old man portrait street photography, colorful, by Manuel Armenis

Diamond Days A photography project by Manuel Armenis

“The quintessential trait of the mundane is, of course, its lack of spectacle. It is recognizable to us; familiar, in its plainness and with its non-event character.”

The series “Diamond Days” is an exploration of the commonplace. We are shown snippets of every day, fragments of moments and ordinary situations. There is a playful touch to this world, a colorful lightness, and warmth, a sense of joy; and yet, these unassuming landscapes seem to contain something else. Elusive. Layered. Ambiguous. A somewhat bleaker undercurrent that might pick up on the sensation of slight unease that we often associate with the ordinary.

By carrying signs of human behavior and a way of living, every day provides us with a rendering of the now. But it also contains references to a time gone by and challenges us to look back. It exposes our need to make sense of our lives and raises the tricky question of “what could have been.” It confronts us with the notion of missed opportunities and unfulfilled dreams. And it reveals our disposition to fill any void with nostalgia.”

Manuel Armenis is a street and fine art photographer working on long-term projects with a focus on exploring the human condition within the everyday and commonplace urban environments. Discover Manuel’s work here.

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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