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.”
Haroshi is a self taught sculptor and skateboarder currently based in Japan. One of his more recent series combine both of his passions: skateboards and sculptures.The unusual appearance of his sculptures are because of the composition of skateboards he uses. The layers of wood create a colorfully variegated design. Most of the skateboards he uses are his own, but he wouldn’t say no to a few donations as well. According to his website: “His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece.”
Paul Lange is a highly acclaimed New York City photographer whose work has graced the pages of prestigious publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Glamour. He specializes in editorial and celebrity portraits and is currently dipping his toes into the vast ocean of fine art photography. “Big Blooms” is but one of the four series that compose his “Fifty Acres” project. The project took eight years and thousands of photos to complete. It’s a catalogue of all the flora and fauna living on a farm owned by his close friend and renowned New York florist Zezé. Paul is currently based in Chatham, New York where he lives with his wife/business partner/creative partner Jennifer.
A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the universe. Kathy Klein is an Arizona-based artist who loves creating flower mandalas in the great outdoors. She calls the pieces ‘danmalas’ which means ‘the giver of garlands’ in Sanskrit. Her ephemeral installations are photographed and then left to be discovered by others. Her creative process involves getting into a meditative state and then gathering flowers and other natural objects while waiting for inspiration to strike. Her danmalas are reflections which points towards life’s abundance and reminds us all to listen to the unheard voice of nature.
Caleb Charland has turned the concept behind a high school science project into a piece of art. In his brilliant series “Back To Light” he drew inspiration from the classic grade school science project, the potato battery. A current is created when a galvanized iron nail is inserted into one side of the potato is connected to a piece of copper inserted in the other side. This time, instead of potatoes, he used fruits, mostly citruses, and even a few jars of what seems to be apple cider. He said: ” The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon is endlessly fascinating for me . . . My hope is that these photographs function as micro utopias by suggesting and illustrating the endless possibilities of alternative and sustainable energy production. The cycle that begins with the light of our closest star implanting organic materials with nutrients and energy, is re-routed in these images, Back to Light, illuminating earth once again.”
At first glance, Eloy Morales’s self-portraits are nothing to be excited about. It’s when you take a closer look at his paintings that you realize that this guy has oodles of talent. Talented Spanish artist Eloy Morales has created an eye-catching series of self portraits with an interesting catch – they’re not photographs, they’re paintings. He’s one of the next-generation of artists who’s taking realism to the next level: photorealism. As a matter of fact, Eloy’s paintings are even better than shots captured by some low-end digital cameras. According to him, his work is a conceptual self-portrait, the paint on his face is a reflection of his complex relationship with paint. It takes Eloy more than a month to paint each extremely detailed self-portrait. He said: “I’m very disciplined, but I need to be alone to develop my work. I’ve got my studio separate from my home so I can concentrate, I need to be alone while painting.”
Jodi Harvey-Brown is the talented artist behind these awesome pop-up paper sculptures. It all started when she bought a box of used books at a second-hand shop, after experimentally folding a page to create one of the characters in the stories, she was hooked. She said: “The books that we love to read should be made to come to life. Characters, that we care so much for, should come out of the pages to show us their stories. What we see in our imaginations as we read should be there for the world to see.”. To make her pieces last longer, a layer of protective coating is applied to her creations for waterproofing and to prevent yellowing.
Wires are also incorporated into some of the structures for strength and stability.
Joe Mangrum has spent the last eight years scattering sand around the streets of New York. No, he’s not a litterbug, he’s a sand artist. He draws intricate geometric shapes by hand using brightly colored sand. Sand being sand, his works last a day at most, less if it’s windy or if it rains. His installations strongly resemble Buddhist mandalas but the unexpected mix of geometry and biological elements give it a unique look. Joe said that his ‘paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, and cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world’.
Annie Leibovitz is a world-class photographer best known for taking John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s portrait where the naked John was embracing fully clothed Yoko. One of her most popular series features a mash-up of Disney’s well-loved characters and famous Hollywood stars. Originally, Annie was approached by Disney for their “Year Of A Million Dreams” promotion. The concept was such a hit that Annie is still making the portraits. Her A-list subjects include: Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, David Beckham as Prince Phillip, Michael Phelps as a merman, Russel Brand as Captain Hook, Jennifer Lopez as Jasmine, and Marc Anthony as Alladin – to name just a few.
Daniel Nimmervoll is an Austria-based photographer who managed to capture these incredible macro shots of water droplets using his high speed camera. If you look closely at that shot above, you can see the .22 caliber bullet that passed through the column of water produced by the drop of water as it hit the surface. Might I point out that capturing a bullet in flight (albeit a low caliber one) is no mean feat by itself, capturing one as it passes through a drop of water which exists for a millisecond is relatively unheard of. High tech equipment can only do so much, it is to the photographer that wields them to whom due credit should be given. Kudos to Daniel for having the patience and the talent to capture these incredible shots.