Commercial photographer Trent Bell has created a series of powerful images that shows us what a group of U.S. Convicts would tell their past selves if they could turn back the hands of time. In the “Reflect” project, each inmate was first asked to pen a letter to their past selves. Bell then took their portraits and had the text of their letters edited into the images, serving as powerful testaments to their regrets, their mistakes, and their new-found wisdom.
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Our technologically-obsessed society often finds it hard to grasp the reasons behind asceticism: for what reason should one forsake all of one’s earthly possessions and live excluded from society? This stunning set of portraits by Brooklyn-based photographer Joey L puts us face to face with religious ascetics who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.
Cancer Patients’ Priceless Reactions To Extreme Makeovers Allow Them to Forget Their Illness For A SecondBy Justina • Dec 11th, 2013 • Category: Funny, Latest Posts, Photography
The 20 courageous cancer patients who sat down to have makeover portraits had no idea what they were in for. In truth, the aim of the “If Only For a Second” project that they were participating in was to give them outrageous and quirky makeovers, capture their surprised reactions, and offer them a chance to forget about their difficult conditions, even if only for a second.
French photographer Benoit Courti‘s photography covers a wide spectrum of subjects, but most of his pictures retain a powerful intimacy with their subjects, especially his portraits. He is the consummate fine arts photographer, seeming to be equally comfortable with both black and white and color, but it is probably his black and white work that captures our attention most. It is gritty, dark, intimate and beautiful.
Sadly, most of us can’t remember our reactions to most of the new things when we tried them for the very first time. In order to capture some of these first experiences, photographers David Wile and April Maciborka pictured toddlers tasting lemon for the first time. The bitter fruit, that even adults might be sometimes reluctant to taste, called out the most genuine reactions from all of the kids, going from disbelief to shock or betrayal.
Jill Greenberg’s exhibit, called End Times, shows photos of various kids crying as if something terrible had happened. One photography enthusiast revealed photographer’s rather cruel way of making her models cry – Greenberg gives them lollipop and then quickly takes it away.
Detroit-born photographer Mark Laita questions what it is in life that puts people, who were born equal, to follow completely different paths. Each of his diptychs compare two people, who have some kind of a connection that ends up being the biggest contrast between them: for example, out-laws are put next to policemen, school drop-outs next to college graduates, and Amish teens are paired with punk teenagers.
Toys can tell a whole story about the child’s background and family, and even the professions of the parents. In his photo series ‘Toy Stories’, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti traveled around the globe for 18-months and photographed children with their toys.
As we grow old, we don’t even notice all the small changes that happen to us daily. In her portrait series called Identities, London-based photographer Ana Oliveira observes how people change as they grow older. Ana’s models would provide her with pictures of themselves from the past, and she tries to recreate the original pose, clothing and style. The final combination of the before and now shots are somewhat of a road map of the life that each of the models has traveled.
Melbourne-based photographer Bill Gekas makes beautiful portraits of his 5-year-old daughter, posing in the scenes of the classic paintings by artists like Caravaggio, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael or Velazquez. Bill describes his style as “portraiture with a fine art aesthetics”: although he does a great job retouching and setting the pictures up, you also cannot help but admire his beautiful daughter’s concentration and deep looks.
If you’re wondering how you will look like when you hit 100 years, take a look at these photos! “Jahrhundertmensch” (or “Century Man”) is a project by German photographer Karsten Thormaehlen who photographed more than 40 centenarians between 2006 and 2012. You must be wondering what secret elixir these centenarians have been using – and the answer is…
One year ago, a New Mexico-based photographer Wes Naman was wrapping Christmas gifts with his assistant and started goofing around with the scotch tape. The artist immediately had an idea that after a year developed into the “Scotch Tape” portrait series, where volunteers put the tape around their faces to create terrifying and just absolutely hilarious expressions. Noses and lips get bent, and Wes also likes to stretch people’s eyebrows to make the eyes pop out – the final results are so bizarre that hardly any retouching is needed!