Barbara Cole is a self-taught photographer and digital artist. After dropping out of high school she worked for a while as a model until she was offered the job of fashion editor for a then-fledgling Toronto Sun daily newspaper, with an opportunity to shoot the weekly fashion spreads.
During this job she developed her skills enough to open her own photographic studio. In the decades to follow she has directed TV commercials and worked for advertising clients as well as producing her own work.
Cole has always tried to remain true to her vision carefully follow an inner voice. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and collected privately and publicly.
Spanish photographer Antonio Mora fuses standard portraits with landscape, animal, and abstract photography, resulting in extraordinary combinations. His ongoing Dream Portraits transform two separate images by combining them into one frame and thereby reconfiguring their visual power.
Playing with opacity and composition, Mora’s keen eye finds a likeness in unlikely pairs, turning the limbs of a tree into an extension of a persons face or the profile of a woman into a beautiful tidal wave. Each image holds its own unique and complementary union of visual elements.
Ultimately, the pairings result in a dreamy blend of ideas. Caught somewhere between two thoughts, the images represent a sort of transitioning or in-between phase of consciousness. There’s a beautiful mystery to Mora’s photography that is both curiously mind-boggling and entrancing.
Eve Grayson, a Reindeer herder of the Cairgorm Reindeer Herd, feeds the deer on December 23, 2013 in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami Reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi. Starting with just a few reindeer, the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130 by controlling the breeding. ( Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell)
My new-old book. With beautiful photos and many practical infos. The International Garden Photographer of the Year competition was established in 2008, and is the world’s premier competition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. This book brings together the very best images from the first five years of the competition in one beautiful volume. Garden photography is a hugely diverse photographic subject, combining artistic interpretation with the wonders of the natural environment around us. For some it’s about a love of the beauty of plants; for others it’s an opportunity to express an appreciation of the wider natural landscape and its inherently fragile nature. Ultimately, it’s about a love of the diversity of the natural world and its ability to continually surprise, inspire and delight. From an exquisitely detailed close-up of a delicate flower to sweeping, panoramic garden vistas, this book showcases the talents of some of the world’s best garden photographers, both professional and amateur. Key points: a celebration of five years of International Garden Photographer of the Year – the world’s premier photographic competition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography; includes more than 250 images from some of the world’s best garden photographers, both professional and amateur; will appeal to both gardeners and photographers – every photograph is captioned by the photographer’s account of the inspiration behind the image, and includes details of equipment and techniques used; produced in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London.
His photographic works are about memory and childhood imagination. They are also about a China of the past reflecting the artist’s view of disappearing social and cultural practices. The works contain themes that could be based on childhood fantasy and play but are left open to interpretation. The ambiguous nature of Huang Xiaoliang’s work allows for the audience to develop their own imaginative narratives from the photographs through his layering of symbols and the compositional grouping of figures within different settings. The artist adds to this quality by including poetic pieces of text that create further intrigue.
Eyes in Progress (Paris, Amsterdam) launches its 3rd edition of its annual workshops programme with 14 of the greatest photographer around the world: Ed Kashi, Visual storytelling, 26th-29th March; Claude Nori, Self-publishing photobook, 5th-6th April; Eric Bouvet, Street photography, 23th-26th April; Tomasz Gudzowaty, Social documentary, 14th-17th May; Arno Rafael Minkkinen, A personal vision, 28th-31st May; David Burnett, The creative eye, 11th-14th June; Michael Ackerman, Introspective photography, 25th-28th June; Claude Nori, How to start a photo book project? 2nd-5th July; Rinko Kawauchi, Visual poetry, 9th-12th July; Roger Ballen, Fine art photography, 10th-13th September; Patrick Zachmann, Documentary, 24tht-27th September; Richard Dumas, The portrait, 22nd-25th October; Lise Sarfati, Contemporary photography, 21-23 November; Chris Morris, Learning to see, 26th-29th November.
The workshops will take place mainly in Paris but also in Amsterdam and Barcelona. Created by the young Véronique Sutra and Alexandre Sutra in 2011, Eyes in Progress is a professional training centre for photography, open to professional photographers and experienced amateurs.
Moreover Eyes in Progress has launched TipList to show your work to the world, get a chance to be seen by professional buyers or just to search for everything that is specifically related to photography.