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Families come together at holidays, but not just for the main event, they come to help decorate… and these are exciting, fun-filled moments, so they’re ripe with photographic opportunity! Trimming the tree is a special moment in creating the atmosphere of Christmas, and most families have a cherished collection of ornaments, lights and stockings – all of which need to be hung on the tree. Try to get people’s faces as they open the ornament boxes. Young children (who might not have remembered the last Christmas) are especially good subjects. When the tinsel goes on, you’re almost done, but there are two more shots to get – the first is when the star (or angel) is placed on the top of the tree; and the last shot is when everything is on the tree and the lights are plugged in for the first time.
It sure helps to have a granddaughter that does events for a living. This enduring couple that has been together for many decades got the whole nine yards when they were treated to an extravagant pictorial. Lauren Wells decided to use her expertise as well as her company called by her name, Lauren Wells Events, to put together a photo series of her grandparents that would celebrate many, many years of marital bliss.
“To be or not to be, that is the question,” exclaimed the character Hamlet from the Shakespeare play of the same title, Hamlet. Russian Alexander Khokov on the other hand, muses with his photos, 2D or Not 2D, which is a totally different thing. Since the time he got a lot of attention for his monochromatic face-paint photography series Weird Beauty, Khokhlov does it again with another out-of-this-world concept, not to mention a whole lot more color.
Photographer Vassilis Tangoulis came-up with a set of dramatic monochromatic images called Empty Space. The collection is a compilation of long-exposure images devoid of any people in them, featuring abandoned houses in extremely desolate looking places. The Greek photographer uses photography as an emotional and expressive outlet. He favors capturing moments that look extraordinary, and does so using long exposures as well as infra-red photography.
We really have to be removed from a situation to appreciate and understand things at times. When we observe people from a point of view that is detached, we are able to perceive things in a different light. This precisely what Bence Bakonyi does in his photographs. As a photographer based in Shanghai, China, Bankoyi makes groups of people his focal point, instead of individuals. He calls this collection of photographs the Cognition series.
For Gabhan Berry, nothing has made him appreciative of the world than the rare perspective through the window of his small airplane. From the air, the shapes of nature and human presence are visible across the landscape like a beautiful detailed puzzle. Every little facet of what you see is fascinating and keeps you almost spellbound, hypnotized by the view.