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     Let me introduce you the star of this feature, Bassem or as you may know him :iconbatmantoo:. Why Bassem? Because!! 
Because I like his status of down to the earth man. No high altitudes, turbulence or drama.. Simple everyday life and tranquil moments of beauty. Mary, I believe, would describe his works as slow photography, but maybe I'm wrong. All I know for sure is the fact he enjoys photography a lot and the simple process of finding, framing and creating brings him joy. And that is all that matters!
Also, I wanted to get to know him a little better..

     Bassem has helped my busy schedule too.. I have asked him to write a 'bio' of himself, something he would like you to know about him..

Don't forget to show him your support by clicking the icon above, commenting his works and while you there leave a lot of these :+fav:!!

     Bassem: I was born in Lebanon and raised in Austria and Egypt. My family background is too complex to go into here and frankly irrelevant to me being a photographer. However, I feel it is of value to mention that I am influenced by Egyptian, Arabic, Austrian, German, English, American and French culture and heritage. By Education I am a mechanical engineer and computer scientist, by profession a systems analyst and software developer. I live both in Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany… not at the same time. ;) (Wink) I am Austrian by nationality, but lived most of my life in other countries… there is no single place I would call home (having been a refugee), but several where I got homely.

As far back as I can remember, it’s far, I’m 50, I have been a visually fixated person. Due to my dyslexia I never became an avid reader or writer for that matter (when I read I listen to audiobooks). I never learned to play an instrument, but am very much into music appreciation and dance. Movies are my thing, though.

Movies, movies, movies… from Hollywood to Bollywood, just can’t get enough. Yes, it was my dream to study at a film school. Photography was my attempt at learning how to frame and capture a story. Circumstances did not allow for me to follow my dream, but I held firm to my camera. So I took courses in film appreciation and photography at university… being able to take such courses for credits towards graduation is something I loved about the American University in Cairo (Egypt).

My first serious camera was a Nikon FE2 with both a 35 and an 85mm lens, which I got from my father beginning of the 80’s of the last century. I developed my own b&w film and enlarged my prints, and shot many slides as well. In the courses I took I was introduced to the most well-known photographers of the time, there was much inspiration and fascination to be found, but only one photographer I could instantly relate to: Henri Cartier-Bresson. I love how he could capture the spirit of a moment, forever real and surreal!

Cartier-Bresson in photography and Jean-Luc Godard in film were the greatest influences when I started shooting. I tried my hand at all genres of photography, and still do, but street and nature are the two which move me the most. Street is the sport, nature is Zen. Though these two are quite different, in both I try to capture a feeling. Of course street is also a situation “thing”, and I do enjoy shooting and watching this kind of street. In all cases though I believe in the “decisive instant”, when all elements converge… the anticipation, the trill, click!

All I can hope to achieve is that the viewer is transported to share and feel this moment with me.

Prater 3 by batmantoo  Last Summer In Rovinj by batmantoo  

Praterstern Exit by batmantoo  Prater by batmantoo 
 Volksgarten by batmantoo  Curls by batmantoo  

Reminiscing by batmantoo  Zentral 6039 1 by batmantoo  
Two on the Town by batmantoo  In Your Ear by batmantoo  Franz West 1 by batmantoo
Steinstrasse by batmantoo  Neumarkt Construction Site by batmantoo
Last Summer in Rovinj 2 by batmantoo  Heldenplatz by batmantoo
Zen Garden by batmantoo  RED by batmantoo
Asphalt Kids by batmantoo  The Fan club by batmantoo

...and many more here :iconbatmantoo:

If you want more of our featured photographers, if you feel you should be the next featured, or simply just to share your best shot click through to 
The People Avenue


This  month we are interviewing Russian photographer Dmitry Ryzhkov :icondmitryzhkov:

TPA - Tell us a little about yourself.
How is your relationship with photography began, and how it has evolved over the years?

- My name is Dmitry Ryzhkov. I am from Russia and currently based in Moscow. I have about 30 years of experience in photography. When I was schoolboy I first become interested in photography. My father gave me his camera and I taught myself basic photography. Then I went out to take photos. My subject matter varied from nature, macro, landscape, etc, but eventually swayed towards people and capturing candid moments and this is how I began. About 8 years streetphoto still my main passion in photography.
2 Dsc8010 by dmitryzhkov

TPA - Which photographers influenced you?

- I'm self-taught photographer. When I became interested in photography I did not know anyone from the leading street photographers of the world, I was attracted Russian artists-realists and old masters of painting. As a child I wanted to become an artist. Now I can say that Garry Winogrand, Steve McCurry, Henri Cartier-Bresson - my most favorite photographers. Over the years the list of favorite photographers has expanded. Some of these have included; Saul Leiter, Vivian Maier, W. Eugene Smith, Fan Ho, Josef Koudelka, Fred Herzog, Ernst Haas, Helen Levitt. Many of the modern day contemporaries are also very inspiring.
4 DSC7888zaitz by dmitryzhkov

TPA - What do you enjoy photographing most?

- I like shot scenes with multiple visual elements that grab my attention, best shots make you stop and start it carefully considered. Best street shots usually visually clever, it can be story telling, make you wonder, happy, sad or move you in some other way. I am interested in expressions and inner world of people. I am not a big fan of geometry, excessive contrast, play of light and shadow. I just go and look, this is my method.
 Dsc2607 by dmitryzhkov

TPA - What is your favorite time of the day photographing in the streets?

- I don't pay much attention to the time of day. Of course, it is good when we have sunny day with play of light and shadows, but Moscow is northern city and we haven't too many sunny days. But I like to shoot at night, in bad weather. Rainstorm or snowfall, strong wind etc. are events when nature itself helps the photographer to shot interesting picture, but I not worried about time of day.
1 Dsc0712 by dmitryzhkov

TPA -I visited Russia few times and found extremely difficult doing Street Photography there.
Do you often face same challenges in your city doing photography?

 - Sometimes I have problems too. In Russia most of people in streets don't like street photographers. But Moscow is open international city, many foreign and Russian tourists with cameras walking in the streets. So Moscow people calmly see to my work. True, there are aggressive men and women which are scolding to me. But I don't worry. I have never has ever gotten any serious injuries from shooting strangers in the street. In my experiences I have had only four or five rare occurrences of people getting physical with me. None of those have been serious. In the general case have to be on the alert, shoot fast and invisible to others. Smile and joke, sometimes quick feet are best weapon against aggressive people.
4 DSC7717-borba by dmitryzhkov

TPA - Imagine you have a day off and you decide to go shooting. Describe it.

- I take a backpack with cameras and lenses and go out on the street. Pull out the camera, and hang it on my chest. Here it will be a few hours until I get tired and begin to lose concentration. In a way I have few hours, from time to time to stop, for holiday or check the results of the photography, go slowly and gently, so that I can take a photo at any time. Look around, find interesting people and events. I fully concentrate on pictures at this time, my vision and reaction are exacerbated, I'm all attention. Listen to and watch, go to the noise and screams, I am looking for a crowd. This is my photography style.
 Dsc4316 by dmitryzhkov

TPA - What are the most essential qualities of a photographer?

- Keep shooting. See your own eyes. Believe in yourself and your sense. Do not be afraid to provoke the general trend. Street photographer's main tool are his eyes, not the camera. The eyes are related to brain, so a good education and high cultural level of the human are good help for photographer. Need right use of your equipment, you must keep training your eyes, you need to learn fast to response on events, because street events going very quickly and never repeated. Missing good shots are always disappointing.
Legs by dmitryzhkov

TPA - Choose three of your photos and explain why they are special to you.

- It’s difficult to choose, because as mother or father like all their children, as I like all my pics. My photos belong to my past. I rarely think about what photo better than other ones. I go forward in my photography, I would like to take better shots today than yesterday, and better ones tomorrow than today.
Here are three photos that I have chosen, it is difficult to explain why.

Talk by dmitryzhkov
3 Dsc9682 by dmitryzhkov
Dsc5476 by dmitryzhkov

TPA - In a few words what is photography for you?

- Photography is my passion, my style of life and I can not live differently.

6 Dsc1620 by dmitryzhkov 6 Dsc2012 by dmitryzhkov 6 Dsc0439 by dmitryzhkov
 Dsc3044 by dmitryzhkov  Doors set | arbat street by dmitryzhkov 6 Dsc0603 by dmitryzhkov



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                                                   This  month we are interviewing Portuguese photographer Nuno Figueira :iconnunofigueira:

TPA-Tell us a little about yourself.

NF - Well! I'm Nuno Figueira a 38-year-old Portuguese who loves Photography, born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal.

TPA-How did your relationship with Photography begin and how has it developed through the years?

NF - My first experience with photography was with my father and his camera, an old Pentax Spotmatic SP II, a hell of a camera. I learned the basics with him, around eight/nine years old and i think the love for photography just started there :) (Smile). But for a long time i just ocasionally photographed and i did not evolve my skills....then i discovered DeviantArt through my good friend :iconotoupeira: and my numb passion came back stronger than ever.

         00084 by NunoFigueira

TPA-Which photographers influenced you?

NF - Rui Palha, an amateur Portuguese photographer (must see his work, it is fantastic), Vivian Maier (love her work), Bresson....and so many other great DA artists who inspire me everyday.

TPA-What do you enjoy photographing most?

NF - Everything that awakens something in me...but mostly urban scenes.

TPA-What equipment do you use? How important is equipment?

NF - Presently i just photograph with a Fuji X100s and an Holga 120CFN (really love this plastic baby, makes me feel free....and it was a gift from my wife)......for me equipment is not important at all, the photographer makes the camera, not otherwise...of course the quality of the lenses is important, a weather sealed body is important too...but makes a photographer better?!...the best tip about cameras that i saw was "The Best Camera is the One You Have With You" ;) (Wink)

       00488 by NunoFigueira

TPA-What is your favorite time of the day photographing in the streets?

NF - I really like to photograph early in the morning, but usually i'm working or sleeping I usually photograph at late afternoon, but that is good cause i like shadows.

TPA-What is your favorite place for shooting photos? Name two or three places you would like to visit for Photography.

NF - Actually my favorite places are underground stations, I love the ambience and the dark mood of some. I would like to visit Tokyo and New York...what a joy to a street photographer ;) (Wink).

TPA-Imagine you have a day off and you decide to go shooting. Describe it.

NF - I'm a boring guy special plans or nothing like that, just my Fuji and a comfortable pair of shoes...the rest just flows or not Lol....mix myself with the city life and go with the flow, I did not try to hide and increasingly try shooting closer, which ultimately results in sometimes being almost invisible, because people sometimes do not believe that I am shooting them.

                                      Lila Angelique by NunoFigueira

TPA-You live in a country hit by the financial crisis. Has this situation affected you as a photographer?

NF - yes! the situation, not only in Portugal but for the majority of the countries is not good, that affects me as an aware human being and is reflected through my work.

TPA-Choose three photos you have taken and explain why they are special to you:

Urban depression by NunoFigueira
NF-For me, this photo represents the urban isolation and depression that most of us live today in big cities.

The Doors of Desperation by NunoFigueira
NF-This one is special cause it is so is about our indifference and total lack of respect for human life.

00082 by NunoFigueira NF-What i love in this shot is the genuine happiness on the little girl's face, i think the shot transmits happiness and joy.


How The Blind See Beauty

Fri Apr 18, 2014, 3:36 PM

How The Blind See Beauty

Can you see beauty around you?

Published on Apr 18, 2014


Exceptional Photographers on dA - Ed. April

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 8, 2014, 7:58 AM

Hello Everybody,

For this edition Anna a.k.a.  inktice :iconinktice: kindly accepted my request to be our next featured Exceptional Photographer of the month. She's a fine artist with creative skills. The main focus of her work is on children and I'm sure you'll like her gallery very much.


-Tell us a little about yourself.

 my sunshine. by inktice

My name is Anna, I was born in the Philippines and currently residing in the Pacific Northwest in Washington with my husband and my beautiful daughter, Keilani. Iced coffee, sunrises, and beautiful light always put me in a good mood! I'm also a photo-addict who is obsessed with tangible photographs, huge canvas prints, and beautiful art on walls!


-How did your relationship with Photography begin and how has it developed through the years?


Before I grew an interest in photography, drawing was the foundation of my passion for art. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. To be honest, I was not a fan of photography at that time. I always thought that photography was the most easiest form of art. You take a camera, press a button, and woohoo, a picture! (Anybody can do that, right?) To me, it wasn't as hands-on as getting your hands dirty, filled with paint, graphite smudges, etc. dA is a diverse art community with many talented people in different mediums of art and I've always loved looking at other people's artwork. In 2007, I became intrigued and inspired by some of the photography in the dA community. I decided to try something new and give it a try. I had a Kodak CD33 zoom digital camera that I used mainly for taking pictures with friends at the time. That's when I also began learning about Photoshop. As I wanted to learn more about improving my images, I bought myself an advanced point-and-shoot camera, Nikon Coolpix P80. I brought it with me everywhere and took photos of everything and anything I could find! It really helped me shape the way I saw things -- every detail, every angle, and lighting. That's when I learned that photography was not as easy as I thought it would be. You cannot just take a photo and call it "good." A photo must be created. It was a lot different from drawing, but I incorporated what I already knew about art into my photos; from colors, shapes, light, shadows, to composition. Nonetheless, it was the same thing -- you create art. Even today, I find myself learning the more I take photos. It's really a never-ending learning experience!

sand in my eyes by inktice


-Which photographers influenced you?


Honestly, I would say most of every talented photographer and artist here on dA! I was a very active dA member during the time I grew a strong interest in photography and I was always inspired by everyone's work. At the same time though, I wanted to explore my own vision and how I saw things.

 mother and child II by inktice

-What do you enjoy photographing most?


Ever since I became a mother in 2012, it has always been (and will always be) my daughter! Being a mom, I've always appreciated every little detail about her: from her newborn fingers and toes, eyelashes...and now she's running around making a mess of everything! But even so, I've learned that time goes by incredibly fast, and so does the growth of children. So it's important that I always document everything and anything I can to preserve these precious moments.

 Heaven Sent II by inktice

-What equipment do you use?


I use my Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100mm macro lens, Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, and Canon 24-105mm lens. And natural light, of course! ;)

 Lily Girl by inktice

-What is your favorite place for shooting photos? Name two or three places you would like to visit for photography.


Any place with a wide open field or a woodsy location with funky-shaped trees is my favorite place to shoot! I also love the fall season, so taking photos in a location filled with bright leaves is a must! And gosh, I'd love to visit any place with great views and beautiful sunsets. But if I could choose a couple places to photograph, it would be somewhere with green pastures with pastoral views, a field of flowers, or a simple room with tall windows that lets in a lot of natural light.

Daily Deviation: :clap:

forget the fork by inktice


-Imagine you have a day off and you decide to go shooting. Describe it.


My husband and I usually plan a day of shooting about a couple days in advance. If we decide to have a photo shoot with our daughter, I like to bring balloons and dress her up in specific colors! I usually bring all of my lenses, especially if we're shooting at a new location. You never know if there's a great view somewhere and you need your zoom lens!

baby lashes by inktice


-Choose one or two photos you have taken and explain why they are special to you?


The photo of my daughter in the middle of a pile of bright leaves "Golden Autumn" is very special to me and is, in fact, my favorite photo of her! It was during the middle of October and we decided to spontaneously take a road trip through Cascade Highway (since we've heard that it was beautiful there during the fall season). We actually found a gigantic pile of leaves during our drive and decided to have Keilani play in the leaves while I take photos. She just happened to look up at the falling leaves at the same time and it was  just the perfect shot. This photo is now hanging up in our living room as a huge canvas print. :)

 Golden Autumn by inktice

-What is your style and what tricks and tips do you use to get the right results?


I don't know if I really have a style, to be honest...but I'm always lured to take photos facing towards the sun! I love backlight, and depending on the kind of look I want to achieve, I also like to take a lot of silhouette photos. I've taken quite a few portraits of people outdoors and I find that lighting and where you are positioned to take their photo (or any subject) is extremely crucial to getting the results I want. For example, I would never take photos of people who are facing towards the sun with the camera in front of them -- the light would be too harsh. I like to wait until it's close to the golden hour (an hour after the sun rises and an hour before the sun sets) to take photos. This way the light isn't as harsh and you can produce images with more interesting hues and shadows. Shooting in RAW is also important! I can tweak and correct white balance and exposure if needed.

 the world through their eyes by inktice

-What kind of impression do you hope to leave upon others who see your photographs?


I love telling stories with my images. Especially when it comes to candid shots. I want the viewers to look at my images and be able to read that story through their eyes using their own interpretation. :)


-Any final thoughts for our readers?


Shoot, shoot, shoot! The more photos you take, the more you learn and the better photos you'll take! Try something new, challenge yourself to new concepts, different lighting conditions, take your camera everywhere and learn everything about your camera. Remember that just because you have a fancy camera, it does not automatically make you a great photographer. Be humble and embrace mistakes, learning, time, and experience. Like I said, photography is a never-ending learning experience. Have fun and make the most of it! :)

A Love Stronger Than Light by inktice



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The People Avenue is the place to meet real people. As the name says: the focus of the group is on human beings, in all it's facets. We are a photography-ONLY group.


This folder is for all pictures, that are made in a studio/studio performance/setting or for which someone has posed.
DA categories: Fashion, Glamour, Self-portraits, Classic, Emotive and Pin ups.
The legal definition of "child" generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority.

- Children
- Infants: babies, toddlers.
-Teenagers/Adolescents (not yet coming of age)


This folder is for all photo’s that belongs in the following categories:
- Street Photography
- Photojournalism
- Urban and Rural Portraits

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is NOT about streets. It's not about staged moments, people posing, friends acting cool in a back-alley.It's mostly about the correlations between humans and the environment. Between humans and other humans and other living creatures. How we function in society, how we stand, how we act, mainly how we act without being aware that we are being seen. Street photography heavily relies in the decisive moment. So timing = special.
More info here: Street Photography
PHOTOJOURNALISM: is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story.
Urban AND RURAL PORTRAITS: NO images of buildings, rural/city environment without the focus on people.

Candid Street Portraiture is a sub-category of Street Photography.

CANDID PORTRAITURE STREET: Working in the face of strangers, street portraiture pushes the boundaries of personal spaces and, for that matter, the photographer’s own comfort zone. It's all about candid shooting, getting in close to the subject with the subject unaware of the camera. The portrait can be just the face or whole body & all in between. Framing & composition are important but in a relaxed way.
The best of these portraits capture emotions as the story of the subject unfolds before you.
SPONTANEOUS PORTRAITS: not posed, but not candid either. The person is aware of the camera.

This folder is for:
- CONCEPTUAL: Contemporary artistic representations of a specific concept or idea.

Photos are welcome in b/w and color, digital or analog.
All submissions need 3 positive votes before accepted and must be submitted into the correct folders.
Members are allowed 3 images a week and they can also suggest 2 favourites (favourites must NOT be your own work).


What we want:

- WE GO FOR QUALITY INSTEAD OF QUANTITY! So, only submit your best :)

What is not allowed:

- Images with big and intrusive watermarks (including the DA watermark). You can add your signature instead on a discret place.
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