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Serdar Bayram: waterfront photography as metaphor

Forget the malls and the museums. There is hardly any place in a town or city more interesting than the waterfront. It is here where one encounters life in the raw with all its piquant energy. Serdar Bayram (pictured above) has captured this quality in his photographs...

People at the beach in timeless vintage photographs

Some old photographs are not merely old. They are vintage, a word one would use to describe quality wine which gets even better with age. I have assembled six such photographs to make the following essay on a popular subject: people at the beach. They were taken...

12 remarkable photographs of boats in black and white

I am deeply grateful to all the photographers who answered my call in late February for black and white photographs of boats. The two-week search yielded a good harvest of talent: some 70 entries from different countries. Choosing the best was not easy as there were...

Boats on camera: an invitation to photographers

There is something about boats that has beguiled photographers for more than a century. The photo above from the Australian National Maritime Museum dates back to around 1928. It shows sloops racing on the choppy waters of Sydney Harbour. As part of Marine Café Blog's...

Coffee through the lens of guest photographers

I recently invited photography enthusiasts to share their pictures for a special Marine Café Blog feature on coffee. It's a hectic holiday season. What better time to take a respite from the workaday maritime world? Of the nearly 50 photos submitted, six stood out...

Top 13 seascape photographs by Facebook users

I recently invited Facebook members to share their seascape photographs (a maximum of three per person) for this special Marine Café Blog feature. I should like to thank all those who answered my call despite there being no prize at stake. Choosing a dozen...