Burning oil rigs, quarries, recycling yards, and open air mines are just some of the places that photographer Edward Burtynsky has captured on film. He’s drawn to these images because of their rich detail and open meaning. He said: “We are drawn by desire – a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.”
Laurent Lavender is a French photographer who likes to play with the moon. He has transformed this unprotesting celestial body into a baloon, bull’s horns, ice cream, reading light, and exercise ball. He has also done quite a number of impressive things with it.Laurent has watered it, measured it, framed it, lassoed it, carried it in a wheelbarrow, even tried to climb it once, and as pictured above, nearly succeeded in erasing it. Truly, there are no boring subjects, just lack of imagination. The moon is something we’ve always taken for granted, but Laurent Lavender has turned it into an awesome prop.
Olga Tereshenko is a young, up-and-coming artist who does little to hide the fact that she’s a fan of Sherlock, Dr. House, and Tolkien. Her portraits are utterly recognizable and beautifully rendered. At only 25 years old, she has loads of potential to become the next big thing in the art world. Aside from awesome portraits of Dr. House, Sherlock, and Gandalf, Olga has also made digital portraits of contemporary Hollywood characters and actors like Maleficent, Adrian Brody, and Loki.
Joseph Ford was midway through getting his degree in French and Italian in Cambridge when he started taking pictures. He got his first big break as a photographer while doing some ads for TBWA Paris. His rapid rise through the ranks of advertising photographers can only be described as meteoric. These days, he can be found in exotic locales shooting ads for corporate clients. One of his more recent series is a feature for Sneakers magazine which had him pair up different sneaker brands with animals analogous to their logo. Lacoste vs crocodile was easy but Nike and Basics presented a bit more of a challenge. When not en route to a shoot or in Paris, Joseph lives in Brighton, UK.
He is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto-based artist Charles Bierk uses oil on canvas to create paintings that look like realistic pencil drawings on paper.
B. 1987. Lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
OCAD U, 2011, Drawing and Painting, Toronto, Canada.
Charles Bierk begins with a photograph of a face which then becomes source material for a monolithic, monochromatic portrait. A second identical portrait is also presented. But his one details Bierk’s technical process – his grid, the worn spots his hands and materials made on the source image. Finally, the source image is photographed for exhibition. Zac, the subject of the paintings and photograph, is beautiful and ultimately elusive but Bierk’s process is transparent.
“A true artist is not defined by his instruments.” – an old saying which is an apt description of Oleg Oprisco’s artistic inclinations. He’s a photographer who loves taking shots with an old, outdated, film camera. Looking at his pictures, one would assume that he uses loads of high-tech gear with more megapixels than you could shake a stick at. In truth, the excellence of his work comes down to two things: artistic vision and meticulous planning. None of his images are spur-of-the-moment shots. Oleg is a modern-day Titian whose subjects are all redheads. I guess he just loves the way their hair makes a striking contrast with just about everything. His advice for would-be photographers: “If you really feel this is your calling, go for it to the extreme. Drop your job and everything and just shoot; the rest will follow.”
Bradley Hart is the artist who came up with the innovative concept that combines paint, syringes, and bubble wrap to recreate classic works of art. He recently had his solo show at Cavalier Galleries Inc. in New York where he displayed his latest batch of bubble wrap art. It takes two things to create awesome art like this. One is patience (loads of it) to inject each individual cell with paint, and the other is artistic talent to make sure that the result comes out exactly what you intended it to be (Mona Lisa) instead of looking like a poorly pixelated version of classic painting.
Gregory Kloehn is a California-based sculptor/contractor who started the Homeless Homes Project, building homes out of old dumpsters. The scale of these miniature living spaces would make Hobbits feel right at home. The cramped but comfy homes includes: bed, sink, stove, storage shelves, windows, and a very cute door. The raw materials for the remodeling come from upcycled materials that Gregory and his crew have scrounged out from illegally dumped trash. He has even lived in one of his creations to prove that they’re more than just pretty, they’re functional too. Gregory feels that as long as ‘you’re putting so much effort into something it would be nice if it did something’.
Sandcastle Matt is a Massachusetts-based artist who loves playing around with sand. His creations have been mistaken as the result of lightning-struck sand. What Matt actually does is apply the drip method technique to various found objects such as plywood, vines, and anchors. Despite their fleeting existence, beachgoers can’t help but be amazed by Sandcastles Matt’s awesome sandcastles.
Kirstin Smith is the photographer behind the two-part series of photographs called “Bodies of Thought”. Her series captured the graceful movements of her subjects with some clever tweaking of the the exposure time. The colorful and flowing costumes of her subjects also added to the appeal of the images. You, the viewer, may not exactly know what Kirstin’s subject is doing, but it’s the uncertainty that makes you want a closer and longer look at the image. the series is said to be exploring the concept of “an intelligent body, where the body’s thoughts are realized through movement”.