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Peter Funch Changes Time

Photographs are definitively still. They capture a subtle, ephemeral moment that will never return. They’re a stolen piece of life, carved out of reality and frozen in collection together. Unless they’re not. Peter Funch’s latest project, “Expedition: Mt. Baker” proves to be just what the title implies: an examination of one of Washington’s best-known mountains. Taking inspiration directly from history, Peter recreated imagery familiar to Mt. Baker’s past. Photographs, postcards, and paintings of the mountain that reach back as far as a century are meticulously recreated by the photographer, with his own spin. Taking three photos in succession in red, green, and blue Peter gets the full spectral spread required for a color photograph. By capturing each range separately, and combining them after the fact, there is implicit movement in each photo. Each color shadow shows the passing of time directly into one image. Three pieces of time are stitched

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Diana Scheunemann Invites Us Inside

Time is the context of a human life. Time is how a life is measured, and the boundaries of time gives it meaning. Lists of accomplishments and failures, successes and losses, all between the beginning and end paint a picture of finite decisions and fates that add together into the impression and impact of one person. And then they are gone. Recording the simple passage of time, photographer Diana Scheunemann took one selfie every day for 15 years. The nearly 5,500 photographs come together in her ultimate piece “Behind My Face,” whose title invites you to consider the artist. Each day her environment shifts slightly. We watch her hair, skin, and clothes adjust and evolve slowly over time. We aren’t clued into the major moments of her life, instead we check in silently day after day. In totality that is what a life lived is. We may only remember the

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The Seas Are Rising, What Do We Do?

The seas and oceans are rising all over the world, threatening communities across the globe. From Thailand, to Bangladesh, the USA, Japan, Netherlands, and Benin, villages, towns, and cities are all being forced to grapple with the reality of the invading water. But far too little has been done to combat these issues, and the progress of the waterline has not slowed. Many in places of power, or simply those who live out of the danger of the rising seas, have not had to face these realities, living in a sweet oblivion where that which is out of sight is out of mind. The Annenberg Space for Photography’s exhibit “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change” presents photographic evidence forcing us all to take stock and recognize the new, wetter world we’re living in. The images show how people in the affected areas deal with the new invader, from

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The Barefoot Artist’s Search for Healing

“Our world is full of darkness, what can an artist do but bring color and paint and celebrate art?” asks Lily Yeh in the first lines of the trailer for “The Barefoot Artist,” the documentary about Lily’s life and artistry. Since the mid 1980’s Lily has been using art as a way to enter broken communities and help them heal. By offering an avenue of expression, these groups are able to take responsibility for their experiences and grow through emotional confrontation, fitting them through the lens of art to contextualize and understand their pasts. “Beauty is intimately engaged with darkness, chaos, with destruction. You need to walk into the darkness and hold it in your arms,” Lily explains in the film, where she found herself traveling back to China to confront her own shadowed past. There she went, with her director and son Daniel Traub and co-Director Glenn Holsten, to

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Bastienne Schmidt Shows the Intimacy of Natural Power

The word “topography” invokes vast and still landscapes, the energy of eons, and continental pressures on the world in front of a lens. These things are true, but the reverberations of these tremors reaches further, deeper, and more subtly than just creating mountains and moving oceans. They can be felt in the shore waves of a lake, and windswept shifting snows. Bastienne Schmidt explores the more intimate movements of topography in her exhibition and book entitled “Topography of Quiet.” She captures just what the name suggests, the epic nature of delicacy, fine movements, and the ripples they create. Through both photography and watercolor we get an impression of how even the slightest moment can have a heavy effect, and vibrate into ourselves. ‘Topography of Quiet’ will be exhibited at the Ricco Maresca Gallery from December 11th to January 15th, with an opening reception Dec 11 6-10pm.​ View more of Bastienne’s

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Cedric Lefebvre Leaves Stereotypes in the Dust

Some projects need to be wrestled into existence, others happen organically, almost entirely on their own. When Belgian photographer Cedric Lefebvre took a portrait of a biker friend, it started off a chain reaction that has resulted in the publication of Cedric’s book Bikershot, available now. “I took a few shots of one of my best friends, a biker living in Berlin at the time,” Cedric told Out Magazine. “Those photos were seen by other bikers who asked me if I could make their portrait and, then those images were then seen by other bikers who then also asked me if I could take their photos as well.” It snowballed into an intimate look at an insular culture populated by fierce independents. In America, bikers have earned the reputation of being rebels, a sort of modern cowboy. It’s not that same way in Europe, the center of Cedric’s series. “In

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Brian Finke’s Four Year Ride-Along with The U.S. Marshals

For four years, photographer Brian Finke shadowed the US’ oldest law enforcement agency: the U.S. Marshals. Operating like his own private version of the TV show “Cops,” Brian went with them on high speed chases, to watch them apprehend and transport criminals, and protect witnesses and federal judges. All the while his finger was on the shutter button, documenting the whole way. His project “U.S. Marshals” came about after reconnecting with a childhood friend, Deputy U.S. Marshal Cameron Welch. It was an immediate entry into alien experience. “I was surprised at their willingness to have me step inside their world, but once there what I saw spoke to an American heritage of civil authority that has transcended nearly all facets of U.S. law enforcement­­­,” Finke says about the experience. Finke’s journey ultimately took him from New York to California to Nevada to Pennsylvania, Texas to New Jersey and Arizona. He

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Show Sandy Carson Your 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