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30 December 2020

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at Alex Catt, Ismail Zaidy, portraits, Sanjay Jogia and top rentals.

  • In The Strangeness and Mystery of Nature, Stephanie Wade presents the work of British photographer Alex Catt. "From large, naked tree trunks bursting out of the edge of an ocean, to an ancient tree surrounded by graves that is among the oldest in the U.K., Catt's quiet photographs reaffirm the realness of these intriguing places," she writes.
  • Grace Ebert finds The Profound Connections of Family in the billowing pastels and minimalist images of Ismail Zaidy shot with a Samsung Galaxy S5 in the Moroccan desert. And the models are his siblings.
  • There are very few (one) formal portraits among The Best Guardian Portraits of 2020 but the collection has some memorable images. Not talking about the one at the top that hits you in the face, though.
  • In How I Made That Image, Sanjay Jogia shares "how some of my award-winning images were created by breaking down my thought processes on the shoot, technical settings and lighting setups to try and provoke thought and inspire ideas for you." OK, but just the award winners, Sanjay.
  • Zach Sutton lists The Top Rented Photo and Video Products of 2020 at LensRentals. Hard to know what to make of this, which represents putting a toe in the water (renting) instead of diving in (buying). "Did any of this data surprise you?" he asks.

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