from the sunlanders series, color darkroom prints handmade by Sean Lotman

Sean Lotman Sunlanders

“Sunlanders is something like a visual utopia. It is a vain attempt, as an American (and “alien”) to curate environment into something more splendid and mysterious beyond reality. In doing so, I hope I’ve managed to avoid the quintessential aura of Japan, the symbolic trap from which we (and the Japanese) thrive on with our beloved symbolism.

Sunlanders is a consequence of wandering and of being lost. The encounters herein (nearly all accidental), when added up, constitute a planet that only they and I, their witness, inhabit. That this represents neither Japan of the past nor present, but something beyond our dimensional reckoning of it, is the intention of this photo book. – Sean Lotman

Sunlanders contains 48 images, all color darkroom prints handmade by the author and is available for purchase here: Sunlanders

A native of Los Angeles, Sean Lotman lives in Kyoto, Japan. Discover more of his work at www.seanlotman.com

Monthly Photo Contest

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THEME: TRAVEL Deadline: 31 August 2019

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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