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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Rachel Sussman is a Brooklyn-based contemporary photographer who has managed to put together a rather amazing photo book entitled “The Oldest Living Things in the World”. The book ha s foreword by Carl Zimmer and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and includes infographics, essays, and more than a hundred high resolution images. Here are a couple of the living things in Rachel’s books: The “Trembling Giant,” a colony of aspens in Utah with a massive underground root system estimated to be around 80,000 years old and the dense Llareta plants in South America that grow 1.5 centimeters annually and live over 3,000 years. Rachel got to them just in time, as some of them have died due to climate change and human encroachment in the time it took the book to be published.
Jean-Yves Lemoigne is a talented young photographer of French descent who currently splits his time between Paris and New York. He has worked with a lot of big industry names like Saatchi&Saatchi, Technikart Mademoiselle, Wieden & Kennedy, Le Monde2, and EuroRSCG. Jean has also garnered multiple awards from the New-York Festival, CannesLions, Clio, Euorbest, and Epica for his outstanding work in classical advertising. He also has multiple collaborative works found in his Behance account which should be quite a treat for his faithful followers.
Dogs are pretty popular with us humans. Back when we just as many fleas as they did, they provided companionship, a measure of protection, and a hand (or in this case, paw) at hunting dinner. These days, the net is filled to the brim with pictures of them. Professional pet photographer Elke Vogelsang has created a soulful collection of images featuring her trio of lovable mutts. Unknown pedigree notwithstanding, the trio’s images are fast gaining a worldwide audience. Shold you ever find yourself in the vicinity of Hildesheim in Germany, feel free to drop by Elke’s studio to have your portrait taken with your pet. Satisfaction is all but guaranteed.
“Groomed” is Paul Nathan’s brand new photobook which features an astounding array of pooches arrayed in equally impressive coutures. Paul focused in capturing the texture of his subject’s fur as well as their expressions and posture. Mos of his subjects are entries at high profile grooming competitions and showcases the expertise of some of the world’s top groomers. Poodles, Bichon Frise’s, Cocker Spaniels, and Bedlington Terriers are the usual victims…er… subjects of grooming competitions. The photo above shows the work of a groomer who may have gotten a bit carried away, but Paul gets his satisfaction from showcasing beauty for beauty’s sake even if the end result is fun cross between a clown’s wig and Groucho Marx.
Maja Topčagićwas born in Bihac, a city and municipality on the river Una in the north-western part of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She actually majored in mathematics and computer science but chose to devote her energies into her lifelong passion: photography. She started taking photographs when she was 19 years old, and she hasn’t stopped since. These days, her work puts some professional photographers to shame. She does everything perfectly; mood, lighting, focus, composition. This is one artist definitely worth watching out for.
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.