Inspiring black and white environmental portraits from Junku Nishimura

Film people & street photography inspiration by Junku Nishimura

Born in a small coal-mine village in 1967 in Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan, Junku Nishimura lived there until he was 18.

After studying Latin American affairs at college in Kyoto, Junku worked as a club DJ, a construction worker and later got a job with a cement manufacturing company, working in tunnel construction sites across the country as a concrete expert.

With a Leica in his hand, he started photographing the places where he worked. After 18 years, Junku quit his job, travelling the world to make photographs. Today he is a freelance photographer based in Nagoya and Yamaguchi.

Of his intimate environmental portraits and street photography, Junku says:

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More free textures to add interest to your images

Vintage Drifting SkyTexture by Texture Time

Texture photography can be a standalone genre of photography for those who like to capture detail and abstract images. Textures are also used by many photographers and digital artists to enhance their work.

Today here’s another collection of the finest fresh new free textures to use in your own work.

Please note these files are under the creative commons license, so please visit the texture’s page by clicking on the corresponding image and read the owner’s requirements for using their work first. Let’s all be one big happy family =)

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Free new textures to add depth to your images


Let’s face it, we all love something for free. So, here’s a fab collection of free new textures below for use in your post-processing work, courtesy of Diana Eftaiha over at The D-Photo!

Textures enable you to create interesting effects by adjusting the aesthetic look and feel of your images.

Never layered textures in your Photoshop post-processing before? Then check out this informative video tutorial by Matt Nicolosi which explains all you need to know to get started:

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What’s not to love about Polaroid photography?

ⓒ Emilie Lefellic

I love Polaroid photography. Besides the convenience it provides, instant analogue photography is fun! In just a matter of seconds, images start to magically appear before your very eyes – now that’s instant gratification!

But perhaps the strongest appeal of all is the dreamy, retro, nostalgic feel of Polaroid photographs, their mysterious emotional weight, their inherent unpredictability, the distinctive mood generated by their intrinsic colour shifts, vignetting and artifacts.

With these evocative qualities in mind, I was delighted recently to stumble across the work of Emilie Lefellic, an English language teacher born and based in France, thanks to Diana Eftaiha’s fab blog,

Of her work, Emilie says:

Basically, I think anything can become fascinating when captured on Polaroid film because Polaroid film takes every subject into another dimension: that of nostalgia, of dreams, of memory – maybe of the unconscious. What you shoot on Polaroid film just doesn’t look ordinary or ‘real’ anymore, and that’s what fascinates me.

Here are some more of Emilie’s gorgeous images for your viewing pleasure

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