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Artist Feature: Katerina Sokova

Monday, February 14th, 2011

by Katerina Sokova

When I first met Margarita it was December and about minus 15 degrees Celsius. But that didn’t stop us from taking some photos outside. We were standing on the middle of frozen river with some dry sprigs. She was dressed in a sweater and scarf and cold wind was blowing her hair. After that we warmed in cafe with hot chocolate and found many common interests.

Katerina Sokova is 22 years old, photographer and student living in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was born in small town Pskov and living there till 18 years old. She already has one finance education and now studies design in University. Katerina started to take photographs about 3 years ago. It was genre and street-photography. But now she also shoots portraits and weddings. She likes to photograph as on different film cameras as on digital cameras. You can see more of her work on her Flickr page.

Artist Feature: Hengki Koentjoro

Monday, January 31st, 2011

'Bromo', by Hengki Koentjoro

Indonesia is blessed with breathtaking and enchanting natural treasures and Mount Bromo is simply one of them. It is certainly one of the most famous and most photographed highlands in Indonesia.
Of all places, Bromo is without a doubt my favorite place to photograph, specially to capture the mystery and mysticism of the Indonesian landscape.

For this purpose, we woke up early at 4 am and with a 4 WD we went to the world’s most famous viewpoint at Mt. Pananjakan on the rim of the Tengger caldera to see the sunrise. With a sturdy tripod I mounted my DSLR camera and set the speed on Bulb and took a couple of exposures around one to three minutes of exposure.

I love Surrealism and the long exposure will give that effect as the moving smoke from the caldera become a smooth-velvety haze covering the mountain creating a mystical atmosphere. I came from the old school. I believe what Ansel Adam said, that you should ‘make photograph instead of duplicating it’. B&W in particular gives me more flexibility for personal interpretation. It is rich in mysteries and evokes stronger emotion.

Born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, on March 24, 1963, Hengki Koentjoro is an accomplished black and white photographer. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, where he majored in video production and minored in the fine art of photography.

Hengki returned to Indonesia to become a freelance videographer/editor, specializing in nature documentaries and corporate profiles, and now lives in Jakarta with his wife Lana and their three children. Hengki is a part time practitioner of the art of black and white photography, which he believes to be his true purpose in life’s journey of expression. You can see more of his work on DeviantArt and his portfolio on Art Limited.

Artist Feature: Felix Lupa

Monday, January 24th, 2011

a photo by Felix Lupa

This photo is part of a larger documentary project which documented a homeless couple living in an abandoned car in central Tel Aviv. This story is about Old Gennady and blind Boris, and was documented during six months. During that time I was able to save the sight of Boris and remove both from the street and return them to a normative life. If you have time, I’ve included a file that tells the whole story as I experienced it. Please visit it here

This series won a “series of the year” at the press photography contest at 2008.

Felix Lupa was born in Ukraine in 1972 and immigrated to Israel at age 6. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. In recent years, he has specialized in documentary street photography, working on long-term social projects. He is an independent photographer / journalist working with leading media as well for television. He has presented his works in major exhibitions in Israel and Belgium, and taught street photography at four leading schools in Tel Aviv as well as led photography workshops in Israel and abroad. You can see more of his work on his website,facebook., or flickr.

Artist Feature: Lee Jeffries

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Untitled by Lee Jeffries

Met the subject on my way back from the office. I saw him trying to cross the road with heavy shopping bags so i pulled over and jumped out to help him. Of course, he refused at first…. saying he was strong enough! Anyway, he conceded and we got back to his place and had a cup of tea. Talked some stuff too. Ex Navy… seen the world. 89 years old. It took me 30 minutes to leave once i announced i had to go…..bless him. The shot itself was taken in his kitchen and I like to think its not only a portrait of a man, but also of his home and of politics( the “hope” referencing Obama) and of religion and of every day bills and just everything, everything.

Lee Jeffries is an accountant based in Manchester, England. You find more of his work on his flickr page.

Artist Feature: Les Lengyel

Monday, January 10th, 2011

We’re back! We hope everyone had family-filled holidays and have embarked on a promising New Year. We’ve lined up some pretty incredible and diverse artists for the Monday morning feature, and are excited to start the year showcasing so much talent. As usual, we’re always looking to line up artists in advance. If you or someone you know is interested in being featured, send a photo and a short information piece about said photo to [info] [at] [duckrabbitdigital] [dot] [com]. We get together every few weeks to consider the submissions. Without further ado, today’s feature, Les Lengyel.

Artist Feature: Les Lengyel

'Tidal' by Les Lengyel

This shot, Tidal, comes from a continuing series I have been working on entitled Shorelines. The series started as a documentary of unusual finds that have washed ashore and has expanded. Living close to a number of Great Lakes in Canada gives me the opportunity to not only enjoy the beauty of the many fresh water lakes surrounding me, it also gives me a great opportunity to use these shorelines for recreation and to fuel my love of photography.

The images in this series were all shot with analog cameras which I collect. This particular shot was taken with a “Diana” plastic-bodied camera utilizing 120 roll film which I developed myself. The dreamy image quality that the plastic lens of the Diana creates was exactly the mood I was looking for in this image.

The majority of my images are still recorded on film as I personally feel that digital photography does not convey the mood that I am looking for. I do own and shoot digital however, the digital image looks somehow too “clean” to my eye so I usually reserve digital photography for sports or for my commercial shoots.

There is also something about holding a beautiful old camera in your hands, the camera itself is a piece of art. The 50 year old Leica or 30 year old Hasselbad, the chrome, the workmanship that went into these cameras is something I really appreciate. Much like admiring the workmanship and thought that someone puts into creating a great image.

My workflow consists of 90% analog photography, my film is usually developed in Kodak HC-110 or Rodinal. I scan my negatives on an Epson V500 scanner and the only editing I do takes place in photoshop where I remove dust spots. My new years resolution is to extend my workflow in the darkroom and make my own prints as I recently acquired an enlarger.

Les Lengyel resides just outside of Toronto, Canada. His main body of work focuses on certain ongoing series such as Shorelines, Treasures Lost, In the Shadow of the Greenbelt and ShitCams. He has exhibited a number of these series and his work is also available as limited edition prints. You can view more of his work on flickr, and he can be contacted at [at] gmail [dot] com

Artist Feature: Daniel George

Monday, December 20th, 2010

by Daniel George

This image is part of a rephotographic project of Lewis Baltz’s The new Industrial Parks near Irvine, California. Instead of visiting the sites in person, I have done it via Google Street View. I chose Baltz’s industrial parks project because it was a documentation of lifeless, man-altered landscape. Google Street View has become a common way that individuals explore places they have never been. However, the images they are seeing have been created by a machine, devoid of feeling and response to form–much like Baltz’s detached, deadpan photographs. The rephotographic project’s final output is 6×9 gelatin silver prints, presented in a grid of 51 images (exactly like Baltz’s presentation).

Daniel George is a Savannah, GA based artist and graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, he divides his time between his schoolwork and teaching introductory black/white and digital photography courses at St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah. He has exhibited work in galleries across the United States and has recently had worked purchased into the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. You can see more of his work on his website.

Artist Feature: Jan-Philip Kopka

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Untitled, by Jan-Philip Kopka

I took this picture during a holiday camp I attended during the Fall holidays in Germany. This particular image was shot in Gleidorf, in the Sauerland, a region with many hills and forests in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The tree is the only one on this hill that survived the storm “Kyrill” in January 2007. “Kyrill” caused severe damage to many areas all over Europe, and changed the appearance of the Sauerland, because many forests were affected by the storm.

Jan-Philip Kopka was born in January 1987 and grew up in the Ruhr district in Germany. He currently studies logistics at the Technical University of Dortmund. He has always been fascinated by photography, and bought his first DSLR back in 2005. Since then, he continually works on the improvement of his skills. You can see more of his work on his Flickr page.

Artist Feature: David Ingraham

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The blog was experiencing technical difficulties yesterday, so Monday had to be Tuesday this week. Sorry to those of you who visit regularly! But, without any further delay, your Monday Morning Artist Feature, David Ingraham:

by David Ingraham

My girlfriend, Gretchen, has been going to Long Beach State for the last few years.
We were outside her house on a warm Southern California afternoon, and as she picked up “Snuggles”, one of her neighbor’s cats, I quickly grabbed this shot. At the time I was doing a lot of experimenting with the technique of exposing for the background light while using flash on the subject. I’ve always liked the look you get when combining ambient and artificial light. (The shot was originally in color, but I converted it via Silver Efex.)

I’m a Los Angeles-based musician by trade (drummer) who is passionate about photography, spending much of my free time trying to capture a good image. The main challenge for me at this stage is really zeroing in on a particular style and focusing on building a body of work within that style. I’m a fan of so many genres of photography–black & white, color, street, portraiture, etc.– I feel as though I’m still trying to find my true photographic identity. But in the mean time, I’m just enjoying the simple pleasures and creative outlet of taking pictures.

You can view more of David’s work on his flickr site.

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,

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 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 He has also decided to continue to the series, which can be viewed in his Flickr stream.