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300 INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS………… Tracey Stevens, Mari Luukkonen, Nina Katajamaki, A F Kendrick, Abdollah Bali Eslami (Nima), Agnieszka A., Alan Mason, Aleka Iakovidou, Alena D., Alex Cruceru, Ali Malak, Aliona O‟Brien, Alisa Fletcher, Ana Divac, Andrew Kaiser, Andrew Sowerby, Andre Behrmann, Andy Burke, Andy Lee, Andy Q., Anne Abernathy, Anthony Rebello. Anthony Rigoni, Ara Kooser, Ashley Torres, Atelier Henshouse, Attila Vasarhelyi, Bastien Vaucher, Benjamin Kappel Schmidt, Benjamin So, Bernard Guerinel, Bernd Schaefers, Bikudo, Binary Thinkers, Bryan Dufrene, Butch Hirsch, Card-Photo, Carmen Schmidt, Charles Fromage, Christian Gruner, Christian Vollmar, Christina Lihani, Christina Nordam Andersen, Christine Bichler, Christoph Leisegang, Christopher Gray, Claudia Aigner, Claudia T, Crina Prida, Cesar Lopez, D. “Biscuit”Green, Daneil Graupner, Darcee McCutcheon, Darla Hueske, Darren Rye, David Danehower, David Flowers, David Murphy, David Thiery, David Washington, Davide Capponi, Dennis Freeland, Dirk Rober, Dominique Fromage, Don Peters, Don Spenner, Doug Brewer, Dron Barato, Duane Hall, Dwayne Fuhlhage, Ed Starkey, Edward Maesen, Elisa Caviola, Enzo “Whitebread” Panebianco, Eric Raeber, Eric Schaeffer, Eric Strijbos, Eric White, Erwin Vindl, Esteve Boix, Eugene Madatov, Fernando Fernandez Moreira, Federica Corbelli, Felipe Colon Sr, Florian Roth, Florian Schmidt, FotoAgnieszka Ambro, Fran Marshall, Frank Locker, Frank Schilinger, Freya de Castelbajac, Gabe Anndrews, Gabriel Bucataru, Gaia Tosi, Gary Drouin, Geert Wachtelaer, Gemma Costa, Geo Liag, Geoffrey Dunn, George Lever, George Lunsford, Georgie Pauwels, Gilliom Werner Claessens, Giovanni Battisti, Goran Arvidson, Guillaume Desachy, Hector Navarro, Heiko Mahr, Heinz Zemlin, Henning S. P., Hera Bell, Hiroyuki Hisamori, Holger Drallmeyer, IN2VISUAL, Iacob Craciun, Igor Chernishov, Ina Gat, J.L. Btwee, Jack Varnell, Jacob Dix, James Forestier, James Henderson, James Proebstel, Jan Kroon, Jan Vermeulen, Janice Hackney, Jason Flett, Java Bhat, Jean-Daniel Beley, Jelena Milosevic, Jeramie J., Jessica Maleski, Jetski Jones, Joan Munford, Johannes den Boer, Jonathan Wilbur, Jorge Guillermo Potes Schweizer, Jose Antonion Rodriguez, Jose Rubio, Joseph Zee, Jose Luis Costa, Joao Oliveira, Jurgen Hurst, Jurgen Olbricht, Kanvis Art, Kat Tehranchik, Kerstin Thieme-Jager, Kiki Nelson, Kim Smith, Kira Magrann, Kurt Harvey, Lorenzo Antognetti, Laouenning Blodwenn Cotance, Lars Clausen, Laura Fogazza, Laura Harding, Sat Biswas, Charles Strebor,

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Laura Rivera, Lauren Moss, Lee Fisher, Lee Turnbull Leigh Miller, Lena Konstantinova, Lena Savina, Liz C, Lon Miles, Louis van Rooyen, Luther R. Dease, II, Lutz Mahnahardt, MASUMIM. Mattia Coppaloni, Mireck Adam Kullitt, Mitzannsha Dodo, Maayan Windmller, Magda Sz., Magdalena MadZ, Many Souffan, Margot M., Marica Roco, Maria Salvador, Marjolein Caniels, Mark Lee, Markus Landsmann, Marlene Rak, Martin Cooper, Martin Dzurjanik, Martin Muller, Msayuki Kaga, Maurice Loy, Melissa Spaceeko, Mellany Soriano, Michael Behrmann, Mick Logan, Mika Havusela, Mircea Maris, Miyuki Mardon, Mohan M., Mz Eklektik, Nadja Niemann, Nalla J., Nancy Battis Vita, Neli Gadiuta, Nick Moodie, Nikki C., Nina Agi B., Nina Gorjian, Nuzia Lima, Oleg Burkov, Olga Kafka, Olga van Saane, Oscar Lovett, Pascal Gault, Pascale G., Patrice Christian, Patricia A., Patrick Metzdorf, Patrick O Shea, Paul “Skipper”Brown, Paul Erikson, Paul van de Loo, Per Zennstrom, Peter Gogolin, Pierre Burhart, R. Tiziana Bruno, Rachel White, Retel Tulio, Ricardo Volpe Diaz, Richard Hiscock, Richard Keirin, Richard Leach, Robert Glockner, Robert T.Best, Roberto Bravo, Roland Dierenberger, Roman Tripler, Ruslan Hrushchak, S.A. Hopkins, Sarah Brill, Saul Landell, Sergio Miranda, Sheng Li, Sina Rabbani, Singleton Makin, Skye Delaney, Sol Montenegro, Sonali Dalal, Songwon Kempka, Stefan Seidel, Stefanie Le Pape, Stephe R. Mingle, Steve Hulsey, Steve Johnson, Stephane Pellenec, Subham Sett, Susanne Holtkamp, T. Bowden, Tanja Becker, Tara Romasanta, Tatiana Parmeeva, Tavisan Ramesh, Tee J.M., Tery Fabre, The Emotional Orphan, The London Analogue Festival, Theodoros T., Thomas Andersen, Thomas Buckermann, Thorsten von Eyb, Tony Escobales, Torsten “TeeKay” Koster, Uwe Duwe, Valquiria De Conto, Vincent Griscavage, Veronica Riboulot, Waldemar Frei, Walter M., Werner Powein, Xavier Gaillard, Yuici Kitamura, Andrea W., Barry Deeming, CEC6607, Christian Burtscher, Christos Zotos, Dragos Boldea, Egon Baron, Harri Manni, Helen Sotriadis, K Perales, Luis Fernandes, Mamo Delpero, Manu Rayss, Michael Bergmeier, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, rth., Scissa Bob, Sebastien Redon, Tri Rini Nuringtyas, wolly wolly, Yosef Rahmani, 南陽斯能, 김순영

Six galleries. Two interviews. 200 plus selected works. Features. Diptychs. Collages. Concepts.

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/random encounters/ Urban dictionary: A situation which arises that is unexpected by all involved.

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RANDOM ENCOUNTERS


CREDITS

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EDITOR/DESIGNER : Olga van Saane COVER IMAGE: Esteve Boix COMMUNITY BADGE : Crina Prida PROOF READER : Raahi Ellis

Special thanks to Crina Prida, Heiko Mahr and Margot Main for their contribution to the selection of images and providing the interviews .

COMMUNITY BOARD : Crina Prida (original idea, owner), Heiko Mahr (owner), Margot Main (owner)

Special thanks to Maria Rocoâ€&#x;s family for the permission to publish the images, and to Liz C. for her words about Maria.

CONTRIBUTORS/ PHOTOGRAPHERS: Members of RE community COPYRIGHT : All images in this issue are published as they were posted in the community threads, including original frames and formats. All author rights belong to their respective creators .

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Special thanks to the community members for being creative, enthiusiastic and generous in their art share.

Produced by Olga van Saane at olgavansaanephoto.com for Random Encounters community https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113279122249440018595

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RANDOM ENCOUNTERS EDITION JUNE 2015

CONTENTS Dear Reader,

CONTENTS EDITORIAL COLLABORATION INTERVIEW with AGNIESZKA AMBROSZCZYK ONE ARTIST CREATION INTERVIEW with LAURA RIVERA IN MEMORIAM : MARIA ROCO MODERATORS COMMENT CONTESTS & CHALLENGES EDITOR‟S CHOICE

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This is the second online edition of the Random Encounters community, featuring the photography of its members. And yes, it‟s a special one again: the community turned two this year! We wanted to celebrate it together with you. This issue of the RE is “thicker”, contains more images, more collaborative concepts, more creative ideas for you to ponder and be inspired. We have also included two interviews with community members - Laura Rivera and Agnieszka Ambroszczyk. These two photographers answered the questions and revealed their persona‟s behind the images. You will find a special chapter In Memoriam, featuring work by very talented photographer Maria Roco, who is well remembered by everybody who knew her and her work. Next to that, this issue contains our traditional chapters presenting work by individual artists, collaborative concepts and contest entries. The 2015 selection was made by RE community board. I have added some extra images - my personal favourites - in the chapter Editor‟s Choice. Should you be interested in seeing more, or consider joining this creative group, you are always welcome . You can find us on Google Plus. Olya van Saane RANDOM ENCOUNTERS https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113279 122249440018595

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HEIKO MAHR

A 21st century serendipitous artwork collective where the stories are so fresh and unique that it keeps me constantly creative.

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In my photos I want to tell a story. „Random Encountersâ€&#x; takes this to the next level.

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What started as a fun game, turned out to catch the interest of numerous talented and creative fellow photographers, who joined the team and started producing their own amazing creations.

Dorota Dylka, Ricard Krlalichek, Magda Sz. The will

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CRINA PRIDA (left) HEIKO MAHR Random encounter, 2013 RE_10


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CRINA PRIDA (left) ERWIN VINDL Romeo and Juliette, 2013 RE_11


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MARGOT MAIN (left) ERWIN VINDL Knives and other stories, 2013 RE_12


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CRINA PRIDA (left) ERWIN VINDL Entertainment tonight , 2013 RE_13


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CRINA PRIDA (left) MICK LOGAN Alone, 2013 RE_14


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CRINA PRIDA (left) MARIE LAIGNEAU Random encounters , 2013 RE_15


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CRINA PRIDA (left) ERWIN VINDL How come you never go there, 2013 RE_16


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CRINA PRIDA (left) HIROYUKI HISAMORI Translation, 2013 RE_18


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CRINA PRIDA (left) VIOLA TESKE La blouse roumaine meets Autumn leaves , 2013 RE_19


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CRINA PRIDA (left) DOMINIQUE HILBERT The Caterpillar , 2013 RE_20


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CRINA PRIDA (left) HOLGER DRALLMEYER Deconstruction of the dress , 2013 RE_21


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CRINA PRIDA (left) CHARLES FROMAGE Atelier , 2013 RE_22


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CRINA PRIDA (left) CHRISTIAN VOLLMAR On the nature of daylight , 2013 RE_23


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CRINA PRIDA (left) ALISA FLETCHER Random encounter , 2013 RE_24


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CRINA PRIDA (left) ATTILA VASARHELYI The beginning of entropy , 2013 RE_25


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TERRY FABRE (left) BERND SCHAFERS Freeman, 2013 RE_26


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CRINA PRIDA (left) ALEX CRUCERU The Invisibles, 2013 RE_27


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UWE DUWE (left) TERRY FABRE The Different Kind of Being, 2013 RE_28


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MICHAEL BEHRMANN (left) MAGDA SZ. (left & concept) On a break, 2014 RE_29


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MARGOT MAIN (top) ANDRE BEHRMANN ERWIN VINDL (bottom) Parrotman, 2014 RE_30


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MARGOT MAIN (top) NINA AGI B. ANDRE BEHRMANN (bottom) Hangover #3, 2014 RE_31


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UWE DUWE (left) TERRY FABRE There is a ghost, 2013 RE_32


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WILLIAM MAZDRA (left) MARIE LAIGNEAU Untitled, 2013 RE_33


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ERWIN VINDL (left) CRINA PRIDA Temptation, 2013 RE_34


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CRINA PRIDA (left) ED LEVECKIS Random encounter , 2013 RE_35


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IGOR KOROLEWITSCH (left) CRINA PRIDA I‟ve never seen your eyes, 2013 RE_36


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ANTHONY POND (left) CRINA PRIDA The innocents, 2013 RE_37


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BERND SCHAEFERS (left) CRINA PRIDA Into the light, 2013 RE_38


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LEE THATCHER (left) CRINA PRIDA Les diaboliques, 2013 RE_39


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JULES FALK HUNTER (top) NINA AGI B. Colour , 2013 RE_40


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MARGOT M. (left) CRINA PRIDA I told you a dozen times… , 2013 RE_41


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CRINA PRIDA (left) BENJAMIN KAPPEL SCHMIDT Dark waters, 2013 RE_42


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MARI LUUKKONEN (left) KIM SMITH Paris – Washington DC, 2015 RE_43


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MARGOT MAIN ANDRE BEHRMANN ERWIN VINDL Notting Hill Carnival, 2014 RE_44


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KAT TEHRANCHIK (left) DAWN SIADATAN Random encounter, 2015 RE_45


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GARY DROUIN (top) CRINA PRIDA Lost in a dream, 2013 RE_46


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KAT TEHRANCHIK (top) SAT BISWAS It‟s always been written, 2015 RE_47


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HIKARI HONDA (left) GEORGIE POWELS MAGDA SZ. (concept) Space, 2015 RE_48


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(left to right) MICHAEL BEHRMANN ALEXANDRA MARCOL HENNING S. PETTERSEN WIT S. MAGDA SZ. (concept) Lost in, 2015

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MARGOT MAIN (left) ANDRE BEHRMANN Open in 2015, 2015 RE_50


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OLGA KAFKA (left) CRINA PRIDA Enigmatic unknown woman, 2014 RE_51


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NINA AGI B. (top) MANY SOUFFAN Colour , 2013 RE_52


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NINA AGI B. (top) MANY SOUFFAN Green-white , 2015 RE_53


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NINA AGI B. (top) MANY SOUFFAN Colour , 2013 RE_54


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RETEL TULIO (left) JAYA BHAT Santa Monica – San Francisco , 2014 RE_55


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ANDRE BEHRMANN (left) THORSTEN VON EYB Reflecting in Hamburg, 2013 RE_56


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HENNING S. PETTERSEN HIKARI HONDA MAGDA SZ. (concept) Doors to you, 2014 RE_57


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ALESSANDRO BOSCHETTO (left) JUERGEN HURST Clockwork art, 2015 RE_58


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MARK LEES with ANA DIVAC These trees don‟t grow…, 2015 RE_59


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ANNE ABERNATHY with ROBERT ALLISON Valley of the moon, 2014 RE_60


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HENNING S. PETTERSEN (top) ANDRE BEHRMANN (bottom) MAGDA SZ. (concept) Doors to you, 2014 RE_61


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JOSE LUIS COSTA (left) NALLA J. Cranes, 2014 RE_62


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JOSE LUIS COSTA (left) NINA AGI B. Random encounter, 2015 RE_63


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JOSE LUIS COSTA (right) ERIC SCHAEFFER Random encounter, 2014 RE_64


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MICHAEL BEHRMANN (top) MARIUS VIETH MAGDA SZ. (concept) Only bright sides, 2013

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MARCIN PEKALSKI (top left) HENNING S. PETTERSEN (top right) ANDRE BEHRMANN (bottom right) LOLO RNX (bottom left) MAGDA SZ. (concept) Lost in, 2015 RE_66


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LENA KONSTANTINOVA (left) ERWIN VINDL Random Encounter in Israel, 2013 RE_67


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MICHAEL BEHRMANN CARSTEN SCHULZ MAGDA SZ. (concept) Going in circles, 2014

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MARI LUUKKONEN (right) OLGA VAN SAANE (left and concept) Serendipity, 2015 RE_70


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KIMMETAL SMITH (left, right) HEIKO MAHR (wine glass image) In the middle of the night, 2015 RE_71


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AGNIESZKA AMBROSZCZYK Collage, 2015

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INTERVIEW Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us more about yourself Agnieszka. And once again congratulations. 1. Thank you, Agnieszka, for agreeing to answer a few questions for the Random Encounters community. First of all, what can you tell us about yourself, aside your photographic interests? I'm not a professional photographer, photography is more my hobby and my passion. Having graduated in Slavic Philology my profession is an interpreter and I work in court as a simultaneous translator of languages: Serbian, Croatian, Polish and Italian. I also work on various translations at home. I always liked to travel and learn languages and this passion brought me to Sicily, where I have lived for over twenty years. I moved here from Poland, where I was born and where I grew up. 2. How long have you been interested in photography, and what are your favorite “tools of the trade� ? (cameras, editing software) Do you shoot film or digital? What are your favorite subjects? I must say that I have been taking pictures ever since I can remember. My first camera was an analog Smena 8M, made in the Soviet Union however my deepest interest in photography was born when I bought the first DSLR Nikon D90 in 2010. The choice was obvious for me because I already had a Nikon F65 and two lenses Nikkor: 2880 mm and 70-300 mm. Slowly over time I have bought other lenses: Nikkor 50mm f1.4, Tamron SP 90mm f / 2.8 Macro, Tokina 12-24 mm and the Lensbaby Spark. I also like to collect old analog cameras. It is with great joy and success, using only an adapter ring, that I can use my D90 along with my two analog lenses Helios 44M-4 2/58 and Jupiter 21 M 4/200. Regarding the editing software, I only do small changes: exposure, curves, contrast etc

I don't like heavy editing, I prefer to go out with my camera rather than spend hours and hours in front of the computer. What is my favorite subject? Honestly I couldn't say - I always want to be confronted with different genres and styles and I am always trying to express my creativity in different ways. Having a curiosity and a desire to change and to find new ways of expression has always been my motto. I could never take only the same kind of photographs, I get bored quickly and I have to change my subjects often. One of the things I really love photographing is nature (flowers, leaves etc). My photo (triptych) that won the competition was taken with my favourite lens - Helios. Photographing nature with this lens gives me great satisfaction. I find it very relaxing to dive into my "enchanted garden" or the botanical garden where I took this picture. 3. What is your regular inspiration for creating? Do you have any favorite artistic trends, people, maybe you prefer to be inspired by other forms of art (painting, music, other?) I find different inspiration on the internet, looking at the work of other photographers and not just those who are famous and popular. New ideas can be found everywhere, even in places that you frequent, just look at your city at different times of that day and night - it is always different. I love looking at albums in stores, visiting exhibitions - not only photography but also paintings. The painters are good at composition, you can learn so much from them. Also the visual arts - film and various music videos can also create a desire in me to create something similar in my photographs. I would also add travel, new places and different environments as an excellent source of inspiration for me.

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4. What are your thoughts regarding online exposure on social media? Does it help an artist improve their work? Having exposure on the internet and social media, in my opinion, is a great opportunity for photographers and artists in general, to compare their own work with others and with different genres. One of the most important things that the internet and social media offer, is opening up our horizons and allowing us to see what's new out there, and to give stimuli to improve our work. It also helps a photographer to break through as it can be very difficult to be known and put your work out there otherwise. I think you have to be honest with yourself. You have to like your own photo and not take pictures just to please the public, because you'll end up taking photos like everyone else. Find your own style, honour it and keep it. This, in my opinion, is the most important thing.

Random Encounters has benefited me by awakening the artistic side in me. It has also encouraged me to create new content and has given me the opportunity to put myself out there in front of other photographers. Thank you for that! 6. As you know, we have recently released a first online issue of “Random Encounters� magazine. We plan on releasing future issues, and we value our members’ suggestions. Is there anything you would like to suggest to make the content of our community better (new categories, different approach to collaboration, anything else)? I saw the first issue and found it amazing - it is full of great content. I found it to be perfect and so for the moment I don't think anything can be improved on or added to. I can only hope that in future you continue to find such a large number of great works for every issue. Congratulations to all the staff and thank you for this interview and for being interested in me.

5. You are an active member of the Random Encounters community. How do you feel about the concept that lies behind this community, that of collaboration between artists? How have you benefited from participating in our community? It is a beautiful community - the most artistic community ever on google+, full of creative and talented people and it is very exciting to be a part of it. Since I discovered it, I have always been an active member. I look at the work of the others with great admiration. It is very pleasant to discover new ideas and concepts and it is also inspiring to me. I find the idea of collaboration between artists wonderful. You can get amazing results by mixing different content and this has been documented many times in our community. RE_74


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AGNIEZSKA AMBROSZCZYK As in kaleidoscope, 2015

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FRANCIS BACON

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”

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CRINA PRIDA

“What started as a fun game, turned out to catch the interest of numerous talented and creative fellow photographers, who joined the team and started producing their own amazing creations.“

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CRINA PRIDA Homage to Malevich, 2014

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JETSKI JONES Glassman #6, 2014

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CRINA PRIDA Seasons of beauty, 2014

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SAT BISWAS The walk, 2015

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CRINA PRIDA Incongruous nudes, 2014

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JACOB DIX Nine measures of imperfection, 2015

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SAT BISWAS Metamorphosis of a verb, 2015

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MARGOT MAIN Deconstructed woman, 2013

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FLORIAN ROTH Graffiti, 2014

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ANDRE BEHRMANN Random encounter, 2015

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ANNE ABERNATHY Leap of faith, 2015

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SAT BISWAS Anatomy of a dichotomy, 2015

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SAT BISWAS Waiting, 2015

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ANA DIVAC Untitled, 2015

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LARS KLAUSEN Busy living, 2013

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MARGOT MAIN Sheaves of joy, 2015

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ARIEF PURANTO Her lost soul, 2015

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CRINA PRIDA Dressed-undressed, 2013

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PETER BURM Almost time, 2015

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PETER BURM Untitled, 2015

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MARGOT MAIN A vision in a dream, 2015

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MARGOT MAIN Reaching. Not touching. Shadow love, 2015

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KIM SMITH Untitled, 2013

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PAUL ERIKSON Psychotherapy, 2014

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J.L. BTWEE The sacrifice, 2014

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JETSKI JONES Once Upon a Time, 2014

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FRANK LOCKER … me, myself & him, 2014

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JOSE LUIS COSTA A trawled diptych, 2015

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ANA DIVAC Staring at the sun, 2015

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PETER BURM Battlefield, 2014

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TATIANA PARMEEVA Las Vegas noir, 2015

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J.L. BTWEE Hello, anybody home?, 2015

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ANA DIVAC Untitled, 2015

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JUERGEN HURST Bruxelles meets Berlin, 2014

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STEPHANIE LE PAPE Untitled, 2013

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SAUL LANDELL There is nothing to define us better than a mask ,2014

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FLORIAN ROTH Self portrait, 2014

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STEPHANIE LE PAPE Untitled, 2013

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MARI LUUKKONEN Untitled, 2015 (4 frames)

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LAURA RIVERA Reflections, 2014

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OLGA VAN SAANE La Princess, 2014

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KAT TEHRANCHIK Untitled, 2015

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HEIKO MAHR She moved through the bamboo, 2015

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CRINA PRIDA Strange place for snow, 2015

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CRINA PRIDA The edge of something, 2015

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MARI LUUKKONEN Sweet Temptation, 2015

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CRINA PRIDA Soliloquy, 2015

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HEIKO MAHR The storm and the bamboo, 2014

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CRINA PRIDA Fashion, 2015

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CRINA PRIDA What‟s your secret addiction, 2015

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FLORIAN ROTH Boy in a glass house, 2015

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SONALI DALAL Untitled

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DAVID WASHINGTON Stick language, 2015

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AGNIEZSKA AMBROSZCZYK Laughter, 2015

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MARI LUUKKONEN Prelude, 2015

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HEIKO MAHR Transformations, 2014

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NINA AGI B. Margaretâ€&#x;s cabbage, 2015

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SAT BISWAS In search of tomorrow, 2015

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THORSTEN VON EYB Something‟s missing, 2015

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J. L. BTWEE Untitled

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STEPHANIE LE PAPE Untitled, 2013

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MARIE LAIGNEAU Rainy day in Chicago, 2013

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ANDREW BIRCH Daffs, 2015

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ANDREA M.W. When darkness comes, 2015

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KAT TEHRANCHIK Women, 2015

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ABDOLLAH BALI ESLAMI A throne is only a bench… , 2015

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JETSKI JONES Social butterfly, 2014

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VERONICA RIBOULOT Triptych, 2015

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JAN VERMEULEN Cows watching tennis, 2015

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NINA KATAJAMAKI Off the wall, 2015

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ANA DIVAC Chandelier

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MARI LUUKKONEN Liberation, 2015

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ANA DIVAC Fishy, 2015

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SONALI DALAL Gentle, 2015

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NINA AGI B. New year, new colour, 2015

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SONALI DALAL In search of tomorrow, 2015

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NINA AGI B. I went to see the exhibition, 2015

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JUERGEN HURST La sacre du printemps, 2015

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ABDOLLAH BALI ESLAMI Untitled, 2015

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CRINA PRIDA Distant worlds, 2015

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INTERVIEW

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LAURA RIVERA Winner Self Expression Contest 2015

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questions by Margot Main and Crina Prida

INTERVIEW Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us more about yourself, Laura. And once again congratulations. 1. Thank you, Laura, for agreeing to answer a few questions for the Random Encounters community. First of all, what can you tell us about yourself, aside your photographic interests? Well, in addition to photography, I really also like to listen music, to read, to draw, take care of my plans. 2. How long have you been interested in photography, and what are your favorite “tools of the trade” ? (cameras, editing software) Do you shoot film or digital? What are your favorite subjects? In 1993 I took my first photography courses in my city’s photoclub, "Peña Fotográfica Rosarina". There I learned to develop film and paper, copy my pictures. It was incredible, exciting and my interest grew. Then, with our first internet connection, in 1998 approximately, I expanded my knowledge, with information obtained on publications, history, art and technique. In that year I also subscribed to a photographers forum, "Fotored". Through their mailing list I learned a lot through the exchanges.

3. What is your regular inspiration for creating? Do you have any favorite artistic trends, people, maybe you prefer to be inspired by other forms of art (painting, music, other?) I admire the work of many photographers but perhaps the one that has motivated me is Josef Sudek. His work is wonderful and I admire it very much. I would like to reflect such sensitivity in my photographs. 4. What are your thoughts regarding online exposure on social media? Does it help an artist improve their work? I am convinced that the Internet is a very powerful tool. If used properly, it helps one to learn a lot. One must know how to find a balance in your own work, view it objectively and find your own ideas. 5. You are an active member of the Random Encounters community. How do you feel about the concept that lies behind this community, that of collaboration between artists? How have you benefited from participating in our community? "Random Encounters" is a wonderful community. I follow it with great attention because there are very talented members. It can be difficult to find the right image for shaping a diptych in collaboration with another artist, but I love the results, which can truly be viewed as excellent works.

My first SLR was a Zenit. I have also used a Minolta and Nikon but today, I use a Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a 18-55mm zoom, a 300mm tele and a 50mm lens. Sometimes when I do not have the DSRL with me, I use an old compact Panasonic FZ8 or my smartphone.

6. Is there anything you would like to suggest to make the content of our RE magazine and the community better (new categories, different approach to collaboration, anything else)?

My subjects are usually intimate, I like to photograph the leaves of the trees, hidden corners, reflections, shadows. I also like to photograph the effect of the time and light on objects.

No, there isn't anything that I can add. The first issue was such a nice surprise!! The magazine design is impeccable and I'm grateful to have been part of that first selection, and it’s also a great honour be part of the second issue, with this interview. Thanks very much to all, and especially to the moderators working to make this possible. RE_161


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MARIA ROCO words Liz C. , photographs Maria Roco

Maria Rocoâ€&#x;s street art was an open love letter to her adopted home of Paris. She was a force of nature, walking faster than any other human while sporting high heels. Her street skills were a thing to behold: walking right up to subjects, or snapping while the camera rested on a tabletop or on her hip. You could call her a ninja, except her camera featured the LOUDEST shutter ever. The slap slap slap of the shutter captured soulful moments from the hustle and bustle of the city. She helped us fall deeper in love with Paris.

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MARIA ROCO (left) VINCENT GRISCAVAGE 6374 km apart, 2013

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IN MEMORIAM

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CRINA PRIDA (left) MARIA ROCO Revenons à nos moutons , 2013 RE_165


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MARIA ROCO (left) CRINA PRIDA The end of the affair, 2013 RE_166


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CRINA PRIDA (left) MARIA ROCO On the sunny side of the street, 2013 RE_167


OLGA VAN SAANE

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I consider the REC to be the starting point of my personal journey in conceptual photography. I will be forever grateful to the spirit of nurturing, encouragement and mutual appreciation that prevails in this community of artists. Itâ€&#x;s a rare and precious phenomenon.

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NOT URBAN DICTIONARY

Moderators are people who moderate.

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HEIKO MAHR

Random Encounters was formed from the idea of an artists‟ community based within a social network. Artists from all over the world, from different cultures and different art traditions, meet to collaborate and inspire each other to tell new stories. A 21st century serendipitous artwork collective where the stories are so fresh and unique that it keeps me constantly creative.

CRINA PRIDA

The idea of collaboration with other artists, mainly photographers, is not new to me. I managed a diptych community before, on Deviantart, but the content was far from great, probably because most participants were very young, and I eventually abandoned the project. Luckily, a moment of serendipity happened on G+, when one of Heiko Mahr‟s images seemed to make a perfect match with one of mine. After we had created the first diptych in the community (this one above) we, and some of our friends started looking around for photographic “doppelgangers” to our own images. What started as a fun game, turned out to catch the interest of numerous talented and creative fellow photographers, who joined the team and started producing their own amazing creations. Because it made sense to find a “home” to this sort of collaborative work, the Random Encounters community was created. Presently, as much as I appreciate the individual work of my other friends and photographers on G+, this community is still my favorite place to look for ideas, original and extremely diverse, yet never repetitive. Many thanks to all the moderators who have helped us to manage things along the way (Erwin Vindl, Thorsten von Eyb, Kerstin Thieme-Weber, Olga van Saane), who have also shared with us their exceptional creations.

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ERWIN VINDL

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I remember very well when Crina had the idea of this community about two years ago and asked me to participate. In my photos I want to tell a story. Random encounters takes this to the next level. I like the inspiring creativity in the community.

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MARGOT MAIN

Joining the Random Encounter community has been a revelation and a revolution. My love affair with photography pivots around storytelling and this community has opened multiple tale telling doors. Before joining this community, collaborating with other photographers had never occurred to me. I had always thought that photography was solitary and singular. No more. Now, my imagination wanders to match images with others to see how our views of the world can be joined, merged and create something new. Apart from the never ending possibility of creating diptychs and storyboards this community has helped me begin to understand creative collaboration. It has dared me to ask other photographers if they would allow me to use their work. It has started conversations about ideas, concepts, choosing photos, playing with them and seeing a story emerge.

All in all, I have glimpsed otherâ€&#x;s imaginations. Been inspired. Played and laughed. Asked more questions. Randomly encountered so many smart, creative, funny, whimsical artists. And in all this, I got to tell more stories. RE_171


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THORSTEN VON EYB

The collaborative diptychs or collages in the Random Encounters community are a very inspiring way for an idea to move beyond oneâ€&#x;s own boundaries or limitations, trying new ways to arrange and compile photos, situations or concepts. Being inspired by others enriches my way of seeing a match of photos or stories. Keeping this in mind also enhances my perception in the moment that I take photos. I really appreciate the well-organized and led Random Encounter community, which has new ideas, events and contests with high quality artists. It's a pleasure and fun to take part. My first personal highlight, as a statement, is the diptych I did with Roland Dierenberger . My second personal highlight is because I truly love the artists graffiti work (below).

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CONTESTS‌

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Anne Abernathy, Knot Yet

CHRISTINE LAHTI

Competition is very good... as long as it's healthy. It's what makes one strive to be better.

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MAYA LIN

Competitions are what you do as a good exercise.

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CONTEST

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MARGOT MAIN The nine faces of Eve, 2013,9x9 Contest

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CONTEST

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SONALI DALAL Chhoti, 2013, 9x9 Contest

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ESTEVE BOIX Magic 15, 2013 (9x9 Contest)

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CONTEST

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ANNE ABERNATHY WITH JUERGEN HURST Erase hole, move, transform, Sketches of Spring contest. 2015

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CONTEST

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AGNIESZKA AMBROSZCZYK Sketches of Spring contest, 2015 (winner)

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CONTEST

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MARGOT MAIN Winter, I‟ve packed your bags…. Sketches of Spring contest, 2015

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CONTEST

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KIMMETAL SMITH Budding… Sketches of Spring contest, 2015

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OPEN ENCOUNTER

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ANNE ABERNATHY (with MARGOT M. image (top centre) Once upon a time: story continues, 2015

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OPEN ENCOUNTER

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KAT TEHRANCHIK (with HEIKO MAHR (glass)) A toast to the bride, 2015)

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CHRISTINE BICHLER (with HEIKO MAHR ) In the middle of the night, 2015

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ERWIN VINDL (with MARGOT M. image (left) Once upon a time, 2015)

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LIZ C. (with MARGOT M. image (left) She offered her heart‌ , 2015)

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EDITORâ€&#x;S CHOICE

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AMY POEHLER

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.

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Editors: some of them are snobs that just reject every submission that comes their way. Others are actually intelligent and choose the right definitions to go in and reject the absolutely stupid definitions.

OLGA VAN SAANE

Most fascinating thing after observing an artist as a special unique individual is to see how this artist competes with another artist, often - himself.

Lotus Carroll, Holger Drallmeyer, Self portrait

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URBAN DICTIONARY

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EDITOR‟S CHOICE

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MARGOT MAIN (left) NINA KATAJAMAKI Reaching, 2015 RE_190


EDITOR‟S CHOICE

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MARK LEES Untitled, 2015

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EDITOR‟S CHOICE

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TRACEY STEVENS The peopnies and the meat factory, 2015

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EDITORâ€&#x;S CHOICE

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TRACEY STEVENS Of rabbits, wrestlers and family portraits, 2015

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EDITOR‟S CHOICE

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MARGOT MAIN Shadow blind, 2015

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JACOB DIX CHARLES STROBER Our world, 2015 RE_195


EDITOR‟S CHOICE

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DAVID WASHINGTON, NINA AGI B., NINA KATAJAMAKI Urban alphabet, 2015

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EDITOR‟S CHOICE

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NINA KATAJAMAKI The beach connection, 2015

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olgavansaanephoto dot com 2015

RE: Random Encounters 15  

Online digest of the RE (Random Encounters community of photographers and artists on G+). Second edition. All rights reserved and belong to...

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