Zune Lee a self-taught photographer who picked up a camera in 2009. He has been an artist and storyteller since he was little but then life got in the way. Making pictures is his way of reclaiming his artistic side.
He is the quintessential nomad. He was born and raised in Germany, has lived in various parts of the USA and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
That sense of wanderlust, of being uprooted, has never left him. He doesn't anchor his concept of “home” to a familiar physical space – home is a state of mind I enter wherever he's inspired to create the work he wants, or when he's surrounded by people he cares about.
As a clinician, he is trained to work with people at their most vulnerable who grant him permission to invade their privacy. As a result, he has always had an intense interest in the dynamics of trust and control when it comes to that interaction. At best, it can reveal a unique connection, a kind of truth that would otherwise not be foregrounded.
When a human being connects with another and - even if for a split second - relinquishes a certain level of control, it is fascinating that complete strangers can share an alternate truth about themselves that was hidden not only to others, but perhaps even to themselves. It is in these moments that individual emotion transcends the personal realm and gains universally understood context.
As a photographer, these are the moments he is after. Stories of connection that reveal themselves in a single glance or over a period of years.
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In this week's video, Ibarionex asks the question of “Is it street photography?” He asks the question not in pursuit of an exact definition, but rather to challenge photographers to consider when and how they choose to photograph a scene whether it’s in on a public sidewalk or elsewhere.
Josh Coombes is a UK-based hairdresser and when he started to reach out to the homeless in his city and offer them free hair cuts, he started the hashtag #dosomethingfornothing. It wasn’t long before he decided to take this idea to more than just his native city.
The idea is that as the hashtag and online presence grows, others will be inspired to ‘do something for nothing’. Whether that may be to people sleeping rough or basically anyone in need of some love.
He recently collaborated with US-based street photographer and educator Valerie Jardin. They took to the streets of New York City to offer haircuts, compassion and interaction with a community often disregarded in our culture.
In this week's video, Ibarionex walks through his process for creating a pair of street images during his recent trip to South Africa. He explains how he worked the scene in a variety of ways considering light and shadow and the different elements that entered and exited the frame.
Johannesberg-based photographer Alastair McLachlan decided to investigate the city the heart of the matter, so to speak, and made the 19th floor of the Lister Medical Building his home. From this vantage point and over more than 12 years he witnessed and tried to understand and make sense of Johannesburg.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about paying attention to transitions between light and shadow and using those as the foundation of a photographic composition. Using listener images, he demonstrates how a photographer can produce a carefully composed frame that builds on the strengths of light, shape, color and gesture.
Anton Bosman is a South African photographer based in Johannesburg who specializes in both natural and urban landscapes. However, it is images of Downtown Johannesburg that demonstrate his passion for the city. Through his photographs he reveals the urban center’s beauty and history, while countering the often negative perception of the district.
Fadi BouKaram was born and raised in Beirut and never wanted to be a photographer. Growing up in a war-torn country, photos often were -- and still are -- the only remnant of the many people who don't exist anymore. These people unwittingly became mythical, for each photo of them hid fantastical stories that only the adults lived and told; it was magic.
In this week's video, Ibarionex, spurred by a comment by a viewer, examines the idea of street as character. Though a lot of street photography utilizes people as their primary subject matter, Ibarionex considers what happens when the photographer doesn’t include people or only uses people as a graphic element in the photograph.
Catherine Just is an award winning photographer, artist and mentor living in Los Angeles, California with her son, Max. She travels the globe capturing the Breath, Heartbeat and Pulse of the planet with her 4x5 camera, Polaroid, Pinhole and other alternative film cameras. Her career began in 1987 studying photography, film and video at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about the choice of using a telephoto focal length for street photography. Rather than dissuading people from using longer focal lengths, he stresses the importance of paying attention to light, contrast, foreground and background elements and gesture.
Doug Menuez is an award-winning photographer whose career over 30 years has ranged from photo journalism to commissioned work, personal book projects and documentary film. The driving concern of all his work is to explore and reflect the realities of the human condition. His work Fearless Genius documents the early rise of Silicon Valley and the digital revolution.
In this week's video, Ibarionex revisits his use of the Fujifilm x100s on a recent trip to Paris. This a follow-up to his first video in which he discussed his initial use of the camera for his first trip to Europe. Now, he discusses why he chose not to upgrade to a new camera and how he uses the principles he shares in his YouTube video to make his photographs.
Jennifer Yoffy Schwartz is the founder/publisher of Yoffy Press. She is also the creator/director of Crusade for Art, a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage new audiences with art. Jennifer owned a fine art photography gallery in Atlanta (Jennifer Schwartz Gallery) for five years, and she co-founded Flash Powder Projects, a photographer-focused collaborative venture and publishing company.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about the importance of including elements in the foreground of a composition. He discusses how including such elements can help control the viewer’s experience of the composition as well as direct the viewer’s attention to the key elements in the frame.
An internationally published and award winning photo artist from Ukraine now based in New York, Anya Anti has been into photography since 2009. She’s always been a creative person – as a child she was good at painting and crafts. As her passion for art grew she fell in love with photography and started shooting the world around her. As a self-taught photographer, she gained all her knowledge and inspiration through social media and online photography communities. A year-and-a-half later, she started creating fine art surrealistic female portraits, which became her preferred genre and a hallmark of her work.
Ken Hermann’s images are pathways, connecting us to micro worlds and challenging us to rethink ideas of photographic representation. Ken doesn’t worry about trends, staying true to his point of view as an image-maker. It’s exciting to see a young photographer with such a strong singular vision and approach.