No food. No water. No electricity. Houses and buildings destroyed. Bodies scattered on the streets. Hospitals overrun with patients. Medical supplies running out. The Philippines need the help from all of us. Drinking water, tents, blankets, food and medicines are the most important thing the affected people need now in order to survive. With these photos you can help the victims.
We believe in the Afghan saying: “Small drops make a river.” With only 80 € we can provide one family with emergency aid for one month. For direct help we recommend you our project partner CARE. For more photos from Hengki Koentjoro visit his gallery on Photocircle.
Born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, on March 24, 1963. Hengki Koentjoro is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, where he majored in video production and minored in the fine art of photography. Hengki Koentjoro returned to Indonesia to become a freelance videographer/editor, specializing in nature documentaries and corporate profiles, and now lives in Jakarta. Hengki is a part time practitioner of the art of black and white photography, which he believes to be his true purpose in life’s journey of expression. “Photography can never be separated from the aspects of making the common things unusual, welcoming the unexpected, indulging and embracing ourselves with the joy of photography.”
Sweeping plains, deep desert canyons, foggy forests and incredible wildlife. The raw and breathtaking images of full-time traveler and talented photographer Kevin Russ (USA) take us with him on a journey through the nature of the great American west.
We are excited to present “On the road”, a selection of photos the free-spirited photographer Kevin Russ took during his one year trip through the American west that will be exhibited at Mein Haus am See, located directly at Rosenthaler Platz, Berlin-Mitte from 04 September until 24 September. On Wednesday, September 04, the opening of the exhibition will be celebrated starting at 8 pm., featuring a live music performance by the Auckland –based musician Graham Candy.
After several years of portrait work, Kevin Russ, a photographer from Portland, felt burned out and decided to take off and go into the wild of the great American west. While being on the road for a year, sleeping in his car, shooting nature and wildlife with primarily his iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 he became the famous “full-time traveller and explorer”. He has the power to convey the feel of purity, rawness and beauty of nature with his photos and has become a huge success on Instagram, with already more than 60k followers, and all over the web. By selling his photos on the Internet Kevin is able to keep on exploring the world, make beautiful photos and stay a happy full-time traveller.
Kevin sells a selection of his photos via Photocirle, a Berlin based online platform for fine art photography. With every purchase a good cause in the region in which the picture was taken will be supported. Kevin’s online gallery and more information on the social projects, the company established in cooperation with its partner organizations, that will be supported with the sale of Kevin Russ’ photos can be found on: http://www.photocircle.net/de/artists/958/kevin-russ
About Graham Candy
Graham Candy is still a new face here in Germany. Back in New Zealand word is that he is a rising star in the music szene which is no wonder when you hear his unique voice. At his first live show in Berlin he will be performing a mix of his own songs and coverversions to show off why he’s hyped in New Zealand: Prepare for goosebumps!
More photos from Kevin Russ:
Christian Göran enchanted me with his underwater series and managed to capture moments that catapulted me into pure bliss, into a dream or fairytale. Read below his favorite story to one of his pictures and what made him become the photographer he is today.
Who is Christian Göran?
I bought my first camera four years ago and quickly found a way of expressing myself in this media. After about a year of digital photography I started with analog. I was born in Stockholm, Sweden. My father is Swedish. My mother is a former refugee from Chile under the dictatorship of Pinochet. Because of this, I grew up with a partly different cultural background, with different views on life, a different framework of what’s allowed and what’s not, trying to fit in to a conservative society out on the countryside. Perhaps that’s why I always had a feeling of being an outsider, trying to blend in but not quite being able to.
When I started with photography, I suddenly had a reason of being on an arm length distance from everyone else, observing instead of participating. This is part of a basic foundation to why I am the kind of photographer that I am today. Through the lens you will see through my soul on how I see things and with what feelings I look at the world around me.
What makes a good photographer?
Being present, noticing and capturing little details, things happening beneath the surface that others don’t see.
A goal that you want to achieve as a photographer …
Working with an underwater team in a nature film production is a dream I have. It’s more difficult to achieve than I first thought though.
Your first camera …
A Nikon D90
With what camera/s do you work today?
Now I work with a Canon 5D Mark II and my dad’s old Nikkormat FT from 1965.
What is important to you when taking photos?
That the surroundings inspire me and that I’m in a creative flow. Good lighting is a important ingredient in an inspiring surrounding.
Please tell us the story behind one of your photos that means something special to you…
It’s the story of when I took the picture “long seconds over Kabul”
I’m sitting a bit dazed in a cockpit at five o’clock in the morning preparing to get out of this bee’s nest of crazy traffic called Kabul airport, for a 30 minute flight to a military base in Mazar-a-Sharif to the north west over the mountains while I’m trying to get my brain to work properly after 8 hours of work when I put on my uniform in a hotel room in Turkey.
I look out over the dusty and messy airport, the grey concrete with the yellow lines and fire extinguishers strategically placed on each parking position, military helicopters with their machine guns hanging under the nose, American military private jets in their grey paintings with a US General or someone important on visit.
Suddenly the traffic freezes for a couple minutes and the the hectic talk over the radio goes quiet, when two military Black Hawk helicopters on a mission suddenly come out of nowhere and land, pics up some soldiers, take off and fly off towards the horizon before everything gets back to normal again on the airport.
I look at the choppers disappearing in the distant, take a photo of the scene and then look over the barb wired fences. On the patrolling military vehicles, barracks with bored soldiers walking around them, the big bomb detector that all the trucks going to the airport have to pass through, the bunkers and behind all of this, the silhouette of the grey city and the mountains behind it.
Wow. (That’s really all I can say here)
Christian Göran supports a wide variety of our projects with his pictures. One of them is the sponsorship of Maicol in Colombia. The project aims towards providing clean drinking water and restoring children’s rights in the community that Maicol is growing up in.
On Saturday we had our big gallery opening. We would like to thank you all for a wonderful night! You can find more photos from the vernissage on our Facebook page.
The exhibition is open until the 20th of July. Drop by at Schlesische Straße 19 (10997 Berlin Kreuzberg) and have a look at the great works from our photographers!
You can buy all prints directly in our gallery or on our homepage. Up to 30% of the sales price is donated to our projects!
To celebrate our gallery opening with you, we also have a special offer for you. This week you can get our wonderful acrylic glass prints for only 25 € instead of 36 €. How pretty even the smallest prints on this product can look like, you can see in our exhibition.
When you see Ronny Behnert’s photos you won’t believe that he has only started to get serious about photography in 2007. Within a few years he founded his own photo project, “Håggard Photography”, and has already had already some major publications in renown magazines.
Born in Luckenwalde, a small town south of Berlin, Behnert has always been drawn to Berlin, where he lives now. However he has already worked and lived on Sylt and in Frankfurt for some time. He tries to travel, working on his photography skills as much as possible.
You only discovered photography as your medium in 2007. This has been only five years ago. How did you manage to develop such a sophisticated and professional style in such a short time?
Thanks for the great compliment! There is no secret recipe, but I would say I just dealt with the craft of photography and went outside. From the beginning I had a camera in my hands and did a lot of experimenting, learned a lot through trial and error. I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that a big part of the learning process is photographing itself. You should just follow your thoughts…photography is free!
What is most important when it comes to your photography?
Expressing myself comes before anything else. To transport my interests, thoughts, and emotions through the lens and express what this all does to me in one picture. Photography is a very important medium to me, I can discover and learn more about myself.
You are travelling a lot, what’s your next big destination?
My next destination is Krakau and the concentration camp Ausschwitz-Birkenau. My upcoming group of works will address the past of this place. I already have some first test images and the concept is finished.
My next city destinations will be Venice and Zurich. I am currently negotiating trips that take me a little further away: The choice will either be Tokyo, the United Arab Emirates or Chicago.
Your favorite story to one of your pictures?
I think I could put all of my works called “Venezia” into one story. The city of Venice has impressed me every day that I have been there and has turned out to be the true city of love for me. Long story short: There is not a city in the world that could be more romantic or dreamy than Venice.
Your favorite photographer?
The Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto completely convinced me with his exhibition at “Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin” in 2008. His “Seascapes” and “Theaters” strongly influenced my work.
Your first camera? And what are you using today?
My first camera was a friend’s compact camera. When I realized that photography would be a good way to express myself I gathered equipment. I started with analogue photography and went on to use digital SLR shortly after.
Today I am using both analogue and digital cameras in medium and full format and I parallely experiment with an old Polaroid camera.
We’re proud to present a selection of Ronny Behnert’ work on Photocircle. You can purchase his photos in his Photocircle gallery behind acrylic glass as well as on alu dibond and fine art paper. With 60% of his revenue the artist supports our social projects. Thank you Ronny!
A little while ago we started a landscape photography competition. You could win a brand new Canon EOS M. Here you can find the top 10 pictures. Our judges (Tanja Raeck (Editor of photography for Cicero), Tobias Glawe (nopublica), Rüdiger Hamann (Foto Union) und Saskia Otto (Editor for photography for Photocircle) voted for Peter Faulands amazing picture “surfing the wave” to win in the end:
A big “Thank You” goes to Canon Deutschland, who made this competition possible by providing a new Canon EOS M.
The winning picture is available in Peter Fauland’s gallery on photocircle and can be purchased on acrylic glass, alu-dibond fine art, canvas or MOAB fine art paper. Every purchased picture contributes to a project that helps kids in South or Central America.