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Logo Tpa Zebrapad By Annieta Photography D5d77 By  by lightdrafter

     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



                            Logo Tpa Zebrapad By Annieta Photography-d5d77 by e-l-a-n-i

                                                   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

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How The Blind See Beauty

Can you see beauty around you?

Published on Apr 18, 2014


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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.
- Blurry/out-of-focus/soft images.
- Images which are of snapshot quality
- Horror, macabre and shocking images.
- Racism, hate or discrimination in any form.
- Embarrassing photo's of people.
- nudity in all forms.
- Suggesting to favorite must NOT be your own work. If so, it will be declined.


It would be great if you'd join us. Join-request are now automatically approved.:D

Of course you are also welcome to WATCH our group, if you like us and want to learn all about people photography, before you join us or you simply want to enjoy what's in our folders. Please do :)