Wlodzimierz Kuklinski is a self-taught Polish painter and illustrator. His work is found on more than a hundred books. He also designs posters, book covers, trademarks, wrappings and CD covers. He works primarily with oils and his paintings often depict young women in thoughtful contemplation. Wlodzimierz loves illustrating fairy tales, historical books, and detective stories.
Trotter, is a one-year old pug whose portrait is fast becoming viral on the net. Sonya Yu, her human, is a full-time food photographer based in San Francisco, California. Sonya’s exquisitely delicious food photos might earn her a living, but Trotter’s meteoric rise to fame is really putting Sonya on the map.
A glance at these photos and you’ll be screaming FAAAKE! Well, just because they look impossible, doesn’t mean they’re Photoshopped. These are actually nothing more than aerial photos of rivers flowing through beds of volcanic ash with a couple of volcanic craters thrown in. Photographer Andre Ermolaev has made it his life’s work to document these fleeting glimpses of natural beauty.
David A. Reeves is a native of Rhode Island and is currently studying photography at NSCAD University. He has won the Student Award in the Nov/Dec issue of Canada’s Applied Arts for his series “My Limbo”. He carefully photographed cardboard silhouettes of zombie invasions, ninja face-off, Batman rescues, and scenes from the video game Limbo. The shots are not at all two-dimensional, as a matter of fact, they all have amazing depth. David has successfully given a macabre twist to a child’s past-time. When not shooting photos of creepy dioramas, David writes music.
Fire tempers the finest steel, they say. The porcelain dolls in Chen Hongzhu’s portraits have certainly gone through the forge. Chen Hongzhu graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts. The subject of her surreal portraits are just a wee bit cracked, but stronger for all that. With their large, unseeing eyes and well-hidden flaws, they subtly hint at inner strength showing itself through tragedy.
The images are clearly digitally manipulated but showing the devastated that the 1906 San Francisco earthquake wreaked. Unhappy with the usual then-and-now photos, photographer Shawn Clover made his own. He meticulously recreated the angle, the focus, and the lighting of his modern-day point-of-view. Blending the two together created a much more attention grabbing then-and-now comparison.
The perfect shot is a combination of patience, timing, and talent. Amateur photographer David Chambon spent a whole year amassing a whole series of those perfect perfect shots. He captured a whole range of arthropods with morning dew still on their bodies. The glistening effect makes each insect look like they’re encrusted by diamonds.
One of the most recent works of photographer Daniel Kukla is his “The Edge Effect” series which features perfectly square mirrors propped up on an easel and angled to reflect the horizon. The easels were strategically placed around the Joshua Tree National Park. The viewer has the distinct feeling of looking at a photograph of a hyper-realistic painting. Daniels also has a background in both biology and anthropology.
Lana Khavronenko is yet another one of those gifted young artists who seemingly pop up from out of nowhere. We know she’s Ukrainian, and that’s about it. There is a maddeningly little information about her but her work speaks volumes about her talent. Her watercolor paintings are vividly arresting. Her use of use of contrasting hues bring out the character of her subjects.
Sarah Harvey is a British artist who loves capturing the interplay between light, color and water. Most of her work features submerged in water. The accompanying ripples, distortions, and bubbles are faithfully reproduced on canvas. According to her: “My paintings of figures floating are predominantly self portraits. I aim to create paintings that arouse both a sense of well being and pleasure, whilst simultaneously suggesting notions of insecurity, fantasy and sexuality.”