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Nich Hance McElroy

Nich Hance McElroy is a photographer from Minneapolis, currently based in Vancouver. i have been following his photography on and off on flickr (and very briefly touched on it here). today i really got stuck into his imagery, which is divided into a few ongoing series on his website. i’ve picked some of my favourite shots: a girl, a dog, a road trip… i love the feel of these. you can follow him on his website, tumblrflickr and instagram.

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Ari Gabel

it felt like just the other day that i posted about Ari Gabel’s arresting self portraits – but that was more than two years ago now! i had a long browse through his website and flickr recently, and i am very taken by the new projects he’s working on and his ongoing portraiture photography.

Ari Gabel is a working photographer whose main concentration deals with the documentation of the vanishing faces and stories held within countless individuals across the American landscape. His work is both a balance of research and shear instinct, allowing him to explore the environment around him and establish a common understanding of the land. His use of analog cameras is not due to the rarity of it’s existence in modern times, but for for the quality it posses and the personable connection it creates with the subject.










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Warm Weather

it’s that time of year again where i do my annual post about summer psyching. this has mostly do with all the imagery i have seen on instagram and twitter and in my blog feed from people who live in, or are currently holidaying in, the northern hemisphere. i know you guys have been experiencing some heat waves – even though the news of the heat wave in London made all of us south africans smile, of course. “temperatures as high as 32c!”

i can’t say that i miss summer, at this point. truth is that we have had a pretty mild winter so far. some days i walk around my neighbourhood and it’s warm enough that people are donning shorts and tee-shirts. that’s just the way it is here, and always will be. i’m grateful for that. what i do miss is that feeling that summer brings – of being on perpetual holiday (even when you’re not). you can get home after work and there’s enough daylight left to go sit on the beach and have a sundowner with your friends, or jump in the pool, or have a gin & tonic on your patio… enjoy the next few months – it’ll be our turn soon.

all photos courtesy of their respective owners, please click on the images to be taken to the original.

© Able Parris

© Able Parris

© Violeta Niebla

© Violeta Niebla

© nikaela peters

© nikaela peters

© Jana Martish

© Jana Martish

© Alile Dara

© Alile Dara

© Gonzalo Sainz Sotomayor

© Gonzalo Sainz Sotomayor

© amanda jasnowski

© amanda jasnowski

© tatjana šuškic

© tatjana šuškic

© Molly Wizenberg

© Molly Wizenberg

© another feather

© another feather

© dream awake

© dream awake

© matt bower

© matt bower

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Li Hui

continuing with Flickr Fridays! i have noticed and admired the work of Li Hui for years on Flickr, so I was surprised to find that i had never actually done a post about her before (cannot keep track after all these years i guess). she is a self-taught photographer who only uses film. something you might notice is that her subjects never show their faces, and she gives a reason for that in this interview:

My pictures never shows faces because I think this is a way of communicating with the viewer. The pictures remind us of our common feelings, secrets, past memories or magical dreams. The people in my pictures are not supposed to be unknown faces, but the viewer him- or herself.

browse her dreamy body of work at her website, tumblr and, of course, flickr.

all photographs by Li Hui.

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Great Moments

great moments – on the open road, in a pool, enjoying the view, early mornings, new places, with your family, with your best friend, with your best people, learning something new, doing something exciting, seeing something beautiful, hanging with your cat, hanging with yourself.

all images are by their respective owners. click on the images for the original link.

– by james lucero

– by William James Vincent Broadhurst

– by Al Bowler

– by joana kingwell

– by Jade Thiraswas

– by Komža

– by irena

– by Ilaria Rossetti

– by sacha indie

– by anna gawlak

– by Matthew Lief Anderson

– by Joshua Foster

– by Saria Dy

– by Miren Asiain Lora

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Anna Gawlak

remember i said one of my goals for this year is to pick up an actual camera again? well i not so secretly wish my personal photo collection would resemble something along the lines of Anna Gawlak’s. she is a Polish photographer who describes her work better than i ever could…

This is my photo album. Its creation is like spinning a tale: spooling a film, snapping photographs, composing them… The narrative about calmness and naturalness. Calmness is more than lack of movement – I cannot stop searching it everywhere I am. Searching the naturalness means trying to pick out what is true and simple in the world – I cannot stop doing it. But, first and foremost, my own story is about big, big love. I love the world: light, colour, contrast, symmetry, trees, tasty food, buildings, doors, feet, ankles, eyes. I love the human being. Everywhere I am – I cannot stop searching. And all that makes the simple pleasures of life.

follow her work on her website, flickr & facebook page.

all photographs by Anna Gawlak.

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Mark Shaw

you’re probably familiar with the work of fashion & celebrity photographer Mark Shaw, who was especially well known for his collection of photographs of the Kennedys. he shot over 100 stories in his 16 year career with LIFE magazine in the 1950s & 60s, and was one of the first photographers who documented backstage fashion at couture shows like Balmain and Balenciaga. if you’re feeling flush you can buy limited edition original prints of his work from the Andrew Wilder gallery. Here are some of my favourite stories he covered.

Audrey Hepburn

Portraits for LIFE Magazine of Hepburn while filming Sabrina. This entire shoot had lingered forgotten for more than fifty years in a box at the home of Mark’s first wife and were rediscovered in 2008. Initially Audrey Hepburn did all she could to avoid Mark Shaw’s cameras. When she realized they shared intense devotion to their work, she began to treat him like a member of the family.

Jackie Kennedy & family

These images were taken for an assignment from LIFE magazine about Jackie Kennedy which ran in 1959 while JFK was making his White House run. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s Mark Shaw worked extensively as the “unoffical” family photographer to Jackie and John F. Kennedy.

Coco Chanel

Chanel was quoted at the time as saying that “Shaw had crept as close to her as anyone is likely to get with their LEICA on”. Shaw’s informal, grainy, black and white images of Chanel were captured using an unobtrusive 35 mm camera and film processing methods that enabled him to eliminate all other photographic equipment. The result is a highly personal and intimate look into a day in the life of this iconic woman.

Various artists – PicassoChagall, Fernand Leger & Miro

backstage at Balmain, 1954

various fashion editorials photographed in St. Tropez, Paris, Portofino

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Lee Towndrow

Lee Towndrow is a designer turned photographer from Canada who has travelled and lived all over the world, eventually settling in New York – where he continues to produce beautiful & interesting work. usually i’d select my favourite images when featuring a photographer, but Lee’s individual projects are so interesting and really deserve to be seen in their entirety. i particularly loved his ongoing series of Paper Portraits, as well as the personal projects Anachronisms No.1 & Anachronisms No.2 – where old men and young kids essentially switch places. No.2 (the one with the kids) is especially beautiful to me, as it was shot on film using only natural light. impressive!

Paper Portraits

“Lee Towndrow was looking for a way to reinvent the portrait. He began experimenting with the colored paper common to photography studios in a more three dimensional way.” – Bransch

Anachronisms No.2

“In these large-scale colour photographs, I construct a series of anachronisms as a means to study intimacy and the fashion image. I’ve been watching the relationships around me changing. When we’re young, we’re unfamiliar with closeness and intimacy, and yet it all comes very naturally to us. And as we age, we tend to distance ourselves from others, choosing in some cases to become personally intimate only with a partner. I was interested in what it might look like when those roles were reversed.”

Anachronisms No.1

“Lee Towndrow has inverted our expectations by casting seniors in the role of a band of youthful, carefree, streetwise hooligans. As a testament to his theatrical and photographic skills, Towndrow’s series is replete with detail, expression, emotion and narrative. We feel like we are part of The Juniors. But do we want to go back and relive our youth?” – Heather Morton

all photographs by Lee Towndrow

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