I would describe my style as a mix of daydreams and fairytales. The fascinate thing in photography is the way I can deal with my feelings and the way I can convert my daydreams into images. Photography allows me to create the world I would love to live in. And through photography I met wonderful people which I am fortunate enough to call my friends now. It makes me really happy to be connected with so many beautiful souls. Katharina Jung
I started playing around with photography in September 2009 after borrowing a friends Nikon, and I now find my self addicted. Macro work has become my favourite category, water drops to be more precise! In 2013 I’m hoping to buy an electronic kit to help me capture some high speed collisions of these water drops. Dave Wood
“For some people, if you’re religious, you’re ugly,” says Federica Valabrega, an Italian photographer who for the past four years has been documenting Jewish women across the world. Her fascination with these “Daughters of the King,” as she calls them, comes from her own religious background. “My mother isn’t Jewish, but my dad is and so is his mother and all of his family. When I was born in Rome, the chief rabbi back in 1983 accepted to convert [to Judaism] kids from mixed [religious] marriages, so my sisters and I did it.” Read the full story here or visit Federica Valabrega website.
Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son. It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate. During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.
Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored… Danny Cooke
Eduard Gordeev is a talented photographer based in St. Petersburg, Russia who captured a series of artistic photos of rainy cityscape. The resulting images are atmospheric and impressive with a bit of effect of acrylic paintings. The urban streets seem drenched in rain and mystery.
At Home With Themselves by Sage Sohier is an intimate portraits of committed gay couples in the 1980s. Sohier produced images that stood in opposition to contemporaneous media portrayals of the “gay lifestyle”, images that expose some of the roots of today’s marriage equality movement.
“All these shots were taken pretty much following the usual tourist trail in Manhattan… the locations along that trail are iconic for a reason. I wanted to present them differently however, like the Chrysler and Empire state buildings in different compositions than they are usually seen in. I also wanted black and white, to really simplify and make it about light, contrast and strength of composition (to varying degrees of success if I must be honest) in the street scenes below and in the architecture above.” Alex Teuscher