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Inspirations – Nour El Refai

Posted in Inspirations with tags , , on August 10, 2011 by sabrina

© Nour El Refai

This image shows the heating process during Plastic Recycling in Ezbet El Nakhl. Around 6000 garbage collectors are living in Ezbet El Nakhl, one of the slum areas of Cairo. The population came to live in this area as the land had a low price. Most people came from Upper Egypt in order to find work in Cairo, they make their living by collecting the garbage and sorting it for the purpose of recycling. All members of the family work together in that field. ~ Nour El Refai

Inspirations – Yalda Pashai

Posted in Inspirations with tags , , on August 3, 2011 by sabrina

© Yalda Pashai

This image was shot during a peaceful protest against the American army school called School of America (SOA) in St. Banning, Georgia. I, most like everyone else, believe in freedom and equality, so attending and being part of this protest a great deal to me. In this image, a group of peacemakers are dressed as the dead in front of the gates of the army school, protesting to close down SOA. To my amazement, there was a little girl/boy (hard to tell with the makeup on) between them who looked thoughtful and fearless. I couldn’t stop analyzing what he/she was actually thinking and how aware he/she was about their involvement in the protest.

I’ve received many critiques on this image. Many good and some bad. Some viewers see the image as a protest on violence against Muslim women, especially when they read that I’m an Iranian female. Images are powerful; but captions, even a single word can change the meaning and standards of an image. ~ Yalda Pashai

Inspirations – Jordi Cohen

Posted in Inspirations with tags , , , on July 27, 2011 by sabrina

© Jordi Cohen

1/125 sec at F/9.0 at 16mm, ISO 100

I was last in western Jerusalem to make a reportage about pesach and the Wailing Wall. I was at the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem and saw thousands of people attending the funeral of Ben Yosef Livnat, who was shot dead earlier in the day by a Palestinian policeman at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. The funeral was attended by settlement leaders from the West Bank, right-wing activists, rabbis and public figures, and Minister of Sports and Culture Limor Livnat, Ben Yosef’s aunt.

To make this picture I had to climb a wall that would allow me to see all the crowd of Jews, most of them ultra-Orthodox, who attended the ceremony. It was not easy because they were all photographers from international agencies and they had left me very little space. ~Jordi Cohen

Inspirations – Edwin Koo

Posted in Inspirations, Instruction, Techniques with tags , , , on January 30, 2011 by sabrina


© Edwin Koo

During the Swat Valley crisis, I was photographing the refugee exodus, following the conflict between the Army and the Taliban. I came to this refugee camp in the plains of Mardan in Pakistan, and noticed a few auto-rickshaws parked in a row. One of the drivers – Sher Zaman  – was washing his windows, dust-caked after a full day on the road. After receiving a nod from the kind driver, I started photographing him. As I clicked, I struck up a conversation, through my interpreter, and asked him how he escaped. He told me he squeezed 10 people onto his auto-rickshaw, which was meant for about 5 normally. As I talked and photographed, more curious onlookers gathered. Some children squeezed into the rickshaw, re-creating that crowded scene for me. I took a few shots. But the harsh afternoon light made photographing the shaded interior a challenge. That prompted me to look for other angles. It was then that I realized the rickshaw had many mirrors. I pointed to Sher Zaman to look at me through the mirror. The onlookers and children were already crowding around. After shifting myself a little, the subjects fell neatly into the mirrors and behind the window. The half-cleaned window cut the exposure of the background by perhaps two stops, so it worked great for the image. 

I think the take-away lesson is really to try all angles when you have a hunch about the image. Midday sun does not always ruin images – you just have to improvise and make the harsh light work to your advantage. In this case, the mirrors and half-cleaned glass windows became improvised reflectors and filters. ~edwin koo

Travel Photo Contest – Francis Carmine

Posted in Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by Darwin

Francis Carmine

©Francis Carmine

I took this photo in the Abosso Goldfields near Tarkwa in Ghana. It shows a world not often photographed, that is illegal gold mining in Africa. In Ghana the industry provides good income (relative to their alternatives) for thousands of people in particularly harsh conditions. The image displays the tools of the trade while conveying the subjects disgust at the multinational mining companies working in the area for not employing him. His defiant stance while wearing such a comical t-shirt (of which he is completely ignorant) making the scene and the circumstances of his life all the more memorable. I tried a number of different compositions here but this image stood out as being the most complete in terms of composition. Alternatives and other illegal mining scenes can be seen on my flickr page. Taken using the Canon G10.