Lee Bothma describes himself as an adventurous person who love to travel and explore the remote areas of South Africa. He hopes to find the few remaining untouched places in South Africa. Known for its sweeping vistas and wildlife, there’s no better place for a promising landscape and wildlife photographer. Lee said: “I have a great love for the African bush and all its small curiosities that most overlook, from the little guys crossing the roads to the towering elephants that sculpt our landscape, and this love for the wild has transformed an interest in photography into a love and deep passion for me.”
Michael J. Quinn is a self-taught photographer whose goal is to capture awe-inspiring landscapes. His passion for photography blossomed in his teens when his mother gave him an SLR camera as a birthday gift. A family trip to Colorado affected him deeply and he vowed one day to return and capture its beauty on film. Life put his dream on hold as he pursued a career in Engineering and had started a family. Another trip to Colorado sparked his dream back to life and he hasn’t stopped looking through the lens ever since.
Temari, also known as ‘gotenmari’, are traditional New Year’s gifts for children in Japan. It takes a lot of patience, dexterity, and precision to make one of these colorful handballs. Qualities which the 92-year-old grandmother of photographer NanaAkua apparently doesn’t lack. NanaAkua’s grandmother learned the technique in the 60’s and she has been making one ever since. She currently has a selection of over 500 intricately designed handballs with absolutely no pattern repeating itself.
You can check out more of her work at NanaAkua’s Flickr account.
Andrew Osokin is a Russian photographer who loves capturing close-up shots of snowflakes. With all that snow in Moscow, it’s easy enough for him to pick and choose a subject. His camera of choice is a Nikon D80 and a Nikon D90 DSLR fitted with a 60mm or 90mm macro lens. Some of the snowflakes he’s captured are in the process of melting which gives them even weirder shapes. Each of Andrew’s shots are so amazingly detailed one might almost mistake them for computer generated images.
Justin Hofman is an underwater photographer, videographer, and naturalist who loves to document the fast-vanishing landscapes of Antartica. He said: “The planet’s polar regions are warming at incredible rates. Who knows what these areas will look like in 50-100 years? Abstract shapes. Brilliant blues. Who doesn’t like getting lost in a chaos of crystals?” His incredible half-submerged underwater shots of whales, penguins on ice floes, and icebergs set him apart form other nature photographers. If you ever want to give him words of wisdom or encouragement, suggestions, or a million-dollar donation, please feel free to contact him on his site linked at the bottom of the page.
While other artists use pigments to paint, Nicolas Rivals uses light. His work isn’t exactly a painting as it is an photo captured through long exposure then flipped to create a sort of Rorschach image made of light. Nicolas has another series of light paintings featuring a bright circle of light floating in the middle of an urban setting. He said: “There is always hope that even in the depths of night a glimmer will appear. Light is never as reassuring as the anguish of the shadow. A little light, a little sense, would for a moment, make the chaos disappear”. Nicolas lives and works in Paris, France.
Torgeir Berge is the devoted human of an uber friendly German shepherd named Tinni. As the two were taking their accustomed afternoon walk in the woods, they met an abandoned baby fox. Surprisingly, instead of having the baby fox for an afternoon snack, Tinni made friends with it. The incident inspired Torgeir to support the banning of hunting foxes for their fur. He is now working on a book together with writer Berit Helberg which will be called The Fox And The Dog. Torgeir, Tinni, and Sniffer all live in Norway where they continue to have afternoon walks in the woods.
Martin Tremblay is a Canadian photographer who was recently commissioned by the fashion magazine Schön! to create a rather unusual series. The series entitled “Fortune Cookies” feature nattily dressed models in posing in Chinatown. What makes the whole series unusual is that these models are on their heads. I sure hope it’s simply a trick of photography, otherwise those models are in for a killer headache.
Animal Earth is a book which explores the diverse life forms that can be found all over Earth. This coffee table treat makes it clear that each species is an essential part of the ecosystem and protecting animal diversity is protecting the delicate cycle of life that supports us all. Alexander Semenov is the man behind the glorious underwater shots in Animal Earth. He is the Head of the Scientific Divers team stationed at the White Sea Biological Station in Russia. As such, he has free reign to take as many shots as he wants of these shy underwater creatures. I’m glad he did, as I personally don’t want to get close to something with that many legs, no matter how rare or colorful it is.
Joseph Ford is the artist behind these creative mash-ups that seamlessly combines aerial photography with textiles. The series was inspired by Joseph’s recent trip to Mauritius, Morocco, and Sicily where he spent his time flying around in a helicopter taking aerial shots of the terrain below. According to one website: “The combination of images creates a fascinating interaction, highlighting the appeal of each image, which would have been less remarkable on their own.” Joseph has a degree in French and Italian at the University of Cambridge. He got his first break as a photographer in 2004 with an advertising campaign for TBWA Paris. When not abroad for photo shoots, he lives in Brighton, UK.