Results Contest : Street Art

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 19th of January 2022

Street Art
is gaining more and more recognition in the formal art space.
Street art is unofficial and independent visual art created in public locations for public visibility. Street art is associated with the terms "independent art", "post-graffiti", "neo-graffiti", and guerrilla art.
Many participants submitted the best of Art seen on the streets.

The winners with the most votes in this contest are: 

1st place: Adolfo Urrutia 
2nd place: Fernando Alves 
3rd place: Luciano Caturegli 

Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions and thanks to all the participants in the contest 'Street Art'.


'Winter Wonderland'  is the currently running theme.

Winter is an amazing season for photography and can convey different emotions.  Winter may not seem like the best time of year to have exciting photo shoots and take gorgeous photos. In reality, it’s the best season for creating surreal, and dreamy images.
This contest will end at midnight on Sunday the 30st of January 2022.
The sooner you upload your submission the more chance you have to gather the most votes.

If you haven't uploaded your photo yet, click here.  https//
Good luck to all the participants.


 1st place: by Adolfo Urrutia 



2nd place : by  Fernando Alves



3rd place: by Luciano Caturegli 




by Alberto Maria Melis 



 by Michael Jurek 



 by Kaushik Dolui



 by Mohammad Datsetan 



 by Saraabahari 



 by Hamid Mohammad Hossein Zadeh Hashemi 



 by  MJoão Ferreira



Congratulations to all my friends..
Thanks. Congrats to all.
Congrats to the winners and honourable mentions.
Heartiest congratulations to all the winners
Congratulations to the winners. Great artworks.
Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions and thanks to all the participants. Cheers, Yvette
Louie Luo : Photographer of the week

by Yvette Depaepe 
Published the 17th of January 2022


To Louie Luo, photography is an endless discovery that brings light into his life. He is  always in search for a special angle to capture interesting people and things. He strives continually to increase his skills but his ultimate goal is to enjoy photography and have fun. 
Let's put Louie in the spotlights through this interview and listen to what this artist has to tell us.


'Wavy Fences'


Dear Louie, can you briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs.

I was trained as doctor in China. After working in a hospital for a few years, I had the opportunity to study in US where I studied computer sciences at the University of Toronto. Today, I  live in Toronto and my profession is scientist. 
I love cooking, DIY, and photography. In the most recent years, I devoted much of my free time to photography. Research is a crucial and an integral part of my life, whether it is related to work or hobby. I always research thoroughly and work through a trial-and-error approach to experiment with what I have learnt, and isolate the techniques that achieve ideal results – this is how my award-winning photos came to be.


'Autumn Impression'





How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
Which are your most important experiences that has influenced your art?

I have been interested in painting since I was a child. When I took my children to a painting class, I usually practised painting alongside them. Poster design is my favourite subject due to the process of getting the ideas, organizing elements, and learning to deal with the relationship between the subject and the companion, and so on. Such exercises have a certain impact on the composition and creative expression of my photographs.


What first attracted you to photography?

I bought my first SLR in 2012 to take photos on vacations, but Auto mode was used most of the time. My fascination for photography began a few years later after I attended a workshop about what makes a good picture by a great photographer, Mr. Chen. Since then, I started taking photos seriously by studying the parameter settings, practising shooting photos, and learning Photoshop for post-processing.


'Winter Dream'



'Through the Window Shadow'

Describe your overall photographic vision.

Photography is an endless discovery that brings light into my life. I always search for a special angle to capture interesting people and things. To make good works, a photographer should first understand the appeal of the artworks of others and reflect on what techniques can be applied to photography. Secondly, a photographer needs to continually improve his ability to observe the world and discover its beauty.


'Summer Day'



'Sunrise on the lake'


You have your very own style but your work is very diversified.  Can you explain why this is?

The world is so big, only a small part of it can be photographed no matter how wide lens is being used. I explore the world in many ways through photography. In terms of photographer's style, it requires the accumulation of experience. Currently I do what I can achieve well  through my passion for photography. My photos published on cover 16 out of 20 categories, including architecture, abstract, action, creative edits, wildlife, landscape, street, still life, and portrait, etc... During my photography journey, I will gradually find out my favourite genres. More works will reveal my personal style once I hit on the right path.


'Eddie and his girlfriend'



'Sunset at the lighthouse'


What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?

A good image can speak for itself and reflect the emotions experienced by the photographer. The mood and story together are the soul of photography. But technical perfection is a necessary requirement for a good picture.


'Gone with the wind'






'Small Town Church'


What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?

I always try to empathize with my subject matter. What I’m looking for are people’s expressions, the unique cultures they have, the environment surrounding them, and how these elements may differ from my own life. A deeper understanding of my subject matter helps me to make a better photo.


Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?

It depends on the themes. For landscape, I always conduct thorough research before I go. But for street photography, they are usually taken spontaneously.


What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?

I am using Nikon D850. The lenses are 14-24 mm, 24-70 mm, 70-200 mm, and 200-500 mm.


What software do you use to process your images?

I primarily work with Photoshop and NIK Collection.


Can you tell us something more about your work flow?

I always shoot photos in raw format. The image selection is based on the needs, for example, the theme of a competition or the category of publication. Then I do the adjustments with ACR before refining it by using Photoshop and Nik Collection.


'Like a Family'


What is your most important advice to a beginner in Photography and how do you get started?

Good photography is a perfect combination of art and technology. The learning process also requires both. When you start learning photography, it is beneficial to join in a good atmosphere and continue to nurture yourself. For example, one of great options is attending a local camera club where you can expose yourself to various activities, such as workshops, field trips with other photographers, photo competitions, evaluation group, etc...







Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography? 

The first photography book that I read is Art Wolfe’s The Art of Photographing Nature, which affected my work a lot. For sure he is one of my favourite photographers.  The 1x photography gallery is a great resource for me to learn something on a daily basis. I devote some time to observe the excellent photos published on it and to look for the elements that inspire me in some way. All photographers behind a large number of excellent works have an impact on my work. Among them are Charlaine Gerber, who expresses mood along with the rhythm of music, Larry Deng, who has a unique shooting perspective, and Bingo Z  who is a master of composing with light and colour.


Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?

I'll shoot whatever touches me. I’d like to travel and discover more new places or re-visit some areas that I went to a long time ago to record everything that interests me with my camera.  In addition, I’d like to try photographing as many new perspectives as possible. Ultimately, my goal is to enjoy photography and have fun!






Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?

My photo called ‘Modern City’ is very special to me, because it is connected with me emotionally. I live in the Greater Toronto Areas (GTA). These iconic buildings represent the architectures of GTA where I have been lived for more than two decades. I’m driven by the desire to tell the viewers about the beauty of the place where I live. My great effort was paid off. This image won the first place in CAPA Lines & Curves competition in 2021.


'Modern City' (GTA Buildings)


Is there anything else you wish to add  and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

I have learned a lot from the great works of excellent photographers of since I became a member one and a half year ago. This is great photo platform that provides many resources for both new and experienced photographers.

Finally, I would like to thank Yvette and the 1x team for the opportunity to show my work here.


Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions, dear Louie.  It was a pleasure to interview you. 
Cheers, Yvette


Great work Louie! Congratulations!
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Beautiful work, Louie…Congratulations!
THanks a lot, dear Sydney!
Excelente trabajo, muy hermosos Felicidades
Many thanks!
Unique work, nice article, very inspiring!
Thank you so much for your nice comments, dear Gerda!
Congratulations Louie! What a beautiful collection! Very impressive.
Thank you so much for your nice comments, Ruiqing!
Wonderful portfolio! Congratulations!
Thank you so much for your nice words!
Great work! Congratulations!!
Thanks a lot, Milan!
Many thanks, Jorge!
Preciosas fotografías , magnifico trabajo y mi mas cordial enhorabuena
Thank you !
Excellent interview and fantastic work. Congrats, Louie !!! Thanks a lot, Yvette.
Thank you dear Adolfo !
Thank you so much for your nice comments, dear Adolfo!
Great images , Congratulations!
Thanks a lot, Jorgen!
Wonderful collections,Congrats!
Many thanks, Rui!
Louie thank you very much for showing us the art you master, your gallery is a source of inspiration.
Thank you so much for your nice words, dear Joanduenas!
Thank you very much Ivette for offering us these inspiring interviews, the sensitivity of your questions is wonderful.
Thanks for your appreciation, dear Joana !
Wonderful collections, Congrats!
Thank you so much, Yanny!
Your work and vision are inspiring. Thank you so much. Cheers!
Thanks a lot, Prateek!
Mei Xu PRO
Awesome images!
Thank you so much, Mei!
Congratulations . Great Achievement!
Many thanks, Sonya!
Congratulations Luie, I'm amazed by your beautiful photos.
Thank you so much, dear Emel!
Congratulations Louie! What a collection of beautifully created art work!
Thank you so much, Xiaolin!
Thank you for your inspirations!
Thanks a lot, Kilian!
Congratulations Louie! A wonderful portfolio!
Thanks a lot, my fridnd!
Congrats buddy Louie. Many thanks dear Yvette .
Thank you really much for your inspirations, dear Larry!
Thank you, dear Larry !
A very artistic portfolio depicting beautifully the varieties of world and life around. Congratulations!
Thank you so much for your nice comments, Grant!
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Congras!Louie!beautiful work!
Thank you so much, dear friend Picart!
Great achievement. Congratulations Louie.
Thank you so much, my friend Kenneth!
What a wonderful collection! Congratulations Louie!
Thank you so much, my dear friend Aidong!
Congratulations Louie. Great Achievement!
Thanks a lot, Jianpint!
Congrats Louie
Thank you so much Leah! Nice chat with you before this is published.
Congratulations Louie, what a beautiful portfolio!
Thanks a lot Ti!
What a wonderful profile, congrats Louie!
Many thanks my dear friend Molly!
congrats for the achievements!
Thanks a lot, dear Laura!
Congratulations Louie! Great work and amazing variety!
Thank you so much, my dear friend Ling!
Dear friend, congratulations on your achievements! You are my inspiration too!
THanks a lot, my dear friend Yanyan!
Congratulations, Dear Louie! What a wonderful world you present to us! “Never Stop Exploring!”
Thank you so much for your nice words, my dear friend Mei!
Congratulations my friend! Great achievement!
Thanks a lot, my friend Sean!
Congratulations. Amazing photos
Thank you so much , dear adriana!
Congrats Louie
Thanks a lot, Helena!
Congratulations, my dear brother Louie, Many thanks, Yvette, for charing your beautiful portfolio !
Thank you so much for your nice words, buddy!
What a beautiful portfolio! You are a real artist and have my greatest admiration dear Louie ! and thank you Yvette for allowing me to discover Louie !
Thank you so much for your nice words, dear Gabrielle!
Thank you so much for your fine collaboration, Louie! Congratulations with the Photographer of the week feature, dear friend !
Thank you so much dear Yvette! THis is a big honor!
Thanks for charing your beautiful portfolio , dear Louie . Congrats . Many thanks Yvette .
My pleasure, Saskia... A never ending discovery of talent on 1x.
Thank you so much for you nice comment, dear Saskia! I admire your excellent works published at 1x.
Amazing portfolio. Very well done images. Congratulations.
Thank you so much, dear Sayyed!
The 'unknown' Africa: an amazing continent

by Editor Miro Susta 
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 14th of January 2022

Africa is a breath-taking continent, a traveller's paradise. Originally the heart of the humankind, it is now inhabited by more than a billion humans.
It is a place of superlatives; Africa is the second largest continent in the world with an area of more than 30 million km2.

 'I belong!' by Sergio Pandolfini


An indigenous civilization that we can get to know without going to a museum to experience different customs and cultures, a civilization full of traditions and different customs. The continent is home to jungles and deserts and even one glacier. It spans over all four hemispheres.
The Sahara Desert is almost as big as the USA, this world's largest sand (or hot) desert stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea across ten African countries (Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Mali and Sudan).


'Sahara' by Rui Pires


Africa is far from being monotonous: black people, elephants, heat and poverty... as many feels.



'Himba girl' by Piet Flour


Africa is, on the contrary, a wonderfully diverse and colourful continent, which fulfils dreams more reliably than many other well-known destinations on our Earth.


the blue man' by Zineddine Benidir


In Algeria, after Sudan the second largest country in Africa, the bulk of the population lives in the north in the urban areas lining the Mediterranean coast. Life in the interior is harsh, full of sand, dust and dry Sahara Desert which covers about 80 % of the country, separated from the northern populated belt by snow-capped peaks, 2’500 km long Atlas Mountains.


'Angola-Kalandula Falls' by Martin Froyda


The magnificent Kalandula Falls, located on the Lucala River about 400 km east of Angola's capital, Luanda, are after Victoria Falls the second largest (by flowrate) waterfalls in Africa.  With its height of 104 m and width of 400 m, they are considered one of the world waterfall giants.


'Benin is only the entrance' by Elena Molina


Benin, a country neglected by many tourists, located in western part of Africa, is the cradle of voodoo and in the past it was an important slave-trading centre for almost three centuries. The country has a rich and complex history behind, still very present today.


'Family Portrait' by Cheryl Schneider


Botswana has the largest number of elephants in the world, currently home to around 130,000 of the animals, but this last sanctuary for African elephants is disappearing. Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, the main reason for which, according to the country's president, is the increasingly frequent conflicts between elephants and humans, whose crops are destroyed by the animals.


'Sudosukai beautification' by Trevor Cole


In the Republic of Chad located at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, Tuareg and Fulani nomads gather once a year to stay together one week at a time. They dance, they make music, the men dress as women, the women ride camels. This event was known as "Cure Salee" and was one of the most unique and colorful cultural events in the world. Today, the Wodaabe organize a separate festival to escape from the tourists and commercialization that has crept into their celebrations.


'Back in Time' by Kenneth Zeng


The Pyramid Complex in Giza is the most popular tourist attraction in Egypt. It is also known as the Giza necropolis. It includes the pyramid of Cheops, the pyramid of Khafre and Menkaure pyramid. The Egyptian pyramids are still an architectural marvel today. The Pyramid of Cheops is the largest stone structure built in antiquity and the only surviving classical wonder of the world. It is said to have been built as early as 3000 BC. Approximately 2.3 million stone blocks were used in its construction. Each of them weighed between 2.5 and 15 tonnes. How were the heavy stone blocks moved during the construction?


'Colorful Ethiopia' by Matty Karp


Ethiopia is the cradle of humankind; it is the country of origin of coffee and rich in culture and children. In its capital Addis Ababa, Africa's first sub-Saharan metro is in operation, skyscrapers are shooting up into the sky and new rail lines are criss-crossing the vast country. But the growth is not reaching most of the population, and millions of people would still starve if they did not receive food aid.


'A day at the beach' by Greg Metro

The coast of Ghana is a museum of slavery. The coast, free of swamps and mangroves, was the most accessible part of the Gulf of Guinea coast for sailors. The sheltered bays provided a suitable place for American slave traders and European colonizers to anchor their ships, and the rocky cliffs provided material for the construction of forts and castles.


'Guinean fishermen' by Didier Strugala


Guinea is a poor country, but it is not a country where people are fleeing to other parts of the world in large numbers. For small-scale coastal fishers in the Gulf of Guinea, fishing is the basis of income-generating activity, and for most residents of fishing villages it is essential for food security and existential needs.


'The Migration' by Jassi Oberai

The Masai Mara is a nature reserve located in Kenya about 270 km from the capital, Nairobi, bordering the famous Serengeti National Park. Its name is derived from the Maasai, an indigenous people, and the Mara River, which flows from across the reserve. The reserve is best known as a place where wildlife migrates. The biggest attraction of the Masai Mara are the lions, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest and antelopes that gather here every year to fight for life and prey.


'Going for a stroll' by Andre van Huizen


The Libyan Desert located in north-east Africa within the Sahara Desert covers an area of about 1.1 million km², stretching across geographical regions of Libya, Egypt and Sudan. The height of the sand dunes reaches up to 200-500 m in some areas.


'Madagascar' by Dan Mirica


The Madagascar’s baobab is not to be mistaken with any other tree; it is a broad-leaved deciduous tree with a thick, barrel-shaped trunk. The trunk can have a diameter of 9 m or more and grow up to 30 m high. When the tree is not bearing foliage, it appears to grow in reverse order - roots up. The tree is widespread not only in Madagascar but also in some other African countries.


'Saharan oasis' by Rusty Childress


Mali - the land of mud houses is a jewel, a destination that has it all. About a third of the Niger River (1'626 km long) runs through Mali and is present everywhere on Mali's travels. The most popular part is between Mopti and Korioumé (port for Mali's capital city Timbuktu), to see interesting fishing villages of the Bozo ethnic group, beautiful riverside mosques and river deltas.


'Just before sundown' by Norbert Becke

<span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: proxima-nova; mso-bidi-font-family: "";">Moroccan Sahara Desert is the hotel with a million stars and the most beautiful part of the endless desert, land of golden sand. The dunes look fabulous, this is no ordinary sand, it is beautiful yellow and red, the Saharan sand. These attributes make it exotic, perhaps more exotic than it really is, but one does not really perceive it.


'Relaxing in Epupa Gorge' by Ben McRae


Epupa Falls on the Kunene River are an important border point between Angola and Namibia. Here the river widens to a width of half a kilometre and cascades down for a kilometre and a half. On the highest single river escarpment, it plunges from a height of twelve metres and the total vertical difference is only twenty metres.


'Gerewol festival Niger' by Joxe Inazio Kuesta Garmendia


Every September, nomadic clans from Niger gather in the central part of the country for huge celebrations which include festivities, camel races, local markets and male beauty contests. The celebrations are called Gerewol Festival and are the largest in the region.


'Sheltering the newborn' by Norbert Becke


Most of Rwanda lies at an altitude above 1'500 m a s l. In the north-west of the country lies the volcanic Virunga Mountains, with the highest point in the country, the Karisimbi volcano (4 519 m a s l). Due to its mountainous terrain, Rwanda is also known as the 'Land of a Thousand Hills'. In Rwanda one-third of the world's population of mountain gorillas can be found, as well as chimpanzees, for example.


'Feeding on Salt' by Paul-Vlad Epure


The Pink Lake in Senegal is a special natural feature that is caused by a harmless bacterium. Several such waters can still be found around the world. The bubble-gum-coloured water attracts tourists from all over the world to places they would not otherwise think of travelling to. But this Pink Lake in Senegal and has become well-known not only for its unusual water colour, but also for the fact that in the past the Paris-Dakar Rally always finished on its shores.


'South Africa – Cape Town' by Michael Jurek

At the southern end of Africa, a hidden treasure rests, Cape Town the oldest and second largest city in South Africa. A city that is in the grip of the mountains and the ocean. A city where Africa's finest wine is born. The city where the white man first met the Bushmen. The city that guards Table Mountain and the Flying Dutchman.


'Ghosts in the Dust' by Roberto Pazzi


Mundaris are a small ethnicity from South Sudan, being composed largely of cattle herders and farmers. The traditional tribal territories of the Mundari are located roughly 75 km north of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, countryside, like much of South Sudan, is mostly flat and punctuated by occasional isolated larger hills.


'Face from Sudan' by Majid Alamri


Sudan... a country that tourists hardly go to. Why not? It is dangerous, full of fundamentalists, sand and poverty. The big problem for Sudan is the fact that almost all those who have never visited the country have a negative opinion and avoid, or rather are afraid to travel there. It is true that some regions are not safe and venturing into them is an unnecessary risk, but Sudan is five times the size of Europe, so there are many places that are suitable for safe travel.


'Migration' by Henrike Scheid


The Serengeti National Park is probably the most famous of its kind in Africa. Located in the northern part of Tanzania, the park itself covers an area of approximately 14,750km², with all the protected areas directly connected to it forming a wilderness area of over 30,000km². It is home to one of the last great migrations and, in terms of permanent numbers, is the largest of them all. More than 1.5 million wildebeest, 600,000 zebra and 400,000 gazelles roam in a permanent state of circulation.


'Togo-2' by mallal moshe

The former "Slave Coast", famous for the origins of the Voodoo religion, magical waterfalls and beautiful savannah's, enchants the visitor with the kind-heartedness of its inhabitants. There are almost forty ethnic groups in Togo, and these people have developed a kind of stronghold to protect themselves against slavery. They have always lived in isolation for more than three centuries and therefore their customs have not changed much and have remained protected from outside influences.


'A quiet evening in Kairouan' by Rolando Paoletti

Perhaps every country in the world has its most sacred place. North African Tunisia is no exception, and when one wants to be there, it is best to head to the historic old city of Kairouan. Behind the high walls lies the old town district and more than one hundred holy mosques.


'Runaway Girls' by Gunnisal


Jinja is the fourth largest town of Uganda, situated near the mouth of the White Nile on the coast of Lake Victoria. The city has one railway station of the Uganda Railway line, which connects the town with Nairobi and Mombasa on the Indian Ocean, as well as with the national capital Kampala.


'The Edge' by Marsel van Oosten

Victoria Falls are one of the three largest waterfalls in the world, along with Iguazú Falls and Niagara Falls. They are located on the Zambezi River and form the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The water plunges straight down from a 120 m high basalt cliff into a 130 m narrow and 140 m deep gorge.


'Waiting' by Trevor Cole


And one last thing. As a traveller and photographer, you probably know the term "Bucket List". 
Do you also keep a list of destinations that you are keen to visit one day, and do you gradually mark the destinations you have already visited as completed items?  
Is Africa also included in your Bucket List? It should !!!
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This is the 3rd article in a series about all continents.
Click on these links if you are interested in the previous articles about Europe and


Congratulations my friend! Great achievement!
Thank you Sean
Thanks for such a wonderful journey with the rich contents and amazing photos. I have learnt so much About African. Thank you, Miro and Yvette!
Thank you very much for your nice words dear Laura.
Amazing portfolio, congrats!
Many thanks Marco.
What an amazing tour into the wonderful African human and nature landscapes with an impressive, beautiful photos. My compliments to Miro and Yvette for this touching tour.
Many thanks for your great words of appreciation Arnon
Thank you so much, dear Arnon!
Impresionante reportaje!! Bellísima selección de imágenes!! Felicidades!!
Muchas gracias por las amables palabras de aprecio querida Susi.
Thank you so much, dear Yvette and dear Miro. Splendid article, rich in beautiful images from you carefully and tastefully selected. I wish you a great weekend.
Thank you very much Francesco, we are happy to see that you like the article. Wish you nice weekend.
My pleasure, Miro.... :)
Many thanks for your never lasting appreciation too, dear Francesco !!!
My pleasure, dear Yvette. Have a nice Sunday !! :)
Thanks, dear Yvette and dear Miro for this beautiful serie .
Thank you Saskia for your appreciation we are glad to see that you like it.
Thank you, dear Saskia.
excellent theme approach; compliments to team and participants
Dank je wel, Piet. Zo leuk je hier te zien ;-)
wonderful reportage of a land that fascinates and attracts. High quality photographs. Sincere Congrats.
Thank you Franco for very nice words of appreciation,
Nice images and selection
Thank you very much Dennis.
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Glad to see Africa in the Magazine, such a wonderful continent!!! and so well represented by all these amazing pictures; Congrats to all
Many thanks for nice words.
Very well written article Miro and great selection of images..Congratulations to all
Thank you very much for nice words of appreciation Rana.
I think the heart of the world is Africa. A very good article supported by great photos, Congratulations.
Many thanks dear Emel.
wonderful shots !!!
Many thanks Anna, we are glad to see that you like it.
So delighted to be a part of this wonderful article. Means a lot 🙏🏼
Congratulations ..great image
You are most welcome Jassi.
So happy and honored to be part of this great selection. Very many thanks Yvette and all of you who made it possible. An amazing article indeed!
Thanks for your appreciation, dear Elena !
Lovely article again! Beautiful selection too!
Thanks very much for your appreciation Wicher.
'Background Stories' by Melanie Haberkorn

by Yvette Depaepe 
Published the 13th of January 2022


'Exhibitions' is a powerful tool to create online exhibitions with your photos. You can add quotes, change the order of your photos and align them in different ways and change the size. Just like a gallery curator arranging prints on the walls of an exhibition you can do the same. The landing page on your profile is an exhibition which you can customize, you can also add more exhibitions and decide which one should be your landing page.


The results are a real bonus.
Every two weeks a succesful exhibition will be published in the magazine.


You can present some of your favourite exhibitions by adding text – stories or quotes – to make them even more attractive and to be selected.  Maybe the next one will be yours.


In the spotlights today, the exhibition 'Background Stories' by Melanie Haberkorn (melhab). Here is the link:   [1] Background Stories by Melanie Haberkorn (


To trigger your curiosity, here are a few images.


 'Background Story 04'



'Background Story 08'



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Wonderful portfolio! Congratulations!
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Congratulations, Melanie—These thought-provoking images have a dark side to them. . .showing a veneer of confidence while catastrophe rages in the background.
Thank you so much, dear Sydney, for your appreciative words - your comments make me very happy!
beautiful creations, one of a kind that never tire of looking at them. Congrats Melanie.
Thank you so much for this lovely feedback, dear Franco - it makes my day!
Incredible surreal touch to each of these images making them unique, Melanie. Congratulations, dear friend.
Thank you so much for this great honour dear Yevette! Warm greetings from Cologne
The soul is like a dandelion ..

Tutorial/interview by editor Michel Romaggi  in collaboration with the author Natalia Simongulashvili (Nataliorion)
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe (photoma), the 12th of January 2022


In Natalia’s portfolio, we can see numerous fantastic portraits looking like fairy tale characters thanks to a very creative editing.
Among those, one of my favourites is 'The soul is like a dandelion' and I asked Natalia to tell us how she realised this wonderful creation. 


'The soul is like a dandelion ..'


Thank you very much for answering my questions, Natalia. I had a lot of trouble choosing one photo among all the marvels you offer us. Your portraits are full of creativity.  How did you get the idea for this specific one and more widely for all your stunning portraits? What is your source of inspiration?

I have always loved the Art and had passion for any expression of it.

I love music very much, especially Jazz,  Blues and Classical  music. I’m mentioning music on purpose,  since all my artworks are connected with music somehow, either related to some  specific music or just by listening to music while I’m creating them.

I’m Digital Artist and creating this kind of Artworks is my call.


How do you imagine the context in which you place your characters and how do you implement your ideas?  What do you expect while editing creatively your portraits?

I love taking pictures and I love painting. I use my own and stock images in my photo manipulations. I do not have a studio for photo models and I use a site that provides licensed photographs and they can be used for my own purposes without any problems!

The only condition is to completely change the original image, which is not an issue since  my imagination guides me to make it my own.



Digital artists, but also photographers, often use additional details to create creative images, not only their own but also stock ones. Otherwise it is not possible to create what is intended.  The whole process of creating interesting Digital Art, starting sometimes from dull pictures,  isn't easy but really fun.  With regards to my latest artwork “Soul like Dandelion” , it’s a typical embodiment of my soul and current emotional state. 

I’m usually working with different graphic design software's but most of the time I’m using Adobe Photoshop.  By creating my own artworks, I want to say, express and show, how it all looks from my perspective.







I never copy anyone and don't follow any trends. All my inspirations and ideas are part of my fantasy world, full of imagination, which I carry with me.

That's probably the reason why my favourite quote is  “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination” by A. Einstein


Can you tell us a little more about yourself and how photography fits into your life?

I didn't start from a good life doing what I achieved nowadays.  It is rather a sad story!  My eldest son died ... my grief shook my health ... I got a leg injury.
I had an operation and the verdict was deplorable - I might not get up!  I laid on my back for a long time, but knowing my passion for drawing, my three children (two sons and a daughter) installed Photoshop for me.  And that is how it all began...


Why are you creating this type of pictures?

Nowadays everyone starts taking photos of everything!  And honestly, many photos have already become similar by their plot. To me, this kind of photos are not interesting any more, as they lack of individualism. Now I try to process my photos my way so that they stand out from this general monotonous mass. Maybe for now, it’s not yet perceived in our digital society, but I will keep trying to pursue my vision.




I would like to thank you for showing interest in my artworks.
Sincerely, Natalia


Working with soul is something I consider fundamental in photography. This work reveals this in an excellent way, within this area of the edition, which I do not master but greatly admire. Congratulations Natalia.
a creativity that comes from the deep soul. Sincere congrats Natalia.
I admire your creativity dear Natalia, believe me that the rhythms of the music are reflected in your works, congratulations
Beautiful art works, and story behind it ,Natalia .
Thank you both, Natalia and Michel, for this fine tutorial.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful art works, and story behind it ,Natalia .