Hedi Slimaneis one of the most respected artists in the industry. Before becoming the creative director of Saint Laurent, he was a prolific photographer who had shot the covers of prestigious magazines like Vogue Russia, T, Dazed and Confused, and AnOther. He was also behind the one behind the lens of ad campaigns for Prada, Elle, and of course, Saint Laurent. The series of images below are just some of the portraits of A-list Hollywood celebrity, humanitarian, philanthropist, and super mom Angelina Jolie. More of Hedi’s amazing shots can be found in Elle’s June issue.
“Side Effect” is a photo book by renowned aerial photographer Kacper Kowalski. It documents the complex love/hate relationship that we humans have with nature. A trained and licensed pilot, Kacper’s prefers to paraglide over likely areas to capture some truly breath-taking images of the land down below. In this series, he has managed to get dramatic shots of fallow fields, lakes, landfills, and highways. Of his work, he said: “Sometimes the pictures resemble drawings, sometimes they are like maps with traces of human presence on the Earth. Even forests, meadows and lakes are modified by people. I think it is an atavism — a need to leave a trace, a visible sign, to immortalize oneself.”
Burning oil rigs, quarries, recycling yards, and open air mines are just some of the places that photographer Edward Burtynsky has captured on film. He’s drawn to these images because of their rich detail and open meaning. He said: “We are drawn by desire – a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.”
Laurent Lavender is a French photographer who likes to play with the moon. He has transformed this unprotesting celestial body into a baloon, bull’s horns, ice cream, reading light, and exercise ball. He has also done quite a number of impressive things with it.Laurent has watered it, measured it, framed it, lassoed it, carried it in a wheelbarrow, even tried to climb it once, and as pictured above, nearly succeeded in erasing it. Truly, there are no boring subjects, just lack of imagination. The moon is something we’ve always taken for granted, but Laurent Lavender has turned it into an awesome prop.
“A true artist is not defined by his instruments.” – an old saying which is an apt description of Oleg Oprisco’s artistic inclinations. He’s a photographer who loves taking shots with an old, outdated, film camera. Looking at his pictures, one would assume that he uses loads of high-tech gear with more megapixels than you could shake a stick at. In truth, the excellence of his work comes down to two things: artistic vision and meticulous planning. None of his images are spur-of-the-moment shots. Oleg is a modern-day Titian whose subjects are all redheads. I guess he just loves the way their hair makes a striking contrast with just about everything. His advice for would-be photographers: “If you really feel this is your calling, go for it to the extreme. Drop your job and everything and just shoot; the rest will follow.”
Kirstin Smith is the photographer behind the two-part series of photographs called “Bodies of Thought”. Her series captured the graceful movements of her subjects with some clever tweaking of the the exposure time. The colorful and flowing costumes of her subjects also added to the appeal of the images. You, the viewer, may not exactly know what Kirstin’s subject is doing, but it’s the uncertainty that makes you want a closer and longer look at the image. the series is said to be exploring the concept of “an intelligent body, where the body’s thoughts are realized through movement”.
Barry Rosenthal is an outstanding photographer and a nature lover. He has a series he calls “Photobotanicus” which features perfectly ordinary weeds and flowers. The kind you can find in roadsides. He looks for plants with inherently interesting structure or design and play that structure against the negative space of the white background. The combination of artistic elements has resulted in an almost 3D quality to the finished images. In one of his other series, “Found in Nature” Barry really let his inner beachcomber go. He collected assorted detritus from beaches and sorted them all out in his studio. He sorts them either by color or by type. Some of the stuff that found their way into his final images are: spent shotgun shells, balls, bottle caps, toys, and disturbingly enough: medical waste. He said: “The objects I use also represent personal and cultural history and memories fond and haunting.”
Darran Rees studied to become a painter before he really got into photography in the mid 1990s. Born in Wales, he currently splits his time between his studios in New York and London. Darran has made a name for himself in advertising photography for his clever concepts, but he also loves to do a lot of freelance work. He has traveled to the remote areas of Mexico, Africa, Nicaragua, and Peru where tea and coffee are grown. His client, Fair Trade Charity Organization has tasked him to document the growers, the artisans, and the thriving communities in these enchantingly remote areas. He is currently working on a long-term project involving rising Eastern European countries.
The real title of this series is “Crash Landed”. It is produced by the dynamic Danish duo Ken Hermann and Gemma Fletcher. Ken is the man behind the lens while Gemma is the art director. Ken is currently based in Copenhagen while Gemma divides her time between denmark and London. The series features what appears to be an American astronaut who has crash landed in a seemingly empty and abandoned version of the planet Earth. Together, they have created a haunting and thought-provoking series which begs the age-old question: “Is there anyone else out there?”
Max Ellis is a professional photographer and freelance illustrator from the U.K. He studied photography at University of Brighton and has more than 15 years of professional photography under his belt. He currently vasscilates between pure photography and photo illustration, but what really caught the web’s imagination is his series of perfectly timed images of adorable squirrels. Humans have always been suckers for anything warm and furry and squirrels are no exception. It took Max an incredible amount of patience and a whole lot of garbage shots to capture the perfect images. He even made miniature toys for his furry subjects and bribed them with seeds and treats. But don’t worry, no squirrels were harmed in the making of the series.
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