A Different Take on Portraits: Parallax in London

New York-based photographer, Ricky Chapman, is in London from 6 to 9 November to launch the follow up to his portrait series, Parallax. Comprised of just two shots per subject with no retakes or retouching except for contrast, it’s a way to capture people as well showcase photography as a medium and process. We had a quick chat with Ricky on his how this project came about.


What was the inspiration for this project?

It was half a challenge for myself and a bit of a front to the industry. I had done a ton of commercial work such as portraiture for school and other people. There was something about it that was making me crazy and I needed to do something that was for myself. In New York, I have this great group of people that I care about and I wanted to start photographing them.

At the same time, I was really frustrated in the way the photo industry works nowadays with everything that’s so quick quick quick. Everything is digital and people don’t really understand the craft.

I said, “I’m going to take two photos. I wanted to do something that had a common thread.” You have a front-on portrait and I wanted to give another aspect of each person. But the actual each set, there’s only 2 photographs taken. If I make a mistake, there’s only two recorded and kept. There’s no retouching and it is as it is.

Why did you choose London as the follow up from your first series in New York?

That would go back to George. She was kind of the inspiration to do this here in London. She was living here in London and I was living in New York. It was a way for me to put myself here for a longer period of time and to give her time.


You were able to fund this project through Kickstarter. How was that experience for you?

It definitely raised the money that was needed to get here and it took care of aspects such as shooting, travel, post-production and the show. I was glad to do it because aside from raising the money, it was able to get the project out in front of people before it even started. It was nice.

Seeing those people who supported your campaign, even if it was just $5, come out in person and see your work is meaningful. Knowing that they can now see this thing that they were a part of and that it wasn’t something that stayed online. It’s cool to see something online but to be able to stand in front of something physically and look at it; it’s a different experience.

What’s next for Parallax or any upcoming projects?

I’d like to take the next series to a place I’ve never gone before or somewhere I don’t speak the language. Maybe someplace like Moscow or some place in Brazil. Also maybe looking into starting a whole new project, something with colour, maybe.


Ricky’s book will be available for sale. Orders of portraits and posters are also available.

Connect with Ricky:

Ricky Chapman Photography

Visit the Parallax: London exhibition at 70 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NA.
Open from 6 to 9 November from 10 am to 6 pm.

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Community Centric – EyeEm Festival Wrap Up

Written by: Emily Shuey, Marketing and Events, PopUp Village Berlin

EyeEm Festival and Awards 2014 Berlin recently held a two day summit bringing together their brightest minds from the photography, tech and media industries. Internationally recognised, participants flew in from across the globe in support of EyeEm, the photo-sharing & discovery app.  EyeEm’s members are a loyal and growing community of social, amateur and professional photographers symbiotically pushing the boundaries of mobile photography. The festival was in celebration of all of these members.

At the core of EyeEm is a Community Centric philosophy and a deep understanding of the evolution of its members. A community is seen as a living ecosystem defined by the interactions among its members. Influenced by both external and internal factors, individuals and sub-communities, it’s an organic network of socially and intellectually connected individuals. EyeEm doesn’t attempt to control its community but rather influence and support it, paying tribute to its complexities.


Although a forward thinking, tech enabled company, EyeEm knows that the heart of the digital era must still hold community as its central focus. With this in mind, how does one build a loyal following and nurture a long term relationship?


Trust is the glue that holds all communities together. During The Art of Community panel discussion and the Fireside Chat; Building Communities, trust was a strong theme. EyeEm has built trust and respect in their community through honesty and commitment to their members. Members believe that EyeEm is building a product for them and trust EyeEm to take their feedback onboard.


The quality and diversity of the members, and how these members interact impacts on the health of the community. EyeEm has a diverse yet balanced mix of contributors who regularly contribute  and support each other. Members regularly attend meetups with some even claiming that they have met best friends through the platform.


Markus Spiering, EyeEm’s Chief Product Officer, discussed “happiness” as a way of ensuring the health and growth of your community. But how do you measure happiness?

“Happiness is a KPI that can only be partially measured in numbers, for example in retention data. What we started to do in our weekly evaluations was to take qualitative feedback in consideration: a tweet by a happy user, a positive comment, a critical email. Even though these only reflect the feelings of a couple of individuals, we noticed that it’s a good indicator of the overall happiness of our community.”Severin Matusek, VP Community at EyeEm.

Unlike other photo sharing apps, EyeEm offers the opportunity for their members to get paid and published in the global media. This unique feature has become an attractive element positioning EyeEm as a preferred photo-sharing platform.

Although EyeEm is attracting recognition from big names and global brands, it is their focus on community building which ultimately will set them apart. Prioritising its members and paying tribute to their talent will undoubtedly contribute to the growing success of EyeEm.

Photos by:  Markus Spiering / EyeEm and Linka A Odom / EyeEm