Yota Yoshida is a Japanese photographer who captures those small, private, human moments that mean so much. The kind of feelings and images that you could never pose models for. With a specific focus on public spaces and the way people use them and find personal moments within them, Yoshida’s work means so much in a country like Japan, where people can live so close to each other. In a city like Tokyo, those private moments become so much more important and poignant.
Check out more of his amazing work below!
Roberta Sant’anna is a Brazilian photographer who currently resides in Berlin. Here we’re sharing her work, ‘Parque Aquatico’ where she spent time at a quaint old water park in Brazil, photographing the visitors. It’s such a beautiful look into the seeming banality of a water park and yet at the same time, Sant’anna’s eye imbues her subjects with such heart and feeling.
Jono Wood is a South African freelance photographer based in Johannesburg. The project of his that we’re sharing with you today, New Year’s Day Durban Beach, is of particular importance in the current South African context. Spurred to action by bigoted and racist Facebook posts from white South Africans about Durban beach front on New Year’s Day – he set out to photograph the throngs of people and the spectacle that is Durban beach front, in order to remind us all that we’re all humans.
These undeniable images that capture so much of the human experience serve as a sharp rebuke to people who would seek to dehumanise fellow South Africans. Really, they show how photography can be vitally important to our society.
You can visit Wood’s website here.
And you can follow him on Instagram here.
Aleksandr Petrosyan is a Russian photographer who captures a side of Russia that many people many see or even perceive. With a focus on the slightly weird or offbeat, we see so much humanity in these portraits of Russian life. Given our current political climate in the West, this kind of work is so important – reminding us all that we’re humans after all!
You can follow Petrosyan on Instagram here.
Enda Bowe is an Irish photographer with a keen eye for finding something in the mundane. His project ‘At Mirrored River’, which we’ve shared some examples from here is a self-published work that looks at life in small-town Ireland and elevates the mundane and the ordinary into something special.
Whether it is considered portraits, landscapes or almost documentary photography – Bowe’s work shows he has the most important thing any photographer can have: The ability to truly see.
Ryosuke Takamura is a Japanese photographer with a singular focus: Documenting life in the Fukui Prefecture where he lives. He sees it as his life’s mission – to represent the people there and show what life is like in this quiet, sleepy part of Japan.
There’s such an incredible contradiction in this work. The banal scenes of life in Fukui are somehow made poignant and meaningful, purely because Takamura focuses his lens on them. On one hand this photography could be called ‘hyper-documentary’ – there are multiple scenes of people simply waiting for things, on the other hand they are imbued with such meaning all at the same time.
Take a look at more of his work below!
Emily Stein is a photographer based in London. Today we’re sharing her project, ‘Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer’, which captured portraits of children at the Young Ballroom Dancing Championships. We love the perfectly poised almost adult poses of the children, thanks to their training, but at the same time one or two childlike smiles or glints of fun.
Such lovely portraits! Do check out more of Stein’s work at her website above – her ability to capture people and bring their personalities to life through photography is just amazing.