Chi Fai Chow

My name is Chi Fai Chow. I am from Hong Kong but currently based in Los Angeles. I am an engineer in the fire protection industry. I have 4 years of experience in photography. For me photography is a way of inventing stories, I find it very interesting when imagination & reality come together to create something new.

Chi Fai Chow, um “street photographer” chinês, amador com um percurso ainda recente. Nāo será uma estrela de primeira grandeza da galaxia da Fotografia, mas tem imagens interessantes.

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Ascot – Os Chapéus

Fui a Ascot pela primeira vez.
E fotografei os cavalos e… os chapéus. Um espectáculo dentro de outro espectáculo.
Um culto de tradição, de snobismo, de voyeurismo, de ostentação, será o que quisermos.
Mas, tambem, uma extraordinaria adesão popular a uma tradição que os ingleses fazem questão de manter.
Goste-se, ou não, é-me razoavelmente indiferente. Felizmente, tive a oportunidade de conhecer do Mundo o suficiente para, humildamente, reconhecer e respeitar as diferenças culturais que, mais do que separar, nos deviam aproximar de outros povos.

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Paola Saetti

Paola Saetti, uma “street photographer” italiana, com algumas imagens interessantes.

Nāo diz muito de si, apresenta-se só assim:

Biography
Photography to me is a silent conversation on a later time between two people, one who saw and the other who is able to look at. My images are the expression of the place i live and the life through my eyes
Location
Ferrara, Emilia Romagna, Italy

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Máquina de Costura

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Máquina de costura ou novelo de Elzinha

Uma máquina de costura que costurasse frases,
Que remendasse as sombras dos bichos.
Elzinha buscava no ocaso o modelo para suas vestes,
Cosia botões com cascas de laranjeiras em terno de andorinhas.
Em torno de uma casa de botão
Plantou jardim, cercou e conferiu endereçamento.
Em sua máquina de costurar reminiscências
Havia casulos de bichos de seda,
Que já forneciam linha para sua microempresa.
Quando chovia só dum lado da cidade,
Elzinha cerzia o tempo pras casas não desabotoarem…
Também remendava pétalas de rosas
Em hastes das carcomidas.
Muita gente procurava Elzinha
Pra costurar lembranças que se rasgaram com o tempo.
Euzébio ficava dias ouvindo o trintranar dagulha
E jurava que sentia a pele de seda da noiva morta lhe roçar o rosto.
Quando os bichos da seda se ausentavam,
Ela procurava os velhos cadernos de escola
E cerzia o mundo com linhas roubadas dos antigos garranchos.
Fazia horas extras criando roupas para as bonecas
Que eram muitas, dezesseis.
Mesmo na praça, na quitanda, na horta,
Arrastava nos pés a harmonia de sua máquina de costura:
Como monjolo pilando a vida.

Fregueses levavam-lhe cartas de amor para costurar palavras;
Porém, só não cerzia saudade porque lhe custava muita linha.
Cumulava a função de eletricista
Subindo em poste com o retrós
E restaurando com a linha onde o fio arrebentara.
Elzinha compilava cerrados e ventos
Por meio de suas linhas e agulhas.
À noite fazia a barra dos dias intoleráveis.
Emprestava as linhas dos postes
Pra dar luz aos seus inventos de pano.
Herdara a mania de cerzir diários
E, dias após dia, cosia-os
De modo que não se notavam
Os desvãos na linha do tempo.
Em suas engrenagens
Elzinha também fundira um alfabeto
Com retalhos de terra e porções de água
E ensinava renomeamentos pra vida
E juntava toda metafísica
Em torno de sua fita métrica,
Que era do tamanho do sonho.

Ricardo Flaiitt

Fotografia: Portobello Road, London, João Martins Pereira com iPhone

Ian Plant

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Ian Plant, mais um extraordinário fotógrafo, um grande talento no mundo da Fotografia.

Controlo absoluto da luz, escolha criteriosa (e trabalhosa) das melhores condições de luz, exposições longas (por vezes, longuíssimas) enquadramentos invulgares, cenários naturais únicos e… Arte.

Apreciem !

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World-renowned professional photographer, writer, and adventurer Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to and blogger for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, and a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine. Ian is also the author of numerous books and instructional videos. Ian leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision.

His personal photographic project, Dreamscapes, moves beyond the literal and transforms subjects into something unexpected, bridging the line between the real and surreal. Ian relies on long exposures, unique lighting conditions, non-traditional perspectives, and special natural events to show his subjects in a new light. Ian travels the world, seeking out the hidden spaces in between the familiar, in his never-ending quest to inspire, entertain, and educate others in the art of photography.

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Zebras

Fotografias: O resto da série que publiquei sobre este magnífico animal pode ser vista no meu site, João Martins Pereira, na Galeria “Born to Be Wild”, página “Pundamilia”, o nome da zebra em swaili.

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Although our perceptions may differ, we can all agree that the zebra has one of the most striking coats seen in the animal kingdom. Two species of zebra occur in southern Africa: Burchell’s (or plains) zebra Equus burchellii and mountain zebra Equus zebra. Both Burchell’s zebra and the mountain zebra sub-species, Hartmann’s mountain zebra Equus zebra hartmannae, which is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, are found in Namibia. (The Cape mountain zebra is restricted to reserves in South Africa.)

Although zebras’ pied colouring serves to camouflage Hartmann’s zebra in mountainous areas, it often seems to be clearly visible in grassland, accentuated against the tawny shades of the antelope species, posing the question as to the evolutionary purpose for zebra stripes. Many hypotheses have been voiced over the years. One of the more naive explanations we receive as children simply describes zebras as horses wearing pyjamas, while the African legends have a tale about Zebra falling into the fire while challenging Baboon, burning the well-known stripes onto his skin.

It has been suggested, however, by those with more of a scientific bent that zebra stripes have a more practical and life-affirming purpose, to deter predators. Stripes merge when seen from a distance, making it more difficult for a predator to distinguish a single animal from the group, a definite advantage for herd animals. Because predators will always try and single out an individual animal, zebras’ safety depends on tight bunching. This trait can be seen in breeding groups when the mares and foals keep to the front and the stallion takes the rear.

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Stripes may also serve to confuse a predator as they narrow towards the head, neck and shoulders, widen towards the rump and break the outline of the animal, presenting a distorted image, making it difficult for the predator to judge the size, distance and direction the zebra is moving. The stripes also enable zebras to follow one another at night in poor visibility and amidst dust thrown up by their hooves when the big cats are out on the prowl.

Zebras are preyed upon by lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena and wild dog, animals that hunt using different methods and at different times of the day and night, making overall protection important at all times.

Experiments reveal that zebras are attracted to stripes, finding them visually stimulating, another mechanism programmed into their genes to ensure the herd animals remain together. Some scientists also believe that because colours absorb or reflect heat at different rates, black and white stripes may create a convection current, keeping them cool.

An interesting evolutionary hypothesis suggests that the zebra developed stripes over time to allow it safe passage down the African continent through tsetse fly areas. Stripes deter the blood-sucking pest that targets large surfaces. This may explain why the predecessors of the zebra managed to survive in Africa unlike those of other Equus groups. (Domesticated horses were introduced much later by the early settlers.)

In the wild, survival tactics take all forms and shapes and animals have perfected methods to ensure their survival. If solitary, camouflage, stealth and silence provide protection, and if sociable, safety is often found in numbers. In addition, some animals have built-in weapons such as horns, and others, like zebras, depend on their colouration and patterning – their dazzling black and white pyjamas – to baffle the enemy.

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James Khoo

James Khoo, um Fotógrafo malaio de quem nāo consegui recolher elementos biograficos ou de carreira.

Contudo, o que mostra do seu trabalho é excelente. Mais um registo de composição impecável, apuro técnico e mestria no controlo e utilização da luz.

Um grande trabalho.

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