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 photo of a boy in a train in India by Jose Carpintero
© Jose Carpintero

2022 Travel AWARD Deadline: 31 August 2022

Competition Judge: STEVE MCCURRY

When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it. Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary… We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually – Let’s travel together!


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

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