In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | August

 “I am aware of technical facts in photography but I care much more about mood. Depending on the situation or depending on my emotional state I can try to evoque joy, nostalgia, loneliness…”

This month we are sharing with you the captivating work of Raquel Chicheri. Raquel’s intriguing documentary style lifestyle work is one you can never get tired of exploring. There is spontaneity and truth to her stories, mixed with  a sense of mystery and intrigue. The results are truly beautiful portraits that capture the real essence of childhood. Please come share with us childhood through the eyes of Raquel!

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

I think it is only a matter of how I feel about the color and the b&w. It is easier for me to see in b&w, this way I am more aware about the light and the shadows , I can focus the subject better without the distraction of color.  Sometimes it is hard to shoot in color, they just don´t work well all together; sometimes when the colors work well and contribute to the image then I shoot in color but this only happens a few times.

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 For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images.  How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

I am not aware there is a special mood in my photos but I suppose it is inevitable to transmit a specific mood because I always try to capture an emotion, it is the feeling that I try to materialize. I am aware of technical facts in photography but I care much more about mood. Depending on the situation or depending on my emotional state  I can try to evoque joy, nostalgia, loneliness…

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  Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way?  What draws you to this style of photography?

I believe I am very influenced by documentary photography and iconic images, I think I make a mix of both most of the times with my lifestyle images.

3

  When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

In my opinion light and shadows go together so for them to work better they have to go hand by hand, they are complementary and both attract me the same way.

4

 What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

I have my kids around all the time, as I like documentary photography and I also like my kids , this is an opportunity  to capture life. It doesn´t mean that I don´t want to photograph other stuff , in fact I am looking forward to exploring other universes.

5

 Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

I normally take the exposure on the highlights. This way the photo is always darker than if I do it on shadows.

6

  What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

To see the work of good photographers always inspires me.

7

  What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

I think the sunset is the best for me. All the photos look great at this hour, but you really never know when a good photo can be made , and that´s the magic about it. My best photos are most of the time a surprise.

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  What’s in your camera bag?

My mark 5D II, and a few lenses, the 50mm, the 28mm, a lensbaby and a regular zoom.

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 JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

Always RAW and Photoshop.

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In The Shadows of Life Collaborative | Collection Thirteen

In The Shadows of Life Collaborative | Collection Thirteen

“Shadow is an intelligent artist; it creates its works in places where there are already great beauties!”

~ Mehmet Murat ildan

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Ana Rosenberg

cate

Cate Wnek Photography

Kate

Kate Vellacott pictures

kelly

Kelly Jacobi Photography

nicola

Nicola Stewart Photography

niki

Niki Boon Photography

jennifer

Photographs by Jennifer

In The Shadows of Life Collaborative | Collection ELEVEN

” I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to  transport us into the light.”

-Martha Beck

 

Kate June

Kate Vellacott pictures

Kelly June

Kelly Jacobi Photography

Nic - June

Nicola Stewart Photography

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Ana Rosenberg Photography

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Photographs by Jennifer

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Cate Wnek Photography

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Lens & Beauty

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RAHEL KRABICHLER- photography and imagination

Niki Boon Photography

In The Shadows of Life Collaborative | Collection TEN

“A light from the shadows shall spring.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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Cate Wnek Photography

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Samantha Lawson Photography

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Lens & Beauty

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Photographs by Jennifer

Kate

Kate Vellacot pictures

Nic

Nicola Stewart Photography

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Rahel Krabichler: photography and imagination

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Ana Rosenberg Photography

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Kelly Jacobi Photography

Cousins at home

Niki Boon Photography

In The Shadows of Life Collaborative| Collection NINE

 

“The shadows some hide, others reveal.”
-Unknown

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Lens & Beauty

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Photographs by Jennifer

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Ana Rosenberg Photography

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RAHEL KRABICHLER- photography and imagination

Cousins at home

Niki Boon Photography

Nic April

Nicola Stewart Photography

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Kelly Jacobi Photography

Kate

Kate Vellacott pictures

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Samantha Lawson Photography

In The Shadows of Life Collaborative | Collection EIGHT

“Where there is much light, the shadow is deep”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Kate

Kate Vellacott pictures

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Nicola Stewart Photography

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Ana Rosenberg Photography

Cousins at home

Niki Boon Photography

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Lens & Beauty

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Samantha Lawson Photography

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Photographs by Jennifer

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My Light My Love My Own

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Cate Wnek Photography

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Rahel Krabichler- photography and imagination

In The Shadows Of Life Collaborative | Collection SEVEN

Black and white are the colors of photography.  To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.

-Robert Frank

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Lens & Beauty

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My Light My Love My Own

Nic Feb

Nicola Stewart Photography

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Rahel Krabichler Photography and Imagination

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Ana Rosenberg Photography

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Photographs by Jennifer

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Cate Wnek Photography

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Kate Vellacott Pictures

Cousins at home

Niki Boon Photography

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Samantha Lawson Photography

In The Shadows Of Life Collaborative | Collection SIX

    So many things to look forward to in 2015, as we reflect back on 2014 and what it meant to each of us, individually and as a group. We have grown so much from all the beautiful art you’ve elected to share with us, and us as a group have grown in an amazing friendship. Reflecting on our year, on what our art has meant to us, and how what that piece reflects about our life, about us, takes time and goes beyond a blog post. There’s meaning behind these photographs that transcend. As there is in yours as well. We thank you for taking this journey with us, invite you to continue to share along, but most importantly, to reflect on what it all means for you.

Some of our favorite photographs in the shadows of 2014

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Samantha Lawson Photography 

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Ana Rosenberg Photography

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Photographs by Jennifer 

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RAHEL KRABICHLER – photography and imagination

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Cate Wnek Photography

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Niki Boon Photography

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My Light My Love My Own

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Lens & Beauty

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Kate Vellacott pictures

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Nicola Stewart Photography

In The Shadows Of Life Collaborative | Collection FIVE

“If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.”

-Lady Gaga

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Cate Wnek Photography

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Lens & Beauty

Kate

Kate Vellacott pictures

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My Light My Love My Own

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Nicola Stewart Photography

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Rahel Krabichler- photography and imagination

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Ana Rosenberg Photography

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Samantha Lawson Photography

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Niki Boon Photography

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Photographs by Jennifer

In The Shadows of Life Collaborative | Collection FOUR

“There are dark shadows in the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”

-Charles Dickens

What drives you to capture your life and the life of your children in such a unique and different way? What emotions are you trying to convey? What do you feel as the camera closes in to your eye and your finger presses the shutter?  What do you want the world to know about you, about them, about the most important thing you have ever done and will continue to do as long as we are blessed to do it? What is the message you want the rest of us to see? Complicated questions we continue to search answers for with every click.

Today, we share with you some of our all time favorites.

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Cate Wnek Photography

Cousins at home

Niki Boon Photography

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Kate Vellacott pictures

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Lens & Beauty

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Rahel Krabichler- photography and imagination

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Photographs by Jennifer

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Ana Rosenberg Photography 

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Nicola Stewart Photography

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My Light  My Love My Own