Holding Life Still


The Life Framer editors make their pick of the images and stories not included in the judge’s selection for our ‘Still Life’ theme.

Following Lorenzo Vitturi’s selection of winning images for our theme ‘Still Life’, this compilation of 20 images represents some of the other talented photographers whose work struck us and left a mark. Some are more literal representations of our world, and others are more abstract, but each one is a stunning image worthy of exposure and attention.

These are intended to be a conversation starter… so feel free to join the discussion on our social networks.


Banner image courtesy of Anke Loots  www.ankeloots.com

Kostas Kapsianis

Images courtesy of Kostas Kapsianis

www.kostaskapsianis.com – @kapsianis8


Jan Hoek has photographed amateur models, mentally ill homeless people in Africa, a girl with no arms and legs, a heroin addict who dreams of being a model, or people he has simply found in advertisements on the internet. The photo shoot is never what he expected, model and photographer always have different expectations. The model actually wants sex while Jan Hoek wants to shoot the dog. The model tries to be as glamorous as possible, while Jan wants to picture the decay. Photographing is not just about the image but also the relationship between the photographer and the model. How far can you go with your models? In the accompanying film, Me & My Models, Jan talks about the nasty, funny, painful or touching things that happen around photographing people.

“I believe there is always a certain degree of ethics involved in photography. It is almost impossible to take photographs of people without consciously, or unconsciously, crossing boundaries and with things happening that you don’t want or expect. I feel this is often covered up in photography, while I would like to show it …”

Image courtesy of Jan Hoek



Image courtesy of Zsolt Ficsór.

www.zsoltficsor.com – @zsoltficsor


Image courtesy of Martina Zanin 



“Room 2 at Dachau”courtesy of Chris Yu 



Image courtesy of Natalia Evelyn Bencicova