It took German photographer Thomas Herbrich more than a hundred thousand tries to capture a few awesome smoke images. The fleeting nature of smoke made difficult for him to capture the images he wanted using conventional techniques and equipment. It wasn’t until he switched to using high-speed cameras that he finally started getting images that were of any use. Nevertheless, it took him around three months to get the twenty images he wanted. He said: “The rising of cigarette-smoke is actually so quick that conventional flash equipment is too slow, as is the photographer, only a few milliseconds pass between recognition of the subject and the taking of the shot, a length of time in which the smoke has already changed again.”
Who would have ever thought than an ordinary human face would look so different when turned upside-down? Anelia Loubser’s series “Alienation” are simple black and white portraits of human faces turned upside-down. She only featured the bridge of the nose, the eyes and the forehead. The result looks like something that might be featured in supermarket tabloid as a ‘sighting’ of otherworldly creatures. Anelia’s series is but a basic demonstration of the concept: ‘If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’ .
Fan Ho is a critically acclaimed Chinese photographer who rose to fame with his gritty portraits of life in Hong Kong in the 60s. Ho was confronted with unique challenges by the superstitions in Hong Kong at that time. Some of the superstitious locals believed that having your picture taken somehow trapped a piece of you spirit. He was once confronted by a butcher with a cleaver in his hand who demanded to have his spirit back. To date, Fan Ho has won more than 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions the world over. He was also rated as one of the “Most Infuential Asian Photographers” by Invisible Photographers, Asia. He is planning to publish a new book called: “Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memorial”.
Using remote-controlled cameras, Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama has managed to take these awesome images of Japan’s limestone blasting operations from point-blank range. His series “Blast” began in 1995 but his interest in the mining operations really started when he was a young boy growing up in the northeast coast of Japan. The area was rich in limestone and the quarries blasted the cliffs daily. Naoya was impressed with the engineers’ ability to predict the exact placement of his motor-driven Nikon camera. Close enough to capture the moment of the actual blast, but far away enough to avoid any high velocity debris. “Blast” is one of Hatakeyama’s best-known series and it has been frequently exhibited in museum exhibitions worldwide.
It’s rather rare for an artist to be featured twice here on Pondly, but as they say, to every rule, an exception. Handy Andy Pandy is a freelance Australian photographer who’s nearly done with his 365-day challenge. It’s a good thing he’s chock full of fun and wacky ideas, the 365-day challenge takes it toll on even the most creative souls. Andy said: “I’m in the midst of a 365 Project, pushing myself each and every day to do crazy things through photography & Photoshop! I also get a kick out of creating impossible photographs and optical illusions that leave people scratching their heads and asking ‘How’d you do that?’ The things you can do with Photoshop never cease to blow my mind!” When not punching himself in the face, he contributes to the F Stop Lounge, an the online photography site.
Nikita Sergyshkin is the artist and photographer from Minks, Belarus who is responsible for these beautifully serene photographs. I love the skewed geometry of her photographs. She can take the most boring and ordinary building or landscape and turn it into a compelling piece of art. The black and white photographs somehow give off a dreamy feel to the whole series. I can’t wait to see more of her work.
Jaromír Chalabala braved the complex and danger-filled underground sewage system of Prague in the Czech Republic. I must say, for a sewage system, it’s surprisingly well-lighted. A fact that helps Jaromír take some of the most dramatic pictures of a sewage system ever. The surprising well-kept tunnels does have mud and silt (at least I hope it was just silt), but thanks to the excellent lighting system (and Jaromír photographic talents), they’re not too creepy. Nevertheless, it’s not exactly a place you’d want to visit and thanks to Jaromír’s, you won’t have to.
These tornado-inspired works of art were created by Martin Kimbell, a creative photographer from England. Kimbell uses a combination of long exposure photography and rings of LED lights to produce these geometrically pleasing effect.Th effect is further heightened by the darkened background as Martin prefers to shoot at night or dusk. Martin was inspired by the works of Stu Jenkins who used fire and light to create similar images.
Chase Jarvis is a visionary American photographer who recently went on a jaunt to Dubai and the images he came back with are epic. According to him, he has made it his life’s goal to be as creative as possible towards everything he endeavors. He describes himself as a lover of photography, film, music, and crows – for some reason. Chase is thankful for the boatload of awards he has won for his work but he can’t help but wonder if the jury was rigged. He said: “I was transparent long before it was hip to be so, and I believe deeply in teamwork, community, and collaboration.”. Also, he has a hankering to swim the English Channel.
Lisa Holloway is the proud mother of her twelve kids. While some mothers may consider it a chore to take care of a dozen kids in rural Arizona, Lisa thrives in it. She even manages to indulge in her passion for photography. One of the perks of having loads of kids is having loads of subjects for your photographs. Her portraits of her children have won multiple international awards and published both online and in print.