Joey L’s Holy Men

Above the video shot during a visit to India by Joey L and his crew. He visited India to continue his series Holy Men. A portrait series of the men that leave their ordinary and material lives behind and set out to find spirituality. A truly wonderful series. As they put it themselves, they photograph something that seems ancient but is non the less happening in the present. If I think of India, I think busy places, noises, all kinds of aromas. But the photographs by Joey shows a peacefulness. Perhaps the spiritual lives of these Holy Men resonates through the photography of Joey L.

Joey L’s website:

Cue the tune for Jaws


Los Angeles based photographer Michael Muller is a big fan of the outdoors. And being a photographer with a great knowledge of lighting techniques he shot some extraordinary photos. Timeless as he puts it. We’ve all seen photographs or footage of the great white shark. But all shot with available light. Michael Muller went out there to shoot this majestic animal with strobes. And the resulting images are just amazing. Visit his website to see more of the photos Michael took of sharks. And other wild life. Below you’ll also find an inspirational video of Michael Muller talking about his work at the Luminance 2012 conference.

Michael Muller’s website:

A Culture of Sitting and Waiting

Many of us are daily commuters. From home to work or from home to school. By trains, subway or car. If you take the same route everyday for a couple of years you probably start recognizing some faces. Jonathan Castillo photographed people in their cars during a commute. The series’ called Car Culture. It makes for a pretty interesting series. By using available light and a strobe the subject is lit beautifully. Those faces staring away in the distance, being bored while waiting for the traffic light to turn green. An interesting way of street photography to capture those lost hours of our lives behind another car.

Jonathan Castillo’s website:

Close Up: Photographers at Work

Isn’t that…?

Nope….it isn’t.

Chris Buck photographed look-a-likes of some of the word’s most famous faces. Some were shot for magazines others independently. Maybe the magazines needed to economize and tried to save on commissioned photographic work by asking for the next best thing.

Chris Buck’s website:

Everything you’ve got

Ever wondered what it would look like to showcase everything you own? Well Huang Qingjun thought exactly that when portraying the people living in the remote places of China. In his series Jiadang (Family Stuff). He asked if he could photograph them with all their worldly possessions. A strange question to say the least. But an interesting way to capture something that looks so humble and yet tells us so much about the changes in China. Positive changes can be seen. Electricity for instance. Now available to people who live in those remote places. In every photo a TV-set can be seen. The people now can learn about the rest of the country and perhaps even the world. And still I get the feeling that he is portraying a dying generation of people. People who are not able or willing to be consumers like all the rest of us.

Huang Qingjun is now trying to photograph more people of different backgrounds. This would really make his series an interesting piece of work. And a very important historic document.

Huang Qingjun’s bio at 798 Photo Gallery

International Photography Awards 2012

Normally I don’t use PforPHOTO to talk about my own work. But today I found out that two of my photographs have been awarded an Honorable mention at the IPA, International Photography Awards 2012. Always nice to see something like that. Visit their website to see the winners and the other honorable mentions. Both professional and non-professional photographers have been awarded. So a lot of inspirational work to admire.

IPA’s website

Winner’s Gallery

The Ultimate Bad Guy?

Even super heroes cry. They too feel the impact of the economic, social and cultural crisis that has the world under its spell. The ultimate bad guy. Nicolas Silberfaden photographed impersonators who try to make ends meet by roaming the streets and earn an extra buck in Los Angeles. So he explains on his website:

Due to the current economic, social and cultural crisis in The United States of America today, I have decided to do a photographic project consisting of a series of studio portraits of superhero and celebrity impersonators that live and work in the city of Los Angeles. Most of them unemployed Americans, they decided to suit up with their costumes and hit the streets, animate parties and events in efforts to make ends meet. Making them pose in their costumes against a colorful backdrop, I ask them to manifest feelings of genuine sadness – honest emotions that are a consequence of our current times. The result is a somber, striking visual image that contradicts the iconic nature of strength and moral righteousness typical in American superhero and celebrity imagery. Creating the illusion that Superman does exist – that he too was fallible and affected by America’s downturn.

Visit his website and have a look at the complete series. I find the portraits interesting. Nicolas has taken the subject of an iconic figure and downgraded it to a human level with all its emotions and problems.

Nicolas Silberfaden’s website:

Edible Portrait

Chef and co-owner of the two-Michelin star restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, Rene Redzei has been photographed for magazines before. But never like the creative team of Mexican magazine Golpe Avisa did. They used the menu of Noma and created a portrait made entirely by the food and drinks they offer to their customers. Resulting in a wonderful, edible and creative portrait. It captures the chef, the restaurant and his speciality all in a single frame. Watch the movie below and see the team working out this photograph.

Golpe Avisa’s blogpost:

Need To Cool Down?

During the hot summer days we all need water. Drink it, swim in it and cool yourself down with it. And the hot sun burning down on us is perhaps most frustrating for all the bald men out there. Tim Tadder combined bald men with water in an unusual yet wonderful way. Giving them something that might remind the men of a great set of hair, if only for a very short moment. This series is called Water Wigs. 

Tim Tadder’s website: