Sand is everywhere and most of us take it for granted, but not Dr. Gary Greenberg. He is the photographer behind these exceptional macro shots of sand. He was a filmmaker and photographer until he decided to move to London to pursue his PhD in biomedical research. Dr. Greenberg also patented the 3D microscopes that he uses to take these incredible pictures. With Dr. Greenberg’s incredibly close-up shots, the viewer can see the beauty of each individual grain of sand. Who knew that gritty stuff between your toes in the beach could be so pretty?
Steve Rosenfield is the daring photographer behind the “What I Be Project”. He asked volunteers to write their insecurities on skin using a marker. Often, what they wrote are the unkind labels that society had given them such as ‘homo’, ‘trans’, and ‘fat’. My favorite one is the granny with ‘Hitler’ written in the raised middle finger of her right hand. In an interview Steve revealed that he was touched by the participant’s willingness to share their story and how their labels and insecurities affected their lives and relationships. He said: “The ‘What I Be Project’ is all about honesty. n today’s society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these ‘standards,’ we are often judged, ridiculed, and sometimes even killed over them. I started this project in hopes to open up the lines of communication, and to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind & heart.”
“This is the only thing I like to do and why I wake up in the morning.” said Henry Leutwyler, photographer of the stars. He was born in Switzerland in 1961. He moved to France to become an apprentice to Gilles Tapie, a distinguished photographer. After firmly establishing himself as a talented editorial photographer, he moved to the Big Apple in the mid-90s. These days, he captures portraits for big Hollywood stars like Julia Roberts, Martin Scorses, Lucy Liu, Robert Downey Jr., and Rihanna. He said: “There’s a whole new vocabulary surrounding photography that I find quite vulgar. For me, it’s not about ‘shooting’ and sensationalism. It’s a magic moment that happens in the first few minutes of a sitting. Revealing something from out of my subjects that isn’t obvious — finding the beauty within.”
If eyes are windows to the soul, then spiders are basically leaking soul right out of their eyes. Spiders are universally feared, for their bite, hairiness, and overabundance of legs. But seen through a macro lens, these poisonous, hairy, eight-legged critters are actually quite cute. These close-ups of unexpectedly adorable arachnids are the work of Malaysian photographer Jimmy Kong. I love the way he captures the spider’s eyes; you can even see his reflection in them. I sure hope he didn’t engage any of them in a staring contest. Spiders don’t blink; they don’t have eyelids.
Joel Robison is a budding artist who lives in a valley in British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains. According to him: “I love to run, bike, jump, eat and create and I hope that you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it!”. Joel’s imagination is fired up by living as close to the forest as he possibly can. His work is an interesting combination of whimsy, fantasy, and imagination. What’s fun about his work is that the viewer knows that it’s just a product of digital image manipulation, but allows themselves to believe in it anyway.
Handy Andy Pandy is a Melbourne-based, redhead photographer who is currently keeping up with his self-imposed 365-day challenge. For those not familiar with the challenge, the rules are simple. Take a photograph. Once a day, everyday, for 365 days straight! Most who do take on the challenge wash out after several months for lack of time, opportunity, or creativity. Not Handy Andy Pandy though, this guy has creativity out the wazoo. Sometimes, it takes him anywhere between six to seven hours to capture that perfect shot. He said: “I’m smack bang in the middle of a 365 Project and loving it! I’m trying to challenge myself and push myself to grow as a photographer and a photomanipulator”. When not carving a lightning bolt into his forehead, Andy contributes for the online photography site F Stop Lounge. He is also available for freelance work.
Jens Fersterra is a German photographer who has an unerring eye for urban photography. All of his shots capture the grandeur and majesty of each modern-day metropolis. He combines the mood, lighting, and angle perfectly. My favorite ones are those he did in black and white, adding an imposing feel to these modern-day monoliths. Unfortunately, very little is known about the artist himself but I guess the quality of his work speaks for itself.
Elena Shumilova is a mother first and photographer second, but she simply can’t resist snapping these heartwarming shots of her boys bonding with their pets. Elena got her first camera in 2012 and she hasn’t stopped shooting with them ever since. When capturing her subjects on camera, she prefers natural light for both indoor and outdoor shots. She loves everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image – rain, snow, smoke, street and candle lights, fog, and smoke. She said: “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is.”
In this day and age where it’s rare for a marriage to last one decade, Nina and Gramps have been together as man and wife for more than six! Unfortunately for them, camera phones weren’t in vogue 61 years ago. They have but one picture of their wedding day, owing to the fact that they got unceremoniously stood up by their wedding photographer. Lauren Wells, the couple’s granddaughter, wanted to make up for the lost opportunity and organized an ‘Up”-themed shoot. With the help of Cambria Grace, Pop & Circumstance, and Wild Folk Studio; Nina and Gramps are now featured in a series which clearly shows the long and picturesque journey the couple have had together.