A photo exhibit can be the perfect starting point for adding a twist on your own photography, encouraging you to experiment with new techniques, and maybe learn more about an artist and his/her process. In our curiosity to learn more and expose ourselves to all of the creativity within walking distance, we couldn't help but turn to our very own New York City for inspiration. This place is crawling with humans and events, 24/7, so surely there's some inspiration to be found. 

Below, you'll find six photo exhibits that are either already running, or about to begin, with end dates throughout the summer and into the Fall. Plan accordingly.

1. APERTURE: PHOTOGRAPHS
June 29 - September 18
1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery

This event tells the story of Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation which connects the photo community together with audiences, showcasing inspiring and talented works. The exhibition extends through the summer, highlighting works from its collection that span over 50 years.

 

 

2. LEON BORENSZTEIN: AMERICAN PORTRAITS
Through July 26
Foley Gallery, 59 Orchard Street

View a collection of portraits that span over the course of 10 years (1979-1989) by photographer Leon Borensztein. Each of the subjects were asked not to smile, in an effort to move away from the instructions he received daily at his regular job as a traveling portrait photographer in San Francisco.

This encouraged his photography to take a black-and-white, more realistic vision. 

 

 

 

3. PAOLO PELLIZZARI: SPORT
Through August 31
Anastasia Photo, 143 Ludlow Street

Pellizzari's work depicts the human landscape in a way that overflows with details and colors, in an effort to capture daily life - and more - within unique and detailed landscapes.

For this show in particular, viewers can see a variety of photographs that capture humans truly engaged in daily life. Whether it's actually in a sporty manner or not, the viewer will be the judge. 

 

 

4. SALLY DAVIES
Through July 17
Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, 37 West 57 Street

For anyone who needs their NYC nostalgia fix, Davies' work highlights the present day in a way that makes it feel like the city that "it used to be."

From bars to street corners, bright neon signs to dark shadows, Davies' work gives recurring reminders of the magical capabilities this city has.

 

5. LINDSAY MORRIS: YOU ARE YOU
July 9 - August 21
Clampart, 531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor

Morris' first show in New York City documents the safe haven that is an annual weekend summer camp for gender-nonconforming children and their families. In 2012, parents and children of the camp agreed to have selected images published as a New York Times Magazine article.

This now annual series aims to reach beyond the confines of the camp and add to a conversation about the role that support plays in the lives of children who are gender-nonconforming.
 

 

6. GAIL ALBERT-HALABAN: VIS-Á-VIS
Through July 10
Edwynn Houk Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue

For the voyeurs or appreciators of Parisian architecture and life, Albert-Halaban's exhibit at the Edwynn Houk Gallery is sheer perfection. It makes us wish we could have the same thing for every major city.

The photographer is an active participant here, in that he stages the entire scene with participants who know they are being photographed. It's all real, but there's still a slight performance aspect to it. Either way, we love it. 

 
 
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It's no coincidence that summer not only brings swimsuit season, but also a burning desire for people to start "eating a little better." Vegetable stands, CSA groups, and juice cleanses are all around us lately, promising us big healthy benefits and small firm waistlines. And, what better way to market vegetables for the masses than by using the vegetables themselves?

For all of you marketers out there - and even those that just like playing with their food - we happily present some of our favorite vegetable fonts and letters. Each image used in this post is royalty-free, so download away. It's good for you.

 Photo "Best Seller" red peppers by  velirina .

Photo "Best Seller" red peppers by velirina.

 
 Photo "RAW" of asparagus by  pashapixel .

Photo "RAW" of asparagus by pashapixel.

 
 Photo "Kidney Bean Capital Letters" by  icefront .

Photo "Kidney Bean Capital Letters" by icefront.

 
 Photos "Green Lettuce Alphabet" by  ikopylov .

Photos "Green Lettuce Alphabet" by ikopylov.

 
 Photo "Corn Corn" by  Melica73 .

Photo "Corn Corn" by Melica73.

 
 Photo "Diet Vegetables" by  dziewul .

Photo "Diet Vegetables" by dziewul.

For more fun vegetable fonts, be sure to check out our curated collection below, filled with fun royalty-free illustrations and photos. Happy downloading.

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Yes, "the dog days of summer" are here. And, yes, being a dog is hard, especially in the summer. Having a full coat of fur in an unbearable heat must be exhausting. All they really want to do is cool down, get belly rubs, and chill on the beach. But, wait, isn't that what we all want?

"Why do dogs get a special summer shout out," we wondered. Um, because they're adorable, that's why. (That's right. We answered our own question.) Take a slow summery scroll through these royalty-free photos below in this photo series, The Summer Days of Dog. It features some cool dogs who are living these summer days to the fullest - despite the heat - and loving every minute of it.

Each pic is available for downloading and can help bring some tail-wagging joy to any seasonal summer marketing projects you may already have in the works. Happy downloading.

 Stock photo of dog in swimming pool by  graphicphoto .

Stock photo of dog in swimming pool by graphicphoto.

 
 Stock photo of dog with frisbee by  Ksuksa .

Stock photo of dog with frisbee by Ksuksa.

 
 Stock photo of dog with ice cream cone by  ilumus photography .

Stock photo of dog with ice cream cone by ilumus photography.

 
 Stock photo of dog relaxing on the beach by  mishoo .

Stock photo of dog relaxing on the beach by mishoo.

 
 Stock photo of dog in pool with frisbee by  Javier Brosch .

Stock photo of dog in pool with frisbee by Javier Brosch.

 
 Stock photo of dog floating with raft in pool by  graphicphoto .

Stock photo of dog floating with raft in pool by graphicphoto.

Experience even more "Summer Days of Dog" in our curated lightbox below, filled with royalty-free photos of warm weather lovin' pups. Happy downloading. 

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Seems like just yesterday we revealed Bigstock's 20 millionth image. But it wasn't. It really wasn't. That was way back in August of last year. So it's high time for another big milestone, wouldn't you say?  Yes, dear reader, our dazzling review team has just approved our 25 millionth image. 

Without further ado, we proudly present our this oh-so historic royalty-free image. It's a totally summer-appropriate cartoony illustration of a sailboat on the high seas. It's fun, lively, and perfect for capturing the marketing adventures that are ahead for everyone this season.

Cartoon Ship At Sea, from Bigstock contributor Alisen Anima, is now available for downloading. Bon voyage! 

If you're new to Bigstock and want to test the waters of our collection of (ahem) 25 million royalty-free photos and vectors, sign up for a 7-day free trial by clicking the banner below. Enjoy!

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Give the English language some credit. It has the uncanny ability to be waaaaay more complicated than necessary. For instance, we still don't have a singular word for a slice of bread. Ridiculous. Not to worry though, because the French have it covered, using short words and phrases to describe very complex - and super specific - things.

Yes, we've had some fun with British words, Australian words, and German words. So, it's time to check out these seven French words that have no English equivalent. This oh-so helpful visual guide is comprised of royalty-free images from our very own collection. Enjoy.

1. Dépaysement: The disoriented, homesick-like feeling of not being in one's home country.

 

2. La douleur exquise: The emotional, isolating feeling of a love that is not being reciprocated.

 

3. Esprit d'escalier: When you think of a comeback a bit too late. (Literal translation is "staircase wit.")

 

4. Sortable: An adjective for the kind of person you can take anywhere, and not fear embarrassment. 

 

5. Flâneur: A purposefully aimless pedestrian, unbothered by any obligation, thriving on the culture of whatever city he/she is in.

 

6. Rire dans sa barbe: To laugh in your beard quietly while thinking about a funny moment from the past.

 

7. Seigneur-Terraces: One who sits in a coffee shop for a long period of time but spends very little money.

Hope you liked this Franco-Bigstock lesson in language. For more international fun, check out our related posts below.

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When was the last time you hugged your mom? Bought her flowers? Took her out to dinner? Rolled in the dirt and ate mud with her? Well, these farm and barnyard animals seem to cherish their mothers. And, we hope this special Mother's Day collection of photos inspires the same feelings of joy in you. Here's to the moms! (If you're looking for adorable royalty-free animal imagery, each one is available for downloading.)

 
 
 
 
 

See all of the royalty-free photos used in this post and more in our curated lightbox (below) ... and don't forget to call your mom on Sunday. Happy Mother's Day.

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In terms of celebrations, National Pretzel Day (April 26th) is right up there with National Donut Day, amiright? Both are holidays that celebrate curvy, carb-loaded snacks. However you're choosing to celebrate this joyous, time-honored tradition though, we do hope you charm your friends with the totally twisted pretzel facts below, infused with our royalty-free stock images, of course. Enjoy.

 

FACT #1: MONK-Y BUSINESS

European monks created the world's first pretzels in medieval times.

They used bits of leftover dough, and twisted them into shapes representing a child's arms in prayer. 

 

FACT #2: GOOD LUCK WITH THAT

An old German tradition encourages children to tie pretzels on a string around their necks at the beginning of a new year.

It is believed to bring prosperity, health, and good fortune in the year ahead.

 

FACT #3: A LOT OF DOUGH

According to Reuters.com, over $550 million worth of pretzels are sold in the United States every year.

 

FACT #4: BURNT OFFERINGS 

The world's first hard pretzel was an accident. 

A 17th century pretzel baker in Pennsylvania over-baked a batch ... and ate them anyway.

And, whaddaya know, he liked them. 

 

FACT #5: THE COMMONWEALTH OF PRETZELVANIA 

The average American gobbles up to two pounds of pretzels per year.

Philadelphians, specifically, snack on about 12 pounds per person each year, leading the nation. 

 

FACT #6: IN SNACKNESS AND IN HEALTH

The phrase "tying the knot" was coined by our fine friends in Switzerland, who still seek to include pretzels in their wedding ceremonies.

 

FACT #7: A BIG TWIST 

The largest pretzel ever baked weighed 40 lbs, and measured 5 ft across. 

It was created by Joe Nacchio of Federal Baking, Philadelphia, PA. Go Joe! (It's not the one shown here, but this still looks pretty big.) 

 

 

And, for more twisted goodness, be sure to check out our very special PretzelMania collection below, filled with royalty-free photos of pretzels and the images used in our post. Enjoy. 

Header image by Bigstock contributor Devon

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Here at Bigstock, we have very strong opinions about food. Why? Because, we're passionate. We're foodies. And, more often than not, we're hungry. It's one of the big reasons we love Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12). Here are seven other reasons why we believe it is, quite simply, the best holiday ever. We combined our points with some curated royalty-free stock photos of grilled cheese sandwiches, just for emphasis. Here we go ...

1. Your "holiday travel" is only as far as your kitchen.

 

2. It's the ultimate DIY gift. To yourself.

 

3. No awkward family banter. (Mostly because your mouth is full of cheese.)

 

4. Because National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is slightly healthier than National Donut Day. 

 

5. There's nothing to gift wrap.

 

6. Cheese. 

 

7. It has zero religious affiliations. It's truly a holiday for all!

For even more supremely cheesy royalty-free stock photos, check out our Say Cheese collection below. Happy downloading. 

Header image by Bigstock contributor MSPhotographic.

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Everyone loves rats, amiright? Okay, fine. But if we've learned anything from such classic films as Ratatouille and ... umm, others ... it's this: Rats are pretty darn talented. So, it pains me to report that, after careful stock photo analysis, rats are actually pretty bad at modeling. Like, horrible. Here are seven reasons why. 

1. THEY DODGE EYE CONTACT WITH FELLOW STOCK PHOTO MODELS.

 

2. THEY DON'T LIKE TO SHARE THE SPOTLIGHT.

 

3. THEY CAN EVEN BE A LITTLE CAMERA SHY.

 

4. SAYING "CHEESE" JUST REALLY CONFUSES THEM.

 

5. THEY OFTEN FAIL THAT STOCK PHOTO STAPLE: SMILING WITH MILK 

 

6. THEY SOMETIMES BLEND RIGHT INTO WHITE SPACE.

 

7. THEY EAT PROPS.

 

BUT, EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, THEY GET IT RIGHT. (Awwwww.)

See even more rat stock photo models in our very special Oh Rats! lightbox below, filled with royalty-free photos. Happy downloading.

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Yes, pancakes are wondrous things. Heck, we've even sung their praises in a pretty pancake blog post. But, quite frankly, waffles are far easier to work with when it comes to a warm breakfast, not to mention food photography. There's no "fluffiness" ratios to be concerned with, and the syrup stays right in those little waffle pockets, as opposed to running down the sides in an unsightly fashion.

So, in honor of Waffle Day (March 25), we proudly present this gorgeous, curated collection of royalty-free waffles photos. Enjoy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For more syrup-soaked shots, check out all twenty-two royalty-free waffle photos in our Waffles Waffles Waffles lightbox, below. Happy downloading.

Header image by Bigstock contributor Aitormmfoto

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