“This is the only thing I like to do and why I wake up in the morning.” said Henry Leutwyler, photographer of the stars. He was born in Switzerland in 1961. He moved to France to become an apprentice to Gilles Tapie, a distinguished photographer. After firmly establishing himself as a talented editorial photographer, he moved to the Big Apple in the mid-90s. These days, he captures portraits for big Hollywood stars like Julia Roberts, Martin Scorses, Lucy Liu, Robert Downey Jr., and Rihanna. He said: “There’s a whole new vocabulary surrounding photography that I find quite vulgar. For me, it’s not about ‘shooting’ and sensationalism. It’s a magic moment that happens in the first few minutes of a sitting. Revealing something from out of my subjects that isn’t obvious — finding the beauty within.”
Evelyn Bracklow is the artist responsible for the army of ants crawling all over this delicate porcelain tea set. She hand-painted them herself. She calls it “Chitins Gloss”. Evelyn summed it up pretty well when she said: “Fear, disgust, fascination and admiration: this very interplay of feelings constitutes the charm of the work. Furthermore, to me, the ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail.”
If eyes are windows to the soul, then spiders are basically leaking soul right out of their eyes. Spiders are universally feared, for their bite, hairiness, and overabundance of legs. But seen through a macro lens, these poisonous, hairy, eight-legged critters are actually quite cute. These close-ups of unexpectedly adorable arachnids are the work of Malaysian photographer Jimmy Kong. I love the way he captures the spider’s eyes; you can even see his reflection in them. I sure hope he didn’t engage any of them in a staring contest. Spiders don’t blink; they don’t have eyelids.
Joel Robison is a budding artist who lives in a valley in British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains. According to him: “I love to run, bike, jump, eat and create and I hope that you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it!”. Joel’s imagination is fired up by living as close to the forest as he possibly can. His work is an interesting combination of whimsy, fantasy, and imagination. What’s fun about his work is that the viewer knows that it’s just a product of digital image manipulation, but allows themselves to believe in it anyway.
Benjamin Shine is a gifted British artist and sculptor who expresses his creativity using one of the most unlikely mediums – tulle fabric. He crafts images out of tool fabric using nothing more than a hot iron and his imagination. Benjamin has done quite a full abstract designs as well as full celebrity portraits. In an interview, here is what he said of his work: “The idea of ‘painting with fabric’ led to the development of this technique where the portrait image is created through the intricate pleating and pressing of a single length of tulle fabric. The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures.”
Handy Andy Pandy is a Melbourne-based, redhead photographer who is currently keeping up with his self-imposed 365-day challenge. For those not familiar with the challenge, the rules are simple. Take a photograph. Once a day, everyday, for 365 days straight! Most who do take on the challenge wash out after several months for lack of time, opportunity, or creativity. Not Handy Andy Pandy though, this guy has creativity out the wazoo. Sometimes, it takes him anywhere between six to seven hours to capture that perfect shot. He said: “I’m smack bang in the middle of a 365 Project and loving it! I’m trying to challenge myself and push myself to grow as a photographer and a photomanipulator”. When not carving a lightning bolt into his forehead, Andy contributes for the online photography site F Stop Lounge. He is also available for freelance work.
James Doran-Webb is the artist behind these amazingly life-like horse sculptures. Each horse is made up of roughly four hundred separate pieces of painstakingly collected driftwood, weighs around five hundred kilos, and has a stainless steel frame which enables it to support up to five persons on its back. They also have a moveable neck and limbs which allows the artist to position them in life-like poses. The sculptures were commissioned to herald the coming of the Year of the Wooden Horse in Singapore. Originally from Birmingham, James is currently based in Cebu City, Philippines where he has set up a company which makes and designs export-quality wooden objects. James is also an environmentalist and for each kilo of driftwood that he buys from the locals, he plants a seedling in the denuded hills of Cebu.
Albert Co is a talented artist who specializes in 3D Digital Illustration. Apparently, he also has a thing for Heroes and Legos (Yes, I know, the correct plural form is Lego bricks but Legos rhyme with heroes. Deal with it). One of his more recent series features pop culture icons-turned-into-Lego bricks. His subjects include comic book heroes: Thor, Iron Man, Wolverine, The Hulk, Spiderman, Captain America, The Fantastic Four, and their accompanying villains. He also has quite a few Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings renderings which are quite epic. I love the way he paid attention to detail such as Harry’s scar, Frodo’s sword, and Gandalf’s staff.
Jens Fersterra is a German photographer who has an unerring eye for urban photography. All of his shots capture the grandeur and majesty of each modern-day metropolis. He combines the mood, lighting, and angle perfectly. My favorite ones are those he did in black and white, adding an imposing feel to these modern-day monoliths. Unfortunately, very little is known about the artist himself but I guess the quality of his work speaks for itself.