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Weekly Monday Contest

Published by Diana Tula · July 15th 2013

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. Continue reading to discover new announced theme, deadline and how to enter.

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Last week we announced International Food theme & received over 500 delicious food photos. After reviewing all entries we’ve chosen fifteen to share with you today. Let us know which one is your favourite in the comments below. Enjoy!

New theme: Seeing Green

1. Select photo that fits this theme. Upload image to your 500px profile or pick an existing photo.
2. Add a tag "green500px".
3. You are done. To track all entries click here.

Theme is open to your interpretation and creativity, so get snapping and tagging. Deadline is July 21 at 12pm (EST). To make your efforts worthwhile there’s a random draw giveaway for all who enter for a chance to win 2 months Awesome membership. Lucky draw winner is Michael Fournier.

Good luck this week!


     

Yaser Almajed

Published by Diana Tula · July 9th 2013

Meet Yaser Almajed, a talented photographer from Saudi Arabia. Inspired by the double exposure photography Yaser creates beautifully crafted portraits. Each portrait a digital art representation of people as flowers and urban landscapes. Take a look at some of our favourite and inspiring images.

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their brilliant photos. Today we introduced you to Yaser Almajed and his work. To follow his new photos or buy one of his prints visit his 500px page.

Every week we want to introduce you to new and up-and-coming photographers, whom you may have not discovered yet. If you’d like to be featured on our blog or nominate your favourite photographer get in touch.


     

Parallax

Published by Diana Tula · July 8th 2013

Two shots only, no retakes or retouching, all on medium format. This is Parallax. A project started by Ricky Chapman about a year ago, it documents the people in his New York City life while celebrating the craft of film photography in the moment.

We’ve asked Ricky to tell us a bit more about Parallax. What inspired him to start this project, where is he going from here and who is Ricky Chapman? Tying the photos and text together a thought came to mind. A thought that everyone has a Parallax of their own — a world of duality that documents our friends and memories. Here is Ricky’s Parallax:



All of your subjects are from NYC. Are you a New Yorker yourself?
I'm not native to NYC, but I have worked there off and on for years, and have lived there for the last two years or so. The pace has always suited me; even as a kid it always felt "normal" to me for some reason.

Why did you chose to photograph people?
I think that at the core, people are the real drive for why I photograph, even if there aren't any in a certain image, so it was a natural choice. I greatly respect the work of photographers who are able in some way to capture the human spirit, some intangible that can be drawn out and registered onto film for as long as that negative exists. As far as street environments go, I've always preferred shooting people in a natural setting, with available light. So for this series, as it's based in NY, that meant a lot of street shooting.

What equipment did you use?
I shoot with a Mamiya RZ67, a 110mm 2.8 lens, Ilford B+W film (Delta 400, Delta 3200, and XP2), and only available lighting. That could mean artificial light of course, i.e. a streetlight or indoor lamp, but no lighting was set up or brought to a scene.

Why B&W?
For this specifically, especially as it relates to the rawness and immediacy of NY, and even the limits of the projects (two shots, no retakes, etc), I wanted to keep the visual "language" as simple direct as possible. With all the different settings, lighting, colors, and random variables, shooting in B&W also provides a baseline that ties the images together.

Your photo subjects look about the same age...
As far as age goes, the median is definitely in the late 20's, early 30's, and that wasn't necessarily on purpose, more incidental as a result of who I interact with.

Did you initially plan it as a project or was it an idea that in time manifested itself?
It definitely started as a project in the sense that I knew I wanted to start documented people that represented my experience with NYC - my New York. I set out some guidelines for how, and just got started. It became more concrete as a project as it continued, but the format was in place from the start.

How did you chose your photo subjects?
This relates to the previous answer, as each person, whether a close friend or someone on the street, were all people that signify some part of my experience here in NYC. There's nightlife, fashion, business, music, friendship, etc... A story behind each person, and a connection that is significant to me in some way.

Thanks for sharing your Parallax story Ricky & thank you for reading! To add Ricky to friends visit his 500px page. This Sunday Ricky successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign. His next step is to publish a Parallax book & to continue the series in London, UK. Feel free to get in touch with Ricky for a portrait session or if you'd like to be a part of his new project.

What’s your story? Share it with us in the comments below or send it to blog@500px.com.
     

Weekly Monday Contest

Published by Diana Tula · July 8th 2013

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. Continue reading to discover new announced theme, deadline and how to enter.

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Last week we announced “Tik Tok!” theme & have chosen twelve photos from all the contestants to share with you today. Let us know which one is your favourite in the comments below. These are gallery thumbnails, click on each for a full size photo. Enjoy!

New theme: International Foods

1. Select photo that fits this theme. Upload image to your 500px profile or pick an existing photo.
2. Add a tag "food500px".
3. You are done. To track all entries click here.

Theme is open to your interpretation and creativity, so get snapping and tagging. Deadline is July 14 at 12pm (EST). To make your efforts worthwhile there’s a random draw giveaway for all who enter for a chance to win 2 months Awesome membership. Lucky draw winner is Serhan SRDD.

Good luck this week!


     

Ann Keel

Published by Diana Tula · July 2nd 2013

Our blog is a place to celebrate 500px photographers. Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann Keel, French fine art photographer who marries graphic arts and serene self-portrait photographs. We have asked Ann a few questions to introduce you to the person behind a lens.

Please share with us your photographic journey.

I began to photograph in 2009, I didn’t have a DSLR camera at that time so I used my webcam. The first photo-manipulations I ever did were made with it. Then I bought a Canon 450D, which I sold a few months ago (I will be buying a brand new camera in few days. Can't wait!)

I started to photograph because I realized that I could use this media as a language, same way as I use painting or drawing. I already used those mediums, but I still had a lot to express. So much! What I especially liked about photography is the way I could express things quickly. Painting takes much more time, even sometimes I work on pictures as I work on canvas.

How did you decide to photograph self-portraits?

It was, and still is, a personal project. I used my face and body as tools. Nothing else. Maybe if I had the chance to meet an inspiring model, I would work with her/him then. At that time, I was alone and needed to express things right away — day after day. I didn't ask myself questions and did it like so. I expressed deep emotions ad complex things, it might be best that I have chosen myself to do so and not another. My photos are all about my life. There is no pretending and no selfishness at all. This is my story, a chapter at a time unveiled, and instead reading it in a book you can read it through my pictures.

I've learned that periods of darkness can overcome us at any time. But I also found that I'm able to endure. Overcome. And in the process growing stronger... smarter... better. All is well in my little corner of the world.

Your photos are infused with fine art oriented motif. Do you have a background in fine arts?

Yes, I graduated from an Art School in Paris as an interior designer. I do love 'trompe l'oeil' painting and did this kind of stuff for years. Then I started to express personal things through my own painting and drawing. Acrylic or oil on canvas will always be my favorite, I also like to draw on paper and other mediums. I think I find a wonderful language with art and I can tell much more things with it than I can ever do words.

Photography, is it your hobby or an occupation?

It's a hobby. I like to keep time to do some other things. I'm a jack-of-all-trades and life's too short to be 'jailed' in one label. Please enjoy my work...

Thanks for reading and thanks to Ann for sharing her beautiful work. If you’d like to add Ann to friends and follow future uploads visit her 500px page. There you can see the rest of Ann’s portfolio and get in touch, don’t be shy and say hello.

Every week we want to introduce you to new and up-and-coming photographers, whom you may have not discovered yet. If you’d like to be featured on our blog or nominate your favourite photographer email blog@500px.com.


     

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