Résiliences | Franck Charton

Globe-trotter amoureux des grands espaces et des cultures autochtones, Franck Charton est photojournaliste à Grands Reportages.

FranckCharton07aChine, Mongolie intérieure, désert de Badain Jaran. La jeune mongole Uyunga conduit ses chameaux de Bactriane au pied de dunes géantes.

FranckCharton07bInde, Zanskar. Le pic sacré Gumburanjon (5’320 m) brille sous la pleine lune d’août, alors que des yacks broutent placidement les derniers pâturages.

FranckCharton07cPérou, cordillère de Carabaya. A 4’500 m d’altitude, Martina, indienne Q’ero du clan Japu, sort ses alpagas dans les brumes de l’aube.

FranckCharton07dChine, Mongolie intérieure, désert de Badain Jaran. Ce massif dunaire oublié, arrosé par les glaciers tibétains, recèle un chapelet de lagunes et des forêts reliques.

FranckCharton07eBolivie, sud Lipez. Les flamants andins qui ratissent les fonds translucides de la laguna Colorada dessinent une délicate toile impressionniste.

FranckCharton07fTibet, Amdo. Premier rayon du soleil sur le lac et les crêtes du parc national de Khamra, depuis les ermitages bouddhistes d’Achung Namdzong.

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Résiliences | Franck Charton

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On Photography | Susan Sontag

On Photography is a 1977 collection of essays by Susan Sontag.

OnPhotographyIn the book, Sontag expresses her views on the history and present-day role of photography in capitalist societies as of the 1970s. Sontag discusses many examples of modern photography. Among these, she contrasts Diane Arbus’s work with that of Depression-era documentary photography commissioned by the Farm Security Administration.

She also explores the history of American photography in relation to the idealistic notions of America put forth by Walt Whitman and traces these ideas through to the increasingly cynical aesthetic notions of the 1970s, particularly in relation to Arbus and Andy Warhol.

Sontag argues that the proliferation of photographic images had begun to establish within people a « chronic voyeuristic relation » to the world around them. Among the consequences of photography is that the meaning of all events is leveled and made equal. This idea did not originate with Sontag, who often synthesized European cultural thinkers with her particular eye toward the United States.

As she argues, perhaps originally with regard to photography, the medium fostered an attitude of anti-intervention. Sontag says that the individual who seeks to record cannot intervene, and that the person who intervenes cannot then faithfully record, for the two aims contradict each other. In this context, she discusses in some depth the relationship of photography to politics.
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Lisa Franceski’s Shore Birds

« You can’t come out for an hour on lunch break and expect to get a phenomenal shot »
Lisa Franceski hears her subjects before she ever sees them. Franceski began photographing Long Island’s shore birds back in 2010 and in those five years her ear has become fine-tuned to the unique songs of the piping plovers, the least terns, the American oyster catchers, and other birds that populate the region’s beaches.

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Lisa Franceski’s Shore Birds

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Wildlife in Focus

Wildlife in Focus

Wildlife07aDiganta Gogoi
This is a Long Horned Beetle photographed at my own tea garden at Jorhat, Assam. These beetles are characterized by their very long antennae, sometimes longer than the body. But instead of the antennae, I wanted to capture the eyes of the beetle and went closer. I like this image because this is one of my best Super Macros. …

Wildlife07bAmit Rane
I had six days in hand to photograph the vibrant Monal in the wilderness. My very  first day at Kedarnath Sanctuary got me a glimpse of the bird, but I did not even pick up my camera as I wanted to admire the much sought-after bird. The Monal would suddenly appear and run down the valley the very next instant. Monals are more active during early mornings and late evenings. The initial days went by just tracing their whereabouts and patterns of moving and eating. On the second-last day of my trip, I had an ultimate rendezvous with a Monal. The bird kept pecking the forest grounds and as I went clicking my frames, another dominant male arrived and the tussle between them left the dominant one around. He stayed along the near reaches of the forest valley and hence I could photograph him to my heart’s desire. …

Wildlife07cBalamahesh P.

Wildlife07dDr. Caesar Sengupta

Wildlife07eGautam Som

Wildlife07fKane Lew

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Smart Photography Magazine August 2015

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Never work with children and animals they say… | Rachael Hale McKenna

Never work with children and animals they say, but internationally acclaimed Rachael Hale McKenna has successfully photographed both and has come away with a series of bestselling books and an army of fans who love her pictures.

Rules are made for breaking, and New Zealand based photographer Rachael Hale McKenna has made a mockery of the somewhat tongue-in-cheek assertion that children and animals can be difficult to work with.

Indeed she’s made these two surprisingly similar subjects her life’s work, and in the process has acquired an international reputation and a legion of fans who adore her relaxed visual approach and the unerring knack that she has of creating images where everything just fits seamlessly together within a delightfully unarranged environment.

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Rachael Hale McKenna Photography
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