Street photographer Dijon Bowden may have started as a filmmaker, but when he began the photography project titled Souls of San Francisco, he quickly knew he had found his true calling. Although pictures are his medium, Dijon primarily sees himself forging connections with people that his camera simply makes possible.
For seven years, Emily Ibarra has traveled the world photographing the death-defying adventures of professional parkour and freerunning athletes. Captured at sites ranging from the Grand Canyon to the Far East, her photos reveal their fearless exploits as they scale skyscrapers, fly across rooftops, and banish fear in precarious poses. Emily loves her job. “It’s exciting. It’s terrifying, and it’s dangerous, and I get to capture that,” she gushes.
Photographer Katie Eleanor began cultivating imaginary friends and dream worlds at a young age, and rather than discarding these dreamscapes in her teen years, she took up photography as a way of bringing them to life. When Katie found herself facing mental illness in her early 20s, she drew from the well of inspiration in her work to find healing.
Amanda Chapman was born on Christmas Day, but her favorite holiday has always been Halloween. When her husband, Greg, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, she was devastated. She decided that for every day in October, she would take and share a portrait of herself made up as a different character from a movie or story she loved.
James Popsys had never given photography much thought until he purchased a point-and-shoot camera to document a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world. But it was the discovery of Photoshop compositing that really helped him craft his unique and amusing style.
When astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti received her first assignment — to spend a record 200 days aboard the International Space Station — she knew she wanted to document the opportunity of a lifetime through photography. The resulting images are breathtaking.
When Rafael Mantesso’s wife left him, he had nothing left but his dog, Jimmy, and an empty apartment. But when he started doodling on the floors and walls, and snapping photos of Jimmy alongside the sketches, he was unwittingly changing the course of their lives.
Devin Allen grew up in west Baltimore surrounded by crime, drugs, and murder. Photography offered him not only a means of rediscovering his community’s beauty, but also literally saved his life. Still, he never dreamed that one of his photos would land him on the cover of Time magazine.
Max Ellis may not know what the squirrels in his backyard are going to do next, but there’s no doubt it will be interesting – and probably hilarious.
Learn how distance from friends and family, combined with the stress of being new parents, led Leon and Lilly Mackie to create an internet sensation with their empty moving boxes.