“Ammo” is Sabine Pearlman’s incredible series featuring all kinds of ammunition cut precisely down the middle. The series gives us a never-before-seen glimpse of the insides of bullets. She shot a total of 900 cross-sections of ammo in a secluded World War II bunker in Switzerland. The bullets were cut in half by a munitions specialist who devised a technique to defuse the rounds before cutting them in half. The symmetry found within these deadly pieces is oddly beautiful. Sabine said: “The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object. It is a representation of the evil and the beautiful, a reflection of the human condition.”
Allison Falconer, true to her name, is a bird trainer and rehabilitator. She works closely with birds of prey like falcons, hawks, and owls in a bird center in Florida. Due to the nature of her work, she gets a lot of opportunity to take up-close-and-personal pictures of birds. It’s not easy to take a good picture with one hand while holding a falcon in the other. A falcon that could, if it were so inclined, could tear your face apart. Danger notwithstanding, she has captured many a feathered friend in many amusing poses. The expression she has captured in the owl above is just perfect!
Henry Hargreaves spent his childhood in Christchurch, New Zealand where he got involved in painting, drawing, bootlegging, and cricket. Harry developed his own ideas of travel and adventure while listening to tales of his heroic grandfather Edgar Charles Hargreaves. A chance meeting with a photographer in Bangkok launched his entirely unexpected modeling career. After a while, he moved on to photography and set up shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His work is well known for being fun, creative, and quirky. Henry graduated from the University of Canterbury with a degree in film and American Studies.
Michael Bosanko is a Cardiff-based artist who has made light painting his specialty. He stumbled upon light painting while taking a picture of the moon with a shaky camera. The long exposure he utilized left streaks in the final image. Curious, he disengaged the camera from the tripod and tried writing his partner’s name. It worked, and after experimenting with flashlights, Michael was hooked to light writing ever since. He has since progressed to using multicolored neon lights. His unique photos has been featured in commercials and several publications.
Beth Galton is a New York-based food photographer. She recently teamed up with food stylist Charlotte Omnès to create these luscious series of halved food. Beth kept digital manipulation to a bare minimum relying instead on a couple of tricks like gelatin and food coloring as well as strobes to freeze the frames. The whole series was inspired by a burrito cut in half. Beth said: “Normally for a job, we photograph the surface of food, occasionally taking a bite or a piece out but rarely the cross section of a finished dish.”
Miles Aldridge has a multi-faceted artistic background. He studied illustration and directed pop videos before he dabbled in fashion photography. His shots are often filled with loud colors and glamorous women with blank expressions. Miles’ work has been published in a variety of magazines including some big names like The New York Times, American Vogue, and Vogue Italia. When asked about his subjects’ expressions, he said: “These women aren’t blank because they have nothing to say, they are blank because they’re overwhelmed by their world.” He also added: “To me, the great moments in Hollywood are close-ups of a woman’s face, thinking, and she’s just realized that her whole world is wrong.”
When he was ten years old, Sidney Kaplan was hypnotized while watching a black-and-white print develop in a darkroom. Thus began his lifelong passion for photography. He studied photography at New York’s School of Industrial Arts. After working for a well-known custom lab in New York, he opened his very own darkroom in Madison Square Park. His skill in developing film has become almost legendary and his darkroom has become a hangout of many famous photographers.
Joshua Lambus is an underwater photographer who is one of the pioneers of blackwater diving photography. It involves scuba diving during the night in order to capture the shy, seldom-seen, and nocturnal sea critters. According to him, he never cared much for modeling and posed portrait. He prefers photographing a moving, shifting, living, and dying subject. He said: “My photos are to show people things they haven’t seen before… or maybe things they see all the time… in a way they’ve never cared to look”
Flora Borsi is a 20-year-old Hungarian photographer whose creativity is making waves on the web. She has been dabbling in digital manipulation since 2004, but her photography didn’t really take off until 2007. In 2008, she won a ‘half-professional’ (her words, not mine) camera on a photo contest. She has been using it ever since. Her work features cleverly manipulated images. One of my favorites is a series which openly mocks the tools and features found in Photoshop. She also has a series called Real Life Models where she created a digital image of what she imagines the models of famous paintings look like. The paintings she happens to pick out belong to Picasso, Rudolf Hausner, and Kees van Dongen; so you can just picture out how her ‘imagined’ models turned out.
Jared Lim is a Singapore-based photographer whose series “Urban Exploration” highlights the beauty of architectural symmetry. The series focuses on the multitude of fascinating patterns found in urban architecture. He said: “I have always loved geometry, lines, curves, pattern and abstract designs. Architecture seems like a great way to express them. My added advantage of traveling to most major cities for my work gives me great opportunities. Urban Exploration comprise of my cities shots in colors, monochrome and street photography. Beyond that, I have great interest in other categories of Travel photography. I am passionate about traveling and photography not only allows me to express myself artistically but also to document my journey.”
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