Exquisite Mushroom Photography by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

By on October 29, 2014, in Photography

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Vyacheslav Mishchenko is an avid mushroom photographer. Her passion for both mushrooms and photography was inspired by her father, also an avid mushroom hunter. She gets up at the crack of dawn to capture these exquisite images under the soft light of dawn. She calls the mushrooms Little Heroes and compares them to aliens from other planets. She said: “Even ordinary mushrooms have elegant and delicate shapes. I invite you to an exciting  journey with me and my viewfinder to experience a new world of mushrooms.”

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Judging a Book by Its Cover – Composite Images by Joel Parés

By on October 28, 2014, in Photography

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Joel Parés is a former US Marine who used to shoot people with a rifle. These days, he shoots them with a camera. During his travels as a Marine, he cultivated his passion and skills in photography. He is the photographer behind this eye-opening series which highlights the hard-wired prejudices that we have. We tend to make a snap judgement about a person we just met based solely on their ethnicity, economic status, and sexual preferences. He said: “Many of us judge incorrectly by someone’s ethnicity, by their profession, and by their sexual interest,” Parés told PetaPixel. “The purpose of this series is to open our eyes and make us think twice before judging someone, because we all judge even if we try not to.

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Stunning Vistas – Aerial Photographs by Sarah Martinet

By on October 27, 2014, in Photography

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Sarah Martinet’s aerial pictures of Iceland will have most netizens screaming “FAAAKE!”. They look like something our of a Tolkien or George R. R. Martin novel. Sweeping vistas of seemingly untouched land dotted here and there by snow and crisscrossed by brilliantly blue rivers and streams. One can almost imagine the battle for middle Earth happening right in the middle of the shot. The shots were taken from an open-window airplane as it zoomed over the Icelandic countryside.

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A Hundred Thousand Tries – Smoke Photography by Thomas Herbrich

By on October 18, 2014, in Photography

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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.”

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Alienation – Images by Anelia Loubser

By on October 16, 2014, in Photography

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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’ .

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A Glimpse of Hong Kong’s Past – Photography by Fan Ho

By on October 14, 2014, in Photography

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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”.

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Blast – Images by Naoya Hatakeyama

By on October 8, 2014, in Photography

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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.

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The Ginger With A Camera – More Images by Handy Andy Pandy

By on October 6, 2014, in Photography

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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.

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Skewed Serenity – Images by Nikita Sergyshkin

By on October 2, 2014, in Photography

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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.

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Beneath Your Feet – Underground Photography by Jaromír Chalabala

By on October 1, 2014, in Photography

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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.

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