Lucia Giacani is an Italian photographer who has made quite a mark in fashion photography. One of her most recent series, aptly titled “Under My Skin”, features models posing alongside skinned replicas of animals. The photos were featured in Vogue Italia. Lucia was born in Jesi, Italy but grew up in Rome. She graduated from the prestigious Advanced Institute for the Artistic Industries where her photographic exploits won her numerous accolades and awards. She currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.
Tang Chiew Ling is a graphic designer and illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her series “Fashion in Leaf” has captured the interest of fashion aficionados the world over with its minimalistic approach and ecological theme. Tang intentionally used inconspicuous and unattractive leaves to create something fun and fashionable. Most of the leaves she used were from her mom’s garden. Strategically placed, the leaves served as classy evening gowns to the models she drew on paper. Tang is one of those rare artists who can turn common, everyday objects into artistic creations.
Flora Borsi is a 20-year-old Hungarian photographer whose creativity is making waves on the web. She has been dabbling in digital manipulation since 2004, but her photography didn’t really take off until 2007. In 2008, she won a ‘half-professional’ (her words, not mine) camera on a photo contest. She has been using it ever since. Her work features cleverly manipulated images. One of my favorites is a series which openly mocks the tools and features found in Photoshop. She also has a series called Real Life Models where she created a digital image of what she imagines the models of famous paintings look like. The paintings she happens to pick out belong to Picasso, Rudolf Hausner, and Kees van Dongen; so you can just picture out how her ‘imagined’ models turned out.
The skewed, top-down perspective isn’t something new in the world of photography but Christian Åslund’s wide angle shots certainly gave it a new twist. His series of photographs for the shoe brand Jim Rickey had models lying flat on the streets of Hong Kong pretending to walk, sit, and hang on to perfectly upright objects. The height from which these photos were taken sets it apart from other series utilizing this unique perspective. This amusing series is a tribute to the old-school 2D computer games.
Have you ever said ‘hi’ to a person on the street and realized to your horror that they only look like someone you know? Canadian photographer François Brunelle is fascinated by this worldwide phenomena of look-alike that he created an entire series of portraits featuring strangers with uncanny resemblance to each other. He calls his series “I’m not a look-alike!“. The subjects, who are unrelated to each other, posed as one would when having a family portrait taken. The similarities of his subjects were further enhanced by their identical clothes and expressions.
Roman Sakovich is the London-based photographer who conceived, produced, and shot the series “Half” while still a photography student at the Arts University College in Bournemouth. Roman wanted to show the devastating effects of drug abuse and provide a vivid contrast with a clean-cut version of the same person. He had the right side of his models dressed in corporate attire, and the left side dressed as a junkie in dire need of a fix. The difference is startling, to say the least. Kudos to his make-up artist for making the bruises, bags, wrinkles, and needle marks look realistic. His other portraits, while not as dramatic as “Half” are just as thought-provoking.
Sergei Tarasov is an art teacher who spent the better part of a year origami replicas of Moscow’s cathedrals. Over ten thousand sheets of A4 paper were hand-folded to create these amazing replicas. Sergei is a perfectionist. He has disassembled his work several times when he was unhappy with the way it was going. Each of his remarkably accurate creations were created without a sketch or blueprint.
Giuseppe Mastromatteo is an artist, teacher, and art director. Justlast year, he launched his exhibition entitled “Indepensense” for the first time. Indepensense features digitally manipulated images that will make anyone give a double-take. Some of the models seem to have various sense organs growing out of the most unlikely places, while some of them could seemingly take their faces off at will. All the images are flawlessly, and beautifully done and frankly, a little disturbing. Giuseppe currently lives and works in Milan and New York where he has his own studio.
Rebeca Saray is a photographer who focuses her artworks on dark themes with a hint of fantasy and surrealism. She creates a character through the picturesque view of her models, with a fine line between ethereal play and worldly reality. The emotions in each image seize a relative catch to the viewer itself, consciously or not.
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What else could be worth the time of an artist but the work of his own hands? Brighton-based designer Kyle Bean impresses his audience the remarkable craft of handmade models. The effort of this kind of artist never fails to show through the art itself, as genuinely produced with the passion for the creation of such masterpieces.
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