Anna Barlow is a British Artist with a fondness for sweet treats. She said: “I am fascinated by the way we eat food, especially by the rituals around celebrational or indulgent treats that have developed . . . I have focused on ice cream as it is such a momentary and yet memorable treat that most of us have experienced and therefore can evoke memories of sensations and tastes, as well as prompt a fantasy of desired indulgences.” Her sculptures are made of high fired, glazed porcelain. The result is realistic almost to the point of being edible. Anna’s goal of achieving “visual edibility” has certainly been met with this series of sculptures.
In the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, French photographers Guillaume Bression and Carlos Ayesta conspired to create a surrealistic series about the tragedy. Their focus was primarily the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plan. The pair traveled to Japan to survey the devastation, penetrating dead zones, ‘hot’ spots, and several areas off limits to the general public.They urge the viewer to take notice of the extensive contamination of the area with creatively placed bubbles, plastic wrap, and gas masks.
Lincoln Harrison does more than just stargaze, he captures the sparkly heavenly bodies as they make their slow journey across the night sky. For someone who got into the hobby ‘accidentally’, he sure does spends a great deal of time and effort to get things right. Lincoln simply wanted to take some pictures of stuff he wanted to sell online, a week later, he had all the necessary equipment for a full-blown photo shoot. These days, he takes landscape photos at least twice a week. He only breaks out his camera at night when the conditions for nighttime photography are perfect. His star trails are actually a product of using long exposures, and clever zooming technique. He then combines the two images into a unified whole during post-production. Lincoln’s photographs reminds me of Van Gogh’s the Starry Night.
Marko Korosec is a storm chaser who puts his life in the line every time he takes pictures of supercell thunderstorms. Supercell thunderstorms are tornado-generating, hail-producing, cloud formations that may easily be mistaken as an alien invasion. Marko, who originally hails from Slovenia, took these awesome pictures during a month-long expedition into the U.S.A’s tornado alley. When not chasing superstorms, Marko also captures lightning strikes. During an interview on Daily Mail, he said: “I usually observe storms in as safe a position as possible, to avoid any dangerous conditions which could cause us damage or to the vehicle. Storm chasing usually means a lot of moving around, remaining in one position for some time and then moving when storm gets closer.”
Franck Bohbot was born in France in 1980. He grew up in a musically-inclined family and he even took up drums and played in a band until his 20s. Franck has a [articular interest in the relationship that people have with architecture which led him to create his series “Respect the Architect”. In this series, he captured the essence of several well-known structures outstanding for both their scale as well as architecture. His particular style in capturing the images gives the viewer an awesome perspective. Franck currently divides his time between New York and France.
Lucia Giacani is an Italian photographer who has made quite a mark in fashion photography. One of her most recent series, aptly titled “Under My Skin”, features models posing alongside skinned replicas of animals. The photos were featured in Vogue Italia. Lucia was born in Jesi, Italy but grew up in Rome. She graduated from the prestigious Advanced Institute for the Artistic Industries where her photographic exploits won her numerous accolades and awards. She currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.
Some might say that animal photography is a cinch. All it takes to get a great photo is to point your camera at something young, furry, and warm-blooded and then BOOM! cute picture. If you ask animal photographer Britta Meven, great pictures don’t ‘just happen’, they’re made. Britta hails from Austria and his collection of landscape and animal photography is just awesome. I bet it took a combination of patience, great timing, and a great ‘eye’ for composition to get those wonderful shots.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo recently commissioned Torafu Architects to design a ‘Haunted House’. There was also a special interactive exhibit for children where they can scare and get scared. The artists at Torafu Architects contsructed a seemingly ordinary art gallery corridor. It had the usual paintings on the walls and even a tired gentleman sitting in the far end. A second look at the said gentleman will reveal that his hat is floating because his head is missing. The paintings themselves turn out to be on the creepy side, what with eyes following you and even frames you can climb into. Torafu Architects wanted to “Engage people more actively while stimulating their imagination. They also want to challenge perspectives and norms and break the rules as children are encouraged to run, shout and touch.”
With this creepy installation, I’ll say they achieved their goal.
Kapil Bhagat is an India-based graphic designer who designed a series of clever typographic posters for Science Day. The minimalistic posters features the names of famous scientists written in such a way that shows their respective achievement or theory. Newton’s name dropped the red apple-like O; Rontgen’s name is a bright white against a stark black background, like an x-ray; and the O-within-a-C in Copernicus’s name – all clever ways to connect each scientist with their respective achievements using only their names.
Chris Arnade is a photographer who has managed to integrate himself into Hunts Point – one of the most dangerous areas in New York. Hunts Point is one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Most residents are victims of the vicious cycle of poverty, drug addiction, and prostitution from which few ever manage to escape. It is here that he met a talented young man named Jose Garcia. Chris saw Jose and his friends do a few death-defying backflips off parked trucks and decided to approach the young man to ask permission for a picture. Thus was born the series Jose the Amazing. Chris said: “I have come to grow very fond of Jose and his friends, and [we] have done many photo shoots together. [They] are big fans of Parkour, Hip-hop, and Anime. They are fighting against an area where the pressures of poverty, drugs, and limited opportunity weigh heavily.” You can also check out his series Faces of Addiction.