Category - Photography

Sean Lotman’s analog photographs of Japanese life bring soul to a digital world

We may be living in the digital age, but Sean Lotman has staked his success in the darkroom. The Kyoto-based photographer recently published his first book, Sunlanders, thats full of analog prints that capture real, fleeting life moments in Japan that are only enhanced by the anomalies found in the darkroom photos.sunlanders2Blurred movements, light spots, overexposure, color warps and other “imperfections” are sprinkled throughout the series, giving the photos a simultaneously realistic and otherworldly feel; a convenience store clerk is infused with a creepy aura from a simple overexposure while a woman posing for an outdoor portrait gets a ghostly halo because of a light spot. Lotman presents his photos without commentary or caption. Its up to you, the viewer, to interpret these densely layered images using your own references. [via:] sunlanders3 sunlanders5 sunlanders6 sunlanders7 sunlanders8 sunlanders9 sunlanders10

Joel Santos’ travel photos are an extended study on finding passion in other cultures

Where passion, talent and motivation intersect is where truly great art is made. Such is the case with Joel Santostravel photos. Each photo reads like a complete story in itself— the emotion, composition and subject all work together to create a fully realized whole. Santos is an economist, author, professor, photographer, travel guide and former magazine editor  and its obvious his varied professional experience informs his incredible art.477434_10150712942088686_858855018_oThe Canon Ambassador travels the world, leading photography and travel tours, sharing his skill and knowledge with other artists. And speaking of skill, Santos understands how to use lighting in a truly expert way. Whether its a setting sun, light flare, lamplight or fire, Santos manipulates the light around him to create drama and evoke emotion. [h/t]1913241_10152742842398686_3144832208369325642_o 10499414_10152542914918686_50156013991273197_o 10923246_10153115433258686_2361439842503077622_n 12496164_10153981920048686_6772360242932132534_o 13346200_10154171734913686_4538340620378582529_o 13575717_10154270537803686_1988418333161858549_o 15392883_10154757868723686_2572010206767126366_o

Traffic lights transform into mystical beacons in Lucas Zimmermann’s latest series

The characteristics of an artist are indeed varied; there’s no strict set of guidelines that deems you worthy of the title. With that said, we do feel that a certain curiosity and interest in everyday life often leads to some of the best art around. Such is the case for Lucas Zimmermann’s latest Traffic Lights series that he started two years ago.Lucas-Zimmermann-02While the concept is simple — the photographer captures the light in a 20 second exposure on foggy evenings — The result is anything but. The three colors and three separate light posts blur together to create moody, magical portraits of these utilitarian objects. [h/t] Lucas-Zimmermann-03 Lucas-Zimmermann-04 Lucas-Zimmermann-06 Lucas-Zimmermann-07 Lucas-Zimmermann-08 Lucas-Zimmermann-09