Daniel Cheong describes himself as a passionate amateur photographer and a techie. He is admittedly obsessed in making his urban landscapes look better than they actually are using a technique called ‘digital blending’. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and he works as a Technical Manager for Nokia during the day. At night, he grabs his camera and goes shooting urban landscapes to his heart’s content. He has no immediate plans to switch careers and adamantly maintains that photography is just his hobby – for now. Although he does sell prints of his work, the proceeds simply go on to finance better equipment and photo trips. He said: “Try to find your own style, be inspired by others but try not to copy them. Don’t believe too much in EXIF data, just go out there, take hundreds of shots, experiment (with) different settings. Also better focus on a specific type of photography which is in your comfort zone, and try to improve and perfect it. Only after, you can try to explore new genres of photography”
Eiko Jones is an A-list photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, TV Hören und Sehen, Diver Magazine, and Hello Canada. He grew up in New Zealand where his passion for photography was ignited on his fourteenth birthday when he was given his first SLR camera. He started capturing birds and other animals in their natural habitat. It was in the early 90s while he was traveling along the West Coast of British Columbia and Alaska that his focus shifted to landscapes above and below the waterline. His dramatic style and unique angles is his trademark in the profession.
Zack Seckler is a Brooklyn-based photographer behind these beautiful aerial photographs of Botswana. Zack was in Botswana for a photo shoot when he got it into his head to hop into an Ultralite plane and shoot the abundant wildlife below. He wanted to “see the landscape form a new angle”. Zack said that most animals paid them no mind while he was madly clicking away. He added: “Being above the ground at such low elevations, and having the ability to precisely maneuver, was like gliding over an enormous painting and being able to create brushstrokes at will. As soon as I saw the landscape from above I knew there was potential to create a special body of work.”
If eyes are truly windows to the soul, then photographer Suren Manvelyan is certainly trying his best to see it. His series “Your Beautiful Eyes” and “Animal Eyes” highlight the basic structures of the eyes. The photos have been featured in National Geographic, Yahoo!, Daily Mail, Wired, and many other popular publications. Suren discovered his lifelong passion when he was sixteen years old, since then, he has done everything from macrophotography to portrait photography to landscapes. When not taking awesome macros of eyes, he teaches projective geometry, mathematics, physics, and astronomy at the prestigious Yerevan Waldorf School. He has also served as a scientific researcher at the Institute for Physical Research of National Academy of Sciences form 1997 to 2011. If you’re still not impressed, Suren also plays five musical instruments: the guitar, the piano, the cello, the block flute, and the lyre.
Amelia Bauer is the photographer behind the aptly titled series “Burned Over”. Burned Over was shot in the burned-over district in upstate New York. In the series, Amelia used artificial lighting to “act as an outside force” on the landscape. She was inspired by the unseen power and rich history found in the forests of Central New York, a place where several early American religious got their start.
Wolf Ademeit is a German photographer whose dramatic black and white series “Animals” is a far cry from most wildlife photography which focuses on capurting shots of the animals in their natural habitat. Instead, Wolf focused on the facial expressions and poses of his furred and feathered subjects. He said: “Only a few photographers use the photography of animals in zoos as an art form. I think this is a missed opportunity…With my pictures I would like to move the photography of these animals in the focus of the art photography and show photos which are not only purely documentary.”
Paul Lange is a highly acclaimed New York City photographer whose work has graced the pages of prestigious publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Glamour. He specializes in editorial and celebrity portraits and is currently dipping his toes into the vast ocean of fine art photography. “Big Blooms” is but one of the four series that compose his “Fifty Acres” project. The project took eight years and thousands of photos to complete. It’s a catalogue of all the flora and fauna living on a farm owned by his close friend and renowned New York florist Zezé. Paul is currently based in Chatham, New York where he lives with his wife/business partner/creative partner Jennifer.
A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the universe. Kathy Klein is an Arizona-based artist who loves creating flower mandalas in the great outdoors. She calls the pieces ‘danmalas’ which means ‘the giver of garlands’ in Sanskrit. Her ephemeral installations are photographed and then left to be discovered by others. Her creative process involves getting into a meditative state and then gathering flowers and other natural objects while waiting for inspiration to strike. Her danmalas are reflections which points towards life’s abundance and reminds us all to listen to the unheard voice of nature.
Annie Leibovitz is a world-class photographer best known for taking John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s portrait where the naked John was embracing fully clothed Yoko. One of her most popular series features a mash-up of Disney’s well-loved characters and famous Hollywood stars. Originally, Annie was approached by Disney for their “Year Of A Million Dreams” promotion. The concept was such a hit that Annie is still making the portraits. Her A-list subjects include: Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, David Beckham as Prince Phillip, Michael Phelps as a merman, Russel Brand as Captain Hook, Jennifer Lopez as Jasmine, and Marc Anthony as Alladin – to name just a few.
Daniel Nimmervoll is an Austria-based photographer who managed to capture these incredible macro shots of water droplets using his high speed camera. If you look closely at that shot above, you can see the .22 caliber bullet that passed through the column of water produced by the drop of water as it hit the surface. Might I point out that capturing a bullet in flight (albeit a low caliber one) is no mean feat by itself, capturing one as it passes through a drop of water which exists for a millisecond is relatively unheard of. High tech equipment can only do so much, it is to the photographer that wields them to whom due credit should be given. Kudos to Daniel for having the patience and the talent to capture these incredible shots.