Katrin Korfmann is a German photographer who loves taking pictures from a great height. Unable to fly, Katrin utilizes cranes and remote-controlled helicopters to get the angle she craves. The final image is actually a composite of multiple images taken over a period of time. Each one can take months to complete and is composed of around 500 to 2,000 shots. Since the shots are taken at different parts of the day, Katrin has to sync the shadows too. She said: “In the bird’s-eye view people look alike. The idea is to create two dimensions: one when you see it from far away and another when you zoom in and see it from very close. Then you see all the differences: in the clothes they wear, the things they carry.”
Every two years, thousands of people flock to Catalonia, Spain to take part in the Human Towers competition. The objective is to form a Castell (Human Tower) with as many tiers as possible. This amazing feat is a tribute to the contestants strength, balance, and courage. David Oliete has captured some of the most dramatic moments of the contest. David is currently based in his hometown of Tarragona. According to his profile, he loves international journalism, travelling, and chocolate donuts.
Wang Fuchun is a Beijing-based photographer whose incredibly vivid pictures of Chinese passengers on trains has captured the attention of art critics everywhere. Wang became a railway worker after he finished his military service. With his artistic tendencies, he was asked to take photos as part of his job. He has been documenting unique and touching moments on trains ever since. He said: “Trains are loaded with people’s hopes and regrets, I feel really lucky to have been able to take photos on trains.” He also added, “I love trains, railway, and railway passengers. Whenever I get on a train, I get a comfortable feeling, like being at home.”
Manon Wethly is a Belgium-based designer and photographer who keeps an updated Instagram account filled with traditional shots of European landscapes as well as airborne drinks. At first, Manon used her iPhone to take pictures of the flying drinks, but she has recently started using a DSLR to get better images. She has captured some pretty amazing shots of milk and coffee mixing in mid-air, as well as a glass of wine gracefully caught in a breeze. Other liquids she’d let fly include juice, water, and paint. She said: “My eyes are now more than ever set on photography though, with big plans, enlarging my take in the creation or capture through a lens.”
Lesley Ann Ercolano has managed to capture these amazing shots without the help of any intensive post-processing or fancy equipment. Instead, she embraces the Scout’s motto: “Be Prepared”. She is almost never without her camera, always ready to capture the unusual, the unlikely, and the seemingly impossible. She lives in Edinburgh and this is where she captures most of her shots. She said: “The advantages of living in such a fantastic city like Edinburgh are the mix of old and new. History, mystery and a little madness come together to create some magic which is what I love the most.”
Fiddle Oak has a very bright future in photography. Fidlle Oak’s real name is Zev and together with his sister Nellie (and their camera named Betsy), they have created a fascinating world of miniature humans. Their images at at once poignant and thoughtful, teaching the viewer to be careful where they step, lest they crush something infinitely valuable in their haste. The artistic duo are both still in their teens, yet their work put some pros to shame. Fiddle Oak is from the USA.
Gabriele Galimberti is an Italian photographer who travels the world searching for adventure, interesting people, and fascinating stories. His latest project is “Toy Stories” is a collection of photos featuring children posing with their favorite toys. Gabriele learned a LOT while putting together this series, least of which is the fact that children simply want to play. The difference, he found, is in the amount, number, and quality of the toys they get to play with. He also found out that kids from richer countries were more possessive with their toys. It would take him quite a bit of coaxing before they would let him touch their toys. On the other hand, kids in poor countries who has maybe two or three toys didn’t really care since they’d rather play outdoors with their friends.
Dietmar Eckell is a globe-trotting photographer who has spent considerable time and effort to locate and photograph plane wrecks. But they’re not just any old plane wrecks, each tells a story of sheer luck and survival. Dietmar carefully sifted through thousands of crash landings and picked only those where all aboard survived. So far, his collection features only 15 airplanes, but he’s working on the funding to get to a few more located in remote areas. The series is entitled “Happy Ends”. Dietmar is currently based in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Giuliano Camarda is a 35-year-old freelance photographer based in Rome, Italy. His photographs of war-torn Bosnia has garnered the world-wide attention of the media. Giuliano is currently focused on projects with social and humanitarian aspects. His photos have been published in prestigious publications such as National Geographic Italia, ABC News, Witness Journal, etc. He has also collaborated with NGOs such as Caritas Italiana, Vento di Terra, and Carovana del sorriso.
Felipe Vellasco was born in Rio de Jeneiro in 1982. He worked at local advertising agencies immediately upon graduation from Mackenzie University. After a few years, he lost his taste for ad-oriented work and shifted to films. As a film director, he is currently being represented by Sentimental Films. Photography is one of his more recent addictions which, according to him, he’d be hard-pressed to stop without medical intervention. Felipe uses an old-school 35mm film and slide camera (he abhors digital media).