Alex Fradkin Gives Voice to Space

How we define a space is how we define ourselves. Without design we’d live outside under the stars and in full view of the sun. Instead we create spaces around us from the ground up and they reflect who we are and where we want to be. Photographer Alex Fradkin documents these spaces, turning it into an art form, showing off the secrets of who we are through the way we display our spaces. They change our landscapes and reveal our hopes, and Alex is capturing that with a camera.

Alex gained his understanding of space as an architect working out of a cubicle on the 40th floor of an office building in Seattle. Creating spaces gave him the vision to see them for what they are. But photography is more than seeing, it’s about presenting. Using the frames of a photograph to tell a story is so much of what’s inside the image, but just as important is what’s missing. “I think there is a hunger for emotional honesty and for imagery that cuts through an ocean of artifice and market driven aesthetic,” Alex tells Life Framer. “I try and stay true to that as much as possible.” Most spaces that Alex photographs are made by human beings, and those human beings shape what they create out of aspiration.

Find Alex Fradkin’s portfolio on Gallery Stock to better understand how he sees spaces and helps them communicate their messages.​

Making the US Open with Benedict Redgrove

Every year at the end of the summer tennis fans turn their gaze to the US Open. The contest is full of high stakes and drama and this year it’s coming faster than anyone might expect; it’s just around the corner. To help pump everyone up and get the celebration started early, ESPN teamed up with photographer Benedict Redgrove to get an insiders look at how they make one of the game’s most important pieces: the ball. Benedict traveled to the Wilson Factory in Thailand where they make the iconic tennis balls and created a three and a half minute video detailing the process from raw rubber to the final felted product.

Even though we all know what a tennis ball looks like, the way they get to the familiar shape is probably not what you expected. What Benedict’s video teaches us is that creating tennis balls is a surprisingly intensive process, with the thumbprint of factory workers from beginning to end. From aligning the two halves of the rubber core, to placing the felt exterior, to adjusting the balls so they’re printed on correctly, each tennis ball is almost handcrafted all the way through its journey. Watch the video to get the whole picture of how the process works, and check out the rest of Benedict Redgrove’s portfolio on Gallery Stock here.​