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.
“Pucker” is a slightly sadistic series by David Wile and April Maciborka which features toddlers biting into a slice of lemon for the first time. The sadistic part is that they left out the salt and tequila in the experiment. No wonder the tiny tots displayed reactions ranging from shock, to disbelief, to betrayal. The adorable little girl pictured above seems to be the only one delighted about the whole thing. Said the duo: “Lemons can be a great source of entertainment. Especially when you give babies the opportunity to taste them for the first time!”
Nicky Bay can be described as a arachnoid-macrophotographer. He specializes in extreme close-ups of just about every spider he can find. Who would have ever thought spiders actually looked cute up close? Well, maybe except for the Bird Dung Spider, and that horned thing down there that looks like an alien larva. That being said. the next time, instead of reaching for a rolled-up newspaper at the sight of one, I’ll reach for my camera. Nicky currently lives and works in Singapore.
Tang Chiew Ling is a graphic designer and illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her series “Fashion in Leaf” has captured the interest of fashion aficionados the world over with its minimalistic approach and ecological theme. Tang intentionally used inconspicuous and unattractive leaves to create something fun and fashionable. Most of the leaves she used were from her mom’s garden. Strategically placed, the leaves served as classy evening gowns to the models she drew on paper. Tang is one of those rare artists who can turn common, everyday objects into artistic creations.
Anastassia Ellias is a Paris-based illustrator and sculptor who unleashed her creativity on helpless toilet paper rolls. Recently, she assembles 67 pf her finest works and turned the whole collection into a book entitled “Rouleaux”. Anastassia created the earth-friendly dioramas by carefully cutting-out the scenes from brown paper and sticking them inside the used toilet paper rolls. A task which is similar to building a ship inside a bottle. Unlike ship-building, it only takes Anastassia a few hours to complete a roll.
With the help of co-conspirator/photographer Jordan Nakamura, Joshua and Rachel Watson created some of the most awesome wedding and reception invitations I have ever seen. Joshua is also a photographer, and together with Jordan, went about accurately re-creating famous movie posters and turned them into invitations. Some of the images were also on the DVD case covers that they gave out as tokens to their guests. Looking at the invitations, I’m sure they had a lot of fun conceptualizing, shooting, and editing the invitations.
Herbert Baglione is a street artist who loves creeping people out. While visiting an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Italy, Baglione grabbed the opportunity to paint his signature shadow people on the walls and floors of the facility as part of his 1000 Shadows project. Similar silhouettes can be found the world over and it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to make them come alive. Baglione is currently based in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Suami is a family-run crocheting business that specializes in creating adorable, teeny, tiny animals. Some of their creations barely reach a centimeter in size. The idea was actually inspired by Suami (her nickname), the youngest member of the family who is extremely fond of animals and movie characters. Her nickname ended up as the name of this extraordinary, five-member company. Their miniscule creations are extremely detailed and brightly colored. Imagine holding a whole menagerie in the palm of your hand!
Sebastian Magnani took a great deal of pictures of dogs and their humans in a a series he called “Underdog”. Not surprisingly, most of the dogs resemble their owners, or maybe vice versa. All it took was a little bit of clever digital manipulation, a couple of wigs, and viola: a human-canine look-alike. I must admit, I’m partial to the canine versions - probably because they’re fluffier. When asked about the project, Sebastoian said: “It is undisputed that the canines not only stir emotions and interest, but also our inner most needs. Dogs are considered loyal, selfless, trustworthy, life saving, fun and proud companions in a world where these values are gradually disappearing.“