Douglas Adesko’s work is meant to comment on how many families struggle to eat together thanks to busy schedules and digital distractions. According to a recent study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, kids who frequently eat meals with their families report having better relationships with their parents and are at a lower risk for abusing drugs.
…While he’s happy for Family Meal to spur debate on food economics and environmental sustainability, Adesko says grand social commentary is not his primary intent. He wants to make gorgeous, detailed images, and he succeeds. The personality-rich characters in Family Meal make for compelling tableaux.
“What I’m most interested in is trying to foster feelings of connection and recognition by documenting people in everyday circumstances,” he says.
Outdoor adventure photography is fun to look at, but it can get old fast. If you’ve seen one really gnarly skiing or climbing photo, you’ve kinda seem them all.
That’s why Ray Demski’s new project is a breath of fresh air. He hauled several studio lights with giant reflectors out to an icefall in the Avers valley in Switzerland this winter and used the battery-powered, 1200-Joules strobes to shoot ice climbing like we’ve never seen.
“I always try to do something new every time I go into a shoot,” says Demski, an adventure sports and commercial photographer based in Munich, Germany who’s shot for companies including Red Bull, BMW and Adidas.
With the rapid and lucrative growth in the smartphone industry, we’re always told that the world is in our hands. But the infrastructure of that world is not always as seamless as we would like. A sprawling web of infrastructure, made up of towers, buried fiber optics and orbiting satellites, sometimes encroaches in garish and inconvenient ways.
“In certain cases the disguised towers might not be noticed,” says Marsh. “But then an undisguised tower might not have been noticed either.”
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The new Thumbs & Ammo blog started as a joke amongst friends in England, but when it hit the internet earlier this month it quickly became a viral hit.
Contributors photoshop guns out of famous movie stills, replacing them with a thumbs up. Tony Montana, Rambo, James Bond and the Terminator, among others, don’t look so tough when all of a sudden they’re sending messages of encouragement instead of unleashing a flurry of bullets.
“I’m just glad that people are enjoying it,” says the blog’s founder, who responded to Wired by e-mail but asked to remain anonymous because he says the blog was just supposed to be a friendly game. “I didn’t think it would get this big.”
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What makes a better chess boxer, a boxer who can think strategically or a chess player who can throw a punch?
“You never know what forms a chess boxer,” she says. “You can tell [the participants] come from lot of different backgrounds and I found that incredibly refreshing.”
GUYS. CHESSBOXING IS A THING. SEE?
With the increasing frequency of “Personal Projects” tabs found on photographers websites, it seems more and more shooters are keen to distinguish between work and hobby — between paid work and non-paid work. Mark Bramley, a commercial photographer in the U.K., adeptly hops between the two. His barren landscapes are a counterpoint to the shiny, car-porn images he creates at his day job.
Bramley specializes in video and stills for car companies, but over the past eight years, he’s taken himself to remote spots in search of the nowhere spaces found in his captivating off-the-books photos.
“I think saying less gives more feeling to an image,” says Bramley who has sought out remote landscapes in Iceland, the American Southwest and the Swiss Alps. “I always travel alone when I’m out shooting landscapes like this, which I guess lends itself to a certain solitude within the images.”
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Ben Woodworth was filming ice-climbing athletes in the Utah backcountry when he noticed enormous, beautiful snowflakes falling on his backpack. The contrast of the white flakes against the bag’s black material immediately caught his eye.
At the time he was using a multi-thousand-dollar camera but it didn’t have the right lens. So instead he pulled out his iPhone 5 and a $5 macro attachment he ordered online.
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Shawn Heinrichs and Kristian Schmidt’s photos of models swimming with whale sharks were a viral hit last month, helping raise awareness about a species that has been over-fished and killed by poachers harvesting shark fins. Now the pair of photographers are at it again, but this time they’re focusing on manta rays.
“Most of the world except for ocean enthusiasts have no clue what a manta ray is, let alone that it’s vulnerable. They normally associate it with a stingray,” Heinrichs says.
Associating manta rays with stingrays is a problem because stingrays infamously killed Steve Irwin, “The Crocodile Hunter,” back in 2006. They might look similar, but unlike stingrays, manta rays are not dangerous. Instead, Heinrichs says they are highly social and gentle creatures. As trivial as it might seem, slight shifts in public perception can subconsciously affect efforts to save vulnerable species.
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