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Alejandro Ferrer Ruiz

Published by Diana Tula · November 6th 2012

Today we'd like to introduce you to Alejandro Ferrer Ruiz, a macro photographer from San Roque, Spain. He translates his love of beauty that exists in most miniature things into colourful and delicate photographs of bugs. Making it easy to fall in love with his tiny world of insects.

Did you know that Alejandro has shot all these photographs with a Nikon D90? Visit his 500px page to find out more about Alejandro Ruiz, add him to friends and view his work. Also check out his Store page to see what photos can be bought as prints or desktop downloads.

Thanks for reading! Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their wonderful photos. Every week we do a mini feature introducing you to a photographer from 500px community and his/her body of work. This could be you, email us blog@500px.com and let us know about yourself and your work.


     

Milk

Published by Diana Tula · November 5th 2012

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. Upload photos to your 500px profile, then email us the links. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. For announced theme and deadline continue reading.

This week's theme was: Milk

New theme is: Something borrowed

Theme is open to interpretation so get creative, get snapping and send us the links to blog@500px.com. Deadline is November 11th at 12pm (EST).

Big thanks to everyone who participated this week!


     

Halloween Twitter Winners

Published by Diana Tula · November 2nd 2012

We love Halloween at 500px! To spread our spooky holiday cheer we hosted a Halloween twitter contest, asking you to tweet us your Halloween photos with hashtag #500pxhalloween from October 21st to November 2nd and win Awesome accounts. The lucky winners are:

Longland River

Wesley Southerly

Irina Szellelki

Thanks to everyone who participated! With the holiday season around the corner make sure to follow our social media pages for exciting contests and giveaways. To follow us on Twitter visit us at twitter.com/500px and to get Facebook updates like our page facebook.com/500px.


     

Scars

Published by Diana Tula · November 1st 2012

Seeing "Scars" photograph for the first time leaves you wanting to know the history behind it. This guest post is by Julian Holtom, the man who took this photograph. Julian is a freelance photographer and entrepreneur based in Wakefield, United Kingdom. His rich photographic past beautifully translates into his photographs and "Scars" is a great example of the same. Without further ado, here is Julian’s and Liara’s tale.

Scars by Julian Holtom
Scars by Julian Holtom

Liara approached me to shoot her via a modeling site, where she will have no doubt faced relentless prejudice from many photographers only wanting to shoot bright orange, pneumatic breasted, dirigible headed models. Fortunately, not my cup of tea.

We arranged an initial meeting and talked through some ideas, why she was doing what she was doing and so forth. My initial feelings of wanting to help her through my photography were amplified tenfold as a result. If my work with her could help in any way to promote her causes, brilliant, and a bonus if it helped to give her more confidence in herself.

Shoot day arrives, and despite the freak snow fall causing havoc across the North, she still manages to get the train half way across the country, and arrives early. All too often models will cancel on a whim, but not this lady. We discussed the two shots we were certain we wanted over a mug of builders tea and got down to it. Her sporadic giggling throughout the afternoon was infectious and made for a thoroughly enjoyable shoot, and boy does she light up the room when she’s smiling, you get a glimpse of her inner spirit, indomitable. Before I knew it, the shoot was over, I took Liara back to her train and sent her safely on the way home. Shots backed up, contact sheets exported and sent for her to look at. It’s a wrap.

During her time with me I explained I’d like to do a post on this, the causes she’s supporting through her work, and asked if she would like to share with anyone reading what her motives were for doing what she does.

So, in her words…

As an artist my aim is to portray beauty in its imperfect form that can evoke new meaning to the beholder’s eyes. My work is dedicated to the Burn survivor community around the world; not only to represent all other burn survivors but to encourage and inspire greater self esteem. To prove scars are not something to be ashamed of but they can become one’s identity, they should never obscure a person’s perception of themselves nor hinder them from living life to the full. It is possible to overcome the emotional turmoil that comes with scars and that is our aim. There are organisations in support of burn survivors; such as the Katie Piper foundation, Phoenix Burns Society, Victim Survivors group on Facebook and Burn survivors through the world whom I represent for example.

I approached Julian with whom I was able to work on the concept of portraying the scars as part of character and personality, with the aim to achieve something genuine yet beautiful in its true form. To prove that scars do not change a person, they make that person who they become.

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Thanks Julian and Liara for sharing your story, and thank you for reading. If you'd like to see more of Julian's work or add him to friends visit his 500px page.


     

Warsaw: The People

Published by Diana Tula · October 31st 2012

It’s great to watch videos made by photographers as you can witness photographs literally come to life. Last time we shared with you ”Eurolapse” by David Smith, a time-lapse of 12 cities taken during vacation. Today’s featured video is by Adam Witeczek. It is a documentary of Warsaw residents, taken during his five day stay at the city, where street photography is awaken to an animated medium.

In our opinion photographers make great videographers. Do you have a video that you’d like to share or you're in a process of planning a shoot? Let us know! Email us blog@500px.com. We’re always open to your ideas and collaborations, and would love to feature you on our blog :)


     

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