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Sandy Carson Picture Black Friday

For many, the next holiday after Thanksgiving isn’t a religious holiday by theological standards. It’s the praise of a totally different religion: the American dollar. Thousands line up on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, in deference to holiday consumerism, and photographer Sandy Carson has been documenting this worship for years. After hearing about the madness of America’s Black Friday, the Scottish photographer had to experience it for himself, and with camera in hand braved the insanity. He’s been capturing his experience all this time, significantly affected by the death of Walmart Security Guard Jdimytai Damour who was trampled by door buster bargain hunters. This is an exercise that has claimed lives, and Sandy wants to bring attention to it. “Picture Black Friday,” is a photographic initiative for any photographer to get involved. The Nationwide Call is open to anyone within shooting distance of a Black Friday event who wants

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Dan Eckstein and India’s Lifeblood

In Indian the highways are their circulatory system. Food, supplies, and water are all transported by truck, and traffic laws are hardly an institution. Trucks, cars, motorcycles, and bikes weave in and out of crowds on one-lane roads and superhighways, crisscrossing the country to bring that which sustains life to those who need it. These supplies are carted by truck, mostly ornately painted with references to caste, religion, and cargo. They’re regional Indian Folk Art. They include well wishes for the drivers, and frequently add the request “Horn Please,” a crucial element for those driving on such hectic roads. Photographer Dan Eckstein was taken by these unique vehicles, and the drivers behind the wheels. These drivers spend days driving their cargo each way and the trucks act as their homes, transportation, and personal refuges. They are a source of great pride and income. Dan Eckstein photographed all these trucks and

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London Through H & D Zielske’s Lens

Everyone’s city is different. Every inhabitant of a city has their own version of it. They see it differently, and experience it in unique ways. For one it might be the bright city on the hill, bold, energetic and full of hope. For another, the same streets might be filth and trouble, shadows and terrible intrigue. Photographic duo H & D Zielske experience London in their own special way. Night speaks to day as long exposures saturate the frame with impossible colors and fantastic detail. The streets stay busy with teens lounging on statues, and pedestrians dashing through the rain. Billboards scream their light across streets, flooding photons into the darkness, showing corners that might have otherwise been lost in shadows. It is charming, inviting. This is the London you’ve dreamt of with well lit glory and a waiting pint. You can take a piece of H & D Zielske’s

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Lara Jo Regan’s “Dogs in Cars” Is Pure Joy

Dogs don’t have the same kind of filter that humans do. Powerful emotions are embarrassing to people. Strong emotions show vulnerability which can be seen as a weakness. So we button up, we hide, we stay still. But dogs are happy to express and feel those emotions, perhaps that’s why we’re so connected to our pets. We know that they’re honest about how they feel, their expressions are pure, and their love is unconditional. Photographer Lara Jo Regan set out to capture these pure emotions from our four legged friends by showing them living in their joy in her book and 2015 calendar, “Dogs in Cars.” She explains, “[This] series is my attempt to capture and transmit the pure joy of a dog in its most heightened state.” By allowing the model pups hang out the window and capturing their pure bliss, those experiences are fun and center. “It’s the

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Andrew Moore Feels the Texture of Abu Dhabi

To many in the West, Abu Dhabi is the definition of a foreign land. By the timeline of cities, Abu Dhabi has popped up overnight. The influx of money into the United Arab Emirates has changed the skyline with rapid development, making an infant city look like an old timer. It’s a feeling that must be experienced. But for those who cannot jet to the other side of the world to experience it, Andrew Moore was on hand to get the best representation possible. This task fits right into Andrew’s shooting philosophy. “It’s all about getting into and discovering these places that have an incredible connection to the past, making a bridge between the subject, myself, and the viewer, bringing people into the work,” he explains. Abu Dhabi might be a new city, but it is a very old place, steeped in human history. That’s the tension at the heart

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Dougie Wallace’s “Shoreditch Wild Life”

The study of any environment requires a hard examination of the native flora and fauna. The study of naturally occurring plant and vegetable life explains the history of a space, where the fauna can tell you everything that happens on a day-to-day basis. The natural fauna of Shorditch, London? It’s hipsters. Lots and lots of hipsters. With a few other species thrown in for good measure. Photographer Dougie Wallace ventured out into that fair wilderness to capture the natives for his new book, “Shoreditch Wild Life.” Shoreditch is a unique place full of personalities, energy, and expression. It’s loud, both in volume and force, begging you to come out and play, but won’t take it personally if you stay indoors. Live your own life. Michael Smith has explained his experience living in Shoreditch pretty concisely, while discussing Dougie’s book, saying, “in short, total fucking chaos, a chaos I’ve never seen

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Gabriela Herman Finds Dusty Perfection

Rodeos are hot, dusty, and rough. They’re full of sand, dirt, manure, sweat, booze, and the other detritus that comes from hundreds of people collecting in rural pockets of America. But the rodeo queens find a way to inject their own brand of glamour into the rodeo world. “Every second - every second —-you have to be perfect and look perfect while you’re doing it,” Nicole Schrock told Medium, as a part of an article featuring Gabriela Herman’s photography. “People that don’t know anything about the rodeo will come up to you and say something offensive and you just have to smile and keep on going… sometimes, people have meltdowns.” Being a rodeo queen, even competing to be one, is a full time job in its own right, but don’t expect to get paid, other than a scholarship to the winner, and gifts from sponsors, there’s no money in it for the contestants.

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Sage Sohier Shows Us Past is Present

Just this month, marriage equality became the law in 13 US states. Prior to October 2014, the total was only 19, and now we’re up to 32. More than 61% of Americans live in states where marriage quality is explicitly the law, so images of gay couples and their families is not that big of a deal. But in the 1980s, it was. Sage Sohier’s “At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America,” takes a look at these families from the 1980’s, rooted by gay couples. The images reach up through time to teach us about ourselves, where we were, and where we’re going. As the current debate rages over the position of Gay Americans within American Cultre, Sage’s series reminds us that this isn’t a new development. That these families have always been a part of American culture, even at a time when they had far bleaker prospects.

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Yann Mingard’s ‘Deposit’ Documents the Collection of the World

Yann Mingard’s ‘Deposit’ is an exploration of sacred spaces and artifacts out from under the shade of religion. These faithful follow science instead, greedily documenting and archiving millennia of human and natural history for the benefit of unknown future uses. Yann documents this encyclopedia of scientific human behavior from a foggy distance. A shadow covers Yann’s subjects, from cryogenic vats filled with human brains, to proctored stallion semen harvesting, to unconscious animals threatened with extinction who are being biopsied to map their DNA sequences. Deposit opens a world of studious examination and anxious recording that is seldom seen by the outside world. Yann’s collection implies grasping at an uncertain future. Where religion may instill a sense of peace and certainty, this encyclopedia acts as a levee, an insurance policy, against future cataclysm. With these bits and bobs, pieces of life and death, that which is destroyed or forgotten could be

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Simon Roberts and Citizen Watches Steal a Day

Before smartphones, alarm clocks, watches, or cuckoos, time was measured in the sky. As the sun arced through space, and shadows shortened and lengthened, we understood that a day had come and gone, spoken by the movement of light in the heavens. We would watch that bright spot of light move from one horizon to the other, powerless as tiny persons on a plane, helpless to the suns advances. But now, times have changed. Photographer Simon Roberts teamed up with Citizen Watches to see if this eternal relationship could be challenged or even defied. Because of the Earth’s tilt axis, nights vary in length over time, depending upon which pole is closest to the sun. Because the earth is a sphere, the distance sunlight must travel to make a day on the poles is much shorter. It was the perfect physical set up for Simon and Citizen’s experiment. They decided

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Laura Stevens Turns Pain to Process

After suffering the ending of a significant relationship, photographer Laura Stevens set out to explore her emotional experience through photography. Letting go of that relationship, of any relationship, is a process that takes time and follows a path of movement. Each stage is subtle, but unique, and Laura tracked that development through her series “Another November.” For many artists, expression is a way to understand what’s going on in their worlds. For Laura, that’s precisely what “Another November” is. By shooting her friends as models throughout Paris, she gained an outside perspective to help with her own process. “By constructing images of the evolving chapters, I was allowed a vantage point from which to view the changes occurring in me, from feelings of pain, confusion and loneliness towards the reconstruction of my identity as an individual.” In becoming an outside observer, the experience became definable, and manageable. To communicate these

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Toby Coulson Finds Intimacy in Chaos

Animals compete all the time. Mostly in nature, but for a handful of them, their owners pit them against each other to find the best of the breeds with the finest coats, the boldest feathers, and the friendliest face. For every “Best in Show” there is a panel of judges who inspects and reviews each aspect of each animal. These pets that are pampered and loved by doting owners are picked apart piece by piece, sometimes impersonally, by professionals who have followed this calling. Following Toby Coulson’s initial interest into animal shows, he was taken by the judges and is highlighting them in his series “Show.” As Toby is quick to point out, and we were taught early on in 101 Dalmatians, “The pet offers its owner a mirror to a part that is otherwise never reflected” (Berger 1980). Pets allow us to access parts of ourselves that would normally