Tom Hoops is a self-taught British photographer who has been shooting professionally since 2008. He has worked with prestigious names such as Vogue Italia talents, Readers Digest, Vaseline, DT menswear, and many more. Tom’s photos are akin to psychological thrillers. Deep, dark, and compelling, he has an almost instinctive talent in using black and white photography.
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The Aqua building in Chicago is a stunning example of exquisite architecture. Since it was completed in 2010, Aqua has become a signature piece in the iconic Chicago skyline. Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects has received numerous awards and accolades for her work involved with the design of the building.
In our increasingly urbanized world, nature is fast becoming an abstract concept instead of being an all-pervading presence. Tomas Morkes is a Czech photographer who captures moving images of trees for the benefit of posterity. His images exude a sense of serenity and peace, something urbanites are hard-pressed to find. The foggy atmosphere gives his shots a aura of mystery.
Sue Marino is a graphic designer from Arundel, UK. She specializes in women’s portraits that bring out the strength and character of the subject. Her subjects include, but are not limited to: a fairy, an elf, an enchantress, and a mermaid. Sue captures the emotions on their faces perfectly, be it compassion, mischief, introspection, or grief.
Pavel Lepeshev is a Russian-based photographer who prefers his shots to do the talking. He doesn’t have a biography, and from other than the fact that he’s from Russia, we know next to nothing about him. What we do know, is that he takes great portraits of women. The kind that showcases their femininity without showing too much skin.
Julien Palast is a photographer based in Paris, France. In his series “Skin Deep”, beautifully proportioned people appear to be engulfed by brightly colored rubber-like substance. It’s a tight fit as the people appear to be completely naked.
If there’s anything that distinguishes men from the Victorian era, it’s their mustaches. For Aaron Smith, a mustachioed gentlemen himself, these men represent a masculine ideal. Their serious expressions, stiff poses, and spectacularly bearded faces does a great deal to mask an inner vulnerability. The extremely colorful palette which he uses to portray these gentlemen were drawn from Bird-of-Paradise and the extravagantly decorated Huli Wigmen of Papua New Guinea. Aaron wanted to draw parallels between the rituals of initiation practiced in tribal cultures and those found in western culture.
Ignasi Monreal was born in Barcelona, Spain. He studied Comic and Illustration at Escola Joso and graduated from Fashion Creative Direction at Instituto Europeo di Design. He is currently a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. His work has been published in magazines such as Vogue Spain, V Magazine Spain, and Harper’s Bazaar Spain.
Beata Rydén is a 26 year old photographer from Sweden. She uses her photography to visualize inner worlds. Beata is devoured by existential questions: Why are we here? How are we supposed to live our lives? What dos it mean to be alive? We can see through her surreal and dreamlike shots that she’s still trying to answer these questions with the magic of photography.
Alexander Fedosov is slowly gaining an audience with art fans everywhere. This Ukranian artist has impressed a lot of people (including quite a few critics) with his otherworldly graphic illustrations. Hiding behind the alias ‘Holllow’, Alexander’s work looks like a pro’s. he might be a professional graphic illustrator for all I know, since there is very little information about him. But I gueass all we really need to know is that this guys makes kick-ass art.