All About Photos – Winners For Shapes Competition

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First Place

[caption id="attachment_27714" align="aligncenter" width="667"] JP Terlizzi (USA)
Marchesa Camellia with Rhubarb, from the series The Good Dishes
http://www.jpterlizziphotography.com/[/caption] I don't know about you but I am always looking for inspiration.  Granted it somewhat hard to find in these trying days.  So, I look everywhere and then I go out using all the proper social distancing I try to find something new. A few weeks ago I received a Press Release for the winners of a  competition by All About Photography and the topic Shapes.  I took a bit of time to look at the entries and though to myself that this is a good idea and that maybe you'd enjoy seeing the winning images.  First as an inspiration as well as a chance to go out and try to shoot some Shapes yourself.

Second Place

[caption id="attachment_27734" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Wendel Wirth (USA) Wood III from the series “This is the Place”
In the winter months, the muted horizon parades elemental forms; barns and grain elevators, cow houses, cowsheds, granges as they have been called. https://www.wendelwirth.com/ Wendel Wirth (USA)
Wood III from the series “This is the Place”
In the winter months, the muted horizon parades elemental forms; barns and grain elevators, cow houses, cowsheds, granges as they have been called.
https://www.wendelwirth.com/[/caption] These winning images were chosen from twenty-five photographers (from 11 different countries) for their different approach to the idea of Shapes. Their work is diverse: documentary, architecture, nudes, still life, abstractions... and use different techniques & perspectives but each one showcases a unique point of view. Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of photographs. The Winner of AAP Magazine 13 Shapes is: JP Terlizzi (USA) with his series “The Good Dishes” The Second Place Winner is Wendel Wirth (USA) with her series “This is the Place” The Third Place Winner is Klaus Lenzen (Belgium) with his series “Architecture Minimal”

Third Place

[caption id="attachment_27729" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Klaus Lenzen (Germany) Architecture minimal I The photo shows the contours of a cooking plant, seen in Duisburg in the Ruhr area in the western part of Germany https://www.klauslenzenphotographie.com/ Klaus Lenzen (Germany)
Architecture minimal I
The photo shows the contours of a cooking plant, seen in Duisburg in the Ruhr area in the western part of Germany
https://www.klauslenzenphotographie.com/[/caption] You can learn more about AAP Magazine HERE

The Merit Gallery

[caption id="attachment_27716" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Maureen Ruddy Burkhart (USA) Allium Study #8
From my series: Allium Study, wild onions and garlic gathered from my walks during lockdown https://www.maureenruddyburkhart.com/ Maureen Ruddy Burkhart (USA)
Allium Study #8
From my series: Allium Study, wild onions and garlic gathered from my walks during lockdown
https://www.maureenruddyburkhart.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27721" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Zak van Biljon (Switzerland) Kalakwa 5
Color Infrared image – Namibia from the series Modernising Nature http://zakvanbiljon.com/ Zak van Biljon (Switzerland)
Kalakwa 5
Color Infrared image – Namibia from the series Modernising Nature
http://zakvanbiljon.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27728" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Hyun De Grande (Belgium) Attendre dans l’espace de rien https://hyundegrande.com/ Hyun De Grande (Belgium)
Attendre dans l’espace de rien
https://hyundegrande.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27718" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Hans Wichmann (Germany) "City Waves"
Skyscraper in Vienna / Austria.
Photographed upwards with light from the side. Edited with hard contrasts in Photoshop. The sky was photographed separately and then inserted. https://hans-wichmann.myportfolio.com/ Hans Wichmann (Germany)
"City Waves"
Skyscraper in Vienna / Austria.
Photographed upwards with light from the side. Edited with hard contrasts in Photoshop. The sky was photographed separately and then inserted.
https://hans-wichmann.myportfolio.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27735" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Steven Raskin (USA) Eye on the Prize from the Hover series http://www.stevenraskinphotography.com/ Steven Raskin (USA)
Eye on the Prize from the Hover series
http://www.stevenraskinphotography.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27727" align="aligncenter" width="667"]Fabrizio Spucches (Italy) From the series Working Class Virus Under the umbrella of Corona Virus, current matters such as integration, global warming, conspiracy theory, ecology are depicted through a series of portraits. https://spucches.com/ Fabrizio Spucches (Italy)
From the series Working Class Virus
Under the umbrella of Corona Virus, current matters such as integration, global warming, conspiracy theory, ecology are depicted through a series of portraits.
https://spucches.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27732" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Donell Gumiran (United Arab Emirates) Shape of Desert
Liwa Desert lies 155 miles southwest of Abu Dhabi and about 62 miles south of the Arabian Gulf. It's at the edge of the Rub' al-Khali, AKA the Empty Quarter, a 255,000 square-mile desert that has more sand in it than the Sahara. The area has an assortment of villages and farms - situated along the top of the T - in the midst of the "endless landscape of undulating sand shape dunes. http://www.donellgumiran.com/ Donell Gumiran (United Arab Emirates)
Shape of Desert
Liwa Desert lies 155 miles southwest of Abu Dhabi and about 62 miles south of the Arabian Gulf. It's at the edge of the Rub' al-Khali, AKA the Empty Quarter, a 255,000 square-mile desert that has more sand in it than the Sahara. The area has an assortment of villages and farms - situated along the top of the T - in the midst of the "endless landscape of undulating sand shape dunes.
http://www.donellgumiran.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27722" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Marcus Trappaud Bjørn (Denmark) Buba Ali from the series "Onchocerciasis"
Using a special camera called a fundus camera, which is normally used in eye clinics and hospitals for Ophthalmology to examine diseases such as glaucoma and diabetes, it is possible to take photographs of the eyes retina through the pupil. http://www.marcusbjorn.com/
Marcus Trappaud Bjørn (Denmark)
Buba Ali from the series "Onchocerciasis"
Using a special camera called a fundus camera, which is normally used in eye clinics and hospitals for Ophthalmology to examine diseases such as glaucoma and diabetes, it is possible to take photographs of the eyes retina through the pupil.
http://www.marcusbjorn.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27725" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Kevin Lyle (USA) Geometry 17953
... the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs... mostly shapes not found in Nature... I never really liked Geometry.. Kevin Lyle (USA)
Geometry 17953
... the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs... mostly shapes not found in Nature... I never really liked Geometry..https://www.kevinlylephotography.com/ [/caption] [caption id="attachment_27733" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Songyuan Ge (China) oma2 from the series Meaningless
I intend to use my artworks to relax people's pressure. This series of photos are taken in San Francisco. The subject in these pictures are the details of architecture. Modern buildings have grown tremendously with the growth of population, and people's pressure comes from the pressure of life, so I think modern architecture has an inseparable relationship with people's pressure. Therefore, I want to remind people the most beautiful thing is around us. Songyuan Ge (China)
oma2 from the series Meaningless
I intend to use my artworks to relax people's pressure. This series of photos are taken in San Francisco. The subject in these pictures are the details of architecture. Modern buildings have grown tremendously with the growth of population, and people's pressure comes from the pressure of life, so I think modern architecture has an inseparable relationship with people's pressure. Therefore, I want to remind people the most beautiful thing is around us.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27717" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Nicola Ducati (Italy) Steel Life: the privateers crew
Far east. Steel foundries. Life here has a circular flow, in the morning the workers get up early, there are those who prepare meals for the others in turn. The shifts begin and the men are all busy demolishing old shipwrecks coming from all over the world, the metal is cut, worked, melted and again transformed. Only the metal here changes life, not these men, they are always here, every day. Every day until the evening, until the siren sounds the arrival of sunset. https://nicoladucati.myportfolio.com/ Nicola Ducati (Italy)
Steel Life: the privateers crew
Far east. Steel foundries. Life here has a circular flow, in the morning the workers get up early, there are those who prepare meals for the others in turn. The shifts begin and the men are all busy demolishing old shipwrecks coming from all over the world, the metal is cut, worked, melted and again transformed. Only the metal here changes life, not these men, they are always here, every day. Every day until the evening, until the siren sounds the arrival of sunset.
https://nicoladucati.myportfolio.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27731" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Axel Breutigam (Canada)
City Center Las Vegas, NV, USA Part of the ongoing series "Urban Geometry" Buildings and structures are fascinating to me, in particular, modern and contemporary designs. Exploring a building from all possible angles of view and finding the parts of the structure which lead to another layer of abstraction is what I am seeking visually. To do so it is often necessary to give space and put things into a reductive perspective. https://www.axelbreutigam.com/ Axel Breutigam (Canada)
City Center Las Vegas, NV, USA Part of the ongoing series "Urban Geometry"
Buildings and structures are fascinating to me, in particular, modern and contemporary designs.
Exploring a building from all possible angles of view and finding the parts of the structure which lead to another layer of abstraction is what I am seeking visually. To do so it is often necessary to give space and put things into a reductive perspective.
https://www.axelbreutigam.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27715" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Barry Guthertz (USA) Inside The Wave from the series  “Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness”
After a 3 mile hike into the desert you come upon a draw dropping sandstone formation that has been carved by millions of years of wind and rain erosion. http://www.barryguthertz.com/ Barry Guthertz (USA)
Inside The Wave from the series  “Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness”
After a 3 mile hike into the desert you come upon a draw dropping sandstone formation that has been carved by millions of years of wind and rain erosion.
http://www.barryguthertz.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27720" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Frank Lynch (Switzerland) Wall of Light, Osaka
This wall of light is in Osaka, Japan. It is the facade of a giant pachinko parlour. I discovered it late one night as I was looking for the Groovy Bar in the Nishinari Ward of Osaka. I spent 4 cold nights waiting patiently for passing pedestrians to walk into the photographs. After every session I rewarded myself by making my way on to the Groovy Bar for a feed of funk, blues and beer . . . http://lynch.ch/ Frank Lynch (Switzerland)
Wall of Light, Osaka
This wall of light is in Osaka, Japan. It is the facade of a giant pachinko parlour. I discovered it late one night as I was looking for the Groovy Bar in the Nishinari Ward of Osaka. I spent 4 cold nights waiting patiently for passing pedestrians to walk into the photographs. After every session I rewarded myself by making my way on to the Groovy Bar for a feed of funk, blues and beer . . .
http://lynch.ch/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27724" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Karine Coll (France) Diagonale perdue from the series Body geometry
A series in black and white, ethereal, in which the body becomes abstraction, a fragmented, transformed mass, depicted only by way of a play of lines, curves, folds, shadows. Here the elusive and delicate body takes on a whole new dimension, leading the eye into a geometry of the flesh. A series in square format to force the simplicity of the look and widen the field of vision in an ideal geometry. https://www.karinecoll.com/ Karine Coll (France)
Diagonale perdue from the series Body geometry
A series in black and white, ethereal, in which the body becomes abstraction, a fragmented, transformed mass, depicted only by way of a play of lines, curves, folds, shadows. Here the elusive and delicate body takes on a whole new dimension, leading the eye into a geometry of the flesh. A series in square format to force the simplicity of the look and widen the field of vision in an ideal geometry.
https://www.karinecoll.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27719" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Abdulla AL-Mushaifri (Qatar) Cleaning Time 
A front face photo for the Museum of Islamic art in early morning, actually it was my first image for this year (2020) since the covid 19 situation started , we were not allowed to go out all the time , so as a photographer it was hard time to me to stay far away from photography, so when finally the authority of health permitted us to go out , I took my camera and I walk around my place near by my home and I found these workers starting an early morning working to wash the building of the Museum Of Islamic Art , I really liked the composition of the architecture shapes on it, and how they are layered on top of each other which it make it a great image to be photographed.  https://www.instagram.com/almushaifri1/ Abdulla AL-Mushaifri (Qatar)
Cleaning Time 
A front face photo for the Museum of Islamic art in early morning, actually it was my first image for this year (2020) since the covid 19 situation started , we were not allowed to go out all the time , so as a photographer it was hard time to me to stay far away from photography, so when finally the authority of health permitted us to go out , I took my camera and I walk around my place near by my home and I found these workers starting an early morning working to wash the building of the Museum Of Islamic Art , I really liked the composition of the architecture shapes on it, and how they are layered on top of each other which it make it a great image to be photographed. 
https://www.instagram.com/almushaifri1/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27737" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Rosario Civello (Italy) Snow Shapes #5 http://www.rosariocivello.it/ Rosario Civello (Italy)
Snow Shapes #5
http://www.rosariocivello.it/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27730" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Ursula Reinke (Germany) City Shapes www.ursula-reinke-design.de Ursula Reinke (Germany)
City Shapes
www.ursula-reinke-design.de[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27723" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Deborah Bay (USA) Triangle Theorem from the series Traveling Light
Image from the Traveling Light series exploring the interaction of light and color with optical objects. The series follows in a long lineage of experimental studies that investigate the most elemental components of photographic processes: light and lenses. https://deborahbay.com/ Deborah Bay (USA)
Triangle Theorem from the series Traveling Light
Image from the Traveling Light series exploring the interaction of light and color with optical objects. The series follows in a long lineage of experimental studies that investigate the most elemental components of photographic processes: light and lenses.
https://deborahbay.com/[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27736" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Golnaz Abdoli (USA) Draped in Fog
Toronto Financial Center, California, USAGolnaz Abdoli (USA) Draped in Fog
Toronto Financial Center, California, USA Golnaz Abdoli (USA)
Draped in Fog
Toronto Financial Center, California, USA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27726" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Don Jacobson (USA) Ready for takeoff
Bellingham, WA http://www.donjacobsonphoto.com/ Don Jacobson (USA)
Ready for takeoff
Bellingham, WA
http://www.donjacobsonphoto.com/[/caption] I hope you find inspiration from these images and I encourage you to go out and find your own shapes and have a bit of fun capturing some.  Please share here on the site.
Kevin Raber October 2020
Kevin Raber
Indianapolis, IN

Photography is my passion and has been for 47 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of pictures taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through photoPXL.com, this site as well as Rockhopper Workshops and other projects as well as teaching at my Gallery in Indianapolis.

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