Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Sahara

The Sahara is the largest subtropical hot desert and third largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic. At over 9,400,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi), it covers most of North Africa, making it almost as large as China or the United States. The Sahara stretches from the Red Sea to the east, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts to the Atlantic Ocean to the west. To the south, it is delimited by the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid tropical savanna that composes the northern region of central and western Sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the sand dunes can reach 180 metres (590 ft) in height.

Hereunder are some gorgeous analogue photos of the Sahara.

first light by paapoopa

Moroccan Sahara, April 2012 by pctBK

Sahara landscape by Valery Chernodedov

your soft body by christian wind

Caravana by El Garza

504 Convoi by Photographe / Directeur Artistique

01200018.JPG by bratislav.ljubisic

Untitled by bruno*abreu

Saharan Highway by Arnaud Contreras

SAHARA by niccie

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Interview with Laura Su Lilie

Laura Su Lilie, a German Polaroid photographer, is also a freelance translator based-in Berlin. She first got into photography when she was a child but really shooting in 2010. She shoots mostly on her Polaroid camera and loves to make Polaroid emulsion lifts with a lot of her photos.

Laura who was featured on our website once last year would like to share her photography with us in an interview.

- Hi Laura, can you tell us more about you?
Hi! I'm Laura, I'm a freelance translator and I live in Berlin, Germany. Besides, I do Polaroid emulsion lifts, sandwiching them in “doubles” or even “triples” to create unique blending effects.



- How did your passion for Polaroid begin?
I owned a Polaroid camera when I was little, mostly photographing my pet mice and cats back then (never in the same shot, though - no worries). But I only really started taking pictures in 2010, when I was about to graduate from university. I picked up photography (mostly using plastic cameras such as Holgas at first) because I needed some “creative” output due to all the “intellectual” work of exam preparing and thesis writing I was doing. I say “creative” even though I never considered myself to be a creative person and always thought I had no such skills whatsoever. I'm an autodidact. I'm not an artist. I think that's obvious when you look at my pictures. Nor do I know much about art, because I don't go to a lot of galleries or the like. I'm taking pictures to hang them on my walls. I never expected anyone else to care or be interested in the results of my “playing” around (when I do something photography-related, I refer to it as “playing with my pictures”). But it is a great passion. I like to experiment much and in 2012, I gifted myself another Polaroid camera. Soon after, I did my first “double” lift, since I was familiar with doing double exposures from using other film cameras and wanted to couple it with emulsion lifts because I found the aesthetics so immensely appealing.



- What are your favorite cameras?
Well, my Polaroid cameras. I own two SX-70 models, a Spectra (which I am still learning to come to grips with) and a Graflex Crown Graphic with Polaback, which I hope to be using more in the future because I want to experiment with “alternative processes” such as cyanotypes, tintypes and maybe, one day, wetplates.



- Tell us about your influences and what inspires you?
That's always different. Basically, it can be anything I see, hear or read of during the day. Inspiration truly is all around, and I find it in literature, classic works of art, paintings (recently, I began to look into Korean painting, because my mother is Korean, but sadly, I don't know much about culture there) and seldom in music.



- Are you currently working on any projects with Polaroid?
Just the usual stuff, I guess. I'm still experimenting with new techniques to give my Polaroids a twist (e.g. by handcolouring them – which is quite a challenge, because I actually can't draw or paint at all) and to explore more ways to express myself. As usual, I want to hand-craft as much as possible, because firstly, I think making something with your own hands is very rewarding, and secondly, I've always been interested in the processes themselves (having done darkroom printing, too) and want to use them to my own advantage.
Also, some of my pictures will be published in a beautiful small German magazine on analogue photography soon and I'm really looking forward already.



- Tell us which of your photos do you like especially, and why?
There are a few at the moment, I think (even though I change my mind every other day).  I do a lot of self-portraits, but from the very start, I began with what I later dubbed “animal kingdom”: a series of shots into which I somehow incorporate animals, alive or dead, real or fake . Here are two of them involving animal illustrations I took from a book I have strong childhood connections with: Grzimeks Tierleben (Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia). I remember reading it over and over again, marvelling at the beautiful illustrations while I was sitting on the floor of my father's library-like home-office, emerged in the smell of books (he's also a translator, and when you grow up in such an environment, you can't help but to love books). Earlier this year, I started experimenting with these and I “doubled” or “tripled” them with shots of my own:

Self-portrait with Peacocks

Cervus elaphus hippelaphus
Additionally,  there's also a “season circle”: A series of self-portraits depicting a certain mood very much related to the season during which I took them. I have summer, fall and winter, but spring is still missing...

Summer Fields Self-Portrait

Summer Fields

Autumn

Winter Woods Diptych
Laura, thank you for the interview!

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Stunning Portrait Photography by Aëla Labbé

Aëla Labbé, a French photographer, is also a contemporary dancer based-in Brittany. She moved to Netherlands to study contemporary dance at the Amsterdam School of Arts before getting into photography.

Aëla who was featured on Shooting Film once nearly 2 years ago shoots mostly on film, especially loves multiple exposure photography. Her photos are usually about portrait in low light conditions with blurry colours, each of them is like an emotional poem or a sensitive story.













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Friday, August 29, 2014

Flickr Samplr #43: I'LL Follow the Sun

"One day you'll look to see I've gone
 For tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun.
 Some day you'll know I was the one
 But tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun." - The Beatles
Touching The Sun by Sergey Lungu

always in love with sun by .nevara

Untitled by Leanne Surfleet

Untitled by Celeste Ortiz

Anna by Ant McLean

Winter's Child by maggyvaneijk

Untitled by Abby Billington

Untitled by skippedheartbeats

Claudia M. by akio.takemoto

Untitled by polly.chydes

Untitled by Ogulcan Demirgan

she was the sun by Lisa-Marie Kaspar

made of magic by brittanybrightly

Jonas... by Thomas Böttcher

fili di luce by thewhitestdogalive

Orange Crush by La Tì / Tiziana Nanni

Sunset. by Oz Barak

Untitled by 有喵的生活

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