Monochrome Visions by Douwe Dijkstra
For this series Douwe has combined his unique eye and much-practised camera skills with his professional graphic design experience. This has allowed him to capture beautiful imagery, full of strong lines, sharp light, graphic shapes, dramatic shadows, stark contrasts, candid moments and striking silhouettes. Every image is carefully crafted, locking down that sweet moment, full of intrigue and emotion that resonates with its audience. He prefers to shoot in monochrome as he simply finds it easier to capture the essence of a scene in black and white: colour is just a distraction.
Douwe is a professional senior graphic designer based in Sydney. Born and raised in The Netherlands, he relocated down under in 2003 and now calls Sydney, Australia his home. Photography is a strong passion for Douwe. Having picked picked up his first camera at the age of 12, his hobby has evolved over the years from taking family snaps with his grandfathers camera, to creating black and white fine art in the digital age. He recently started an Instagram account, marking a new chapter in his photography journey.
City Sun by Brent Winstone
At street level, Sydney CBD appears to be quite a soulless, man-made environment – primarily functional, with high-rise towers that pack as many people in as possible. This often has the heartbreaking secondary affect of blocking out most of the beautiful Sydney landscape. As a result, workers manoeuvre between glass and concrete carrying out their daily business, subconsciously seeking out warmth or shade, depending on the day. This series looks at the majesty of the sun and its energy, as it reflects off the architecture to create softer, more inviting spaces for us to rejuvenate and re-balance the soul. Patterns are created and ever-changing visual galleries become a natural part of the light and dark of our city.
Zombies by Jaka Adamic
Portraits of people reflecting the financial crisis in Slovenia/EU. Slovenia is a small country located in southern Central Europe, with a population of two million. The financial crisis in Slovenia began in 2008, and hit the lower classes especially hard.The series is portraying people of Slovenia, caught between political disagreements, corruption and financial crisis.
Jaka Adamic started his career in 1996 as a photojournalist working for Dnevnik, one of the two largest Slovene daily newspapers. Covering major domestic and international events in politics, sports and culture, he was sent to conflict zones, such as Afghanistan and Kosovo. He worked with agencies such as Associated Press (AP) and European Press Agency (EPA), and with the editorial boards of international publications such as Helsingin Sanomat. Jaka won several awards, including the 2005 Consortium Veritatis award for reportage photography. In 2009, he received a commendation in the News category of the Slovenia Press Photo competition. He took part in several group exhibitions (including Covering the
Real in Paris, 2007) and had a solo exhibition at FotoPub photography festival in Novo Mesto in 2006. He is a co-founder of Zorye Kolektiv, the first photojournalism collective in Slovenia.
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