SpY ha been making street art long before street art became cool. He has been ‘improving’ blank walls, sculptures, and street signs all over the world for over twenty years. His installations are equal parts funny and ironic. According to his website: “His ludic spirit, careful attention to the context of each piece, and a not invasive, constructive attitude, unmistakably characterize his interventions. His work involves the appropriation of urban elements through transformation or replication, commentary on urban reality, and the interference in its communicative codes.” As befitting his name, SpY’s real identity is still unknown.
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.“
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.
These vertigo-inducing installations were created by Heike Weber using nothing more than her imagination and a felt-tipped marker. The process, which can only be described as a labor-intensive, transforms an ordinary room into a three-dimensional work of art flooded with flowing, patterns and lines. Viewers can’t help but interact with Heike’s work in a cafe in Prague where she recently completed a project she calls “Bodenlos”. Bodenlos is a German word which literally translates into “loosing the ground under your feet”. Heike is currently based in Cologne, Germany.
Inviv0 is not a photographer, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. He is actually a student studying medical neuroscience. All of his awesome landscape photos were taken while he was traveling. Originally from Istanbul, he is currently based in Berlin where he continues to wow his online audiences with his jaw-dropping urban landscapes. Admittedly, a lot of post-production editing is done before the final product is unleashed but you simply can’t deny his artistic eye. His favorite camera is the Nikon D90 because it’s lighter, smaller, and more budget friendly (in case it develops a sudden urge to take a swim). He also has a Canon 5D which he says is actually the better camera of the two.
Werner Dreblow is an uber-talented photographer currently based in Berlin. One of his most recent work feature animals in some of the most adorable poses ever! Only Werner can make a snake look cute. Well, cuter than usual, anyway. Those critters that already have a fair amount of cuteness have it magnified tenfold. The result is an amusing and adorable series we simply couldn’t get enough of. Animal photography is a bit more challenging since you simply can’t ask your subject to pose in a certain way or assume an expression. In Werner’s work, however, it’s not immediately obvious that a whole lot of post-production image manipulation is done before the finished product.
Ramon Todo is a Tokyo-born artist whose recent creation is a study of contrast. He incorporated a thick layer of glass in between rocks, books, and something that appears to be cheese. The glass fragments are expertly cut and looks like a natural part of the stones. Ramon’s creations gives his viewers a surprise when they encounter something so fragile and breakable perfectly juxtaposed into something hard and enduring. This budding Japanese artist is currently based in Dusseldorf, Germany.
With contrasting patterns and loud colors, Madame Peripetie’s work doesn’t just grab your attention, it takes it by the shoulders and gives it a good shake. In her series ‘Patchwork’, she experimented with fabrics, patterns, and blond models to produce a fashion statement that some might accurately call eccentric. Her real name is Sylwana Zyburay and she has a masters degree in applied linguistics and a B.A. in photography. She is of Polish ancestry and is currently based in Germany where she worked with high-profile clients such as H, LAB, Neo2, + ing Japan, Beijing Art, and Photo Masterskaja Russia. To explain her attention-grabbing style, she said: “I was never interested in depicting reality as it is – the escapism and interdisciplinary hybrid-thinking has always been fascinating me.”
Who would have ever thought frogs had expressions? Wil Mijer, an avid macrophotographer, has given us a series of up-close-and personal looks at one of nature’s more elusive creatures. To describe herself, she said: “I’m very small and in my work everything is small too. I like to do macrophotography and will try to make a little dream from every picture.” Wil is currently based in the Netherlands but has to travel to Germany and Belgium to capture some of these shots since the natural habitats of these fascinating creatures are slowly dwindling.
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This house was designed for a special exhibition in Germany and is open to the public for visiting. It is the brainchild of Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk who aptly named it “The world stands on its head”. The Cape Cod-style, 120-meter-square house is built with a steel frame to withstand its awkward architecture. Everything inside it is upside-down. Only the stairs were spared to enable people to get to the second floor. It still stands in Trassenheide, a German town on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom.