Photography has become one of my favorite hobbies. I am far from a pro, much more like a beginner/enthusiast. One of my favorite subjects is buildings and the geometric forms of big cities, with skyscrapers, textures and vanishing points. I am always looking for references and inspiration on sites like 500px, Behance and Flickr. There is where I found the work of Michael-Bies, a photographer from Landau Palatinate, Germany. He has some incredible black and white photos of urban and architecture subjects. I selected some of my favorites. Look at the simplicity of the composition and the effect created by the textures. Photography About the photographer For more information about Michael check out his 500px profile at https://500px.com/michael-bies/about
Colour Game is a photography project shared by Jovana Rikalo on her Behance profile. As the name suggest the use of color and the contrast of the bright yellow and the cold cyan create a beautiful backdrop for the main subject, a redhead woman. In addition there's a surreal feeling because of the air balloon. It's hard to describe this beautiful work in words, take a look and let me know what you think. Photography About Johanna Rikalo Jovana Rikalo is a self-taught fine art and portrait photographer based in Serbia. She's been taking photos since 2013, usually doing fine art (conceptual ) and portrait photos but also fashion and commercial. I am studying law and I had no interest in choosing photography as my profession until autumn of 2013, when I finally realized how strongly I really feel about it.
With the practice of photography, you become entirely more aware of your surroundings. You would appreciate the emptiness of a certain locations and chasing that perspective especially in crowded places. For my case, I’ve had a long interest in underground system and It’s quite interesting to think that those who had designed this would never thought about its impact for the years to come. Let’s take a tour at the Underground System from Hungary, Budapest, a beautiful series by photographer Zsolt Hlinka and make sure to follow him on Instagram for more. Hope you will like it! The focus of this photo series is the symmetry created by geometric shapes and the relationship between them. With these photos the spaces are displayed in a new light, where their functionalities are completely de-emphasised and instead the composition takes the main role, where such tiny details are revealed which would otherwise be overlooked during everyday usage. Since these spaces do not fulfill their funcion - so they aren't filled with huge crowds, which they are intented to, and what we are used to see - a strange feeling of flawlessness is evoked, and turns the viewer into an eyewitness of intimate and rare moments. The function is changed not only for the spaces but also for the actors: as the observers of the picture, they don't need to travel anywhere further, and don't have to use the means of public transportation: they can finally take a look at the spaces and discover them - they can get lost in the details. Make sure to follow him on Instagram: @zsolt_hlinka.
As of late we’ve been pretty into architecture photography on Abduzeedo but there is all kind of photography out there. Sometimes you don’t always need that gorgeous scenery or landscape to make an interesting photo series. Let’s look at the work of Shane Griffin who is an artist over at Sunday Afternoon, an artist management and creative studio based in New York City, USA. We are exploring his series called: Chromatic, an exploration of light through an simple object like a defective glass. I can say that the results are so lovely to look at, it’s filled with vibrant colours and it’s always great to see every results while experimenting. Exploring light transitions through defective glass, as the colors fail to converge at one focus through the lens, the spectrum splits, causing beautiful emissions of hues & tones. More information: http://www.sundayafternoon.us.
A couple of my friends are leaving for a small trip to China, it was hard not to acknowledge my thrill of traveling again. I gave them cool spots to visit even though I’ve never been there but it made me realize that taking pictures and wandering is not something for everyone. Why? There’s no plans to follow, really. It’s more about what are your goals and make out the best of your trip. We are taking a look at the work of Ekaterina Busygina and her series about Shanghai. We have featured her work before on Abduzeedo and we just love how she pays attention to the architecture, lighting, reflection and etc. We are great fans with subjects standing in front of a giant structure. Hope you will enjoy! Shanghai - many-sided, multi-color, multi-cultural, multilingual, multi-functional, multi-tiered. All this variety makes it look unique - skyscrapers, flowering gardens, temple complexes, old architecture and abandoned factories, acquiring new meanings and functions for modern people You should definitely follow her Instagram: @busyginakate.
Living in a city where there’s a big underground system, I’ve always been fascinated with everything around it. The neon lights, the tunnels and just the works. Also being getting more serious with my photography for its architecture, reflections and basically what was the idea/concept coming from the architect. I guess I’ll have to make time to travel the world and explore those underground systems. It’s a way of transportation and affordable even if you’re rich or poor which makes it even more interesting. Let’s take a closer look at the work from Nick Frank and the promo he worked on with Canon. Let’s follow Nick while he explored the underground system from Munich, Germany. Promo for Canon's G 7X II. More information: http://www.nickfrank.de.
We wanted to share some of our picks from the beloved Unsplash site filled with free high-resolution photos that you can download and do whatever you want with it. For your next project, mockups; simply go wild with them. The main purpose is to create an opportunity to get you more inspired in your work, as a designer I believe that inspiration comes from everywhere. THE more you're exposed, the more you'll create. This week, we are going with a theme of From Where I Drone. I believe that traveling with the main purpose to wander and explore; together helps immensely to feed your brain at your journey and tremendously contribute at boosting your creativity. What do we all do when you are in a country where you’ve never been before? You look to understand how the people live, the architecture, tourist attractions and everything. Now the question of traveling is what kind of gear are you bringing with you? On my recent trips to Iceland and Berlin, there’s been a lot of thinking and research on what would accommodate the most my needs of video and photography. How about drones? As you can witness in this collection, drones will always give that perspective that you’ll never be able to reach. Image by Chris Karidis Image by Lance Asper Image by Seth Doyle Image by Lance Asper Image by Aaron Burden Image by Renato Sanchez Lozada Image by Sveta Fedarava Image by Martin Ezequiel Sanchez Image by Geran de Klerk Image by Peter Nguyen Image by Toa Heftiba Image by Pablo Garcia Saldaña
Last month Abduzeedo was invited to be part of the launch of a new car company called LYNK & CO. The event took place in Berlin and our chief editor Francois Hoang traveled to Germany to cover the event. While in Berlin, Francois took the time to explore the city, and his passion of photography. He captured some incredible photos of two libraries there. You probably saw one of his photos as the Wallpaper of the Week, but we would love to share more with you. For this project, I recently traveled (October 2016) to Berlin for the launch of a new car company called LYNK & CO. While having an extra day before leaving home, I decided to explore two libraries in the areas of Berlin. I would like to share that all of these pictures are taken with my iPhone 6 and edited with VSCO. Hope you will enjoy! Photography For more photos make sure to follow Francois on INSTAGRAM
As I am trying to be a better photographer, the more I realized how hard it is to go on a path of taking only Black & White pictures. I mean you’re disclosing yourself from so many colours and maybe it is easy to give it a try. But to me, it’s quite a challenge! We are taking a closer look at the work of Bimal Tailor who is a photographer based in London, UK. With what he called: Moody London, we are taken on a little ride around the streets of beautiful London through its tall buildings, reflections, landmarks and very cool perspectives. You should definitely check out his Instagram at @bimalt More information: http://bimaltailor.co.uk.
Moose SS16 is an art direction and photography project shared by Valeria Moreiro, a freelancer art director from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cool thing about this project is for me the compositions and how they were carefully thought to create the clean style of text overlays and low contrast between text and background. The stones and green leaves are also intended to create a clear relationship with spring and summer. Valeria Moreiro is an Art Director with a strong focus on Branding. Working with a wide variety of media, from 2d/ 3d, to paper crafts and photography sets. For more information check out http://valeriamoreiro.com/ Art direction and photography
We would like to share this Instagram account that has been making a lot of buzz lately. We’ll quite understand why because it is so refreshing and the idea of mixing two of my favourite things in the whole world. Design and Food, more specifically pattern design. Based in Vega, Barcelona; let’s follow their creative journey at making these very colorful images full of richness and combination from different food. This is what that is all about right? Making things with your hands and to stay creative! Make sure to check out and follow their Instagram: @eatingpatterns. Something between pattern design and cooking. More information: https://www.instagram.com/eatingpatterns.
We came across Luis Godinho's beautiful photography on 500px and in particular his shots from India, Thailand and Nepal featuring individuals young and old. I was expressly moved by a shot of a little girl in Jaipur, India titled Olhos Nao Mentem (Eyes Don't Lie). Eyes truly do not lie and are the windows into the soul. Luis clearly has a knack for capturing the emotion of these moments. Be sure to check out his entire portfolio for more beautiful imagery from around the globe. Photography Luís Godinho is a Photographer from Angra Do Heroísmo, Açores, Portugal. For more information check out his beautiful 500px profile at https://500px.com/luisgodinho
It’s a new thing for me to be able to explore a city that you’ve never been to through social media platform. Especially through the eyes of photographers that actively hold superb accounts on their Instagram for example. Instagram is my favourite go-to app on my phone, It’s part of one of four main items on the deck at all times. We would like to feature the work of Kevin Krautgartner with his series called: Reduced to the max. Kevin is a fine art, landscape and architectural photographer based in Wuppertal, Germany. I really love the minimal approach of his style of photography, it’s all about the little details and how do you see things differently. Hope you will enjoy! A photographic journey through contemporary architecture More information: www.kevinkrautgartner.com.
There’s nothing more exciting for anyone to explore an unknown place, city or country. The simple fact of wandering and getting the sense of the place where you’re at and trying to experience its everyday life from the people, architecture and main attractions. Sometimes we would explore and have a specific theme in mind. Let’s take the Neo Hong Kong Series from Zaki Abdelmounim for example. On his recent trip to Hong Kong, Zaki was on a journey to explore this stunning organized chaos with streets covered with neon lights that can just remind you of cult movies like Blade Runner. Hope you’ll enjoy! Hunting for what's left of Hong Kong's iconic neon signs, an essential element of this cityscape's visual culture, covering HK's streets for years with glow, i roamed the dazzling roads aimlessly reminiscing about a dystopian past that only existed in neo-noire cult fiction movies like Blade Runner, trying to burn these lively picturesque streets in my memory before they vanish, all while figuring out how to thrive creatively in this organized chaos. More information via Behance.
Sigh, drones. They are pretty (very) pricey, fragile but they can give you the best vantage point of areas/perspectives that you can’t never ever be reached other than being riding a helicopter or flying like Superman. On the other hand, flying a drone in a very particular place and environment like Iceland; can really take your drone game to a whole new level. Let’s take a look at the work from Vadim Sherbakov and his aerial journey within the Icelandic Landscapes filled with waterfalls, valleys, mountains, landscapes, oceanic cliffs, old glacier, and many other magnificent wonders. As we are planning our trip to Iceland in less than a month, this is definitely inspiring and breathtaking. Vindur is a non-narrative short film shoot with drone in different parts of Iceland. Vindur means wind in Icelandic which is relevant to the way its shoot. So for 3 minutes you will get to enjoy amazing drone footage portraying Icelandic unbelievable landscapes. Beautiful waterfalls, endless valleys, unusual mountain ranges, out of this world landscapes, oceanic cliffs, old glacier, fantastic canyon and many other wonders that makes Iceland so unique and such a blast to shoot using DJI Phantom 3 professional. More information: http://www.madebyvadim.com
Not too long ago, we've featured the work of Anton Repponen with this UI concept fo the Leica T. He's back again with another series but now it's involving photography through his 400mm lens, exploring the lovely city of New York. As I am progressing my hobby as a photography enthusiast (beginner), I really take a great pleasure at looking these photographs. Every single frame tells a story and you can't deny admitting the colours are simply breathtaking. With the quality of work that Anton provides with his background as a designer, photographer and Co-Founder at Anton and Irene. It's just inspiring and definitely a designer to keep an eye on. Since I've been shooting mostly with Leica lately I use my Canon 5D more rarely, mostly for work. The one thing that is extremely hard to afford with Leica is a variety of lenses, not that the variety does not exist, it's a matter of price. Nobody I know shoot Leica lenses, so I could borrow some. The one thing that is a lot of fun is once in a while to hop on a bike and ride around New York with 400mm in your backpack. 400mm is a lot of zoom! It really allows you to see and photograph things differently. Something that you would never get with 50mm. You get to see things that otherwise you can't even reach. The main downside is that your aperture drops from 2.8 to 5.6. It really needs to be super bright outside not to increase your ISO when using it. Another thing with super zoom is that you need to shoot with fairly fast shutter speed 1/500 and above (on the go with your hands), even preferably above 1000. The tiniest hand movement will reflect in one big blurry image. The second downside is that your image quality drops quite a bit, but that is in comparison to using Canon 70-200mm without any extender, which again has extremely good quality. But at the end of the day if your image ends up being fairly small posted online, this issue is somewhat irrelevant. The thing is I get 400mm for extra $300, without paying for extra large and heavy 400mm lens. More Information: http://work.repponen.com.
We are finally letting go our temptation and we are planning our first trip to Iceland. This Icelandic Island located near the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean with a population a little low as about 330K to cover its whole island. This country is recently getting a lot more attention and visitors during the last few years. For those who doesn't know Iceland is volcanically and geologically still active which makes things a little scary and exciting at the same time. I'll make sure to take pictures and share it on Abduzeedo. By the meantime, let's follow Martinet Sarah's journey to Iceland with her breathtaking pictures taking from a plane with open windows. We can't help to be amazed by the landscape especially at this perspective that totally reminds me of a painting. The full series os my aerial images in souht Iceland taken in a plane with open windows during summer 2014. Þórsmörk, Landmannalaugar, Langisjór, Seljalandfoss, Vatnajökull, Landmannalaugar,Tungnaá river, Maelifellssandur, Granifjallgardur, Torfajökull. More information: http://sarah-martinet-photographe.fr.