The Hipstography Awards 2014 – The Ceremony

By on February 8, 2015


Part 2: The Portfolios of the Year

A portfolio is, in fact, akin to a storybook; sometimes moving, at other times mysterious, often funny and occasionally even disquieting. It often arises from pure creativity, a desire to record facts or, simply, to document our everyday reality. In 2014, Hipstography published 70 portfolios and here are the 5 series that made it through.



Name: Florian Bilges
Hometown: Hannover, Germany
Resides: Hannover, Germany
Profession: Photographer
Hobbies: Bicycling, art, photography
Hipstographer since: 2013
Year of birth: 1963

Favorite Combo:  Florence  +  Blanko 1 
Favorite Lens:  Florence 
Favorite Film:  D-Type Plate 
Favorite Flash:  Jolly Rainbo 2X 

"This is a still life series in which it was important for me to photograph with minimal equipment: white paper, the light through a window, and an iPhone. This minimal approach brings the objects more cleanly into focus. I love to photograph fruits, vegetables and so on, and the Blanko 1 film is perfect to reduce them to form and color - one of my favorite films."
Florian Bilges



 ‘Moments in time on the French Riviera’ by Valéry Hache

valery_hache_portraitName: Valéry Hache
Hometown: Rennes
Resides: Nice
Profession: Photojournalist at AFP
Hobbies: Photography exhibitions, the sea, photography books and films
Hipstographer since: 2013
Year of Birth: 1962
Favorite Combo:  John S  +  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Lens:  John S 
Favorite Film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Flash: None

"I have been working as a photojournalist for the past 25 years at Agence France-Presse. I have covered major international events such as the Olympic Games and football world cups... At present, though, what I most enjoy photographing is the beautiful people crowd/celebrities, which I do when covering the various film festivals such as Cannes; such photos obviously require a more portrait-like approach. I love the photographic work of Richard Dumas, Lise Sarfati, Bettina Rheims, Dave Burnett, without forgetting Emanuele Scorcelletti.
Despite the advent of digital photography, for the past ten years I have continued to shoot analogue with my Rolleiflex 6x6 and my Holga. However, a year ago I discovered the new world of Hipstamatic and my life changed!!! What joy, what bliss!!! Everything is done to encourage creativity and this is just the beginning!!!!"

Valéry Hache



‘Cinéma Vérité’ by Jose J. Lang-Lenton

jose_j_lang_lenton_p1_portraitName: Jose J. Lang-Lenton
Hometown: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Resides: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Profession: Economist
Hobbies: Music and photography
Hipstographer since: 2012
Year of Birth: 1974

Favorite Combo:  John S  +  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Lens:  John S 
Favorite Film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Flash: Never use it

"Sharing photos on the web is how I learned everything I know about photography and the app related culture in mobile photography. As a visual artist, I have always been interested in cinema. I have had a strong enthusiasm for film since I was a teenager – with this uncontrollable need to see every film I could. As such, I developed a passion for many filmmakers, especially those from the classic Hollywood era and the more art-oriented Europeans from the 50s and 60s. My interests in black and white photography have a strong relation to my love of these films, and Hipstamatic plays a huge role in letting me achieve the mood and aesthetic that I am so keen of. Nowadays, I rarely see a movie, but I take photos almost every day. I like everything about photography, but it has only been in the last year that I discovered street photography. The uncertainty I feel every time I go out shooting is thrilling and not knowing what I will discover or where will I end my walks is inspiring. The best part of all this is being out on the streets, meeting people and their stories or just observing urban life. There is a strange beauty in candid pictures that is difficult for me to explain, but it is what matters to me and is why I do what I do with the camera these days."
Jose J. Lang-Lenton


‘My Little Corner of the World’ by Sheldon Serkin

sheldon_serkin_nyc_portraitName: Sheldon Serkin
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Resides: Brooklyn, New York
Profession: Adult Education
Hobbies: Photography
Hipstographer since: 2010
Year Of Birth: 1966

Favorite Combo:  Lowy  +  US1776 
Favorite Lens:  Akira 
Favorite Film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Flash: No flashes in Oggl… yet

"These photos are a sample of my daily shooting in the streets of my adopted hometown, New York City. Together they represent what I love most about NYC: the amazing characters who come from everywhere (even a galaxy far, far away) to share it with me."
Sheldon Serkin


‘Flower Wild’ by Vanessa Ray

vanessa_ray_flower_portraitName: Vanessa Faith Ray
Hometown: Ida, Michigan, USA
Resides: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Profession: Marketing
Hobbies: Photography, Yoga, Gardening
Hipstographer since: 2012
Year of Birth: 1979
Favorite Combo:
 Adler 9009  +  Ina's 1935  +  RedEye Gel 
Favorite Lens:  Adler 9009 
Favorite Film:  Irom 2000 
Favorite Flash:  Juicy Orange Gel 

"I've always been drawn to aesthetics, and there are few things more pleasing than flowers. Soft, lovely, delicate. There is something so divinely feminine about them. They bring out my inner-child. They remind me to be a lady. They encourage me to embrace the moment. Flowers are wild and free, and I truly, with all my heart and soul, love them."
Vanessa Ray


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