In 1996, the Taliban banned photography in Afghanistan. When the regime was removed in 2001, their suppression of free speech and press disappeared. Since then, photography has become an outlet for Afghans determined to show the hidden stories of their country.
In this coming year, as foreign troops pull out of the country, international media will inevitably follow. The Taliban can gain back control and the future of journalism in Afghanistan is unknown. Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli started a kick-starter campaign and achieved their goal, raising money to help Afghan photographers. We think that photographers make great videographers and so we love sharing videos by 500px members with you. Last time we featured New Zealand Night Sky & Bela Kiss. For more videos browse the blog and send in your videos to email@example.com. We'd love to see what you filmed!
Brighten up your day with these adorable cat photos by Eleonora Grigorjeva. Eleonora is a still-life photographer from Riga, Latvia. In this series she redefines the still-life genre, decorating it with her favourite domestic animal. Please enjoy...
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Every week we want to introduce you to new and upcoming photographers on 500px. Meet Dan Alexandru, who broke out of routine and redefined his life with photography 1.5 years ago. Get inspired with his story...
I moved to Dublin 5 years ago but I've only started truly exploring photography relatively recently. The ‘Big Bang’ happened last summer when I looked around and realized that all I am doing is going towards paying for other things. I didn’t enjoy that, it was not my kind of journey!
So I started with doing night shots and long exposure photos. It became an addiction, something that gets into you and can't get rid of. An addiction fueled up also by receiving an 12 months Awesome membership from you, just on my bday :) Since then I spent a lot of time on 500px but also out in the city, taking photos.
Looking back one year later it makes me realize photography for me turned into a butterfly effect – with every shot I take, I get new ideas and it’s almost impossible to stop and say ‘OK, I had enough’. As a beginner photographer, I try to capture the things we are overlooking during the day by day — life itself. If it is an urban landscape, if there are animals/ nature or just a concept, I'd like to capture it in a total different way than we normally see it, when rushing through traffic.
I truly believe that photographs have the power to influence the way we perceive life and make people smile when they believe there is nothing to be happy about. Photographs have the power to make you dream, dreaming in the present, of things which are real and happening right now. Let’s create more dreams and memories!
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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.
1. Select photo that fits this theme. Upload image to your 500px profile or pick an existing photo.
2. Add a tag "cup500px".
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 November 17th 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 annawittek.
Good luck this week!
Hiding behind Strawberry Mood pseudonym is a talented photographer from Poltava, Ukraine. Her candid happy photographs have been making us smile for three years, and we simply had to find out more about the person behind a lens. Discover Julia's heartfelt story and how she embraced the strawberry mood.
Thanks so much to Strawberry Mood for such a lovely interview! We hope that you enjoyed it too. Strawberry Mood is here on 500px and she is very involved in the community. Visit her 500px page to add her to friends and see more of her work.
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