Kai Fagerström is a Finnish photographer who managed to document woodland creatures taking over abandoned houses. He calls the series “The House in the Woods“. It’s set in a several cottages near his summer house where nature is slowly taking over. He said: “Deserted buildings are so full of contradictions, I am fascinated by the way nature reclaims spaces that were, essentially, only ever on loan to humans.” It takes quite a while for all the elements of the perfect shot to come together, which is fine with Kai, because to him, the journey is more important than the destination.
“Death is not the worst thing that can happen. Everyone dies – but not everyone lives the way they want” – Mustang Wanted
Sounds like the famous last words of an adrenaline junkie, doesn’t it? Mustang Wanted has been hanging off the sides of skyscrapers and dizzying tall structures for years. He loves hanging of the edge with no ropes, no tethering gear, and usually, with just one hand. His real name is Pavel and he left his desk job as a legal adviser to pursue his dream of hanging off really tall man-made structures. While he does not recommend viewers to try his stunts, I bet they’d make awesome selfies.
Who would have ever thought frogs had expressions? Wil Mijer, an avid macrophotographer, has given us a series of up-close-and personal looks at one of nature’s more elusive creatures. To describe herself, she said: “I’m very small and in my work everything is small too. I like to do macrophotography and will try to make a little dream from every picture.” Wil is currently based in the Netherlands but has to travel to Germany and Belgium to capture some of these shots since the natural habitats of these fascinating creatures are slowly dwindling.
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Spanish photographer Chema Madoz loves blending two unrelated objects that share at least one similar feature. The result is a visually stimulating image that would make anyone look twice. He often uses black and white imagery or sepia tones in his photographs which further heightens the contrast between the two objects. Madoz took photography courses at the Image Teaching Center while studying History of Art at the Complutense University of Madrid. He currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain.
Los Intocables is Spanish for ‘The Untouchables’. It is a photographic series by Erik Ravelo which addresses controversial issues such as child pornography, child obesity, nuclear catastrophes, wars, and the black market organ trade. The children are depicted in a vulnerable pose, pinned up against the backs of adults in a pose reminiscent of the crucifixion. The subheading to this provocative series is: “The Right to Childhood Should be Protected.” He (Ravelo) attempts to speak for those who cannot properly articulate their pain. The sick, twisted games that adults play can come at a cost to future generations and Ravelo’s series gives a voice to those children who get caught in the crossfire.
Joseph OLeary was born and raised in a small, blue-collar town in Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He currently lives and works on his farm outside of Minneapolis. He started his series on bearded men with an unfavorable bias towards men with beards. Facial hair, in pop culture, tend to be viewed as something to hide behind. Joseph’s work clearly shows the extent to which facial hair is not only an extension of a man’s outfit, but their identity as well. He admits that after doing the project, his opinion of men with beards took a 180-degree turn. He found all of them to be “incredibly open, honest, and real”. He said: “It’s a brotherhood. Guys with beards are amazingly comfortable complimenting another man on how his beard looks. I love that.”
Jeremy Veach 23-year-old photographer from Washington. He is also Norm the Pug’s human. Norm doesn’t have opposable thumbs and he makes his human take all his selfies. According to Jeremy, “He loves the pictures and gets really into it, and when there is something he doesn’t like, I can tell, and I just will move on to a new idea.” Jeremy was inspired by Maddie and started taking pictures of Norm when the latter was just eight weeks old. Norm is now a year and a half old and Jeremy will continue posting his adorable mug on Instagram for his 24,000+ followers.
Andy Barter hails from Bowerchalke, England. He is currently based in London where he lives with his partner Laverne Antrobus and their three children. His photographs can be found in loads of prestigious publications. His work have also been featured in numerous awards like Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Benson & Hedges Photographic Awards, Paris Art Directors Club, and the D&AD. One of his more recent series is “Kiss” which, predictably, features two people kissing. the subjects of his photos are a man and a woman, with every possible combination in between. The photos were taken either from the top or from the bottom angle, highlighting the subject’s locked lips.
Emily Blincoe is a photographer from Austin, Texas. Her aptly named “Sugar Series” is basically a collection of sweets grouped by color and artfully arranged against a plain background. She said: “I really enjoy making images. Portraits tend to be my very favorite. There’s something about capturing someone just as they are/were at a particular time, I find that charming.” I guess the whole series is really just a bunch of candy portraits. I love the way she set the candy against a background of the same color. Looking at her work makes me want to check the fridge for something to nibble on.
Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught photographer from Finland. He started dabbling in photography five years ago and fell head-over-heels in love with the craft. According to him, his goal is to “pause the mysterious and atmospheric moments of everyday life”. He also added that: “In our lives, things can go so fast that we forgot to enjoy these moments – if I can make people stop and see it, I have succeeded.” Mikko has been featured in Pondly once before. His landscape photographs are simply awesome. He really knows how to capture the mood.