When Looking at the Tourists Is Part of the View
Ross Paxton grew up in Whitby, a seaside town in the north of England popular among tourists because it served as the inspiration and setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Paxton was in his hometown a few years ago working on another project about the local culture when he decided to climb aboard a tour bus to take a photo. In the background of his shot stood the ruins of the imposing Whitby Abbey, and in the foreground were tourists frozen in time, looking ahead, as he saw it, “into their future.”
These C-Section Babies Were Photographed at Less Than 20 Seconds Old
The first time Christian Berthelot experienced a caesarean birth—or any birth for that matter—was when his wife underwent an emergency C-section to save both her and their son. Berthelot felt like he was living in a parallel universe filled with confusion.
“In the operating room, the parents do not see what is happening on the other side of the operative field,” he wrote via email. “We hear and we waited, we imagined. And then it got there and it was the first time we see our baby.”
Around a week later, Berthelot met Jean-Francois Morievnal, an obstetrician in the hospital where his son had been born. The two spoke about their mutual love of photography and, about six months later, Morievnal proposed the idea that Berthelot begin working on a series about midwifery in the operating room with a focus on caesarean births.
It turned out to be a complicated process. For six months, Berthelot underwent training about how to work in a surgical environment and began seeking permission to take photographs both from the clinic and from the mothers who would be giving birth.
“And there was my mental preparation for what I was going to see,” wrote Berthelot.
The 10 Most Popular Behold Stories of 2014
In 2013, [Liz Obert] decided to begin a series that dealt with the realities of what it means to put on a brave face while simultaneously coping with forms of depression. Starting with herself, Obert took two photos: one that showed the person she chooses to present to the world, and a second portrait that presented an image of how she existed behind closed doors when feeling depressed.
Barbie Like You’ve Never Seen Her Before
According to Mattel, every three seconds, a Barbie doll is sold somewhere in the world. Developed in 1959, the iconic doll has as had roughly 150 careers, represented about 40 nationalities, and, this year, even gave an interview to People about her Sports Illustrated swimsuit photo shoot.
She’s also been used as a benchmark of beauty in the real word, something Paris-based photographer Hamid Blad set out to examine in his series “Barbie Blad.”
To make the images, Blad incorporated the 19th-century collodion process, which takes a bit longer for both exposing and developing the images—clearly the dolls have more patience than human models—and results in a more unforgiving photograph. Blad also uses a cold, UV light that strips away some of their artificiality. He then crops them tightly in order to “enable the viewer to enter into the image.”
Once a Year, This Town Becomes the Rattlesnake Capital of the Country
In March 2013, David Kasnic was in limbo: He was living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he’d gone to college, and waiting to start an internship at the Wall Street Journal in New York. It seemed like as good a time as any to photograph rattlesnakes.
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Our Seven Favorite Photography Shows From 2014
We see a lot of work researching stories to run on Behold, admittingly the majority of it online. But every now and again we have the chance to head out and see some work hanging on the walls of galleries and museums in and out of New York. Here are a few of our favorites from 2014.
Jen Davis: Eleven Years
Jen Davis has been working on a series of self-portraits that examine body identity for eleven years. It’s fitting then, that she referenced that period of transition and self-reflection as the title of that series “Eleven Years,” that opened at ClampArt last May and has also been published as a book by Kehrer. Looking at a life - anyone’s life - edited down to a small collection images can be a profound experience for both the photographer and viewer. Davis’s images strike a cord for their vulnerability, further enhanced by her talent for composition and beautiful lighting.
Group Show: Up Close and Personal
It is possible to get over stimulated at a show? That’s what I discovered at “Up Close and Personal” at Fuchs Projects in Bushwick, Brooklyn, curated by Ruben Natal San Miguel. Some of the photographs – including work by Alex Prager, Michael Wolf and Dawould Bey – were familiar, others were less known but all were hung, salon style with no sense of hierarchy. It was chilly outside on opening night but the space was packed with many of the exhibiting photographers who came out to one of the artiest neighborhoods in New York City. It felt like a party you were happy to have been invited to.
The Five Best Photo Series You Might Have Missed This Year
We publish a lot of photo series on Behold, and some can get lost in the shuffle. Today, we’re highlighting five of our favorites that you might have missed.
How a Mother With Amputated Arms Became an Angel in Her Daughter’s Eyes
Martina Bacigalupo was on assignment for the United Nations in Burundi when she heard about a woman whose brother-in-law had amputated both of her arms because she had given birth to a girl instead of a boy.
The story stuck with Bacigalupo. She approached the woman, Francine, one Sunday morning after Mass at the Association for the Rights of Women in Bujumbura. They started meeting on a regular basis and eventually Bacigalupo asked Francine if she’d be willing to collaborate on a photography series about her life.
Finding Inspiration in a Clowder of Feral Cats
In 2013, Jason Houge and his girlfriend began to feed and shelter a group of feral cats in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where they live. As the population grew—at the peak there were around 30 cats—Houge began to take photographs of them with a single lens reflex camera. Many were fearful of the sound the camera made, so Houge switched to his iPhone, shooting in color and then via the PS Express App, converting the images to black and white.
Even with the less conspicuous camera, some of the not so camera-friendly cats still found a way to make photographing them difficult.