travel photography

Dean Bradshaw for Amref Health Africa UK

Dean Bradshaw (represented by CPi Reps) has recently been working on a photo series for Amref Health Africa UK that tells the story of contemporary African womanhood by telling their stories as individuals, and not victims.

Read more about the project here.

Explore more of Dean’s work through his AtEdge portfolio and his site: deanbradshaw.com.

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Markku Lahdesmaki Explores the Vivid History of Taxis in Mumbai & Havana

Markku Lahdesmaki has made it his life’s mission to create unique images that tell a thought-provoking story.  His love for photography started at the young age of 8 and over his many years of assignments from Finland to LA, he has consistently created vibrant and eccentric work for brands like Apple, Nike, Sony, Pioneer, Toyota, GE & more.

For his ongoing project, “Taxi Company,” Markku’s original vision was to bring the world of taxis to life. The project has since been transformed into a pictorial history lesson from the viewpoint of the cities’ taxi cabs & their drivers; first in Mumbai and then Havana. The final two-part series features 90+ images that showcase the eccentric and unique cars in the midst of the bustle, or the rare silence, of the two major cities.

We took a moment to talk with Markku about what inspired him to begin this project, and what he found during his journeys across Mumbai and Havana.

See more of Markku’s work through his AtEdge portfolio, his website, markkuphoto.com, or follow him on Instagram @markkulahdesmaki.

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What inspired you to begin this series?

My first Taxi project started a few years ago when I was on an assignment in India and I had a couple of days just to explore Mumbai, a city of about 98,000 taxis and 250,000 auto rickshaws. I found myself fascinated by the taxis and their drivers.

The little taxis (Fiat Padmini) caught my eye.  I ended up traveling the city’s endless roads hopping from one taxi to another and capturing the Padmini taxis and their drivers. I was shooting them against Mumbai’s landmarks, shady boulevards, and congested industrial area.  That way I was able to tell the real stories against the backdrop of the city.

After successfully completing the Mumbai Taxi series couple of years ago and receiving  recognition for the work from the Art Directors Club, International Color Awards/Masters Cup, Applied Arts/Canada, PDN Magazine & the Association of Photographers Awards, I began thinking about continuing to another city with an interesting landscape to document the taxis and their drivers.

It took a few years to figure out where to go next, but when Cuba started to open their borders, my creative partner and wife Anne insisted that we go there and capture the real, still unspoiled Havana before it moves to a new era. Cuba is visually unique with its rich textures, its interesting people and of course its uncommon fleet of taxis, which are mostly American cars from the 1950’s.  We knew that Cuba has been photographed a lot but not from this perspective. To concentrate only on taxis and the drivers was a nice, new challenge.

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Have you completed any projects like this before?

I am constantly working on personal projects. I was born in Finland and we usually go back there twice a year during Christmas and summertime and I have a few series based around there. I love to capture images of people and landscapes that are important in my personal history. One of the series I created in Finland titled, “Romantic Finland,” was shot in a little town called Eräjärvi, close to where we spend our summers.

The one thing all my personal projects have in common is that I try to share the human experience against the backdrop of unique locations.

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What, if any, special processes did you use to capture and produce these rich and remarkable images?

My wife and I would walk from early morning to late night, shooting around the city and looking for the situations & people that looked interesting or fun. After a day of shooting, we would go through the images in the hotel and check if there was anything else I needed. The next day, we’d go back out and shoot more elements for those images to make them complete. After walking for 5 days, we finally returned home and the images went into post-production.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Did you notice any differences between the Mumbai taxi culture and the Havana taxi culture?

I didn’t really notice any real differences but I did notice a lot of similarities. In both cities, the taxi drivers and car owners are very proud of their profession and vehicles. And in both places, the taxis serve a high function in everyday life. Those cars are part of the city landscapes, symbols and they are a special part of the culture. For most locals, the taxi is a vessel to go from Point A to Point B, but unfortunately, the taxis and the history that they hold are disappearing in both cities. In Mumbai, the Fiat Padmini cars that I was so enamored by will soon disappear from the taxi scene. In Havana, the beautiful Chevys, Buicks, Fords and Plymouths will inevitably soon be replaced.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Did working on this project help you discover some hidden parts of each city?

It always does. I found myself often thinking, how did I get here to this back yard, alleyway, back of the restaurant or any other place that normal tourist walks won’t take you to. I also met so many local people, who were very friendly to my wife and I and didn’t mind me taking pictures. Most of the time, the locals and I didn’t speak the same language but with a little patience and some creativity, we were able to communicate. Sometimes I even got invited to their homes or for a beer in the local bar!

©Markku Lahdesmaki

What outcome were you hoping for with this series?

I hope that people will enjoy the images, I hope they will find the humor and joy in them. My goal is always to create images that are positive. Hopefully, the images will help the future generations to have an idea how Havana or Mumbai was after the taxis and their histories are replaced.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Will there be a part 3 of the series?

I would like to do a No. 3.  Maybe I will shoot some modern taxis in Europe or something else that has a new angle with taxis still as the main focus. Be on the lookout!

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Jason Lindsey for Wyoming Office of Tourism

Jason Lindsey recently worked with ad agency BVK to capture the great landscapes for a print ad for the Wyoming Office of Tourism.

In a recent article featured on their website, Communication Arts describes the print ad campaign: “To capture the epic intimacy of the state, BVK worked with Chicago-based photographer Jason Lindsey, who brought Wyoming’s wide-open spaces, rugged spirit and authentic Western culture to life.”

See more work from Jason through his AtEdge portfolio and through his website.

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Photographer on the Move: A Spotlight on Nick Hall

Known for his captivating panoramic landscapes & lifestyle imagery, Nick Hall has made a name for himself as an adventure photographer & cinematographer. His work for brands like The Nature Conservancy, Canon, Patagonia, and Thule has taken him all over the world to document impressive landscapes and the communities that live beside them.

Nick’s fascinating photography has earned him several features in Photographers Worldwide, PDN Photo Annual, and many other publications. His work has also garnered several awards.His work has also garnered several awards. He is a recent recipient of four silver awards in the 2017 Graphis Photography Annual.

Nick is represented by Greenhouse Reps. Browse through Nick’s collection through his AtEdge portfolio and his website.

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©Nick Hall | Part of the France series

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©Nick Hall | Part of the Mongolia series

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©Nick Hall | Part of the Scotland series

©Nick Hall | Part of the Sealline Canoe series

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Braden Summers for Target x Accompany

Target recently announced its latest collaboration with ethically-sourced online marketplace, Accompany, to create a winning ethically produced items for an approachable price.

Braden Summers was lucky enough to get to travel to 6 different countries on 5 different continents to create imagery that was used for the collaboration of the two brands.

The images feature the many faces of the artisans that partner with the Accompany brand to create all the products for the Target collaboration.

Braden is represented by Tidepool Reps. See more of Braden’s work through his AtEdge portfolio and at bradensummers.com.

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David Westphal for Subaru Global

David Westphal and his team had an adventurous 8 days shooting all the elements for this recent Subaru Global campaign. The project took the team to Spain, where traveled and shot images by the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains outside of Barcelona and all the places in between.

The project took the team to Spain, where traveled and shot images by the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains outside of Barcelona and all the places in between.

David is represented by Doug Truppe Represents. See more of David’s work through his AtEdge portfolio and website.

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Simon Stock for Turnberry Golf Course

Simon Stock was commissioned by Turnberry Golf course in Scotland to shoot a groundbreaking 2 billion pixel image of their Ailsa course to help promote their newly reopened golf course.

The GigaPixel image was shot using NASA inspired equipment and allows the viewer to zoom in to see the extraordinary detail of the course including the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse & Turnberry’s PGA Golf Professional, Cameron Tortolano, lining up his putt.

Simon is represented by Greenhouse Reps. Take a look at more of his work through his AtEdge portfolio & at simonstock.com.

Matthew Turley: A Month in Namibia

Photographer Matthew Turley grew up in southeastern Idaho, backpacking and skiing with his family in the nearby Teton range.

His love of photography coupled with a lifelong affinity for exploring the natural world has led to over a decade of working on locations worldwide.

No stranger to far-off destinations, Turley had been longing to shoot in the African desert for quite some time. In 2014, after several years of dreaming, Matthew Turley decided to make his dream a reality.

His agent, Marianne Campbell tells the story:

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Matthew Turley said he’d been wanting to shoot a fashion series in Namibia since South African producer Kim White showed him some photos of the country in 2010.

But there was never an opportunity to pull the project together.

After four years of dreaming of the desert, he bought a ticket and headed to the airport.

I finally just decided to go by myself,” he said. “I booked my return ticket for a month-long trip only eight hours in advance.

He landed in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, without a plan or even a reserved hotel room. Turley says the “no plan” plan usually isn’t a problem for him since he can work things out as he goes, booking rooms and excursions on his smartphone. Unfortunately, AT&T shut down his phone and data access shortly after he picked up his rental vehicle for security measures—he had run up nearly $1000 in data charges.

Matthew had already purchased the Southern Africa map set for his Garmin GPS and the Land Cruiser he rented had its own GPS system, so getting around should not have been problematic. In another twist of fate however, the map file on his Garmin had gotten corrupted and the Land Cruiser’s GPS didn’t have a map for Namibia. “I was essentially lost in Windhoek for nearly 18 hours. I couldn’t find my way back to the rental car agency and public Internet access is virtually impossible to find,” he said.

But he would not be deterred. “Finally, I was able to buy a Namibia SIM card, a satellite phone, and he found a place where he could re-download the Garmin map. I was ready to go!

The Land Cruiser came equipped with camping gear, including a tent, fridge, water, and stove, two spare tires and an extended-range fuel tank.

With the second-lowest population in the world, a month alone in Namibia’s vast emptiness was a sublime personal experience for Turley. “I often prefer simple, graphic compositions and was thus drawn to the country’s stark landscape,” he said.

Turley was virtually alone for the next three and a half weeks.

He headed to Sossusvlei, an area known for having some of the largest and most expansive sand dunes on earth, where he hired a pilot and shot aerials of sand dunes and Atlantic coast, which is accessible only by air.

It took an hour just to reach the coast, flying over an endless expanse of dunes, leaving only 35 minutes of fuel for actually photographing the coast.

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In Kolmanskop, a deserted diamond-mining town from the early 20th century, Turley shot homes filled with sand.

At night, he sat alone on the quiet desert salt pans, as far away from another person as he’s ever been, and under the brightest night skies he’s ever seen.

“I’ve never experienced solitude quite like that. It was incredible.”
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And, as luck would have it, on the second to last day of his trip, he met a beautiful Namibian waitress with an interest in modeling who was excited when he explained his original creative vision for shooting in Namibia – somewhere between a fashion series and ethnic portraits.

The next day, they went out and shot together in the desert.

“It was such a random, unexpected encounter, but those images ended up being my favorites from the entire trip!”
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