Zahir Batin is the uber-taleted artist behind these adorable recreations of the Star Wars world. He uses miniature action figures, paper art, strings, twigs, wires, Photoshop, and his considerable imagination to give a glimpse of what stormtroopers do in their off hours. Most of his scenes are pretty funny, some are action-filled, and a few are a heartbreaking; all of them are awesome. You might want to check out his 500px account or his FB page if you want to learn more about his techniques. Zahir currently lives and works in Malaysia.
Rupert Vandervell is a true blue Londoner who has always been obsessed with clean lines and geometrical symmetry of things. He has this amazing knack for finding a drop of serenity in the ocean of chaos that is downtown London. His series “Man on Earth” has drawn quite a lot of international attention. The series has turned the art of street photography right on its head. He said: “My work explores our relationship with the world and how we interact with our environment. Each location is simply meant to represent ‘the ever-changing backdrop of the modern city,’ and the viewer can focus on the unique visual characteristics of the human form.”
“Making It Up” is a rather unusual series by Spanish photographer Juan Sánchez Castillo. He turned his subjects faces into landscapes upon which miniature people sledded, mowed, painted, and rappelled. Juan’s creative compositions often feature facial manipulations of the model’s face. In one of his other series, his subject has what appears to be metal rings sprouting from her eyelids. Using dollops of make-up and oodles of imagination, Juan has managed to create miniature landscapes filled with fascinating characters.
Darren Moore is a self-taught photographer who loves capturing stark black and white images using daytime long exposure. The method involves placing special neutral density filters to the camera lens to reduce the amount of light entering the lens. This allows the shutter to remain open for quite a long time, anywhere from thirty second to fifteen minutes in a single exposure. Moore has spent the last few years honing his skills to turn his lifelong passion into a profession.His work has already been exhibited internationally, garnering quite a few laurels along the way. Darren currently lives and based in Surrey.
Chickens are thought of, at best, as a delicious main course, seldom as a pet, and rarely as things of beauty. Ernest Goh, a visual artist and photographer, has captured a series of images to change that perception. Ayam Seramas is a type of chicken breed created specifically for beauty. They even have their own beauty pageants. Ernest Goh took advantage of the amazing plumage of these gaily decked fowls and created a photo book featuring them. The stark black background that Ernest uses makes his feathered subjects seemingly pop out. Cocks: The Chicken Book features Ayam Seramas chickens proudly posing and strutting for the camera.
In this digital age, viewers can be forgiven of they happen to think that the image above is a product of digital image manipulation. Katerina Plotnikova, the Russian photographer responsible for the image, does nothing in half measures. That’s a full-grown bear up there, making friends with a very brave and beautiful young model. It’s one thing to photograph a wild animal, another thing altogether to do it without supervision. Throughout the shoot, the animals’ trainers kept a close eye on their charges. The result is a rather impressive image that evokes an air of mysticism and enchantment. I’m also rather impressed by the fact that Katerina’s human subjects manage to exude a dignified, regal air while posing with bears, snakes, tigers, foxes, and other creatures not exactly known for their timidity.
Christian Cannon, also known as @seacanon, is a photographer, adventurer, and explorer. His photos give the viewer a different, more beguiling perspective from which to look at the world. Christian’s signature is the free-spirited feel of his images. He said: “My goal is take photos that allow for others to see the world how I see it in my mind. I desire for people who follow my career as a photographer to see and get to know me as a person through my photos.”
Stephane Occhipinti steps out of the box with his impressive portfolio of macro shots incorporating the Bokeh effect. Bokeh is defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. It is basically the aesthetic quality of the blur in the out-of focus area of an image. Utilized correctly, it greatly enhances the overall effect of an image, but done incorrectly and it results in a noisy, sometimes distracting background. In Stephane’s shots, his subjects stand out against a pleasingly blurred background of light. Stephane is currently based in Lyon, France.
Tyler Shields is a triple threat; he’s a writer, film director, and awesome photographer. His passion is in creating images that will ultimately make people ‘feel something’. In this series, the viewer is presented with rather shocking images where “somebody looks like they’re about to die, and sometimes somebody looks like they’re about to live.” During an interview, he said: “My hope is that it pushes people to want to explore what they’re actually capable of more. If these images make someone want to make better images, or want to live more or see the world in a different way, then that’s perfect to me.”
Jimmy Nelson is a professional photographer who first gained international acclaim when he published his unique visual diary of his travels in Tibet. He has since delved into the world of commercial advertising and photography. His most recent success came on the heels of his series entitled “Before They Pass Away”, a photographic documentary of 31 secluded and visually unique tribes located in some of the most isolated parts of the world. He said: “The purity of humanity exists. It is there in the mountains, the ice fields, the jungle, along the rivers and in the valleys.There is a pure beauty in their goals and family ties, their belief in gods and nature, and their will to do the right thing in order to be taken care of when their time comes.”