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Joshua Garcia

Portfolio of the day

October 11, 2016

 

Who are you?

I am a photographer living in Jackson, TN. I work full-time as a product photographer for a national retail chain. In my free time, I also take pictures, write, and edit for a local web and print publication called Our Jackson Home. I do freelance work for friends and families. And I enjoy shooting film and experimenting with double exposures, mostly with an old Yashica camera I inherited from my uncle.

 

What is your next creative project?

 

I recently shot a couple rolls of film of clouds while traveling via plane. I’m brainstorming a way to use them for a double exposure project. I’m really interested in the tug-of-war between our physical and spiritual selves right now and would like to find a way to explore that.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I like its simplicity. Both aesthetically and practically. I feel like I was able to easily build a portfolio that presents my work in a very straight forward way.

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Daria Langa

Portfolio of the day

October 07, 2016

 

Who are you?

My name is Daria Langa. I am 19 years old and I live in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I have graduated the School of Fine Arts Romulus Ladea, and got a degree in graphic design at the end of it. I am currently a sophomore student at the University of Arts and Design, at the graphic department,here in Cluj. I had two exhibitions so far. The first one was a collective one (me and two colleagues), and the second one was a personal one. I participated in an University contest "Expomaraton" where me among other 16 students from different departments have been selected to participate in a marathon of exhibitions. At the and of it, based on the votes of the teachers, the public, and the directors from the art galleries in our town, some of us got some prizes. My prize was a personal exhibition in one of the galleries. The ''detached '' series from my portofolio are the ones with which I participated in Expomarathon.

 

What are you inspired by?

I find most of my inspiration in personal topics. Things related to memory, recollection, family, family stories, family traumas. 

 

What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was a Romanian movie, which our country submitter to the Oscars: Sieranevada.

 

What was the last book you read?

The last book I have read is The world according to Garp by John Irving.

 

Do you have any role model?

I can't say that I have a specific role model, I admire some qualities that certain people have.

 

What is your next creative project?

Right know I'm working on the concept for the next exhibition.To sum up, it's a series of collages with old photos from different families that put a parallel between what kind of image the family builds, and the truth.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

What I like about PortofolioBox is the varieties of templates of which you can choose. There's something for everybody and everything can be personalised.

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Featured: Mikael Johansson

Into the world of creatives

October 05, 2016

 

 

Who are you?

Nice to meet you guys, my name is Mikael Johansson and I’m a Photographer from Sweden. Currently I do a lot of work in London but the idea would be to established myself a bit more back in Stockholm over the coming years.

 

 

How does a shooting day looks like for you?

How I work on a shoot or how my day looks depends quite a bit on the type of project. Me working on personal projects or a portrait could be me working together with the model without anyone else in the team. Shooting a commercial project would most likely include a larger team with art directors, producers, styling, make-up, hair, assistants and digi-ops. Although I do like to have a very hands on approach and I like to keep my team as small as possible for a more relaxed personal set. I’ve been shooting a lot of e-comm and editorial content recently and that tends to be studio work. That means (depending on calltime) that I get up around 6am and make my way to the studio, and coffee, coffee is key.
 

 

What is the best subject you have shot?

I really like portraying and working with people that aren’t used to be in front of the camera, although it can be quite the challenge, for me it becomes more about the characters that way. I’ve had the habit recently of shooting a lot of candid casting portraits with an old point and shoot camera on black and white film. It allows me to strip away all the suggested beauty, make-up and glamour of a shoot and almost attempt to de-objectifying the model by subjectively portraying who hen really are.

 

Lots of people talk, few of them know

 

We particularly like the series We are men, can you tell us more about it? 

We Are Men is one of those projects that came about quite a long time ago but is still one of my projects that I have enjoyed working on the most. I set up to explore the way I portray the people in my pictures and how we, generally speaking, interpret a photograph. No matter connotations regarding gender, sexuality or beauty I wanted to question the way we look at portraits and how heavily influenced we are by the standards set by media i.e objectification of women. In most of my work I try to raise these issues. There is also a sense of romanticism in the pictures which are clearly inspired by Renaissance art. So it comes back to question what some people believe be the most valuable qualities in life, youth and beauty.


 

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What material do you prefer working with? Do you have any tips?

I have always preferred working with film, and to be honest more clients seem to willingly let you shoot film because of current trends which is actually really fun. For studio projects I don’t mind digital, in most cases for me that means something from the Canon 5D range, but if Phase One could throw a camera my way that’d be gold, the quality on those backs are intense. With that said, I don’t think you need a diamond embellished pen to write a great novel. For me it’s more about the concept rather than the quality of the shot. I would say whatever camera feels good is what you should be shooting with, no matter quality or make, go with what’s comfortable.

 

 

Do you always have a camera with you? If so, which one?

Well, most of the time I carry an analogue point and shoot camera for random snaps, visual diary and to shoot things that inspire me. Usually that camera is an old and fairly knackered Ricoh Gr1. If not I always have my iPhone on me and for emergencies it kind of works. 

 

 

What is the best photo you have ever seen?

Even if I spend hours trying to figuring out which photograph is the one that has affected me the most I still find the question itself too complicated, I mean there are a lot of great pictures out there. When it comes to art I really like work that provokes but a beautifully shot portrait with natural light will always hit a sweet spot for me. This is one that I would have to come back to for a second discussion.

 

 

Do you spend a lot of time post-processing your images? 

Post-processing for me is more about grading, fixing curves and getting the colours on point rather than beauty retouch. I have a few amazing retouchers to help out when they’re needed. Again it does depend a lot on the client and this is one of the reasons I like shooting on film, most people are quite happy with minimum retouch on film and you can get away with just leaving the pictures be. I do think we have a lot shared responsibility in the industry if we want to shift the current beauty standards and the issues that it represents.

 

 



 


Mikael Johansson Photography  |  London & Stockholm
Website: www.mikaeljohansson.co
Contactinfo[at]mikaeljohansson.co
Facebook: @MikaelJohanssonPhotography
Instagram: @nossnahojleakim

 

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Vincent Brod

Portfolio of the day

October 03, 2016

 

Who are you?

I am an 18-year-old self-taught photographer from Germany. I specialize in portraiture and travel photography.

 

What are you inspired by?

Art and other artists have always been a big inspiration for me. I love going to museums or to look at paintings and other art objects. The creativity itself and little details often inflame a little spark of inspiration in me.

 

What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was Watership Down a kids movie from 1978 about a traveling group of rabbits that need to find a new home after the humans destroy their habitat. I watched it because I found an article about the movie and remembered that I watched it when I was little and how frightening the fighting scenes and some of the rabbits were.

 

What was the last book you read?

I'm currently reading a German book about the dangers of the internet etc. My Father gave it to me, he thinks I spend too much time on my phone...

 

Do you have any role model?

Even though my style is different than his, I really look up to Kristian Schuller. He is also from Germany and has fantastic ideas and takes amazing photos of big and colorful sceneries which were created by him. He works together with his wife who is a designer and their ideas match perfectly. I also got his book Tales for Oskar as a birthday gift last year.

 

What is your next creative project?

My next creative project is working on my portfolio for my photography study. That means I will try myself in conceptual photography and also in telling a story with my pictures. I'm still not sure about the topic of the portfolio but I will for sure stick to a certain theme.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

Portfoliobox allows me to give my pictures a professional home and also to display them in a way which makes them look better. The options for customization are so well that I sometimes feel the urge to change my whole website because I like having it in a totally different way. What's also good about Portfoliobox is the amazing costumer service and that the team tries to make everybody happy and asks for improvement suggestions or offers help.

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Michelle Meyer

Portfolio of the day

September 30, 2016

 

Who are you?

I'm Michelle, but my friends call me Miesh. Born and raised in South Africa but I'm currently working in London. I'm a model, signed with Boss Models in South Africa and recently Zone Models in London, and freelance creative (I take portraits, style and do some illustration on the side when I have time). 

 

What are you inspired by?

I'm inspired by everything really. I aspire to capture the beauty of my surroundings whilst staying true to the rawness of it all. 

 

What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was actually a really interesting documentary on Sixto Rodriguez. It's all about how two of his South African fans started looking for him after they realized there was no trace of him anywhere despite his music being incredibly popular in South Africa during the 70's. Most of the documentary was shot in SA. I actually went for a haircut in Soho and met a man, completely by chance, who is from SA. We set off talking about home and his friend mentioned how she was blown away by the beauty of Cape Town after seeing the film, which obviously set me off rushing home to go get Netflix out. 

 

What was the last book you read?

I'm in the process of reading a book called The Help by Kathryn Stockett. My mom handed me her copy on my way to the airport the day I left for London, so it's a little souvenir to remind me of her, but it's actually a great read. I found myself in tears after watching the movie so I'm definitely excited to finish this one! 

 

Do you have any role model?

I wouldn't say I have a specific role model but I am inspired by so many people! Mostly photographers right now, but I find it changes constantly based on what projects I'm busy with. A very talented photographer I'm following right now is Fanny Latour-Lambert.. She's a French fashion photographer and she's been blowing my mind lately. I can never keep my eyes off SA though, we have amazing talent in the shadow of Table Mountain! For example some of my close friends Luke Kuisis and Steve Marais, two very talented photographers based in Cape Town.

 

What is your next creative project?

I'm currently working on a couple of editorial projects with my boyfriend, Ollie Ali. He's also an amazing photographer, and we're aiming on getting our work into some fashion publications. Very excited about this one and London is the most incredible backdrop! 

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I had been looking for a way to get my work up online for a while but could never really decide which platform to use until Ollie introduced me to Portfoliobox. He's been using it for a while so he got me started on it. I'd actually only just been postponing it because I thought it would be a huge task, something I would have to spend hours working on but it was so user friendly and fun to do I ended up loving it. Loads of templates to choose from so I can customize it to look however I want it to, which is such a plus! As a creative I'm constantly looking for platform to express myself on and Portfoliobox just ticks all my boxes. 

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Gerd Braun

Portfolio of the day

September 29, 2016

 

Who are you?

My name is Gerd Braun, I am a fashion and people photographer from central Germany. 

 

What are you inspired by?

I am inspired by creating new things I have never done before. That's what drives me most. 

 

What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie was Inglourious Basterds.

 

What was the last book you read?

Laugh - Manual to EOS 5DMKII.

 

Do you have any role model?

I like a lot of photographers, especially fashion photographers with a great concept. The last photographer who caught my eyes was Szymon Brodziak. Not to forget Jason Lee Parry. Also check out Erik Bont's work, he's a great guy. 

 

What is your next creative project?

My next project will be a triptych: it will be a studio shoot with a big grey background, everything black and yellow, maybe like a crime scene with a model wearing... That's enough for now ;)

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

Portfoliobox has a great look and I love to play with all the different settings you can choose from. The price is very fair and editing your own site is very simple, too.

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Morteza Rokhsatpanah

Portfolio of the day

September 23, 2016

 

Who are you?

My name is Morteza Rokhsatpanah. I'm 36 years old. I'm Iranian and I live in Rome, Italy. I studied graphic design in Rome and I work as an illustrator/animator.

 

What are you inspired by?

I love working for children.

 

What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched, was The Salesman, an Iranian/French drama movie directed by Asghar Farhadi.

 

What was the last book you read?

The last book was The Trial written by Franz Kafka.

 

Do you have any role model?

I always follow good illustrators like Klaas Verplancke or Jean Jullien.

 

What is your next creative project?

The next project is a short animation called Save Your Environment for an Iranian TV channel.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I made this site to find customers and honestly I was looking for e-online portfolio and I found your site. I like it because it's too simple to use and beautiful.

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September 23, 2016

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John Perrette

Portfolio of the day

September 22, 2016

 

Who are you?

I'm John. I'm from France, I have been based in Montreal for soon 4 years. I'm creative in life, I love art, fashion and people :) Photography allows me to meet beautiful people and forever immortalize them.

 

What are you inspired by?

I love light and facial expressions! Most of the time, I try to develop a certain chemistry with my models in order to find and really bring out an expression unique to them...

 

What was the last movie you watched?

I'm French so rather romantic. The last movie that moved me was The Best of Me although the last one was the classic Pulp Fiction ;)

 

What was the last book you read?

To be honest I never read!

 

Do you have any role model?

Not really, I live the present moment and feeling does the rest...

 

What is your next creative project?

A New York photoshoot in fall! But it's a secret ;)

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

Portfoliobox allows me to have a professionel online place to showcase my work. It is so easy to use, I recommend it!

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Guido Benschop

Portfolio of the day

September 21, 2016

 

Who are you?

I’m a Dutch portrait photographer. I work for magazines, newspapers and corporate media. I also photograph landscapes and occasionally shoot a reportage.

 

What are you inspired by?

Recently I watched the tv series Real Humans and after I photographed some portraits inspired by what I saw. I know it sounds corny but I find inspiration in almost everything around me.

 

What was the last movie you watched?

The Theory of Everything, about the life of scientist Stephan Hawking.

 

What was the last book you read?

I mostly read poetry, the last book was by Lars van der Werf. He’s a poet from my hometown Rotterdam.

 

Do you have any role model?

No, I don’t have specific role models in photography. But I do admire some photographers for their skills. 

I love Elliott Erwitt’s street photography; a glimpse into his world, filled with humor, love and friendship. When it comes to portraits, it’s Irving Penn for me. His photographs are compelling with a perfect simplicity.

 

What is your next creative project?

Something totally different from what I’m used to do! I’m currently working on a new series of landscapes inspired by works of Dutch painter Mondriaan.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I used to have a photoblog, this is my first portfolio website. Earlier this year I started building a website with Wordpress but experienced a lot of difficulties. Portfoliobox however is very user friendly and versatile. I started designing and my site was online in no time. Suits me well, since I’d rather spend my time photographing!

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