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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.

Spotlight on Jason Elias

It’s not every day that a commercial photographer gets commissioned by Discovery Channel to shoot promo work for their most important week, Shark Week.

The fact that they trusted Jason Elias to execute their concept speaks volumes about the type of work in Jason’s portfolio. His photographs span multiple forms such as lifestyle, portrait, and travel but his images all have one thing in common: they have the ability to enthrall the viewer.

His work for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, as well as his recent portraits of Seal and Eli Roth, do just that by capturing each subject in a way that seizes attention.

Browse through more of Jason’s collection of work through his AtEdge portfolio and his website.

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Erik Almas for Crystal Cruises

These new images by Erik Almas for Crystal Cruises feature an ethereal atmosphere that transports the viewer into a fairy tale like trance.

About Erik

Erik is an award-winning photographer, claiming success in the advertising and fashion world. Almas, originally from Norway, has made San Francisco his home and is constantly shooting and traveling around the world, working for clients such as Toyota, Puma, Nike, Hyatt, Amtrak, USPS, and Sorel.

Erik’s sensibility is down-to-earth, he loves what he does and on top of that is talent compositor when creating memorable advertising images for his clients. When Almas has his feet on the ground, he enjoys contributing to Brides, 7×7 and Genlux Magazine, shooting fashion stories with a passion for art and beauty.

See more of Erik’s work through his AtEdge portfolio and website: erikalmas.com.

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©Erik Almas

Christopher Wilson for Smithsonian Magazine

You may not notice it at first glance but each of these tribesmen is not like the other. Each portrait highlights a man or woman from three of the prominent tribes in Tanzania, the Hadza, the Masai and the Barabaig, each with different markings or body modifications that indicate which tribe they belong to.

Even though these men and women share differences in tradition, native tongue and mating rituals, all three tribes are facing threats with their traditional ways of living.

Because of this, Smithsonian Magazine sent Christopher Wilson on a mission to travel to the remote, desolate lands of Tanzania in order to capture these groups in a period of time where they are still able to live like their ancestors did. The resulting portraits are striking, and reminiscent of the people and their spirit, with every image showcasing the unique attributes of each tribesman.

Browse through Christopher’s work through his AtEdge portfolio and his website.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 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 this extensive collection.

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 they 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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©David Westphal