In the spotlight: Who is Flóra Borsi?

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In the spotlight is an article series featuring up-and-coming shutterbugs that are about to put their mark on the world. Allow us introduce photographer and visual artist Flóra Borsi, wildly celebrated for her stunning self-portraits.

Self-taught super-talent Flóra Borsi defines herself as a photographer and a visual artist. She is praised for her fascinating self-portraits and rose to fame with her series Animeyed, where she creates stunningly beautiful pictures utilizing her incredible skills as a retoucher and image creator.

Looking at her portfolio, it is hard to believe that she is still a student at Moholy Nagy University in Budapest. Creative post-production and skillful photography go hand in hand for this 23 year-old autodidact, who has been working with Photoshop since she was 11.

“I’ve always liked to draw so my sister gave me a subscription to Photoshop for me to play around with. I didn’t know how to use it at first; I was just trying out the features and randomly pushing buttons. Over the years I’ve learnt more and more by experimenting and watching tutorials.”

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In the spotlight: Flóra Borsi’s animal self-portraits

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Fine art photography, Off-camera flash, Portrait photography

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In the spotlight is an article series featuring up-and-coming shutterbugs that are about to put their mark on the world. In this second part about photographer and visual artist Flóra Borsi, she talks about her acclaimed Animeyed project, shows her latest work and explains why it is her favorite so far.

If you are not already familiar with Flóra Borsi’s breathtaking project Animeyed it is time to pay this multi-talented photographer and her work some attention. The principle behind her photo series is simple yet ingenious.

Using herself as model and her unmatched Photoshop skills Flóra creates portraits posing with animals, matching poses and expressions with the personality of her faunae partners. Her images are so fascinating that she has almost created her own genre, spawning many a copycat.

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Carnival of Dreams: Wet plate artist Ian Ruhter and actor Gary Oldman visits Slab City

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Fine art photography, On location, Silver & light, Videos

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Last year Ian Ruther shared his journey to Slab City with us.  Now he returns to the mystical place to do a video documentary together actor Gary Oldman.

Carnival of Dreams is a short film based on the unforeseen events that transpired over a 48-hour period in a magical place called Slab City where the wet plate collodion artist Ian Ruhter and his wet plate technician Will Eichelberger set out to make the world’s largest Ambrotype.

 

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#ProfotoTakeover: Dayron Vera and “The VIII”

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Every month we feature a photographer on our global Instagram account for #ProfotoTakeover. The first week of January we dedicate to professional ballet dancer turned photographer Dayron Vera, who shot an artistic interpretation of Henry VIII, simply called “The VIII”.

Based in Barcelona, Dayron Vera’s focus on dance photography came naturally. Being a professional ballet dancer has given him an understanding of movement that enables him to capture his subjects with perfect timing. He started to shoot because of his urge to freeze movement and making it last forever, and at the same time transmit the feeling that the dancers in his images still keep on moving.

“I started with photography behind the stage, taking pictures of my mates. Soon I realized I that I needed to step up my game if I was going to really capture movement in the artistic way I wanted. That’s when I started shooting in studio with Profoto flashes.”

Besides ballet photography, Dayron has a great passion for portrait photography, which shines through in his portfolio. Following Dayron this week during the #ProfotoTakover you will see how he captures the essence of the people in front of my camera.

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Slab City: Ian Ruhter on creating the largest wet plate collodion ambrotype in the world

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Already dubbed the Master of Wet Plate Photography by us, Ian Ruhter needs no introduction. Recently he embarked on a journey to Slab City, to create the world’s largest wet plate collodion. He tells an inspirational tale enveloped in philosophical queries.

I’ve spent a lot of time and energy making pictures that appease everyone else, but leave me questioning if they represent what is truly in my heart. My images of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and pristine landscaped photos appear to be what everyone is typically interested in. It is great to receive praise and recognition, even being compared to Ansel Adams – which is one of the highest compliments you can receive. The problem is it’s not who I am. When I chose to make the world’s largest wet plate collodion direct positives (ambrotypes) I didn’t quite know what I was getting my self into. It’s been incredibly difficult and extremely expensive. I thought by going along with all this attention and praise there would be some kind of pay off, ironically enough it left me feeling empty and still searching to find myself.

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