Fascinated by the legendary festival of the Burning Man, the Paris-based colorblind photographer Victor Habchy crowfunded his travel to Arizona to bring us back memories captured in time, of this eerie and fascinating gathering. Each year, for a single week, thousands of free-minded people and curious persons from all over the planet build from scratch an entire town in the Black Rock desert, a white land burnt by sun and softened by sand. They create gigantic wood installations, whimsical sculptures, wear costumes and accessories borrowed from circus, childhood and dreams or just express their philosophy with nudity and free love. At the end of the week, their creations are symbolically burned. Victor Habchy joined the hippy-like community this year, sleeping under a tent, without electricity or water and experiencing the harsh weather conditions. But the result of his stay is a breathtaking series of photographs that seem out of this world, and perfectly capture the magic soul of the festival.
My name is Mikko Lagerstedt; I’m a self-taught fine art photographer from Finland. I am drawn into night- and atmospheric photography and I love to capture simplistic Finnish landscapes. My photography journey first started in December 2008 and from the first moments; I fell in love with it. I like to create visually, and emotionally captivating pictures and my goal is to capture the feeling I had when I took the photograph.
At the age of 16, I started to explore various areas around where I lived and quickly grew to love what I would find on explorations, whether it was through nature or abandoned structures. I shortly after began to capture the world around me, the things I see and how I see them. I wanted to share with people these beautiful places as well as I can, and through a lens was how I could shape these visions. On the side of everything else I have loved to photograph, around the age of 16 I became intrigued with urban exploration upon the discovery of an abandoned farm house in the city of Kirtland, OH. My mother, step father and myself were on our way to my sisters house when I had spotted it and asked if we could pull into the drive way to check it out. The way the roof was caved in, covered in bright moss attracted my attention. It was beautiful. We pulled into the drive and walked from our car up to the entrance of this falling structure…
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Indonesian photographer Mikael Aldo tries to reconcile the gap between what’s real and what isn’t. He describes himself as not just a photographer but as an explorer and a story-teller. Certainly, some of his images could be ripped straight from the pages of an epic fantasy novel. He’s just 17-years-old but he has the skill and imagination of an established and sophisticated artist. He seamlessly fuses portraits with natural elements, such as waterfalls, clouds, and forests, creating a vivid and surreal creative world. Girls sleep on clouds, boys transform into trees, and headless men prance across vacant lots. It’s trippy brilliance of the highest order.
Lisa Holloway’s ability to weave emotion and light into something magical – something more than just a portrait, but a recording of who you are is second to none. She prides herself in her ability to capture the true essence and spirit of those she photographs. Lisa’s work is timeless, elegant, and classic and is sure to be treasured for generations to come. As the mother of 10 amazing children, Lisa’s number one priority is her family. She has made the hard decision to not take client sessions at the current time in an effort to free up more time for her children.
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.