Announcing: American Photography Open 2018 - a New Competition Celebrating the Best Pictures Submitted by Photo Enthusiasts, Taken with Any Device.
For over 30 years, the American Photography juried competition has been a prestigious vehicle for pro photographers to show off their work and celebrate the art they love. Now with the proliferation of so much great photography taken by everyone we are introducing a new competition for photographers at all levels. Now you can enter the American Photography Open 2018 competition.
Spotlight: Best of February
Shooting a film in a greenhouse presents challenges. Providing you can find a greenhouse that's both available and in decent shape. Cincinnati-based photographer and filmmaker Teri Campbell did just that, and the result was a motion project created for Adobe Premium Stock that we spotlighted last month. Campbell's film, which captures a fantastical dinner party with closeups of sumptuous food, is one of the highlights from February that we feature today. Our roundup also includes an Oscar-nominated short documentary, a stormy time lapse, and a psychological experiment carried out on a ten-meter diving platform.
Marcellus Hall at Desert Island
Tonight, artist Marcllus Hall will be at Desert Island Comics, in Williamsburg, to launch Kaleidoscope City. His first graphic novel, this is story about a man recovering from a love affair gone wrong as well as a love letter to the city he lives in. The book presents a young artist as he wanders the streets, sketchbook in hand. Throughout the four seasons, he takes inspiration from the urban scene and draws his journey out of loneliness. The fluid black-and-white art creates the mood and...
Spotlight: Carlos Becerra Captures the Cult of Maria Lionza
In 2014, Caracas-based photographer Carlos Becerra began traveling to Sorte, the mountain in western Venezuela that is home to the cult of Maria Lionza, a deity with indigenous, African and Christian roots whose followers can be found throughout Venezuelan society. For some, the religion, a sort of Santeria in which devotees enter trancelike states and perform traditional rituals like walking on embers, can seem "creepy and dark," says Bercera. "But I intended to approach that devotion, which for many people is satanic or mad, as faith," he notes, adding, "What is wrong with faith?" His images were later named winners of the Latin American Fotografia 6 competition.
Illustrator Profile - Lisk Feng: "Believe in your work. Love what you do."
Lisk Feng is an illustrator who grew up in China, studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and now lives in Queens, New York. Although she is primarily and editorial illustrator, she has also done commercial work and product design, and is currently working on two children's books. Her work is created digitally, primarily with Photoshop, but the illustrations maintain an old school, hand-done feel.
- Illustrator Profile - Chris Sickels / Red Nose Studio: "Put the work out there that you want to make"
The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say
"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.