Have you ever said ‘hi’ to a person on the street and realized to your horror that they only look like someone you know? Canadian photographer François Brunelle is fascinated by this worldwide phenomena of look-alike that he created an entire series of portraits featuring strangers with uncanny resemblance to each other. He calls his series “I’m not a look-alike!“. The subjects, who are unrelated to each other, posed as one would when having a family portrait taken. The similarities of his subjects were further enhanced by their identical clothes and expressions.
Roman Sakovich is the London-based photographer who conceived, produced, and shot the series “Half” while still a photography student at the Arts University College in Bournemouth. Roman wanted to show the devastating effects of drug abuse and provide a vivid contrast with a clean-cut version of the same person. He had the right side of his models dressed in corporate attire, and the left side dressed as a junkie in dire need of a fix. The difference is startling, to say the least. Kudos to his make-up artist for making the bruises, bags, wrinkles, and needle marks look realistic. His other portraits, while not as dramatic as “Half” are just as thought-provoking.
Stanislav Aristov’s match art was born when he was unable to come up with an idea for a photo competition. He lit a match (out of boredom, I assume, since he doesn’t smoke) and observed the patterns formed by the flame. He found out that the burned wood also had artistic potential. He has had no professional exhibitions yet, but his work is slowly getting international attention over the internet.
Dave Engledow is the “World’s Best Father”, at least according to his coffee mug. But if his photographs are to be believed, he’s due for a visit from the authorities. According to him, his wacky photos were simply a way for him to deal with his personal fears and neuroses as a new father. Ever since the birth of his daughter, Alice Bee in 2010, he has been creatively inspired to document the memorable moments of her life in their family. His wife Jen also had a hand in setting up the shots behind his “World’s Best Father” series.
At four millimeters in length, the Peacock Spider is hard to find. Once found, dedicated searchers will be rewarded with what is perhaps one of the most colorful, if not, the most colorful of all the arachnids.It is not just the brilliant coloration that earned the spiders their name. The male’s elaborate mating dance starts with a little leg-waving, segues into some abdominal gyrations coupled with displays of bristled back legs. The finale is the raising of the two magnificently colored flaps done with a little jig. It’s the final act that justified adding “peacock” to their common name. Dr. Jurgen Otto, an arachnologist, delights in capturing the Peacock Spider’s antics with his camera.
Dave Morrow is a photographer first, and a teacher second. He travels the world looking for that perfect shot. His impressive portfolio includes landscapes, cityscapes, and nightscapes. His shots of the night sky in particular, are quite impressive. He has even published a tutorial for the aspiring enthusiast. A hefty bit of the credit for the excellent quality of his star photos goes to Dave’s post processing technique, but it a great camera and the best digital editing software won’t get you anywhere if you simply don’t have the talent to recognize and take a great shot when you see it.
Minimalist isn’t very popular with a lot of photographers nowadays. Each shot is crammed with as much detail as it could hold. The result, while not altogether unpleasant, isn’t very relaxing to the eye. Animal photographer Andre Villeneuve has taken a different approach. Often, his shots contain nothing but the animal itself and its reflection. Andre is, by nature, an intuitive and spontaneous person who does his best to convey emotions through his photographs.
Julian Wolkenstein is a London-based photographer from Australia who is best known for his advertising photos. Julian obtained his Associate’s degree in photography in 1996 and after working a few years as an assistant, he started working for himself. One of his most popular series consists of a trio of people posing for portraits with comical shadows, another is his series ‘Echoism’ which was basically a work of pure symmetry. He currently divides his time between Melbourne, Sydney, and London.