Friday Shout-Outs – Christmas Eve Edition

A few Christmas Eve shouts are in order! One photographer’s book keeps getting great reviews, another photographer takes it upon himself to translate PhotoShelter into Spanish, and an iApp is created by one of our high-flying photo friends. But, that’s not all — if you’re into free food, Holgas, bike riding, or Doritos – there’s something in this post for you too.

Shout-Outs are a regular Friday thing, and you can be part of it, too. Send us suggestions! If we think it’s worth shouting about, it will show up here in the blog on a Friday. To submit something, scroll to the bottom to see how.



Congrats to Delhi-based photographer Sephi Bergerson! His book, “Street Food of India” was included on the NY Times list of The Year’s Best Cookbooks, and was also selected as the UK winner in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards “Best Cookbook Photography” category.

“In just 50 recipes and under 200 pages, Mr. Bergerson accomplishes the rare feat of capturing how people eat, not just what,” said Julia Moskin of The New York Times. “He shows people eating, making and clamoring for the outdoor snacks that are nearly universal in India: cool lemonade spiked with cumin and salt, scalding hot sweet tea with ginger, potato cakes with vibrant herb chutneys.”

The book is available for sale on Amazon.



A grande tip of the sombrero goes to Ignacio Baixauli, a photographer (and PhotoShelter user) based in Valencia, Spain, who maintains a blog for Spanish-speaking PhotoShelter users — completely in Spanish. On the site, he translates the latest news and feature upgrades, and even provides several informative “how-to” articles.

The site’s tag line: “Todo lo que siempre quisiste saber sobre PhotoShelter pero ahora en Español.”

(Which means: “Everything you’ve always wanted to know about PhotoShelter, but now in Spanish.“)

Gracias, Ignacio. Esto está ayudando a mucha gente.

This is awesome.



Congrats to Geoff Waugh. His ‘Oranges‘ holgarama was selected as one of the best images of the year in Wideopenmag, a free mountain bike magazine made in the UK.

In the magazine, Geoff talks about how he made the image, the circumstances behind it, and a little bit about working with a film, and a Holga camera.

He is a UK-based freesports and adventure photographer, specializing in cycle, freestyle and adventure sports photography. He also undertakes commercial commissions for a variety of clients including Red Bull, Trek Corporation, BMW and Blueprint Recruitment.

Seattle, Washington-based photographer Gregg Bleakney put together a great photo gallery called “India On Two Wheels” that’s worth a look. The images show how the bicycle is heavily used within Indian culture, and contain a variety of nice portraits and interesting moments.

His photo archive is a comprehensive collection of bicycle touring, cycling, outdoor lifestyle and adventure travel photography.

Gregg is no stranger to bicycles.

In July of 2005, he rode his bicycle from northern Alaska to the southern tip of South America, pedaling 18,500 miles over twenty-two months and raised $50,000 for the American Diabetes Association. However, that trip was not without some “challenging” experiences, during which he was electrocuted by a lightning bolt and attacked by machete bandits.

Thankfully, he survived both, and continues to produce beautiful images.

Dmitry Futoryan, a Minneapolis-based photographer, specializes in production stills and commercial imagery. His website is loaded with amusing (and really well-done) images shot during the filming of commercials.

My two favorite galleries are “Doritos Science! Production Stills” and The Dog and Pony Show Production Stills.”

His photos are not your typical production still grab-shots. He really works the situation, creates really beautiful lighting effects, and has a nice sense of humor.



Alex Masi, a documentary photographer and multimedia journalist based in London, UK, spent some time with Freegans in New York City.

“Freegans” are people who eat well, but don’t spend money on food – in other words, they practice the fine art of “dumpster diving.”

Luckily, there are plenty of dumpsters in New York City.

After looking at Alex’s images, I was surprised how much perfectly good food is being thrown away each day.



Vincent Laforet just released his own iApp (which runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch). The App includes an initial collection of 9 of his most recognizable images from his days as a staff photographer at The New York Times.

A total of 54 additional images contained within 6 collections can then be purchased and unlocked within the app.

“There is something that I would like to emphasize in particular,” Laforet said in a recent blog post, “The impetus behind this app was not to have it serve as a self promotional tool, but instead to establish a direct connection with the photography audience and fans of my photography.”

I am always looking for things to include here in our Friday Shout-Outs – so if you have anything you think is worthy, let me know. One great way to do that is to post a note to Twitter with my name in it (@heygrover), and that way I won’t forget it later. Don’t have Twitter? Email me: grover-at-photoshelter-dot-com.

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