According to Wikipedia (and who doesn’t trust Wikipedia?), Bansky is “a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.” The fact that he merits a Wikipedia article is an indication of how famous Bansky has become. His worked has inspired many an artist to take their work to the streets. Nick Stern, a photographer, has even made a series of photographs mimicking his work. Fame hasn’t made him any easier to track down as his real identity remains a mystery. Bansky’s work is plastered all across Great Britain, many of them since painted over. In a recent interview, he was asked if he would like to donate a picture to charity to which he replied: “What are you? Blind? In which case maybe. I mostly support projects working to restore sight and prevent eye disease. Or ‘expanding the market’ as you might call it.”
Lesley Ann Ercolano has managed to capture these amazing shots without the help of any intensive post-processing or fancy equipment. Instead, she embraces the Scout’s motto: “Be Prepared”. She is almost never without her camera, always ready to capture the unusual, the unlikely, and the seemingly impossible. She lives in Edinburgh and this is where she captures most of her shots. She said: “The advantages of living in such a fantastic city like Edinburgh are the mix of old and new. History, mystery and a little madness come together to create some magic which is what I love the most.”
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.
Rob Kesseler merged art and science when he took these amazingly detailed photographs of microscopic flora. The technique in capturing these amazing shots is a bit more complicated than just pointing the lens and pressing the shutter button. First, the plant material was given a fine coating of gold and photographed with a scanning electron microscope. Next, the images were treated with washes and layers of color to bring out the each detail. The results looked a lot like a viruses but they’re actually just pollen, seed, and fruit.
Photographer Nelleke Pieters has a thing for the mystery of the deep, dark woods. Most, if not all, of her shots are of seldom used paths amidst the trees. Tracks surrounded by so much greenery on both sides it’s basically a tunnel. Twilight, dusk, and dawn are her favorite time of the day to take pictures, capturing the mystic mood of the forest.
Some artists can take expressive art to an almost surreal level. Adam Martinakis is one of them. With 3d digital renders of sculptures with a somewhat disturbing yet subtle feel. Each piece definitely creates a mysterious story that is left to the viewer’s level of creativity in imagination. There is such an odd force of attraction and wonder that doesn’t leave right after one looks away from the artwork.
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