Inspiration

 

Photographer Asks Strangers to Pose for Portraits While Wearing His Tiger Suit

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Photographer Adam Rabinowitz’s Tiger Suit project is like Humans of New York crossed with Tigger from Winnie the Poo. Like HONY’s Brandon Stanton, Rabinowitz photographs strangers on the street and jots down interesting blurbs from their conversation. There’s one big difference in the projects, though: Rabinowitz’s subjects must agree to put on his tiger suit.
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The Polluted Waters of NYC’s Gowanus Canal Turned into Colorful and Abstract Art

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Peer into the Gowanus Canal in New York City, and you’ll see what is widely recognized as one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. The contamination is so bad that the canal has been designated a Superfund site.

When photographer Steven Hirsch looks, he sees something more: fine art. His project “Gowanus: Off The Water’s Surface” is a series of photographs that explore the abstract explosions of patterns and colors seen on the surface of the water — sights reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock painting.
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Steve McCurry: Don’t Focus On Your Destination So Much That You Miss the Journey

Here’s a short and inspiring video in which renowned photojournalist Steve McCurry talks about one of the big lessons he has learned over the course of his career: that photography is more about the journey than the destination.

“Some of my best pictures have happened as I was traveling to a particular place,” McCurry says. “The destination has long since been forgotten, but those pictures along the way end up being memorable.”

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Stop Motion Music Video Features 400 Printed Photos Set on Fire

Creating a stop motion music video by photographing a boatload of physical prints is nothing new, but what happens if you add gasoline and fire to the mix?

That’s what visual artist Christophe Thockler decided to do in creating the music video above for the song “Why Won’t You” by Victoria+Jean. Each of the prints seen in the video is on fire.
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National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards on Pushing the Boundaries of Adventure

Adventure photographer Cory Richards gave this inspiring talk earlier this year at National Geographic Live! He tells the story of his “lifelong quest to push the limits of adventure and storytelling.” After becoming the first American to summit any 8,000-meter peak during winter at age 29, Richards was awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award 2012.

If you enjoyed this talk, be sure to check out the two other videos about Richards’ life and work here and here.

Human Rig Shot: Photographer Shoots a Motorcycle While on Rollerblades

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Here’s a stunt you probably shouldn’t try at home — unless you’ve been featured in a GoPro commercial or something. Photographer Matthew Jones recently attempted what he calls a “Human Rig shot.” The goal was to shoot a motorcycle zipping down a road, but instead of using a fancy rig or a car, Jones decided to step into a pair of rollerblades.
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A Clean Slate: Why One of Instagram’s Most Followed Photographers is Deleting All 1K of His Posts

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Well known Instagram user, street photographer, and Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley Richard Koci Hernandez has announced he will be deleting all of his photographs from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service. Read more…

Seriously Epic Drone Footage from Iceland to Get Your Heart and Wanderlust Racing

If Patrick and Lee from Fstoppers and landscape/travel photographer Elia Locardi‘s goal was to get our hearts racing, they’ve succeeded in spades with the drone footage they just released from their time in Iceland. Read more…

Adventure Photographer Andy Mann On His Unconventional Journey Into the World of Photography

Adventure photographer Andy Mann’s journey into the world of photography has been unconventional in almost every regard. Without any formal training or education in the field, it was a pure love for adventure and photographs that inspired him to pick up a camera.

In the video above, a presentation he gave for B&H, Mann tells his coming of age story, evaluating what it is that has led him to this particular point in his career.

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Make it Now: You Can Photograph It, Or Let It Pass You By, But You May Never See It Again

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This moment, this light, in Cape Churchill last week: it didn’t last long. You can photograph it, or let it pass you by. But you may never see it again.

Last week I was sitting in a tundra buggy not photographing polar bears. The bears, driven by a months-long hunger were out on the sea ice, hunting seals. If we’d been there a couple days earlier we’d have had more time with them. But you can’t do anything about the weather, and you never know these things in advance. What you do know, is what’s in front of your face, and that — at least for one day on this trip — was polar bears. Read more…