Dutch photographer Mattijn Franssen creates surreal worlds filled with castles, mountains, and desolation. He explores them all with his cat by his side. He started with drawings, proceeded to illustrations, and finally took a look behind a lens in 2004. Barely a year into photography, he tried his hand at digital manipulation and found out that he did it passing well.
Elena Karneeva is a children’s photographer from Moscow. Her shots are guaranteed to make even the most cold-hearted Vulcan go “Awww…”. Not only are her subjects inherently adorable, they’re sometimes shot together with their furry friends. While anyone with a digital camera can take a picture of a baby and a dog, Elena takes great pains to get the perfect shot.
Agnes Boulloche was born in Paris, she spent her childhood in Morocco. These young years in North Africa made Agnes a legend and Djinn connoisseur, a lover of the uncanny. Back in Paris in the Sixties, she was a student at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, in the followed years, she entirely concentrated on oil painting on wood panels using the old “glaze” technique which consist in superimposing thin transparent layers of colours and makes it possible to combine fine strokes and luminous tints. She also uses various alchemical formulas to create her own pigments, mediums and varnishes.
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At first, I am working as a professional pilot for various swiss and south african airlines (1972-1988). In 1988, I quit cockpits and dedicate myself to painting. Oil on canvas has become my tool very soon. I like to figure strange, unusual, poetic situations and atmospheres, including these four elements, most of the time : Nature, characters, animals and objects. All elements are figured in a realistic manner, but in an unreal collection.
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Josef Hoflehner is a genius in timing his shots. He has a bit of an obsession with low flying planes and has put together a series of cringe-inducing close calls with low flying jet planes. The expressions of bystanders, ranging from annoyed to shocked to terrified, are caught on film. It also helps that Josef printed the photographs in classic black and white, heightening the contrast and giving it more drama.
Sylvain Meyer art has nothing to do with digital manipulation. In a digital world, this in itself, is a rarity. His installments, dubbed “land art” are all nature-inspired. Using the nature as both canvas and paint, Sylvian creates designs with whatever happens to be handy. He has used moss, rocks, leaves, bark, and sticks.
German photographer Alexandra Klever does something wholly unconventional when she photographs kids who are NOT smiling. These are kids who are on the verge of tears, crying, just finished crying, about to throw a tantrum, and thinking of the pros and cons of throwing a tantrum. To highlight their expressions, she placed her subjects against a blank background and clothed them identically in a sleeveless white undershirt.
Shintaro Ohata is a Japanese artist who flawlessly merges two-dimensional art with 3d by placing sculptures in front of his paintings. His innate talent of perfectly capturing light. Looking at his work, one might incorrectly assume that there is a hidden light source somewhere in his installation.When asked about the unique sculpture and painting combination he said: “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”.
Li Wei is a performance artist like no other. With his photos, what you see is what you get. No Photoshop, no helmet, just balls. There is zero digital manipulation involved, he may use wires from time to time though. Still, he shoots in dangerous places like high buildings, lakes, and ice holes and his self-portraits involve the risk of losing life or limb.
Not much is known about the mysterious Russian photographer Lena Dunaeva. Her work, on the other hand, has been lauded and praised by critics the world over. Browsing though her portfolio, one gets the sense of nostalgia. Her subjects are mostly female and the portraits tend to have and old-timey look about them. This, however, doesn’t diminish the sensuality of her models.