Harry Lichtman is a New Hampshire-based landscape and outdoor photographer who has a deep and abiding passion for capturing the natural world during its most dramatic moments. His trick in capturing some of the most amazing natural phenomena is to pre-visualize a scene and then try to predict the specific weather or seasonal conditions that will bring it about. Waiting for that precious and often fleeting moment is simply part of the game. Harry said: “The landscape is my passion, both photographing and experiencing it first hand. The finished photograph is only a small portion of the satisfaction I get being outdoors. I try to bring a little of that “wow” and inspiration I get during my travels into my photography. The goal is to inspire appreciation for our natural environment, plant the seed for a viewer to visit a place they might not normally consider, or simply enable someone to experience a location they may never have a chance to go to.”
Barry Underwood draws inspiration from his early theatrical training. His familiarity with set design and staged photography tranforms perfectly ordinary landscapes into something right out of science fiction. Barry uses tiny luminescent material, LED lights, and specialized photographic effect to create magical landscapes. In his artist’s statement, he said: “My artwork examines community and land-use in rural, suburban and urban sites. I created this series of installations by researching local agricultural, industrial, and recreational land-use. Curiosity about ecological and social history of specific places drives my work. By revealing the beauty and potential of an ordinary landscape an everyday scene is transformed into a memorable, visual experience. Each photograph image is a dialogue – the result of my direct encounter with nature and history. Inspired by land art, landscape photography and painting, as well as cinema, my images are both surreal and familiar.”
Andy Lee is a UK-based photographer who took great pains to have his photos stand out. The sheer number of photographers who visit Iceland for its astounding natural beauty end up taking the similar-looking pictures. Andy stand out from the crowd with his clever use of filters, infrared light, and perfect timing. Aside from being an obsessive photographer, he is also a creative director, a painter, and a manic doodler. He said: “I’ve been taking pictures most of my life, but started it a little more obsessively about ten years ago when I was filming a documentary for a charity in Ethiopia. I had an old Hasselblad film camera with me and between scenes I started to photograph everything around me. From that moment on I was hooked. The joy I still get from seeing an image projected onto ground glass, or the smell of developer is enough to keep me shooting with a smile on my face.”
Mehdi Ghadyanloo is an Iranian street artist who has been coating Iran’s walls with wacky murals designed to make passersby smile. His fun, creative, and overall wacky work pepper the walls of Tehran, Iran’s capital. Mehdi studied in the prestigious Tarbiat Modares University where he undoubtedly honed his artistic skills. When not bringing cheer to the residents of Tehran, he’s busy managing his very own mural painting company called Blue Sky Painters Company.
Trina Merry is fine art bodypainter who makes sculpture out of humans, because marble is for pussies apparently. You carve marble, and it stays that way. Naked, painted models tend to sweat, breathe, and scratch an itch. The image above is from her series “Human Motorcycle Project”. According to Terry, “Everyone has seen the pictures of scantily clad women next to motorbikes and cars, and it can look a bit trashy.”. True, that. So she turned the concept of trashy right around by making bikes entirely out of naked athletic models. The effect is surprisingly classy. She said: “My surface is living, breathing human beings making this a highly relevant & immediate medium. I use non-toxic hypoallergenic paint applied with a brush or airbrush. The painting is temporary, like a Tibetan sand painting, beginning to change into another work as soon as I stop painting, changing texture & color.”
Tracy Lee Stum is one of the most well-known chalk artists out there – and for good reason. She specializes in creating large, interactive chalk drawings with adventurous themes. She has been commissioned by arts organizations, advertising agencies, educational institutes, corporations, and government agencies throughout the Europe, Asia, and North America. She is one of the rare artists whose name appears in the Guinness World Records for the Largest Chalk Painting by an Individual. Tracy specializes in anamorphic projection technique. She basically turns two dimensional chalk drawings into 3D images when viewed from the perfect angle. In case you were wondering, that’s Tracy up there, precariously balanced on a rope, enjoying one of her own works.
The white, faceless, vaguely human shape that you see trying to jump out of a window is one of the products of artist Daan Botlek’s imagination. While poking around in an abandoned building in Berlin, he dreamed up theidead of white silhouettes escaping from the building. The series is called “Escape from Wuhlheide” – a creatively concept where daring figures are depicted in the act of running away. Scroll down and I guarantee you that by the end of the series,you’ll be cheering for them.
Ben Sacks weapon of mass construction is a black 0.05 Staedtler liner pen. Detailed drawings are nothing new in the art world but imagine making one nearly four meters in circumference! One of his latest work, ‘A Single Note’ took dozens of pens and months to complete. He loves creating highly detailed urban landscapes based heavily on European cities, Gothic structures, and a big dash of science fiction. Of his work, he said: “Life in dreamy antiquity was often a heroic struggle. Though the societies of antiquity were bloody, dirty and corrupt the idea of antiquity has come to represent some resounding ideals in present society; democracy, justice, law and order, balance, symmetry. These ideals are now the foundation stones of our own civilization, a civilization that some distant future will perhaps honor as antiquity.”
Hotrods are souped up and pimped out versions of vintage cars, and photographer Neil Banich just can’t get enough of them. He was given his first camera by his grandfather when he was just seven years old, and he hasn’t stopped clicking ever since. Neil has also dabbled in ink sketches and oil paintings when he was younger. His other passion was cars. He was a grease monkey, a drag racer, and general automobile enthusiast. This series is all about combining his two main interests. He said: “Photography (is) a means to combine my two worlds. A way to create images of hotrods and exotic cars, and display them in a world of fine art. Images that are not just a document of a vehicle, but images that evoke emotion and passion, images that highlight the uniqueness and beauty of our beloved rolling sculptures.”
Hedi Slimaneis one of the most respected artists in the industry. Before becoming the creative director of Saint Laurent, he was a prolific photographer who had shot the covers of prestigious magazines like Vogue Russia, T, Dazed and Confused, and AnOther. He was also behind the one behind the lens of ad campaigns for Prada, Elle, and of course, Saint Laurent. The series of images below are just some of the portraits of A-list Hollywood celebrity, humanitarian, philanthropist, and super mom Angelina Jolie. More of Hedi’s amazing shots can be found in Elle’s June issue.