Thankful for creativity and comfort food - here are three photographers to inspire you this month!
Zé Caetano's minimal portraiture plays with light and perspective to create a narrative about dreaming.
MASTER | Cassandra Jackson Baker
Warming the soul with the colorful ingredients for Cassandra Jackson Baker's mixed mushroom ramen noodle soup.
A glimpse into the abstract shapes and patterns of architecture with Iryna Liveoak.
Follow Ze, Cassandra, and Iryna on Snapwire for more inspiring shots!
Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Ghouls Festival - whatever you call it, October 31st is filled with spooky, dark, ghostly stories and events. While trying to “articulate artistic desire to express emotions that are deep within,” Snapwire creator PRO | Marjan Apostolovic created a series of portraiture that encompasses a haunting feeling of being repressed and held back.
So while you are binge eating candy corn and having a horror film marathon, utilize those frights into something creative. Who knows - you might create something spook-tac-ular!
We've brought you some of the best and brightest from Snapwire's female photographers at all levels of expertise. This week's theme is "Bodies in Motion". Enjoy!
Michelle Taylor, @maylilyphoto
Alexandra Kahn, @alexandrasimone
Jasmin Elaine, @jasminelaine
Kelly Victoria, @saysthefox
Amber Schoniwitz, @schyne
Anna Jurkovska, @bananna
June, the month before the extreme heat starts, is the month of the great outdoor! In honor of the end of June is approaching, here are some awesome pictures that feature our beautiful mother nature from different destinations among the world.
Now, go out and explore some amazing outdoor scene before the summer heat hits!
If you're over flower crowns you're out of luck as they have been an enduring trends for thousands of years. In ancient agrarian societies, wreaths made out of leaves, plants, flowers, or branches were worn on festive occasions and holy days. Most notably in Ancient Greece, wreaths made out of olive tree branches were worn during the Olympic Games by star athletes. Also in traditional Ukraine culture, it was common for young girls and unmarried women to wear flower crowns as part of their everyday garb. Outside of Europe, flower crowns were commonly worn in Polynesia by the nobility and in North America by Cheyenne tribal leaders.
With industrialization, flower crowns lost much of their practical and ceremonial value, instead becoming romantic symbols of the simple rural times of days gone past. Marie Antoinette regularly wore flower crowns instead of expensive crowns or headdresses to make her appear youthful and feminine. Furthermore, Queen Victoria repopularized flowers for brides when she wore orange blossoms in her hair during her wedding in 1840. On the opposite end of the spectrum, feminist artist Frida Kahlo often wore bold flowers in her braids. Since she believed flowers to be symbols of sexuality. she wore them as a subversive message that her identity was not separate from her sexuality.
While flower crowns continued to be worn in the early 20th century, the hippies of the 1960's were the biggest influence on society's current obsession with flower crowns. The flower power children donned wreaths in their hair to display their connection with nature and blatant disgust of capitalistic laws that harmed the environment.
Today the trend of flower crowns continues- either as symbols of femininity, love, or nature or as meaningless stylish pieces to wear to music festivals. While some people create their own crowns it is easy to buy them at large retailers such as Polyvore or Forever21or get custom crowns designed by artists on Etsy. So what do you think about flower crowns? Comment below with your opinion on the trend!
Did you know that Instagram was one of Snapwire's biggest inspirations? Each feed is a personal portfolio that displays the unique style of the photographer. We love interacting with our users on instagram. Here are a couple of our favorites!
1) Karan Bhatia @sendingstache: Last week Karan took over our instagram (@snapwire) and showcased his vibrant nature shots. If you are looking for travel inspiration, this is definitely the account for you. Karan always includes a short excerpt from his life in his captions, we love the personal feel of his feed!
2) Sandra Linnel @sannalin: Sandra is a creative photographer who takes ordinary objects and makes them extraordinary. Her feed includes some incredible close-ups as well as beautiful displays of light like the photo below.
4) Blake Bronstad @posesawkwardly: Santa Barbara based photographer and creative director whose serendipitous pastel images might make you consider moving to the West Coast.
5) Pasqual Amade @pasqualamade: Pasqual's photos are gritty and real, and depict the soul of urban youth culture. His style is unique and refreshing.
6) Julie Gebhardt @juliegeb: Julie is a contemporary photographer based in San Francisco, CA. Her focus is on taking photos of everyday life in the Bay city whose buildings show the history that are filled with so much color and life.
7) @abrilliantdummy: A creative artist and urban photographer, abrilliantdummy describes his work to be just like him, very "minimal and simple." Through his use of color and subject matter he creates a depth in his photos that spark our imaginations.
8) Connor Drummond @c.drum: Connor embraces his creative statement on Snapwire, "shoot daily." He is another adventure-themed lifestyle photographer that has is camera with him wherever he goes. His feed shows his mastery in choosing a creative angle depending on his subject. Just look at this awesome photo of this skyscraper below.
9) Benjamin Lee @itchban: Benjamin is a content creator that specializes in digital production and social media. He has been able to combine his knowledge of technology with his newly found love for photography. His feed really encompasses his finesse with both.
10) Aundre Larrow @aundre: Aundre describes himself as a storyteller and portrait lover. He moved to New York to immerse himself in creativity. He believes that the "visual legacy we leave is becoming increasingly important in the visual age," and strives to make his mark with his photography. Aundre will also be taking over our Instagram soon so stay tuned for that.
We often get asked: "What kind of photos are selling on Snapwire?" While we have various blog posts written on the subject, it is always helpful to take a look at specific photos to understand what buyers are choosing. To check out what has been recently purchased you can take a look at the recently purchased page to see what buyers are looking for and to get future inspiration!
Congratulations to photographers: Sebastian Luna B, Shawn Dechant, and Hance Taplin for their recently purchased photos. Here are their captivating shots:
Sebastian's photo won the "Music Festival" challenge because of its dramatic composition and dreamy lighting. As the focal point of the picture, the young woman standing in front of the golden setting sun seems to radiate with energy. The blurred crowds in the background serve as a stark contrast to the individuality of the woman. The photo makes the viewer feel an emotional connection with the woman's music festival experience.
St. Patrick's Day
The "St. Patrick's Day" challenge garnered a wide variety of photos of babies, adults, and pets celebrating Irish heritage. From the submissions, Shawn's photo was chosen for its timelessness, simple composition, and identifiable content. The precious boy in the photo exudes the holiday spirit without being over the top.
The "Latte Art" challenge sought photos of inventive latte art designs including the barista, the foam, the details, and the ingredients. With authenticity in mind, Hance's winning photo is latte art portraying a basketball player making a slam dunk. Against a white background with blurred sneakers, the composition is clean and crisp.
A giant takeaway from this post, is that photo buyers are looking for authentic visuals with human elements. Each image has its own unique story to tell. Buyers are seeking out photos like these because they evoke feelings such as celebration, individuality, adventure, and success.
Now let's get back to shooting! Submit your best shots of seniors enjoying life to our new challenge: Senior/ Mature lifestyle !
Created in 1858 by John Landis Mason, the Mason jar's initial purpose was to preserve foods for long periods of time. Mason's design swiftly beat out his competitors, with its revolutionary airtight seal and the transparency of the glass which made the contents look visually pleasing. With its mass production in the early 20th century, the jars became symbols of the agricultural world. Farmers who lived in areas with quick harvest seasons used Mason jars to keep their jams and pickles in ideal conditions, to showcase their recipes at county fairs, and to give as gifts during holidays. The heyday of the original use of Mason jar's ended with the widespread adoption of refrigerators, migration from the countryside to the city, and drastic improvement in transportation. As optimum food preservation moved from canning to freezing, the jars were no longer used as much.
Seventy years later, the Mason jar is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. With people becoming more and more aware of the economic and environmental costs of transporting food around the world, there is a return to farm-to-table ideals such as locally grown produce and canning procedures. Furthermore, the Mason jar has become the king of the DIY world, which has taken the web by storm. If you Google "ways to use mason jars," there is an overwhelming amount of information on all of the ways they can be repurposed into drinking glasses, candles, lamps, soap dispensers, terrariums, planters, and so much more.
Curiously enough, the Mason jar has become a symbol of gentrification. Many trendy bars and restaurants serve fancy cocktails in Mason jars and 7-11 recently launched a line of the Mason jars to hold slurpees. When Mason jars are used in such a way their original context diminishes, that of frugality and practicality, and transforms them into an ironic object, void of meaning. Many people do not know the real meaning of the jars but they feel a sense of shared nostalgia of simpler times that the jars evoke. Chew on that the next time you dish out $14 to drink a beer out of a Mason jar at your local craft brewery!
Whether you love or hate them they are here to stay. The jars have ultimately been able to stand the test of time by being reusable, visually pleasing, and durable. Even though it seems like the jars are being overly commodified, around 70% of sold jars are still being used for canning. Even if the jar eventually loses its "cool factor," it will make its reappearance soon enough- it always does.
Including Mason jars in your photo composition makes for relevant and desirable imagery that are sought after by photo buyers. If you have any images of how you use Mason jars in your day to day life or images that evoke a rustic way of life, submit your photos to our new photo challenge Rustic Living!