Joseph OLeary was born and raised in a small, blue-collar town in Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He currently lives and works on his farm outside of Minneapolis. He started his series on bearded men with an unfavorable bias towards men with beards. Facial hair, in pop culture, tend to be viewed as something to hide behind. Joseph’s work clearly shows the extent to which facial hair is not only an extension of a man’s outfit, but their identity as well. He admits that after doing the project, his opinion of men with beards took a 180-degree turn. He found all of them to be “incredibly open, honest, and real”. He said: “It’s a brotherhood. Guys with beards are amazingly comfortable complimenting another man on how his beard looks. I love that.”
Jeremy Veach 23-year-old photographer from Washington. He is also Norm the Pug’s human. Norm doesn’t have opposable thumbs and he makes his human take all his selfies. According to Jeremy, “He loves the pictures and gets really into it, and when there is something he doesn’t like, I can tell, and I just will move on to a new idea.” Jeremy was inspired by Maddie and started taking pictures of Norm when the latter was just eight weeks old. Norm is now a year and a half old and Jeremy will continue posting his adorable mug on Instagram for his 24,000+ followers.
Andy Barter hails from Bowerchalke, England. He is currently based in London where he lives with his partner Laverne Antrobus and their three children. His photographs can be found in loads of prestigious publications. His work have also been featured in numerous awards like Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Benson & Hedges Photographic Awards, Paris Art Directors Club, and the D&AD. One of his more recent series is “Kiss” which, predictably, features two people kissing. the subjects of his photos are a man and a woman, with every possible combination in between. The photos were taken either from the top or from the bottom angle, highlighting the subject’s locked lips.
Emily Blincoe is a photographer from Austin, Texas. Her aptly named “Sugar Series” is basically a collection of sweets grouped by color and artfully arranged against a plain background. She said: “I really enjoy making images. Portraits tend to be my very favorite. There’s something about capturing someone just as they are/were at a particular time, I find that charming.” I guess the whole series is really just a bunch of candy portraits. I love the way she set the candy against a background of the same color. Looking at her work makes me want to check the fridge for something to nibble on.
Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught photographer from Finland. He started dabbling in photography five years ago and fell head-over-heels in love with the craft. According to him, his goal is to “pause the mysterious and atmospheric moments of everyday life”. He also added that: “In our lives, things can go so fast that we forgot to enjoy these moments – if I can make people stop and see it, I have succeeded.” Mikko has been featured in Pondly once before. His landscape photographs are simply awesome. He really knows how to capture the mood.
Cenote Angelita or “Little Angel” is a hidden underwater river in in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The ‘river’ is due to a phenomenon called a halocline. Water with different salinity form layers underwater. Cenote Angelita is actually made of fresh water until about 29 meters when it switches to a 1-meter layer of hydrogen sulfide, after which the entire cave bottom is filled with saltwater from 30 to 60 meters deep. Diver and underwater photographer Anatoly Beloshchin has documented this phenomenon in great detail. He never dives without his trusty camera, some lights, and a fishing pole – just in case.
Alex Greenshpun is an extremely talented photographer well worth watching out for. Her gallery in deviantART is chock full of her outstanding photographs. She does macrophotography, black and white, and animal photography. She even has a few portraits thrown in for good measure. Now, beagles and golden retrievers are adorable from just about any angle, but Alex does them justice with her perfect angle and focus.According to her website: “In photography, [Alex] finds not only an art-form, but a language that enables her to express the way the world is seen through her very heart”
Nick Frank finds inspiration everywhere. His specializes in architecture photography and with his penchant for finding the perfect angles, it seems he just can’t go wrong. According to him, his photography is not about showing the reality, it is always my personal subjective view. He loves shooting with a wide angle lens since it compresses the center with interesting results in the outer part of the image. Nick is interested in both portrait and architecture and has yet to decide which specific area of photography to pursue.
Jellyfish are some of the last things you would want to see in the beach. They’re icky, they’re slimy, and they sting. The only way they could possibly get worse was if they could fly. Well, Russian photographer Alexander Semenov has apparently photographed a few specimens doing just that. He has spent the better part of his career documenting oceanic wildlife. Alexander is a zoologist who specializes in the study of invertebrates. Underwater photography was just a hobby of his, until he started taking underwater pictures with his old DSLR camera and became fascinated with the results. Don’t worry, jellyfish haven’t yet learned to fly, Alexander’s amazing ‘flying’ jellyfish photographs were actually taken underwater from an upward angle.
Matej Peljhan is a Slovenian photographer and triathlete. An odd combination, certainly, but what’s odder still is that he’s missing an eye and his right arm. When he was ten years old, he was involved in an accident with some explosives left over from World War II.the incident made a huge impact in his life and led him to create his Little Prince series with Luka. The series features a Luka in a variety of whimsical poses, not unlike the protagonist in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novel. Luka is a 12-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy who can’t walk, dress, or feed himself. While Luka’s movements may be severely limited, his imagination is not. He was the one who came up with the ideas for his poses in the series. He lives and works in in Ljubljana, Slovenia with his wife and their three children.