Michael Light is an aerial photographer currently based in San Francisco. He focuses on the relationship between contemporary American culture and the environment. Michael uses large format cameras to take breathtaking photos of landscapes as he flies over them. The bird’s-eye-view perspective of his shots highlight how urban expansion is forever changing the landscape. Once arid deserts are being converted into neatly landscaped suburbia. Michael’s work has been exhibited both on the national as well as the international level. His work is also displayed in The New York Public Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Getty Research Library,and the the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Seth Taras is a veteran photographer with plenty of international awards under his belt as a testament to his skill and vision. He was recently commissioned by The History Channel to do a series entitled “Know Where You Stand”. The series aims to ‘act as a reminder of the past’s significance in our everyday lives, and the important role history plays in our future’. In the series, Taras expertly juxtaposed authentic World War II images over shots taken in modern times of the same places. This gives the viewer a thoughtful, if not chilling, reminder of the history behind common, everyday places most of us take for granted.
Photographer Maciej Dakowicz travels around the world with his camera at the ready to capture those unique, unrehearsed, and unplanned shots. He is originally from Poland and has a PhD in computer science, but he turned his back on all that and now focuses on photography. Maciej, or “Magic” as he is known to his non-Polish friends, is currently based in Mumbai, India. As his well-worn passport and impressive photo library can attest, he has been all over the globe hoping to capture improbable visual coincidences. Last year, he gained international renown with his book “Cardiff After Dark” which documented the alcohol and emotion-fueled nightlife in Cardiff, Wales.
It would not surprise me to learn that Polish street photographer Maciej Dakowicz has run out of available pages in his passport. Currently based in Mumbai, the computer science PhD abandoned a career in technology to instead focus on his street photography, a decision that has lead him to far-flung communities around the globe seeking incredible once-in-a-lifetime encounters. Sorting through his staggering library of some 5,500 photos is to take a journey through vastly differening cultures, miraculous visual coincidences, and impropable moments in time both amusing and terrifying.
Jim Golden is a Portland-based photographer who has worked with a lot of big brands like Yahoo, ESPN, and Nike. He learned the ropes in New York where he worked as a high-end compositor and visual effects specialist in the competitive, and fast-paced world of advertising photography. After mastering his craft, he moved to Portland where he opened a studio of his own where he specializes in “creating striking imagery that strives to capture the essence of his subjects”. One of his most recent series features a collection of objects neatly and meticulously laid out in a plain background which highlights the differences between the objects as well as the common theme that binds them together. The series started out with Jim’s impressive collection of scissors and grew to include shots of locks, speakers, camping gear, flotsam, cameras gear, cellphones, eight-track tapes and more.
Alex Stoddard grew up in Florida and started taking portraits of himself in his backyard when he was sixteen. At seventeen, Alex joined the 365-day Project where his talent at capturing striking images was immediately noticed. The project involved taking one picture a day, everyday, for one year. According to him: “I wanted more than anything to improve and to improve quickly, and I had seen several others embark upon their own 365 projects and witnessed the growth from their first photo in the set to their last. I wanted that growth for myself, and so I started taking a photo each day. Another part of it was this almost subconscious need for completion. I’d never finished anything in my life up to that point. I’d always given up when things became too difficult. I wanted to be able to prove to myself that I was capable of finishing something I started.”. Alex currently lives in California.
Chris Ozer is a former jazz pianist who decided to dabble in a bit of a photography. His pastime became a hobby which turned into a profession. Chris is always on the lookout for that one, perfect shot. He has a careful eye for lighting which helps set the mood in his shots. A lot of his portraits feature subjects with their backs to the camera, and while this may be a fatal flaw to some, Chris makes it look good. A lot of big names are apparently impressed with Chris’s work. His list of clients include industry giants like Nike, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, PayPal, and Johnnie Walker. Chris is currently based in New York where he also lives with his wife and two sons.
Théo Gosselin is a young, up-and-coming French photographer who has a knack for capturing the raw emotions of youth. He carefully takes lighting into account which helps set the mood for his photos. The result is an uncomplicated, earnest, and candid look at his subjects which often evokes an emotional response from the viewer. Théo’s motto “Live fast, love hard” is often evident in his photography.
With contrasting patterns and loud colors, Madame Peripetie’s work doesn’t just grab your attention, it takes it by the shoulders and gives it a good shake. In her series ‘Patchwork’, she experimented with fabrics, patterns, and blond models to produce a fashion statement that some might accurately call eccentric. Her real name is Sylwana Zyburay and she has a masters degree in applied linguistics and a B.A. in photography. She is of Polish ancestry and is currently based in Germany where she worked with high-profile clients such as H, LAB, Neo2, + ing Japan, Beijing Art, and Photo Masterskaja Russia. To explain her attention-grabbing style, she said: “I was never interested in depicting reality as it is – the escapism and interdisciplinary hybrid-thinking has always been fascinating me.”
Macrophotography has always been a challenge for both professional and amateur photographers alike. You have to reconcile the blurry background with zoomed-in subject. To capture the images for his Dewdrops series, Amit Vakil used a tripod, a Canon 550d DSLR camera in conjunction with a Canon 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens. He also tweaked his aperture settings a bit, preferring a large one for a more out-of focus background. He said: “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” Amit Vakil is currently lives and works in India.
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.