Marcus Møller Bitsch is a self-taught photographer who was born and raised in Denmark. He grew up close to nature which gave him an insatiable curiosity for life and a thriving imagination. He took up photography three years ago when a knee injury sidelined him from water sports. Marcus finished the 365 days project this year which is no mean feat. As the name implies, you have to capture a year of your life on film (or pixels) – without missing a single day! At the moment, he is doing a lot o freelance work, specializing in fashion photography and conceptual self-portraiture.
Work by Knight is the artist behind these cleverly put-together portraits of famous celebrities. A large part of his work is influenced by the transition from analogue to digital. He said: “My youth was spent without computers or mobile phones yet the transition to them being such a vital part of my life seemed effortless and mandatory. Only now as our world becomes touchscreen dependent do I reminisce upon the buttons I used to push. Perhaps I draw a parallel between discarded analog devices and my own mortality. For I too one day will become discarded and irrelevant.” WBK currently lives and works in Australia.
Daniel Emma is an art studio specializing in industrial design. Founded by Daniel To and Emma Aiston in 2008, Daniel Emma has a very minimalistic approach to the design of a large variety of objects, ranging from desk items to installations. According to them: “Our studio works on a large variety of projects, ranging from desk objects to installations. We look to create the unexpected from simple objects using simple forms, drawing influence and insight from the diverse culture that Australia presents us with.” All photos courtesy of Rodrick Bond.
Ben Frost is an Australian artist known for his trademark kaleidoscopic style. One of his more recent works involve empty packs of McDonald’s fries and a few well-known pop icons. Bart Simpson, Elmo, Batman, a Spy, and a pair of Zombies – all of them are incorporated into the fast food wrappers. Ben co-founded the online art portal StupidKrap.com. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
Lisa Adams is a self-taught realist painter from Queensland, Australia. She paints for six hours a day, six days a week. Even at that pace, it takes her months to finish a single piece. She averages three to five paintings per year. Lisa begins with a crystal clear mental picture of the painting which she then tries to transfer onto the canvas. She utilizes detailed photographic references, usually her own, or the ones taken by her husband, photographer Kim Guthrie. She said: “I never paint from just one photograph, it sometimes takes hundreds of separate sources.”
Sonia Rentsch is an Australian designer and stylist. One of her more recent compositions feature a variety of handguns made entirely out of dried plants. The series was made for the latest January Biannual. Sonia has a degree in Industrial Design from MIT, Australia. Her clients include the Suddeutche Zeitung (Germany), L’oréal Melbourne, and Christian Dior (UK). She was also the editor-at-large of some popular design papers. Before Sonia transitioned from film to still-life set design, she worked for the creative house Moth Design n Melbourne.
Julian Wolkenstein is a London-based photographer from Australia who is best known for his advertising photos. Julian obtained his Associate’s degree in photography in 1996 and after working a few years as an assistant, he started working for himself. One of his most popular series consists of a trio of people posing for portraits with comical shadows, another is his series ‘Echoism’ which was basically a work of pure symmetry. He currently divides his time between Melbourne, Sydney, and London.
Mei Linn received her Diploma in Advertising & Graphic Design from The One Academy of Communication Design. She’s completing her final year of Graphic Design at the prestigious Curtin University in Australia. Her recent series, typograpography with leaves are quite fragile and unique. Each letter or number is carefully sliced into the middle of the leaf. The leaf’s natural pattern is then carefully cut out, leaving an intricate pattern behind.
Michael Zavros is an Australian printer and painter whose work has already won several prestigious awards including the The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, the Kedumba Prize, and the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. He also won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2010. He has a bit of a passion with horses as evident in his work which features equine hints here and there. Unicorns, centaurs, and racehorses are but a few of his subjects. He also creates surreal landscapes and animal portraits from time to time.
Emma Uber’s pastel portraits give an impression of contained passion. The nearly expressionless faces of her subjects clash wonderfully with the bold smears and drips of bright colors. Her portraits draw the viewer’s eye and makes it linger. Emma comes from a graphic design and photographic background but she has always found the time to indulge in painting on canvas.