Friday, 24 February, 2017
Thursday, 23 February, 2017
It is estimated that in just three years, forty percent of the US workforce will be independent contractors. They will source much of their work by way of the gig, or access, economy. As a simple example, we’re talking about Uber drivers, or Airtasker workers.
I dare say the situation will be similar elsewhere, as more workers are forced, or choose, to seek employment away from conventional, or nine-to-five, workplaces. And while people may be busy working, they will find themselves performing a number of different tasks.
Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Some one million people in Beijing, China, call the maze of Cold War era atomic shelters that lie below the city’s streets, home. Not because a nuclear conflict is, touch wood, imminent, but because the residents, most of who have come from rural areas, looking for a better life, have no where else to go.
Local authorities have been trying to put an end to practice, but are thwarted by the lack of affordable accommodation elsewhere. Italian documentary photographer, Antonio Faccilongo, recently visited some of the shelters, and photographed those living there, and the conditions they must endure.
Monday, 20 February, 2017
Polish photographer Maciej Leszczynski recently visited China, and spent some time in the south west city of Chongqing. The city, together with the surrounding municipality, is home to some thirty-two million people. No surprise then to learn it is also China’s most populous municipality.
Check out his Chongqing: Old City photo collection though, for glimpses of a side of the city that perhaps only locals are familiar with.
Friday, 17 February, 2017
Thursday, 16 February, 2017
A great photo is all about being in exactly the right place, at precisely the right moment. And getting the angle, and the lighting, and what have you, just so. Imagine for a minute then being someone who takes photos of waves. As in ocean waves.
And not from a beach, or some other coastal vantage point either, but from somewhere in the water, and well off shore. If it were me, I’d hope luck did the rest, once at the appropriate point.
I doubt that’s the way Wollongong based Australian seascape, and ocean photographer, Warren Keelan works though. Much tenacity, skill, daring, and persistence would be required here, I think. But aren’t the results, such as the above photo, spectacular though?
Tuesday, 14 February, 2017
Because we can’t get enough of offices dating from the 1950s, even after all this time, and seeing ourselves within them. Such was the brief given to Paris based photographer Samuel Guigues, who was asked by French company Maison Vachon to photograph its current employees in a recreation of their 1951 offices.
Friday, 10 February, 2017
Sleep paralysis, whereby you find yourself unable to move, speak, or do anything, between either falling asleep, or waking up, is something I’ve experienced on occasion. Ironically, it can be triggered by a lack of sleep.
I feel as if I’m in a pitch black wind tunnel, where quite the gale is blowing, and I’m unable, whatsoever, to move. The weird thing is, I’m fully aware that sleep paralysis is gripping me, and I know that I have to somehow “snap myself out of it.” Which I usually do in fairly short time.
Long Island, New York, photographer Nicolas Bruno is likewise familiar with this sometimes terrifying phenomenon, and has created a series of images depicting, if you like, his brushes with sleep paralysis. Check out his website, or Instagram page, for more photos from the collection.
Thursday, 9 February, 2017
Marco Daniel is a painter, photographer, and collage artist, who has spent time in Stuttgart, Seoul, Singapore and Shanghai. All cities starting with the letter “S”. Does that mean that Sydney is on the list as a future base? As it happens, quite possibly yes.
Monday, 6 February, 2017
Shanghai based photographer Sheila Zhao trawls through flea markets searching for old photos that may have – for whatever reason – been discarded by those who appear in them.
Some of these images go on to be featured in her China Lost and Found project, which raises some intriguing questions. Where are these people now, and why did they not keep a hold of their photos?