With spring upon us and summer soon to follow, green has replaced winter’s brown, and nature’s beauty is blossoming all around us. Flowers of all kinds are opening their petals, clothing the landscape with a fresh garment of color and spreading their sweet fragrance.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The earth laughs in flowers.” From orchids to gerber daisies, this series of VSCO Cam images captures the joyous magnificence of earth’s flora.
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Based out of Denver, Colorado, Luca Venter began his photography career at the young age of 15. Taking an out of the box approach to photography, Luca’s innovative methods result in dreamlike and uniquely beautiful images.
Daily life can sometimes seem repetitious; however, your photographs prove otherwise. There are infinite amounts of one-of-a-kind instances, sometimes overlooked, that can be shared. We are so grateful for you taking time to capture the people, places, and things you come across in your normal routine. The way the world works and functions is beyond comprehension, and we must remain open and conscious to a reality that is full of spectacular surprises. This world can sometimes seem frightening, yet we must strive to press onward through the complications, focusing on the positive. Thank you for recording the glorious nuances that give us a true taste of this world that we live in. As the iconic and revolutionary photojournalist Robert Doisneau said, “The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” Please remember when sharing your unique VSCO Cam imagery via Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr to include the hashtag #vscocam.
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Ashley Rodriguez is the woman behind the fabulous food blog Not Without Salt. Highly skilled both in the kitchen and behind the lens, Not Without Salt is as much a feast for the eyes as it's recipes are for the mouth. Passionate about food and her family, Ashley publishes delectable recipes, while openly sharing with readers her personal stories of marriage and motherhood.
Founder of the production company Katla Studios, Love Strandell is a photographer and videographer based out of Stockholm, Sweden. He recalls being introduced to photography through his father, who gave him a basic pocket camera when Love reported for military service. This gift sparked a preoccupation and personal intrigue with photography, and Love kept the camera in his pocket at all times, documenting his experiences and travels while in the service. Following his time in the military, Love studied journalism, taking extra photo courses whenever possible. In his third year, he was accepted into the Danish School of Journalism for an in-depth semester of International Photo Journalism. Drawing from all his experiences & education, Love then began freelancing, and now, makes his living doing what he loves most- documenting reality.
A little over a year ago, Love began filming a video documentary on Ilir Latifi, a Swedish-Albanian mixed martial artist. Documenting Ilir both in practice and on his off-time, the two built a close bond. “As a journalist and documentary photographer, it's important to keep your distance, but when you spend so much time together and experience intense moments together, you get close, whether your product wants it or not. We have had loads of experiences with Ilir, but his fight in the UFC was by far the best. Him signing with the UFC came as a sweet surprise for all of us. Alexander Gustafsson, who was originally supposed to compete, got injured. For the event not to be called off, Ilir Latifi jumped in as the Swedish replacement. Ilir entering the main event in front of the home crowd was absolutely fantastic.”
Normally, Love maintains his composure with ease. However, seeing Ilir fight in the UFC main event brought up strong emotions. The natural interaction and respect that had evolved from following Ilir and his transition into UFC gave Love a run for his money. “I remember my knees shaking. I was standing on my chair to get as high as possible, and I felt these really weird shakes in my knees. To be honest, it was the first time I've ever felt something like that. I don’t know the exact reason, but my guess is that it was a combination of hearing the intense and loud noise of the crowd, more like thunder cheering ‘ILIR ILIR ILIR’, and seeing the expression of astonishment on Ilir’s face.”
As you can see by these images, Love has a talent for finding moments that tell a story, even doing so in just one frame. The expression, the natural lighting, the mood, and the circumstance all play together to create intriguing images. Love processed these intense photos, which document the world’s fastest growing sport, using VSCO Film. To view the whole collection of images documenting the UFC Sweden 2013 event, check out Love’s full blog post.