Nomad Patterns is a series by Livia Marin which features more than thirty ‘melted’ China cups, vases, and teapots. It was exhibited at the Eagle Gallery in London in 2012. Interestingly, each piece retains its pattern even though it’s melted. The patterns in the pieces is the Willow Pattern motif. A pastiche of Chinese landscape decoration created by the British in the late 1700s. According to Livia, “the objects appear as staged somehow indeterminately between something that is about to collapse or has just been restored; between things that have been invested with the attention of care but also have the appearance of a ruin.”
Daesiy (aka Dae) is an 18-year-old American artist who creates amazingly detailed digital illustrations. Her account over at deviantART has a ton of watchers. What I love about her work is that her animals (mostly feline or canine in nature) are naturally posed and proportioned. She accepts commissions, but she’s a little busy at the moment. What with packing up and saying goodbye to friends and family before she leave for college. With the quality of her non-professional work, I can’t wait for her to go pro. Dae is definitely worth watching out for.
British photographer Carl Warner has been in the advertising business for more than a quarter of a century. He has been featured in Pondly before for his outstanding “Foodscapes” food photography. One of his most recent series takes the idea of photographic landscaping with food a step further by doing landscapes with human bodies. Unlike food, which you can cut and shape to suit your needs, the human bodies were turned into believable landscapes resembling peaks, valleys, and deserts through contortions and clever lighting. Carl said that he wants to focus attention on “one person’s body, creating a sense of place so that a body that is lived in becomes a place to live.” The pieces were then digitally put-together. He now lives and works in London.
Alex Greenshpun is an extremely talented photographer well worth watching out for. Her gallery in deviantART is chock full of her outstanding photographs. She does macrophotography, black and white, and animal photography. She even has a few portraits thrown in for good measure. Now, beagles and golden retrievers are adorable from just about any angle, but Alex does them justice with her perfect angle and focus.According to her website: “In photography, [Alex] finds not only an art-form, but a language that enables her to express the way the world is seen through her very heart”
Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard is a French photographer who let’s nothing go to waste. She carefully completes her sets before going out to buy fresh fish. The fish are then cleaned, gutted, and beheaded. The bodies go straight to the pan, while the heads take a detour around to her studio. Eventually, the heads do get to the garbage bin but not before they’re posed and dressed up as factory workers, gangsters, angry mobs, and prisoners. Asked about her work, Anne said: “We are victims of our own evolution or of our own revolution. We are the suffering conformists. In my photography, I do not try to present the good nor the bad. It’s never simply funny, laborious, happy, tender or hard. There is always much tragic, sadness or sorrow in the comedy. That is what touches me. That is what I try to translate.”
Nick Frank finds inspiration everywhere. His specializes in architecture photography and with his penchant for finding the perfect angles, it seems he just can’t go wrong. According to him, his photography is not about showing the reality, it is always my personal subjective view. He loves shooting with a wide angle lens since it compresses the center with interesting results in the outer part of the image. Nick is interested in both portrait and architecture and has yet to decide which specific area of photography to pursue.
Jellyfish are some of the last things you would want to see in the beach. They’re icky, they’re slimy, and they sting. The only way they could possibly get worse was if they could fly. Well, Russian photographer Alexander Semenov has apparently photographed a few specimens doing just that. He has spent the better part of his career documenting oceanic wildlife. Alexander is a zoologist who specializes in the study of invertebrates. Underwater photography was just a hobby of his, until he started taking underwater pictures with his old DSLR camera and became fascinated with the results. Don’t worry, jellyfish haven’t yet learned to fly, Alexander’s amazing ‘flying’ jellyfish photographs were actually taken underwater from an upward angle.
David Renshaw is a British artist who love to paint with vibrant acrylics. As a child, his father taught him some of the basics of drawing and from then on, he dreamed of one day becoming an artist. He studied graphic design and worked his way up from being a picture framer in a local art gallery. It was only in 2005 that he decided to go into full-time painting. He said: “I always try to make my work feel atmospheric, and I like to pay particular attention to sky and cloud formations as I consider this element of my work to be extremely important to the mood of the finished painting, whether it be a dramatic sunset or a misty moonlit night.”
Matej Peljhan is a Slovenian photographer and triathlete. An odd combination, certainly, but what’s odder still is that he’s missing an eye and his right arm. When he was ten years old, he was involved in an accident with some explosives left over from World War II.the incident made a huge impact in his life and led him to create his Little Prince series with Luka. The series features a Luka in a variety of whimsical poses, not unlike the protagonist in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novel. Luka is a 12-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy who can’t walk, dress, or feed himself. While Luka’s movements may be severely limited, his imagination is not. He was the one who came up with the ideas for his poses in the series. He lives and works in in Ljubljana, Slovenia with his wife and their three children.