Alex Honnold

Five For Friday #114

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” – Ashley Montagu

Living a creative life does not have to mean being an artist, but it usually means being passionate about what you do. Alex Honnold is known for his free solo ascents (meaning no ropes) on walls such as Half Dome in Yosemite. “Day by day, each day, I choose. I want to go climb,” Honnold says. “It requires motivation. It requires desire for it.”

Bob Mazzer

While working as a projectionist in King’s Cross in the 70s and 80s, Bob Mazzer would travel home late each night via the London Underground. Armed with a Leica M4 held close to him, he captured raw and intimate portraits of his fellow commuters. “Every day I travelled to King’s Cross and back. Coming home late at night, it was like a party and I felt like the tube was mine and I was there to take the pictures,” Mazzer says. His debut exhibition “Underground” is currently showing at the Howard Griffin Gallery  in London through July 13. [via Daily Mail]

Scott Alario

When Scott Alario became a parent in 2008 his daughter became his new main subject. He tries to see the world through her eyes by staging photographs that combine the aspects of a typical family snapshot with the innocent playfulness and fantasy-life she exists in.“I’m always thinking in binaries, like good and evil playing itself out, and how kids are always on the verge of being these crazy, wild things and tame, structured things,” Alario describes. “There’s always this push and pull between us. In some ways it’s a documentary of my family, but in other ways the family becomes these surrogate characters for a story that’s perhaps more universal.” [via Lightbox]

Mark Gerald

When we think of psychoanalysts, most of the time what comes to mind is Freud and laying on a couch while someone sits in silence taking notes. Photographer Mark Gerald is well aware of this reputation being a psychoanalyst himself, and he wants to change the outdated stereotypes. He has photographed psychoanalysts in their offices all over the world, each portrait showing the similarity as well as the diversity and personality of each subject. [via Behold]

Drama Majors

For the project Drama Majors, photographer Péter Hapák made fantastic black & white portraits of some of the most talented actors currently working on television. In addition to photos themselves, each portrait includes a short anecdote from each of the actors. One of my favorites is from Bradley Whitford, who I loved from The West Wing, “I used to fantasize about Emmy speeches I would like to see. I want to see someone just go up there, grab it and say, ‘Is this good enough for you, Dad? Am I a winner now?’ And just see how long it takes for them to cut him off.” [via Variety]

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