“Pucker” is a slightly sadistic series by David Wile and April Maciborka which features toddlers biting into a slice of lemon for the first time. The sadistic part is that they left out the salt and tequila in the experiment. No wonder the tiny tots displayed reactions ranging from shock, to disbelief, to betrayal. The adorable little girl pictured above seems to be the only one delighted about the whole thing. Said the duo: “Lemons can be a great source of entertainment. Especially when you give babies the opportunity to taste them for the first time!”
Nicky Bay can be described as a arachnoid-macrophotographer. He specializes in extreme close-ups of just about every spider he can find. Who would have ever thought spiders actually looked cute up close? Well, maybe except for the Bird Dung Spider, and that horned thing down there that looks like an alien larva. That being said. the next time, instead of reaching for a rolled-up newspaper at the sight of one, I’ll reach for my camera. Nicky currently lives and works in Singapore.
With the help of co-conspirator/photographer Jordan Nakamura, Joshua and Rachel Watson created some of the most awesome wedding and reception invitations I have ever seen. Joshua is also a photographer, and together with Jordan, went about accurately re-creating famous movie posters and turned them into invitations. Some of the images were also on the DVD case covers that they gave out as tokens to their guests. Looking at the invitations, I’m sure they had a lot of fun conceptualizing, shooting, and editing the invitations.
Sebastian Magnani took a great deal of pictures of dogs and their humans in a a series he called “Underdog”. Not surprisingly, most of the dogs resemble their owners, or maybe vice versa. All it took was a little bit of clever digital manipulation, a couple of wigs, and viola: a human-canine look-alike. I must admit, I’m partial to the canine versions - probably because they’re fluffier. When asked about the project, Sebastoian said: “It is undisputed that the canines not only stir emotions and interest, but also our inner most needs. Dogs are considered loyal, selfless, trustworthy, life saving, fun and proud companions in a world where these values are gradually disappearing.“
Kai Fagerström is a Finnish photographer who managed to document woodland creatures taking over abandoned houses. He calls the series “The House in the Woods“. It’s set in a several cottages near his summer house where nature is slowly taking over. He said: “Deserted buildings are so full of contradictions, I am fascinated by the way nature reclaims spaces that were, essentially, only ever on loan to humans.” It takes quite a while for all the elements of the perfect shot to come together, which is fine with Kai, because to him, the journey is more important than the destination.
“Death is not the worst thing that can happen. Everyone dies – but not everyone lives the way they want” – Mustang Wanted
Sounds like the famous last words of an adrenaline junkie, doesn’t it? Mustang Wanted has been hanging off the sides of skyscrapers and dizzying tall structures for years. He loves hanging of the edge with no ropes, no tethering gear, and usually, with just one hand. His real name is Pavel and he left his desk job as a legal adviser to pursue his dream of hanging off really tall man-made structures. While he does not recommend viewers to try his stunts, I bet they’d make awesome selfies.
Who would have ever thought frogs had expressions? Wil Mijer, an avid macrophotographer, has given us a series of up-close-and personal looks at one of nature’s more elusive creatures. To describe herself, she said: “I’m very small and in my work everything is small too. I like to do macrophotography and will try to make a little dream from every picture.” Wil is currently based in the Netherlands but has to travel to Germany and Belgium to capture some of these shots since the natural habitats of these fascinating creatures are slowly dwindling.
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Spanish photographer Chema Madoz loves blending two unrelated objects that share at least one similar feature. The result is a visually stimulating image that would make anyone look twice. He often uses black and white imagery or sepia tones in his photographs which further heightens the contrast between the two objects. Madoz took photography courses at the Image Teaching Center while studying History of Art at the Complutense University of Madrid. He currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain.
Los Intocables is Spanish for ‘The Untouchables’. It is a photographic series by Erik Ravelo which addresses controversial issues such as child pornography, child obesity, nuclear catastrophes, wars, and the black market organ trade. The children are depicted in a vulnerable pose, pinned up against the backs of adults in a pose reminiscent of the crucifixion. The subheading to this provocative series is: “The Right to Childhood Should be Protected.” He (Ravelo) attempts to speak for those who cannot properly articulate their pain. The sick, twisted games that adults play can come at a cost to future generations and Ravelo’s series gives a voice to those children who get caught in the crossfire.
Joseph OLeary was born and raised in a small, blue-collar town in Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He currently lives and works on his farm outside of Minneapolis. He started his series on bearded men with an unfavorable bias towards men with beards. Facial hair, in pop culture, tend to be viewed as something to hide behind. Joseph’s work clearly shows the extent to which facial hair is not only an extension of a man’s outfit, but their identity as well. He admits that after doing the project, his opinion of men with beards took a 180-degree turn. He found all of them to be “incredibly open, honest, and real”. He said: “It’s a brotherhood. Guys with beards are amazingly comfortable complimenting another man on how his beard looks. I love that.”