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Today’s Inspiration

“Photography isn’t looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin #WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/vKtzGI1sZH pic.twitter.com/zbSj3ROKA3 — ICP (@ICPhotog) April 18, 2018 Speaking of photography, emotion and the power of the image, check out the new Paris-based book created by French-American street photographer Valerie Jardin and British hairdresser Joshua Coombes as part of the #DoSomethingForNothing project founded by…

Share your work with the world

Hop on over to Format Magazine for the best photo contests of 2018. The “should you enter” info at the end of each listing is very helpful. The deadlines are organized chronologically. A few have passed, but just scroll down to May to see what’s open currently. The Best Photography Contests and Prizes in 2018 You’ve been working hard on your portfolio, curating the work that best shows off your artistic style and goals. Now…

World Water Day: Remembering the art and spirit of Rachel Carson

It’s a dark, moody day here in Oregon. The rain, though, as gloomy as it feels on the second full day of spring, is a good thing. Drought stalks us. Climate change is upon us. Forecasters are already predicting another terrible fire season across the American West this summer. As if the world doesn’t already feel anxious enough….. At a recent National Geographic LIVE! event in Portland, photojournalist and conservationist Ami Vitale, who I met…

If the stars should appear

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson On Thanksgiving night last November, I sat for hours in a Wisconsin farm field practicing night photography. The conditions weren’t optimal. Although…

Where travel and wonder meet

For me, one of the most fantastic aspects of travel and new cultural experience is that it stimulates a sense of wonder about the world. It’s like a treasure hunt for hidden histories — and mysteries. Everything from the smell of foreign spices in a Mexico City market to peeking through a rusting keyhole into a crumbling courtyard in Venice feels thrilling — and makes me want to learn more. Where does that corridor lead?…

Best of January! LensCulture’s Go-To List for contests, residencies & more

Best of January: Deadlines for Competitions, Workshops, Residencies and More – Selected by the editors of LensCulture | LensCulture Part of our mission at LensCulture is to provide photographers everywhere with opportunities for both creative and professional advancement. With that goal in mind, we’ve compiled this short list of upcoming deadlines that caught our eye for January. ArteducationLensCultureLifelong LearningPhotographyTravel

Creating a portfolio: Advice from Magnum photographers

“Critics are useful, but remember that the first to believe in your work must be you.” – Lorenzo Meloni Creating a Portfolio: Advice from Magnum Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or a professional looking to further develop your career, portfolio reviews can serve as an opportunity to gain expert advice from industry professionals to shape your practice and make contacts that could prove pivotal for your career. Some pre-preparation can mean you get the most…