Fan Ho is a critically acclaimed Chinese photographer who rose to fame with his gritty portraits of life in Hong Kong in the 60s. Ho was confronted with unique challenges by the superstitions in Hong Kong at that time. Some of the superstitious locals believed that having your picture taken somehow trapped a piece of you spirit. He was once confronted by a butcher with a cleaver in his hand who demanded to have his spirit back. To date, Fan Ho has won more than 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions the world over. He was also rated as one of the “Most Infuential Asian Photographers” by Invisible Photographers, Asia. He is planning to publish a new book called: “Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memorial”.
Maude White is a US-based artist who’s a whiz with a craft knife and a piece of paper. She is the artist behind these impossibly fragile paper cut-outs that look almost too fragile to hold. It takes a great deal of patience, skill and creativity to create one of these beautiful paper creations. Make one slip with the knife, and you’ll have to start all over again. Maude is also the owner of Brave Bird Paperwork And Jewelry company where she sells her creations online. In her website, Maude said: “I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me. Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries.”
Caroline Slotte creates layered landscapes and isolated images using antique ceramics. She carefully cuts and sands down the the selected image for each plate to create a layer that will reveal a beautiful landscape when the plates are stacked. In some of her work, she isolates a single image or figure and sands down everything else to make the chosen image pop out of the plain background. The effect of the singled-out image is rather pleasing and reminiscent of classic ceramic artwork. Caroline is currently based in Helsinki, Finland.
Sainer and Bezt are a couple of Polish graffiti artists collectively known as Etam Cru. They are the artists behind these large scale murals plastered all over Europe. They met while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. Individually, they’re pretty successful freelance designers and commercial artists, but together, their artwork has taken the Europe by storm. Their art can be seen in Belgium, Norway, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, and Portugal. They were also one of the contributing artists to the city beautification project in Lodz, Poland undertaken by the Urban Forms Fondation.
Edwige Massart and Xavier Wynn are the creative force behind these anatomically correct recreations of a sliced human head. They’re husband and wife in real life and they use an assortment of found objects to highlight each part of the brain, face, and neck. The sculptures are made from resin and are meant to be surrealist explorations of portraits created from memories and found objects. The series is aptly entitled “Heads”. According to them: “A surrealist exploration of portraits created from memories, found objects and a fascination with medical imagery.”
Akira Nagaya is a Japanese artist who creates impossibly intricate paper cut-outs entirely by hand. Akira discovered his talent for making fine cuts while learning the art of sasabaran – a technique for cutting food decorations from bamboo leaves at sushi shops. While practicing, he discovered, to his own amazement, that he actually enjoyed the process. What’s more is that he actually excelled in it. He then began learning kirie, the Japanese art of cutting intricate designs on paper. It wasn’t until later that Akira started displaying his artwork to the general public.
Using remote-controlled cameras, Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama has managed to take these awesome images of Japan’s limestone blasting operations from point-blank range. His series “Blast” began in 1995 but his interest in the mining operations really started when he was a young boy growing up in the northeast coast of Japan. The area was rich in limestone and the quarries blasted the cliffs daily. Naoya was impressed with the engineers’ ability to predict the exact placement of his motor-driven Nikon camera. Close enough to capture the moment of the actual blast, but far away enough to avoid any high velocity debris. “Blast” is one of Hatakeyama’s best-known series and it has been frequently exhibited in museum exhibitions worldwide.
Lee Griggs is a Madrid-based artist who uses 3D animation and rendering software to create these realistic topographical illustrations. Most of them resemble ocean floors, planetary surfaces, or even weather patterns. Each image is made of innumerable colored cubes, cylinders, and spheres extruded to create eye-catching patterns. Lee utilizes Maya Xgen and Arnold to render each image. If you’re ever inerested in creating you own, he shares a couple of tutorials over at his blog.
It’s rather rare for an artist to be featured twice here on Pondly, but as they say, to every rule, an exception. Handy Andy Pandy is a freelance Australian photographer who’s nearly done with his 365-day challenge. It’s a good thing he’s chock full of fun and wacky ideas, the 365-day challenge takes it toll on even the most creative souls. Andy said: “I’m in the midst of a 365 Project, pushing myself each and every day to do crazy things through photography & Photoshop! I also get a kick out of creating impossible photographs and optical illusions that leave people scratching their heads and asking ‘How’d you do that?’ The things you can do with Photoshop never cease to blow my mind!” When not punching himself in the face, he contributes to the F Stop Lounge, an the online photography site.
Marija Tiurina is a game designer by day and illustrator by night. She recently teamed up with NeonMob to depict the Seven Deadly Sins with internet’s favorite animal – cats. According to Marija, “Deadly sins are quite symbolic and interesting. But Google search shows you only boring fantasy art, and pretty much the same style of drawings is repeat on every page of search results. I thought that the topic deserves another chance.” She was apparently bored with all the usual depictions and decided to create her own feline version. The Seven Deadly Catsins are accompanied by little poems to describe them. Here’s the one that starts off the series:
“The Bible doth spell seven sins of death,
But as a feline in this mortal realm,
There is one more to know before you rest,
Read on, to pilot your soul with its helm.“