Graphics & Illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020/2021

Check out these beautifully executed graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021.

Konstantin Reshetnikov is a Russian graphic designer and illustrator who lives and works in Saint Petersburg. He recently published this fine selection of outstanding graphics and illustrations that he created in 2020 and 2021. All based on simple graphic shapes in a clean, flat design, the collection includes both graphics and illustrations made for personal and commercial projects. Just have a look below. For more of Konstantin Reshetnikov’s creative work, feel free to take a look at his portfolio on Behance. You can also follow this talented designer on Dribbble and Instagram.

Graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021
Graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021
Graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021
Graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021
Graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021
Graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021
Graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021
Graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021
Graphics and illustrations by Konstantin Reshetnikov from 2020 and 2021

All images © by Konstantin Reshetnikov. Check out more inspiring projects in our Graphic Design and Illustration categories.

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Fun & Simple 2022 Calendar Template for Adobe InDesign

This beautifully designed and fully editable calendar template for 2022 is available for download on Adobe Stock.

Adobe Stock contributor @McLittle Stock created this fun and simple 2022 calendar template. Designed in the US Letter size, this calendar template is quite easy to customize. All sample texts are for display only and the photos shown in the preview are not included in the downloaded file. You can add your own text, design elements, or images with just a few simple clicks.

This premium template requires Adobe InDesign. You can get the latest version from the Adobe Creative Cloud website, just take a look here. You can learn more about this Adobe InDesign calendar template by clicking on the following link or check out the images below.

Beautiful and Simple 2022 Calendar Template for Adobe InDesign
This beautiful 2022 calendar template for Adobe InDesign is available here.

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Resume & CV Template with Gray Sidebar Element & Orange Details

This fully-editable Adobe InDesign template lets you create a professionally designed resume and cv in no time.

Created by Adobe Stock contributor @Broluthfi, this eye-catching resume & cv template includes two standard sizes, A4 and US Letter. Using this template for your job application you will definitely stand out from the crowd of competitors. Editing the file is quite simple in Adobe InDesign. You just need to replace the text and profile pic section with your own data. The InDesign template is completely print-ready but you can also export it as a PDF file for online applications.

Please note, this easy-to-use template requires Adobe InDesign. You can get the latest version from the Adobe Creative Cloud website, just take a look here. You can learn more about this Adobe InDesign resume template by clicking on the following link or check out the images below.

Resume and CV Template with Gray Sidebar Element and Orange Accents
This resume & cv template is available here.

Check out more useful design assets in our recommended Templates category. In addition, you can find some trending typefaces in our Fonts category.

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Adobe Illustrator Flyer Template with Black & White Graphic Patterns

This beautifully designed flyer template is based on simple black and white pattern graphics.

Created by graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and microstock artist @Blackcatstudio, the flyer template can be downloaded in the size of A4. It includes two different layouts, one with a white background and one with a black background. The two simple patterns give these layouts a modern look. All details are fully customizable. You can add your own text, graphics, or images with just a few clicks.

This flyer template requires Adobe Illustrator. You can get the latest version from the Adobe Creative Cloud website, just have a look here. Just click on the following link to get further information about this beautiful flyer template.

Adobe Illustrator flyer template with black and white pattern by blackcatstudio.
This Adobe Illustrator flyer template is available here.

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Maybe Sammy Cocktails: Brand & Packaging Design by The Bar Brand People

The creative people at The Bar Brand People created a sophisticated brand and packaging design for Maybe Sammy Cocktails.

The Bar Brand People were asked by award-winning Sydney bar Maybe Sammy to design the packaging for their suite of bespoke bottled cocktails.

“The Maybe Sammy mixologists have perfected the craft of the ready-to-pour cocktail, and the packaging design needed to reflect the premium product. The labels are minimal and refined, with the custom debossed gold foil providing visual impact against the deep green of the box. The foil detail extends to the front and neck label, complimenting the gold lid.

The series features a trio of elegant 500ml bottles, with miniature 100ml versions of each cocktail. Every detail on the bottles and boxes has been carefully considered, ensuring the experience extends beyond the drink inside.”

Maybe Sammy Cocktails - brand and packaging design by The Bar Brand People
Maybe Sammy Cocktails - brand and packaging design by The Bar Brand People
Maybe Sammy Cocktails - brand and packaging design by The Bar Brand People
Maybe Sammy Cocktails - brand and packaging design by The Bar Brand People
Maybe Sammy Cocktails - brand and packaging design by The Bar Brand People

All images © by The Bar Brand People. You can find more inspiring projects in our Graphic Design, Branding, and Packaging Design categories.

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This Week in Photography: Thoughts & Prayers

 

 

It’s been a crazy week.

 

Out here in Taos, we hosted a Bar Mitzvah for my son, (on the second attempt,) and people flew in from around the US.

I was apprehensive, as the Delta variant has brought America back to its knees, and we were terrified our daughter might get Covid. (She’s too young to qualify for the vaccine.)

But cancelling wasn’t an option this time around, so we soldiered on, kept things outside as much as possible, and hoped for the best.


 

I catered a dinner for 30 people, the first night of the event, and after years of running our Antidote photo retreats, I got it done without too much stress.

Sure, one of my pans caught fire while I was making teriyaki chicken, but luckily, I put it out, and no drama ensued.

It was a tremendous amount of work, but we wanted to honor Theo’s commitment.

Because that’s what we do for our kids, right?

We sacrifice, and give our all to the endeavor, as raising human beings in such a complex world is the biggest job a parent has.

Thankfully, it all worked out in the end, and everyone had a good time.

It was challenging, but pales in comparison to what others have dealt with this very same week.

(I think you know what I’m talking about.)

 

 

Back in college, when I studied Political Science as a freshman, it was conventional wisdom the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan brought down their Empire.

(That was the word on the street.)

Just like Wallace Shawn gave us the famous quote, “Never get involved in a land war in Asia,” everyone knew Afghanistan was an unconquerable country; a quagmire where great powers went to die.

 

 

And yet…

When Osama Bin Laden and his asshole buddies attacked the US on 9/11, we backed the proxy army of the Northern Alliance, and then basically took over Afghanistan.

That was twenty years ago.

It’s hard not to imagine how those trillions of $$$$ might have been spent here: universal health care, free college, homes for the unhoused, a Green New Deal.

Who’s to say what might have happened, if things had gone another way?

 

 

But they didn’t, and this week, America’s failure to build a stable government in Afghanistan was all over our screens, in every form imaginable.

Twitter, FB, TV, IG.

It was a cluster-fuck of epic proportions, and avoiding the news was impossible.

Such travails we have over here, as we worry about ingesting too much “traumatic imagery” for our mental health.

If only the Afghans had problems like ours.

(But they don’t.)

The Afghan people, or many of them anyway, are too busy running for their lives.

They don’t have the luxury of worrying about the negative ramifications of traumatic imagery, as the misery they see is in front of their ACTUAL eyes, without the mediation of an iPhone screen.

It’s nasty business, what they’re living through, and honestly, I hope to never endure something like that.

The people of Afghanistan have my empathy, and all the “thoughts and prayers.”

To face the realistic fear my family might be annihilated by bullets, bombs, swords or stones does not compare to worrying whether I’ll overcook the lasagne.

(I didn’t, though. It was delicious.)

 

 

The world we inhabit is insanely unfair, and the place you’re born ultimately has more to do with what your life will look like than any other indicator.

Here in the US, the difference in neighborhoods in the same city can have a massive impact on life expectancy, health outcomes, and income.

Still, almost everyone in America has a safer environment than those living in impoverished, war-torn societies.

People in places like Afghanistan, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Syria, and Yemen face obstacles we simply can’t comprehend.

It’s not possible.

(And notice I wrote “almost” two sentences ago, as there are some US residents living in very dangerous situations.)

 

 

At times like these, Art is most helpful, as it allows experiential information to be transmitted from one life to another.

Artists can share their POV, and viewers benefit from receiving the stories we read, see and hear.

That’s how it works.

Hell, just two weeks ago, I wrote about the necessity of those photographers who “bear witness” in the chaos of the 21C, as there are now phones with video cameras to capture everything that happens.

Frankly, that’s my only hope for Afghanistan, small though it may be.

Short of shutting off the internet, the Taliban will face a wave of recording technology this time around that didn’t exist at the turn of the century.

 

Courtesy of AP News

 

It’s at least possible the Taliban will be somewhat restrained by images and videos of their atrocities reaching the global pubic.

(It’s not much of a hope, but more than nothing.)

 

 

Again, it’s easy to for me to sit on my chair, put my feet up, and write this column for you.

I have the privilege of safety.

And all the smartest people are telling us a global refugee crisis is just getting started, as Climate Change will render some places uninhabitable, (where people currently live,) and then a lack of vital resources, like water, should kick off more drama.

It seems the refugee phenomenon will overwhelm our current system of borders, paperwork, passports, and institutional infrastructure.

(Come for the photography review, stay for the futurism.)

 

 

That being said, you can’t have a book review column without a book, and you might guess where we’re going today.

It just so happens I had the PERFECT thing in my book stack for a week like this.

Earlier this year, I received an email from Thana Faroq, a Yemeni refugee living in the Netherlands, who asked if she could send me a book, “I Don’t Recognize Me in the Shadows,” published by Lecturis, with support from the Open Society Foundations.

I was flattered, and happily accepted her offer, so let’s dig in, shall we?

 

 

It took a minute to figure out how to open the book, and then how to make it work.

The cover wraps around, and you have to open it a few times to get a sense of the object, but then it functions like a traditional publication.

(Turn the page, see something new.)

Certainly, I hadn’t considered how much the interminable periods of not-knowing-what-comes-next would be so maddening.

As we flip through, we learn about the constant waiting on paperwork, on status updates, on hearing from some bureaucrat whether you can stay safe, or if they’re planning on sending you back to Hell.

Can you imagine?

That’s why books like this are so helpful, as empathy differs from sympathy in its requirement that we put ourselves in others’ shoes.

 

 

The book is experiential, as after the opening text, we see a set of color photos made in a refugee camp in Djibouti, but then it goes Black and White, until another set of color photos at the end.

We see page after page of people in apartment block windows, standing around.

At first, I was confused, and then realized, as they built upon each other, it was a metaphor for standing around, waiting, looking out the window because you have nothing else to do.

We see photos out bus windows, walking down institutional corridors, and little moments that give a sense of the banality of fear.

(These people are safe, temporarily, but until the permits come through, it’s purgatory.)

Then, in the book’s middle section, we have portraits of refugees, taken through blurry glass, perhaps to protect their identities.

And those are paired with their hand-written-type statements on pieces of paper that have been glued to the page.

As I wrote when I reviewed Katherine Longly’s “Hernie & Plume,” or Maja Daniels’ “Elf Dalia,”  it seems the European-based book artists have a great sense on how to break up structures to prevent boredom, these days.

When I turned the last page, I felt grateful as much as empathetic.

I appreciate the bravery it takes to stay present in such difficult circumstances, and offer evidence to the rest of us.

So, thank you, Thana!

I hope you stay safe over there.

And when you get a chance, make sure to check out the pan-fried noodles at Kam Yin in Amsterdam.

The best!

To purchase a copy of Thana Faroq’s book, click here

 

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Landscape & Nature, Dr. Paul Hetzel’s Second Calling

Dr. Paul Hetzel wasn’t always a landscape & nature photographer. He retired from a medical oncology practice in Springfield, MA, and found his second calling.

He and I talked about the power of printing one’s own photography and how he has found a wonderful group of fellow photographers in the Photo Arts Xchange, an event hosted by Connecticut photographer, Steve Sherman.

Another important point that Dr. Hetzel makes in our chat is the importance of looking in one’s own backyard for “travel” photography. In other words, you don’t have to travel too far to make great photographs.

What challenges Dr. Hetzel the most as a photographer? What can make or break an image? Listen to the podcast below to find out!

Interview With Nature & Landscape Photograher

Photographers & Events Mentioned

Here are the links to some of the photographers and events mentioned in the podcast:

Sample Of Paul Hetzel’s Portfolio

Landscape & Nature: John Day Fossil Beds

Landscape & Nature: Pemaquid Point Slo Mo Surf

Landscape & Nature: Pink Sunset Valley Of Fire

Landscape & Nature: Spring Flood Oxbow

Sunset Mono Lake Glamour Glow

Speaking of landscape photography, years ago, I hosted a guest blog post by Brett Stoddart about being an Urban Landscape photographer. Check that out.

Paul Hetzel’s Camera Gear

Nikon D850 [Affiliate Link]

Sony RX10 III [Affiliate Link]

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Meridian House microwedding | Jason & Isabelle

I wish you could have been there for Jason & Isabelle’s wedding. It was JOY, over and over again! These two were one of our first couple to reschedule their wedding due to Covid- we pushed from May to September. And then as the world continued to grapple with the fallout of the virus and September looked less and less likely, they made the hard decision to reschedule again, this time for 2021.

But then they did my favorite thing and decided, to heck with it, we’re not waiting any longer to start this next chapter of our lives. When Aimee Dominick’s email came through about dates for a micro wedding, I couldn’t get my reply sent back fast enough! And then when Isabelle sent me photos of her custom SILVER dress in progress, I knew this was going to be one for the books!!

Silver high low wedding dress| DC microwedding at Meridian House | Abby Grace Photography

Together with eight of their closest friends and family, they gathered for an intimate ceremony at Meridian House, followed by a lingering, several-course dinner indoors. Aimee carried the “sweet as a peach” motif (harkening back to Isabelle’s childhood in Georgia) through their signature cocktail and table decor, and seeing their two revel in their joy was the sort of thing that left me floating on air long after I drove away that evening.

Isabelle & Jason, thank you, thank you for getting married. That may sound silly, but I can’t express how encouraged I was to see love prevail, to see you gather with your dearest loved ones in celebration of something so GOOD! Congratulations to you both!!

Details
Design & coordination- A. Dominick Events
Venue- Meridian House
Dress- custom design by Kelsey Randall
Florals- Sophie Felts
Hair & makeup- Amie Decker Beauty
Video + livestreaming- Bowen Films
Paper- Emily Baird Design
Calligraphy- Laura Hooper
Catering- Spilled Milk
Plates- Emerson James Rental
Rentals- Select Event Group and La Tavola Linen

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Bay Area Maternity Photographer | Rania & Josh

I had a wonderful time doing a maternity session for Rania and Josh. This sweet couple recently moved from the Washington DC suburbs to San Francisco! Their goal for this session was to capture their love for each other and their prince on the way, with a gorgeous and dramatic golden hour sunset and breathtaking landscape. As a Bay Area Maternity Photographer, there are so many beautiful locations to shoot at. I was so happy that Rania and Josh were open to traveling to the East Bay for their session! These rolling hills made for a perfect backdrop! These two are over the moon to have their baby boy home! Take a look below to see some some of my favorite shots from their sunset maternity session!

San Francisco Maternity Photography
These two. Wow!
Pregnancy Photoshoot
San Francisco Maternity Photographer
East Bay Maternity Photographer
These two were so much fun to photograph! Their bubbly personalities and love for each other can be seen through their photos. I am so glad they chose me to document this beautiful new beginning and phase of their lives. I am so excited for them and know they will make wonderful parents!
East Bay Maternity Photography
This gorgeous maternity gown was purchased from Sew Trendy Accessories.
Long Maternity Gown
Bay Area Maternity Photography
Bay Area Maternity Photographer
Bay Area Maternity Photography
“Just went through them! Love love!!!! Wow I’m so touched to see these!” – R
Red Maternity Dress

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Couple Maternity Photoshoot
Sunset Maternity Photos
Dancing their way into parenthood…
Golden Hour Maternity Photos
Their smiles are contagious! They are genuinely happy about life and so in love with each other!
San Francisco Maternity Photographer
This breathtaking red maternity dress was purchased from Vici Dolls.
Romantic Couple Photoshoot
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SF Maternity Photographer
I’m in a season of maternity sessions and loving every bit! There is just something so special about photographing a couple during one of the biggest milestones of their lives! It was an honor to photograph Rania and Josh’s firsts: 1) Their first pregnancy and 2) Their first move to San Francisco!
Baby Bump Photos
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“They are amazing! We can’t wait to share with family and friends!” -R
Dreamy Maternity Session
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Congratulations R&J!

Shefali Parekh | San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Get In Touch Here

Take a look at a recent In-Home Pregnancy Announcement Session here

Take a look at a recent In-Home Newborn Session.

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