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.
Anastassia Ellias is a Paris-based illustrator and sculptor who unleashed her creativity on helpless toilet paper rolls. Recently, she assembles 67 pf her finest works and turned the whole collection into a book entitled “Rouleaux”. Anastassia created the earth-friendly dioramas by carefully cutting-out the scenes from brown paper and sticking them inside the used toilet paper rolls. A task which is similar to building a ship inside a bottle. Unlike ship-building, it only takes Anastassia a few hours to complete a roll.
With the help of co-conspirator/photographer Jordan Nakamura, Joshua and Rachel Watson created some of the most awesome wedding and reception invitations I have ever seen. Joshua is also a photographer, and together with Jordan, went about accurately re-creating famous movie posters and turned them into invitations. Some of the images were also on the DVD case covers that they gave out as tokens to their guests. Looking at the invitations, I’m sure they had a lot of fun conceptualizing, shooting, and editing the invitations.