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This Just In: Marcos Ferro Shows His Love

Mexican rock climber Isabel "Chere" Silva climbing kraken (5.12b) at the Actopan Cave, Hidalgo, Mexico.
A few years back, Marcos celebrated the completion of a big project with a large scale photography exhibit that profiled athletes across many disciplines. The idea was to pair up an action frame next to a portrait of the featured athlete. This rock climbing image was paired up with a portrait of Isabel, side by side. This particular frame is part of a set that features a fun little love story as its foundation. Marcos says: I first met Isabel during a photo shoot and little by little beyond that first meeting we fell in love. Now we are thinking of taking the next "big move" and getting married. After many shoots in many locations together, this place, the Actopan Cave is one of her favorite spots. And that is the most important thing for me as a action sports photographer, that the athlete feels confident where and with what it is being photographed. Isabel Silva is the first Mexican woman to climb a 5.13 and has now successfully completed 15 5.13 climbs.

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This Just In: Kirk Mastin Keeps It Covered

A woman stands in front of a wooden face with a scarf covering her face in Seattle, Washington. © Kirk Mastin
The reason this image was selected is for the very same reason Kirk speaks about below.  You can appreciate the unusual approach to capturing the essence of this handmade scarf and how it might relate to the person wearing it.  It's odd, confusing, but has many easy concepts associated with it.  Here's a few....flexible, blinded, self absorbed, restraint, trapped, narcism, confined. Kirk explains: When I took this image I wanted to show a private moment between artist and object. In this case a handmade circle scarf. We were shooting in an alley in overcast light and I thought that lining up the elements of the photo in this way created an interesting geometry. There is always a way to step back from every shoot and find something unusual. I believe you can find something unique in any situation.

To see more stock photography by Kirk Mastin, visit Aurora Photos.

To see Kirk's assignment portfolio, visit Aurora Select.

This Just In: James Balog’s View of The Gulf Oil Catastrophe

Cajun oysterman Flip Tayamen with crude oil that leaked into Barataria Bay (part of Mississippi River delta) from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in Port Sulpher, Louisiana © James Balog

Jim says:  I was trying to get into the visceral heart of the catastrophe. This is not just a "spill," a word that makes it sound like its a messy little puddle of milk that a child spilled on a dining room table. This is an epic breakdown of technology and of the human response to that breakdown. In the shots at "The Source," I'm trying to give an impression of a scene that echoes the naval battles in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. The impact in the hearts of the people comes through in the portraits of the oysterman and shrimpers. The raw evisceration of the earth is represented in the shot of the oil grasses, with the useless containment boom washed up on the shore of an island. Finally, the entire episode has at its heart a bitter paradox: the difference in power between the equipment of oil production and the equipment of oil protection. The power of people and technology and intellectual capital and money is hinted at in the fantastic drilling hardware that's out at The Source. In contrast, look at the shot of the containment boom anchored in place with a couple of bamboo wands and two-inch PVC stakes: once the oil gets close to shore--and that happened almost continuousyly for the first two months of this fiasco--these flimsy little booms are the best protection modern technology can provide. The boom and their anchors are no more substantial than the fishing weirs used by subsistence fishermen thousands of years ago. In fact, mild squalls and sea chop 1-2 feet high are sufficient to tear the booms right off their moorings, as we witnessed time and again, allowing the oil to keep on coming...

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All of us have a flawed impression of what oil actually is, because we expereince it only as engine oil for our cars or in small cans of lubricant. In fact, it is a hideously viscous toxin, made up of the still-decaying corpses of ancient marine life. Anything that it touches becomes coated with a huge variety of volatile organic compounds that are poisonous to all forms of life. Go to an oil field like Prudhoe Bay and guess what? You never actually see crude oil: the industry keeps it hidden from view all the way from wellhead to pipeline to tanker to refinery, so unpleasant is the smell of the stuff.

To see more stock photography by James Balog, visit Aurora Photos.

To see James’ assignment portfolio, visit Aurora Select.

This Just In: Hearing Aid Project in Malawi by Andy Richter

Lezina Chikondi, 11, from the Namingazi School is fit with hearing aids at the Starkey Hearing Foundation

There was something beautiful and touching about this 2 month photographic journey that spanned 3 continents and 10 countries for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Andy Richter clearly captured the new found hope of these hearing impaired children being given a second chance to hear the sounds of life around them. This image is all about the hopeful gaze that flows from her eyes while two technicians outfit each ear with the hearing aids. You can appreciate the fact that the image was captured with just the hands pushing in from the frames edge, leaving the main focus on the subject they effect.

Andy says, "Hearing impaired children came from deaf schools from throughout central Malawi, many over a hundred miles away by bus to attend the 4-day Starkey Hearing Foundation mission at Livingstonia beach on Lake Malawi. This young girl, Lezina Chikondi, 11, from the Namingazi School, is hoping for a brighter future, one filled with sound and communication, as she is fit with hearing aids by one of the SHF's team. On this day, she walked out of the room, down the stairs and heard waves lap upon the shore for the first time in her life."

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To see more work by Andy Richter, visit Aurora Photos.

This Just In: Rock House in Turkey by Renan Rosa

A rock house in Uçhisar Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey. © Renan Rosa

Location, location, location. The richness of color in the stone and sky in this photograph coupled with the absolutely amazing location to build and settle, made this one stand out.

Renan says, "This rock house in the Uçhisar Valley, situated in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey, was inhabited by natives in the Byzantine Period. The rock formation was used as a fortress against Persian enemies during the same period."

To see more work by Renan Rosa, visit Aurora Photos.