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Paint It Black

Published by Diana Tula · September 24th 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: Paint It Black

New theme is: Into The Trees

Theme is open to interpretation so get creative, get snapping and send us the links to blog@500px.com. Deadline is September 30th at 12pm (EST).

Big thanks to everyone who participated this week!


     

Inscapes

Published by Diana Tula · September 19th 2012

A picture is worth a thousand words, and we'd like to hear what they are. Today's guest post is by Jonathan Castellino urban photographer from Toronto, Canada. Sharing the story of his photo series "Inscapes".

I have lived in the same city (Toronto) for my entire life. I view any city structure as a subject rather than an object and photograph its ever changing face. In doing so I am often presented with a conundrum — a two faced city. I have aimed to capture this in my photo series "Inscapes".

The term "inscape" is not my own. I borrowed it because I like how it feels and it seems appropriate in describing a new style of photography I have been working on. The word "inscape" was coined by G.M. Hopkins, a poet for whom it signified the marking inherent in each thing which makes it unique. The same word, inscape, can also be interpreted as interior landscape.

My usual diptychs have a clean and clear division between the two photographs in an image, usually a solid white line. With this series any separation is absent between two often dichotomous pictures. I flipped the bottom image and they crashed into each other. Boom.

There is a lot of room for interpretation where we seem to stand looking at the inscape, at that meeting point between the two pictures. Often I am at odds with myself and yet I still exist cohesively. The images here are no different.

This picture is a build-up of roofs in a Toronto winter as seen from the top of an abandoned factory. Paired with an infrared image of a tree-line made visible by the demolition of an abandoned psychiatric hospital to make room for housing developments. The battle continues.

Many of the inscapes photos are a combination of digital and analogue photographs, and perhaps this is significant. Not sure if it is a passing phase. I see many photographers in this city returning to film. Although I enjoy the process and patience required for film I generally shoot with whatever is in my bag.

My advice to beginner photographers is not to over-think the photographic process. It is too easy to get drawn into an overly mechanized vision of photography, in which equipment is paramount and individual emotion becomes secondary. Though "Inscapes" are visually appealing and simple to create the foresight necessary for pairing required analysis; reliance on mind not just tools. Trust yourself, be honest and you will get the best photos.

The photograph as artefact exists as a duality. We can show how something looks and we can show how something feels. There is a meeting point here, and a marriage of ideas. Image can be both imagination and documentation. Inscape photography exists at that very point, and leaves all of the questions bare on the table, and does not obsess over the answers.

Thanks Jonathan for sharing the story and thanks to you for reading! Visit Jonathan's 500px set to see the entire series.

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their wonderful photos. If you have a story, a photo, DIY or a tutorial you'd like to share feel free to email us. We’re open to your ideas and photo experiences.


     

Blurb Canada Tour

Published by Diana Tula · September 18th 2012

Meet Blurb on their Canadian Road Trip when they visit the West-Coast. Read below and get to participate in free awesome events great for photographers, bloggers, Blurb lovers and everyone who enjoys giveaways.


jesse and heather by Ryan Longnecker

Vancouver

19 September - Photo Safari
Don’t miss a chance to learn about lighting, timing, composition and get on-the-spot photo advice! Join professional photographer Dan Milnor, Blurb and other fellow photographers for a three-hour Photo Safari through Gastown, Vancouver. Followed up by snacks and drinks. Click here for details and to RSVP.

20 September - Photo Book Workshop
This workshop curated by Dan Milnor will explore the possibilities and opportunities available today for creating and sharing your work in photography books. Click here for details and to RSVP.

20 September - Blogger meetup
Stop by, have a drink, talk to fellow bloggers and Blurb, and get some great offers while you’re at it. Click here for details and to RSVP.

Calgary

28 September - Photo Safari
Take to the streets with pro photographer Dan Milnor for a three-hour photo tour of photography and fun. Learn photo tips and tricks, mix and mingle with Blurb and other photographers, and take great photos. Followed up by snacks and drinks. Click here for details and to RSVP.

28 September - Photo Book Workshop
This workshop curated by Dan Milnor will explore the possibilities and opportunities available today for creating and sharing your work in photography books. Click here for details and to RSVP.


     

Ghosts and The Paranormal

Published by Diana Tula · September 17th 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: Ghosts and The Paranormal.

New theme is: Paint It Black

Theme is open to interpretation so get creative, get snapping and send us the links to blog@500px.com. Deadline is September 23rd at 12pm (EST).

Big thanks to everyone who participated this week!


     

Maja Topcagic

Published by Diana Tula · September 17th 2012

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their wonderful photos. If you have a story to share or want to feature your photos send us an email. We are open to your ideas and photo experiences.

Today we'd like to introduce you to Maja Topcagic photographer from Bihac, Bosna i Hercegovina who recently turned 23 (Happy Belated!). Her photography is filled with magical scenes and elements from the fairytales.


Love. by Maja Topcagic


Poisoned by Maja Topcagic


Captured by Maja Topcagic


Dreaming by Maja Topcagic


Dark rivers by Maja Topcagic

To discover more of Maja’s magical photography visit her 500px page :)

Thanks for reading, feel free to leave a comment or question to the photographer.


     

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