Originaire des rivages de l’Atlantique, j’aurais pu être bercé toute ma vie par le bruit des vagues mais la vie a fait que j’ai fini par devenir un enfant des villes, sans jamais vraiment comprendre les conséquences et l’impact émotionnel qu’elles pouvaient avoir sur ma pensée. Agé, maintenant, d’une trentaine d’années, j’ai instinctivement suivi l’énergie de mon subconscient pour m’immerger de plus en plus dans un univers sans artifice, la nature et l’immensité de ses paysages. Lorsque l’horizon s’ouvre à moi, j’ai un profond sentiment de liberté. C’est sans doute pour toutes ces raisons que j’ai comme un besoin vital de figer l’instant lors de mes visions aux atmosphères éphémères. A l’aube de l’ère du numérique, je vis avec mon temps dans un monde de boitier reflex. Alors, quand le regard est créatif, mes réflexes sont chromatiques. J’ai toujours transporté mes inspirations dans tous ce que j’entreprend. En photographie, j’aime les ambiances de rêveries mais sans la technique, je ne pourrais véhiculer cette vision.Alban Henderyckx
Rising from the remnants of what was once a vast inland sea, California’s Central Valley is an agricultural empire unparalleled in the history of the world. Covering an area larger than ten US states, it is home to America’s richest farms and generates close to $20 billion dollars’ worth of fresh food each year, nearly half of the US supply.
Though this wealth comes from the earth, there is little natural about how it is produced: the Central Valley is a place not so much rural as it is empty-urban — a thoroughly industrialized farm landscape whose once undulating plains have been tractored into table-top flatness, whose streams have been dammed and whose lakes have been drained. Some farms have become so automated that the tractors are piloted by satellite, and some plots are so vast and monotonous that thousands of pollinating bees die each year because they can’t find their way back to their hives. So much water has been pumped from the aquifers that in places the ground has dropped by fifty feet. Most tellingly, the fields are planted, tended and harvested by migrants brought in by the busload: few make more than $10,000 per year, eight out of ten are undocumented, and hardly any know the names of the farmers in whose fields they work.
From the roots of this unnatural wealth has sprung a dysfunctional society, communities whose chronically high unemployment and generational poverty have fostered social ills more commonly associated with big cities. In tiny towns surrounded by farm fields, drug and alcohol addiction is rampant, teenage pregnancies are among the highest in the nation, crime and gangs are commonplace.Much is revealed by how a society raises its food — the one thing people both pay for and pray over — and the Central Valley tells us much about modern life. A modern rural distopia, it is a landscape at once rich but impoverished, industrialized but rural, inhabited but unsettled: a kingdom, but one made of dust, nourishing millions as it consumes itself. Matt Black.
“My mission in photography is to ‘force’ you to look at the reality of life; the reality of poverty, injustice and corruption that affects many in the 3rd world countries. The worst abuser of the poor little children is the one who knows about their situation but not coming forward to help. My favorite subjects are always the street, the working environment and low light photography. My all time favourite photographer is Werner Bishof. I really admire his work about people.”Thomas Tham. Please have a look at the other extraordinary pictures that this photographer shares on his Flickr page.
“I love taking pictures and traveling around my city. Child portrait and child activity are my favorite. I love their expression innocence and trying to capture with my cam. Although I am a beginner in photography got my first camera in 2012.”Santu Mondal
Pictures that require a strong sensuality and tell stories characterize the work of Ava Pivot. Having an extensive empathy for her models, numerous actors have up to now gladly betaken themselves to Ava for intimate and remarkable photos. Gaining an increasing popularity in fashion and photography magazines, her nude photography decorates meanwhile a large number of international galleries. Always looking for soul and emotions in her pictures, she agrees with Coco Chanel’s point of view: “Female nudity has to be given to men with a teaspoon, not a ladle”. Ava’s remarkable feeling for the use of daylight and her very own pictorial language through playing with depth of field, perspective and back light make her pictures so intense.”
I am not my work. I am a photographer, writer, a loving husband and father. I read a quote at someones profile that just stuck in my head, because it describes so well how I feel concerning bw. It goes something like this and if I got it wrong I appologize: “When you photograph people in color you can see the color of their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you can see their souls! ” AND this one: “I suggest though, that if we strive for perfect, digitally processed images and prints, the further away we might get from our own fallibility and accident prone humanity.”- Michael Kenna. Anyway, Be happy with what you got, it can ALWAYS get worse. Life is a journey, not a destination…Peter Levi
“I’ve had a number of life experiences that have shaped how I see the world and take pictures. From playing bass in a pre-Guns N’ Roses band with Slash and Steve Adler to working in combat zones in Central America and the Middle East to busting bad guys as an undercover cop in Germany. I’ve traveled significantly throughout America, Asia, and Europe; was in Berlin for the fall of the wall and at the flash point in South Central Los Angeles during the LA riots. I’m a trained psychologist and more recently was a senior executive in a large corporation. A few years ago I decided to ditch the tie, follow a passion, and take pictures full-time. I’ve never been poorer. Or happier.”Greg Marsden‘s series Kings Cross evokes some neon nostalgia. And although the surface is barely scratched, there’s plenty of genuine daylight Cross moments captured to give the uninitiated a sneak peak into its world; a world where hookers, junkies, flunkies, yuppies and everything in-between live in an imperfect, dysfunctional harmony of sleaze.