Joel Robison is a budding artist who lives in a valley in British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains. According to him: “I love to run, bike, jump, eat and create and I hope that you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it!”. Joel’s imagination is fired up by living as close to the forest as he possibly can. His work is an interesting combination of whimsy, fantasy, and imagination. What’s fun about his work is that the viewer knows that it’s just a product of digital image manipulation, but allows themselves to believe in it anyway.
Handy Andy Pandy is a Melbourne-based, redhead photographer who is currently keeping up with his self-imposed 365-day challenge. For those not familiar with the challenge, the rules are simple. Take a photograph. Once a day, everyday, for 365 days straight! Most who do take on the challenge wash out after several months for lack of time, opportunity, or creativity. Not Handy Andy Pandy though, this guy has creativity out the wazoo. Sometimes, it takes him anywhere between six to seven hours to capture that perfect shot. He said: “I’m smack bang in the middle of a 365 Project and loving it! I’m trying to challenge myself and push myself to grow as a photographer and a photomanipulator”. When not carving a lightning bolt into his forehead, Andy contributes for the online photography site F Stop Lounge. He is also available for freelance work.
Jens Fersterra is a German photographer who has an unerring eye for urban photography. All of his shots capture the grandeur and majesty of each modern-day metropolis. He combines the mood, lighting, and angle perfectly. My favorite ones are those he did in black and white, adding an imposing feel to these modern-day monoliths. Unfortunately, very little is known about the artist himself but I guess the quality of his work speaks for itself.
Elena Shumilova is a mother first and photographer second, but she simply can’t resist snapping these heartwarming shots of her boys bonding with their pets. Elena got her first camera in 2012 and she hasn’t stopped shooting with them ever since. When capturing her subjects on camera, she prefers natural light for both indoor and outdoor shots. She loves everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image – rain, snow, smoke, street and candle lights, fog, and smoke. She said: “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is.”
In this day and age where it’s rare for a marriage to last one decade, Nina and Gramps have been together as man and wife for more than six! Unfortunately for them, camera phones weren’t in vogue 61 years ago. They have but one picture of their wedding day, owing to the fact that they got unceremoniously stood up by their wedding photographer. Lauren Wells, the couple’s granddaughter, wanted to make up for the lost opportunity and organized an ‘Up”-themed shoot. With the help of Cambria Grace, Pop & Circumstance, and Wild Folk Studio; Nina and Gramps are now featured in a series which clearly shows the long and picturesque journey the couple have had together.
There are thousands of bee species in the U.S. and it’s pretty difficult to tell one from the other. The United States Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory is responsible for the daunting task of identifying and monitoring these bee species. To make things a little easier, Sam Droege (the head of USGS-BIML), turned to high resolution macrophotography. He said: “I had seen these insects for many years, but the level of detail was incredible. The fact that everything was focused, the beauty and the arrangement of the insects themselves — the ratios of the eyes, the golden means, the french curves of the body, and the colors that would slide very naturally from one shade to another were just beautiful! It was the kind of thing that we could not achieve at the highest level of art.”
Edwin Kats loves to shoot small, furry animals – with his Nikon D4 DSLR camera. He lives the deep in the middle of a wooded area in the Netherlands where all he needs to do to take a wildlife photo is lean out of his kitchen window. To take the amzing shots featured here, Edwin did more than just lean out of a window. He learned that the best way to get great results is by sticking to just one subject for a long time. He said: “Try to get to know your subject and follow it through the seasons. Try to get them in the snow, against autumn colors and with a nice back-light on a sunny summer morning. Another advantage is that the animals, even the very shy ones, will get to know and trust you. The best possible feeling I can get is to be accepted and trusted by a wild animal.”. Edwin has been a wildlife photographer since 1992 and his work has been featured in prestigious magazines such as National Geographic and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
“You’re never too old to play with bubbles.” – This is the life lesson that photographer Angela Kelly taught her 7-year-old son when they went gallivanting around blowing bubbles in their back yard when the sudden cold snap hit Washington. At temperatures hovering around -9°C to -12°C, water turned almost instantly into ice upon contact with outside air. In an inter view with KOMO News, Angela said: “We noted how they would freeze completely before the sun rose but that once the sun was in view they would defrost along the tops or cease freezing altogether. We also noted how they would begin to deflate and implode in on themselves making them look like alien shapes or in some cases shatter completely leaving them to look like a cracked egg.” She also added, that “This is the most fun, unique and beautiful series I’ve done yet!”
Jee Young Lee is an up-and-coming Korean artist who manages to produce these fantastic surreal images without the aide of digital manipulation. Using nothing more than cardboard cutouts, paint, and oodles of creativity, she creates worlds based in old Korean fables in her tiny studio. With the advent of digital image manipulation, work like hers are getting harder to come by. What takes a digital artist hours or days to make takes Lee weeks, sometimes months to build. Of course, her point is, you don’t really need fancy software to create art. Lee will be having a solo exhibition at the Opiom Gallery in Opio, France. “Stage of Mind”, as the exhibition ill be called, is her first European exhibition.