Photography

Viviane Sassen

you might already know of Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen from the work she’s done for renowned fashion magazines and fashion houses the likes of Carven & Missoni. her most beautiful visuals, in my opinion, is a series called Flamboya which was shot in Kenya (where she spent part of her childhood) Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. the name is taken from the red blossomed Flamboyant tree which grows across East and South Africa.

As long as I can remember, I have felt very close to Africa. This is most probably due to the fact that I lived with my family in Kenya when I was a child. Yet, this very experience of closeness has also engendered contradictory feelings. While feeling to be a part of this world, I have also kept on being aware of the fact that I would never really be a part of it. Very soon, I have come to understand that I would always remain a stranger. In this way I try in my work to figure this ambiguity. You feel close but at the same time distant. And that is something that is most of times absent in traditional Western depictions of Africa, always clearly reflecting the interpretation and gaze of Westerners.

Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya

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Missy Prince

i’m doing this thing now where i’m picking random dates in my archives and looking up people i posted about years ago. Missy Prince is a Portland based photographer, originally from Mississippi, who i have followed on flickr since, well, i discovered flickr. i posted about her 3 years ago – and her work still amazes me. in between her more personal work and some beautiful landscape imagery she also captures a world that, in my head, i only know through american road trip movies, or shows like friday night lights. bits and pieces of middle america, vignettes that remind me of the work of Stephen Shore or William Eggleston.

I’m usually drawn to scenes that lean toward the peculiar or askew. My interest in them is like my interest in, say, Tom Waits’ album Small Change or some old blues lyrics. Hard times are doorways to the unknown. People go to weird places through them, and you wonder how they got there. It’s more interesting than joy or contentment.*

*taken from this interview. as you can probably tell Missy works in film, and she develops and prints everything herself. you can see more of her work on her website, tumblr, flickr and buy prints from her shop.

photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince

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Fruitland

in September photographer Alison Zavos curated a collection of photographs of fruit for a show called, well, Fruitland. she searched hundreds of photographers’ websites and chose the “freshest, strangest still life photos” to present at Photoville – a pop up exhibition space made up of freight containers at Brooklyn Bridge Park in NYC. you can see more photos here.

Maybe as a response or antidote to the labored and moody Dutch still life-inspired fruit photography that has been proliferating in galleries over the past decade, young photographers are now challenging themselves to take a regular piece of fruit and make it special – adding their own strange twist to something so commonplace that anyone can pick it up at the local grocery store. This fascination with photographing fruit in the studio has spread far and wide. Fruitland includes 31 photographs from 18 international photographers.

above: Daniel Stier

above: Athos Burez

above: Florent Tanet

above: Aron Filkey & Mate Moro

left: Daan Brand | right: Aron Filkey & Mate Moro

above: Catherine Losing

above: Maciek Pozoga

left: Federico Ciamei | right: Nico Krijno

above: Maryanne Casasanta

above: Wyne Veen

above: ECAL/Maxime Guyon

above: Gilda Davidian

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Tamara Lichtenstein

Tamara Lichtenstein is one of those talented people on flickr whose dreamy photographs get fav’d a thousand times over. i have followed her for a long time and always like seeing a new image pop up in my feed. quick facts: she’s 23, from Houston Texas, and she also does commercial work. you can see more of her work at her website & flickr, and also buy her prints at etsy.













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NYC

since i have shared a bit about the wedding i thought it would be nice to show some pics from our honeymoon. whenever people asked where we were going post-wedding, and we replied NYC, they were either really excited for us or genuinely confused about our choice of destination. i guess people associate honeymoon with tropical beaches or romantic cities like Paris – but we have always, always wanted to visit NYC (ever since we first got together) and we are far more into new visiting places that allow us to explore, see museums, eat great food, shop and just experience something other than what we have at home. we have beaches at home… and fantastic ones at that.

our trip unfolded like something out of a storybook. everything we did was awesome. staying in Williamsburg and taking the subway into Manhattan every day like some kind of a real New Yorker (and being totally blasé about it – just gonna take the subway), doing a cheesy but required and ultimately enjoyable boat ride in Central Park, seeing the Book of Mormon on Broadway (highly recommended!), running into someone i know from the internet at a random subway station on our first day, experiencing Sleep No More (what a trip), eating more pizza than i could handle (i can handle more pizza than you might think), indulging in very expensive lobster rolls as a treat, seeing more art than my eyeballs could deal with, falling in love with the Natural History Museum, spotting some celebrities (ok don’t look now but Hilary Swank is eating a burger right behind you), going to the top of the Empire State building at night, eating a feast at Brooklyn Crab, spotting a Banksy, seeing ARCADE FIRE at a secret show in Brooklyn after discovering a cryptic poster in Red Hook – that actually happened! for reals! it was just absolutely unbelievable and amazing. by the end of it we were walking fit and our bank accounts were drained.

i want to thank everyone who commented on this post (and emailed) with recommendations of places to visit in NYC. we tried to do everything on the list but it was just impossible, even with 2 weeks there. if anyone is planning a visit soon be sure to check those out. you can also visit my pinterest board for more.

i took all of these photos on my iPhone.  had the best intentions to take actual nice photos with my camera, but after taking perhaps 5 shots i decided i didn’t want to view our holiday through a lens. and, because i know it will be asked, they were edited with either VSCO or Afterlight, depending on whether i was on my phone or iPad – VSCO doesn’t work so great on my iPhone anymore after the iOS7 update (of course!) so i often just used Afterlight, which is simpler but also great.

if you want to know where any of these were taken, just ask in the comments!

Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC

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Rachel Duffy

Rachel Duffy is a photographer based in San Francisco who shoots 35mm film. her middle name is Anne, making her initials RAD. and her imagery is indeed rad. you can explore more of her work on her website, flickr and tumblr.

all images © Rachel Duffy

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Nico Krijno

i don’t know why it has taken my quite so long to dedicate a post to brilliant Cape Town based photographer Nico Krijno, i suppose it’s because his work is so well known here. but if you have not seen his imagery before let me introduce you. more at his website and at his tumblr. the girl in the pics is his lady, Mignonne.

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Cape Town Love

i first noticed Megan & Mike Gilger of The Fresh Exchange when they tagged me in an Instagram photo of their travels in Cape Town – they had been making use of my Cape Town City Guide to discover some cool places to see. i always get the warm and fuzzies when people tell me that the guide helped them in some way, and when anyone visits my city for that matter, so I clicked over to their site and what a nice discovery.

Megan is a talented designer and together she and Mike have a design studio called Wild Measure. on their trip to Cape Town they collaborated with Over to create an app in 24 hours (!!) that with allow people to celebrate their love for Cape Town, featuring Megan’s beautiful hand-lettering, appropriately called Cape Town Love.

The app was inspired by the city we have been working in for the past 6 days, and we wanted to develop something that did not just offer another pack of graphics, but meant far more. We wanted to find a way to celebrate the Mother City, and to help encourage people to discover the beauty that we have found in this place.

read about how they created the app in 24 hours here and watch a short video by Megan and Over designer Aaron Marshall. the app itself is great to look at and a dream to use. i think it’s pretty damn awesome that a handful of talented Americans created such a lovely app that’s so appreciate of our city. download it here.

image credits go to Megan & Mike

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