Surreal Portraits of a Powerless and Lost Young Man

New York-based photographer Ben Zank creates intriguing portraits rich with surreal elements. The Bronx native’s portfolio boasts countless images, each with its own narrative. The fine art photographer produces scenes filled with mystery and oddities that allow the viewer to form their own context for the respective images, giving some sort of backstory that has led up to this point.

Zank’s subjects are often himself in dapper attire, oddly lost and playfully searching through his environment for an undisclosed something. The young photographer, whose work clearly takes inspiration from Rodney Smith and husband-wife duo Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, tells us, “This set of photographs represents my current and past emotions. Being in control, being powerless, stuck, being free again, etc. Think of it like a power struggle.”

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Autumn: Photos by Kilian Schonberger

Beautiful forest photos captured despite the photographer being colorblind.

My aspiration was always to cut my path as a photographer with my own creative perspective, despite being colorblind. I recognized that I could turn this so-called disadvantage into a strength, and developed my own unique photographic view: e.g. while getting a picture of a chaotic forest scene, I can’t clearly distinguish the different green and brown tones. Brushing aside this “handicap” I don’t care about those tones and just concentrate on the patterns of the wood to achieve an impressive image structure.

National Geographic Calls on Photographers to Show Our Changing World

Cloud of Tadpoles
Photograph by Eiko Jones

Recently, National Geographic launched a new initiative called Your Shot that allows photographers from all walks of life to connect with Nat Geo photographers and editors over virtual assignments. Centered around a specific theme, each assignment asks photographers to share their best shot. Then, Nat Geo photo editors offer their expert photography tips to show everyone what made that particular photo stand out. If they love your shot, your photo may even get published in National Geographic Magazine!

The current assignment is called Explore Our Changing World. Over 10,000 photographers have submitted their photos that capture the idea of change, whether that be in nature, in urban areas or within ourselves.

Courtesy of National Geographic, here are 10 standout photos from that assignment, which ends on October 22. You still have 12 days left to submit your own best photo.

Photograph by Jonathan Tucker

Photograph by Dimitris Maroulakis,

People at Prayer
Photograph by Junaid Ahmed

Camp inside Hang Son Doong
Photograph by Ryan Deboodt

Kabul Balloons
Photograph by Allen Rooke

Night of Lightning at Grand Canyon
Photograph by Rolf Maeder

The Most Beautiful Pond in the World
Photograph by Kent Shiraishi

Perfect Catch
Photograph by Wayne Panepinto

The Ice Caves
Photograph by Andrew Inaba

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People Interacting with Graffiti

Please Draw Me a Wall is a playful photo series by photographer Julien Coquentin. In each scene, the French photographer documents his subjects as they creatively interact with a variety of colorful graffiti. His compositions incorporate a single person perfectly arranged next to an illustration, which creates the illusion of a three-dimensional world.

In reality, the scenes are just flat, fictional places where a guy fishes for cartoon fish, a young girl attempts to capture the illustrated birds flying overhead, and a child carries an umbrella to avoid the light blue paint dripping down the side of a brick wall. However, viewers are invited to create narratives based on Coquentin’s creative visual stories that blend real life with imagination. In addition to this work, Coquentin has been known to concoct many other bizarre worlds, including this series in which he brings to life the secret story of a discarded TV.


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Photographs of Outdoor Trees Framed by Giant White Canvases

Tree #8, 2007

For his project titled “Tree,” South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee found solitary trees out in nature and then erected giant white canvas backdrops behind them. He then created photos showing the trees surrounded by artificial boxes in their natural surroundings.

The trees are of different species, and the photos — captured with a 4×5 camera — were shot in different seasons and at different times of the day.

The canvases are roughly 60 feet tall and 45 feet wide. They’re so big that the photographer has no way of putting them up himself, so he enlists the help of a production crew and two heavy cranes to do the job.


There’s a dash of digital trickery involved in the production: rather than have the canvases stand by themselves, Lee has them hung from a support system attached to the crane. These ropes and bars are later edited out of the photograph using “minimal digital retouching.” The photographer says that this creates “the illusion that the backdrop is floating behind the tree.”

Mr. Lee allows the tree’s natural surroundings to fill the frame around the canvas, transforming the backdrop into an integral part of the subject. Centered in the graphic compositions, the canvas defines the form of the tree and separates it from the environment. By creating a partial, temporary outdoor studio for each tree, Mr. Lee’s “portraits” of trees play with ideas of scale and perception while referencing traditional painting and the history of photography.

Here is a selection of the photographs in the series:

Tree #10, 2006

Tree #11, 2005

Tree #14, 2009

Tree #5, 2007

Tree #2, 2006

Tree #6, 2008

You can see more of these works over at the Yossi Milo Gallery.

via: PetaPixel

17-Year-Old Daydreamer’s Surreal Escape

Belgium-based photographer Ian Komac captures and creates surreal scenes both in nature and indoors. The 17-year-old photo enthusiast has been honing his craft from a young age, continually growing his skill set in photography and photo manipulation. Following the completion of his final school exams this year, the young photographer has just embarked on a 60 Days of Summer project.

Just shy of 20 days into his creative photo project, Komac has diligently been shooting and uploading images to both his Flickr and Facebook accounts. His most ambitious additions have made great use of props. The photos invite viewers to get lost in his magical land where hot water dances out of a tea kettle and lands perfectly into a cup and a giant rotary phone leisurely sits in a forest.

via: My Modern Met