Dynamic duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott come together to photograph Rihanna for September 2014 W Magazine. Paired with a couple of wolves, Rihanna gets animalistic with furs and wild jewels styled by Edward Enninful. What are your thoughts on this editorial?
When everything happens to you when you’re so young, you’re very lucky, but by the same token, you’re never going to have that same feeling again. The first time anything happens to you - your first love, your first success - the second one is never the same. September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014
Rest peacefully, glamour beauty Lauren Bacall. At a young age, Bacall was a legendary actress and role model with her radiating confidence, slim physique, and straightforward personality - said to be the cookie cutter for the modern heroine. Definitely on top of her game at age 19, she knew what she wanted and lived a full life shining.
One of my absolute favourites, Alexi Lubomirski photographs popular face Lindsey Wixson for the cover of Vogue Russia. Styled by Olga Dunina, Wixson gets a vibrant red colour pop for each classy piece.
I’m trying to remember one positive from life everyday, but right now I’m having trouble doing that. I’m trying to be happy, I’m trying to be me, I’m trying to live my dreams - but I constantly keep holding myself back with pessimistic doubt. Today’s and yesterday’s positive - I am alive, I am breathing, and I am living. I feel numb, but at least I have this. A gift that so many people don’t have the chance to experience, don’t have the chance to live, don’t have the chance to choose. I have this gift and I choose to live and breathe and fight to follow my heart. I want to push to find the light that I lost and more than ever I want to feel better about all the hurt that I’ve suppressed. I want to win this battle and losing won’t be an option.
I don’t want to feel sad anymore and I don’t want it to consume me any further.
Everyday the world loses a beautiful soul to a demon and I don’t want depression to be the one that claims me. Rest peacefully Robin Williams, and more importantly, rest peacefully Eric Strong. Cancer claimed a beautiful life of an inspiring man living his dream, but most remembered in my heart, as the boy who’d always steal pizza through my kitchen window when I was a kid.
It’s hammertime on #SharkWeek tonight—and this hammerhead won’t stop! Scalloped hammerheads, like many sharks, must constantly swim to breathe. Watch these energetic animals—recently classified as endangered—glide by our live Open Sea cam.
Photographer Rankin brings us some magic for this French Connection Fall/Winter 2014 campaign. Alongside magician Troy serving up tricks in some sporty pieces, Camilla Christensen poses in some iconic acts wearing cool tones and silky separates.
How I Shoot: Underwater Shark Photography with @michaelmuller7
For each How I Shoot, we ask an Instagrammer to tell us about their creative process. To see more of Michael’s photos from his shark expeditions, follow @michaelmuller7 and follow @discoverychannel as Michael takes over Discovery Channel’s Instagram account during Shark Week.
Michael Muller (@michaelmuller7) is on a mission to change the way we see sharks. “They are in a lot of trouble right now,” he says. “100 million are slaughtered every year, and I say slaughter because the majority of the time the shark is killed just for its fins.”
In his day job, Michael is a Hollywood-based commercial photographer renowned for his celebrity portraits and images used in box office billboards. But when he has free time, Michael devotes himself to documenting sharks in their native habitat around the world. He has even created an underwater strobe lighting system as powerful as the one in his California studio. “Realizing that I couldn’t bring the shark into the studio, I knew I would have to bring the studio to it,” he says.
The key to successful underwater shark photography, according to Michael, is staying relaxed. “Anxiety is the biggest obstacle,” he says. “If you let negative thoughts take hold then you are in for a really rough time.”
Michael uses Instagram to share images of his encounters in the deep. Here he tells us more about his process during and after his underwater excursions:
Phase One medium format with Nauticam, Nikon D800 with Subal Housing, Red Epic Dragon, GoPro and a “list of scuba equipment too long to enumerate.”
Because Michael rarely shoots from insides shark cages, he works closely with a team to be in the best position possible. “I have to constantly anticipate where the animal may go or do. What we look for always is what we call a ‘player,’which is a shark that is very mellow and curious that will stay around us. It is with sharks like this that magic happens.”
“It’s all about waiting for that right ‘moment’ to hit the trigger, which comes from 28 years experience. If you get too excited and go too fast then you miss that moment. If you wait too long you watch it happen and have the shot in your head, but no one else ever gets to witness it, so timing is everything.“
Depending on the length of the shoot, Michael will return with between 3,000-10,000 photos. “I keep every image I take, I get rid of blank images but keep everything else,” he says. “With Instagram I usually post between 4-8 images from a particular trip.” For processing tools, Michael uses his own custom filters app MullerPhoto, and also the newest Instagram creative tools. “There are times I just go right into Instagram and just use its tools which are really getting more and more phenomenal.”