L.A. photog snaps his muse in a field of yellow
In our humble opinion, pavement-pounding urban dwellers are always well-served by leaving the city and reconnecting with nature. Quinn Tivey agrees. The L.A.-based photographer and stalwart SHFT bro frequently heads into the wilds in search of new images and experiences.
"To lose yourself in someplace wild and untouched by our human development is a sobering experience," Quinn says. "It helps to evoke an awareness of our history and our place on earth."
Quinn had been told that when the Spanish first arrived on the California coast, they wrote of fields of mustard flowers taller than a man on horseback. So when his ex-girlfriend said she wanted to go for an adventure and that the adventure had to include flowers, they decided to go on a quest for the giant mustard flowers. The results are these endearing photos of a pretty blonde traipsing through a field of yellow wild flowers. Hard to argue with that.
In the 1970s, the EPA asked a group of freelance photographers to document the state of America's environment. Called the Documerica project, the photos are a valuable record of the environmental issues that plagued the US in the years before protective legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. You can see them for yourself on the Documerica Flickr page. Now, almost 40 years......read more
In his "Lakes and Reservoirs" series, LA-based artist Matthew Brandt subverts the hackneyed practice of landscape photography, emphasizing the properties of photo production over the actual landscape depicted. Photographing water bodies around the Western US, Brandt soaks his images in the water of the depicted subject for anywhere from a couple days to several months, until the photo......read more
London photographer Tom Robinson and his girlfriend were sitting on Brighton Beach, England, when they realized the view of their feet pointing out to sea would make a nice photo. So began "Feet First," a heartwarming series of photos shot in the same composition, documenting the couple's travels around the world. After five years, the duo became a trio with their......read more
If there are two worlds more diametrically opposed than fashion photography and tree planting, we can't think of them. But Troy Moth has existed in both. Born in a remote tree planting camp on Canada's west coast, Moth in his twenties found himself in Toronto working as a fashion photographer for big-name clients like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Eventually, inevitably, he left that world......read more
London-born, Marseille-based photographer James Reeve trips the light fantastic with his most recent collection of images, Lightscapes. Working under cloak of night, Reeve trains his camera on the lights of the city, removing everything but the speckled light patterns themselves. The effect is arresting, akin to the woozy feeling one gets when looking out the window of an airplane at......read more
In 2008, the number of people living in cities surpassed the amount of people living in rural areas for the first time in history. This global urbanization shift informs the work of British photographer Jasper James in his latest series, "City Silhouettes." The images in the series, which portray city dwellers with their respective urban locales filling their silhouettes, aptly reflect......read more
In 2008, more people were living in cities than in rural areas for the first time in history. And if anything, the global urbanization trend is accelerating. In twenty years, it's expected that nearly 60 percent of the world's population will be city dwellers. One of the world's fastest growing cities is Mumbai, India, where Dutch photographer Martin Roemers traveled to......read more
You wouldn't generally think of New York City as a surfing mecca, but there's more and more wave-seekers bombing out from the city to hit the surf. Hell, the hottest shop in the city is a SoHo surf shop. Closer to the ocean, eco-consciousness and surf culture are transforming Rockaway Beach (for proof, check out this episode of Brooklyn Informed). So this new series of photos from Romain Laurent......read more