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Tultepec, a municipality not far from Mexico City, has long been the capital of the country’s fireworks industry. There are some estimates that peg half the local population draws some kind of livelihood from the firework business. Tultepec produces 50 to 80 percent of all of the country’s fireworks.
Thomas Prior came from New York to witness and partake of this festival. He shot some amazing images of the ensuing merriment the people of Tultepec have with their principal economic driver, the fireworks.
Starry engagement photos seem to make the perfect marriage in these long exposure photographs of romantic engagements. Photography couple Robert Paetz and Felicia Wong appear to have found a totally novel concept that captures the magic of an engagement. They take their lovestruck clients out into natural dreamy scenery and shoot the starry-eyed couples against a star lit backdrop. They have name for this kind of photo shoot, which is astro wedding photography. The results are so beautiful and perfect that they look like studio staged sets instead of on location shot images.
Paul Nelson is usually preoccupied with commercial shooting projects for the likes of big brands such as Target, BestBuy or Fedex, certainly names not to scoff at. For the photographer, this was a full time endeavor that left hardly much for anything else. As the work volume began to slow down though, Nelson found himself able to pursue other projects that were often left neglected or forgotten in the backburner. This ultimately led him to one of his lifelong passions, one which brought him to pick up a camera in the first place—birds.
Mention Venice, Italy and what immediately comes to mind is the Grand Canal filled with gondolas and their gondoliers carrying romance seekers from all over the world. Venice has always been known for its art and architecture, and the 50,000 tourists that flock to this place every day is evidence of this amazing statistic. Aware of this, the Carnival of Venice was revived in the 1980s making the city a popular destination for festivals and conferences. It attracts visitors form all over the globe making it a major hub of the visual, musical and performing arts as well as cultural productions. St Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal, and the Piazza San Marco remain as iconic and historic landmarks, while the Lido di Venezia is a well-liked luxury destination, drawing in the global cinematic industry with all its glitz, bling and glamour. The city also depends much on the cruise business to drive its economy.
The lenses of Italian photographer Luigi Bonaventura, apparently sees a different Venice. The New York-based Bonaventura shows a more contemporary side to this historic place, but nonetheless as aesthetically appealing.
Any mention of the word asylum, and you imagine people cut-off from society, sometimes even removed from reality. The Willard Asylum for the Insane in Upstate New York was certainly no exception to this. Patients brought to this institution had no knowledge of the permanency of their visit, often bringing small suitcases packed with meager necessities, revealing their ignorance of why they were taken to Willard. Photographer Jon Crispin shot these suitcases, seemingly frozen in time. Each piece of luggage appeared to be undisturbed; looking as they did on those fateful days each one of their owners disappeared into the asylum.