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"Emy & Ana" is a narrative fiction of 19 photographs.
Emy and Ana cannot live without each other. These best friends are the same age but have some kind of a mother-daughter relationship. After an accident, they have to face the terrible situation of being separated.
For Elements of Place, photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood documents the dramatic metamorphosis of the Hudson River though the changing of the seasons. From her house in Rhinecliff, NY, she stands 30 feet from the brink of the cliff, staring into an expansive 50 miles of water. Beginning with the dramatic ice forms fractured by rough currents in winter, she transitions to the rippling tides of spring, ultimately turning her camera upwards to the cloudy firmament that lies above the substantial riverscape.
Now there’s a family portrait you don’t see every day. Photographer Kelly DeLay captured the photo above showing himself and his family standing in front of a gigantic supercell at sunset with a large lightning strike illuminating the horizon.
Oftentimes it’s the simplest elements that make or break a photograph, setting it apart from the rest for either better or worse. Today, we have for you a case of the former in this striking series of black and white street photos by photographer Mahmoud Merjan.
Golden Gate at Blue Hour | Frank Schulenburg
Spending the day perched 90 feet above ground is not what one thinks of when photographing manatees, but that is what my partner, photographer Paul Nicklen, and I ended up doing in March of 2011. Manatees and humans are in a tug of war over fresh water. Our assignment was to visualize the complex and often conflictive dynamics between boaters, swimmers, homeowners, federal authorities and the manatees that overwinter at the Three Sisters Springs in Florida’s Crystal River.
With over 1,500 golf courses, a large industrial agriculture infrastructure, and more than 3 million lawns, Florida demands a lot of fresh water. As more water is diverted from the springs to feed this insatiable thirst, the warm water of the springs stops flowing and is replaced by much colder seawater. For the manatees these warm waters are not optional, but a vital refuge where they rest, nurse their calves and most importantly, stay warm during the cold winter months when they come in from the ocean and coastal flats. Their presence is welcomed by the operators of the fast-growing “swim with the manatees business” but reviled by many home and boat owners who have to obey strict speed limits to avoid collisions with these gentle mammals.
Manhattan’s Chinatown is easily one of the most famous in the world, a vibrant neighborhood which a special cultural cache that inspires Franck Bohbot’s new atmospheric photo series of the same name. In the photos, Bohbot is looking for an original way of portraying the fabled neighborhood by photographing it in the midst of its nighttime calm.
“In this series I wanted to challenge the notion of Chinatown as crowded and noisy,” says Bohbot, “So I found it especially interesting to try to capture the neighborhood emptied of its inhabitants. It allowed me to look at the area in another way, more contemplatively.”
There are several Chinatowns spread among the New York City metropolitan area, which is home to the largest concentration of Chinese people outside of Asia.Bohbot, who’s been living in New York for a year, found himself interested in Manhattan’s Chinatown after frequently passing through it on his way to shoot other projects. Many of his other series focus on a particular urban theme–theaters, neon signage, basketball courts–which he portrays in tight compositions that try to draw attention to the subject in unexpected ways. Chinatown fits in easily with the previous projects, but also represents a visual departure from them.
Most towns call it Main Street, but in New York City, it’s Broadway. Spanning 33 miles, it’s a mash-up of cultures, commerce and fantasy.
The Cold War is over, but signs of it still exist all over Europe. In the course of more than a decade, Martin Roemers traveled to hundreds of locations in 10 countries photographing the often abandoned and decaying underground tunnels, barracks, monuments, and other structures that remain decades since the war’s end. “It was a strange conflict. There was no fighting, but it left its mark in Europe and you can still see it even today,” Roemers said.
As the arms race escalated and countries on both sides of the Iron Curtain braced for conflict, various structures were built to house troops and weapons. Some of those structures Roemers photographed, however, were not new—they were repurposed from prior conflicts. “These locations have a history,” he said. “A location in Germany was also used in World War II and also in the times of World War I and before that. The Kaiser of Germany had his army there and the Nazis had their troops there and the Russians came and they took over this location.”