Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard is a French photographer who let’s nothing go to waste. She carefully completes her sets before going out to buy fresh fish. The fish are then cleaned, gutted, and beheaded. The bodies go straight to the pan, while the heads take a detour around to her studio. Eventually, the heads do get to the garbage bin but not before they’re posed and dressed up as factory workers, gangsters, angry mobs, and prisoners. Asked about her work, Anne said: “We are victims of our own evolution or of our own revolution. We are the suffering conformists. In my photography, I do not try to present the good nor the bad. It’s never simply funny, laborious, happy, tender or hard. There is always much tragic, sadness or sorrow in the comedy. That is what touches me. That is what I try to translate.”
Nick Frank finds inspiration everywhere. His specializes in architecture photography and with his penchant for finding the perfect angles, it seems he just can’t go wrong. According to him, his photography is not about showing the reality, it is always my personal subjective view. He loves shooting with a wide angle lens since it compresses the center with interesting results in the outer part of the image. Nick is interested in both portrait and architecture and has yet to decide which specific area of photography to pursue.
Jellyfish are some of the last things you would want to see in the beach. They’re icky, they’re slimy, and they sting. The only way they could possibly get worse was if they could fly. Well, Russian photographer Alexander Semenov has apparently photographed a few specimens doing just that. He has spent the better part of his career documenting oceanic wildlife. Alexander is a zoologist who specializes in the study of invertebrates. Underwater photography was just a hobby of his, until he started taking underwater pictures with his old DSLR camera and became fascinated with the results. Don’t worry, jellyfish haven’t yet learned to fly, Alexander’s amazing ‘flying’ jellyfish photographs were actually taken underwater from an upward angle.
David Renshaw is a British artist who love to paint with vibrant acrylics. As a child, his father taught him some of the basics of drawing and from then on, he dreamed of one day becoming an artist. He studied graphic design and worked his way up from being a picture framer in a local art gallery. It was only in 2005 that he decided to go into full-time painting. He said: “I always try to make my work feel atmospheric, and I like to pay particular attention to sky and cloud formations as I consider this element of my work to be extremely important to the mood of the finished painting, whether it be a dramatic sunset or a misty moonlit night.”
Matej Peljhan is a Slovenian photographer and triathlete. An odd combination, certainly, but what’s odder still is that he’s missing an eye and his right arm. When he was ten years old, he was involved in an accident with some explosives left over from World War II.the incident made a huge impact in his life and led him to create his Little Prince series with Luka. The series features a Luka in a variety of whimsical poses, not unlike the protagonist in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novel. Luka is a 12-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy who can’t walk, dress, or feed himself. While Luka’s movements may be severely limited, his imagination is not. He was the one who came up with the ideas for his poses in the series. He lives and works in in Ljubljana, Slovenia with his wife and their three children.
In this day and age where everyone and their uncle has a digital camera, pinhole cameras are something of a backward step in the evolution of cameras. Nevertheless, Slovenian woodworker Elvis Halilović has created a series of nifty-looking pinhole cameras using nothing but wood and magnets. They even come in six different dimensions and film sizes to suit various photographic preferences. Pinhole cameras rely solely on the action of light on raw film. No lenses, no fancy filters, no electronics involved. One can predict to a certain degree how the photograph will turn out, but it’s the irregularities in the final results that gives the photographer a pleasant surprise.
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I was born and grew up in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire. My interest in portraiture developed at an early age, during the seventies, when I used to draw my favorite pop idols such as David Bowie. My love of art led me to study Art and Design at the local college, and then later to specialise in Textile Design at Huddersfield Polytechnic.
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Underwater photographs have become commonplace ever since the introduction of waterproof cameras into the public market. Most of them feature the vividly colorful underwater seascape – complete with corals, fish, an an occasional shark. Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro went against the grain with his heavily desaturated photos. With all the colors leached out, his underwater photos turn menacing. Oddly enough, it is this quality that makes his work more compelling. Hengki studied video production and fine art photography in the Brooks Institute of Photography in California. He currently lives and works in Java, Indonesia.
Joshua Budich loves TV shows, movies, and music. His passion for them is pretty obvious in his art, which features some of his favorite movies, TV series, and musicians. Five years ago, he went into the screenprint business and now boasts around 65 pprints in his art portfolio. He is currently based in Baltimore where he also lives with his wife, four-year-old son, and Scottish terrier. He also designed a website which won a WEBBY Award. The site commemorated the end of his Star Wars action figure collection. Joshua also brews his own beer, bakes his own pizza, grinds his own meat, and plays golf.