INTRODUCING MICHAEL KEEL FROM UNITED STATES

Congratulations to Michael, this weeks Featured Photographer at The Open.

Meet Michael Keel:

I grew up in Fremont CA. and started making photos at thirteen years old, inspired by my grandfather who was in the Sierra Club and The California Camera Club back in the 1930’s. I remember as as child awaiting the weekend to see him. He’d reach into trunks that had stickers from places he’d visited; taking out glass bottles of chemicals. I thought he was a wizard,“Look Michael,you see?The tree developing on paper?” Photography is more than a “passion” for me, it’s a lifestyle; extension of my mind. My intention has always been to put the viewer in the moment of the photo.I want to find the camera angle from which this feeling can be most. If it’s the grace of the clouds, then I want the angle from which that grace becomes the absolute most it can be. And so it leads me on, to explore angles, space, reflections, and light. I strive to make “moments” make sense visually,and trust that the metaphor, meaning, will follow.

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MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MARC ERWIN BABEJ

MARC ERWIN BABEJ

About the Shot:

Action Still from Africanae Episode I: The Villa in Carthagehttp://marcerwinbabej.com/portfolio/africanae/
Atop a hill in Carthage, one of the finest areas of Tunis, stands a villa that belonged to the Trabelsi, the family of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s wife. Ben Ali’s nepotism had been a trigger for the uprising – and during the revolution, the villa was ransacked and covered in political graffiti.
As four young Tunisian women explore this symbol of their country’s Zero Hour, they are not identifiable as belonging to a particular ethnic or religious group, but rather as members of a universal Mediterranean civilization.

Meet Marc Babej:

Marc Erwin Babej is a fine art and documentary photographer who works exclusively in black-and-white. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1970, he received a B.A. in history from Brown University and an M.Sc. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Marc’s background in social sciences, marketing strategy, media and entertainment pervades his photographic work.

 

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TIM KORBMACHER, GERMANY

TIM KORBMACHER

About the Shot:

this dude is one of the main actors in the german skateboard film “this ain’t california” and it’s always a pleasure to go out with him. kai hillebrand, frontboard to sundown.

Meet Tim Korbmacher:

Hi, I was born, raised and live in Mülheim an der Ruhr/Germany together with my little family. My story of being a photographer matches those of other guys sharing my passion. I’ve been addicted to skate and snowboarding most of my life and of course strongly influenced by this lifestyle. Through this fact i had the chance to meet and contact many different photographers and artists who have fascinated and inspired me greatly.

Growing older, I had to face the negative aspects of these sports and with my health in mind I decided to become more professional behind the camera.

So I started to take photos in 2008 with a digital SLR, the analog medium format and some 35mm cameras.

Since that time i’m a freelance photographer mainly focused in action sports as well as many other fields…cheers!

 

 

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MAROH KIM, KOREA SOUTH

MAROH KIM

About the Shot:

This works explore New York that is so near and yet so far place, from various perspectives as a foreigner, a student and a person who live in New York City.

Meet Maroh Kim:

Maroh Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He studied journalism in Korea, but he moved to New York to study photography in 2012. He is currently attending a BFA photography program at School of Visual Arts in New York. Despite his short photography career, Sincere efforts and eagerness have allowed him to receive a chairman’s merit award in 2012, 3rd prize and 5 honorable mention of International Photography Awards. Now he is trying to do his job as an artist to blow visual delight, warmth and empathy into people’s mind.

 

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VALERIE LEONARD, FRANCE

VALERIE LEONARD

About the Shot:

“LIGHTLY SUSPENDED”
Silt fishermen at dawn. SRI LANKA

Meet Valerie Leonard:

Born to American and French parents, Valerie Leonard has always been surrounded by a world of images. Her mother was a painter, and her father, photographer, Herman Leonard.
Far from seeking aesthetic or false compassion, she wants to show the dignity and courage of women and men, in particularly hostile environments.
Throughout her trips around the world she focused her work particularly on a theme that she named “Labours of Hercules”.
A series of photographs where she attempts to show with utmost respect and admiration the nobility and dignity of those living and working in difficult conditions.
AWARDS:
2014
SHORTLISTED SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
2013
FINALIST IN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
NOMINEE NATURE IMAGES AWARDS
HONORABLE MENTION ” BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY”
HONORABLE MENTION WINNER OF PX
2012
HONORABLE MENTION IPA CATEGORY PORTRAIT
HONORABLE MENTION IPA CATEGORY EXTRAORDINARY
BRONZE MEDAL

 “ART EN CAPITAL” PARIS
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FRENCH WEBSITE
2011
1st PRIZE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S CONTEST FRANCE

 

 

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JON HOPE, UNITED STATES

JON HOPE

About the Shot:

The snow covered countryside near the Thrihnukagigur volcano, Iceland

Meet Jon Hope:

I have always loved hanging out of helicopters shooting the scenes below. My first published photograph was an aerial shot when I was 17 years old. I spent my professional life shooting editorial and advertising work – portraits and location work. Over the last few years I’ve returned to the air more and more as that is my true love. And as anyone creative can tell you, the more fun you have, the better the work.

 

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WINSTON STANLEY

WINSTON STANLEY

About the Shot:

This photo was captured while I was going up and down the coast of Shell Beach in California. This particular guy was a treat in capturing and only took about ten minutes in under forty shots after moving from a different location. Every other wave was breaking on that rock with him standing there looking outward. I knew that my shot was about to come up at some point until it already had happened. Tech specs: 1/3000 @ f9.5 ISO 200.

 

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RAFAL ZIOLKOWSKI, NORWAY

RAFAL ZIOLKOWSKI

Meet Rafal Ziolkowski:

Born in Poland in 1977, live there for 31 years and then moved to Norway which is his second home.

For last 8 years expresses his artistic passion through photography.

 

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BEVERLY JAY, CANADA

BEVERLY JAY

About the Shot:

While returning in early evening to Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on a boat tour two wolves were spotted along the woods/beach area on Vargas Island. This wolf walked along the beach crest and was beautifully bathed in light.

 

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CHEE KEONG LIM, MALAYSIA

CHEE KEONG LIM

 About the Shot:

a group of children enjoy splashing water after school.

Meet Chee Keong:

Born in 1965 in a small town named Bentong in Malaysia. My favorite genres of photography are travel, street photography, and portraiture.

 

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BENIZI SANTAMARIA, AUSTRALIA

BENIZI SANTAMARIA

About the Shot:

Master and Servant.

This image represents human nature at its best or worst depending on what you think of the natural world. If we think that it is within our rights to dominate nature and to exploit it for our benefit, then we are surely at our natural best as humans.

Meet Benizi Santamaria:

Call me what you like, Journalist, Street Photographer, Documentary or Travel blogger, these titles mean little to me. People and their stories captivate me. I take photos, that is all to it.

My journey in photography began in India in late 2009. I have never stopped since. These days, youʼd find me running behind a cloud of dust chasing after a bus in the lane ways of Jakarta, or perhaps you’d have to walk up the slope of a volcano in Flores to share a meal with me. I could show you the way to a tribal ceremony in Sulawesi, lead you through the crowded slums of Caloocan in outer Manila or even take you right into its beating heart of deafening karaoke in Santa Cruz,. If you want it easy, then come find me right here in Melbourneʼs cafe laneways. Never mind where you find me, I may find you first .

Photography will forever be my affliction, addiction, meditation and most of all my passion. So let me not say anymore but leave you with this, ʻLet my eyes be your window to the world.’

 

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FANG TONG, CANADA/BRITISH COLOMBIA

FANG TONG

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AMELIE BENOIST, FRANCE

AMELIE BENOIST

 About the Shot:

Mimie had to go and live in her mother’s apartment when her father died. Mimie’s mother, who is 98, cannot walk any more and has to be helped in all her daily activities. She requires constant attention which limits Mimie to 4 hours off per week, during which a female attendant helps out. The situation of family carers is largely unknown in France, to such an extent that in many cases, carers don’t even know they are carers. Yet there are 8.3 million people aged 16 or over, who regularly help out at one of their close family member’s homes.

Meet Amelie Benoist:

Amélie Benoist Khakurel, Photojournalist
Born in 1987 in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, she graduated in photography at Lycée D’Arts Appliquées Auguste Renoir of Paris in 2007. After her studies, she went to Népal (2007-2008) for her first reportage on the Maoist movement.

During this period, Nepal was under tension after a decade of civil war initiated by the Communist party (Maoist). She was successful in going into the heart of the Maoist enclave during the rebellion.

After the project, she returned to Paris and worked at BSIP, a photographic agency, for two years. Later, she went to India to study Journalism at the Manorama School of Communication (2010-2011) mainly to specialise in the affairs of South Asia.

In June 2011, she did her internship at Agence France Presse (AFP) in New Delhi. Currently, she is in Nepal doing other projects.

 

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BRI CROMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM

BRI CROMPTON

About the Shot:

I had an image in mind when I visited this UK outdoor seapool, and that was of an inky dark water capturing reflections of the clouds.

The seapool floods with a high tide and slowly drains as the tide receeds. At the time I would have liked more cloud, but looking at it a fresh, I think the balance is just right.

Meet Bri Crompton:

Landscape photographer, based in South West England, UK.

 

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BENJAMIN DEAN, UNITED STATES

BENJAMIN DEAN

About the Shot:

This image displays a man deep in thought in the shadows, contemplating events of the past.

 

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SIMON URWIN, UNTIED KINGDOM

SIMON URWIN

About the Shot:

Tea pickers in a colonial estate tea garden in Srimangal, Bangladesh

Meet Simon Urwin:

Simon Urwin is a travel & lifestyle photographer. He was recently selected as a finalist in the prestigious Association of Photographers’ Awards in the Single Portrait Category.

A regular contributor to Lonely Planet’s Traveller magazine, Simon is in his element when on assignment, no matter how extreme or sensitive the environment, be it scrambling up a peak at 4am for sunrise in the Atlas mountains, wrangling access to an illegal cockfight in Mexico City or being up to his neck in freezing water capturing a river baptism in the north of Israel.

 

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ANUAR PATJANE, MEXICO

ANUAR PATJANE

Meet Anuar Patjane:

I was born in Mexico and as long as I can remember I feel a special affinity towards photographs, the photographic act and cameras.
I believe in pure creative power, limitless and endless so I avoid all kind of stereotypes regarding what I do with my camera and the photographs I create. Every photograph is unique, unrepeatable and endless and so should be the number of possible interpretations. Im always looking for images that depict strong meaning and emotions and I do what I can to tell visual stories, to show the power of empathy through my images… to center the attention into places and moments that usually escape unnoticed.

We all need meaning in this age of alienation and conspicuous consumption, so I believe the best thing we can do as photographers is to give the world some of it and push ourselves and others to observe in a different perspective what we usually take for granted.

 

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GUIDO FRAZZINI, ITALY

GUIDO FRAZZINI

About the Shot:

The sun had already set and this Great Egret that had been fishing way in the distance, decided to fly closer to me. The light was scarse, but still enough to create, with the complicity of the calm water of the marsh, this wonderful reflection. I tried to use the shapes, the colors, the composition to deliver a sense of beauty, calm and elegance.

Meet Guido Frazzini:

It’s in my blood.
Since I was given my first camera, when I was a little kid, I have always been fascinated by capturing in a shot what my eyes were seeing around me. The beauty of nature or the smile of a friend, an event or an emotion… Precious pearls to be framed in a photo. Whether freezing a movement or moving the stillness, looking at normality through a different angle or portraying the exceptional, I try to choose different perspectives, I try to catch reality.
I am an amatour photographer and nature photography is certainly one of my main passions. The emotion of being in touch with the wonderful creatures of nature, of living unique moments, of witnessing unbelievable sceneries is priceless for me and capturing those emotions in a photo is a wonderful thing.

 

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JULIE HIGELIN, FRANCE

JULIE HIGELIN

About the Shot:

A theyyam artist walking through fire during a theyyam ceremony, an ancient ritual form of worship from Kerala, India (2014). The theyyam artists, wearing elaborate costumes and make-up, perform dances and invocations until reaching a state of trance in which they are, according to the belief, possessed by the deity they embody.

 

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