinating balls of mystery to me.
The layout of most London Underground trains require you to face a paired stranger and play the fun game of look-anywhere-but-into-their-eyes. Occasionally, someone might smile at you or even talk to you (in which case you will need to retrieve the crucifix and cloves of garlic from your bag that you make sure to carry with you at all times just in case such a horrifying event should occur). I could ride trains all day and just look at people and dreamily imagine their entire lives. Perhaps this person is a gravedigger that used to be in a funk band called “Candy Floss Cats” until they fell out over whether or not they should do an ironic cover of Baccara’s “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie” and subsequently she had to move in with her dad, who is most accurately described as a balding Vernon Dursley. Perhaps this person once tried to chat up Jools Holland and ended up being pushed into a pond as a result. Perhaps this person is addicted to candy floss and no-one will take him seriously even though he is spending all of his wages on candy floss.
Those are the more outlandish fantasies, but I want everyone to tell me about the mundane details of their lives. I want to know their opinions on Kinder Eggs and the favorite things that they remember from their childhood. I want to give them chocolates and draw pictures of them.
Taking pictures of people on the tube is a stealth mission but worth it for the most expressive outcomes, thick with the intricacies that take one person’s boredom and turn it into another’s fascination.
If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
"Is it acceptable to photograph the homeless?" is one of the most hotly-debated topics when it comes to street photography. There are two opposing sides to this: those who believe it is, and those who don't. For those who do, capturing such photographs is mere documentation of the world around us. For those who don't, doing so is a form of exploitation.
In the hands of those capable wielding it, art can be a powerful weapon. With it, for one, creation of fantastical realms far removed from the one we live in is entirely possible. Through collage making, Eugenia Loli builds such worlds that invite the audience not only to marvel at them but also, and most importantly, to see through the hodgepodge of images to find meaning and formulate interpretations.
Get the perfect self-portraits or group photos with your friends with this instant camera! This camera allows you to be picture ready with its mirror next to the lens and gives you an idea where is best to smile!
There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.
From May 21 to 24, Somerset House will be hosting Photo London 2015, bringing together 72 of the most well respected galleries from all over globe. Each gallery will be presented in six areas, showing a mixture of vintage, modern and contemporary photography. There will be an extensive program of talks and events which are supported by the LUMA foundation.
The Glastonbury Festival is arguably one of the most anticipated and renowned music festivals in the world. It is a joy to be able to watch it, and a privilege to capture scenes on and off stage. Apart from creating beautiful portraits, the Petzval Lens is great for adding an albeit subtle drama to the already spectacular scenes of music festivals. Japanese photographer Taio Konishi photographed this year's Glastonbury with a Petzval 85mm Lens, and here are some of the photos. He also talks about his Petzval-meets-Glastonbury experience in this exclusive.
For Michael Fiukowski, taking photos with the New Petzval 85 Art Lens is a philosophy. The manual focus encourages him to be more experimental, and when shooting portraits, he seeks for creative ways to position his subject and make the most of the Petzval's bokeh effect. He finds the lens fascinating, and tells us why.