Rupert Vandervell is a true blue Londoner who has always been obsessed with clean lines and geometrical symmetry of things. He has this amazing knack for finding a drop of serenity in the ocean of chaos that is downtown London. His series “Man on Earth” has drawn quite a lot of international attention. The series has turned the art of street photography right on its head. He said: “My work explores our relationship with the world and how we interact with our environment. Each location is simply meant to represent ‘the ever-changing backdrop of the modern city,’ and the viewer can focus on the unique visual characteristics of the human form.”
“Making It Up” is a rather unusual series by Spanish photographer Juan Sánchez Castillo. He turned his subjects faces into landscapes upon which miniature people sledded, mowed, painted, and rappelled. Juan’s creative compositions often feature facial manipulations of the model’s face. In one of his other series, his subject has what appears to be metal rings sprouting from her eyelids. Using dollops of make-up and oodles of imagination, Juan has managed to create miniature landscapes filled with fascinating characters.
Darren Moore is a self-taught photographer who loves capturing stark black and white images using daytime long exposure. The method involves placing special neutral density filters to the camera lens to reduce the amount of light entering the lens. This allows the shutter to remain open for quite a long time, anywhere from thirty second to fifteen minutes in a single exposure. Moore has spent the last few years honing his skills to turn his lifelong passion into a profession.His work has already been exhibited internationally, garnering quite a few laurels along the way. Darren currently lives and based in Surrey.
Mark Evans grew up on a farm in the Welsh mountains. He was an outdoorsy type of kid who would rather cliff dive, rock-climb, and generally wander around in the woods. He was seven when his love affair with knives got started after his grandfather gave him his first knife. His involvement with leather, on the other hand, started when he tried cleaning off blood from a brand new leather jacket. He was trying to get the blood off when he accidentally ‘scratched through the blood into the surface of the jacket, right into the suede. He then spent the next couple of years perfecting this new technique which did not have a margin for error. Should Mark’s scalpel slip and cut through the hide (and usually, a finger or two), he’ll have to do the whole thing all over again. He said: “I think I’m most alive when something’s at risk. It’s nothing like painting where the artist can just paint over any mistakes. I have nowhere to hide mistakes, zero margin for error. But I love that, the risk of it, knowing the pressure’s on all the time. What is done cannot be undone.” Click here for more »
Jan Mráz is an up and coming tattoo artist whose designs are slowly becoming a sensation over the internet. He produces striking images by combining watercolor-like impressions, sharp lines, and pointillistic shading. He currently work over at Bobek Tattoo, a rather popular ink parlor in Prague. Jan’s designs have been ingrained in people’s calves, arms, hands, backs, thighs, and in many other anatomical parts than I care to mention. If you’re looking for an imaginative and colorful design with which to decorate your skin, look no further than Jan’s portfolio.
Chickens are thought of, at best, as a delicious main course, seldom as a pet, and rarely as things of beauty. Ernest Goh, a visual artist and photographer, has captured a series of images to change that perception. Ayam Seramas is a type of chicken breed created specifically for beauty. They even have their own beauty pageants. Ernest Goh took advantage of the amazing plumage of these gaily decked fowls and created a photo book featuring them. The stark black background that Ernest uses makes his feathered subjects seemingly pop out. Cocks: The Chicken Book features Ayam Seramas chickens proudly posing and strutting for the camera.
Jennifer Maestre has always been fascinated by the paradox posed by sea urchins. The beauty of its spines and the clear warning of danger that they represent. Each of Jennifer’s sea urchin-inspired sculptures took hours of painstaking work. She takes hundreds of pencils, cuts them to size, sharpens one end of each bit, and drills a hole right through them to make a bead. She then stitches them all together mainly using a peyote stitch. She said: “Sometimes one sculpture will inspire the next, or maybe I’ll make a mistake, and that will send me off in a new direction… I experimented with other pointy things and techniques, and finally hit on turning pencils into beads and sewing them together. Using this combination of technique and materials allows me to retain all the qualities that I want in my work, with the potential for more variety of form.”
Jose Vergara is a 19-year-old Texan whose hyper-realistic pencil drawings of the human eye has caught the attention of art overs everywhere. While they may not be mistaken for actual eyes, or even photographs of eyes, Jose’s drawings are incredibly detailed. Eyes are not the only thing he draws, he has also drawn a pair of lips, and masterful portraits of popular fictional characters. He is quite talented for his age and I can’t wait for his talents to be in full bloom. When looking for him in the net, you might want to try using his handle Redosking.
Contemporary artist Dionisio González created these ‘disaster-proof’ dwellings through the magic of photo manipulation. The series, entitled ‘Dauphin Island’, was inspired by the ability of Dauphin Island residents to bounce back after repeated devastation by hurricanes, Dionisio designed these realistic-looking mini fortresses that could allegedly withstand all kinds of natural disasters. These buildings, he said, ‘give shape to new habitable structures in the vacuums in the perception of spaces that had previously been devastated‘. Another similar series called ‘Inter-Actions’ feature stark black and white images of buildings literally rooted to the earth. Dionisio’s passion for architecture is evident in all of his works.
Siddhartha also goes by the name theSong on deviantART where he poses all of his work. This Spanish digital artist is slowly getting worldwide attention for the amazing composition of his work. They have a dream-like quality to them which manages to strike a nerve with the viewer. A good example of his work would be the one above where the little girl-turned-tin-can-knight explores the woods on her shaggy pone and meets a wise old bear. Each of Siddhartha’s images are rich with nuance and meaning.