Lincoln Harrison does more than just stargaze, he captures the sparkly heavenly bodies as they make their slow journey across the night sky. For someone who got into the hobby ‘accidentally’, he sure does spends a great deal of time and effort to get things right. Lincoln simply wanted to take some pictures of stuff he wanted to sell online, a week later, he had all the necessary equipment for a full-blown photo shoot. These days, he takes landscape photos at least twice a week. He only breaks out his camera at night when the conditions for nighttime photography are perfect. His star trails are actually a product of using long exposures, and clever zooming technique. He then combines the two images into a unified whole during post-production. Lincoln’s photographs reminds me of Van Gogh’s the Starry Night.
Marko Korosec is a storm chaser who puts his life in the line every time he takes pictures of supercell thunderstorms. Supercell thunderstorms are tornado-generating, hail-producing, cloud formations that may easily be mistaken as an alien invasion. Marko, who originally hails from Slovenia, took these awesome pictures during a month-long expedition into the U.S.A’s tornado alley. When not chasing superstorms, Marko also captures lightning strikes. During an interview on Daily Mail, he said: “I usually observe storms in as safe a position as possible, to avoid any dangerous conditions which could cause us damage or to the vehicle. Storm chasing usually means a lot of moving around, remaining in one position for some time and then moving when storm gets closer.”
Franck Bohbot was born in France in 1980. He grew up in a musically-inclined family and he even took up drums and played in a band until his 20s. Franck has a [articular interest in the relationship that people have with architecture which led him to create his series “Respect the Architect”. In this series, he captured the essence of several well-known structures outstanding for both their scale as well as architecture. His particular style in capturing the images gives the viewer an awesome perspective. Franck currently divides his time between New York and France.
Lucia Giacani is an Italian photographer who has made quite a mark in fashion photography. One of her most recent series, aptly titled “Under My Skin”, features models posing alongside skinned replicas of animals. The photos were featured in Vogue Italia. Lucia was born in Jesi, Italy but grew up in Rome. She graduated from the prestigious Advanced Institute for the Artistic Industries where her photographic exploits won her numerous accolades and awards. She currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.
Some might say that animal photography is a cinch. All it takes to get a great photo is to point your camera at something young, furry, and warm-blooded and then BOOM! cute picture. If you ask animal photographer Britta Meven, great pictures don’t ‘just happen’, they’re made. Britta hails from Austria and his collection of landscape and animal photography is just awesome. I bet it took a combination of patience, great timing, and a great ‘eye’ for composition to get those wonderful shots.
Chris Arnade is a photographer who has managed to integrate himself into Hunts Point – one of the most dangerous areas in New York. Hunts Point is one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Most residents are victims of the vicious cycle of poverty, drug addiction, and prostitution from which few ever manage to escape. It is here that he met a talented young man named Jose Garcia. Chris saw Jose and his friends do a few death-defying backflips off parked trucks and decided to approach the young man to ask permission for a picture. Thus was born the series Jose the Amazing. Chris said: “I have come to grow very fond of Jose and his friends, and [we] have done many photo shoots together. [They] are big fans of Parkour, Hip-hop, and Anime. They are fighting against an area where the pressures of poverty, drugs, and limited opportunity weigh heavily.” You can also check out his series Faces of Addiction.
“Pucker” is a slightly sadistic series by David Wile and April Maciborka which features toddlers biting into a slice of lemon for the first time. The sadistic part is that they left out the salt and tequila in the experiment. No wonder the tiny tots displayed reactions ranging from shock, to disbelief, to betrayal. The adorable little girl pictured above seems to be the only one delighted about the whole thing. Said the duo: “Lemons can be a great source of entertainment. Especially when you give babies the opportunity to taste them for the first time!”
Nicky Bay can be described as a arachnoid-macrophotographer. He specializes in extreme close-ups of just about every spider he can find. Who would have ever thought spiders actually looked cute up close? Well, maybe except for the Bird Dung Spider, and that horned thing down there that looks like an alien larva. That being said. the next time, instead of reaching for a rolled-up newspaper at the sight of one, I’ll reach for my camera. Nicky currently lives and works in Singapore.
With the help of co-conspirator/photographer Jordan Nakamura, Joshua and Rachel Watson created some of the most awesome wedding and reception invitations I have ever seen. Joshua is also a photographer, and together with Jordan, went about accurately re-creating famous movie posters and turned them into invitations. Some of the images were also on the DVD case covers that they gave out as tokens to their guests. Looking at the invitations, I’m sure they had a lot of fun conceptualizing, shooting, and editing the invitations.
Sebastian Magnani took a great deal of pictures of dogs and their humans in a a series he called “Underdog”. Not surprisingly, most of the dogs resemble their owners, or maybe vice versa. All it took was a little bit of clever digital manipulation, a couple of wigs, and viola: a human-canine look-alike. I must admit, I’m partial to the canine versions - probably because they’re fluffier. When asked about the project, Sebastoian said: “It is undisputed that the canines not only stir emotions and interest, but also our inner most needs. Dogs are considered loyal, selfless, trustworthy, life saving, fun and proud companions in a world where these values are gradually disappearing.“