Photographer Spends 10 Years Photographing Same Bench, Captures More Than He Expects

One Ukrainian photographer has spent a decade of his life on a single project, and it’s so intimate, it’ll make you feel things. Through his kitchen window, Yevhen Kotenko has shot the same park bench for 10 years and while its paint changed, some things remained the same.

“I didn’t give myself any time limits or goals, I just went to the kitchen and looked out the window,” Kotenko told RFE/RL. “Usually there was something to see.” Although Kotenko claimed he has fond memories of the neighborhood he grew up in, “there were a lot of bad things, too, that are better not to think about.”

“The worst thing was seeing people I went to school with drinking on this bench, then crawling home like reptiles. I was scared that if I went outside, I’d become one of them.” Kotenko said the subjects he captured were oblivious of his camera. His project had been on display at a Kyiv art pub until January 26 and received mixed reactions. “Some people laughed, others complained that I just focused on the alcoholics.”

And even though the photographer moved to another place in 2017, he will still be able to carry on with his work. “I only moved 1 kilometer down the road.” His parents still live in the apartment with the view.

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Natural Light Glamour Photography By Dante Monteverde

Dante Monteverde aka djtirro is a talented 30-year-old self-taught photographer and dj, who was born in Allentown, PA and currently based in Miami, Florida, US.

“I started as a hip hop dj , 2006 rolled along and I saw Daft Punk perform live in Miami at Bang Music Festival and it changed the course of my dj career,” he says. Known for his natural light style of Fashion and Glamour, Dante is already shooting with celebrities, model agencies and major companies. Monteverde focuses on fashion, glamour and editorial photography.

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“Wet Neon”: Magical Reflections In Street Puddles By Slava Semeniuta

Slava Semeniuta (best known as Local Preacher) is a talented photographer, graphic designer and artist currently based in Sochi, Russia. Slava celebrates the beauty of neon lights, in his recent photo series dubbed “Wet Neon”, Semeniuta captivates the reflective allure of the slippery streets of Sochi. The artist, particularly drawn to neon and everything cosmic, uses the dazzling light and patterns on water.

“I love everything that looks cosmic. Neon colors are colors that are rarely found in nature. In the oceans live deep-water creatures that have the property to fluorescence. In cosmos, there are ultraviolet radiation rays which are only visible neon colors. I like to think that in the cosmos there are many planets where the whole world is fluorescent, mountains, trees, clouds, seas. These colors seem to me very mysterious and magical fact,” he says.

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Colombian Photographer Melissa Cartagena Explores Her Art And Empowering Women Through The Sensual NSFW Photography

Melissa Cartagena is just an instrument, of those who see life in black and white to the rhythm of a Slowdive song. The ‘Docile’ project consists of portraying about one hundred women. The photographs are of them and for them, where they are shown as they are or as they want to be.

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Outdoor Photographer Of The Year 2017: Category Winners Revealed

The category winners have been announced in this year’s Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its seventh year the competition offers a photographic insight into the landscapes, wildlife and nature of the planet, and the adventures to be found on it. The Overall Winner and Runner-Up – chosen from the category winners – will be announced live on stage at The Photography Show at the NEC, Birmingham on Saturday 17th March 2018


Wildlife Insight: Bence Máté (Hungary) – Red fox and white-tailed eagle, Kiskunság national park, Hungary. Over the last four winters I have spent more than 200 full days photographing from a hide, and in this time there have been only three occasions when I’ve seen a fox and an eagle together. In this instance, the fox didn’t approach the hide, but deliberately teased the birds resting on the ice. They occasionally flapped towards him, which emboldened the fox more and more – he continued to provoke the birds for about 10 minutes before vanishing into the reeds. (Photo by Bence Máté/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)

More info: Outdoor Photographer of the Year


Live the Adventure: Mark Bridgwater (New Zealand) – Temple Basin, Arthur’s Pass, Canterbury, New Zealand. There are some moments in time when the photography stars align; clouds break in the perfect spot and the sun shines exactly where you are standing. This was one of those moments for Charlie Lyons and myself. While most people were oblivious to the perfection we had found on our mid-week excursion, we were having the time of our lives. (Photo by Mark Bridgwater/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


At the Water’s Edge: Jaak Sarv (Estonia) – Prandi Springs, Järva county, Estonia. This is the magic of an Estonian winter: although the temperature was –20°C, the water at this spring was flowing like it was summer. As the morning sun peeked out from behind the frost-covered trees, it was like being in a fairy tale, with the warm orange light starting to penetrate the desolate blue landscape. To make the most of the scene, I created a stitched panorama, reflecting the cinematic drama of the location. (Photo by Jaak Sarv/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Light on the Land: Wojciech Kruczynski (Poland) – Kallur lighthouse, Faroe Islands. The picture consists of nine frames arranged in a three-by-three grid, which is quite difficult to put together and requires a lot of work, but with this beautiful place it was worth the effort. Weather conditions like this do not often occur in the Faroe Islands – I had to wait for three days in a tent in the rain for them. It was worth overcoming these difficulties, though, because Kallur lighthouse is located in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. (Photo by Wojciech Kruczynski/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Under Exposed: Pekka Tuuri (Finland) – Great white shark, Isla Guadalupe, Mexico. Isla Guadalupe is the world capital when it comes to observing great white sharks, but cage diving seriously limits the possibilities to take ‘fresh’ pictures. When I took this, the water close to the surface was quite milky, making photography very challenging. From out of the ‘mist’, I saw this great white shark lurking behind a school of fusiliers. I quickly focused on the shark and set a wide aperture to get focus blur on the fish, along with a fast shutter to avoid excessive motion blur. (Photo by Pekka Tuuri/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Spirit of Travel: Gunarto Gunawan (Indonesia) – Shwe Gu monastery, Bagan, Myanmar. I took this photograph when I visited Shwe Gu monastery, which cares for orphans and trains them to be Buddhist monks. The orphans were gathering and playing, and I showed them a funny video on my iPhone – I did not expect them to be so excited! In the end, they were all scrambling to watch the video. Seeing them laugh, I immediately took my camera and photographed this magical moment. (Photo by Gunarto Gunawan/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Light on the Land: Simon Baxter (UK) – North Yorkshire, England. I originally captured a similar scene to this during a flurry of unexpected snow in April 2016. It’s typically the first spot I come to when exploring this private woodland, and I couldn’t help but capture it again when I was treated to these wonderful – but rare – conditions of mist with a hint of warm light as the morning sun tried to break through. (Photo by Simon Baxter/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Live the Adventure: Mikolaj Nowacki (Poland) – The Baltic Sea (somewhere on the way from the Swedish island of Utklippan to the Danish island of Christiansø). It was my first cruise on a yacht on the open sea and there were only two of us – myself and captain Jacek Pasikowski. I was helping Jacek take his small yacht Fri (‘Free’ in Danish) from the coast of Sweden to Poland, across the Baltic Sea. It was a stormy day, but the captain – who has more than 40 years’ experience sailing in open seas – remained completely calm and relaxed, even though waves were breaking over him every few minutes. (Photo by Mikolaj Nowacki/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Under Exposed: Saeed Rashid (UK) – Sohal surgeonfish, Fury Shoals, Red Sea, Egypt. In the summer months, sohal surgeonfish tend to mate and lay eggs on the top of the reefs in the Red Sea. They fiercely defend their egg patch and rush upon anything that invades that area. They will often swipe their tail, which has a bony protrusion sticking from it that can be as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, towards the intruder. Because of this you need to make sure you don’t get too close as a photographer’s hands make a very easy target and often get cut. (Photo by Saeed Rashid/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


At the Water’s Edge: Witold Ziomek (Poland) – Thórsmörk (the valley of Thor), Iceland. After a morning full of drama, during which we almost ‘drowned’ our car in a river – and then pulled out a young Frenchman who had lost his – we reached Thórsmörk, in the south of Iceland. We walked up to a viewpoint where we could see … exactly nothing, due to the fog. We waited, and eventually the fog started to lift, but I still needed to wait a lot longer for a car to appear in the perfect position to add a sense of scale to the mountain landscape. (Photo by Witold Ziomek/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


A View from Above: Tom Sweetman (UK) – Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was just before sunset in Chiang Mai and I decided to ride my scooter alongside the famous Ping river. As I was approaching a bridge I stopped to take a break and noticed that it was a motorbike bridge for locals, connecting two villages. I took this aerial photograph with my drone to document the incredible patterns in the river and the locals crossing the bridge on their scooters. Some days you just capture the moment. (Photo by Tom Sweetman/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


View from Above: Laura Daly (UK) – Duntulm, Isle of Skye, Scotland. On our last night on the Isle of Skye, we ventured just five minutes from our accommodation to Duntulm Castle at sunset. Sharing the hillside with the midges and the sheep, we launched the drone, knowing the ruins were best seen from above. I chose to include the bright blue water of the ocean as it perfectly complemented the lush green grass, especially with the soft sunset light catching the walls of the castle. The view from above captures the beauty and lure of Skye, both natural and manmade. (Photo by Laura Daly/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Small World: William Mallett (UK) – Saffron Walden, Essex, England. The asparagus plant in my garden – which has become a bush and produced berries – is a haven for wildlife. I normally look for spiders in it to photograph, but on this particular evening, after a rain shower, it was covered in tiny snails. The light below is from a backlit asparagus berry; I always try to visit after a rain shower, as I find backlit droplets bring the images to life. (Photo by William Mallett/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Spirit of Travel: Andy Holliman (UK) – Kangerlussuaq airport, Greenland. This is the largest airport in Greenland, so it’s not only a busy hub for domestic flights but also the main arrival point for international travellers. Air Greenland has a near monopoly on flights, so almost everything is in the company’s colours. It was the simple colour palette of this scene that appealed to me. My departure had been delayed by three days due to bad weather on the coast. (Photo by Andy Holliman/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Wildlife Insight: Jose Fragozo (Portugal) – Nairobi National Park, Kenya. This image shows two giraffes and three impalas in the rain in the forest region of Nairobi national park, Kenya, which is also home to the Athi lion pride. I have observed these lions hunting many times in the rain, which possibly explains why different species of preyed animals stay together; it’s a defence mechanism, so they can collectively sense predators better. In this case, however, the lions were far away. The photo was taken from inside a 4×4 vehicle, and the major challenge was keeping the camera and lens dry. (Photo by Jose Fragozo/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)


Young OPOTY: Alicia Hayden (UK) – Puffin, Isle of May, Scotland. The misty grey background and subtle yellow lichens were the perfect background for the beautiful colours of this puffin’s bright, breeding-season beak. I chose a close-up shot to show as much detail as possible, including the internal structure of the sand eels and the puffin’s bill. I waited behind a rock for the perfect moment to arise when this puffin returned to land. Due to the low light and misty conditions, I used a wide aperture to deliver a sharp yet atmospheric portrait. (Photo by Alicia Hayden/The Outdoor Photographer of the Year/The Guardian)

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Beautiful Female Portraits By Mikel Roberts

Mikel Roberts is an outstanding photographer and retoucher who currently lives and works in Malibu, California, US. Mikel is a self-taught, he shoots amazing beauty, lifestyle and portrait photography. Slightly NSFW.

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“To See Paris And Die”: These Photos Compare Paris And Its Detailed Chinese Replica

With his project Paris Syndrome, the French photographer François Prost had fun comparing the city of Paris and its Chinese counterpart, located in the suburbs of Hanghzou. This amazing architectural project, a gigantic and detailed replica of Paris with its fake Eiffel Tower, its fake Haussmannian buildings and its fake French gardens, is a district of 31km² called Tianducheng, and built 10 years ago.

Having visited this fake Paris, the photographer François Prost has made a series of comparisons by putting photos of Paris and Tianducheng side by side with an amazing precision. An impressive series that reveals the details of this replica, and highlights a little more the surreal aspect of such a project.

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Meet Elena Deligioz, Probably The Most Beautiful Female Cosplay Soldier In The World

Meet Elena Deligoiz from Russia. She is not really a soldier but her good looks and uncanny addiction to military equipment will make most men fall in love with her. Her followers believe that she could have been the most beautiful woman in the military had she joined the army. Elena Deligioz was dubbed the ‘world’s most famous soldier’ and she is currently breaking the internet.

Her photographs have gone viral in various social media websites around the world, making her extremely famous. Who knows maybe after this article she gets an offer from the military!

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From Australia With Love – Beauty Photography By Chris Dwyer

Chris Dwyer is an internationally recognized photographer specialising in both women’s and men’s fashion. His passion for photography was discovered whist living in Canada, where by early in his career, he became a top ranked headshot photographer.

He then moved back to his home country of Australia, to broaden his photography and immerse himself in the vast fashion industry and rich culture the country has to offer. Establishing a particular love for the beach, his work has thrived in beach and location photography.

With experience in acting and modelling, Chris has learnt valuable knowledge about what is required in front of the camera. Passing on this knowledge has allowed Chris to direct and shoot a range of successful portfolios.

He is easy to work with, social and very outgoing. Always pushing himself to do better, and truly bringing out the best in the images he takes, there are no limits to where Chris’photography will go.

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These Neon-Soaked Cityscapes Make South Africa Look Like Hong Kong

South African-based photographer Elsa Bleda specializes in cinematic shots of nocturnal cityscapes, shaped by brutalist architecture and lit up by an ever-present fluorescent glow.

Featuring empty streets and very little human presence, her moody scenes wouldn’t look out of place in Tokyo or Hong Kong. But the majority of Bleda’s photographs are actually taken in one of South Africa’s most populated cities, Johannesburg.

While some of Bleda’s photos were taken in Durban, Cape Town and even Istanbul, there’s no denying their Asian influence. Speaking to Hunger Magazine, the photographer explains that she has a great passion for East Asian cinema and directors like Wong Kar-wai, Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-duk.

Unsurprisingly, she also cites Blade Runner as an source of inspiration, alongside the gothic cinema of Dario Argento, David Lynch’s particular vision and convention-defying Japanese artist Eiko Ishioka. As she explains of her process:

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