Fernan Federici is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge who specializes in synthetic biology. He also happens to be an avid photographer. I guess he decided to mix work with leisure when he took dozens of pictures of plant and animal cells under a high-powered microscope in what is probably the ultimate macro shot. The images look a bit like aerial landscape, or alien creatures, or weird glow-in-the-dark designs.
Jessica Lichtenstein uses the female form to explore deeper themes of power, fetishism, and objectification in an ironic way. The irony lies in the fact that her work embodies the very paradox she is trying to explore. According to one website, Jessica’s work challenges the viewer to: “question whether these hyper-sexualized women are depicted solely to satisfy an insatiable male-dominated gaze, or if such a theory is too narrow, neglecting to address the complex nature of women and their desire to enjoy their sexuality, enjoy their bodies and their desire to be desirable”. Her work is much sought after in the art world and can be found in private collections all over the world.
These toothsome illustrations are just some of the works of Bulgarian illustrator Georgi Dimitrov. It seems to me that these high-calorie snacks were deconstructed into their basic elements with rather drippy results. Oddly enough, the cartoonish aspect of the drawings gives the viewer a new perspective on these so-called ‘junk’ food. Georgi is also known as Erase in artistic circles. When not drawing food, he dabbles in street art and character design.
Every country has its own iconic dish. Photographer Jonathan Icher and make-up artist Anastasia Parquet took this to heart and created their own mini-series featuring flag-painted models eating stereotypical food. The American model attempts to scarf a whole burger in one go, the Japanese model has a sushi in her mouth, the Italian model is fairly dripping with pasta, while the French model with long wavy locks is doing a rather lascivious pose with an innocent croissant. The series emphasizes Jonathan and Anastasia’s generous use of bold, contrasting colors paired with exceptional photography.
Cancer is no laughing matter. Which is why Bob Carey, a middle-aged photographer, puts on a pink tutu and gets himself photographed in landmarks all over the country. Bob’s wife, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer and in an effort to make her laugh, Bob threw his pants and dignity away in exchange for a ridiculously pink tutu. His undignified but endearing endeavor is not in vain as Linda has been known to say that the more she laughs, the better she feels. Apparently, Linda is not the only one who feels this way as The Tutu Project (as Bob likes to call it) evokes a lot of laughter in the breast cancer patient community.
Hana Pesut is a Canadian photographer who dared to have random, fashionably dressed couples do the ol’ switcheroo. It’s great that the couples were obliging enough to comply with her request even when they’re having their pictures take right out in the open. I’m not sure who enjoyed the project more, the subjects or the photographer. In every shot, the couples are smiling just as widely before and after the switch. I love the way they mimic each other’s poses before the switch. The guys seem to be just as comfortable in a dress as their wives are in a suit. Switcheroo is an ongoing project that will someday be turned into a book.
Julian Germain is an internationally published photographer who is currently based in Northumberland, UK. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He is now one of the editors of the magazine “Useful Photography” as well as a trustee of the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. His series, Classroom Portraits started in his own native England and quickly grew to include classrooms from all over the globe. Julian raveled to over 20 countries and took pictures of more than 450 classrooms. He admits that in each photo, he actually has two subjects: the students and the classroom itself. He said: “In no case was this ever a gathering of kids getting together especially to have their photograph taken. In every case this is a real math lesson, a real science lesson, a real religious instruction lesson, and the lesson happens as normal.”
Erik Johansson is a young and talented photographer and retouch artist from Sweden. He is a self-taught artist who transitioned from a noob into a master image manipulator in just a few years. Erik’s creative process starts with an idea, usually a weird or wacky one. He loves putting his subjects into an alternate universe where the laws of physics are defied at every turn. Here’s a rundown of some of the concepts he dreamed up and managed to execute perfectly: hand-stitched winters, boating on grassy plain, Mobius bridges, and dreams that somehow creep into your reality. I have to agree with one website when they described Erik’s work as ‘Echoing the mathematical preciseness of M.C. Escher and the jocularity of Salvador Dalí.’ Erik is now based in Berlin, Germany.
Tomasz Zaczeniuk is a 35-year-old artist who’s on his way to being a full-time freelance artist. He specializes in digital photo-manipulation as well as photography. Most of his images have a foggy, misty, or cloudy atmosphere that gives it a vaguely haunting feel. Armor-clad knights, ghostly boats, lighthouses, and castles are just some of Tomasz’s subjects. For him, the two most powerful things that affect the senses are image and sound. Which is why each of his pieces have a musical soundtrack. He said: “It’s strange but I can not think about the image without music. Every vision has a music background, (a) song that I was listening to all the time I was creating image.”
Philip Rostron describes himself as an Imagemaker, a term he invented himself. Originally from England, he honed his craft in Canada before moving into the United States to establish his very own creative studio, Instil Productions. His studio is best known for collaborative problem solving. Together with a team of dedicated and talented artists, Philip produces some of the best advertising images in the market today. His passion lies in finding the perfect visual solution that will best communicate the marketing idea. For him, the idea is everything.