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Lorrie Dallek

I started in photography 30 years ago. My introduction was casual through a friend. It continued with me taking weekend and nightly seminars while doing a full-time job in another field. I also combine photography with some of my greatest interests: culture, travel, and the welfare of women and children. After leaving my job in the corporate world 13 years ago, I decided to pursue my true passion, photography. I graduated from the Image Program of and Advertising School, The Creative Circus in Atlanta. For a while I did Commercial Photography work but migrated to my real love, documentary and social documentary work. Today I focus on creating photo stories on these topics…


Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?

LD: Color, Design, Visually Appealing.

Q: How often do you typically update your website?

LD: I update my website whenever I have new work that I want to share. Although my updated website is currently published, I am still combing through it to add/delete images & optimize the color & contrast and consistency in sizing…

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Q: How do you choose the photos you display on your homepage?

LD: My homepage includes a mix of images that I am particularly fond of plus representation from my documentary stories.

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Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks8?

LD: I am truly enjoying the ability to have different layouts on my different pages. I think that it helps me to share my single images in the strongest possible presentation where I use a grid while presenting my documentary stories in a sequential manner with the edit that I perceive is the strongest.

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Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website?

LD: Pick a given size for your horizontal, vertical and square images and consistently apply the same size across your entire site. I am not certain if a Designer would agree with me but I perceive that this will help to create a stronger total presentation. Experiment with the different design options to learn what is most visually pleasing to you & complimentary to your work and intent.

Additionally, I am very excited to share my most recent Social Documentary story titles Becoming American (now re-titled New Americans on my website and published as a 13 image story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, March 2017. 

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Soar to new heights with this month’s Spotify playlist! Whether your head’s in the clouds, you’re on a plane headed to your next business trip, or you just want great tunes to listen to while you work on your website, we hope there’s something in our August playlist for you.

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At liveBooks, we’re always looking for ways to improve our website building platform and we are very proud to announce that all liveBooks websites can now take advantage of HTTPS, the most secure protocol available for websites today. Below  you will find more information about SSL Web Hosting and HTTPS and what the added benefits are for both you, your business, and your visitors alike.

What is SSL?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) creates a private session between a web browser and a website. During the session, the browser and the website use a cipher to encrypt data before sending it to the other party. The website and the browser being used to view it use a decryption key to decipher the data. Without the key, the data looks like a random jumble of letters, numbers, and symbols.

What are the benefits of SSL Web Hosting?

By having SSL, you allow your website and your website’s visitor to communicate and share data without the possibility of someone intercepting and reading the data. This is a great added feature to your website, especially if it gathers personal information such as credit card information, phone numbers, or passwords.

How does SSL benefit users?

There are many network connections between your computer and the websites you view. Your computer sends information to your network router. From there, the information travels through your network router. The information then travels through your broadband modem, your Internet service provider and various network backbones and data centers before finally reaching the website. At any one of these connection junctions, a malicious individual could theoretically intercept and read the transferred data. However, with SSL, reading the information is nearly impossible without the decryption key.

How does SSL benefit website owners?

SSL gives website owners an advantage from both a security and SEO standpoint. Analysis of more than one million search results supports the conclusion that SSL is a fairly strong ranking factor on Google and is steadily becoming more important. Having a HTTPS website shows search engines and web users that you value security above all else.

Web browsers and SSL

In January 2017, Google Chrome began displaying a warning pop-up that let users know when a website they were browsing did not support SSL but asked for personal information, such as passwords and credit card information. Having an SSL-enabled website ensures that your users will never see the “Not Secure” message and allow visitors to make purchases confidently as well as give you personal information needed for transactions. Overall, having an HTTPS website may improve your website’s conversion rates by giving website users a safer website experience.

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Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Joshua Holko is a full-time Professional Nature Photographer who specializes in polar photography. Joshua is a fully accredited AIPP Master of Photography and member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). He has won countless awards for his photography including being names the 2015 Global Arctic Photographer or the Year.
Joshua is officially represented by Philip Kulpa and the Source Photographica Gallery in Australia and Aspen, Colorado. To see more of Joshua Holko’s work visit his website:

I am extremely excited and proud to be releasing my new short film – Ghosts of the Arctic. The product of more than two years of planning Ghosts of the Arctic was filmed exclusively in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard in the depths of Winter. It is my hope that the film will impart some of the haunting beauty of this incredibly precious and endangered polar wilderness; as well as give you some insight into my life as a Polar photographer. I hope you will take six minutes out of your day, set your display to full screen, turn off the lights, crank up the volume, and allow Ghosts of the Arctic to transport you away to one of the world’s most spectacular polar regions; in it’s rarely seen winter veil. Please enjoy.


My most sincere thanks to both Abraham Joffe and Dom West from Untitled Film Works who worked tirelessly for a week straight putting in eighteen hour days in freezing temperatures to shoot and produce this film. My thanks and gratitude also to my friend Frede Lamo who likewise worked tirelessly with good humour and whose assistance with expedition logistics simply made the impossible, possible. Without the dedication of this team, this film would simply not have been possible.

It would be remiss of me not to also provide a little insight into what it was like to make this short film. During the Winter shoot we experienced temperatures that were never warmer than -20ºC and frequently plummeted down as low as -30ºC + wind chill factor. We were exposed to the cold and elements for up to sixteen straight hours a day. Many days we drove over two hundred kilometers on our snow mobiles in very difficult terrain and conditions as we searched for wildlife. The bumpy terrain left us battered, bruised and sore. We experienced three cases of first and  second degree frostbite during the filming as well as a lot of failed equipment and equipment difficulties as a result of the extreme cold. We had batteries that would loose their charge in mere minutes, drones that wouldn’t power up and fly, cameras the wouldn’t turn on, steady-cams that would not remain steady, HDMI cables that became brittle and snapped in the cold, frozen audio equipment, broken LCD mounts, broken down snow mobiles and more. We existed on a diet of freeze dried cod and pasta washed down with tepid coffee and the occasional frozen mars bar.

It is hard to put the experience into words, but just the simple act of removing ones gloves to change a memory card in these sort of temperatures when you are exposed and exhausted comes with serious risk of frostbite. In my own case, I removed my face covering for one three minute take and suffered frostbite (from which I have not fully recovered) across the right hand side of my face. And whilst not all of this will come across in the film, I think I can safely say it was without any shadow of doubt the toughest film shoot any of us have done.

For the technically inclined: Ghosts of the Arctic was shot in the 2.35:1 cinema ratio in true 4K High Definition with Canon, RED, Sony and DJI 4K High Definition camera systems.

Absolutely no wildlife was interfered with in any shape or form during the filming and everything you see is totally natural behavior.

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