Marko Korosec is a storm chaser who puts his life in the line every time he takes pictures of supercell thunderstorms. Supercell thunderstorms are tornado-generating, hail-producing, cloud formations that may easily be mistaken as an alien invasion. Marko, who originally hails from Slovenia, took these awesome pictures during a month-long expedition into the U.S.A’s tornado alley. When not chasing superstorms, Marko also captures lightning strikes. During an interview on Daily Mail, he said: “I usually observe storms in as safe a position as possible, to avoid any dangerous conditions which could cause us damage or to the vehicle. Storm chasing usually means a lot of moving around, remaining in one position for some time and then moving when storm gets closer.”
Franck Bohbot was born in France in 1980. He grew up in a musically-inclined family and he even took up drums and played in a band until his 20s. Franck has a [articular interest in the relationship that people have with architecture which led him to create his series “Respect the Architect”. In this series, he captured the essence of several well-known structures outstanding for both their scale as well as architecture. His particular style in capturing the images gives the viewer an awesome perspective. Franck currently divides his time between New York and France.
Lucia Giacani is an Italian photographer who has made quite a mark in fashion photography. One of her most recent series, aptly titled “Under My Skin”, features models posing alongside skinned replicas of animals. The photos were featured in Vogue Italia. Lucia was born in Jesi, Italy but grew up in Rome. She graduated from the prestigious Advanced Institute for the Artistic Industries where her photographic exploits won her numerous accolades and awards. She currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.
Some might say that animal photography is a cinch. All it takes to get a great photo is to point your camera at something young, furry, and warm-blooded and then BOOM! cute picture. If you ask animal photographer Britta Meven, great pictures don’t ‘just happen’, they’re made. Britta hails from Austria and his collection of landscape and animal photography is just awesome. I bet it took a combination of patience, great timing, and a great ‘eye’ for composition to get those wonderful shots.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo recently commissioned Torafu Architects to design a ‘Haunted House’. There was also a special interactive exhibit for children where they can scare and get scared. The artists at Torafu Architects contsructed a seemingly ordinary art gallery corridor. It had the usual paintings on the walls and even a tired gentleman sitting in the far end. A second look at the said gentleman will reveal that his hat is floating because his head is missing. The paintings themselves turn out to be on the creepy side, what with eyes following you and even frames you can climb into. Torafu Architects wanted to “Engage people more actively while stimulating their imagination. They also want to challenge perspectives and norms and break the rules as children are encouraged to run, shout and touch.”
With this creepy installation, I’ll say they achieved their goal.
Kapil Bhagat is an India-based graphic designer who designed a series of clever typographic posters for Science Day. The minimalistic posters features the names of famous scientists written in such a way that shows their respective achievement or theory. Newton’s name dropped the red apple-like O; Rontgen’s name is a bright white against a stark black background, like an x-ray; and the O-within-a-C in Copernicus’s name – all clever ways to connect each scientist with their respective achievements using only their names.
Chris Arnade is a photographer who has managed to integrate himself into Hunts Point – one of the most dangerous areas in New York. Hunts Point is one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Most residents are victims of the vicious cycle of poverty, drug addiction, and prostitution from which few ever manage to escape. It is here that he met a talented young man named Jose Garcia. Chris saw Jose and his friends do a few death-defying backflips off parked trucks and decided to approach the young man to ask permission for a picture. Thus was born the series Jose the Amazing. Chris said: “I have come to grow very fond of Jose and his friends, and [we] have done many photo shoots together. [They] are big fans of Parkour, Hip-hop, and Anime. They are fighting against an area where the pressures of poverty, drugs, and limited opportunity weigh heavily.” You can also check out his series Faces of Addiction.
“Pucker” is a slightly sadistic series by David Wile and April Maciborka which features toddlers biting into a slice of lemon for the first time. The sadistic part is that they left out the salt and tequila in the experiment. No wonder the tiny tots displayed reactions ranging from shock, to disbelief, to betrayal. The adorable little girl pictured above seems to be the only one delighted about the whole thing. Said the duo: “Lemons can be a great source of entertainment. Especially when you give babies the opportunity to taste them for the first time!”
Nicky Bay can be described as a arachnoid-macrophotographer. He specializes in extreme close-ups of just about every spider he can find. Who would have ever thought spiders actually looked cute up close? Well, maybe except for the Bird Dung Spider, and that horned thing down there that looks like an alien larva. That being said. the next time, instead of reaching for a rolled-up newspaper at the sight of one, I’ll reach for my camera. Nicky currently lives and works in Singapore.
Tang Chiew Ling is a graphic designer and illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her series “Fashion in Leaf” has captured the interest of fashion aficionados the world over with its minimalistic approach and ecological theme. Tang intentionally used inconspicuous and unattractive leaves to create something fun and fashionable. Most of the leaves she used were from her mom’s garden. Strategically placed, the leaves served as classy evening gowns to the models she drew on paper. Tang is one of those rare artists who can turn common, everyday objects into artistic creations.