There’s so much around us that we never see – Ahae’s world

Most of us are so busy doing whatever it is we are doing that we have lost the ability to see and appreciate that which is around us. With our faces constantly in our cell phones or staring at computer screens or reading the paper, we have lost the art of just looking and seeing. …

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Becoming Animal – The Photography of Charles Fréger

The figures in the image above are said to have symbolized fertility. They are part of an ancient ritual in Bulgaria which continues to this day. Over the ages, we have changed our relationship to nature and the meaning that we give to animals and other non-human parts of the world. Myths and legends have …

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Humanity and Nature are One – Segmento

This wonderful image is from Brazilian advertising agency Segmento. It illustrates their campaign titled “Humanity and Nature Are One.” To me this highly creative image illustrates two things. The first is the power of digital imagery. It is difficult to imagine that a similar image could have been as powerful as this using any other …

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Swimming With Whale Sharks

Whale sharks are the largest species of fish and are threatened (though not currently endangered) by over-fishing for shark fins. Late last year, photographers Shawn Heinrichs and Kristian Schmidt combined their expertise in fashion and marine photography to create an unusual fashion shoot – fashion models swimming with whale sharks. The aim of the shoot …

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The World is Made of Local Lives – Catherine Nelson

Catherine Nelson has created some remarkable images. Her digital images made from combinations of hundreds of photographs create a globe on which are superimposed constructed images of local landscapes and habitats. The statement “Think Global. Act Local” has become such a cliché that it has lost all meaning. Yet Nelson’s images bring it back to …

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Nature Through Kids’ Eyes – Der Spiegel Competition

The German newspaper Der Spiegel recently ran a competition asking kids to submit photographs related to nature and the environment. The winning photographs are interesting for many reasons – as is the framing of the competition itself. The full gallery can be seen online. For this short commentary I have picked three images which, to …

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Fantastical Scenes – The Digital Art of Erik Johansson

All our civilization is built on the back of nature and natural processes. This is the thought that came to mind when I saw the above image by photographer and digital artist Erik Johansson.  Johansson describes himself rather modestly: “I’m a photographer and retouch artist from Sweden. I use photography as a way of collecting …

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Man and Landscape – The Photography of Jean-Paul Bourdier

What is our Human relationship with the Earth and with the landscape? The visually stunning and varied work of Jean-Paul Bourdier leads us to wonder about this question. His images of body-painted models in stark landscapes are striking and generate many different emotions. First of all there is no doubt that the images are creative …

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The Meaning of Nature Photography

I am in the final stages of touring round the Western part of the United States. One thing has been very noticeable during my trip – the large number of galleries selling nature photography and seemingly doing well at it. Nature photography has not changed in its nature for decades. People have got better at …

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Indefinite Soup – The Discarded Objects of Mandy Barker

These days discarded objects make good art. Mandy Barker arranges and photographs discarded objects to create highly aesthetic prints. In her series titled “Soup”, her aim is to bring attention to the almost endless plastic debris that is suspended in our oceans. I previously reviewed in this blog the work of Edward Burtynsky where I …

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