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Kevin Russ – On the Road, Music: Graham Candy (NZ)

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. 

Street Bison

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:

Horse Friends

Young Buck

Sunrise Forest

Photo competition – win a CANON EOS M

Our new Facebook photo competition (05.05. – 19.06.) has started yesterday. Join to win great prizes! The photographer that gets the most likes for his picture receives…

Photocircle photo competition

First Prize: Canon EOS M (RRP 499 €)

Second Prize: 50 € Photocircle gift card

Third Prize: 25 € Photocircle gift card

4th to 10th Prize: 10 € Photocircle gift card

And here are the rules of the game…

Upload your best landscape photo (you can upload only one photo!) to the page of the competition. You can vote for as many photos as you want but just once per photo.

Have a sunny Monday!

Traces of a biography

His belly shows a big scar that reminds him of an episode spent in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Rio. He is the photographer of this picture – Andreas Weiser. It was a tough yet important time for him, he says. Ten years later in a tiny village on the Brazilian island Boipeba he bumps into a fisherman with a similar scar. He can’t help but wonder what his story is and is touched by the man’s sincerety.

Andreas Weiser - The world's course...

The man disappears in his little hut for a moment. As he returns he is carrying a fistful of small stones. They’re kidneystones, responsible for the scar on his belly and now an occasion to talk about his own biography but also about the story of his village. 20 years ago Boipeba used to be a fishing village in a slumber far off the modern world. Those days were put to an end by Boipeba’s accelerated development as a holiday destination.

However, some of the European and Brazilian hotel owners have made an effort to shape  a more sustainable tourism in Boipeba. As a communal organization they seek to keep the social and ecological effects at a tolerable level.

Yet for the fisherman the speed with which his village has changed remains hard to comprehend. To him it still seems like a miracle to talk to someone on the phone who lives on the other side of the island. And it appears absurd to imagine people travelling in these massive objects of steel that high above him draw vapor trails onto the deep blue sky.

As they talk Andreas Weiser takes these pictures of the scar they share, even of the kidneystones.

Andreas Weiser - The world's course...

As he returns to Boipeba four years later in April 2012 for more pictures he realizes the man has grown a lot older since their last encounter. In the man’s furrows the photograper detects symptoms of a harsh life in poverty.

Change has left its traces in the former fisherman’s life. Instead of casting his nets he nowadays tries to make a living by selling woven baskets to tourists. Since offshore gas deposits are being exploited the fishing business has decreased as it’s not worthwhile anymore: There’s no fish. Instead there are tourists now. The photographer sighs: “The world’s course.” But this course is not inevitable and with Andreas Weiser we hope to shape it towards an objective of fairness and social equality.

Andreas Weiser - The world's course...

Fotokunst von Andreas Weiser - Der Lauf der Zeit...

Kumbh Mela in Allahabad 2013 – Largest Hindu pilgrimage of mankind in India

The german photographer Victoria Knobloch and the indian photographer Jagdev Singh met last year by chance in New Delhi. Immediately they felt a deep professional connection and realised that they had a related approach to photography. Therefore, they decided to make a photoseries together. They made a portrait about New Delhi, since they both are fascinated by this exuberant city. They wanted to show its vivid and beautiful side. Mainly, however, they where interested in the social problem areas of this metropolis. Poverty, hunger, garbage, chaos, despair unfortunately plays a big part in all urban areas. Still a big part of the population in the cities live under inadequate human living conditions. Nonetheless many people still move from their rural homes to the cities with the hope of a better live only be disaapointed by the the oftentimes very hard reality.

Victoria Knobloch - Fotokunst aus Indien

Jagdev Singh

Delhi is an ever agitated and roaring city. The city presents a unique and a dynamic face at every corner. The city per se appears over crowded with people and you see traffic moving bumper to bumper on several main roads of the city. You find Delhi as a turbulent, big, loud and dirty city. With more than half of Delhi’s population living in slums, the poor people doing daily labor jobs, pulling cycle rickshaws, selling little merchandise by the roadside and children begging at traffic signals are a common view in Delhi. Not really a paradise to live in, but let’s say with the ‘India Gate’ as symbol for its people, Delhi is still an important and mesmerizing epicenter of the country. In a nutshell, life in Delhi is a real time adventure happening on the streets every moment.

Jagdev Singh

Jagdev Singh

Victoria Knobloch

Next February both photographers plan a photojournalistic series about the “Kumbh Mela in Allahabad 2013 – Largest Hindu pilgrimage of mankind in India”. With this photo documentation they want to present a stirring and intense view of this biggest religious event on earth which witnesses a massive pilgrimage, drawing millions of Hindus to Allahabad, the place where the two rivers, Ganges and the Yamuna ( Sangam ), meet. The rivers enjoy the status of Goddesses in Hindu mythology. The power of faith, the bathings, the devotional singing and dancing, the dedication to the holy mother Ganges and the prayers with heart and soul are unique in the world.

For one week the 2 photographers captured the spell, the charm and distinctiveness of this mass Hindu pilgrimage. WIth their photo series they take the viewer with them on a visual journey that will immerse his soul into the actual happening of this spectacular event itself.

Victoria Knobloch

For any interest of publishing, exhibiting or finacial support please contact: victoria_knobloch@web.de

Victoria Knobloch (www.victoria-knobloch.de) is a German photographer who concentrates on black-and-white portrait art and documentary work. Her favorite subjects are the character portrait, streetphotography as well as documetaries with social impact. She was finalist of the renowned “Henri Nannen Preis” for journalistic work in 2012. Next to her photographic art she works as a classical singer.

Jagdev Singh (www.jagdev-singh.in) is a freelance photographer from New Delhi, India. His work untangles the complex appearance of life, revealing a fine sense for a moment to pause. Street Photography is one of his favorite subjects.

If you wish to buy prints by these great photographers, visit the gallery of Victoria Knobloch and Jagdev Singh on Photocircle.

Imagination running wild

Girish Menon: Worship Frenzy

Girish Menons’ love for photography already started in school when his teacher would show him photographs of the places that they were studying about in school at the end of every geography lesson. Back then, he tells us, neither did they have access to the Internet nor relevant books that they could refer to. “These photos, that our teacher showed us, were our only windows into the world far and beyond. It certainly got my imagination running wild and got me interested in the world, culture, history and art.”

Girish Menon: Fishing methods in Kerala

Girish lives in Mumbai, a metropolis on Indias west coast with a population of 12,5 million. “Mumbai is very cosmopolitan.”, he says. “You can walk through its markets bustling with colour and activity or admire the colonial architecture and its temples, churches, mosques and Buddhist caves and sample food that has evolved from different cultures and participate in its festivals.” For him, there is an interesting photograph waiting to be taken at every street corner in Mumbai. But he also enjoys Rajasthan and Kerala for its street photography.

Girish Menon: Marine Drive, Mumbai

Besides India he also loves to travel Europe: “I have more fun making photos on the streets of Europe than anywhere else in the world. Europeans love their art and there’s plenty of it on the streets – live street theatre, music, caricature artists and so on. I enjoy hanging out with caricature artists and I always stop to watch live street theatre.”

Girish Menon: La Défense

What is Girish working on next? “I’m working on a series of photographs of India that I can exhibit around the world and I am having a tough time choosing my next destination because there are just so many options. That’s a good thing though. I really want to travel through Europe again.”

We can’t wait to hear more from you, Girish! Take a look at more pictures from him in our gallery.

Paperscrap witnesses

Meet Photocircle‘s first customer: The artist Ines Kouidis. Even though we’re not online, yet, she has already ordered one of her own collages with us that portrays Sophia Loren. Ines Kouidis is telling her story with newspaper clips and pictures from the 50ies and 60ies, with advertisements for beauty products like soap, moisturizer and lipstick – everything a lady needs. Italian magazines inspired the title of the collage “Italians do it better” as they would always declare Italian women as the most beautiful. Ines Kouidis has grown up with art. Even in her early pictorial work her focus has always been on humans. Her aim was to capture the movements of the bodies and the tension of a moment: People having a bath, playing sports, dancers, bullfighters, the clanking of weapons, shoes clicking on the floor, the rustling gowns, the music. In the last few years Ines Kouidis has been working with collages. “I was surprised by the power a small paper scrap could have. I also really wanted to keep making portrays, as humans are still my favourite subject. So I brought both together, portray and paper, ripped, cut, glued together. The paper is a witness. Even the smallest paper scrap has its own story to it and like a puzzle a new appearance is put together. I always have a cutter on me. No magazine, no label or interesting poster escapes my attention.” Everything the artist finds on her travels she will bring back to her studio in Berlin. Besides working there she’s also part of an artist group, she appreciates the exchange with others. “Berlin is creative and international, it’s the best place to work.” Ines Kouidis is happy to have found Photocircle to print her collages in the future and to support a good cause at the same time. “It’s a lovely idea”, she says.