There are thousands of bee species in the U.S. and it’s pretty difficult to tell one from the other. The United States Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory is responsible for the daunting task of identifying and monitoring these bee species. To make things a little easier, Sam Droege (the head of USGS-BIML), turned to high resolution macrophotography. He said: “I had seen these insects for many years, but the level of detail was incredible. The fact that everything was focused, the beauty and the arrangement of the insects themselves — the ratios of the eyes, the golden means, the french curves of the body, and the colors that would slide very naturally from one shade to another were just beautiful! It was the kind of thing that we could not achieve at the highest level of art.”
Patrice Letarnec is a French art director and photographer who took the phrase “head over heels” a little bit too seriously. A quick glance at his photos might make one think that he was using headless models. It isn’t until you take a closer second look that you realized that his models are simply standing on their feet while wearing their clothes right-way-up. His subjects can be seen walking the street, taking a stroll in the park, and even climbing up the stairs, all while seemingly break-dancing. I love the fact that not once did his athletic models show their face.
Edwin Kats loves to shoot small, furry animals – with his Nikon D4 DSLR camera. He lives the deep in the middle of a wooded area in the Netherlands where all he needs to do to take a wildlife photo is lean out of his kitchen window. To take the amzing shots featured here, Edwin did more than just lean out of a window. He learned that the best way to get great results is by sticking to just one subject for a long time. He said: “Try to get to know your subject and follow it through the seasons. Try to get them in the snow, against autumn colors and with a nice back-light on a sunny summer morning. Another advantage is that the animals, even the very shy ones, will get to know and trust you. The best possible feeling I can get is to be accepted and trusted by a wild animal.”. Edwin has been a wildlife photographer since 1992 and his work has been featured in prestigious magazines such as National Geographic and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
SpY ha been making street art long before street art became cool. He has been ‘improving’ blank walls, sculptures, and street signs all over the world for over twenty years. His installations are equal parts funny and ironic. According to his website: “His ludic spirit, careful attention to the context of each piece, and a not invasive, constructive attitude, unmistakably characterize his interventions. His work involves the appropriation of urban elements through transformation or replication, commentary on urban reality, and the interference in its communicative codes.” As befitting his name, SpY’s real identity is still unknown.
“You’re never too old to play with bubbles.” – This is the life lesson that photographer Angela Kelly taught her 7-year-old son when they went gallivanting around blowing bubbles in their back yard when the sudden cold snap hit Washington. At temperatures hovering around -9°C to -12°C, water turned almost instantly into ice upon contact with outside air. In an inter view with KOMO News, Angela said: “We noted how they would freeze completely before the sun rose but that once the sun was in view they would defrost along the tops or cease freezing altogether. We also noted how they would begin to deflate and implode in on themselves making them look like alien shapes or in some cases shatter completely leaving them to look like a cracked egg.” She also added, that “This is the most fun, unique and beautiful series I’ve done yet!”
Jee Young Lee is an up-and-coming Korean artist who manages to produce these fantastic surreal images without the aide of digital manipulation. Using nothing more than cardboard cutouts, paint, and oodles of creativity, she creates worlds based in old Korean fables in her tiny studio. With the advent of digital image manipulation, work like hers are getting harder to come by. What takes a digital artist hours or days to make takes Lee weeks, sometimes months to build. Of course, her point is, you don’t really need fancy software to create art. Lee will be having a solo exhibition at the Opiom Gallery in Opio, France. “Stage of Mind”, as the exhibition ill be called, is her first European exhibition.
Artem Cheboha is an uber talented illustrator and digital painter from Russia. This 26-year-old artist shows a lot of promise. His artwork showcases his active imagination. I love the fact that he chooses complimentary palettes of rich and warm colors for each digital painting. Rhads, as he is known in artistic circles, also dabbles in a bit of speed painting on the side. He is currently based in Saturn, Encelad.
Yuken Teruya is a Japanese artist who has taken it upon himself to resurrect the trees from which each paper bags come from. His cuts out delicate and perfectly proportioned trees from common brown paper bags, used shopping bags, and even McDonald’s take-out paper bags. The trees themselves are still connected to the bag by the topmost branches of its canopy. When viewed from the bag’s opening, the exquisite little trees appear to be perfectly framed. Yuken modeled his subjects from the trees in his neighborhood as well as those he has seen in his travels.
Kilian Schoenberger, one of the finest contemporary landscape photographers. He recently went on a mission to find as many hidden places on earth that resembles the settings of “The Tales of the Brother’s Grimm”. He scoured most of Middle Europe just to find those perfect spots imbued with a sense of mystery and unseen power. His task no mean feat by itself, is made even more challenging by the fact that Kilian is actually colorblind. He has deuteranopia, a condition wherein the colors green and red are indistinguishable. When asked about his creative process, he said: “Others are doing yoga – I am ascending mountains in the darkness of the night. Immersing in my own tranquil world step by step. The stoic rhythm of hiking through the gloom – the gently looming dawn and finally the satisfying moment when I reach my final location.“
Martin Hill is an environmental artist with a passion for photography. He became involved with the problem of sustainability in the early 90s. His specific concern centers on the unsustainable design of consumer products. Martin’s award-winning work has been featured in galleries across the world. He said: “By creating and publishing environmental art my message of sustainability by design now reaches millions of people each year.”