Kilian Schoenberger, one of the finest contemporary landscape photographers. He recently went on a mission to find as many hidden places on earth that resembles the settings of “The Tales of the Brother’s Grimm”. He scoured most of Middle Europe just to find those perfect spots imbued with a sense of mystery and unseen power. His task no mean feat by itself, is made even more challenging by the fact that Kilian is actually colorblind. He has deuteranopia, a condition wherein the colors green and red are indistinguishable. When asked about his creative process, he said: “Others are doing yoga – I am ascending mountains in the darkness of the night. Immersing in my own tranquil world step by step. The stoic rhythm of hiking through the gloom – the gently looming dawn and finally the satisfying moment when I reach my final location.“
A true artist sees creative potential in everything. Mark Khaisman, a promising artist from Ukraine spotted the potential behind one of the most mundane everyday objects – packing tape. He strategically sticks pieces of packing tape on a plexiglass base. Clever lighting behind the glass highlights the resulting image beautifully. His subjects range from 20th century cultural icons to scenes from old Hollywood movies. The final images are often sepia-toned which lends it a bit of nostalgic charm.
Joseph Ford is the artist behind these creative mash-ups that seamlessly combines aerial photography with textiles. The series was inspired by Joseph’s recent trip to Mauritius, Morocco, and Sicily where he spent his time flying around in a helicopter taking aerial shots of the terrain below. According to one website: “The combination of images creates a fascinating interaction, highlighting the appeal of each image, which would have been less remarkable on their own.” Joseph has a degree in French and Italian at the University of Cambridge. He got his first break as a photographer in 2004 with an advertising campaign for TBWA Paris. When not abroad for photo shoots, he lives in Brighton, UK.
Erik Johansson is a young and talented photographer and retouch artist from Sweden. He is a self-taught artist who transitioned from a noob into a master image manipulator in just a few years. Erik’s creative process starts with an idea, usually a weird or wacky one. He loves putting his subjects into an alternate universe where the laws of physics are defied at every turn. Here’s a rundown of some of the concepts he dreamed up and managed to execute perfectly: hand-stitched winters, boating on grassy plain, Mobius bridges, and dreams that somehow creep into your reality. I have to agree with one website when they described Erik’s work as ‘Echoing the mathematical preciseness of M.C. Escher and the jocularity of Salvador Dalí.’ Erik is now based in Berlin, Germany.
Philip Rostron describes himself as an Imagemaker, a term he invented himself. Originally from England, he honed his craft in Canada before moving into the United States to establish his very own creative studio, Instil Productions. His studio is best known for collaborative problem solving. Together with a team of dedicated and talented artists, Philip produces some of the best advertising images in the market today. His passion lies in finding the perfect visual solution that will best communicate the marketing idea. For him, the idea is everything.
Ilya Kalimuli is a Moscow-based designer who decided to redesign a couple of famous brands. His work is clever, funny, and practically oozing with creativity. A McDonald’s laptop, M&M bullets, Adobe beauty products, Dropbox specimen cups, Heinz blood products (still in 57 varieties), Tic Tac time bombs, a holey Crocs umbrella, and my personal favorite: Kinder Surprise condoms. Ilya was an engineer before devoting his time to design. He currently lives and works in Russia.
The premise of Jeff’s Wars on Kinkade series is simple: What happens if the Empire decide to invade Kinkade’s paintings? The result is somewhat hilarious as Imperial Star Destroyers, clone storm troopers, and Hoth-crushing AT-ATs ruin the totally idyllic mood of the paintings. Jeff’s photomanipulation is so subtle, the intruders look like they were in the original paintings. You’d expect the idyllic to clash with the violent, but oddly enough, they it in well together. One of my favorites is an unsuspecting house being stalked by an AT walker.
Charles Clary is a Tennessee-based artist who expresses his creative abilities through meticulously hand-cut paper sculptures. The sculptures resemble detailed topographical graphs or close-ups of microscopic organisms.The centerpiece of one of his exhibits is a 30-foot long sculpture dedicated to his mother, Kirsten Clary who recently passed away from cancer. Charles spends up to 12 hours everyday, cutting each layer of his sculptures by hand. He said: “I use paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into my fabricated reality. Towers of paper and color jut into the viewer’s space inviting playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world. ”
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.