Archive for November, 2010

Artist Feature: Michael Bowman

Monday, November 29th, 2010

One Second After, by Michael Bowmen

This image was inspired by the book “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen, which depicts a fictionalized terrorist attack on the United States with “EMP” weapons and the aftermath. The subject matter of the image has it’s own history, it is of the North Truro Air Force Station on the tip of Cape Cod that functioned as a Nike radar facility during the Cold War. The base has been abandoned since approximately 1985 and is a good example of a residential neighborhood turning back to the elements minus people.

Michael Bowman is a visual-journalist living in the Hudson River Valley of New York State. You can find more of his work on his website, desolateplaces.com.

Artist Feature: Peter Bower

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

by Peter Bower


This image was taken for the Canon Photo5 competition in Australia. We were given five different briefs to photograph with one of the tasks to take a black and white photo capturing smoke.

When I read this, I instantly knew I wanted to do an image like this, capturing a noir-esque tone with an older gentleman smoking. My next-door neighbour was the perfect subject for my image. Then I got word that the smoke had to be created by incense. My idea was ruined. I couldn’t take a photograph of a smoker without the cigarette. My neighbour told me not to fret, that I would come up with a way to get around it and, as I watched him roll his cigarette, I figured that it didn’t need to be a real cigarette in his hand.

We rolled two sticks of incense (with a small amount of tabacco around them to get the round shape) in cigarette paper, and proceeded to shoot. At first, I was having troubles capturing the thin streams of smoke. My neighbor took it upon himself to create more smoke, burning some pinecone needles in a fish smoker, for me to practice and figure out just how to capture the smoke. Not long after, we retreated from the shed, coughing, after filling it with smoke.

Once it had cleared (and I had figured out how to capture the smoke), we tried again. One flash in a 43″ shoot through umbrella to the side, and a flash on the opposite side snooted (with a beer stubbie holder) to capture the smoke, I was extremely pleased with this image. And, naturally, the beers that we shared after went down pretty well.

Peter Bower is 26 years old, a published poet, writer and essayist and, while he usually uses words, he likes to take photographs. He writes for www.DigitalRev.com. He is also completing his Masters at the University of Newcastle, Australia, writing a novel that examines pub culture, masculinity and social interaction. You can see more of his work at peterbower.com.au. He has also decided to continue to the series, which can be viewed in his Flickr stream.

Artist Feature: Patrick Joust

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This image was taken at the start of winter but on a somewhat warm day for December. In a way, that day sort of fit with the neighborhood, which is one that has gone into decline over the last 4 or 5 decades, but which still retains a lot of its charm and has a strong group of residents that do their best to keep their part of the neighborhood looking nice. This is near Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights area of Baltimore.

Patrick Joust is a 32 year old reference librarian/photographer living in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been published in Time and Playboy magazines and recently had one of his photos chosen for the cover of the book The Other Wes Moore. He mostly shoots film (but also some digital) and he enjoys working with multiple cameras in multiple formats, sometimes taking pictures of the same scene or subject in a few different ways and on different types of film. He hopes to continue to develop his style and share his work with a wider audience. You can see more of his work on his Flickr page.

Artist Feature: Vu Duy Thang

Monday, November 8th, 2010

by Vu Duy Thang

Vietnam is a country in Asia, beside Laos and Cambodia with tropical weather. In Vietnam, we have a lot of mountains, forests, and really long beaches. This photo was taken in Dien Bien, Vietnam. Dien Bien is a province which is well known for its role in our victory in the war to protect our independent against France.

I took this photo on a foggy day (it’s hard to discriminate between clouds and fog in high land). We drove motobikes to the top of the mountain. Only motorbikes can be stopped everywhere we needed to stop. This wasn’t the time people harvest rice, but it’s so beautiful. Peoples said that taking a photo of terreace fields without sun and blue skies was not so good. But I found there is a special beauty in foggy days. As you see, everything doesn’t clear much, so that the photo looks dreamy.

Photographers in Vietnam have a note together, ” If you don’t have any photos of terreace fileds, that mean you didn’t come to Vietnam” .

Vu Duy Thang is 30 years old, and lives in Ha Noi, Vietnam. He’s an architect, not a photographer. But, he adores taking photos, and comes to photography with all his heart. You can see more of his work on his Flickr page.

Artist Feature: David Rank

Monday, November 1st, 2010
by David Rank

'untitled' by David Rank

The image was taken in 2009 in the Argentinian part of Patagonia. I was travelling with my family for three weeks. We rented a car and drove through Chile and Argentina. The picture was taken in the evening, as the sun was going down. We saw that cloud-formation and stopped the car to take some photos.

David Rank was born in 1990, and grew up in a small town near Stuttgart (Southern Germany). Two years ago he decided to move to Berlin to absolve his Civil Peace Service and afterwards to study Photography. At the present he’s looking for an internship and preparing his portfolio for his application for art college. You can see more of his work on his website or his Facebook page.