“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.
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.