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

Sunlanders A photography project by Sean Lotman

“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

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Landscape photography by Costas Kariolis. Beach, Norfolk, England
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2022 Landscape AWARD Deadline: 30 November 2022

When taking a picture of a landscape, just like in a portrait or a scene, photographers attempt to tell a story.

From dramatic rural vistas to urban panoramics, or seemingly-abstract aerial compositions, this month we want to see images that showcase our planet’s diverse and beautiful topography.⁠

All approaches are valid and we want to see as many different styles and compositions as possible!


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