Street Photography by Valérie SIX from France.

Street Photography by Valérie SIX from France.
An Interview with Valérie SIX.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Valérie SIX. I was born in the Northern part of France where I lived until the age of thirteen before moving with my parents to Paris. I spent many years there before deciding, in 2015, to settle in a quieter city located close to the Atlantic coast in the South-West part of France: Bordeaux.
Attracted by the oriental civilizations, I studied Chinese and made a career in the field of international development before discovering me, 4 years ago, a passion for photography. 

How you got into this?

My passion for photography started one day of 2012 when visiting Dubai. I knew, since a couple of years –and a serious health accident- that something was missing in my life but couldn’t put a name on it… until that day, when suddenly, buying a camera became an urgency! 
Is it my genetic heritage (I discovered only recently, thanks to a family tree, that my great-grandfather was a photographer on stereo glass plate and a specialist in photo retouching) or repressed feelings and emotions that drove me to this compulsive purchase? Probably both. 
The fact is that, only a few months after this purchase, I enrolled in my first photo workshop during the “Rencontres photographiques” in Arles and decided, 2 years later, to quit my job to take a training course at “Gobelins,Ecole de l’image”school in France. I chose at the same time to move from Paris to Bordeaux, the town of origin -this, also, I learned it recently- of my great-grandfather.

What is your driving force?

I am attracted as a magnet by the extraordinary arrangement, in some places, of lines, curves, light, shadows and colors. Frames impose themselves on me as if by enchantment! I see them as gifts of urban life that remind me, in another way, these wonderful gifts of nature we can see in certain flowers or butterflies... whose shape, texture, colors... seem to get straight out of a magic wand!

What kind of work you do and why?

The numerous trips made during my professional life naturally brought me towards the cities and peri-urban areas that I constantly pace since then, in search of this precious alchemy between beauty, sense and emotion.
Initially eager to transcribing the atmosphere of a specific town or region, cities now appear to me as formidable fields of observation and exploration of our modern society: architecture, work, fashion, leisure, human ability to adapt to the changes… weave the backdrop, often in a little surrealist way, of my images. 

A way also for me to sound my own emotions and give meaning to more personal questions about the complexity of existence.

Black and White Minimal Photography by Henry Shymonovych from Ukraine.

Black and White Minimal Photography by Henry Shymonovych from Ukraine.
An Interview with Heather Freitas.

Who and from where are you?

My name is Henry Shymonovych, I’m a Ukrainian photographer and was born in ex-USSR, spending my childhood behind the Iron Curtain.

How you got into this?

I never actually liked to take pictures. It was back in the beginning of 2000’s when I got interested in IT, computes, and digital cameras – it was just a beginning of the era. So when I got my first salary, I bought me a Nikon which set me back over $1,000. A fortune back then! It was not a professional camera, but it had a decent level of flexibility, because all settings could be changed manually. The ‘film’ was free, and it was a good soil for experimenting. Then after a year of these experiments, I was introduced to two professional photographers, Vadim Kozlovsky, and Alexander Yudin – they kindly did the judgement of my works, and gave me a verdict that I should keep exploring: some of the pictures were good. Then came a better camera, then came first exhibitions, commercial shoots, books and a lot of enthusiasm – so I never left home without a camera (thankfully, all of us are equipped with phone cameras these days:) One day, my pictures were taken by Peace Corps for their Public Service Announcements campaign throughout the United States and used for advertising posters globally. So when I saw my work on a big screen on Times Square, I thought it is an honor, and obligation to keep going..

What is your driving force?

Admiring the beauty of this world. Nothing better has been created (or at least found yet) in this Universe. My camera allows me to be more active in seeing the world around and recording some precise situations, which are an inspiration.

What kind of work you do and why?

For years, I’ve been in photography business, shooting anything from people to interiors, from food porn to products, from reportage to commercials. But it was there on cold winter nights when I went out to shoot a combination of light, snow, trees, and objects created by humans that gave me ultimate satisfaction. Eventually, I think I developed a style which is a limitation on one hand, but makes my works stand out on the other – it is hard to compete in this world today. I think I can find a beauty and harmony in unexpected places, and I invite you to follow my example.

Identity Theft a Series by Chris Kovacs from Canada.

Identity Theft a Photography Series by Chris Kovacs from Canada.
Meditiate
An small Interview with Chris Kovacs.

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Chris Kovacs and I am from Canada. I was born in 1976 and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I relocated from Edmonton to Vancouver, BC in 1999.

How did you get into creating images?

Ever since I can remember I always loved looking at art and photographs in books, I would rather analyze the images than read the text. For me, the creative bug started when I was eleven years old, that’s when I received my first camera, it was a simple point and shoot Kodak film camera. I would run around and photograph everything I could, mostly portraits of my sister and various friends. It wasn’t until 2005, when my first son was born, that I became very interested in creating professional portraits of him, so I got a decent DSLR and read many books. I was creating very professional looking images but it was mostly of my children and various things like chess pieces or the kitchen faucet, just very random things for fun.

Water Drops (Macro Photography) with Dan Mab from Australia.

An small Interview with Dan Mab.

Who and from where are you?

I'm Dan, husband, father and macro nerd and I'm from Australia. 

How you got into this?

I've always been into arts and have always been creative. I first tried photography in college but quickly became terrified of the complexity of it, soon dropping out of the class and never looking back. I regained my love for it with my discovery of Instagram and the amazing macro captures that were shown there. I quickly bought my first macro lens for my iPhone, eventually upgrading to a point and shoot camera before winning my Nikon in a macro competition. All my photos are taken in the 'wild' and are naturally occurring and never set up and this is a fact I'm proud of. I'm lucky to have large areas of natural bushland behind my house that call to me each day begging to be explored. 

What is your driving force?

I just love macro photography! I'm always trying to get a different view of the subject, that keenness to see if I can pull off a shot no one else has managed to get. Everywhere I go I'm always looking down trying to spot my next shot...I'm surprised I haven't walked into a pole yet! 

What kind of work you do and why?

I primarily do macro shots. I love wet grass and the magic that each little drop holds. Where most see wet grass I see dancing light and watery worlds that only exist for but a moment before the slightest breeze or the heat of the day end them. I also have a fondness for insects and love the charming personalities that most have. I would like to expand into other areas but at the moment macro photography has a firm grasp on my creative heart. Why do I do it? Simple really I just love the hidden worlds that are at our feet and I want to share the beauty of the macro world with anyone who'll pay attention. 

Street Photography by Geoffrey Greslin from France.

Street Photography by Geoffrey Greslin from France.
An Interview with Geoffrey Greslin.

Who and from where are you?

I'm Geoffrey,  I'm 28 years old. I'm from Montargis ( Region Center of France) and I've been living in Paris for more than 3 years now. I am a social worker and I photograph when I have time.

How did you get into this?

I've always been attracted by art in general speaking and particularly the one coming from the street. I like the fact that art is generalised, everyone gets access to it. After my studies, I traveled for a while (such as Nepal and South America). These adventures were so strong that I always had my camera so I did not fear to forget what I was living, feeling.The desire to immortalize places, moments and meetings was ever-present.
When I came back from traveling, I settled in Paris for work. Even if I had less intention for adventure there, I realized that I missed taking pictures. Looking for a place, a scene, waiting, imagining, and anticipating fulfilled me.
I had in front of me one of the biggest playground : Paris.

Then, alongside, being in Paris, I had the opportunity to go to exhibitions and I also read many books of last century's photographers. I am fascinated by Vivian Maier and Elliot Erwitt. I admire their subtility and sensitivity going through their art. I can spend a long time looking at the picture in order to immerse myself with the details, that all put together, tell me a story.
I would say that I've been into photography for three years.
At the same time, i learnt to get technical skills even if I insist on saying that it's not the most important. The intention is.

Street Photography by Philip Marcelo from Milan, Italy.

Street Photography by Philip Marcelo from Milan, Italy.
From the Brush of Artist - I am Philipp Marcelo, raised in the Philippines but presently based in Milan Italy. Ever since I was a kid, I am already amazed on how photographs can capture great moments and how it can freeze people's emotions. As I grow older, clicking photographs and capturing momentous event turned out to be my hobby and became addicted to it. Who would have thought that from a simple hobby, it became my passion that I can define as something that I see myself doing for a long period of time. The fulfilling joy I feel from within is priceless.

I got amused and inspired by others' photographs, in fact, every time I take pictures, I can feel the real phenomena sense of it. This primarily my reason why I opted street photography. It connects and preserves memories and enables nostalgic feelings to go back in time through one good shutter click. I can proudly say that i love photography.

Fine Art Photography by Xavier Rey from Bordeaux, France.

Fine Art Photography by Xavier Rey from Bordeaux, France.
Le Bout Du Chemin - "Vision Trouble"
From the Brush of Artist - Born in Albi (France) in 1974, I make my first steps in the "Photography" in 2005 when I arrived in Bordeaux. My meeting with the group of Bordeaux photographers SPBordeaux was a revelation and photography became for me an extraordinary means of expression. 

Eclectic in nature, I work all photographic style. 

Photography b & w is my primary mode of expression and allows me to fully express my vision of the author. My photographic approach is something instinctive, as an impulse that prompts me to press the trigger at a specific time to pick a place, atmosphere, people ... 

I love photographing in the moment, discover a place and I try to appropriate it.

VISION TROUBLE by Xavier Rey.

"The imaginary begins where the zone of sharpness ends"
In this series, the author wanted to translate his vision of the world in which he lives, this one is made of nuances, zones of blur and nothing is totally predictable. This photographic approach allows everyone to tap into his life story, into his imagination, to give meaning to the omnipresent blur in this series.

Minimal People Photography by Yong Han Hao from Taipei, Taiwan.

Minimal People Photography by Yong Han Hao from Taipei, Taiwan.
An small Interview with Yong Han Hao


Who and from where are you? 

My name is Yong-Han Hao, come from a beautiful island, Taiwan. I am a senior college student in Taipei.

How you got into this? 

About one year ago, I started to photograph. I Like to take photos of constructions in the city, special places, and some of natural landscape. In this six months, I uploaded some photos which I took to Instagram. And now, taking photographis a hobby of my life.

What is your driving force?

I learn for other countries very much. And I got inspired by others' photographs world wide which let me see many amazing places in other country. It’sreally widen my views of the world.So I also want to take photos to present particular places and gorgeous landscape from my country.

What kind of work you do and why? 


In my works, I like to take minimal people in the pictures. From my opinion, no matter what kind of photograph I took,it seems like tiny people as uslive in this huge world.This kind of photographis very meaningful for me.

Photography by Tim Laffey from Sydney, Australia.

Photography by Tim Laffey from Sydney, Australia.
Lake Dream
An Interview with Tim Laffey.

Who and from where are you?

I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, but grow up in the North Island of New Zealand, in the coastal town of Whanganui. Even though I now Live in Sydney, Australia, I make regular trips back to New Zealand to do much of my work. The New Zealand landscape is very sympathetic to my style, and of course there is the natural spiritual connection to one’s country of birth.

How you got into this?

My greatest and primary influence has been that of painters. I look in wonder at their complete understanding of light, shade, and their observations on how light plays in our visible world. 

What is your driving force?

Turner's paintings have and continue to be my guiding inspiration; from the time I discovered his work as a boy to present day. I'm seeking that 'glow' from within the work! I was to discover that I did not possess the required skill with the brush to be able to live in the ‘Impressionists landscape’. But that was the landscape I loved and yearned for so much. I had to find a way! I turned to the camera, from the age of thirteen, and then through my years as a Cinematographer, which is how I understood the essence of motion blur.

I knew I could make the camera my paintbrush. So I have given a great deal of my life to perfecting the use of the camera to find my style, to be in the impressionists landscape.

What kind of work you do and why?

My work is both impressionist and spiritual in nature and I am seeking to transcend the image as a photo into something broader, an exploration of light and atmosphere. Not just a mere topographical representation but to embrace the joy and beauty of light, for me it is to think without words.

My images are created in camera and I originate on film (negative), this allows me to smear the colours, much like one would smear the palate, when working in pastels; this is crucial, as it enables me to react emotively and honestly at the point of exposure. It cannot be overstated the importance, in understanding, that my work is not manipulated in any way via Photoshop, to do so, for me, is making a lie of my relationship with the landscape. 

The writings of Henry Thoreau, Alan Watts and Parker J. Palmer's book 'Let your Life Speak', are guiding lights in my spiritual influence over my work and my constant driving inspiration to continue to create. My favorite quote of Thoreau, is, “Find your bone and gnaw on it"

Through, diligence, practice and growth over a life of applied experience, there eventually comes a time when you find your own voice, and I feel have finally found my mine!

Nature never presents a perfectly framed image. The Landscape offers a vast amount of opportunities, a treasure trove of visions. But, fundamentally, it is the choices one makes to form the image that reaches the viewer.
I work in one medium to explore another! 
An imagined placed.

Architecture Photography by Angie McMonigal from Chicago.

Architecture Photography by Angie McMonigal from Chicago.
Walt Disney Concert Hall.
An small Interview with Angie McMonigal

Who and from where are you? 

I'm a Chicago, United States - based architecture photographer but grew up in a small town in rural Wisconsin.

How you got into this? 

Photography started as a hobby about 16 years ago and has slowly evolved into a greater passion.

What is your driving force? 

Photography is about seeing what often gets overlooked in our everyday environments and when I'm photographing alone it can feel a bit meditative and calming.

What kind of work you do and why? 

I approach the urban environment with the spirit of someone who grew up surrounded by nature, finding moments of meditative calm in terrain that is always transforming. Focusing more frequently on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, my photographs celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight.

'Dark Beauty' a series of Beautiful Nature Photography by Yucel Basoglu.

'Dark Beauty' a series of Beautiful Nature Photography by Yucel Basoglu.
From the Brush of Artist - I was born in Switzerland in 1967 and I currently live in Istanbul. I have always had an interest in photography since I was very young.

The first photos I took were based on color photography entirely; however, I have switched to black-and-white photography for ten years.

In nature, I really like to create dark and dramatic scenes with sea view. I think black and white photography is the best technique that shows you the purity in human and in nature. On a colour photo of a smiling person for example, you only see the smile. But on a black and white photo you see the reality behind that smile. It’s the same with nature, you see the power of nature on a black and white photo. I see a divine light in black and white photography.

Fine Art photography by Hatta Patria, from Jakarta, Indonesia.

Fine Art photography by Hatta Patria, from Jakarta, Indonesia.
From the Brush of Artist - My name is Hatta Patria, from Jakarta, Indonesia. Photography is my hobby and i started to love it since 2009 due to work that require me to move from one to another place. I am getting involved with long exposure black and white photography since I met some friends in East Indonesia.

My passion is fine art photography in black and white and long exposure technique. I love this genre because it shows an uncomplete message to the viewer so they can improve their imagination to many interpretation. I love simplicity in high key, mood in dark tones and emotion in a strong contrast. My fav photographer is Michael Kenna especially on his work to create composition, angle, creating pattern, rhyme and combination of highlights and shadow.

"Flatland II" a Photography series by Aydin Buyuktas from Turkey.

"Flatland II" a Photography series by Aydin Buyuktas from Turkey.
“Flatland”
Aydın Büyüktaş, inspired by the book of  Edwin Abbat “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” created his series called “Flatland” , in which he sets the foundations of a dimension where a space of surprises creates a space that creates suprises. We live in places that most of the times don’t draw our attention, places that transform our memories, places that the artist gives another dimension; where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise.    These works aims to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic as well,multidimensional romantic point of view.

_While I was reading “Hyperspace” the book of Michio Kaku, he was using examples from “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” of Edwin Abbot. I discovered the book like this. I was very impressed by the book written in 1884 exemplifying the difficulties in comprehending the way of interconnecting the dimensions and the inter-dimensional transition. The fact that the book tried to tell the inter-dimensional transition and the third dimension in second dimension corresponded to my inquiry about the third dimension. 

Light and Shadow with José Luis Barcia Fernandez from Madrid, Spain.

Light and Shadow with José Luis Barcia Fernandez from Madrid, Spain.
From the Brush of Artist - My name is José Luis Barcia Fernandez and I am 40 years old. I was born in Pola de Siero, Asturias, a beautiful region in the north Spain and I am currently living in Madrid. I have a Chemistry degree and I work as a logistics manager in a multinational retail company. I am interested in street and architecture photography and I only shoot with mobile phones. 

Some years ago I used to make digital art, mixing different layers of painting and photography composing digital collages. I used to use mixed media, with oil and acrylic paint, ink and different materials like cast, paperboard, little pieces of stone, glue, etc. After that, in 2011 I bought my first iPhone and discovered, playing with photo apps like Cameramatic and Hipstamatic, its creative possibilities. I started going out and taking photos, but they were so bad, so I used to combine them creating photomontages. I knew exactly the kind of photos that I wanted to get, but for a lack of knowledge or ability, I wasn´t able to get them, so my resource was to use the photomontage. I think this helped me a lot to learn how to compose, sort the layers of colors and shapes, and place my subjects properly on the frame.

I suppose that in our photographs we reflect our cultural, emotional, and audiovisual baggage. My main source of inspiration is music, I usually listen to music while I am taking photos and when I edit them. I am particularly interested in a musical genre called post rock, consisting of instrumental themes, generally very evocative and emotive, with quiet soundscapes and frequent and powerful changes of rhythm. I am also interested in metal and electronic music. In painting I like the informalism of Tàpies, the light of Edward Hopper and the Suprematism of Malevich.

Poetry and Mysteries of Nature by Clas Hansen from Norway / Sweden.

Poetry and Mysteries of Nature by Clas Hansen from Norway / Sweden.
From the Brush of Artist - My name is Clas Hansen, and I’m from Oslo, Norway. Now I live in Sweden (but it’s still only 2 hours drive from my hometown).

Since I was 16 and got my first serious SLR camera, I’ve been working with photography as an artistic expression. I’ve done other things like painting and drawing, but photography has always been with me. For a living, I’ve been working as a graphic designer, but I often implement photography images as a part of the design work. I’ve published some photo books, and in earlier years I produced multimedia performances with photo, film, poetry and music. Through the years I had several exhibitions in various galleries.

Even if most of my work is nature photography, I rather think of them more as internal landscapes. I want to create beauty, not as a romantic term, but the beauty of nature itself, in it’s raw and unsentimental state. 

I don’t want to take photos of nature, but reflect the force of nature and to see the beauty in that. Freeze a moment of the constant process going on all the time around us. 

Often when I take photos, I’m attracted to the poetic and mysterious. Attracted to another way to see and experience the world around me. The camera makes me look into the world in another way. I see, feel and experience my environment in another way than I would by just walking around. The camera is the blind eye that leads me through life. It’s like I become aware that nothing is like it seems to be, and it’s only the camera that can reveal it. 

Photography is some kind of surrealism because it creates its own world out of the reality. It is like an image of something real, but it's not real. It is more like an imprint. That makes it possible for me to see and experience the world in another way. I can look at the world, experience it as photography, and see it more as a symbol or expression for something I don’t know what is.

Aerial Photography by Simeon Pratt from Illinois, United States.

Aerial Photography by Simeon Pratt from Illinois, United States.
From the Brush of Artist - My name is Simeon Pratt, I am a commercial Cinematographer and drone pilot from central Illinois, and I have been living in Chicago for a few years. 

I got in to creative camera work by shooting a lot. I got in to the drone industry early by purchasing my own kit, and that got me a little recognition to start shooting other commercial work.

My driving force is the desire to find a different perspective on some subject or location that hasn't been done before. Whether this is a different way of telling a story or an aerial technique not used before, I enjoy the challenge of creating something new.

I try to do mostly story driven commercials, trying to shoot organically and handheld to get the viewer involved with the subject. I also shoot a lot of travel aerial work for various companies all over the world. 

Abandoned Places Photography by Scott Reeves from United Kingdom.

Abandoned Places Photography by Scott Reeves from United Kingdom.
Abandoned Mental Asylum, UK.
From the Brush of Artist - My name is Scott Reeves and I am a UK-based photographer; I have been shooting derelict and abandoned places for nearly 10 years

and have since traveled across Europe to do so. I've now shot in 7+ countries and hundreds of locations. I take great enjoyment in showing places that

people are not usually allowed to go, the hidden theaters, hospitals, manor houses and places that time has forgotten.

Beautiful black and white Photography by Noel Bodle from Kent England.

Beautiful black and white Photography by Noel Bodle from Kent England.
From the Brush of Artist - I live in a small village in Kent England, I have always loved being out in the countryside ether walking or on my mountain bike. My parents moved Cornwall some time back and at this point I started taking a camera around with me capturing pictures of the wonderful places we would visit. I have never considered myself to be a photographer it's just a little fun, something I could share with friends on Facebook.
But a few years ago I started having problems with my back and unfortunately this kept me of my mountain bike.
So I decided I needed a new challenge and photography was the logical answer. I have always been inspired by black and white images I had seen, particularly long exposer. I have tried to develop my own style teaching myself as I go. I really like dark and moody  images but I like to keep as much detail and tones as possible. I recently upgraded my bridge camera to a Fuji and this has really allowed me to be far more creative in my work. Hopefully I'll continue to be inspired and further my knowledge in taking beautiful black and white Images.

Black and White Portraits by Misha Pavlovsky from Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Black and White Portraits by Misha Pavlovsky from Saint Petersburg, Russia.
From the Brush of Artist - "My name is Misha Pavlovsky. I am from Saint Petersburg , Russia. I love to see pictures nearly more than shoot em. Photography for me is mostly a life style or the way of seeing people and places. I was a professional photographer working as cinema and theatre photographer, but I quit it. Now I am shooting mostly for pleasure and working at theatre sound department".

Beautiful Nature Photography by Olivier Richina from Switzerland.

Beautiful Nature Photography by Olivier Richina from Switzerland.
From the Brush of Artist - Je m'appelle Olivier Richina et j'habite en Suisse, dans le canton de Neuchâtel. Il y a 4 ans, j'ai commencé à faire quelques photos avec mon téléphone portable. Une de mes amies m'a alors suggéré d'ouvrir un compte sur Instagram et je me suis pris au jeu! Il y a 2 ans, je me suis acheté un appareil photo, qui a changé mon approche des choses, car je pouvais davantage jouer avec la lumière ou encore les profondeurs de champ. Mon travail est celui d'un amateur et je suis loin d'exploiter toutes les potentialités de mon appareil, mais j'aime proposer un point de vue différent sur les choses et je n'hésite pas à donner de ma personne lorsque je suis en "chasse"! 

Dans mon approche de la photographie, je suis très attentif au cadrage, à la composition, aux lignes directrices, aux proportions, aux contrastes de lumière et aux différents points de vue. J'aime parfois aussi retourner mes photographies, afin de diriger l'œil du spectateur sur d'autres détails. Mes photos sont éclectiques, car la beauté est partout. J'avoue toutefois une préférence pour le noir et blanc, qui me fascine, car il révèle les lignes directrices et la lumière. 

La photographie traduit aussi une philosophie. Tout d'abord, elle me donne des moments où je suis dans l'instant présent, comme dans une bulle, comme si le monde extérieur était juste un immense décor. Je ne trouve jamais le monde aussi beau que dans ces moments! J'aime également l'idée que mes photos traduisent une manière d'appréhender le monde, de regarder différemment, ou encore d'explorer tous les points de vue, et j'invite chacun à se lancer dans une telle aventure!