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.
Li Hongbo grew up in the Chinese province of Ji Lin. The Chinese saying “Life is as fragile as paper’ had a deep impact in her life which is probably what influenced her to use paper as her medium. To create her delightfully bendy paper sculptures, she has layers sheets of paper by gluing them to each other, forming a honeycomb pattern. She does the gluing by hand until she forms a small block of paper just the right size for her sculpture. Li then uses a woodworking saw to make the initial cuts, switching to an angle grinder for fine work. The final step involves touching up the whole sculpture with sandpaper.
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?”
ROA is a rather prolific Belgian street artist who loves creating monochromatic animal forms in walls. Not content with the walls of his own country, he has since spray painted a whole menagerie in walls located all over the world. ROA’s work can be found in the United Kingdom, Austria, Portugal, the U.S., and even Canada. His works are also accompanied by narratives that highlight the impact of human enroachment on native habitats as well as the widespread apathy that humans have towards conservation. He said: “I wanted to draw attention to how they and many other species become a victim of hunting and pollution.”
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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Cbloxx grew up in the grim industrial town of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. She is a self-taught artist who, by dint of sheer will and talent, shed the trappings of small town syndrome by going against the flow of convention. Her day job involves working with disaffected youths, at night however, she’s a freelance street artist who spray paints a number of interesting art on walls. Cbloxx’s gritty style is a mishmash of the psychedelic, surrealism, and tribal references. Her art is created in layers with freehand drawing, spraypaint, markers, and her veery own handmade stencils.
Ian Strange is the artist responsible for this buried black house set smack dab in front of the Art Gallery of South Australia. It’s actually a scaled down recreation of the artist’s suburban-style home built in the 1920s. The piece, entitled “Landed” does look a lot like it had fallen out of the sky, albeit still in one piece. They sure don’t make houses like that anymore. Ian did the sculpture/installation for the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.
That’s basically a 3D image of artist Joshua Harker’s head you’re looking at, artistically rendered of course. The series is aptly called “21st Century Self-Portrait” which came into being thanks to Joshua’s creativity, 3D printing, and 21st century medical imaging equipment. Joshua is considered as visionary and one of the pioneers in 3D printed art and sculpture. It has taken him nearly two decades to get to where he is now. One might think that 3D printing has rendered handmade sculptures obsolete, but creating art calls for mastery of technique, perfect execution, and boundless creativity. Anyone can push a button, but Joshua can recreate his own head, yours too if you’re interested. Go ahead, google him up and head over to his online shop.
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.