Handy Andy Pandy is a Melbourne-based, redhead photographer who is currently keeping up with his self-imposed 365-day challenge. For those not familiar with the challenge, the rules are simple. Take a photograph. Once a day, everyday, for 365 days straight! Most who do take on the challenge wash out after several months for lack of time, opportunity, or creativity. Not Handy Andy Pandy though, this guy has creativity out the wazoo. Sometimes, it takes him anywhere between six to seven hours to capture that perfect shot. He said: “I’m smack bang in the middle of a 365 Project and loving it! I’m trying to challenge myself and push myself to grow as a photographer and a photomanipulator”. When not carving a lightning bolt into his forehead, Andy contributes for the online photography site F Stop Lounge. He is also available for freelance work.
James Doran-Webb is the artist behind these amazingly life-like horse sculptures. Each horse is made up of roughly four hundred separate pieces of painstakingly collected driftwood, weighs around five hundred kilos, and has a stainless steel frame which enables it to support up to five persons on its back. They also have a moveable neck and limbs which allows the artist to position them in life-like poses. The sculptures were commissioned to herald the coming of the Year of the Wooden Horse in Singapore. Originally from Birmingham, James is currently based in Cebu City, Philippines where he has set up a company which makes and designs export-quality wooden objects. James is also an environmentalist and for each kilo of driftwood that he buys from the locals, he plants a seedling in the denuded hills of Cebu.
Albert Co is a talented artist who specializes in 3D Digital Illustration. Apparently, he also has a thing for Heroes and Legos (Yes, I know, the correct plural form is Lego bricks but Legos rhyme with heroes. Deal with it). One of his more recent series features pop culture icons-turned-into-Lego bricks. His subjects include comic book heroes: Thor, Iron Man, Wolverine, The Hulk, Spiderman, Captain America, The Fantastic Four, and their accompanying villains. He also has quite a few Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings renderings which are quite epic. I love the way he paid attention to detail such as Harry’s scar, Frodo’s sword, and Gandalf’s staff.
Jens Fersterra is a German photographer who has an unerring eye for urban photography. All of his shots capture the grandeur and majesty of each modern-day metropolis. He combines the mood, lighting, and angle perfectly. My favorite ones are those he did in black and white, adding an imposing feel to these modern-day monoliths. Unfortunately, very little is known about the artist himself but I guess the quality of his work speaks for itself.
Teodosio Sectio Aurea is a Greek artist whose sculptures are nothing much to look at in the light of day. His genius becomes evident only when the his pieces are strategically placed behind a correctly angled light source. His art isn’t the sculpture he assembled, it’s the shadow they cast. His subjects include: elegantly posed women, the Vitruvian man, and masterpieces of Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci.
“Emptying Gestures” is a performance by artist and dancer Heather Hansen. Based in New Orleans, Heather invites her audience to watch her as she draws beautiful symmetrical images on paper using her body. Heather belongs to a new breed of performance artists who produce kinetic illustrations. Heather also has a series of videos of her work called “Emptied Gestures”. She said: “Emptying Gestures is an experiment in kinetic drawing. In this series, I am searching for ways to download my movement directly onto paper, emptying gestures from one form to another and creating something new in the process.”
Elena Shumilova is a mother first and photographer second, but she simply can’t resist snapping these heartwarming shots of her boys bonding with their pets. Elena got her first camera in 2012 and she hasn’t stopped shooting with them ever since. When capturing her subjects on camera, she prefers natural light for both indoor and outdoor shots. She loves everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image – rain, snow, smoke, street and candle lights, fog, and smoke. She said: “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is.”
Luca Iaconi-Stewart is a San Francisco-based sculptor who was inspired by a high school architecture class to create this 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777 entirely out of Manila folders. This project started out way back in 2008 when he was still in junior high. The project is still ongoing as it’s sort of a trial-and-error process which Luca works on when he has the time. He also happens to be a bit of a perfectionist and his failed attempts include two sets of wings and three wonky tails. Luca relies on a detailed schematics he found online; he then utilizes Adobe Illustrator to recreate the drawings, which he prints directly onto the folders before cutting them out. It seems to me that it took so long to finish because he faithfully recreated everything, down to the nuts, bolts, and gears. Too bad it can’t fly. Luca hopes to wrap up the painstaking process of creation this summer.
Mr. Finch is an autodidact whose specialty is creating woodland flora and fauna out of bits and pieces of ‘found objects’. He painstakingly crafts his work in a studio full of glass jars, books, and naughty cats. Mr. Finch lives and works in Yorkshire in close proximity to rolling hills and mossy woods where he gathers inspiration for his creations. He said: “It’s a joy to hunt for things for my work…the lost, found and forgotten all have places in what I make. Most of my pieces use recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but I believe they add more authenticity and charm. Velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts, looking for new owners and adventures to have. Storytelling creatures for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten…”
Style, comfort, function is the trademark of every pair of shoes designed by Kobi Levi. His shoes mimic animals, birds, and objects with humorous results. At around $800 a pair, his work is certainly pricey but definitely worth it. They come in limited editions so you can be reasonably sure that you won’t be meeting someone wearing the exact same pair. Although there are but a few people of have the rare kind of courage needed to strut around in an inflatable-doll-themed pair of heels. Lady Gaga herself wore one of Levi’s creations in her music video for “Born This Way”. Levi is currently based in Tel Aviv, Israel.