Afrikaburn by Stu Shapiro

Ben Heppner once said “Figure out what you're passionate about. If you're not passionate about something, go find it.

Ben Heppner once said “Figure out what you’re passionate about. If you’re not passionate about something, go find it. Because we do not need more unengaged boring people to inhabit this planet.”  Heppner would have had a fit of delight if he had run into the passionate Stu Shapiro at AfrikaBurn this year.

Wind, hail, sandstorms, black clouds and rain swept through the make-shift village in Tankwa Townin the Karoo desert during the last few days of April. The strange weather and giant Dali-like sculptures planted in the barren desert gave the temporary village, created by special beings, an eerie apocalyptic feel. With his vintage, sand proof, steam-punk goggles, black leather jacket and a complicated meter-high steel contraption strapped to his back, creative photographer, Stu Shapiro traipsed through this setting like a robot-warrior character from a science fiction space film.

Half naked, body painted, umbrella wielding, bicycle riding, creative souls were motioned by curiosity and flocked to him like moths to a flame. He had masterfully enticed his subjects “into” his mobile photography studio and they were delighted to be there. His device, which he aptly named the “Walkingfashion Studio Rig”, lured his targets into his energy field and allowed him to shoot the madness which is Afrika Burns in a completely new light. Shapiro, inspired by the creative spirit of the event and two photographer, Soloksy and Schwabel, had this year managed to turn his passion for photographing festival goers into a performance piece itself which amused and amazed others.He said “I become one with Afrikaburn.”

IMG_5184

Shapiro, who spent weeks before the event designing his contraption actually considered three separate conceptsbefore deciding on his “backpack” mobile studio. The design of the piece was influenced by his two months back packing and photographing South America in December 2011 where weight distribution was always an issue, this and the concept of a baby carrier which can comfortably hold over 10kg of weight on a person’s back. The piece weighed 15kg and carrying it for four days left him with bruises and rash scabs, but his passion for the medium allowed him to persevere and deliver 330 epically orgasmic photographs of the ‘burners’.

IMG_5191

The photographs Shapiro shot that weekend are unlike his usualwork, which he captures by darting through festival crowds like a sneaky ninja. He usually takes on a very voyeuristic approach to catch the precious miniscule details and moments which emanate the essence of each individual festival. This time he had volunteer subjects posefor him in front of his unique set up, the results being something of beauty which could easily appear in an avant-garde fashion magazine. The images are sleek and crisp with bold bursting colours which contrast magnificently with theblue-grey cloudy backdrop.Shapiro explained “it’s about bringing fashion studio equipment to capture beauty and character while not just being another photographer, another voyeur, but becoming an art installation”.

One should not underestimate the potential of this upcoming photographer/engineer, as this case can be seen as just the beginning of Shapiro’s goal to take photography and the relationship between photographer and his festival subjects to a new level. With a creative photographer like this, who strives to think outside the box, the possibilities are endless. [Official Website]
 

IMG_5197

IMG_5199  IMG_5501 IMG_5493 IMG_5489 IMG_5467  IMG_5438 IMG_5208 IMG_5516 IMG_5546 IMG_5838

 

More Stories

Dried Fish, Juicy Business by Steven Kruit

Dried Fish, Juicy Business by Steven Kruit

Despite the very strong smell, dried fish are considered a delicacy in Bangladesh, the south asian nation next to India. Bangladesh, located at the Bay of Bengal, has the longest stretched Sea Beach in the world and fishing is a traditional way of food supply and economic income. Along the shore there are many small fishing villages dotted along the beach. 
Maximilian Chini; Venice and its canals..

Maximilian Chini; Venice and its canals..

How many years spent in this city. By now I know her well: years of work for Caffè Florian and its vernissages; the oldest historic café in the world, opened in 1720, in the years of maximum splendor of the Venice carnival…
AImagine: the new Era of making Art ?

AImagine: the new Era of making Art ?

We are experiencing a turning point; indeed, I would say a revolution in the artistic disciplines, especially those relating to visual art; it is the beginning of a new Era in which the current paradigms will no longer be valid, in which reality will be questioned or modified through alternative realities.

Portrait Photography Awards

We invite you to participate in the first edition
of the Portrait Photography Awards. We are looking
for the best portrait for this year, 2023.

Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of portrait photography.

DEADLINE | FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023

PHOTO BY © JOSE GIRL
Terra Mater – Ode to My Family  by Marco Castelli

Terra Mater – Ode to My Family by Marco Castelli

Words are not inherently suitable to embrace any even blurred concept of time, and beside all speech being made nowadays around the sense of family, its true nature belongs to the undetectable trace we leave through centuries, and to our relationship with time itself.
The magical hidden world by Georgi Georgiev

The magical hidden world by Georgi Georgiev

The magical hidden world project was selected and published in our print edition 23. These photos are one of my personal best from the past few years. Most of them are from one place where I spend every spare moment to take photos.
Sleepless by Rebecca Sexton Larson

Sleepless by Rebecca Sexton Larson

Growing up I always had an affinity with the night. It was when I did my most productive work, alone in my bedroom free from noise and distractions. I would find comfort in the subdued light and quiet stillness, losing a sense of time and being absorbed in the moment of creating art.

Featured Stories

The Orthogenesis of Soul by Sandipan Mukherjee

The Orthogenesis of Soul by Sandipan Mukherjee

We are all aware about the theory of biologically evaluation for Jean Baptist Lamarck. The theory tells about the evaluation of human how the structure of APE has got transferred to the today’s human being.
Michael David Adams ; Fashion photography

Michael David Adams ; Fashion photography

Michael David Adams’ Fashion photography has taken him around the world from beautiful Caribbean islands and breathtaking coast of Mexico, to exquisite European destinations like Paris, Venice, Nice, and Croatia to name a few..
Roadside motel by Fang Tong

Roadside motel by Fang Tong

The “ Roadside motel” series is a continuation of last year's project “ On the Road”. Life is a journey. People always look around while they are on the road.
Documentary photography; Can’t Smile Without You by Martin Andersen

Documentary photography; Can’t Smile Without You by Martin Andersen

Photographer and life-long Tottenham Hotspur fan, Martin Andersen has turned his camera on his fellow fans to create ‘Can’t Smile Without You’, an intimate and often visceral collection of photographs taken at home, away, and across Europe from 2013 until 2017 with the last game played at the White Hart Lane stadium.
Havana by David Saxe

Havana by David Saxe

Havana is a city suspended in time, where life slowly drifts to a steady salsa beat. People are civil and friendly—they will argue baseball in the park, walk along the Malecon, make love, marry, and raise families
The Athenians by Socrates Baltagiannis

The Athenians by Socrates Baltagiannis

Athens, capital of Greece and one of the most historic cities in the world. Also, one of the cities that the media has turn their spotlights on for almost 6 years now, due to the economic crisis.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/bannerpr.jpg

We invite you to participate in the first edition of the Portrait Photography Awards. Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of portrait photography.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/mono2022.jpg

The best 100 images along with the winning images published in the yearly book “Monochromatic – Best Photographers of 2022”

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/banner24.jpg

Call For Entries #24 | After 23 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

Ryan Cooper ; Essence of personality

Ryan Cooper ; Essence of personality

It is pretty common for the photographer’s to get tirelessly hung up on a search for the perfect photo.
Mike Ruiz, The photographer to the stars

Mike Ruiz, The photographer to the stars

Ruiz, who is of French Canadian and Filipino-Spanish ancestry,was born in Montreal in 1964, but raised in Repentigny, Quebec, Canada.
Women hold up half the sky by Gerard Exupery

Women hold up half the sky by Gerard Exupery

It’s another beautiful day in paradise. Dark, and rainy. It’s one of those days that suggest the beauty of film. F-stop wide open, the darkness and grain, the feeling of an impressionist painting.
The Langtang Survivors by Jan Møller Hansen

The Langtang Survivors by Jan Møller Hansen

Hundred disappeared when entire villages and homes in Langtang were wiped out when landslides, avalanches and icefalls caused by the two earth quakes that hit Nepal on 25. April and 12. May 2015.
Guatemala; Until the corn Grows Back by Lys Arango

Guatemala; Until the corn Grows Back by Lys Arango

Until the corn Grows Back; Lys Arango’s project was selected and published in our print edition 16. Criminal violence in Central America was something that happened very far away and that explained, according to the media, the gigantic caravans of migrants that from 2017 began to travel thousands of kilometres to reach the United States
Climbing Cholitas by Todd Antony

Climbing Cholitas by Todd Antony

I´m originally from New Zealand but have been living and working as a photographer in London for the last 15 years. Growing up in NZ, the outdoors is pretty much part of your DNA. It`s coded in there somewhere directly after Rugby.

Trending Stories

Photomontages; The worldview of Tom Chambers

Photomontages; The worldview of Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers has created seven series of photomontages, which focus on the preservation of the environment and culture.
Black and white pictures ; From A to Y by Bart Vos

Black and white pictures ; From A to Y by Bart Vos

Black and white pictures ; Bart Vos is an Amsterdam based autodidact photographer and filmmaker. He studied audiovisual journalism and worked for several TV and online media as an editor and reporter.
Discarded by Steve Geer

Discarded by Steve Geer

In Chicago, behind the shops and restaurants, there are service alleys. These narrow canyons are lined with dumpsters which are filled each day and emptied each night.
Portraiture; Inner Space by Aleksandra Lekovic

Portraiture; Inner Space by Aleksandra Lekovic

"Inner Space" is a reaction and my answer to the classical portraiture based on capturing subject's eyes and often making eye-contact with the camera.
Traveling Lakes in Spring in Search of Amazing Ice Patterns by Olena Kurylo

Traveling Lakes in Spring in Search of Amazing Ice Patterns by Olena Kurylo

Nature is an incredible artist, it never ceases to amaze me what magnificent drawings I find everywhere, it would seem, in the most unexpected places.
Earth by Zoe Wetherall

Earth by Zoe Wetherall

The beauty of Zoe Wetherall's work is in the structured geometry of natural and man-made forms – a natural fit for a little girl who wanted to be a bricklayer when she grew up.
Filippo Rivetti Photography

Filippo Rivetti Photography

I am a 33-year-old engineer, born in Milano, Italy. I have always enjoyed travelling, but it’sseven years ago, when I moved to Australia and was captivated by its breathtaking landscapes, that I really fell in love with photography.
In search of light by Bhaskar Kundu

In search of light by Bhaskar Kundu

Almost every year, around the monsoon time, various parts of the country get affected by intense flood. States of Assam, West Bengal, Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh are among the worst affected.
The old garden by Diana Bloomfield

The old garden by Diana Bloomfield

My grandparents' house, set back from the street, right in the middle of town, stood on a couple of acres. A vegetable garden in the back, pecan trees in the front, and fruit trees all around seemed commonplace.

Other Stories

stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Get in Touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.