Alex MacLean is a veteran aerial photographer who has been photographing the rural landscape since 1975. He has a Master’s degree in architecture and flying was his way of performing site analysis. He was captivated by what he saw while up in the sky “in part because of its natural response to environmental conditions, climates, soils and topography.” According to MacLean: “There’s nothing like flying in a small aircraft with the window open and watching the dramatic and quickly changing landscape evolve. You can go from a dense urban area to wilderness in a matter of moments”. MacLean is lives and works in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Candice Sedighan is a young, up-and-coming photographer from Los Angeles, California. Thus far, her portfolio is basically a dog lovers’ dream. It’s mainly adorable snapshots of her dog Champ with an occassional portrait of her sister’s dog Pugsly thrown in. She said: “I really like to capture the true essence with dogs, which is that they’re always so happy. The time Champ and I spend together, he’s just always beaming with happiness and you can really see that through my photos.” Champ got her started in photography when she was thirteen. To date, she has taken more than 20,000 pictures of her canine buddy. She has also won around $5,000 in photography contests. Her photos have also been featured in at least three Hallmark cards.
Japanese artist Maiko Akiba gave us a glimpse of the future with her series “100 Years Later”. The series features artificially aged everyday gadgets, clothing, and objects. Among the aged objects are: a digital camera, shoes, a coat, jewelry, boots, an accordion, a vending machine, and a calculator. The aging was artfully done with what Maiko calls “aging paint” which is basically fake rust and artificial moss/lichen. It’s basically a homage to today’s accelerated culture where the hottest gadgets today become obsolete in a matter of months.
With Sergey Ivanov as your wedding photographer, you can expect a wacky and fun-filled wedding album. His work has allowed him to travel to travel all over Europe. Most of his images rely heavily on post-production manipulation, but one can’t argue with the results. The only thing his unique wedding photographs have in common with the more traditional ones is the classic, white wedding dress. Everything else is a study in creativity.
Bakonyi Bence is a Hungarian photographer who is known for his strikingly crisp and realistic images with a surreal twist. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in photography at Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. In his series “Nameless”, a bunch of objects (plus a rather small dog) is captured as they fall. The whole series elicits a feeling of wonderment. Bakonyi currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.
The skewed, top-down perspective isn’t something new in the world of photography but Christian Åslund’s wide angle shots certainly gave it a new twist. His series of photographs for the shoe brand Jim Rickey had models lying flat on the streets of Hong Kong pretending to walk, sit, and hang on to perfectly upright objects. The height from which these photos were taken sets it apart from other series utilizing this unique perspective. This amusing series is a tribute to the old-school 2D computer games.
Cameron Davidson is a multi-award winning aerial photographer. His work has been featured in multiple prestigious publications such as National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Smithsonian Magazine, Audobon Magazine, and Ducks Unlimited. He has taken aerial shots from all over the world. It helps that Cameron is a pilot himself and doesn’t have to rely on commercial aircraft for his incredible shots. When not in the air, Cameron also takes portraits. He is currently based in Washington D.C.
Alessandro Venier grew up in Pordenone, Italy. This 26-year old photographer has extensive experience in digital post-production, photojournalism, and still-lifes. He has recently started collecting images for a book. The idea is to capture the fast vanishing traditional crafts and the people who still engage in them. Those ‘women and men, witnesses and architects of a world that, despite the difficulties, and the modernization continue to exist.’ Alessandro want to look forward into the future, without forgetting the past.
Jean-Paul Loyer is a Paris-based photographer who specializes in child photography. Jean-Paul had no formal training and what he knows of photography, he taught himself. He must be a pretty good teacher since the quality of his work rivals those of professionals. His series “Campagnes enfant Jack n’a qu’un Oeil” is a poignant reminder of the fun and imaginative world of our childhood. Jean-Paul currently lives and works in Paris, France.
Mark Bridger describes himself as an “enthusiastic amateur photographer”. Judging by the quality of his work, he could definitely be right up there with the pros. His wife started him on photography when she bought him his first camera as a birthday present. His main interest is nature photography and, lucky for him, he lives a few miles south east of London where he can shoot owls, frogs, kingfishers, and bugs to his heart’s content.