Behind the Image / Joy Celine Asto

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I took this photo in one of the last few Art Deco buildings in Manila, one of the spots my photographer friends and I typically go to shoot. There’s this one room I really like for its unusual shape and details, like this big window in the picture and a sun roof that gives it a nice natural lighting on sunny days. I eventually found out this room has a lot of history and even used to be rented by a popular actor for decades. Fortunately, I was able to take this shot before they closed it off for renovation into a small museum. I used my Pentax Espio 120 SW II loaded with an expired Kodak Gold 100, and turned on its date stamp function on purpose for my ongoing photo diary project.
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Joy Celine Asto – 29 years old photographer from Manila, Philippines.

Behind the Image / Tessa Bolsover

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I took this photo a year ago while I was living in Redlands, a small town in Southern California. The whole day was very surreal – a couple friends and I drove deep into the desert to visit Salvation Mountain, an enormous handmade shrine in the middle of nowhere. When the sun began to set we drove home down a straight, flat road; the kind that wavers on the horizon like a hallucination no matter how long you’ve been driving. I was in the back seat fiddling with my camera when I looked up and saw smoke billowing from the side of the road. We slowed, turned our heads in unison, and drove on silently. We couldn’t tell what had happened, but for me this photo (made with a 35mm Canon Rebel Ti) retains the strange tension of that moment.
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Tessa Bolsover – 21 years old photographer based in Portland, Oregon.

Behind the Image / Chris Beecroft

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This image spawned from two dear friends and I deciding to throw some swift plans together and drive four hours south of the city till we reached an ever-favourite Mountain range. We parked up in the darkness, made a quick  coffee to fuel us onwards and started on up the mountain!
It’s rather peculiar to climb a mountain in the dark. There’s very little clues as to what your walking amongst. We heard a few kangaroo’s skip off as we walked into their radar, bar that there was nothing. It’s only on the way back down that you often realise your walking trail was sitting right on the edge of a ridge.

It was about halfway up that we realised something magical was taking place. Once we had cleared the tree line we looked behind us and caught a glimpse of the most brilliant pink skyline. As we kept scaling the sunrise became ever more luminescent. Strangely it only ever got pinker and pinker, until we were flooded in bright, bubblegum pink and looking beyond at the range around us, the whole thing seemed some naturalistic Dr Suess wonderland! I snapped this photo on a Fujifilm X100 and I knew as I took it that it was a magical snap.
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Chris Beecroft, 22 years old photographer based in Perth, Australia

Behind the Image / Walther Le Kon

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The picture was taken in 1996 at the crack of dawn during a millitary exercise. back in the days there has been a general conscription in germany. you could decide either to do social or millitary service. as i was a naiv young man looking for exitement, i have choosen the army service. at this time i was not interestet in photographie at all. i just took some random shots for the photo album. some months ago i found the negativs, scanned them and was quite surprised by the atmosphere.

from my todays perspective i see young men, still kids, playing war, exercising to kill. to imagine and empathise what war actually means to peoole is gross. FUCK ALL governments and filthy old men, that are sending there young men to war, just to make the next move on the global chessboard of economics and power!

Camera : Chinon 3001 Multifocus

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Walther Le Kon, 38 years old photographer based in Leipzig, Germany

Special interview / Michel Nguie

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This is not the first time we talk with the french photographer, Michel Nguie.
This time, I asked him to tell us more about some pictures (background, people, place or anything) in few sentences.

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Behind the Image / Nicolas Lignier

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I like to listen to music when I take pictures . That day, I was walking around Bordeaux in France with the Archive’s album ” You All Look The Same To Me” in the ears when I came face to face with this man. It was fun to see all these portraits of other people he was doing in his image. This made me think immediately on the cover of the Archive’s album and I took the picture.Photography is for me like a pannini image collection .I appreciate the dualities : voyeurism / curiosity ; reality / dreams and i try to show it in my photography.

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Nicolas Lignier on flickr

Behind 3 images / Alexandre Furcolin

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This was shot during sunset while camping in the vastness of Makgadikgadi’s pans, one of the largest salt flats in the world, located in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana. It was my first road trip in southern Africa, roaming 5 thousand Kms around Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

I think this photo explores the paradoxical sensations and questionings raised while immersed in solitude in those space-time dimensions untamed by civilization: wild but conforting, empty though fullfilling, insecure therefore free.

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Behind the Image / Michael Anaya

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The photograph you asked about was taken this past winter while I was visiting my girlfriend in Poland. I used to live there for 6 years so I’m familiar with the country and what it has to offer. That cold morning, my friends and I decided to go visit the forest outside of Otwock – a town south east of Warsaw. While out on our exploration We stumbled upon an abandoned nazi bunker from WWII and decided to have a look around the area. There was lots of snow and we nearly froze because of the cold winds in the area. Like Poland, it’s a wonderful place with some wild history – I’d go back to visit any day.

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Micheal Anaya –  25 years old photographer from Los Angeles /  on flickr

Behind the Image / Gonash Haghshenas + Selection

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Yeah definitely. I was with some friends who were looking for a graffiti spot and we ended up at an abandoned apartment complex where there were some old fire extinguishers laying around. My friend grabbed one and started spraying so i snapped a couple of shots with a disposable camera I had with me. Kind of a lame story hah

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Gonash Haghshenas –  from Houston, Texas /  on flickr – on tumblr

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Behind the Image / Iñaki Soria Izquierdo

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I took this photo in Madeira (Portugal), in the highest mountain of the island.

We were expecting a normal hiking day but what we found was an extremely windy day with a lot of mist, I was enjoying like a little kid but freezing cause every hour my girlfriend was stealing me some parts of my clothes  (scarf, gloves, jacket…) as it was getting colder and colder. Even that it was amazing to be there surrounded by nothing but cliffs.

The photo was taken with an Olympus mju-II and Fuji Superia Xtra 400.

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Iñaki Soria Izquierdo –  from Barcelona, currently working in London /  on flickr