Using hand-drawn paper cut-outs and his imagination, Japanese artist Kouichi Chiba has managed to create fragile worlds teeming with adventure. His tiny paper people are doing all sorts of daring stunts, from hanging out in hammocks to nearly being blown away by the wind, to hanging off a skyscraper. Kouichi’s whimsical photo series is fast becoming a sensation on the internet after being featured on 500px. He currently lives and works in Shizuoka, Japan.
Aaron Tilley is a British photographer who specializes in interior and still life photography.He is currently dipping his toes into the delicious realm of food photography. His compositions highlight the texture and shape of food as well as their similarity to various objects such as the human brain, stairs, a foot, and a carpet. Aaron’s work has been featured in prestigious publications such as Esquire, The Guardian, Time Out, and Men’s Health. His photography studio is located in Hackney, London.
Daniel Cheong describes himself as a passionate amateur photographer and a techie. He is admittedly obsessed in making his urban landscapes look better than they actually are using a technique called ‘digital blending’. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and he works as a Technical Manager for Nokia during the day. At night, he grabs his camera and goes shooting urban landscapes to his heart’s content. He has no immediate plans to switch careers and adamantly maintains that photography is just his hobby – for now. Although he does sell prints of his work, the proceeds simply go on to finance better equipment and photo trips. He said: “Try to find your own style, be inspired by others but try not to copy them. Don’t believe too much in EXIF data, just go out there, take hundreds of shots, experiment (with) different settings. Also better focus on a specific type of photography which is in your comfort zone, and try to improve and perfect it. Only after, you can try to explore new genres of photography”
Eiko Jones is an A-list photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, TV Hören und Sehen, Diver Magazine, and Hello Canada. He grew up in New Zealand where his passion for photography was ignited on his fourteenth birthday when he was given his first SLR camera. He started capturing birds and other animals in their natural habitat. It was in the early 90s while he was traveling along the West Coast of British Columbia and Alaska that his focus shifted to landscapes above and below the waterline. His dramatic style and unique angles is his trademark in the profession.
Zack Seckler is a Brooklyn-based photographer behind these beautiful aerial photographs of Botswana. Zack was in Botswana for a photo shoot when he got it into his head to hop into an Ultralite plane and shoot the abundant wildlife below. He wanted to “see the landscape form a new angle”. Zack said that most animals paid them no mind while he was madly clicking away. He added: “Being above the ground at such low elevations, and having the ability to precisely maneuver, was like gliding over an enormous painting and being able to create brushstrokes at will. As soon as I saw the landscape from above I knew there was potential to create a special body of work.”
If eyes are truly windows to the soul, then photographer Suren Manvelyan is certainly trying his best to see it. His series “Your Beautiful Eyes” and “Animal Eyes” highlight the basic structures of the eyes. The photos have been featured in National Geographic, Yahoo!, Daily Mail, Wired, and many other popular publications. Suren discovered his lifelong passion when he was sixteen years old, since then, he has done everything from macrophotography to portrait photography to landscapes. When not taking awesome macros of eyes, he teaches projective geometry, mathematics, physics, and astronomy at the prestigious Yerevan Waldorf School. He has also served as a scientific researcher at the Institute for Physical Research of National Academy of Sciences form 1997 to 2011. If you’re still not impressed, Suren also plays five musical instruments: the guitar, the piano, the cello, the block flute, and the lyre.
Vesa Lehtimäki is a Finnish photographer with a fetish for fantastic dioramas. He utilizes LEGO mini figures, imagination, and generous amounts of baking soda to recreates scenes based on Star Wars and Indiana Jones. His realistic dioramas aren’t found in the actual movies, they’re original pieces of art. Some of them even look like “never-before-seen” deleted scenes from the actual movies. His passion for miniature photography started way back in 2009 when he first made dioramas to show off his kid’s toys. Vesa hasn’t looked back since.
Amelia Bauer is the photographer behind the aptly titled series “Burned Over”. Burned Over was shot in the burned-over district in upstate New York. In the series, Amelia used artificial lighting to “act as an outside force” on the landscape. She was inspired by the unseen power and rich history found in the forests of Central New York, a place where several early American religious got their start.
While we mere mortals doodle with stick figures and bug-like animals, Kerby Rosanes doodles has put him in the international spotlight. Doodling started out as a hobby for this talented Filipino artist which soon turned into a full-time occupation. The rich detail and composition of his work has made online art communities and international art blogs sit up and take notice. Kerby is currently based in the Philippines where he works as a graphic designer in a local company by day and doodles at night for various clients.
Wolf Ademeit is a German photographer whose dramatic black and white series “Animals” is a far cry from most wildlife photography which focuses on capurting shots of the animals in their natural habitat. Instead, Wolf focused on the facial expressions and poses of his furred and feathered subjects. He said: “Only a few photographers use the photography of animals in zoos as an art form. I think this is a missed opportunity…With my pictures I would like to move the photography of these animals in the focus of the art photography and show photos which are not only purely documentary.”