I love the sense of depth and ethereal colors captured by photographer Charles Emerson, for whom mountains have always held mythical power and mystery. He’s managed to showcase their beauty using a combination of film and digital captures, multiple exposures, and light leaks in locations as far flung as Scotland, Romania, and Jordan.
If you thought you had it bad in this icy winter weather, residents of Yakutsk, Russia, regularly live in temperatures as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit. Photographer Amos Chapple‘s beautiful photos capture the frigid temperatures and constant fog that envelop the coldest city on earth – and give me flashbacks to freshman year and the frozen tundra of Ithaca, New York. It’s not often that I see photos of locations so remote that it’s difficult to imagine what life is like, and I give Chapple major props for not only getting to Yakutsk, but also for getting his camera to work.
I’m loving these gorgeous landscapes of Norway taken by Swedish photographer Johan Stephan. The dramatic, sweeping views of the Norwegian countryside make me want to go on a road trip through the mountains and along the fjords. Those colors remind me of fall, and the beginning of an icy winter.
I’m loving German artist Meike Nixdorf‘s photographs of El Teide mountain on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Her objective was to view the same landmark from various points of view, and I think the resulting photographs of the moon-like landscape are stunning.
I recently shared some other photographs I loved that were taken in India of rickshaw drivers (by photographer Greg Vore), but this time we travel to Kolkata for the flower market. Photographer Ken Hermann captured the flower vendors of the famed Mallick Ghat market, isolating them from what is surely a chaotic scene and letting their colorful wares pop against a subdued background. I love how they end up enveloped in blossoms, creating a sort of abstract costume. What could be more chic than a dress of flower petals? It’s a reminder of the beauty that can be found in the most unlikely of places.
While I’ve showed you my fashion dream of India, this photo story by photographer Greg Vore is the ultimate portraiture project. He set out to capture the beauty of the rickshaw and their owners in India and Bangladesh, and what turned out to be a fun and colorful look at one part of everyday Indian society also has a message. Visit his website to learn more about the history and plight of the rickshaw drivers, many of whom live in extreme poverty and live a life of hardship. On a personal level, I find it inspiring to see how other photographers undertake such an ambitious project. Well done!
If you saw my last Photographer Profile post on these incredible infrared photos taken in the Arctic, you will see why I fell in love with this project by photographer Richard Mosse. Mosse’s photos have been taking the photo world by storm as they shine a new and unique light on conflict zones and the staggering human tragedy faced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The beauty in his photographs is at once striking and disturbing, as he turns the jungle and soldiers into characters of a psychedelic world using infrared film.
This is a great example of the power of photography to transport you to places you otherwise would not, or should not, go. Yes, I knew it was jungly, but I for one did not know that the landscape in the Congo was so beautiful – in pink or green or whatever.
If you happen to be in Amsterdam, check out Mosse’s exhibit at the Foam photo museum until June 1st.