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  • THE PICTORIAL LIST | ASLI GONEN

    ASLI GONEN be inspired Gallery // ARTIST'S STATEMENT // I was particularly interested in art, painting and with the introduction of the internet and digital photography into our lives, I turned to photography. I started to subscribe to photo sites on the Internet and for a long time I just watched. Then I bought a small compact machine, telling myself "why don't I just do it too". I did not receive any training in photography. I developed myself completely by my observations and reading. I practiced on the streets all the time. Being on the streets, documenting those ordinary, simple moments makes me happy. As Saul Leiter said, “I happen to believe in the beauty of simple things. I believe that the most uninteresting thing can be very interesting.” By adopting this saying as my philosophy, I try to discover those short moments and beauties in our daily rush. I am a founding member of the @womeninstreetturkey LOCATION Eskisehir TURKEY CAMERA Fujifilm X-M1 CATEGORY street ​ @GONENASLI ​ ​ FEATURES // Short Moments

  • COLOUR BRICKS | IN CONVERSATION WITH TRIS

    INTERVIEW September 25, 2020 COLOUR BRICKS ​ Photography by Tris Interview by Karin Svadlenak Gomez Tris is a London-based photographer who likes to go by his artist name @colourbricks. Having worked for many years in war-torn places, he now enjoys the lively streets of London, where he developed a passion for documentary and street photography. He is drawn to the colours, vibrancy and the story of life at home. Social media paints a world of perfection, beauty and unbridled consumerism, but Tris wants to take pictures on the better days: images that reflect the stoics, the optimists and those who don’t want to conform. His photographs show a London that is colourful, vibrant, extraordinary and ordinary. “I’m an old man but young at heart. Throughout the majority of my adult life I have worked in places full of chaos, confusion and sometimes terror. I have seen the resilience of people during the civil war in the Balkans, watched families torn apart in Belfast and Baghdad and been a front row witness to war in the Helmand and Mogadishu. The life I led then has now fortunately passed. After 30 years of being drawn like a moth to the flames of conflict, I am now drawn to the colours, vibrancy and the story of life at home.” IN CONVERSATION WITH TRIS THE PICTORIAL LIST: Tris, how long have you been a photographer? How did you get your start? TRIS: I have always enjoyed being witness to an unfolding story. When the time came to kick off my dusty boots three years ago I wondered how or what I would do next. Walking around London made me realise that there were equally exciting, colourful and dramatic stories unfolding in front of my eyes. Mercifully the stories were about people in a ‘peaceful’ city, but the sense of an unfolding, dynamic and time sensitive drama was like a magnet! I love the passion of street photographers, the requirement to be patient, discrete and humble one moment, confident and courageous the next. I realised that I had been making mental images throughout my life, but now I could make real ones. My family encouraged me to purchase my first camera in 2017, and from that point I haven’t stopped. Thousands of hours and miles wandering the U.K’s capital! TPL: Tell us a bit more about your documentary photography. How did you get involved with that? T: London is so vibrant, dynamic and busy that there is always something happening - and whether a protest, demonstration or parade, people don’t hold back in coming forward! My first Pride parade was incredible! So much colour and happiness, a genuine celebration of life and love. The LGBTQ+ parade was just so special. I didn’t stop taking photographs and realised that I had found my new 'fix'. Documentary photography was one of the ways I could still get that adrenaline rush - never knowing how an event may unfold, but being quick enough to react and catch that moment whenever possible. Regardless of the politics of Brexit, I went to all the parades both for and against, just to catch the story and witness how people felt and acted. I now try to attend everything, from employment strikes, Falun Gong and pro-choice demos, to Extinction Rebellion (XR) and Black Lives Matter. TPL: In your photographic approach, what are your favourite or most memorable moments? T: How I raise my hat to those who are bold enough to take nothing but candid shots! I endeavour to do so, I honestly do, but after a life of conflict I now shy away from it if at all avoidable. I mostly raise my eyebrows or lift my camera when approaching someone, and if they look friendly (or at least look like they won’t assault me!), I try to get some non-verbal indication that they are comfortable with my approach. My favourite relationship is with a shirt seller - he was very hostile and aggressive when I tried this with him on my first two or three protest demonstrations, but now whenever our paths cross in various corners of London we greet each other like long lost friends! TPL: Generally, where do you find your inspiration? T: My first photography book that I read was called Requiem, which was a collection of images taken by the famous Vietnam War photographers. I realised that if I wanted to address my PTSD, I would be better to focus on images I wasn’t so familiar with, so then dived into the work of Vivian Maier, Fred Herzog and Elliott Erwitt. If I am totally honest the two people who have influenced me the most are Sean Tucker, whose mature, reasoned, and generous Youtube videos are a godsend and @Kudo_Bass, whose every photograph and caption posted on Instagram are like stand alone photography lessons. I was lucky enough to recently bump into Sean Tucker in a London camera shop and embarrassed myself by acting like a 14 year old groupie as opposed to 54 year old veteran! TPL: Is there anything special you want to express through your photography? T: Life can be grey and miserable at times. We all have tough days. Social media paints a world of perfection, beauty and unbridled consumerism. Life isn’t like that, some days are good and some days are bad, but my aim is to try to take photographs on the better days - not saccharine, but images that reflect the stoics, the optimists and those who don’t want to conform. ​ ​ I try to reflect London’s colourful, vibrancy and the extraordinary. TPL: Do you prefer to photograph alone or with friends? T: I’m a loner and what friends I have left would say I was anti-social! My evenings and weekends are now selfishly guarded. Offers of collaboration (whilst genuinely appreciated) are not likely to occur anytime soon. TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance? T: Billie Charity was one of the first accounts I followed on IG, shortly followed by Ibi Gowon. Sadly I haven’t had the opportunity of meeting either of them, but their online support and encouragement were incredibly important in the first few months. There were times when I nearly gave up, and were it not for their infectious enthusiasm and kindness, I wouldn't have continued. I don’t think I have a style yet, I do my own thing and just take photographs of people and scenes that I find curious or interesting. TPL: What is the one quote that has had the most impact on you? “It’s way more important to know how to take a picture than to use a camera.” - Olivia Bee As a beginner I still have so much to learn, but my early anxieties about shutter speed and ISO settings dissolved when I read Olivia Bee’s quote. I started to relax and enjoy the process. TPL: Does the equipment you use help you in achieving your vision in your photography? If so, how? Do you have a preferred camera/lens/focal length? T: The Canon 5D EOS Mk IV is just a wonderful upgrade from my earlier camera. It felt like a huge self-indulgence, but I don’t smoke, drive a fancy car or motorbike and no longer drink to excess. While I love my camera, the truism that ‘the best camera is the one you have on you’ still amazes me, as some of my personal favourites have been taken with my iPhone. TPL: What are some of your goals as a photographer? Where do you see yourself or hope to see yourself in five years? T: In an ideal world I would have enough financial security to leave London and become a war photographer. I would like to capture the human stories. That seems slightly crazy given my desire to put those tragic times behind, but being involved in the unfolding story was like a drug. TPL: “When I am not out photographing, I (like to)… T: Walk my wonderful dogs. Two beautiful, gentle Tibetan Terriers who always seem ready to provide unconditional love and affection!” Tris' work is a powerful reminder of the beauty and vibrancy that London has to offer. His photography captures the most ordinary moments and turns them into extraordinary stories. In a world where social media paints a picture of perfection, Tris offers a different viewpoint, one of optimism and unbridled joy. He shows us that beauty and contentment can be found in the most unexpected of places. If you too want to be inspired by Tris' work, be sure to connect with him on Instagram at @colourbricks. VIEW TRIS'S PORTFOLIO Tris' instagram >>> read more interviews >>> EPHEMERAL RHYTHMS Edwin Carungay's "Boardwalk Diary" captures the vibrant, raw essence of life at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, celebrating the diverse and unfiltered humanity that converges along California's iconic coastline. THE ART OF SELF Mia Depaola's photography inspires self-awareness, capturing the beauty of the human spirit and immortalizing it through her insightful lens. TRUE LIFE IMPRESSIONS Matthias Godde's meticulously curates photographs that blend observation with introspection, resonating with profound emotional depth and infused with wit, irony, and occasional absurdity. NATURE KNOWS NO PAUSE Through her photographs Ann Petruckevitch captures the resilience of nature amidst the challenges of climate change, serving as a reflection on humanity’s relationship with the natural world. URBAN ECHOES Through his project “Echo,” Rowell B. Timoteo extends an invitation to explore the vibrant streets of San Fernando, where his lens captures the nuanced interplay of light, shadow, and human emotion. COLORS OF A GREY CITY In Rafa Rojas' photography project, we witness the convergence of passion and purpose, a visual ode to the city of São Paulo he calls home. PRIMAL INSTINCT Tara Sellios invites us to explore the interplay of life and death, of decay and beauty, and to find within that juxtaposition a reflection of our own existential journey. OPPORTUNITIES The Pictorial List partners with International Photography Awards, enhancing resources for photographers worldwide. We interview IPA founder Hossein Farmani, a visionary in photography. MINIMALIST REVERIE Nazanin Davari's minimalist style invites you to an imaginative world where silence and freedom converge, painting unseen beauty with her lens. THE AUTHENTIC GAZE: THE DON'T SMILE PROJECT Delve into the visual anthology of urban youth, a collection of moments where the mundane transcends into the profound, sparked by the click of Amy Horowitz's camera. BLACK AND WHITE WITH A THREAD OF RED Valeria Cunha is fascinated by the street, using it as inspiration to find structure amidst the confusion. Her photography creates intriguing connections and relationships through dynamic compositions that convey emotion. TALES OF A CITY With a passion for exploring the world through his camera lens, Seigar brings a unique perspective to his art, infused with reflections, colors, and icons. 18 >> 20 Elsa Arrais composed a simultaneously artistic, emotional, poetic and imagery portrait of her city in a predetermined period of time. WOMEN WARRIORS OF AZERBAIJAN Fidan Nazimqizi is aware of distinct challenges the women in her community are confronted with on a daily basis. Their struggles have become a focus for her photography. SHOOT NEW YORK CITY Leanne Staples is a passionate and driven street photographer whose honest perspective of city life captures both its simplicity and complexity. TRANSTEMPORAL Russell Cobb is an incredible photographer and storyteller who offers viewers a chance to step into the past and explore the nuances of culture and history. A LOVE SONG TO THE AMERICAN WEST We have the pleasure of seeing and hearing the visual stories created between photographer, Ross Taylor and musician, Russick Smith. As the wind sweeps through the landscapes the notes of a cello fill every void. JESSE'S STORY Jesse’s story becomes a timeless testament of an unconventional and successful fighter. Andrée Thorpe invites us to reflect on the inspiring journey of this brave individual. WALKING BUENOS AIRES We take a deep dive into the journey of Alex Gottfried Bonder - an artist who has spent many years uncovering the soul of Buenos Aires through street photography. UNDER THE COVERS WITH AMERICAN BEDROOM Barbara Peacock, opens the door to her subjects' bedroom, revealing their intimate thoughts and emotions. Discover the confidence and trust shared between the photographer and subject for an authentic and inspiring experience.

  • CAROL DRONSFIELD

    CAROL DRONSFIELD be inspired Gallery // ARTIST'S STATEMENT // I am a Brooklyn based photographer who shoots for advertising agencies, editorial clients and on the streets of New York. I began my career as an art director in New York City with a passion for photography. After taking a workshop at the International Center Of Photography, I took to the streets of New York City to capture everyday life. My work has been exhibited at the International Center Of Photography, the Annual Women Street Photographers exhibit in NYC 2020, Art On The Ave NYC 2020, the Women Street Photographers Inaugural Virtual Exhibition 2021, the 2nd Women Street Photographers Virtual Exhibition 2021. Currently my work is part of the Women Street Photographers Exhibition in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico at the National Museum of Anthropology. I have been recognised by Spectaculum Magazine, Street Photography Hub (Street Finder), The Pictorial-List, and La Calle Es Nuestra. This is an ongoing series of portraits taken on the boardwalk at Coney Island. I love that Coney has come back to life this summer after having been partially shut down due to COVID-19 last year. It brings me such joy to meet and photograph these vibrant characters as I roam the boardwalk. Coney truly is a paradise for portrait photography. It never disappoints. LOCATION New York UNITED STATES CAMERA Leica Q2 CATEGORY street, commercial, portrait WEBSITE https://caroldronsfieldphotography.com/ ​ @CAROLDRONSFIELDPHOTOGRAPHY ​ FEATURES // On the Boardwalk Making a Splash: with the Coney Island Polar Bears Taking the Plunge: with Carol Dronsfield and The Coney Island Polar Bears

  • DISCOVERING AN ANALOG WORLD | IN CONVERSATION WITH KAREN MIKI ROHEE

    INTERVIEW July 1, 2020 DISCOVERING AN ANALOG WORLD ​ Photography by Karen Miki Rohee Interview by Melanie Meggs For those who have a passion for photography, a unique story can often be told through the lens. Karen Miki Rohee is a French photographer who only began her journey in late 2017, when Karen acquired her first film camera. Her photographs are an expression of her emotions and her talent for capturing the perfect moment, with contrast, leading lines, and isolated subjects being her signature style. Join us on a journey as we uncover the story behind Karen's captivating black and white imagery and experience her love for film. Carpe diem. “This quote not only reflects my philosophy of life but also my photographic journey by capturing spontaneous moments.” IN CONVERSATION WITH KAREN MIKI ROHEE THE PICTORIAL LIST: Karen, when did you start getting interested in photography? KAREN MIKI ROHEE: My first influence was my father, he was always taking pictures ever since I was a kid. I remember finding some 35mm and 110mm film canisters here and there , something that always made me very curious. In 2014, I invested heavily in photography, when I got my first DSLR, a Canon 500D and its kit lens. After a while, as I was getting more serious about photography, I upgraded to a Canon 7D. Unfortunately, after some time I unconsciously started to put aside my camera, as I was also busy finishing my Master degree. It was a very frustrating period for me, as my love for photography still remained intact. Until one day I found the work of photographers such as Sebastiao Salgado, Vivian Vivian Maier, Fan Ho, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and Saul Leiter. That is how I got very curious about all the possibilities available in the film photography world. So in 2017, I acquired my first film camera: a Canon AE1 with a 50mm f1.8. It has now been 3 years since I fell in love with the analog world, to the point that I'm almost exclusively shooting film. TPL: Where do you find your inspiration? KMR: It is normal to have days when you feel less inspired than others. When traveling or discovering a new environment it's easy to find inspiration, but when you have a walk in your neighborhood for instance it can be more difficult to find something that can catches your attention. However, I strongly believe it's a very good way to exercise your eyes and work on your perception, no matter where you are. You just need to try to see the world differently. But in order to work on my creativity, I look at other photographers' work. TPL: You previously mentioned your admiration for Sebastiao Salgado, Vivian Maier, Fan Ho, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and Saul Leiter, who re-ignited your passion for photography. Who has mostly influenced your style? KMR: All of them have their own approach of photography that is very interesting to analyze. Personally I have a special attraction for the body of work of Vivian Maier with her candid images and self-portraits. Fan Ho and his wonderful aestheticism of an image. And lastly Saul Leiter and his color work, where everything just works together. TPL: Has your style of photography changed since you first started? KMR: I honestly don't know how to define my own style of photographing at the moment. But yes, now I try to capture the beauty of a scene, I guess it's also the reason why I'm only shooting film now. Indeed I enjoy the before and after process of taking pictures! Buying a specific film, loading it in your camera, taking images not knowing what they look like, developing them and discovering your images on a negative before scanning them! Film photography is a whole world with endless possibilities! The film: colour, B&W, Slide, Film soup. Format : 35mm, 120mm, 127mm. The size of your negative : 24x36, 6x6, 6x4,5 , 6x7, 6x9. Type of the camera : SLR, rangefinder, TLR, point and shoot, etc.. So yes my style of shooting definitely changed! TPL: Where is your favourite place(s) to shoot? KMR: Everywhere! ​ ​ Buying a specific film, loading it in your camera, taking images not knowing what they look like, developing them and discovering your images on a negative before scanning them...Film photography is a whole world with endless possibilities! TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a 'good' photographer? What are your tips or advice for someone in your genre? KMR: Our society works with trends, and photography is not spared. I am just going to list some characteristics that I personally believe are important to have (or try to have) if you are taking photography seriously: patience, tenacity, creativity, auto-criticism, but very importantly, just stick to being yourself! There are no bad images when you actually have an image! Bad images are the ones that you don't take. That's why "carpe diem" is my philosophy! Take a picture of what you personally like, be selfish in that sense. Don't take an image for the only reason that it is trendy. I take images for me because that specific scene touched me. It doesn't matter if it's a street photograph, a portrait, a landscape, etc. What I believe is most important, is to share your emotions, a story, a feeling. But also, as photography can be very subjective, it's important to receive constructive criticism and feedback! Everything is about equilibrium. Just enjoy your journey with your work...that's what matters! TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone who may be thinking of getting started in photography? KMR: I think that first of all it is essential to think about how far you are willing to go with photography before investing time and money in choosing your equipment. Then it's very important to find which camera you are comfortable taking pictures with. Personally, when I had to choose my first digital camera, I have always felt comfortable with Canon. Not only with the design but also just how it felt in my hands. Photography is a journey where you will have to face different types of situation like feeling less motivated but you want to force yourself to go out and take images or simply taking photographs under restrictive conditions (low light, moving subject etc...). If you are not feeling comfortable with your material, it will make the whole journey even more difficult. What I always say to someone who starts photography is to invest into an intermediate camera and not an expensive one at first as with time you will figure out your personal likes and needs. And if you start with digital but get less inspired you can do what I did! Try film photography! TPL: Have you ever been involved in the arts before photography? KMR: I'm a very curious and creative person, so I have always loved drawing, painting, music, and I even did some magic! TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about? KMR: I'm currently thinking about two projects that I would like to achieve. A series of photographs, portraits more specifically, and opening my own film camera store in the coming years hopefully! TPL: "If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?... KMR: Discovering the world!" ​ ​ Karen Miki Rohee's photographs are a testament to her passion for film photography, skillful use of contrast, lines, and isolated subjects. Her pictures tell stories filled with her own emotions and evoke a feeling of nostalgia. Karen's journey into the world of film photography serves as an inspiration to aspiring photographers and those who seek to capture the emotion of a moment. To get more inspiration straight from the source, connect with Karen today. VIEW KAREN'S PORTFOLIO Karen's website >>> Instagram >>> read more interviews >>> EPHEMERAL RHYTHMS Edwin Carungay's "Boardwalk Diary" captures the vibrant, raw essence of life at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, celebrating the diverse and unfiltered humanity that converges along California's iconic coastline. THE ART OF SELF Mia Depaola's photography inspires self-awareness, capturing the beauty of the human spirit and immortalizing it through her insightful lens. TRUE LIFE IMPRESSIONS Matthias Godde's meticulously curates photographs that blend observation with introspection, resonating with profound emotional depth and infused with wit, irony, and occasional absurdity. NATURE KNOWS NO PAUSE Through her photographs Ann Petruckevitch captures the resilience of nature amidst the challenges of climate change, serving as a reflection on humanity’s relationship with the natural world. URBAN ECHOES Through his project “Echo,” Rowell B. Timoteo extends an invitation to explore the vibrant streets of San Fernando, where his lens captures the nuanced interplay of light, shadow, and human emotion. COLORS OF A GREY CITY In Rafa Rojas' photography project, we witness the convergence of passion and purpose, a visual ode to the city of São Paulo he calls home. PRIMAL INSTINCT Tara Sellios invites us to explore the interplay of life and death, of decay and beauty, and to find within that juxtaposition a reflection of our own existential journey. OPPORTUNITIES The Pictorial List partners with International Photography Awards, enhancing resources for photographers worldwide. We interview IPA founder Hossein Farmani, a visionary in photography. MINIMALIST REVERIE Nazanin Davari's minimalist style invites you to an imaginative world where silence and freedom converge, painting unseen beauty with her lens. THE AUTHENTIC GAZE: THE DON'T SMILE PROJECT Delve into the visual anthology of urban youth, a collection of moments where the mundane transcends into the profound, sparked by the click of Amy Horowitz's camera. BLACK AND WHITE WITH A THREAD OF RED Valeria Cunha is fascinated by the street, using it as inspiration to find structure amidst the confusion. Her photography creates intriguing connections and relationships through dynamic compositions that convey emotion. TALES OF A CITY With a passion for exploring the world through his camera lens, Seigar brings a unique perspective to his art, infused with reflections, colors, and icons. 18 >> 20 Elsa Arrais composed a simultaneously artistic, emotional, poetic and imagery portrait of her city in a predetermined period of time. WOMEN WARRIORS OF AZERBAIJAN Fidan Nazimqizi is aware of distinct challenges the women in her community are confronted with on a daily basis. Their struggles have become a focus for her photography. SHOOT NEW YORK CITY Leanne Staples is a passionate and driven street photographer whose honest perspective of city life captures both its simplicity and complexity. TRANSTEMPORAL Russell Cobb is an incredible photographer and storyteller who offers viewers a chance to step into the past and explore the nuances of culture and history. A LOVE SONG TO THE AMERICAN WEST We have the pleasure of seeing and hearing the visual stories created between photographer, Ross Taylor and musician, Russick Smith. As the wind sweeps through the landscapes the notes of a cello fill every void. JESSE'S STORY Jesse’s story becomes a timeless testament of an unconventional and successful fighter. Andrée Thorpe invites us to reflect on the inspiring journey of this brave individual. WALKING BUENOS AIRES We take a deep dive into the journey of Alex Gottfried Bonder - an artist who has spent many years uncovering the soul of Buenos Aires through street photography. UNDER THE COVERS WITH AMERICAN BEDROOM Barbara Peacock, opens the door to her subjects' bedroom, revealing their intimate thoughts and emotions. Discover the confidence and trust shared between the photographer and subject for an authentic and inspiring experience.

  • VAJRADHAR ACHARYA

    VAJRADHAR ACHARYA be inspired Gallery // ARTIST STATEMENT // Street photography has been a refreshing hobby for me. I am a passionate amateur and love going out and taking photos. Street photography for me is living in the moment and capturing the mundane. I feel that daily life, although boring to people who live it, makes for very interesting photographs. My drive is to constantly improve my photography and become better at it. LOCATION INDIA CAMERA Nikon D5200 CATEGORY street ​ @PROBING_REALITY ​ ​ FEATURES // Everyday Explorations

  • TRANSCENDENTS by MARIETTE PATHY ALLEN

    PICTORIAL STORY March 15, 2024 TRANSCENDENTS SPIRIT MEDIUMS IN BURMA AND THAILAND Photography by Mariette Pathy Allen Story by Karen Ghostlaw Pomarico In the realm of contemporary photography, few artists have captured the essence of human diversity and the fluidity of identity with the same depth and sensitivity as Mariette Pathy Allen. With a career spanning over five decades, Mariette has established herself as a visionary documentarian, shedding light and advocating for marginalized communities within society. Mariette’s journey as a photographer began in the 1970s, a time marked by social upheaval and a burgeoning awareness of gender and sexual identities. It was during this period that she embarked on a mission to explore the intricate tapestry of gender expression, particularly within the transgender community — an endeavor that would become her life's work. Mariette Pathy Allen is a photographer of transgender, genderfluid, and gender variant communities, as well as other continuous series such as Birth and Families, The Face of New Jersey, People with Art, Flowers and Fantasy, Texas, and Scapes. In 1978, on the last day of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Mariette met a trans woman named Vicky West (although, using the language of that time, she identified as a crossdresser). Vicky befriended Mariette and invited her to Fantasia Fair, a transgender conference where Mariette would serve as the official photographer. She traveled across the US to many other transgender conferences, participated in political activism, and worked for the Transgender Tapestry magazine. She continues to pursue the work of photographing, interviewing, and advocating on behalf of gender-nonconforming people. Through her lens, Mariette captures moments of raw authenticity, inviting viewers into the intimate lives of her subjects with empathy and respect. Her photographs serve as powerful testimonials to the resilience and beauty found in the face of societal norms and expectations. Whether documenting the joy of self-discovery, the struggles of discrimination, or the triumph of self-acceptance, Mariette’s images resonate with a universal message of humanity and belonging. Mariette shares herself with us, her voice. “I first encountered transgender people at Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 1978. I met Vicky West and was mesmerized. I felt that I wasn't looking into the eyes of a man or a woman but at the essence of a human being. This encounter led to experiences that I could never have imagined. As a photographer, writer, speaker, activist, and ally, I could participate in the evolution of a vital movement to bring understanding and justice to nonconforming people. Early on, anything beyond heteronormativity was considered freakish or immoral. What I saw was different and my intention became clear — to present gender-nonconforming individuals in the daylight of everyday life, alone or in relationships with friends, family, and children. I continue to photograph this ever-changing world. My hope is that during this time of ignorance and violence, my work will move people to reconsider the prejudices that negate what is natural in a world that includes gender-expansive people.” We asked Mariette to share one of her insightful projects with us. She has chosen exceptional work to share with us. “Most people in Burma and Thailand are Buddhists, but there are areas in both countries where Spirit Mediums continue to perform the ancient, animist traditions and rituals that pre-date Buddhism. Although there are differences in the traditions practiced by Spirit Mediums in Myanmar and Thailand, I have combined the images here, as my focus is on the visual mystery of Spirit Mediums when they are possessed, and when going about their daily lives. I am looking at them as human beings who have been part of their cultures for as long as Animism has existed. In the past, most Spirit Mediums were women, but over time, more men have felt called as Spirit Mediums. Those who live as men, dress as women in colorful, flowing garments, wear make-up, headdresses, and ornate jewelry before, during, and after possession. They must adorn themselves as women for the Spirits. Others live as women full-time. They would be identified as transgender in the West. When Mediums are possessed by a particular Spirit, they fall into a trance, and dance for many hours, drinking, smoking, accepting money from the crowd of onlookers who may join in the dance. During festivals when not dancing, Mediums sit in their beautifully decorated tents with altars covered with offerings that may include fruit, flowers, cans of beer, soda, cash, small toys, and statues. People come into the tent to get advice from the Spirit that the Medium channels.” © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen © Mariette Pathy Allen Mariette Pathy Allen continues to inspire generations of artists and activists alike. Her dedication to capturing the essence of human experience, in all its complexity and diversity, serves as a testament to the transformative power of art and the enduring strength of the human spirit. Through her visual storytelling, she reminds us that true beauty lies in the courage to embrace our authentic selves, unapologetically and without reservation. In addition to her artistic contributions, Mariette has been a vocal advocate for transgender rights and visibility, using her platform to challenge stereotypes and foster understanding. Mariette is the author of four books that have brought visibility to transgender communities across the world including Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them (1989), The Gender Frontier (2004), TransCuba (2014), and Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand (2017). She has made dozens of slide presentations to a variety of groups, participated in radio and television programs, and been a consultant and still photographer for films. Mariette’s work is included in numerous collections, both public and private, and has been exhibited internationally. Her work is being archived by Duke University's Rare Book and Manuscripts Library and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's Studies. Mariette is based in New York City and is represented by CLAMP, New York. Mariette also shares with us a portfolio of images, spanning the globe that represents the artist's dedication to showcasing the lives of gender-nonconforming individuals that transcend the boundaries of mere representation. By conscientiously capturing these individuals in their everyday environments, the artist's goal is to illuminate the human essence that exists within each person, regardless of gender identity. Through her lens, she seeks to challenge existing prejudices and inspire a reevaluation of societal norms, fostering a more inclusive and empathetic world for all gender-expansive individuals. The Pictorial List is incredibly thankful to Mariette Pathy Allen for sharing her inspirational photography, it shines a spotlight on her groundbreaking and exceptional work, showcasing the lives of gender-nonconforming individuals. Through her photography, Mariette captures the raw authenticity and resilience of these communities, inviting viewers into the intimate lives of her subjects with empathy and respect. Her dedication to documenting and advocating for marginalized communities, including the transgender community and gender-nonconforming individuals, has been truly impactful. Moreover, Mariette's work challenges existing prejudices and inspires a reevaluation of societal norms, fostering a more inclusive and empathetic world for all individuals. We are honored to be able to share her insightful projects, such as “Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand,” and her remarkable contributions to art and advocacy with our audience. view Mariette's portfolio Website >>> Instagram >>> The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author/s, and are not necessarily shared by The Pictorial List and the team. read more stories >>> KOALA COUNTRY Sean Paris invites viewers on a transformative journey, challenging our perceptions and fostering a new appreciation for rural Australia through mesmerizing infrared photography. MOMMIE Arlene Gottfried’s poignant exploration of motherhood in “Mommie” is not just a collection of photographs but a profound tribute to the enduring bonds of family and the universal experiences of love, loss, and resilience. BIFRÖST In "Bifröst," Romain Coudrier masterfully captures Norway's timeless beauty, blending myth with modernity through black and white photography. A stunning exploration. MUD Dedipya Basak's documentary project explores an 800-year-old lake's struggle against global warming, highlighting its relevance and urgency in modern times. A WORLD WITHIN REACH In his Cuba project, Pedro Vidal celebrates human resilience and warmth through captivating imagery, revealing photography's profound ability to encapsulate emotions and memories. UNVEILING VULNERABILITY In a world where masculinity is often synonymous with stoicism and strength, Francesca Tiboni challenges us to reevaluate our perceptions of masculinity, inviting us to embrace the complexity of the male emotional experience. TRANSCENDENTS: SPIRIT MEDIUMS IN BURMA AND THAILAND Mariette Pathy Allen's visual narrative celebrates authenticity, spotlighting Spirit Mediums' enigmatic presence in both possession and daily life. She portrays them as essential to cultures steeped in Animism, reflecting the enduring essence of human authenticity. COALESCENCE Visual diptychs intricately depicting the intimate exchange between a mother and daughter, transcending personal narratives to explore universal themes of transition, acceptance, and the beauty of change. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANSEL ADAMS In following the footsteps of the masterful Ansel Adams, Karin Svadlenak Gomez not only paid homage to his timeless work but also embarked on a transformative journey. PARALELL REALITIES Through her lens, Catia Montagna explores the impact of socioeconomic factors and social norms on our daily lives, revealing the subtle poetry of small, insignificant moments that capture the ‘existential’ and the ephemeral, in the human condition. A TALE OF NATURE AND HERITAGE With her words and photographs, Ana-Maria Alb invites readers to join her on a journey through the breathtaking Carpathians. ON THE TRAIL OF LOVE LOST Through Sasha’s photo essay, we are given a glimpse into a beautiful love story and the unbreakable strength and resilience of the human spirit. Join us as we explore Sasha Ivanov’s heartfelt tribute to Lydia and Nikolai. SAHIB: THE FRANKINCENSE BOY France Leclerc’s documentary exploration embraces the community finding captivating stories for her visual translations. Her story takes us to the village of Poshina, where we meet Sahib. THEY HAVE GONE Lorenzo Vitali felt compelled to explore the landscapes of Eastern Veneto, to understand its emotional affective relationship and document it through his photography. I AM WATER Paola Ferrarotti explores her deep connection with the water and how it has transformed her understanding of life and herself. THE STRANDED PAKISTANIS Anwar Ehtesham captures the beauty of human emotion in all its rawest forms in the face of adversity and offers an insight into the complexity of the lives of the Bihari people and their relationship with their environment. BLINDFOLD CHESS Anastasiya Pentyukhina’s documentation of blindfolded chess provides an insight into this often overlooked world of sports, and sheds light on the unique challenges faced by visually impaired players. SKIN STORIES Tony Reddrop strives to look beyond the ink in his latest project, believing that by looking beyond the physical appearance of a person you will find their unique story. WHERE THE WAVES MEET THE OCEAN Uma Muthuraaman explores the idea of finding in ourselves what we seek in other people and places — like waves searching for the ocean, being it, and not knowing it. THE ARTISANAL SALT FARMERS OF GOZO Naima Hall takes us on a journey with the Cini family, giving us a glimpse into their artisanal salt-farming practices and uncovering the broader geo-heritage of Gozo. CRACKS TO MEND Through her powerful photographs, Ida Di Pasquale shares the story of her birth house in Italy - a village that was left in ruins after two fatal earthquakes. THE WHIRLING DERVISHES OF KONYA Follow Rpnunyez's journey as he captures the beauty and strength of the Whirling Dervishes as they perform their ritual dance. SAHARA: THE SHAPE AND THE SHADOW Lorenzo Vitali's Sahara is a captivating exploration of the intangible power of nature. His photos show the changing shapes of the sand, but also highlights the complexity of the interplay between light and dark. WIDOWS' HOLI Celebratory colors of Holi fill the ancient city of Vrindavan! Street and documentary photographer Abhay Patel captures the unique Widow's Holi in his lens, bringing to life the joyous emotions of the festival. RIPPLED REALITIES The panorama has been redefined in the work of photographer, Susan Bowen. Her fearless journey created new thinking patterns that motivated and inspired a profound body of work.

  • CHOOSING TO CHALLENGE by SUZANNE PHOENIX

    PICTORIAL STORY 8th March, 2021 CHOOSING TO CHALLENGE #IWD #CHOOSETOCHALLENGE Photography by Suzanne Phoenix Story by Melanie Meggs As we mark the annual celebration of International Women's Day, there is a resounding call to honor the remarkable social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. Now in its 109th year, this special day is more than just a milestone, but an opportunity to recognise the incredible progress made by women globally in their fight for gender parity. Every year since 2012 Australian photographer Suzanne Phoenix has curated an International Women's Day photography portrait series - What Does International Women's Day Mean to Me? Suzanne has created an impressive collection of over 100 portraits, featuring inspiring, courageous, shy and outspoken cis and trans women, non-binary people, and others from all walks of life - both from her home city of Melbourne and the Yarra Valley, where she resides. This series includes many well-known artists, activists, authors, musicians, performers, photographers, comedians and fashion designers, as well as boxers, human rights workers, and massage therapists. It is a visual snapshot of the fierce, funny, and extraordinary individuals who have inspired her world. Through this project, Suzanne has sought to respond to the inequality, discrimination, sexism, misogyny and gendered violence that exists in Australia. Photography has provided her with a rhythm to life, a way of pausing and exploring her creative side without judgment, and an opportunity to grow as a person. In this 10th year of the project, Suzanne is celebrating with a self-publication of the portraits and the responses from individuals about the importance of International Women’s Day, as well as documentation of project events and poster paste-ups. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions it has not been possible for Suzanne to create new portraits. Lenz Ma, 2020 - Guitarist/vocalist in Spawn, Landscape Architect © Suzanne Phoenix Ra Nikolaidis, 2019 - Makeup Artist, Artist, Dancer, Professional Weirdo © Suzanne Phoenix Jewel De Gelder, 2020 - bass guitarist in Spawn. © Suzanne Phoenix Mary Mihelakos, 2019 - Melbourne Music Enthusiast, Music Victoria Hall of Fame © Suzanne Phoenix Kylie Auldist, 2018 - singer © Suzanne Phoenix Amy Taylor, 2019 - singer in Amyl and the Sniffers and Victorian Musician of The Year 2020 © Suzanne Phoenix Phoebe Taylor, 2019 - part of punk band Bitch Diesel © Suzanne Phoenix Lexi Lovedack, 2018 - guitarist in Lazertits © Suzanne Phoenix Erica Dunn, 2019 - musician in Tropical F**k Storm, MOD CON and Palm Springs © Suzanne Phoenix Keven 007, 2020 - musician in Glitoris © Suzanne Phoenix Helen Marcou AM, 2018 - owner Bakehouse Studios and music advocate © Suzanne Phoenix Christina Aubry, 2020 - artist © Suzanne Phoenix Angela Savage, 2018 - Award-winning author, craftivist and CEO of Public Libraries © Suzanne Phoenix Alice Skye, 2019 - singer and songwriter - Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist © Suzanne Phoenix Amy-ann Broomhall (Bam-Bam), 2018 - a firebrand performer and community organiser, turned psychology major and dog mother © Suzanne Phoenix Andrew Glitoris, 2020 - musician in Glitoris Band © Suzanne Phoenix Jessi Leigh, 2020 - model, makeup artist © Suzanne Phoenix The self-publication will be available as a printed magazine or book, or a digital download through Suzanne's website and 10% of the profits will be donated to Djirra, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation providing practical support to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence, or have in the past. Thank you Suzanne for giving us this opportunity to share your important work about this very important day for all women. Header Image: Kristy Harris, 2019 - World Championship bronze medallist boxer view Suzanne's portfolio Buy Suzanne's books >>> Read "ISOLATION PORTRAITS" by Suzanne >>> Website >>> Instagram >>> Important sources - International Women's Day Website Donate to Djirra The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author/s, and are not necessarily shared by The Pictorial List and the team. read more stories >>> KOALA COUNTRY Sean Paris invites viewers on a transformative journey, challenging our perceptions and fostering a new appreciation for rural Australia through mesmerizing infrared photography. MOMMIE Arlene Gottfried’s poignant exploration of motherhood in “Mommie” is not just a collection of photographs but a profound tribute to the enduring bonds of family and the universal experiences of love, loss, and resilience. BIFRÖST In "Bifröst," Romain Coudrier masterfully captures Norway's timeless beauty, blending myth with modernity through black and white photography. A stunning exploration. MUD Dedipya Basak's documentary project explores an 800-year-old lake's struggle against global warming, highlighting its relevance and urgency in modern times. A WORLD WITHIN REACH In his Cuba project, Pedro Vidal celebrates human resilience and warmth through captivating imagery, revealing photography's profound ability to encapsulate emotions and memories. UNVEILING VULNERABILITY In a world where masculinity is often synonymous with stoicism and strength, Francesca Tiboni challenges us to reevaluate our perceptions of masculinity, inviting us to embrace the complexity of the male emotional experience. TRANSCENDENTS: SPIRIT MEDIUMS IN BURMA AND THAILAND Mariette Pathy Allen's visual narrative celebrates authenticity, spotlighting Spirit Mediums' enigmatic presence in both possession and daily life. She portrays them as essential to cultures steeped in Animism, reflecting the enduring essence of human authenticity. COALESCENCE Visual diptychs intricately depicting the intimate exchange between a mother and daughter, transcending personal narratives to explore universal themes of transition, acceptance, and the beauty of change. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANSEL ADAMS In following the footsteps of the masterful Ansel Adams, Karin Svadlenak Gomez not only paid homage to his timeless work but also embarked on a transformative journey. PARALELL REALITIES Through her lens, Catia Montagna explores the impact of socioeconomic factors and social norms on our daily lives, revealing the subtle poetry of small, insignificant moments that capture the ‘existential’ and the ephemeral, in the human condition. A TALE OF NATURE AND HERITAGE With her words and photographs, Ana-Maria Alb invites readers to join her on a journey through the breathtaking Carpathians. ON THE TRAIL OF LOVE LOST Through Sasha’s photo essay, we are given a glimpse into a beautiful love story and the unbreakable strength and resilience of the human spirit. Join us as we explore Sasha Ivanov’s heartfelt tribute to Lydia and Nikolai. SAHIB: THE FRANKINCENSE BOY France Leclerc’s documentary exploration embraces the community finding captivating stories for her visual translations. Her story takes us to the village of Poshina, where we meet Sahib. THEY HAVE GONE Lorenzo Vitali felt compelled to explore the landscapes of Eastern Veneto, to understand its emotional affective relationship and document it through his photography. I AM WATER Paola Ferrarotti explores her deep connection with the water and how it has transformed her understanding of life and herself. THE STRANDED PAKISTANIS Anwar Ehtesham captures the beauty of human emotion in all its rawest forms in the face of adversity and offers an insight into the complexity of the lives of the Bihari people and their relationship with their environment. BLINDFOLD CHESS Anastasiya Pentyukhina’s documentation of blindfolded chess provides an insight into this often overlooked world of sports, and sheds light on the unique challenges faced by visually impaired players. SKIN STORIES Tony Reddrop strives to look beyond the ink in his latest project, believing that by looking beyond the physical appearance of a person you will find their unique story. WHERE THE WAVES MEET THE OCEAN Uma Muthuraaman explores the idea of finding in ourselves what we seek in other people and places — like waves searching for the ocean, being it, and not knowing it. THE ARTISANAL SALT FARMERS OF GOZO Naima Hall takes us on a journey with the Cini family, giving us a glimpse into their artisanal salt-farming practices and uncovering the broader geo-heritage of Gozo. CRACKS TO MEND Through her powerful photographs, Ida Di Pasquale shares the story of her birth house in Italy - a village that was left in ruins after two fatal earthquakes. THE WHIRLING DERVISHES OF KONYA Follow Rpnunyez's journey as he captures the beauty and strength of the Whirling Dervishes as they perform their ritual dance. SAHARA: THE SHAPE AND THE SHADOW Lorenzo Vitali's Sahara is a captivating exploration of the intangible power of nature. His photos show the changing shapes of the sand, but also highlights the complexity of the interplay between light and dark. WIDOWS' HOLI Celebratory colors of Holi fill the ancient city of Vrindavan! Street and documentary photographer Abhay Patel captures the unique Widow's Holi in his lens, bringing to life the joyous emotions of the festival. RIPPLED REALITIES The panorama has been redefined in the work of photographer, Susan Bowen. Her fearless journey created new thinking patterns that motivated and inspired a profound body of work.

  • BEN ALLAN

    BEN ALLAN be inspired Gallery // ARTIST'S STATEMENT // I love just wandering around with my camera - generally I follow my nose, look up and around and see what catches my eye. I'm always drawn to buildings - especially tall ones - which I photograph in a way that makes them seem very abstract and graphical. Talking of graphical, I would say my photography is very much led by grids - I think about lines and edges within compositions before anything else. Especially when it comes to editing my photos. I nearly always shoot for black and white - that's generally all I share on my Instagram, anyway. There's something about the removal of colour that seems to heighten lines, grids and patterns within images. So it suits my style perfectly. LOCATION London UNITED KINGDOM CAMERA Canon 80D CATEGORY architecture, street ​ ​ @BALLONANDON ​ FEATURES // Gridlines

  • THE SHOW MUST GO ON by SIMO VAISANEN

    PICTORIAL STORY October 23, 2020 THE SHOW MUST GO ON ​ Photography and story by Simo Väisänen Introduction by Melanie Meggs When we think of circus, we often conjure up images of wild animals, daring aerial acts and colourful clowns. But there is much more to the circus than just entertainment and spectacle. In Finland, the circus is an art form that has been around for centuries, evolving and growing to become a respected and much-loved part of the country's cultural heritage. This is why Simo Väisanen, a highly accomplished Finnish photographer, has had a long-held fascination with the circus and has captured some stunning photographs of shows by Circus Caliba, Circus Florentino and Circus Finlandia between 2012 and 2019. His love for old Finnish black and white movies, Italian neorealism and Akira Kurosawa's and Sergei Eisenstein's productions shines through in his photographs, captivating audiences with the beauty of the circus and its characters. Step into the magical world of the circus with Simo Väisanen's photography and embark on a journey of discovery and delight! I have always been a great fan of circus. It all begun when me and my kid brother hadn't even started school yet. Our Mum took us to a circus which had come to our home town Kuopio in Finland. We saw lions, dogs, horses and one Indian elephant doing their act with their trainer or tamer behind his or her whip. Nowadays there are no wild animals in circuses in Finland. That's the law. I believe that's ok. Lions belong to Africa. Circus (sirkus - fin, circus - en) in Finland began when a French equestrian circus group performed in Turku in 1802. In successive decades Finland became a fixture on international circus tours as groups passed through on their way to St. Petersburg from Stockholm. During the last 200 years circus has grown to become a respected, active and independent art form. The first Finnish circus troupe started performing in 1896. At the beginning of the 20th century, circus acts were often performed as part of touring funfairs, but long distances, hard winters and the high entertainment taxes that were levied on circus hindered sustainable circus activity. Finland is the third country in Europe, where circus has been accepted into the National Inventory of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The second awakening of Finnish circus began in the 1970s. The founding of our biggest touring tented circus, Sirkus Finlandia in 1976 revived a long-lost Finnish circus tradition. Youth circuses were also established in the same decade. Since then, a huge rise in the number of children and youth engaged in circus as a hobby has fed a new generation of performers and spectators. Today there are more than 8,000 amateurs in 44 youth circus schools and clubs all around the country. High quality youth circus education is widely available, and is designed to provide a solid footing for professionalism in this art field. Contemporary circus art began to develop in Finland in the 1990s. One important step in the development of the art form in Finland was the founding of The Association Cirko – Centre for New Circus in 2002. Between 2004 and 2006 Cirko carried out a development project for a new circus with funding from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. In 2006 Cirko was divided into two, so that the tasks of documenting, developing and promoting circus arts became the responsibility of Circus Info Finland and Cirko continued as a production centre. The opening of the Cirko venue and residency centre for contemporary circus in Helsinki in 2011 was a major step forward. Today we have around twenty full-time contemporary circus companies and around the same number of solo artists, duos, collectives and working groups, with an estimated 250 circus professionals. Circus is being taught in two educational institutes. The street arts sector in Finland still remains quite small and unorganised. Outdoor performances can be seen at summer festivals in Finnish cities and villages, but our short summertime and unpredictable weather conditions have hindered the growth of the sector. The Finnish government has systematically supported circus arts over the last decade. Nevertheless, compared to the state support received by theatre and music venues the support for circus is still very small-scale. In 2014 circus art was finally included in the law for theatres and orchestras, but there until now there are no circus organisations that receive legislated funding from the government. Circus Finlandia, where I took some of the photos shown here, is The National Circus of Finland. It is a touring family circus founded by the Jernström family in 1976. The Circus Finlandia Grand Tour around Finland starts in April and ends in Helsinki in October. More than 200,000 Finns see their programme every year. Other famous big circuses that have been touring in Finland in the 21st century are Sirkus Caliba, Sirkus Florentino, Sirkus Tähti and Sirkus Valentino. There's one image though that will stay in my mind forever. A trapeze act is an essential part of any circus. In 1960's there were no safety nets in circuses. That first ever evening at the circus there was this already a bit elderly German couple with their only son in his twenties. The son flew through the air and his parents kept watching him closely at the same time taking care of the ropes that controlled the trapeze bars. Suddenly the son couldn't catch the bar coming towards him and he came down almost head first and thudded on the sawdust. The poor mother ran screaming to her son and started caressing his back gently with her hand. Soon we heard the ambulance. The paramedics did their job and in no time the ambulance headed to the hospital with the whole family in it. The circus band started playing again and the ringmaster announced the next performance. The show must go on! © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen © Simo Väisänen Simo Väisanen's photography captures the beauty and timelessness of the circus, an art form that has been around for centuries in Finland. His works are inspired by the greats in the world of film, bringing to life the spectacle of the circus world. We take the opportunity to thank Simo for allowing us to step into the beautiful world of the circus and be inspired by the characters and stories that he captures with his photographs. view Simo's portfolio Read an interview with Simo >>> Website >>> Instagram >>> Sources used in story - Circus Finland Sirkus Info Casa Circuits The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author/s, and are not necessarily shared by The Pictorial List and the team. read more stories >>> KOALA COUNTRY Sean Paris invites viewers on a transformative journey, challenging our perceptions and fostering a new appreciation for rural Australia through mesmerizing infrared photography. MOMMIE Arlene Gottfried’s poignant exploration of motherhood in “Mommie” is not just a collection of photographs but a profound tribute to the enduring bonds of family and the universal experiences of love, loss, and resilience. BIFRÖST In "Bifröst," Romain Coudrier masterfully captures Norway's timeless beauty, blending myth with modernity through black and white photography. A stunning exploration. MUD Dedipya Basak's documentary project explores an 800-year-old lake's struggle against global warming, highlighting its relevance and urgency in modern times. A WORLD WITHIN REACH In his Cuba project, Pedro Vidal celebrates human resilience and warmth through captivating imagery, revealing photography's profound ability to encapsulate emotions and memories. UNVEILING VULNERABILITY In a world where masculinity is often synonymous with stoicism and strength, Francesca Tiboni challenges us to reevaluate our perceptions of masculinity, inviting us to embrace the complexity of the male emotional experience. TRANSCENDENTS: SPIRIT MEDIUMS IN BURMA AND THAILAND Mariette Pathy Allen's visual narrative celebrates authenticity, spotlighting Spirit Mediums' enigmatic presence in both possession and daily life. She portrays them as essential to cultures steeped in Animism, reflecting the enduring essence of human authenticity. COALESCENCE Visual diptychs intricately depicting the intimate exchange between a mother and daughter, transcending personal narratives to explore universal themes of transition, acceptance, and the beauty of change. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANSEL ADAMS In following the footsteps of the masterful Ansel Adams, Karin Svadlenak Gomez not only paid homage to his timeless work but also embarked on a transformative journey. PARALELL REALITIES Through her lens, Catia Montagna explores the impact of socioeconomic factors and social norms on our daily lives, revealing the subtle poetry of small, insignificant moments that capture the ‘existential’ and the ephemeral, in the human condition. A TALE OF NATURE AND HERITAGE With her words and photographs, Ana-Maria Alb invites readers to join her on a journey through the breathtaking Carpathians. ON THE TRAIL OF LOVE LOST Through Sasha’s photo essay, we are given a glimpse into a beautiful love story and the unbreakable strength and resilience of the human spirit. Join us as we explore Sasha Ivanov’s heartfelt tribute to Lydia and Nikolai. SAHIB: THE FRANKINCENSE BOY France Leclerc’s documentary exploration embraces the community finding captivating stories for her visual translations. Her story takes us to the village of Poshina, where we meet Sahib. THEY HAVE GONE Lorenzo Vitali felt compelled to explore the landscapes of Eastern Veneto, to understand its emotional affective relationship and document it through his photography. I AM WATER Paola Ferrarotti explores her deep connection with the water and how it has transformed her understanding of life and herself. THE STRANDED PAKISTANIS Anwar Ehtesham captures the beauty of human emotion in all its rawest forms in the face of adversity and offers an insight into the complexity of the lives of the Bihari people and their relationship with their environment. BLINDFOLD CHESS Anastasiya Pentyukhina’s documentation of blindfolded chess provides an insight into this often overlooked world of sports, and sheds light on the unique challenges faced by visually impaired players. SKIN STORIES Tony Reddrop strives to look beyond the ink in his latest project, believing that by looking beyond the physical appearance of a person you will find their unique story. WHERE THE WAVES MEET THE OCEAN Uma Muthuraaman explores the idea of finding in ourselves what we seek in other people and places — like waves searching for the ocean, being it, and not knowing it. THE ARTISANAL SALT FARMERS OF GOZO Naima Hall takes us on a journey with the Cini family, giving us a glimpse into their artisanal salt-farming practices and uncovering the broader geo-heritage of Gozo. CRACKS TO MEND Through her powerful photographs, Ida Di Pasquale shares the story of her birth house in Italy - a village that was left in ruins after two fatal earthquakes. THE WHIRLING DERVISHES OF KONYA Follow Rpnunyez's journey as he captures the beauty and strength of the Whirling Dervishes as they perform their ritual dance. SAHARA: THE SHAPE AND THE SHADOW Lorenzo Vitali's Sahara is a captivating exploration of the intangible power of nature. His photos show the changing shapes of the sand, but also highlights the complexity of the interplay between light and dark. WIDOWS' HOLI Celebratory colors of Holi fill the ancient city of Vrindavan! Street and documentary photographer Abhay Patel captures the unique Widow's Holi in his lens, bringing to life the joyous emotions of the festival. RIPPLED REALITIES The panorama has been redefined in the work of photographer, Susan Bowen. Her fearless journey created new thinking patterns that motivated and inspired a profound body of work.

  • A SENSE OF TIME AND PLACE | IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER BARTLETT

    INTERVIEW October 30, 2020 A SENSE OF TIME AND PLACE ​ Photography by Peter Bartlett Interview by Karin Svadlenak Gomez West Yorkshire photographer Peter Bartlett has a long standing interest in documentary photography dating back to the 1970s. This has evolved into a portfolio that documents everyday life against a backdrop of the ordinary urban landscapes of northern England over the last fifty years. Since his retirement in 2006, Peter has immersed himself in photography, undertaking many different projects, exhibiting his work internationally, gaining several hundred acceptances and receiving numerous awards. In 2010 he was awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS). A long term project photographing Manchester’s Northern Quarter included a body of work that gained Peter an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) in 2018. Peter has self-published several books of his work including the titles ‘Shards of West Yorkshire’ volumes one & two, ‘The Northern Quarter’, ‘Various Covered Vehicles’ and ‘Empty Premises’. October 2020 saw the publication of Peter’s 2019 project ‘A Day at the Races’ through ADM Publications. “I was born in Stockport in Greater Manchester and have lived in different parts of the North of England all my life. I now live near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. My first experience of photography dates back to the age of around ten when I was given a Halina 35x for Christmas. With this camera I learned about exposure and how to process and print black and white films with the help of my father who was a keen amateur photographer.” IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER BARTLETT THE PICTORIAL LIST: Peter, you told us that your interest in documentary photography dates back to the 1970s. Could you tell us more about that? PETER BARTLETT: As a hobby photographer, most of my images were ‘one-offs’ as opposed to parts of themed sets, but throughout the 70s and 80s I was always fascinated by the work of leading photojournalists and looking back at old prints and images I can see the influence these photographers had on my work. After a break from photography in the 90s I bought my first DSLR in 2003 - initially my images were fairly eclectic but I was drawn to street photography, making a conscious commitment to that genre around 2010. In recent years this has evolved into themed projects, many of which have become self-published books on the Blurb platform. TPL: Where do you find your inspiration to photograph? PB: I'm an inveterate people watcher, so wherever I go, whether I have a camera with me or not I watch, observe and see potential images - not only people but also the urban landscape around them. I guess my inspiration is everyday life. TPL: You did not grow up in an Internet-based age. (None of our team did either.) How do you feel about the various social media photo platforms that have made sharing photography with a large audience so easy? What advantages and disadvantages do you see in this? PB: I have used Flickr for many years and more recently Facebook and Instagram. Each platform provides a means of sharing my images and perhaps more importantly viewing the work of others. Sadly Flickr is a shadow of what it was and I have never really been comfortable with Facebook. When I signed up to Instagram just over two years ago, I was sceptical, but the platform won me over quickly and opened up a number of wider opportunities including contribution to an online exhibition during lockdown, the publication of ‘A Day at the Races’ and of course, this feature. So, mainly positive although I do have concerns about some of my images being lifted and used by others without permission. But, I guess that’s one of the risks of online life. TPL: In general, what do you want to express through your photography? And what are some of the elements you always try to include in your photographs? PB: Now, most of my photography is project based, each image is part of a larger piece of work. Depending on the project, I guess my principal objective is to capture a sense of time and place. TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance? PB: My serious interest in photography evolved during the 1970s and I recall enjoying the early work of Martin Parr along with Chris Killip, Chris Steele-Perkins, Tony Ray-Jones and Homer Sykes. In the late 1970s I was hugely impressed by a major Cartier Bresson exhibition at the V&A Museum in London. Shortly after that I bought a copy of Ian Berry’s book ‘The English’, which I browse now. I’m sure much of this will have stayed with me. ​ ​ I'm an inveterate people watcher, so wherever I go, whether I have a camera with me or not I watch, observe and see potential images - not only people but also the urban landscape around them. TPL: Does the equipment you use help you in achieving your vision in your photography? What camera do you use? Do you have a preferred lens/focal length? PB: Initially I used a DSLR for street photography, usually with a prime lens. Ten years ago, I moved to the micro four thirds system. I’ve had several Olympus bodies and currently use a Pen F with small prime lenses (usually 28mm, 34mm, and 50mm full frame equivalent). I do have other lenses including zooms but use these much less. I also use the Ricoh GR range (currently a GRiii) with its fixed 28mm equivalent focal length. The move to a more compact kit enabled me to capture images that would have been impossible with a larger camera. TPL: Your photos show people in your home country, the UK. Do you have a favourite place to photograph in? PB: As a student I studied the Industrial Revolution and have always been fascinated by the remnants of those times in the Northern post-industrial communities, where I have lived all my life. So, I love to make images against the backdrop of post-industrial landscapes in the communities across the North of England. TPL: When you go out on the streets, do you have a concept in mind of what you want to shoot, or do you let the images just "come to you", or is it both? PB: Yes and no. I usually work on several projects at a time. Typically, I’ll have a specific project in mind when I go out to photograph, but I’m constantly on the lookout for images that will fit within other projects, as well as subjects that may be the inspiration for a new project. TPL: What are some of your goals as an artist? Where do you see yourself or hope to see yourself in five years? PB: When I moved to a project based approach I hoped that I might create a body of work that captures something of the lives, times and activities of ordinary people in the part of the UK where I live. It will, perhaps, be for others to decide whether I achieve that objective. Five years seems a long time! The impact of Covid-19 has been significant for me. I’m over 70 years of age and during the spring lockdown I took stock and recognised that the world has changed and things are not likely to return to the way they were. I have no desire to shoot images of people in masks, nor do I think that at my age it will be wise to spend time in busy places shooting street images with a wide angle lens. So I anticipate that my work will focus on urban and post-industrial landscape along with images of quirky subjects that catch my eye. That said, I’m sure that a fair number of images will continue to include people! TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about? PB: The images that illustrate this interview are from my project 'Shards of West Yorkshire'. In 2016 I embarked upon this long term street photography project hoping to capture something of the essence of the post-industrial communities of West Yorkshire. My plan had been to continue shooting until the end of 2020 and self-publish five books, each of around 65 images. The intervention of Covid-19 in March brought an early conclusion to the planned shoots. Two books have been published (Vol.1 & Vol.2). I am currently working on Vol.3 and expect to publish this in the New Year. I do have sufficient images for a fourth book, whether there is enough material for a fifth book is something I’ll consider after Vol.4 is published in late 2021. TPL: "When I am not out photographing, I (like to)… PB: Listen to music (jazz and classical) and spend time with my family." Peter Bartlett's long-standing interest in documentary photography has resulted in a unique and interesting portfolio which documents everyday life against a backdrop of the ordinary urban landscapes of northern England. Peter's most recent projects have further enriched his portfolio, allowing us to delve deeper into his creative and thought-provoking work. To view more of his projects and learn more about his work, use the links below. VIEW PETER'S PORTFOLIO Read "A DAY AT THE RACES" by Peter Peter's website >>> Instagram >>> read more interviews >>> EPHEMERAL RHYTHMS Edwin Carungay's "Boardwalk Diary" captures the vibrant, raw essence of life at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, celebrating the diverse and unfiltered humanity that converges along California's iconic coastline. THE ART OF SELF Mia Depaola's photography inspires self-awareness, capturing the beauty of the human spirit and immortalizing it through her insightful lens. TRUE LIFE IMPRESSIONS Matthias Godde's meticulously curates photographs that blend observation with introspection, resonating with profound emotional depth and infused with wit, irony, and occasional absurdity. NATURE KNOWS NO PAUSE Through her photographs Ann Petruckevitch captures the resilience of nature amidst the challenges of climate change, serving as a reflection on humanity’s relationship with the natural world. URBAN ECHOES Through his project “Echo,” Rowell B. Timoteo extends an invitation to explore the vibrant streets of San Fernando, where his lens captures the nuanced interplay of light, shadow, and human emotion. COLORS OF A GREY CITY In Rafa Rojas' photography project, we witness the convergence of passion and purpose, a visual ode to the city of São Paulo he calls home. PRIMAL INSTINCT Tara Sellios invites us to explore the interplay of life and death, of decay and beauty, and to find within that juxtaposition a reflection of our own existential journey. OPPORTUNITIES The Pictorial List partners with International Photography Awards, enhancing resources for photographers worldwide. We interview IPA founder Hossein Farmani, a visionary in photography. MINIMALIST REVERIE Nazanin Davari's minimalist style invites you to an imaginative world where silence and freedom converge, painting unseen beauty with her lens. THE AUTHENTIC GAZE: THE DON'T SMILE PROJECT Delve into the visual anthology of urban youth, a collection of moments where the mundane transcends into the profound, sparked by the click of Amy Horowitz's camera. BLACK AND WHITE WITH A THREAD OF RED Valeria Cunha is fascinated by the street, using it as inspiration to find structure amidst the confusion. Her photography creates intriguing connections and relationships through dynamic compositions that convey emotion. TALES OF A CITY With a passion for exploring the world through his camera lens, Seigar brings a unique perspective to his art, infused with reflections, colors, and icons. 18 >> 20 Elsa Arrais composed a simultaneously artistic, emotional, poetic and imagery portrait of her city in a predetermined period of time. WOMEN WARRIORS OF AZERBAIJAN Fidan Nazimqizi is aware of distinct challenges the women in her community are confronted with on a daily basis. Their struggles have become a focus for her photography. SHOOT NEW YORK CITY Leanne Staples is a passionate and driven street photographer whose honest perspective of city life captures both its simplicity and complexity. TRANSTEMPORAL Russell Cobb is an incredible photographer and storyteller who offers viewers a chance to step into the past and explore the nuances of culture and history. A LOVE SONG TO THE AMERICAN WEST We have the pleasure of seeing and hearing the visual stories created between photographer, Ross Taylor and musician, Russick Smith. As the wind sweeps through the landscapes the notes of a cello fill every void. JESSE'S STORY Jesse’s story becomes a timeless testament of an unconventional and successful fighter. Andrée Thorpe invites us to reflect on the inspiring journey of this brave individual. WALKING BUENOS AIRES We take a deep dive into the journey of Alex Gottfried Bonder - an artist who has spent many years uncovering the soul of Buenos Aires through street photography. UNDER THE COVERS WITH AMERICAN BEDROOM Barbara Peacock, opens the door to her subjects' bedroom, revealing their intimate thoughts and emotions. Discover the confidence and trust shared between the photographer and subject for an authentic and inspiring experience.

  • SENSE OF ROMANCE | IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL DUCKWORTH

    INTERVIEW March 15, 2020 SENSE OF ROMANCE ​ Photography by Michael Duckworth Interview by Melanie Meggs Michael Duckworth has always had a passion for photography, firmly rooted in his childhood spent exploring the wild landscapes of the Lake District where he grew up. It was this experience of awe and wonder of nature that would drive him to pursue art, photography and film at Manchester. Yet it was his subsequent move to London that would truly shape Michael’s vision, as he soon found himself spending every spare moment with friends, working as a Director of Photography on short films, music videos and a multitude of other passion projects. It is clear that Michael’s work is inspired by his background in art and cinematography, each image evoking a sense of romance, but also the solitude and darkness of the city. His motivation is to create a cinematic atmosphere, allowing each viewer to immerse themselves in the captivating visuals and gain a glimpse into his world – one that is filled with mysterious stories, subtle emotions and vivid details. Michael's photographs are not simply snapshots; they are windows into a larger narrative, inviting us to explore and discover its many layers. Through his pictures, Michael wants to make us feel something, provoke us to think, and connect with the beauty of the city. So, join us as we delve deeper into the creative mind of Michael, an artist whose goal is to bring forth the beauty of the world and to evoke a sense of emotion within the viewer. Let’s discover how his style has evolved over the years, how his work reflects his experience of life in London and what we can learn from his powerful imagery. “I started photography at school, we were lucky enough to have a dark room, so I would wander around the Lake District countryside with a roll of black and white film. With only 24 exposures, shooting anything I found interesting, the results were often terrible, but I was definitely hooked and slowly got better.” IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL DUCKWORTH THE PICTORIAL LIST: Michael, where do you find your inspiration for your photography? MICHAEL DUCKWORTH: My inspiration doesn’t always come from other photographers and their work but often movies (especially noir), paintings and the music that I listen to as I wander around the city. Also more recently at a Manga exhibition I was especially inspired by the clean graphic style and powerful compositions. TPL: Has your style of photographing changed since you first started getting serious about your street photography? MD: My style is always being pulled in opposing directions I loved the clean graphic style of photographers like Jason M. Peterson around the time I first started sharing photos on Instagram. But now I become more excited by texture and tonality, and seeking a more abstract interpretation of a scene, but ultimately, I feel I’m still looking for my style as it always evolving. ​ ​ TPL: Where is your favourite place(s) to photograph? MD: Favourite places in London oddly are either the seedy alleys, old railway bridges and fading buildings or famous landmarks where I enjoy the challenge to find a unique view on an over photographed location, but I often start out trying to get lost in a city that I’ve become very familiar with, seeking out a hidden London. TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out? MD: I don’t feel equipment is important in photography, when I first move to London I was working as a Cinematographer on music videos and short films, I was an often slow and meticulous process with complex camera set ups. It was a huge revelation when I realised that I could shoot and edit on my iPhone, the ability to work so quickly and freely meant my photography improved more quickly than the days of shooting on film. If you’re starting out shooting on a phone often means you need to be more creative, its compact and inconspicuous so it lends itself to more intimate photography. ​ ​ The photographer's most important piece of equipment is a good pair of shoes. TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a good photographer? What’s your tips or advice for someone in your genre? MD: I think one of the main characteristics you need to be a good photographer is take the time to find what’s interesting around you, for example street photography isn’t about rushing from location to location. Don’t be afraid to keep visiting the same location, it will change constantly at different times of the day, seasons or weather, it can also be a great challenge to find a new take on a familiar scene. Visit a location enough and you’ll be able to visualise the scene before it happens, you’ll know how the shadow move across it and feel the rhythm of the city, predicting how your subject moves throughout the frame. TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance? MD: I’ve been very inspired by the work of Fan Ho, Trent Parke, also cinematographers such as Conrad Hall, Darius Khondji and Roger Deakins. I’ve also be inspired by the artist J.M.W. Turner, I love the way his early work shows such masterful use of light, but also how his work became much more abstract and impressionist. This is something I aspire to do with my own work in time. ​ ​ ​ ​ TPL: "If I wasn’t photographing what would I be doing?... MD: I’d love to be involved in design, it was something I studied at university and it’s always been a useful set of skills, just like photography it helps you to see the world in a different way." ​ ​ Michael's unique style of photography captures the beauty of both romance and the solitude of the city. His creative eye and passion for the craft shines through in each shot. If you're looking for a talented photographer to capture the essence of film noir, connect with Michael through Instagram. VIEW MICHAEL'S PORTFOLIO Michael's instagram >>> read more interviews >>> EPHEMERAL RHYTHMS Edwin Carungay's "Boardwalk Diary" captures the vibrant, raw essence of life at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, celebrating the diverse and unfiltered humanity that converges along California's iconic coastline. THE ART OF SELF Mia Depaola's photography inspires self-awareness, capturing the beauty of the human spirit and immortalizing it through her insightful lens. TRUE LIFE IMPRESSIONS Matthias Godde's meticulously curates photographs that blend observation with introspection, resonating with profound emotional depth and infused with wit, irony, and occasional absurdity. NATURE KNOWS NO PAUSE Through her photographs Ann Petruckevitch captures the resilience of nature amidst the challenges of climate change, serving as a reflection on humanity’s relationship with the natural world. URBAN ECHOES Through his project “Echo,” Rowell B. Timoteo extends an invitation to explore the vibrant streets of San Fernando, where his lens captures the nuanced interplay of light, shadow, and human emotion. COLORS OF A GREY CITY In Rafa Rojas' photography project, we witness the convergence of passion and purpose, a visual ode to the city of São Paulo he calls home. PRIMAL INSTINCT Tara Sellios invites us to explore the interplay of life and death, of decay and beauty, and to find within that juxtaposition a reflection of our own existential journey. OPPORTUNITIES The Pictorial List partners with International Photography Awards, enhancing resources for photographers worldwide. We interview IPA founder Hossein Farmani, a visionary in photography. MINIMALIST REVERIE Nazanin Davari's minimalist style invites you to an imaginative world where silence and freedom converge, painting unseen beauty with her lens. THE AUTHENTIC GAZE: THE DON'T SMILE PROJECT Delve into the visual anthology of urban youth, a collection of moments where the mundane transcends into the profound, sparked by the click of Amy Horowitz's camera. BLACK AND WHITE WITH A THREAD OF RED Valeria Cunha is fascinated by the street, using it as inspiration to find structure amidst the confusion. Her photography creates intriguing connections and relationships through dynamic compositions that convey emotion. TALES OF A CITY With a passion for exploring the world through his camera lens, Seigar brings a unique perspective to his art, infused with reflections, colors, and icons. 18 >> 20 Elsa Arrais composed a simultaneously artistic, emotional, poetic and imagery portrait of her city in a predetermined period of time. WOMEN WARRIORS OF AZERBAIJAN Fidan Nazimqizi is aware of distinct challenges the women in her community are confronted with on a daily basis. Their struggles have become a focus for her photography. SHOOT NEW YORK CITY Leanne Staples is a passionate and driven street photographer whose honest perspective of city life captures both its simplicity and complexity. TRANSTEMPORAL Russell Cobb is an incredible photographer and storyteller who offers viewers a chance to step into the past and explore the nuances of culture and history. A LOVE SONG TO THE AMERICAN WEST We have the pleasure of seeing and hearing the visual stories created between photographer, Ross Taylor and musician, Russick Smith. As the wind sweeps through the landscapes the notes of a cello fill every void. JESSE'S STORY Jesse’s story becomes a timeless testament of an unconventional and successful fighter. Andrée Thorpe invites us to reflect on the inspiring journey of this brave individual. WALKING BUENOS AIRES We take a deep dive into the journey of Alex Gottfried Bonder - an artist who has spent many years uncovering the soul of Buenos Aires through street photography. UNDER THE COVERS WITH AMERICAN BEDROOM Barbara Peacock, opens the door to her subjects' bedroom, revealing their intimate thoughts and emotions. Discover the confidence and trust shared between the photographer and subject for an authentic and inspiring experience.

  • THE CONDUCTORS by ROBERT SHERMAN

    PICTORIAL STORY December 3, 2021 THE CONDUCTORS A LOVE STORY Photography and words by Robert Sherman Introduction by Melanie Meggs Every day, countless New Yorkers jump on the MTA Subway, not realizing the important role that train conductors play in keeping the system running smoothly. Robert Sherman - a talented photographer, musician, and composer based in New York City - takes us behind the scenes in this personal project to get an intimate glimpse of their often thankless job. From his hometown of Chicago to his current work as a columnist and social media manager for the Fire Island newspaper in New York, Robert has developed a pure passion for the art of photography. But here, he captures something even more profound, as he documents the daily lives of subway conductors and the diverse people they serve. What lies beneath the surface of the usually unnoticed details of subway life? What stories and secrets do these conductors carry with them? Through these photos, Robert’s lens allows us to see beyond the mundane and explore the importance of this often overlooked profession. Follow along on this journey with Robert Sherman, as he brings to light the often overlooked but integral role train conductors play in our lives. New York City MTA SUBWAY, EVERYDAY: A few years ago, as I exited the middle car on one particularly relaxed subway ride, I noticed a conductor open her window and stick her arm out and point up to the ceiling for what seemed like no particular reason. I thought to myself, what a lovely gesture of reverence and reverie! But it turns out it was neither, as I discovered by asking the next one I saw later that week. It is actually a required action taken by the 'middleman' conductor at every subway stop. Its purpose is twofold: it shows the roaming MTA platform inspectors that the conductors are alert and paying attention to their job, and, more importantly, they are pointing at a (previously unnoticed by me) zebra striped sign set in the exact center of each platform. This indicates to the watchful eyes of the conductor up front that it is safe to open the doors. This, in turn, protects the passengers from stepping out directly onto the tracks had the train not been aligned properly at the stop. It is a beautiful example of man and machine working in harmony. There may be the technology to do all of this automatically, yet it remains the chosen way to keep this charmingly human engagement alive and well. The zebra signs first appeared as general markers between every two cars around WW1, and the gesture itself originated in Japan, where it was being used for the same purpose, although more elaborately - including voice signals, and the turning of an complex set of switches. It is referred to there as shisa kanko. The MTA adopted and mandated this ritualistic action in the late 1990s after a number of incidents where passengers fell onto the tracks. And the new system has helped quite a bit in preventing that from happening ever since. At any rate, I still choose to see it as simply a beautiful gesture, one that connects me to the perhaps previously unacknowledged, hard working individuals who help as many as six million riders arrive safely to their destinations each and every day. So, I set out to make a series of portraits in celebration of these conductors. We see them all the time, but perhaps we forget to look. With these images I hope that maybe we can now fall just a little bit in love with them, as well. I know I have. © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman © Robert Sherman Through this story, Robert Sherman has taken us on a journey and given us an intimate glimpse of the often thankless job of subway conductors. Robert's photos capture more than just the mundane details of subway life - they capture stories and secrets and the diversity of people served by these conductors. Let’s show our support for their work by thanking a conductor for their service next time we ride the subway. view Robert's portfolio Read an interview with Robert >>> Instagram >>> The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author, and are not necessarily shared by The Pictorial List and the team. read more stories >>> KOALA COUNTRY Sean Paris invites viewers on a transformative journey, challenging our perceptions and fostering a new appreciation for rural Australia through mesmerizing infrared photography. MOMMIE Arlene Gottfried’s poignant exploration of motherhood in “Mommie” is not just a collection of photographs but a profound tribute to the enduring bonds of family and the universal experiences of love, loss, and resilience. BIFRÖST In "Bifröst," Romain Coudrier masterfully captures Norway's timeless beauty, blending myth with modernity through black and white photography. A stunning exploration. MUD Dedipya Basak's documentary project explores an 800-year-old lake's struggle against global warming, highlighting its relevance and urgency in modern times. A WORLD WITHIN REACH In his Cuba project, Pedro Vidal celebrates human resilience and warmth through captivating imagery, revealing photography's profound ability to encapsulate emotions and memories. UNVEILING VULNERABILITY In a world where masculinity is often synonymous with stoicism and strength, Francesca Tiboni challenges us to reevaluate our perceptions of masculinity, inviting us to embrace the complexity of the male emotional experience. TRANSCENDENTS: SPIRIT MEDIUMS IN BURMA AND THAILAND Mariette Pathy Allen's visual narrative celebrates authenticity, spotlighting Spirit Mediums' enigmatic presence in both possession and daily life. She portrays them as essential to cultures steeped in Animism, reflecting the enduring essence of human authenticity. 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ON THE TRAIL OF LOVE LOST Through Sasha’s photo essay, we are given a glimpse into a beautiful love story and the unbreakable strength and resilience of the human spirit. Join us as we explore Sasha Ivanov’s heartfelt tribute to Lydia and Nikolai. SAHIB: THE FRANKINCENSE BOY France Leclerc’s documentary exploration embraces the community finding captivating stories for her visual translations. Her story takes us to the village of Poshina, where we meet Sahib. THEY HAVE GONE Lorenzo Vitali felt compelled to explore the landscapes of Eastern Veneto, to understand its emotional affective relationship and document it through his photography. I AM WATER Paola Ferrarotti explores her deep connection with the water and how it has transformed her understanding of life and herself. 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THE ARTISANAL SALT FARMERS OF GOZO Naima Hall takes us on a journey with the Cini family, giving us a glimpse into their artisanal salt-farming practices and uncovering the broader geo-heritage of Gozo. CRACKS TO MEND Through her powerful photographs, Ida Di Pasquale shares the story of her birth house in Italy - a village that was left in ruins after two fatal earthquakes. THE WHIRLING DERVISHES OF KONYA Follow Rpnunyez's journey as he captures the beauty and strength of the Whirling Dervishes as they perform their ritual dance. SAHARA: THE SHAPE AND THE SHADOW Lorenzo Vitali's Sahara is a captivating exploration of the intangible power of nature. His photos show the changing shapes of the sand, but also highlights the complexity of the interplay between light and dark. WIDOWS' HOLI Celebratory colors of Holi fill the ancient city of Vrindavan! Street and documentary photographer Abhay Patel captures the unique Widow's Holi in his lens, bringing to life the joyous emotions of the festival. RIPPLED REALITIES The panorama has been redefined in the work of photographer, Susan Bowen. Her fearless journey created new thinking patterns that motivated and inspired a profound body of work.

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