Mining is tedious, hard, and dangerous. Most people go through life unaware of the the environmental impact of this necessary activity. Photographer Dillon Marsh sought to quantify mining as an industry “that has shaped the history and economy of a country so radically” by putting together his “For What It’s Worth” series. The series features a sphere of the metal prominently placed in the crater left behind from the mining process. He also made a couple of images of diamond mines where the size of the diamond mind is laughably small compared to the scar the mining process has inflicted on the landscape. You actually have to zoom in to get a good look at the diamond.
Originally created as an ad campaign for a bank, Oscar Ruíz’s “Erase the Difference” series has opened up a can of worms. Who would have ever thought that there really was a line separating the rich from the poor? Aerial shots of Mexico clearly show this line where opulent apartments and villas sit right next to modest, to sometimes very dilapidated houses belonging to the poorer section. Most of the net would like to think the images are faked, or at least digitally manipulated but the series tagline disproves that. It says: “This image has not been modified. It is time to change that.”. The series challenges society to take a closer look at the inequality that prevails in most developing countries.
Chihiro Otsu is yet another one of those extremely gifted artists who are as talented as they are elusive. All we know about Chihiro is that he’s an excellent photographer and that he’s from Nagoya, Japan. Chihiro’s images are usually close-up portraits of flowers. They’re not even the exotic kind of flowers. Some of them may even be classified as weeds, and yet he manages to show them off in the best light. I’m looking forward to knowing more about this artist as well as seeing more of his work.
Holly Spring is a mother first and a photographer second. Her daughter, Violet, was born with Hirschsprung’s Disease and no left hand. Her left arm ends midway down her wrist. Inspired by these challenges, Holly created a series of images with Violet as the subject to teach her daughter that there are no limits to what she can achieve if she just believes in herself. She said: “My daughter is my muse and my heart that inspires me to follow my passion and share these unique photos and digital art with you.” In one of her shots, her daughter is intentionally shown with the wrong limb missing (the right) for creative purposes and continuity of light and narrative. The image was awarded a Gold at the prestigious NZIPP Epson Iris Awards this year.
J Henry Fair has made it his life’s mission to document the atrocities that mankind has inflicted on mother nature. He has even published a book called The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis. It’s filled with picture after picture of shocking yet beautiful images of pollution. Some may doubt the authenticity of Fair’s color palette but he has repeatedly confirmed that “what one sees in the photos is what was there.” He started taking photographs at the age of fourteen when he nicked his father’s camera. He admits during an interview: “I always had a big mouth, and pretty much always tried to use photography to express myself.”
Those aren’t magnified mineral samples you’re looking at up there. Sarah Schoenfeld, a German photographer and artist, had the bright idea to produce shoot drugs. She put a drop of different drugs (both legal and illegal) onto some pre-exposed negative film before subjecting the said film to the normal photographic processes. The chemical reaction of the drugs to the film has resulted in surprisingly pretty images. Sarah has blown-up the images and compiled them into a 96-page photobook. She said: “Each drop altered the coating of the film and the outcomes are surprisingly amazing.”
William T. Hornaday was a celebrated American zoologist, taxidermist, conservationist, and author. After deacades of dedicating his life to science and nature, he died in 1937. There has been a recent slew of pictures from an anonymous Flickr user who is definitely NOT William T. Hornaday. Nevertheless, the awesomeness of his/her animal portraits pays homage to the real William T. Hornaday. Whether he/she is a professional photographer or a an avid hobbyist one can’t really say, but one can surely tell that NOT William T. Hornaday is definitely a talented photographer.
Julie Fletcher left everything behind to take stunning photographs of the untamed Australian outback. Twelve years ago, Julie packed up and left Sydney behind to embrace her dream of capturing the heart-stopping images of the Australian outback. Her images range from barren deserts to beautiful beaches to endemic wildlife. Her work has received accolades from the National Geographic andother prestigious organizations. In an interview with the Daily Mail, she said: “There is nothing out there but at the same time there is so much if you just see and not just look. This area has made me a better photographer by challenging me all the time. I am constantly looking for a different approach on the same subject.”
Japanese artist Makoto Azuma collaborated with JP Aerospace to capture these no-longer-earth-bound bonsai and bouquet. JP Aerospace is a Sacramento-based volunteer organization that makes and sends vessels into orbit. Makoto and the JP Aerospace team captured these amazing shots of a white pine bonsai and a flora bouquet using helium balloons, styrofoam, a light metal frame, still cameras, six Go Pro video cameras, and a helluva lot of creativity. In an interview, Makoto said: “I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space. I always wanted to travel to space. This is a dream come true.”
Benoit Levac is a culinary photographer based in Montreal, Canada. He enjoys bringing out the rich flavor in life which makes every one of his images is absolutely mouth-watering. Among his customers, Benoit is known for his talent, versatility, discipline, imagination, and attention to detail. Taking a quick snap at your food for FB purposes is easy, but Benoit has elevated this int Fine Art.