Brian Boulton is a Vancouver-based artist who reverses the digital trend by turning digital images into drawings. He has a series of beautifully rendered drawings where the subjects all face away from the viewer. The original photos were taken without the subject’s knowledge, lending the drawing an element of spontaneity. Brian’s graphite renderings are finely detailed, giving it more character and dimension than the original photo.
Water photography is a dime a dozen but Tim Tadder’s “Fish Heads” is truly one-of-a-kind. By using surface tension and nifty lighting, Tim makes it seem as if his subjects are either emerging from a fluid portal or being swallowed by one. Tim is no amateur photographer, having worked with Gatorade, Coke Zero, and Budweiser on various advertising campaigns. He believes that being familiar with shooting live action makes it easier to recreate the look for advertising shoots.
Till Rabus is a Swiss artist who spends divides his time between Paris and Neuchatel. His hyper-realistic paintings of garbage like tires, condoms, and leftovers has shocked tender sensibilities. However bizarre his subject matter, his skill with the paintbrush is evident. One could only hope that people would take one look at his paintings and immediately change their wasteful ways.
Born in London, grew up in Australia, and educated in America; Robin Eley is a man of three continents. According to him his paintings speak softly of messages both personal and profound. Messages only those who make the effort to listen can hear. Aspirations, failed ambition, and impermanence are the underlying themes of his work. He is currently based in Australia where he lives with his wife.
John Wilhelm is NOT a professional photographer. Yet his work is head and shoulders above most mediocre professionals out there. There’s something to be said about doing something you are passionate about, it brings out dedication and work ethic you seldom apply to your regular job. John’s series of digitally enhanced images amuses the viewer with the potentially wacky things babies and kids can do.
Sasha Fantom is a mysterious digital artist from Ukraine whose work has been loudly lauded on deviantART. He has been at his craft for only three years yet his level of mastery is amazing. According to him, his inspiration comes from his desire to escape the dullness of reality. This probably explains why the subjects of his paintings are often gleaned from fantasy, fables, and fiction. The seductively posed women help draw the viewer’s eye, but the detail and subject makes it linger.
Marcin Sobas is a Polish photographer who has a unique approach to landscape photography. Instead of wide angles, Marcin uses a telephoto zoom lens making his shots appear immense in scope. His inspirations are his family, travel, exploration of beautiful places, and life in general. According to him: “A picture needs to have a story in itself. Only then a photographer can pass to the audience something great. ”
Tim Tadder does it again. With a thorough grasp of fluid mechanics and split-second timing, he has managed to make yet another impressive series featuring water. Water wigs was created with the use of water-filled balloons, colored lighting, and willing victi-er-subjects. Laser and sound triggers were used to capture the water balloon’s explosion on the bald subjects, giving them a brilliant new hairstyle.
Valencia street in San Francisco is home to Photobooth, the world’s last remaining tintype portrait studio. Michael Shindler, the owner and operator of Photobooth, spent six years studying the Wet-Plate Collodion process. This is commonly called tintype since the image can be produced on black metal or glass. Tintype was first introduced in the 1850s, over a hundred and sixty years ago. The process takes around ten minutes and is both delicate and messy. One slip-up and you’ll have to do the whole thing all over again. Over 3,500 people (and one dog) have had themselves immortalized under Michael’s capable hands since the shop opened a year ago.
Coffee is one of the world’s leading stimulant. Russian artist Arkady Kim recently broke world with his installation “The Awakening”. True to its name, the installation is made with over a million coffee beans. The subtle shadings of cream, caramel, brown, and black were accomplished by roasting the beans. Each bean was painstakingly placed by Arkady and his five assistance, a process which took twelve days to complete. The mural stands in Gorky Park and holds the world record for the largest coffee bean mural.