The Hipstography Awards 2014 – Nominees for Documentary Portfolio of the Year

By on January 23, 2015

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Voting for this category will end on Tuesday January 27th.

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'Anonymous America' by Elena Bouvier

elena_bouvier_anonymous_portrait Name: Elena Bouvier
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA USA
Resides: Philadelphia, PA USA
Profession: Creative
Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, bicycling
Hipstographer since: 2012
Year of Birth: 1962

Favorite Combo:  Lowy  +  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Lens:  Salvador 84 
Favorite Film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Flash: None

"Born out of haste; a desire to record a fleeting moment, I made my first street candid with Tinto 1884 and BlacKeys SuperGrain. Enamored with the small circle of clarity directing the viewer, I began to choose this combo more often for street scenes.
Initially, I believed this portfolio was simply about giving voice to those living on the edge of society, the invisible Americans. The homeless, the addicted, the veterans, the mentally and emotionally unstable; the people encountered everyday asking for help, or simply seeking relief in some quiet corner. I recognize now that these images are more than this; they are examples of how we choose to see, who we choose to see with clarity."

Elena Bouvier



'Ma Wan Village' by Cara Gallardo Weil

hk_portfolio_cara_gallardo_weil_portrait Name: Cara Gallardo Weil
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Resides: Hong Kong
Profession: Graphic designer
Hobbies: Photography, travel, reading, hiking
Hipstographer since: 2010
Year of birth: 1965

Favorite Combo: Several
Favorite Lens: Several
Favorite Film: Several
Favorite Flash: I rarely use flash

"Ma Wan is an abandoned fishing village in Hong Kong on the tiny island of Ma Wan (0.97 square kilometers). It is located between Lantau Island and Tsing Yi Island and the Tsing Ma suspension bridge passes overhead. One can still see the remnants of the old stilt houses (pang uk) along the shore. The residents of the village were evicted in 2011 and were re-housed in modern developments on another part of the island. When it was a functioning village, it was a tight community of fishermen and farmers, with its own schools, restaurants, village study rooms and a health centre. It is now quietly decaying, and it won't be long before the developers bulldoze it to make way for yet another new development. "
Cara Gallardo Weil



'What I Saw' by Tayfun Ozturk

tayfun_ozturk_p1_portraitName: Tayfun Ozturk
Hometown: Kayseri City, Turkey
Resides: Kayseri City, Turkey
Profession: Emergency Medicine Physician
Hobbies: Photography, Cinema and Music
Hipstographer since: 2013
Year of Birth: 1985

Favorite Combo:  John S  +  Blanko C16 
Favorite Lens:  John S 
Favorite film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Flash: None

"For these photos, I chose to do street and documentary style photography. Street life, slum children, bird merchants, street musicians… to mention but a few. I use my iPhone 5 for mobile photography. Mobile photography is a very convenient way to capture the moment and the square form photographs provide me with a different view of the subject and it also offers me a different way of thinking about my photographic subject. And I love it."
Tayfun Ozturk



'Acuña La Bella' by Jessy Menchaca

jessy_menchaca_portraitNom: Jessy Menchaca
Hometown: Del Rio, Texas
Resides: Del Rio, Texas
Profession: Chloe Londyn's Mom
Hobbies: photography, speaking baby gibberish
Hipstographer since: 2010
Year of Birth: 1980

Favorite Combo:  Hornbecker  +  Irom 2000 
Favorite Lens:  Loftus 
Favorite Film:  Irom 2000 
Favorite Flash:  Pop Rox 

"Earlier this year, I crossed the border into Mexico with the intention of doing some street photography. Acuña, the fastest growing city of Coahuila, is a bustling place full of people, out and about taking care of their daily business. They usually travel by foot or bicycle so the task has been rather easy.
Not too long ago, the streets of this city were not considered "safe", so as a precaution I never go about on my own and only shoot from a vehicle in motion while in the passenger seat, usually being driven around by either my brother or my cousin. Since I've been doing photography, I haven't yet seen anything chaotic in the streets. What I do see is hard working citizens trying to make it through the day, children playing out in the streets, a large stray dog population, and very young couples with several children. This is Acuña La Bella."

Jessy Menchaca



'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



'Overbrook' by Angela Henderson

Angela-Henderson-portraitName: Angela Henderson
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Resides: Grover Beach, CA
Profession: Computer technician
Hobbies: Photography, gardening, and fixing the unfixable
Hipstographer since: 2012
Year of Birth: 1975

Favorite Combo:  Jane  +  DC 
Favorite Lens:  Jane 
Favorite Film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Flash:  Standard 

"There is nothing like Overbrook in California, where I live. Founded in 1896 and named for the small river nearby in Northern New Jersey, Overbrook was considered one of the more progressive psychiatric centers of its time until it closed completely in 2007 (though it had been half closed much longer than that). It’s a huge complex; practically a self-contained city complete with its own power station. I actually know someone who was a patient there once upon a time. Far from the horrific stories you hear about such places, it was actually a rather positive experience for them, and when I’ve explored the grounds I’ve never felt a sense of dread or negativity. It has always felt rather peaceful to me, actually. To me the real shame is that the state of New Jersey abandoned buildings like this and Greystone. Nothing is built like them anymore, and Overbrook would have made such a fantastic museum or university had the state not let them deteriorate beyond the point of no return."
Angela Henderson



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