"A Dream in Motion: The White Horseman's Bromo Ballet"
In the enchanting landscape of Bromo, Indonesia, bathed in the golden hues of a perfect sunset, a captivating moment unfolds. Against the backdrop of the majestic Bromo mountains, a horseman takes flight with their white horse in a breathtaking jump. The magical light of the setting sun illuminates the scene, casting an ethereal glow on the horse and rider, as if they were figures from a dream. The harmony between the rider and their steed is evident.
At the far reaches of the narrow, deeply carved Indus Valley the Brokpa tribe has coexisted with their surroundings for thousands of years. Believed to be descendants of Alexander the Great as he passed through, the Brokpa live an animistic life, tied to the worshiping of nature and seasons, and follow the Bon religion, that predates Buddhism.
Anja, 14 years old, belongs to the Nenet ethnic group, a nomadic people who raise reindeer in the Siberian tundra. Anja’s family owns hundreds of reindeer, their only source of livelihood, which gives Anja the economic condition to be able to go to school, but not all kids have this possibility. Anja had recently returned to her family’s camp for the winter holidays. Here in this photo Anja is wearing an arctic fox hat to shelter from the cold.
Mauro De Bettio
The people of North Kenya are a testament to the indomitable spirit of resilience. In a region marked by arid landscapes and harsh climatic conditions, they have not only survived but thrived against all odds.
Their incredible resilience is a source of inspiration to others, reminding us that with determination and perseverance, one can overcome even the most formidable challenges.
La Semana Santa (Holy Week) is the annual Catholic commemoration of the Passion of Christ. The entire city participates in the Semana Santa celebration in Antigua, Guatemala, a beautiful old town with cobbled streets. As part of the celebration, young girls dressed in pristine white dresses carry a heavy float featuring a life-size statue of the Virgin Mary.
From an ongoing collection and love affair with a dock on Moosehead Lake, ME between 1989 and 2000.
Ly Hoang Long
Off shore fishing
Traditional fishing of Mekong delta - Vietnam. A wooden scaffold was erected in the middle of the sea by the trunks, between every two trunks, hanging a long net dropped under the sea, after few hours, the fishermen pulled the net and collected the fish inside.
A series of landscape photos I took while on a road trip through Alaska in the summer of 2023. In the particular case of this image, I had to simply succumb to the magnificence of the Root Glacier in the Wrangell-St. Elias NP.
Read my Lips
Member of the Mursi tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Mursi women are famous for their wooden lip plates – a symbol of beauty and identity. Lip plates are more frequently worn by unmarried girls and newlywed women than by older married women with children. They are generally worn on occasions such as serving men food, milking cows, and important rituals like weddings. If the husband dies, the lip plate is removed since a woman’s external beauty is said to fade after his death.
This image is part of a long-term photography project on the pastoral Quechua communities of the Cusco region in Peru, the culture and traditions of this ancestral people as well as the dangers they are facing today, such as the process of acculturation and the loss of their cultural identity and authenticity.
Shot on assignment in a remote village in Choiseul Province, Solomon Islands, visiting a project fighting exploitation of children linked to the increasing pressures of logging and fishing industries in the area.
The legend of the Princess of Johor tells of a sudden and violent flood that hit Malaysia thousands of years ago and swept the Princess away. Her father, afflicted by pain, ordered his subjects to go to sea in search of his daughter and return only when they had found her. Even today the descendants of that people, the Bajau, move into the sea looking for their Princess. The Bajau are the world's largest remaining group of sea nomads and are all accomplished fishermen and free-divers.
From the series "Around the Ring" documenting a trip driving the Ring Road in Iceland in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tiny island country, with its otherworldly landscapes and laissez-faire attitude, was a breath of fresh air after 18 months of lockdown. Like many people, the COVID-19 pandemic affected me greatly. The photographs thus evince a mixture of both wonder and apprehension - about a new path, changing circumstances, and a future that can only be glimpsed hazily.
A series of diptychs, created to document my families travels through the National Parks of the Northern Territory. My aim was to create imagery that invokes the senses. The heat, the dry, the rich earth and even richer culture. Where the human element enriches the understanding of the environment and vice versa. To gift memories to my children, visceral in nature, akin to how the natural environment has shaped my own childhood memories.
My photographs are based on my experiences and observations, derived from my sense of spontaneity and curiosity intertwined with intuition. My photographic practice comes from personal journeys and quiet observations—sometimes we need to lose ourselves in the chaos to self-reflect and create order. Here, gesture, light, and composition merge to display what just happened in a split second of time. Travel is about people, but sometimes more so about the place.
The Sacred Mountain for followers of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, reaching its peak at dawn, is an experience of spirituality ... Images and words cannot reach.
March 6, 2020, the moonlight illuminated the path of 3 miles followed by almost 800 natural steps. It was very cold, people were walking in small groups guided by local Bedouins; some people rode camels, it was quiet most of the time.
(All photos were taken with a “smartphone”, the night shots were made in BW without a flash).
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.
An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss, Frank Horvat, Elizabeth Avedon and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Gomma Photography Grant, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. & N.Y. Photo Curator, Emerge UK Prize, The PhotoPlace Gallery, Praxis Gallery, The Young Photographer's Award and others.
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel's work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.
While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the new AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.