Photography Archive


Brazilian artist Angelica Dass created the visually stunning project Humanæ, where she matches skin tone to a PANTONE® color. The ongoing portraiture project takes a sample of 11×11 pixels of the model’s face and then matches it to the exact PANTONE® tone. The background is then dyed to the exact tone. You could say the result is a color “HUE”MAN (ha!)?

The project’s hope is to gather and document all possible skin tones out there. She has already photographed a ton but I’m sure it’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s fascinating, isn’t it?

“Trash the Dress” by Matilde Berk

While Matilde Berk has only been a wedding photographer for the past two years, she’s already on top of a growing trend. For years, the Lisbon, Portugal-based photographer shot landscapes. It was only after she realized just how much she enjoyed photographing people that she dove into commercial portraiture.

One day, out of the blue, Berk started a creative series about “trashing” wedding dresses. This became her turning point.

“After doing some research, I found the Trash the Dress sessions and immediately got connected with all the creativity involved,” she tells us. “Well, then again, I guess all women get touched by wedding gowns even when they are already married. The next step was planning and photographing personal Trash the Dress projects to build a portfolio around that genre. After showing the results of those projects, the jump to wedding photography was very easy.”

She describes the Trash the Dress sessions this way. “They can be done one week, one month or even one year after the big day and it usually starts with the couple, the wedding dress and a very unique location,” she says. “The idea behind it is to create beautiful and unique imagery often not possible on the wedding day due to the lack of time and a very tight schedule. It’s very important to say that the dress does not get trashed. Maybe it gets very dirty but it’s nothing that water and a good laundry detergent can’t handle.”

Outside of Trash the Dress trend, Berk tell us that the wedding photography industry is all abuzz over photojournalism. “Most of the couples I meet want me there to capture the essence of their wedding day with natural-looking photos and a very realistic approach,” she says. “They want their photographs to be a true representation of their wedding day.”

An example of this happened just recently to Berk herself.

“Serendipity happens when you make a wonderful discovery while looking for something that is not related and that’s exactly what happened in this photograph,” she says. “I was taking Angela and Mats wedding shots out on the street and these two guys just passed by us. I noticed the way they were dressed and their hairstyle and thought it would make a nice picture to have them sitting with Mats and Angela. But they seemed to be in a hurry so I didn’t say a word.

“Later, we would find them again, sitting by the gates of a well-known palace in Sintra called Regaleira. This time, I asked Mats and Angela to sit by their side so I would snap a photo. And so they did. I politely asked if I could take a photograph of them sitting together and they not only agreed but they also offered to play a piece for the new couple. And that’s when they pulled out their cellos and started playing the music Angela used to make her entrance with father on the wedding ceremony. They brought us to tears.

“What a coincidence. How would they know? Above the gate, visitors of Regaleira were clapping and wishing their best to the couple. It was a wonderful, warm moment and a story I will always treasure as a wedding photographer.”

Make sure to head over to Matilde Berk’s Flickr page and website to see more.


Scattered Images

Roberts Birze, known as thescatteredimage on Flickr, has a neat set called “scattered images” in which he creates surreal panoramas by combining a large number of digital photographs taken of a particular scene:

Regarding how to make these images, Birze tells us,

“The execution and construction of these “scattered images” is very simple (although time consuming) and no real secret. It’s the planning and ability to visualise the scene that’s difficult. Firstly, take many photos of the scene you have in mind. Make sure the separate shots all overlap … then take a few more just in case. Some of my images may have as little as 9 images – others almost 300. Then, using photo editing software that allows the use of layers, create a large new canvas and then copy and paste each image onto a new layer. Then it’s up to you to make each image fit (or not) as you like. Layer effects like drop shadows can be applied to give more separation between images.”

Creating a scattered image panorama might be great as a present for someone if you were to have it printed out and framed.

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Do you like white?

Do you like white?

Jeltje Janmaat is a young photographer currently working as Freelance photographer for magazines and brands.

Greg Williams – photography

Greg Williams – photography

Greg’s photographic style merges reportage together with cinematic lighting and composition.


TED talk – David Griffin on how photography connects us

TED talk – David Griffin on how photography connects us

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.


Love is timeless

Love is timeless

I find it fascinating when you find new photos that look like they’ve been taken decades ago. A time when life was simpler, when choices were few. For Stacie and Geoff’s engagement session, Sloan photographers recaptured their love in a beautifully nostalgic way. No fancy hotel backdrop, no pretense in the air…just a swing, a blanket, some vinyl and some soda pop.

See the full set at Sloan Photographers.

Magical Metamorphosis by Runolfur Gudbjornsson (12 pics)

Magical Metamorphosis by Runolfur Gudbjornsson (12 pics)
Is Spinning Jewelry so magical that it morphs beautiful women into enchanting animals? Runolfur Gudbjornsson thinks so. He’s the photographer who’s captured it all for us. Look closely and you’ll see Spinning Jewelry’s mysterious earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces displayed right alongside crow wings, capricorn horns and lizard backs.
Runolfur Gudbjornsson is a photographer from Denmark who is also co-owner of Photopop, a studio where young creatives meet and exchange experiences and ideas. Their tailor made campaigns are put together by a creative team of photographers, designers, retouchers and art-directors.

Sweet Milla Jovovich by Matt Jones (8 pics)

Sweet Milla Jovovich by Matt Jones (8 pics)

Milla Jovovich looks absolutely stunning in this photo shoot by Matt Jones.

Natalie Portman in Elle Magazine UK

Natalie Portman in Elle Magazine UK
Photographer David Slijper has photographed Natalie Portman for the February 2010 issue of Elle Magazine UK.  The 28-year-old Israeli-born A-lister is shown here decked out in high fashion by Sasa Thomann, giving the supermodels of the world a run for their money.