Kilian Schoenberger, one of the finest contemporary landscape photographers. He recently went on a mission to find as many hidden places on earth that resembles the settings of “The Tales of the Brother’s Grimm”. He scoured most of Middle Europe just to find those perfect spots imbued with a sense of mystery and unseen power. His task no mean feat by itself, is made even more challenging by the fact that Kilian is actually colorblind. He has deuteranopia, a condition wherein the colors green and red are indistinguishable. When asked about his creative process, he said: “Others are doing yoga – I am ascending mountains in the darkness of the night. Immersing in my own tranquil world step by step. The stoic rhythm of hiking through the gloom – the gently looming dawn and finally the satisfying moment when I reach my final location.“
Martin Hill is an environmental artist with a passion for photography. He became involved with the problem of sustainability in the early 90s. His specific concern centers on the unsustainable design of consumer products. Martin’s award-winning work has been featured in galleries across the world. He said: “By creating and publishing environmental art my message of sustainability by design now reaches millions of people each year.”
As a child, Zaria Forman traveled with her mother, a renowned professional photographer, to some of the world’s most remote landscapes. The beauty and majesty of these places hasn’t left her and on 2012, she led an epic expedition which aimed to trace the 1869 journey made by painter William Bradford up the NW coast of Greenland. The expedition, aptly called “Chasing the Light” was actually her mother’s idea. Sadly, Rena Bass Forman wasn’t able to make the journey as she was diagnosed with brain cancer and died before the expedition could get under way. Zaria created this amazing iceberg series as a tribute to her mom. She also donated all of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings to 350.org, an organization that aims to raise awareness on climate change. She said: “During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. In Greenland, I scattered her ashes amongst crackling ice diamonds, on the towering peak of one of earth’s oldest stones and under the green glow of northern lights. She is now a part of the landscape she loved so much. My hope is that these drawings bring awareness, and invite viewers to share the urgency in a hopeful and meaningful way. Art can facilitate a deeper understanding of any crisis, helping us find meaning and optimism in shifting landscapes.“
Kevin Corrado is a promising young artist who hails from Connectict, USA. He is currently obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design at the Shintaro Akatasu School of Design. He was primarily into typography and only picked up a camera to document his work. He said: “The photos I took never seemed to be as good as the original drawing, so I kept trying until my fascination with the camera caught on.”. When asked about his inspiration, he replied: ” I am inspired by the youth of today who constantly raise bar by simply adventuring out and using their creativity.” Kevin is currently on a 52-week challenge he set for himself where he aims to upload a new conceptual photograph each week.
A true artist sees creative potential in everything. Mark Khaisman, a promising artist from Ukraine spotted the potential behind one of the most mundane everyday objects – packing tape. He strategically sticks pieces of packing tape on a plexiglass base. Clever lighting behind the glass highlights the resulting image beautifully. His subjects range from 20th century cultural icons to scenes from old Hollywood movies. The final images are often sepia-toned which lends it a bit of nostalgic charm.
Nate Hallinan is an American concept artist who thought it would be a fun exercise to re-imagine the X-Men characters in an alternate medieval reality. Thus emerged The Order of the X, a group of ‘gifted’ individuals in the service of Lord Charles Xavier. “The Order provides sanctuary and protection to individuals outcast by society due to their innate abnormalities. These people are often misidentified as monsters, demons, warlocks and witches.”. Nate currently works freelance but will be more than happy to work in-house when available.
Hobo nickel art is a broad term that refers to miniature bas relief sculptures carved into coins, often nickels. Nickels became the go-to medium of choice for their cheapness and malleability. Paolo Curcio is one of the savants in this particular genre, carving out skulls, E.T., Frankenstein’s monster, a deranged clown, and even Moby Dick onto the surface of a variety of coins. This Barcelona-based artist has the amazing knack for utilizing ‘clad coins’ (coins made from multiple layers of metal) to create background patterns and flourishes. You can check out his eBay account for these miniature masterpieces in case you’re interested.
Lee Bothma describes himself as an adventurous person who love to travel and explore the remote areas of South Africa. He hopes to find the few remaining untouched places in South Africa. Known for its sweeping vistas and wildlife, there’s no better place for a promising landscape and wildlife photographer. Lee said: “I have a great love for the African bush and all its small curiosities that most overlook, from the little guys crossing the roads to the towering elephants that sculpt our landscape, and this love for the wild has transformed an interest in photography into a love and deep passion for me.”
Michael J. Quinn is a self-taught photographer whose goal is to capture awe-inspiring landscapes. His passion for photography blossomed in his teens when his mother gave him an SLR camera as a birthday gift. A family trip to Colorado affected him deeply and he vowed one day to return and capture its beauty on film. Life put his dream on hold as he pursued a career in Engineering and had started a family. Another trip to Colorado sparked his dream back to life and he hasn’t stopped looking through the lens ever since.
Temari, also known as ‘gotenmari’, are traditional New Year’s gifts for children in Japan. It takes a lot of patience, dexterity, and precision to make one of these colorful handballs. Qualities which the 92-year-old grandmother of photographer NanaAkua apparently doesn’t lack. NanaAkua’s grandmother learned the technique in the 60′s and she has been making one ever since. She currently has a selection of over 500 intricately designed handballs with absolutely no pattern repeating itself.
You can check out more of her work at NanaAkua’s Flickr account.