Le Petit Prince is a heartwarming series by Slovenian photographer Matej Peljhan that features a sweet 12-year-old boy named Luka engaging in activities he would otherwise be incapable of taking part in due to his ongoing battle with muscular dystrophy—a degenerative disease that progressively weakens the musculoskeletal system over time. His movement is restricted to minor finger movements to operate his electric wheelchair and slowly draw with a pen.
A solitary house on the Drina River in Serbia has been attracting curious travelers from across the globe, after an image of the house was published in National Geographic in August last year, captured by Hungarian photographer Irene Becker. The tiny house stands on an exposed rock in the middle of the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, and has been there for more than 40 years.
Guest Post: Jordan Mendys // @jpmendys
I am inspired by taking a closer look. I think we tend to overlook certain things. Delicate things. We are taught to look at the world as a whole, to look at the bigger picture, but in doing so we sometimes take small things for granted. We forget to look at the delicate fabrics of the world that keeps things together.
Of course this can have literal and metaphoric manifestations. Literally, yes, I do like taking a closer look at objects to see the fragile components that give it strength. I think this comes from always looking forward to using microscopes in science class, and seeing all of the independent particles that created the whole.
On a grander level, I think we function much of the same way. Our world is composed of delicate fibers that make up a whole; us. Each and every one of us has something to contribute and something to say. It has always been important for me to take a closer look to acknowledge and appreciate what each person does to keep the world turning. We have our own purpose in making up the world, the same way every cell and molecule play a role in the make up of a larger body.
It is important to not take for granted the small things in life. When you force yourself to take a closer look at the individuals pieces of this world, you'll have a bigger appreciation of the whole.
In 2012, I made a commitment to complete a new project each month.
My project for March was a photography project where I took one photo a day, driven by one-word, which was provided by people on Twitter in response to a daily tweet from me.
Tsuneaki Hiramatsu from Okayama City, Japan, uses long-exposure and multiple exposure photography to capture these pictures of fireflies at night.
Guest Post: Madonna Arsan // @madonnaarsan
One of the things that inspires me is the art of analog. It's not because I'm a hater of digital, because I'm not. Besides messaging I probably use my iPhone camera more than any other app and no surprise Instagram follows close behind. Photography inspires me and I believe that the best camera is the one you always carry with you and so be it the iPhone. The availability of always having my phone with me and being able to capture the everyday moments is great!
But sometimes, I want that extra, something more than a photoshop filter or Instagram filter to my photos and what I love about analog is that special something you simply can't get with digital. You know a person put time and effort into analog. Analog isn't immediate. When shooting with a film camera - and because it's film you put a little extra thought before hitting the shutter - and you have to wait to finish the roll, developing, printing. Many pieces has to come together and it takes time but you get rewarded with the result. THAT feeling when viewing your photos, at last.
Digital photography allows for no mistakes, you can shoot as much as you want and delete. With film you never really know what's going to happen or how it comes out and maybe it's that uncertainty that gives the great 'analog fix' - it isn't perfect and it isn't immediate and that in it's own way makes it more organic.
Same goes for writing a real handwritten letter. Try writing one and give it to someone and I guarantee they will appreciate it. It takes time and effort is put into it, means more than an email, a chat on IM or a Facebook wall post. It's a special something.
Keep the art of analog alive!
Guest Post: Seth Werkheiser // @sethw