Originally created as an ad campaign for a bank, Oscar Ruíz’s “Erase the Difference” series has opened up a can of worms. Who would have ever thought that there really was a line separating the rich from the poor? Aerial shots of Mexico clearly show this line where opulent apartments and villas sit right next to modest, to sometimes very dilapidated houses belonging to the poorer section. Most of the net would like to think the images are faked, or at least digitally manipulated but the series tagline disproves that. It says: “This image has not been modified. It is time to change that.”. The series challenges society to take a closer look at the inequality that prevails in most developing countries.
Tim Korbmacher has been a professional freelance photographer since 2012. He is also an avid skater, snowboarder, and biker – and it shows in his work. Most, if not all, of his work is focused on action photography, capturing athletes in mid-air as they perform their daredevil stunts. Tim has been part of a couple of sports publications such as BMX rider magazine and Place Skateboarding Magazine. He is currently a member of the Pro Team at f-stop, a photography blog. Tim currently lives and works in Germany.
Using hand-drawn paper cut-outs and his imagination, Japanese artist Kouichi Chiba has managed to create fragile worlds teeming with adventure. His tiny paper people are doing all sorts of daring stunts, from hanging out in hammocks to nearly being blown away by the wind, to hanging off a skyscraper. Kouichi’s whimsical photo series is fast becoming a sensation on the internet after being featured on 500px. He currently lives and works in Shizuoka, Japan.
Aaron Tilley is a British photographer who specializes in interior and still life photography.He is currently dipping his toes into the delicious realm of food photography. His compositions highlight the texture and shape of food as well as their similarity to various objects such as the human brain, stairs, a foot, and a carpet. Aaron’s work has been featured in prestigious publications such as Esquire, The Guardian, Time Out, and Men’s Health. His photography studio is located in Hackney, London.
Zack Seckler is a Brooklyn-based photographer behind these beautiful aerial photographs of Botswana. Zack was in Botswana for a photo shoot when he got it into his head to hop into an Ultralite plane and shoot the abundant wildlife below. He wanted to “see the landscape form a new angle”. Zack said that most animals paid them no mind while he was madly clicking away. He added: “Being above the ground at such low elevations, and having the ability to precisely maneuver, was like gliding over an enormous painting and being able to create brushstrokes at will. As soon as I saw the landscape from above I knew there was potential to create a special body of work.”
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.
Vesa Lehtimäki is a Finnish photographer with a fetish for fantastic dioramas. He utilizes LEGO mini figures, imagination, and generous amounts of baking soda to recreates scenes based on Star Wars and Indiana Jones. His realistic dioramas aren’t found in the actual movies, they’re original pieces of art. Some of them even look like “never-before-seen” deleted scenes from the actual movies. His passion for miniature photography started way back in 2009 when he first made dioramas to show off his kid’s toys. Vesa hasn’t looked back since.
Amelia Bauer is the photographer behind the aptly titled series “Burned Over”. Burned Over was shot in the burned-over district in upstate New York. In the series, Amelia used artificial lighting to “act as an outside force” on the landscape. She was inspired by the unseen power and rich history found in the forests of Central New York, a place where several early American religious got their start.
Wolf Ademeit is a German photographer whose dramatic black and white series “Animals” is a far cry from most wildlife photography which focuses on capurting shots of the animals in their natural habitat. Instead, Wolf focused on the facial expressions and poses of his furred and feathered subjects. He said: “Only a few photographers use the photography of animals in zoos as an art form. I think this is a missed opportunity…With my pictures I would like to move the photography of these animals in the focus of the art photography and show photos which are not only purely documentary.”
Paul Lange is a highly acclaimed New York City photographer whose work has graced the pages of prestigious publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Glamour. He specializes in editorial and celebrity portraits and is currently dipping his toes into the vast ocean of fine art photography. “Big Blooms” is but one of the four series that compose his “Fifty Acres” project. The project took eight years and thousands of photos to complete. It’s a catalogue of all the flora and fauna living on a farm owned by his close friend and renowned New York florist Zezé. Paul is currently based in Chatham, New York where he lives with his wife/business partner/creative partner Jennifer.