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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.


     

Weekly Monday Contest

Published by Alex Flint · July 1st 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. For announced theme, deadline and how to enter continue reading.

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Last week we announced “Watercolours” theme and received a great number of vibrant and colourful photos. We’ve chosen twelve from all the contestants to share with you today. These are gallery thumbnails, so make sure to click on each for a full size photo. Take a look at all entries & let us know which one is your favourite.

New theme: Tik Tok!

1. Select photo that fits this theme. Upload image to your 500px profile or pick an existing photo.
2. Add a tag "tiktok500px".
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 7th 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 of Awesome membership. Lucky draw winner is Luc V.

Good luck this week!


     

Whale Nation

Published by Diana Tula · June 27th 2013

From space, the planet is blue. From space the planet is the territory not of humans but of the whales, a “Whale Nation”. Every year up to 2,000 animals beach themselves, stranded ashore most of them die from dehydration. The most frequently involved animals are whales. This short video trailer by Javier Delgado Esteban shows such a whale stranded. Let’s help the whale nation together. If you’d like to help out the whales please spread awareness of beached animals.

We think that photographers make great videographers and so we love sharing videos by 500px members with you. Last time we featured Transformers 3 behind the scenes. For more videos browse the blog and let us know if you’d like to be featured, email blog@500px.com or leave a comment below, thanks.


     

20 Must See Sights

Published by Diana Tula · June 26th 2013

We are always searching for the next great photo to decorate our office with. This week we have chosen photos that guarantee to take your breath away with beautiful landscapes and unveiling views.

If you, just like us, are searching for that perfect print to hang on the wall or a new desktop background that will cheer you up every day, look no further. Here are 20 handpicked images available for purchase at the Market. Just click on each photo and enjoy!


     

Darren Pearson

Published by Diana Tula · June 25th 2013

Darren Pearson is Los Angeles resident, where he works as a full time illustrator by day. By night, he explores the landscapes of California in search of the perfect scene for one of his life-sized light sculptures. These light sculptures are created through long exposure photography (the same technique commonly used to write a name with a sparkler or capture car trails at night).

Pearson makes complex light-effect photographs, none of which are photoshopped. We were entranced by his fun photos of skeletons, who seem so animated and involved in the american night life. Please enjoy Pearson’s skeletons and other wonderful light creations.

Have you ever wanted to try out light painting photography? Let us know in the comments below and we could ask Darren Pearson for an awesome tutorial. If you’d like to add Darren to friends and follow his future uploads visit his 500px page. There you can also see the rest of his portfolio and get in touch, don’t be shy and say hi.

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their brilliant photos. 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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