Jeannette Oerlemans is a photographer from the Netherlands. Her latest series, “Dog Adventures” is a series of digitally-manipulated images featuring a pair of canines out on a day trip in the country. The series is strongly reminiscent of C.M. Coolidge’s work with dogs playing poker. Jeanette also retouches wedding, landscape, and nature photos.
Benoit Paille loves to experiment a lot of different and creative ways of capturing light, color, and detail. He said: “I am above all else constantly experimenting with my immediate environment, both social and natural. To put it more accurately, my work focuses on questioning the limits imposed by humanity.” In his portraits, Benoit captures the raw emotions of his subjects. It is for this reason that a lot of artists use his work to practice drawing or painting. Curiously, Benoit is a self-taught photographer. He spent three years studying medical biology before shifting to Fine Arts. To date, he has had exhibitions in Paris, Moscow, Japan, Barcelona, and Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada.
Hong Kong is one of the world’s most populated urban center and boasts one of the best skylines in the world. French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze recently complied a vertigo-inducing collection of photographs taken from a very unique angle. Vertical Horizon highlights the geometry behind this amazing skyscraper city. According to Romain: “It’s easy to get a measure of a building from afar, but you can’t really appreciate a towering city structure until you’ve craned your neck up the length of its spine, admiring the way its reflective edges seem to scrape the sky,” said the photographer. “The project is a deep immersion into the city’s thick atmospheres and a visual record of its wildly diverse built environment. This book is like a contemplative dive into the raw nature of Hong Kong and an expression of its vertical élan.” He has also captured cities such as Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Plosky Tolbachik is an active volcano located in the eastern edge of Russia. A pair of thrill-seeking photographers, Andrey and Liudmila, braved the dangers of an active volcano and barely got away with these sensational pictures. They were calmly standing a safe distance away from the active lava flow when tragedy struck: “at some point we realised that something was in the way of lava stream, and it was getting through every hole and crack it could find – or break through. It looks like that the crater, on the edge of which we were standing, actually saved our lives because at least lava started leaking inside it, instead of swelling up the slope.” One of the volcanologists lost his backpack to an errant lava flow, but the pair got away with bragging rights and scores of hard-core photos.
Alex MacLean is a veteran aerial photographer who has been photographing the rural landscape since 1975. He has a Master’s degree in architecture and flying was his way of performing site analysis. He was captivated by what he saw while up in the sky “in part because of its natural response to environmental conditions, climates, soils and topography.” According to MacLean: “There’s nothing like flying in a small aircraft with the window open and watching the dramatic and quickly changing landscape evolve. You can go from a dense urban area to wilderness in a matter of moments”. MacLean is lives and works in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Candice Sedighan is a young, up-and-coming photographer from Los Angeles, California. Thus far, her portfolio is basically a dog lovers’ dream. It’s mainly adorable snapshots of her dog Champ with an occassional portrait of her sister’s dog Pugsly thrown in. She said: “I really like to capture the true essence with dogs, which is that they’re always so happy. The time Champ and I spend together, he’s just always beaming with happiness and you can really see that through my photos.” Champ got her started in photography when she was thirteen. To date, she has taken more than 20,000 pictures of her canine buddy. She has also won around $5,000 in photography contests. Her photos have also been featured in at least three Hallmark cards.
Japanese artist Maiko Akiba gave us a glimpse of the future with her series “100 Years Later”. The series features artificially aged everyday gadgets, clothing, and objects. Among the aged objects are: a digital camera, shoes, a coat, jewelry, boots, an accordion, a vending machine, and a calculator. The aging was artfully done with what Maiko calls “aging paint” which is basically fake rust and artificial moss/lichen. It’s basically a homage to today’s accelerated culture where the hottest gadgets today become obsolete in a matter of months.
With Sergey Ivanov as your wedding photographer, you can expect a wacky and fun-filled wedding album. His work has allowed him to travel to travel all over Europe. Most of his images rely heavily on post-production manipulation, but one can’t argue with the results. The only thing his unique wedding photographs have in common with the more traditional ones is the classic, white wedding dress. Everything else is a study in creativity.
Bakonyi Bence is a Hungarian photographer who is known for his strikingly crisp and realistic images with a surreal twist. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in photography at Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. In his series “Nameless”, a bunch of objects (plus a rather small dog) is captured as they fall. The whole series elicits a feeling of wonderment. Bakonyi currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.
The skewed, top-down perspective isn’t something new in the world of photography but Christian Åslund’s wide angle shots certainly gave it a new twist. His series of photographs for the shoe brand Jim Rickey had models lying flat on the streets of Hong Kong pretending to walk, sit, and hang on to perfectly upright objects. The height from which these photos were taken sets it apart from other series utilizing this unique perspective. This amusing series is a tribute to the old-school 2D computer games.