Daniel Cheong describes himself as a passionate amateur photographer and a techie. He is admittedly obsessed in making his urban landscapes look better than they actually are using a technique called ‘digital blending’. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and he works as a Technical Manager for Nokia during the day. At night, he grabs his camera and goes shooting urban landscapes to his heart’s content. He has no immediate plans to switch careers and adamantly maintains that photography is just his hobby – for now. Although he does sell prints of his work, the proceeds simply go on to finance better equipment and photo trips. He said: “Try to find your own style, be inspired by others but try not to copy them. Don’t believe too much in EXIF data, just go out there, take hundreds of shots, experiment (with) different settings. Also better focus on a specific type of photography which is in your comfort zone, and try to improve and perfect it. Only after, you can try to explore new genres of photography”
Eiko Jones is an A-list photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, TV Hören und Sehen, Diver Magazine, and Hello Canada. He grew up in New Zealand where his passion for photography was ignited on his fourteenth birthday when he was given his first SLR camera. He started capturing birds and other animals in their natural habitat. It was in the early 90s while he was traveling along the West Coast of British Columbia and Alaska that his focus shifted to landscapes above and below the waterline. His dramatic style and unique angles is his trademark in the profession.
If eyes are truly windows to the soul, then photographer Suren Manvelyan is certainly trying his best to see it. His series “Your Beautiful Eyes” and “Animal Eyes” highlight the basic structures of the eyes. The photos have been featured in National Geographic, Yahoo!, Daily Mail, Wired, and many other popular publications. Suren discovered his lifelong passion when he was sixteen years old, since then, he has done everything from macrophotography to portrait photography to landscapes. When not taking awesome macros of eyes, he teaches projective geometry, mathematics, physics, and astronomy at the prestigious Yerevan Waldorf School. He has also served as a scientific researcher at the Institute for Physical Research of National Academy of Sciences form 1997 to 2011. If you’re still not impressed, Suren also plays five musical instruments: the guitar, the piano, the cello, the block flute, and the lyre.
As a child, Zaria Forman traveled with her mother, a renowned professional photographer, to some of the world’s most remote landscapes. The beauty and majesty of these places hasn’t left her and on 2012, she led an epic expedition which aimed to trace the 1869 journey made by painter William Bradford up the NW coast of Greenland. The expedition, aptly called “Chasing the Light” was actually her mother’s idea. Sadly, Rena Bass Forman wasn’t able to make the journey as she was diagnosed with brain cancer and died before the expedition could get under way. Zaria created this amazing iceberg series as a tribute to her mom. She also donated all of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings to 350.org, an organization that aims to raise awareness on climate change. She said: “During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. In Greenland, I scattered her ashes amongst crackling ice diamonds, on the towering peak of one of earth’s oldest stones and under the green glow of northern lights. She is now a part of the landscape she loved so much. My hope is that these drawings bring awareness, and invite viewers to share the urgency in a hopeful and meaningful way. Art can facilitate a deeper understanding of any crisis, helping us find meaning and optimism in shifting landscapes.“
Kevin Corrado is a promising young artist who hails from Connectict, USA. He is currently obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design at the Shintaro Akatasu School of Design. He was primarily into typography and only picked up a camera to document his work. He said: “The photos I took never seemed to be as good as the original drawing, so I kept trying until my fascination with the camera caught on.”. When asked about his inspiration, he replied: ” I am inspired by the youth of today who constantly raise bar by simply adventuring out and using their creativity.” Kevin is currently on a 52-week challenge he set for himself where he aims to upload a new conceptual photograph each week.
Michael J. Quinn is a self-taught photographer whose goal is to capture awe-inspiring landscapes. His passion for photography blossomed in his teens when his mother gave him an SLR camera as a birthday gift. A family trip to Colorado affected him deeply and he vowed one day to return and capture its beauty on film. Life put his dream on hold as he pursued a career in Engineering and had started a family. Another trip to Colorado sparked his dream back to life and he hasn’t stopped looking through the lens ever since.
Justin Hofman is an underwater photographer, videographer, and naturalist who loves to document the fast-vanishing landscapes of Antartica. He said: “The planet’s polar regions are warming at incredible rates. Who knows what these areas will look like in 50-100 years? Abstract shapes. Brilliant blues. Who doesn’t like getting lost in a chaos of crystals?” His incredible half-submerged underwater shots of whales, penguins on ice floes, and icebergs set him apart form other nature photographers. If you ever want to give him words of wisdom or encouragement, suggestions, or a million-dollar donation, please feel free to contact him on his site linked at the bottom of the page.
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.
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.