Lauren is one of the shining lights of the increasingly fashionable tattoo industry. Her quirky and unique pop-art tattooing style and expertise at blogging and social media have made her one of the most recognised names in the tattoo game. Lauren currently has 205K followers on Instagram, with the likes of Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus banging on her door to get inked. This portrait is part of a larger series of named HighScrollers.
Some years ago, 29 year-old lawyer Oscar Prieto was diagnosed with brain cancer. Following surgery, chemotheraphy and radiotherapy, Oscar was able to beat the disease. Nowadays, he is the president of ASATE, an organization which provides help and guidance to those affected by brain cancer. By showing his own scars, Oscar tries to inspire and demonstrate that one can overcome cancer.
Sameer, 16, is held by his mother Wahida at home in Bhopal's Jamalpura neighborhood. Sameer was born to parents contaminated by carcinogenic and mutagenic water stemming from the 1984 Union Carbide gas tragedy which has claimed 25,000 lives to date. For decades thousands of families have used contaminated water leading to serious illness and birth defects, as afflicted Sameer. The title refers to scholar-activist Sandra Steingraber's concept of toxic trespass, in which toxic chemicals enter our bodies without our consent.
Yazidi refugees living in unfinished houses and tents. They live with about a thousand other refugees in the structural work of a school. The living situation is catastrophic. Winter is coming, without blankets, without warm clothes. This family lived in Kocho, a village in northern Iraq captured by ISIS. Many of their family members were killed or kidnapped. They managed to flee that place and are now on the run.
Born with disabilities in all four limbs, Ahmed Kelly was left at a Baghdad orphanage and at age 7, adopted by an Australian. Ahmed finished fourth in the London 2012 Paralympic Games 50m breaststroke. Despite the obvious challenges, he powers through the through the water and is seen here training for the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.
After noticing the lovely play of light on a creased photo, I began to explore the idea of photographing, folding and re-photographing. I like that depth can be added to a photograph by drawing attention to the paper's surface. I felt this portrait of my neighbour’s child Amelia was strong enough to be enhanced rather than diminished by what could otherwise have been a distraction. The 'frame' of the folds by no means contains this girl.
Daisyanna and her boyfriend Cam aged 16, Ballarat, Victoria. It is this age that we change and develop in ways that shape who we are for the rest of our lives. These years were the most tumultuous of my childhood; I was wild and nothing could stop me. It was a time that I never want to revisit. I use portraiture to humanize a generation caught between traditional expectations of teenagehood and the strong push in modern society to grow up fast.
Shantelle Parker Burton aged 11, poses with a light in the Central Desert of Australia. I first met Shantelle when she was only a couple of weeks old. I became close friends with her mother Katherine and looked after Shantelle and her brother Sebastian when Katherine became ill. Sadly I lost touch with them for several years after they returned to their mother they moved to the Central Desert. This picture was taken on a trip to reunite with the children.
Madina aged 63 is a Kazakh eagle hunter and wears a fox skin coat as he cradles his 6-year-old eagle. In a landscape where temperatures plummet to -40 degrees, he is of the last men who use eagles to hunt on horseback bide. Rugged, formidable, proud, the golden eagles share the same qualities as the men with whom they ride. Only the toughest survive here, but this is a culture under threat. There are no more than 50-60 hunters left, each winter claiming a few more.
Sydney, Australia, June 13: Muslim fashion model Emma poses for a portrait during the 2015 Annual EID Collection Charity Fashion Show by Neva Style, the first of its kind held for an all female audience in Western Sydney during EID.
Portrait of female masker Christian A.K.A. 'Chrissie Seams', taken in August 2015 in Augsburg, Germany. Female masking presents an outlet for him as a heterosexual man, living out his female side in combination with his latex fetish. Having been a masker for 18 years, Christian only went public one year ago. Commonly regarded as a loss of respectability and attractiveness towards women, a man's gravitation towards femininity contradicts socially accepted norms, restricting many to their homes and online presence.
This is a story about Africa, stolen childhoods and transformations after adoption. It pays homage to Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an orphaned African princess b.1843 who remarkably became the goddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. She struggled with a life between two continents and two identities. The model is Kajote Barbara, a true 'Sarah' herself, orphaned at age 8 in Uganda going on to being runner up in Miss Uganda 2011.
Gal is an Israeli-born choreographer living in Berlin. He is also gay and has with roots in Egypt and Romania. He uses international sign language and deaf dancers in his choreography. He deals with the notion of prejudice, silence, powerlessness, and using expression as a stance. Sign language is not only about communication, but also accentuation of the face, the body; the way he embodies sign, symbol and stature are inspiring and enlightening.
San Salvador, El Salvador, 11.06.2015: A cell inmate in the district of Soyapango, photographed following a night time police raid in search of MS-13 members. Alleged gang members are handcuffed, identified and then put into the bartolina, an overcrowded temporary cell at police headquarters. Cells that should house 40 inmates house have double that, and are divided according to gang membership. All inmates in the bartolinas are awaiting conviction and many complain of being held for up to 2 years without trial.
A scout troupe set out exploring the Australian outback. Escaping the scorching heat, they ventured deep into a cave. Emerging they come to a sobering realisation: an airborne virus had wiped out almost every human. They would have to survive the wilderness alone, armed with nothing but their wits, courage and their scout skills. George is the group botanist, his information retention on all things plant-related is impeccable. He is quick to decipher the difference between edible, medicinal and poisonous plants.
This is my father, a 2/3 Cherokee Indian. In all his 70 years, he never had his photo taken where he has shown his Native American roots until visiting me from Arkensas in January 2016. I'm so glad I was able to capture this photo of him - he's not in very good health, but you can see in his eyes he is very determined to show strength without saying a word.
I took this photo during my time spent working on an organic farm in Oregon. I assisted with the birth of three goat kids; this one was named Hazel. We spent evenings taking the goats on walks along the creek and through woods, joined by barefoot children from the village - here with Shanoah. The wonderful people I met really knew how to live; they deeply affected the way I want to live and the way I see the world.
Josh, a young man in his twenties with spina bifida, receives a visit from dominatrix Mistress Blunt for his therapy/BDSM session. This meeting has been happening as often as once a month for the last three years.
Left in a burning house when she was only three months old, Maxine has put up a strong fight against all the storms of life. This was my way of praising her for being her, and the day in, day out courage to keep her head straight and look at the world right in the eye.
A young YPJ recruit arrives to the training base for her first day of induction and training near Derek City, Syria. The YPJ schedule is demanding; discipline driven; soldiers in training get 6 hours of sleep a night and wake up at 4 AM to begin physical training. Afterwards, thy have a full schedule of drills and classroom lessons. Before joining the YPJ many of the girls had never previously participated in physical activity or exercise.
This portrait is inspired by painter John Everett Millais' famous depiction of the drowned Ophelia. At the painting's 1852 debut in London, critics were dismayed by Millais' placement of Ophelia in a weedy ditch, feeling that it robbed the love-lorn maiden of all pathos and beauty. Carter's Ophelia is a contemporary young male, semi submerged in a setting just as likely to have upset The Times - an alpine bog on Mt Ruapehu on the North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand.