When he was ten years old, Sidney Kaplan was hypnotized while watching a black-and-white print develop in a darkroom. Thus began his lifelong passion for photography. He studied photography at New York’s School of Industrial Arts. After working for a well-known custom lab in New York, he opened his very own darkroom in Madison Square Park. His skill in developing film has become almost legendary and his darkroom has become a hangout of many famous photographers.
Joshua Lambus is an underwater photographer who is one of the pioneers of blackwater diving photography. It involves scuba diving during the night in order to capture the shy, seldom-seen, and nocturnal sea critters. According to him, he never cared much for modeling and posed portrait. He prefers photographing a moving, shifting, living, and dying subject. He said: “My photos are to show people things they haven’t seen before… or maybe things they see all the time… in a way they’ve never cared to look”
Flora Borsi is a 20-year-old Hungarian photographer whose creativity is making waves on the web. She has been dabbling in digital manipulation since 2004, but her photography didn’t really take off until 2007. In 2008, she won a ‘half-professional’ (her words, not mine) camera on a photo contest. She has been using it ever since. Her work features cleverly manipulated images. One of my favorites is a series which openly mocks the tools and features found in Photoshop. She also has a series called Real Life Models where she created a digital image of what she imagines the models of famous paintings look like. The paintings she happens to pick out belong to Picasso, Rudolf Hausner, and Kees van Dongen; so you can just picture out how her ‘imagined’ models turned out.
Jared Lim is a Singapore-based photographer whose series “Urban Exploration” highlights the beauty of architectural symmetry. The series focuses on the multitude of fascinating patterns found in urban architecture. He said: “I have always loved geometry, lines, curves, pattern and abstract designs. Architecture seems like a great way to express them. My added advantage of traveling to most major cities for my work gives me great opportunities. Urban Exploration comprise of my cities shots in colors, monochrome and street photography. Beyond that, I have great interest in other categories of Travel photography. I am passionate about traveling and photography not only allows me to express myself artistically but also to document my journey.”
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Katrin Korfmann is a German photographer who loves taking pictures from a great height. Unable to fly, Katrin utilizes cranes and remote-controlled helicopters to get the angle she craves. The final image is actually a composite of multiple images taken over a period of time. Each one can take months to complete and is composed of around 500 to 2,000 shots. Since the shots are taken at different parts of the day, Katrin has to sync the shadows too. She said: “In the bird’s-eye view people look alike. The idea is to create two dimensions: one when you see it from far away and another when you zoom in and see it from very close. Then you see all the differences: in the clothes they wear, the things they carry.”
Every two years, thousands of people flock to Catalonia, Spain to take part in the Human Towers competition. The objective is to form a Castell (Human Tower) with as many tiers as possible. This amazing feat is a tribute to the contestants strength, balance, and courage. David Oliete has captured some of the most dramatic moments of the contest. David is currently based in his hometown of Tarragona. According to his profile, he loves international journalism, travelling, and chocolate donuts.
Wang Fuchun is a Beijing-based photographer whose incredibly vivid pictures of Chinese passengers on trains has captured the attention of art critics everywhere. Wang became a railway worker after he finished his military service. With his artistic tendencies, he was asked to take photos as part of his job. He has been documenting unique and touching moments on trains ever since. He said: “Trains are loaded with people’s hopes and regrets, I feel really lucky to have been able to take photos on trains.” He also added, “I love trains, railway, and railway passengers. Whenever I get on a train, I get a comfortable feeling, like being at home.”
Manon Wethly is a Belgium-based designer and photographer who keeps an updated Instagram account filled with traditional shots of European landscapes as well as airborne drinks. At first, Manon used her iPhone to take pictures of the flying drinks, but she has recently started using a DSLR to get better images. She has captured some pretty amazing shots of milk and coffee mixing in mid-air, as well as a glass of wine gracefully caught in a breeze. Other liquids she’d let fly include juice, water, and paint. She said: “My eyes are now more than ever set on photography though, with big plans, enlarging my take in the creation or capture through a lens.”
Lesley Ann Ercolano has managed to capture these amazing shots without the help of any intensive post-processing or fancy equipment. Instead, she embraces the Scout’s motto: “Be Prepared”. She is almost never without her camera, always ready to capture the unusual, the unlikely, and the seemingly impossible. She lives in Edinburgh and this is where she captures most of her shots. She said: “The advantages of living in such a fantastic city like Edinburgh are the mix of old and new. History, mystery and a little madness come together to create some magic which is what I love the most.”
Fiddle Oak has a very bright future in photography. Fidlle Oak’s real name is Zev and together with his sister Nellie (and their camera named Betsy), they have created a fascinating world of miniature humans. Their images at at once poignant and thoughtful, teaching the viewer to be careful where they step, lest they crush something infinitely valuable in their haste. The artistic duo are both still in their teens, yet their work put some pros to shame. Fiddle Oak is from the USA.