“We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” - John Lennon
Afghanistan, a place thought by many to be hopeless and filled with despair, is shown in this series to be something completely different. Martin Middlebrook has spent the last three years photographing the lives of ordinary people across the country for a project called “Faces of Hope”. [via In Focus]
If you listen to the On Taking Pictures podcast (and if you don’t, you should), you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago Albert Watson was the photographer of the week. This short documentary is the first ever presentation of Watson on set (during the Neiman Marcus Fall 2010 campaign), containing exclusive interviews and insight into one of his shoots. [via A Photo Editor]
If you’ve ever been at a loss for models, then take a cue from Icelandic photographer, Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir and use yourself. She not only is the model for a lot of her photographs, but was also able to hone her Photoshop skills at the same time. [via Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir]
I have always wanted to do a series like this, being quite the voyeur. I don’t think it would work as well in the suburbs as it does in New York. Using the architecture as a major part of the composition, Gail Albert Halaban‘s series “Out My Window” captures the feeling of being an individual in a city of millions. [via Feature Shoot]
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