Felix Salazar is an LA-based photographer and composer. His underwater macro shots of corals and anemones are breathtakingly detailed. Who would have ever thought flowers that bloomed beneath the waves of the sea were this colorful? Felix cheated a bit though, these weren’t taken ‘neath the waves of an actual sea. These corals are residents of huge salt-water aquariums. A cynic may scream “PHOTOSHOP!!!” at the colors of the corals, but these pics were the ones he got ‘just right’, culled from the hundreds of mediocre attempts.
Emmy Lou Virginia is a Vancouver-based natural light photographer, who specializes in lifestyle photography. She loves to capture the euphoria of girls caught in a sunset, the joy of a father tossing his child in the air and catching him again, the way people in love look at each other, and how hands fit together.
Mikko Lagerstedt may be self-taught, but the quality of his work is that of a professional. He started getting serious with his photography in December 2008. He loves the way it gives him a different perspective on the world. For him, the most important thing in his photos is the feeling it gives the viewer. His first exhibition was in 2011and he’s currently working on his next one. He lives and works in Finland.
Roeselien Raimond has a passion for nature photography. In her series “Fox in the Snow”, she has has given us small glimpses of the day-to-day life of the most secretive of nature’s creatures. She has captured foxes at play, grooming one another, hunting, swimming, and dozing in the autumn sun. She said: “I’m just a fan of the more complex, layered characters. Every fox has his own character, which keeps me fascinated.”
Essa Al Mazroee is a 19-year-old photographer who hails from the United Arab Emirates. He has spent the last four years dabbling in photography and it looks like she’s more than just getting the hang of it. Animal photography is made difficult by the fact that you can’t ask your subject to pose. Perfect timing and a lot of patience are needed to capture that perfect shot. From the look of Essa’s photographs, he’s well on his way to becoming one of the premiere animal photographers. It also helps that his subjects are some of the cutest critters in the animal kingdom.
Rob Kesseler merged art and science when he took these amazingly detailed photographs of microscopic flora. The technique in capturing these amazing shots is a bit more complicated than just pointing the lens and pressing the shutter button. First, the plant material was given a fine coating of gold and photographed with a scanning electron microscope. Next, the images were treated with washes and layers of color to bring out the each detail. The results looked a lot like a viruses but they’re actually just pollen, seed, and fruit.
In 1963, Andy Prokh was born in the small rural town of Ural in Russia. He is an economist by profession but was always a photographer at heart. He started engaging in professional photography around seven years ago. His favorite subjects are himself, his daughter Katya, and his cat Tom. Katya and Tom are usually posed in wacky shots that highlight the contrast (or in some cases, the similarity) between a girl and a cat. In case you aren’t wearing your glasses, the cat’s the one on the right.
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.