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.
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.
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.
These tornado-inspired works of art were created by Martin Kimbell, a creative photographer from England. Kimbell uses a combination of long exposure photography and rings of LED lights to produce these geometrically pleasing effect.Th effect is further heightened by the darkened background as Martin prefers to shoot at night or dusk. Martin was inspired by the works of Stu Jenkins who used fire and light to create similar images.
Chase Jarvis is a visionary American photographer who recently went on a jaunt to Dubai and the images he came back with are epic. According to him, he has made it his life’s goal to be as creative as possible towards everything he endeavors. He describes himself as a lover of photography, film, music, and crows – for some reason. Chase is thankful for the boatload of awards he has won for his work but he can’t help but wonder if the jury was rigged. He said: “I was transparent long before it was hip to be so, and I believe deeply in teamwork, community, and collaboration.”. Also, he has a hankering to swim the English Channel.
Lisa Holloway is the proud mother of her twelve kids. While some mothers may consider it a chore to take care of a dozen kids in rural Arizona, Lisa thrives in it. She even manages to indulge in her passion for photography. One of the perks of having loads of kids is having loads of subjects for your photographs. Her portraits of her children have won multiple international awards and published both online and in print.
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.