Edouard Martinet is a gifted sculptor who uses cast-off pieces of bicycles, automobiles, and typewriters to make incredibly detailed and physiologically accurate insects. Edouard’s pieces are not welded or glued together in any way, instead, each part is meticulously attached with screws, giving the whole piece a vintage steampunk look. Unlike most sculptures made of recycled objects, Martinet’s pieces do not merely approximate the look of the insect upon which they were based. His sculptures look exactly like the insects themselves. To have a closer look at his work, you can check out his ongoing exhibition at Sladmore Contemporary in London which will be open until the end of January 2014.
These days, vegetables and fruit aren’t just food – they’re also artistic medium. Dan Cretu, a professional photographer, created food-based imitations of real-life objects like radios, motorbikes, matches, soccer balls, bicycles, 8-track tapes, and old-school film cameras. Each piece was prepared and photographed in less than four hours and no digital alterations were made on the finished product. Dan describes himself as someone who specializes in eco art, blending food sculpture with photography. If you like his work, you can get prints in Etsy. Dan lives and works in Romania.
Benjamin Von Wong is notorious for epic photography. The more challenging the project, the more he enjoys it. His background in engineering gives him an edge when it comes to creative problem solving. His style may be described as hyper-realistic with a generous amount of humor and fantasy mixed in. He’s one of those photographers who has the unique talent of capturing moments that can both amaze you and make you laugh. In an inter view, he said: “The reason I create images that are epic and fantastical is to share my dreams … the reason I share the process is to take you with me on the adventure… and the reason I share my thoughts and emotions is to show you that I’m human, just like you. I’ve never felt more alive (than when doing a tricky piece of photography)… because doing something that matters makes all the difference.”
Daryna Kossar is an outstanding photographer and designer from Ukraine. Now, we’ve featured a lot of food art before but Daryna stands out with her creative use of everything that happens to be at hand. the list of things she’s used include: lipstick, mascara, blueberries, cookies, coffee, bread, and sugar cubes. According to her, her inspiration comes from the little things she saw everyday. It’s not so much a matter of creative arrangement as it is seeing the artistic potential of the most ordinary, everyday objects. I’ll definitely be watching out for her work from now on.
Big Appetites is the brainchild of photographer Christopher Boffoli. It’s a series featuring miniscule figures interacting with perfectly chosen food items. The series has been published both in print and online in more than 100 countries. Its worldwide appeal may lie in the fact that everyone has to eat – no matter your race, creed, or color. In an interview about his popular series, Christopher said: “I think it is especially resonant with children because as a child you live in an adult world that is out of scale with your body and proportions. . . Combining what are essentially food and toys makes the work instantly accessible to virtually everyone. Regardless of language, culture and social status, almost everyone can identify with toys from their childhood. And whether you eat with a fork, chopsticks or your hands, everyone understands food. Sitting down to a meal makes us feel most human.” Christopher is also a journalist, filmmaker, and writer. He is currently based in Seattle.
Inviv0 is not a photographer, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. He is actually a student studying medical neuroscience. All of his awesome landscape photos were taken while he was traveling. Originally from Istanbul, he is currently based in Berlin where he continues to wow his online audiences with his jaw-dropping urban landscapes. Admittedly, a lot of post-production editing is done before the final product is unleashed but you simply can’t deny his artistic eye. His favorite camera is the Nikon D90 because it’s lighter, smaller, and more budget friendly (in case it develops a sudden urge to take a swim). He also has a Canon 5D which he says is actually the better camera of the two.
Whendell Souza L is a Brazilian digital artist whose work speaks volumes about his talent and imagination. He is currently active on deviantART where his posted works have gathered quite a following. His style combines fantasy, fiction, and myth with strong feminine characters. To date he does freelance work with photo retouching, photo manipulation, CD covers, and book covers.
When Ben Zank was 18 years old, he discovered a functional Pentax ME Super (35mm) SLR in his grandmother’s attic. A few clicks later, he hooked on photography. These days, he practices his craft in New York City, specializing in conceptual fine art. His work has a touch of whimsy and fantasy in it. He loves playing around with light and shadow. Mist and fog also feature prominently in his work. His current equipment is a far cry from his grandma’s Pentax SLR. He used to shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II until it fell to its death in a swamp. After his Canon’s untimely demise, he switched to a Nikon D90. Ben also took up the 365-day challenge and posted his work on his Flickr account.
Vanessa K. Rees is an award-winning photographer whose list of clients include prestigious names like Food & Wine Magazine, H.Bloom, and Ralph Lauren. She loves all kinds of photography but she’ particularly drawn to still lifes, food, and lifestyle photography. Her passion for getting the lighting ‘just right’ drives her to use up to eight different light sources for one shot. Most of the time though, only one or two light sources does the trick. She said: “The best thing I ever did for my photography is put the camera down and start collecting props. I love telling stories with props. When the right lighting is paired with the right props, magic happens.” Vanessa currently lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and a fat yellow cat.
Leticia Reinaldo is an imaginative 3D artist who is currently based in Los Angeles. Originally from Brazil, she moved to California to attend the prestigious Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Her formal studies enhanced her already considerable artistic and technical skills which in turn resulted into incredibly detailed 3D illustrations. Most of her work involved the creation and development of characters and background in commercials. Leticia specialized in character modeling and background texturing. She also taught at the School of Art, Game and Animation where she created a program which focuses on architectural visualization. The program is currently in place and is still used until this day.