Michael Light is an aerial photographer currently based in San Francisco. He focuses on the relationship between contemporary American culture and the environment. Michael uses large format cameras to take breathtaking photos of landscapes as he flies over them. The bird’s-eye-view perspective of his shots highlight how urban expansion is forever changing the landscape. Once arid deserts are being converted into neatly landscaped suburbia. Michael’s work has been exhibited both on the national as well as the international level. His work is also displayed in The New York Public Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Getty Research Library,and the the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Chris Ozer is a former jazz pianist who decided to dabble in a bit of a photography. His pastime became a hobby which turned into a profession. Chris is always on the lookout for that one, perfect shot. He has a careful eye for lighting which helps set the mood in his shots. A lot of his portraits feature subjects with their backs to the camera, and while this may be a fatal flaw to some, Chris makes it look good. A lot of big names are apparently impressed with Chris’s work. His list of clients include industry giants like Nike, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, PayPal, and Johnnie Walker. Chris is currently based in New York where he also lives with his wife and two sons.
Lincoln Harrison does more than just stargaze, he captures the sparkly heavenly bodies as they make their slow journey across the night sky. For someone who got into the hobby ‘accidentally’, he sure does spends a great deal of time and effort to get things right. Lincoln simply wanted to take some pictures of stuff he wanted to sell online, a week later, he had all the necessary equipment for a full-blown photo shoot. These days, he takes landscape photos at least twice a week. He only breaks out his camera at night when the conditions for nighttime photography are perfect. His star trails are actually a product of using long exposures, and clever zooming technique. He then combines the two images into a unified whole during post-production. Lincoln’s photographs reminds me of Van Gogh’s the Starry Night.
British photographer Carl Warner has been in the advertising business for more than a quarter of a century. He has been featured in Pondly before for his outstanding “Foodscapes” food photography. One of his most recent series takes the idea of photographic landscaping with food a step further by doing landscapes with human bodies. Unlike food, which you can cut and shape to suit your needs, the human bodies were turned into believable landscapes resembling peaks, valleys, and deserts through contortions and clever lighting. Carl said that he wants to focus attention on “one person’s body, creating a sense of place so that a body that is lived in becomes a place to live.” The pieces were then digitally put-together. He now lives and works in London.
Steve Ellis is a New York-based artist whose work is focused mainly on contemporary consumerism. Using pop culture iconography (broken high-heeled shoes, torn magazines, disposable lighters, and a scuffed motorcycle helmet), he explores the issue with a bluntness seldom seen in most artworks. His art may be a little graphic, but one certainly can’t deny its impact. His art has also been exhibited in Australia, Singapore, Moscow, Seoul, Rome, and Tokyo. His latest exhibition is “Surge Protection” which will be shown from May 2-31 at gallery nine5 in New York.
Luigi Gallo was near Napoli, Italy in 1993. He studied at “Europa” Institute and got a diploma in graphic design. He’s currently into digital imaging and photo manipulation and his surreal composites have created quite a stir in the web. His subjects are mostly fantastic landscapes presented in a surrealistic. Steampunk loudspeakers, flying islands, Atlantis, and a floating ship-farm are just some of stuff you’ll see in his landscapes. He signs his work with “Gallus”.
Stephen Emerson was born in Northern Ireland. I suppose it helps that he can point his camera pretty much anywhere and get a great shot. Nevertheless, a lousy photographer still won’t be able to capture these landscapes with the same brilliance. Stephen likes to “experiment with different ways of creating an image to give it a air of mystery”. His loves shooting at dusk and at night to create a dramatic mood.
Xu Jing’s is a Chinese photographer who takes such great pictures of snow-laden trees, they almost look fake. Rest assured that the trees are real and in no way digitally altered to look like they have icicles for leaves. Jing chooses his shots well and has captured quite a few breath-taking winter landscapes. Anuo is his nom de guerre in the art world.
Dave Morrow is a photographer first, and a teacher second. He travels the world looking for that perfect shot. His impressive portfolio includes landscapes, cityscapes, and nightscapes. His shots of the night sky in particular, are quite impressive. He has even published a tutorial for the aspiring enthusiast. A hefty bit of the credit for the excellent quality of his star photos goes to Dave’s post processing technique, but it a great camera and the best digital editing software won’t get you anywhere if you simply don’t have the talent to recognize and take a great shot when you see it.