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Happy Birthday, JPG! My how we’ve grown! It’s been two years since launched, and every day we discover new members who astound us with their talent. Our first full-size issue received 1,700 submissions from 1,100 people, and this one received 25,650 from 17,000 people. And, has turned into more than just a place for

functionality to the website, and getting the best magazine we can to subscribers. (Meet the team below.) A birthday toast to you, JPG members— you’re shining brighter every day. —Laura Brunow Miner, Editor in Chief I’d love to hear from you!

15 Miami Under Cover

28 China’s Reed Flute Caves

16 Shark Shooting

98 A Good Night’s Shoot

18 Meet a Tibetan Pilgrim

100 Items We Carry

20 Strung Out

102 A Private Rebellion

22 Haunted Ghost Town

104 The Next Polaroid?

24 Well Heeled

106 Book Report

26 Puerto Rico Hotspot

108 Featured Member

Carrie Marshall Shows an Empty Pod Village

Maria Blomqvist Shoots a High Heel Race

82 Delectable

Carlos Aviles Presents San German, PR


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emerging photographers to submit work for publication—it’s home to nearly 200,000 photo lovers who have built a warm and dynamic community. We’re also growing as an office. Hard to believe we’re 23 deep now! And working hard at getting your photography in the hands of more people, adding features and

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Andrea Campi Describes the Fuji Instax

Melissa Anderson Reviews Devil’s Playground

JPG Hearts Cover Photographer Federico Erra

Our two year anniversary issue,19, features themes Faith, Nighttime, and Delectable.

SIGHTINGS › sharp, toothy smirks

Despite their fearsome grins, lemon sharks are actually docile creatures that will swim among divers for hours without even a sideways glance. Their non-aggressive nature has made the species popular among shark enthusiasts. Lemon sharks generally live in the tropical and subtropical areas along North and South America’s Atlantic coast. I captured this shot on the transom of a boat in the Bahamas. The shark in the foreground was coming by to check things out, and the shark in the background must have wanted his portrait taken, too.

SHARK SHOOTING Fish guts, neoprene, and lemon sharks— Willy Volk’s underwater adventure

None of us wanted a shark to confuse us for lunch. So in spite of the warm Bahamian water—about 90 degrees—we tugged on our gloves, wetsuits, and dive socks. All of our gear was black: snorkels, masks, fins, weight belts. Sharks, like most ocean creatures, are less likely to nip at a human covered in black. The shine of a wristwatch, the sparkle of an earring, the quick kick of an opaque fin—all resemble the sudden flit of a fish tail. I peered over the edge of the transom and saw gray figures glide through the water, directly under the boat. I assumed most of the figures were harmless, non-aggressive 12 to 14-foot lemon sharks—their snaggly smiles belying their gentle demeanor—but you never know what’s down there until you’re in the water. When the figures vanished for a moment, I took a deep breath, popped my regulator into my mouth, grabbed my camera, and slid into the water silently, without a splash.

Orienting quickly, I scanned for tiger sharks. All the other divers were doing the same, cameras in hand, heads rotating slowly and steadily. I knew a tiger shark would come from my right, moving toward the fishy scent of the bait—a frozen chumcicle the dive master was shaking patiently in the water. I waited quietly upstream from the crate of melting fish guts. Suddenly, I detected a dark blur. I looked up and saw an elegant tiger shark with its back gently arched swimming slowly toward the crate. As the sun streamed through the shallow water, I raised the camera to my face, peering over it. The gunmetal gray shark cruised up the current, toward the fish-guts we were releasing. The stripes on his belly pulsated as his giant tail fanned back and forth. He slowly slid past the crate. He was coming right for me. My right index finger was fixed on the shutter release, and as the shark approached me, I tripped the shutter over and over. Glancing into the viewfinder, I noticed the enormous creature

was slightly out of the frame. Clumsily, I backed up, kicking up a little silt, but still tripping the shutter. As the majestic striped animal approached, his large black eyeball rotated and focused right on me. He was less than 12 inches away. Using the curved dome of the camera’s housing, I gently touched his snout and pushed him away. He corrected his course to the left and swam past. In an instant, he was gone. I frantically checked my camera to see how the pictures turned out. Most were bad. One was acceptable. I looked around again, performing a 360-degree spin underwater. I wanted desperately to get another shot. Where was he? Suddenly I saw him! He had circled around, swimming back up-current, back toward the chum-crate, back to the scent of fish, back to me. I prepared my camera for more shots, and he came. Snap. Snap. Closer...Snap.

Dive into shark infested waters in our Sightings section.


STRUNG OUT Andrew Crooks manages to take a selfportrait from under 100 cans of silly string.

I actually thought that I was going to die, or at least pass out. As I was being sprayed with 100 cans of silly string, the room filled with a thick, chemical fog. The air quality was terrible and I basically couldn’t breathe for about eight minutes. It was awful. I probably suffered permanent damage from it. Clean-up was a mess, but my photo sets rarely remain clean through a shoot. This is one of my favorite pictures that I’ve made, so any hardship was worth it.

What the F*u*fern*tter? Laugh Out Loud at our WTF section.

From devotional objects to mass-produced trinkets, among solitary pilgrims and throngs of devotees, contributors sought out the sacred in otherworldy landscapes and everyday life. Reflecting our own diverse community, JPG members found faith in a wide range of experience, all along the spectrum of religious belief.

Virgin Mary I shot this photo in a deserted house in Banning, Calif. The entire house had been completely vandalized with graffiti, broken windows, etc. But the painting of the Virgin Mary was one of the only things untouched. I guess it shows us that even disorderly kids have faith. By Chad Foreman

Read an interview with a priest, see festival goers in India, and more in Faith.

faith: devotional acts

Kaaba, Mecca Known as the holiest place in Islam, the Kaaba (“Cube”) was originally built for Adam and Eve as a place to worship God once they were expelled from paradise. It was lifted back to the heavens during the flood in the time of Noah, and then rebuilt on earth by the Prophet Abraham. It still stands today, unchanged, and will remain in Mecca until the end of time. Muslims of the world turn toward the Kaaba for their daily prayers and between five and six million people visit it during the annual Hajj ceremony. It is Islam’s central pilgrimage destination. At every moment, every day, hundreds of thousands of Muslims are circling it and praying. By Hazim Sabanovic

Places of worship, acts of devotion, and religious leaders from around the globe.

While working on our anniversary issue, we’ve been thinking a lot about the people who have made us successful—you, our community members! We’re incredibly lucky to have so many talented and passionate photographers. Each issue the number of stunning photos we can’t publish kills us. So we’ve invited another group of people that we’d be lost without, our bright and beaming interns, to pay tribute to some amazing photos that have yet to grace the pages of JPG.

We our community. We our interns. See our intern’s favorites from

Ryan McGinnis takes his camera into the eye of the storm.

I shot this at sunset near Comstock, Neb., on a storm chase. This is looking back at a supercell at the end of a chase—this thing put down a quarter-mile-wide tornado about 30 minutes before this was taken.

Tail stormchaser Ryan McGinnis through Midwestern stormy skies.


Nighttime Sundown offers a perfect backdrop to capture an evening’s adventure. Solitary scenery, after-hours excitement, romance: everything stands out starkly against night’s dark canvas.

Gaze into the dark at these stunning images taken post-curfew but pre-dawn.

Sleeping Beauties Bright lights and light slumber in airports at night

By Vincent Bitaud

Artificial lighting and questionable security make an eerie combo in airports at night.


delectable colorful culinary photos that give you new reasons to play with your food.

Pop goes food photography! 16 colorful pages of F-U-N F-O-O-D.


God I Love You I Miss M

If living with the thought of you is a sin Be aware that I am full of sins every night

Salaam (Peace)

Love is like a hill that every donkey climbs on

Wooden Diaries in an iranian girls school, desktops collect confessions of secret love. By Naciem Nikkhah During the summer of 2007 I traveled back to my hometown in Iran, where I photographed my high school. Al-Zahra High School is one of the largest all-girl high schools in the state of Mazandaran, in the northern part of Iran. Hundreds of students enroll every year. As teenagers they struggle with problems, such as dealing with boys and falling in love. However, in a society bound

by traditional and religious rules, relationships and crushes are mostly kept as secrets. These old wooden desks serve as diaries, with layers and layers of names and poems carved on them by the girls who sit in them each year. What follows are images of the desks and translations of the words carved into them.

Q: What do Persian teens scrawl on their desks? A: Pretty much what all teens do.



s Federico Erra

federico transforms pretty women into immortal beauties—and makes us all dream of italy. you’ve seen his photo on the cover of this issue, now meet the enchanter:

name: Federico Erra where do you live: I live between Viareggio and Milan in Italy.

my dream photo location: Deep in a forest during a rainstorm. my deepest fear: Loneliness.

i love to shoot: Portraits of beautiful women.

i listen to: Classical music, Morrissey, Britney Spears, Pink.

my day job: I am a photographer fulltime—I have realized a dream!

the last thing i shot: The portrait of a Russian supermodel.

my favorite camera: Canon EOS 400d

i can’t wait to: Continue to dream like I did as a child. Thanks from the heart for featuring me!

i’ve found unexpected inspiration: Movies with Kate Winslet.

Love the cover of this issue? Check out more from Federico’s impressive collection.

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