Paweł Bajew is an awesome self-taught photographer from Poland whose work relies on ideas and not on the number of megapixels or fancy digital enhancement. Most of the time, he poses for his own shots with home made costumes and paraphernalia. His abstract images entice errant thoughts to flit through the viewer’s mind. Oddly enough, the longer you look at his work makes you want to look at more of his work, just to find out what other wacky ideas he came up with.
Why Arthur Tress would ever want to revisit childhood nightmares is anyone’s guess but that is exactly what he did in the late 1960s and 70s. He called his series Dream Collector and since CGI wasn’t a thing back then, all the effects in his photos were created the old-fashioned way. Thatfact that theseimages were gathered by interviewing children in playgrounds what make them a little more creepy than pictures out to be. He said: “Dreams or nightmares were collected by conversations with children in schools, streets, or neighborhood playgrounds. The children would be asked means of acting out their visions or to suggest ways of making them into visual actualities… These inventions often reflect the child’s inner life, his hopes and fears, as well as his symbolic transmutation of the external environment, his home or school, into manageable forms.”
Evelyn Bencicova is a Berlin-based artist famous for her somber-hued photographs. She uses the human figure as a sculptural tool instead of an individual. Most of her images present flat, grey-tinged lighting that enhances the subject instead of retracting from it. According to one website: “The way Bencicova hides the faces of her models from the camera’s eye can be seen as a reference to the indiscriminate nature of death, as the increasing destruction of the private self found in modern culture, and the dehumanization of women within the political struggle over the control of their bodies.”
Benjamin Heath is the kind of guy who enjoys getting a little lost. As an avid photographer, getting lost is a good thing, as it offers you opportunities to capture moments you otherwise would not have come across had you stayed on the right path. Benjamin’s landscapes are awesome but his portraits are even better. His list of clients include Levi’s, Lincoln Motor Company, and Uber. Benjamin has slowly gained a huge following online for his passion in capturing personal stories through his photography.
Kaylee Greer is the founder and owner of Dog Breath Photography. True to its name, the studio specializes in creating memorable images of you and your beloved pooch. Unlike other photography studious, Kaylee will go to great lengths to capture the best possible image of your furry best friend, one that highlights their innate cuteness. Kaylee found her passionin pet photography while in college and absolutely knew there was no other way of life for her. These days, she’s living her dream as a full-time, Boston-based dog photographer. She said: “It’s that same smile – on the face of your best friend – that I am working to immortalize. I want to capture those goofy smiles, furry facial expressions, and happy tail-wags that make your world a better place. So, I am here to pause those brilliant, happy moments in time and give you the ability to hold on to them forever. I am passionate about capturing the honesty of your dog’s soul and the beauty of his simplicity. When my camera and your dog meet – wonderful things tend to happen.” Also, she gives free belly rubs.
Wasteful is a god adjective as any to describe the habits of the average America. According to studies the average Joe generates around four pounds of garbage a day. Gregg Segal is a Californian photographer who wanted to put things in perspective with his series “7 Days of Garbage”. The series features shots of families, friends, and neighbors wallowing in a weeks worth of trash they’ve created. Most of his models were volunteers who believed in the idea behind the shoot, while few had to be compensated. Gregg wanted to enforce the idea that garbage is everywhere and that no environment is left untouched by it. He said: “7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week. Subjects are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.”
American Asylums is a series by photographer Jeremy Harris which delves into the heart of abandoned mental institutions across the East Coast and New England. The asylums are in a state of decay, having been closed, abandoned, and forgotten a long time ago. Some images are a little creepy and I can’t help but think of Arkham Asylum, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and horror movies set in hospitals. Maybe these facilities were more cheerful when they were in their prime, but any institution with bars in the windows can’t possibly be a happy place to spend most of your adult life.
When you stare too long at the walls of Russian salt mines, after a while, they start to stare right back at you. Daredevil photographer Mikhail Mishainikfound this out the hard way when he went to an abandoned salt mine 650-feet below the city of Yekaterinburg in Russia. He has spent over twenty hours exploring the place and found colorfully hypnotic patterns of carnallite on the floors, walls, and ceilings of the mine. Carnallite is a rich source of magnesium and is mainly used to make crop fertilizers. He said: “It is hard to describe how it feels being so far down, you lose all track of time and the air is very dry, you always feel thirsty. There is the possibility of a gas leak from chemicals such as methane, hydrogen sulphide carbon dioxide as well the risk of a landslide. The danger element is part of the fun and it’s a special feeling being somewhere very few people have seen.”
Most artists use Photoshop to erase the flaws in their work, but not Martin De Pasquale. his Argentinian artistis currently an art director in an advertising agency but he is slowly gaining worldwide renown for his surreal digital art. In his world, you don’t take a bite out of an apple, it takes a bite out of you. You can unscrew your head or drag it through the streets, you can also sit sideways on a lamppost and ride an invisible bicycle. Heck you can even shave your face with a lawnmower if you like. Martin’s ideas are wacky and his execution is perfect. He is one up-and-coming artist we should all watch out for.
Guillermo Caballa is an uber talented woodland photographer currently based in Vigo, Spain. Most of his portfolio are shots taken from the forest of Galicia. A rather significant number of them also feature his direwolf, er, dog Malu. Guillermo loves taking shots of foggy forests with his trusty Olympus E-M5. The fog should’ve made his shots spooky, but it doesn’t. Instead, it lends the image a tranquil atmosphere. At least until winter comes.