Personal Projects

Five of the Best Underwater Photographers in AtEdge

Underwater photography is a dream for many professionals. It isn’t always easy, but it often results in some of the most breathtaking images you’ll ever see. The AtEdge community is full of incredible underwater photographers with unbelievable talent and style.

Take photographer David Martinez for example. He’s a globetrotting photographer with a passion for the surf and the sea. According to him, “he’s just as comfortable with a huge production crew as he is alone on his surfboard with his underwater camera.”

Then there’s photographer Christopher Wilson. A former writer, art director and designer, Wilson found his passion for photography after spending 15 years in the advertising world. His underwater portraits have a very distinct feel to them. The endlessness of the water surrounding his subjects creates something that feels both intimate and ominous.

Embry Rucker‘s passion for communicating the human narrative is clearly visible in his underwater photography.

The subjects of Hollis Bennett‘s underwater photography are a bit fishier than most, which makes sense for a man who grew up in Knoxville, loves the outdoors and has lived on three different coasts.

Lastly, we have one of the most talented underwater photographer’s around, Dana Neibert. There’s a lot more to his portfolio than just underwater photography, but don’t let that fool you. Some of his ocean shots are the most stunningly beautiful photos we’ve seen.

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Check out the “Underwater” section of the AtEdge website to see even more spectacular shots from these photographers and more.

Richard Schultz’s Personal Project Puts A Spotlight on Tobacco Farming

In his recent project, Richard Schultz traveled to Kentucky to document tobacco harvesting.

Richard describes his experience shooting at the tobacco farm:

“I feel fortunate to be brought face-to-face, yet again, with Mexican migrant laborers who come to work in our country and do the hard work very few “Americans” would be willing to do. These images weren’t shot to be about Mexican immigration, they were meant to be about the harvest and labor in our country. It was just interesting to see that the farmers aren’t able to find any U.S. citizens who are willing to work that hard.”

Take a look at more of the images here, and check out Richard’s AtEdge portfolio and website for more of his lifestyle work.

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Lennette Newell’s Ani-Human Project

Wild is an adjective we often use to describe animals, reflecting the distance separating our civilized lifestyles from the outlying natural world.

In Lennette Newell‘s Ani-Human series, the gap between humans and wild animals is diminished, along with any hierarchy that has been imposed by the technology of man. The series portrays the certainty that a tranquil co-inhabitance can exist, and therefore the possibility that it could propagate.

Each subject, whether animal or human, is equal. Although the human subject could even be seen as subservient, trying to mimic the grace and physical beauty of the animal, yet imperfectly. An observation that is emphasized by the animals’ effortless elegance placed in both a man-made studio and an environmental backdrop. Together without a spatial barrier, an original relationship unfolds between the animal and the human, a peaceful coexistence that is not exploited by the somatic dominance of the animal, who could in a time period of seconds curtail the human’s life.

Snapshots of these interactions convey a joint persistence, though it is safe to say these interactions do not persist in space and time.

Lennette is represented by Elizabeth Poje. See more work from Lennette through her AtEdge portfolio and at elizabethpoje.com.

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Candy Kennedy’s Recent WIP Project: The Home Space

Candy Kennedy traveled to Paris last month to add more images to her work-in-progress personal project, “The Home Space”.

Candy states:

“I find it the most interesting experience going into someones home and seeing how people live, how the family reacts to me being there & etc.  I wanted to catch real life moments with the kids as well, and the best place to do this is in their own home. I worked with a total of 5 families scattered around Paris and was able to spend 1-2 hours with each. I shot purely with available light for this project as I wanted to work with the ambient light setting and have more freedom to move around and capture spontaneous moments instead of setting something up and having moments feel more staged.”

Click here to view more images from the project and be sure to check back for new images from The Home Space project.

Candy is represented by JK&. See more of her work through her AtEdge portfolio and at candykennedy.com.

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Candy Kennedy: At Home

Check out the pictures from the first shoot of Candy Kennedy‘s  new project, “The Home Space”.

Candy says:

“The project focuses on capturing simple, natural and fun moments with people within their own homes and neighborhoods doing what they do, and savoring every moment of their day. Every home, individual and personal style is unique and I find it fascinating to explore and experience a day in their lives . Today I covered the first series with the beautiful Alex Knight, the owner of BlueStone Lane cafe.”

Candy is represented by JK&. See more of her work through her AtEdge portfolio and at candykennedy.com.

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Maya Almeida: Acrylic Underwater Portraits

Maya Almeida‘s new personal project, Acrylic Portraits, is a creative collaboration with Creative Director, Lee Coventry. The images explore female identity behind textured ‘screens’ and combines her usual style of underwater shooting, resulting in the unique images seen below.

Check out the entire gallery here and the behind the scenes video here.

Maya Almeida is represented by Michael Ash Partners. Explore her body of work through her AtEdge portfolio or website, mayaalmeida.com.

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Russ Quackenbush Featured on APhotoEditor.com

We’re huge fans of APhotoEditor.com, and as such it’s always a great feeling when we see one of the AtEdge photographers featured on their site. This month, Suzanne Sease spotlights Russ Quackenbush in The Art of the Personal Project.

Read the interview here.

To see more work by Russ Quackenbush please visit his AtEdge portfolio and website, russquackenbush.com.

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Charles Schiller: AND… Gallery

AND… Gallery is a new personal project from Charles Schiller which incorporates shape, color and texture to communicate well-known food pairings in a single photograph. Born out of a prior series in which Charles explored split images, he decided to take it further by introducing the element of wordplay.

Charles says,

It was challenging and fun to find foods that could work in the AND… format. The elements had to work together as shapes but also have interesting color and texture. I’m hoping the results are amusing and I plan to continue the series.

Here are a few of the images. View the entire series here.

About Charles Schiller
Charles Schiller is a New York-based food and still life photographer specializing in commercial advertising, catalog, and packaging. He currently works out of his beautiful 1500 sq. ft studio creating work for clients such as Kraft, Nestle, Stouffer’s, Whole Foods, Bird’s Eye, Keurig, Target, Vitamix, Florida’s Natural, Stockyard Meats and many more.

For a deeper look into Charles Schillers’ body of work, please visit his AtEdge portfolio or website, charlesschiller.com.

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“Spaghetti & Meatballs”
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Marc Tule: The Dark Side

Marc Tule‘s latest personal project picks up where his wildly-popular Encapsulations series left off. However, this time it’s not random objects that are encapsulated under sheets of latex but the beloved Star Wars saga characters.

The way Marc presents his subjects gives the viewer a unique perspective, allowing the observer some breathing room to absorb every rubber covered detail. Coupled with Marc’s amazing lighting skills, this series is one not to miss.

Marc Tule is represented by JK&. See more of his work at marctule.com.

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