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.
Seth Taras is a veteran photographer with plenty of international awards under his belt as a testament to his skill and vision. He was recently commissioned by The History Channel to do a series entitled “Know Where You Stand”. The series aims to ‘act as a reminder of the past’s significance in our everyday lives, and the important role history plays in our future’. In the series, Taras expertly juxtaposed authentic World War II images over shots taken in modern times of the same places. This gives the viewer a thoughtful, if not chilling, reminder of the history behind common, everyday places most of us take for granted.
Jim Golden is a Portland-based photographer who has worked with a lot of big brands like Yahoo, ESPN, and Nike. He learned the ropes in New York where he worked as a high-end compositor and visual effects specialist in the competitive, and fast-paced world of advertising photography. After mastering his craft, he moved to Portland where he opened a studio of his own where he specializes in “creating striking imagery that strives to capture the essence of his subjects”. One of his most recent series features a collection of objects neatly and meticulously laid out in a plain background which highlights the differences between the objects as well as the common theme that binds them together. The series started out with Jim’s impressive collection of scissors and grew to include shots of locks, speakers, camping gear, flotsam, cameras gear, cellphones, eight-track tapes and more.
Théo Gosselin is a young, up-and-coming French photographer who has a knack for capturing the raw emotions of youth. He carefully takes lighting into account which helps set the mood for his photos. The result is an uncomplicated, earnest, and candid look at his subjects which often evokes an emotional response from the viewer. Théo’s motto “Live fast, love hard” is often evident in his photography.
Jean-Yves Lemoigne is the go-to guy if you want fun and clever ads that will stick in your consumer’s minds for a long time. His list of clients include some of the biggest industry names. Lemoigne’s clients include: Axe, Volkswagen, Saatchi&Saatchi, Oldspice, Hewlett-Packard, Audi, Citroen, Visa, and many more. He worked as an art director for six years before successfully transitioning into photography and advertising. Lemoigne is currently based in Paris, France.
Chris Arnade is a photographer who has managed to integrate himself into Hunts Point – one of the most dangerous areas in New York. Hunts Point is one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Most residents are victims of the vicious cycle of poverty, drug addiction, and prostitution from which few ever manage to escape. It is here that he met a talented young man named Jose Garcia. Chris saw Jose and his friends do a few death-defying backflips off parked trucks and decided to approach the young man to ask permission for a picture. Thus was born the series Jose the Amazing. Chris said: “I have come to grow very fond of Jose and his friends, and [we] have done many photo shoots together. [They] are big fans of Parkour, Hip-hop, and Anime. They are fighting against an area where the pressures of poverty, drugs, and limited opportunity weigh heavily.” You can also check out his series Faces of Addiction.
With the help of co-conspirator/photographer Jordan Nakamura, Joshua and Rachel Watson created some of the most awesome wedding and reception invitations I have ever seen. Joshua is also a photographer, and together with Jordan, went about accurately re-creating famous movie posters and turned them into invitations. Some of the images were also on the DVD case covers that they gave out as tokens to their guests. Looking at the invitations, I’m sure they had a lot of fun conceptualizing, shooting, and editing the invitations.
Bela Borsodi is the photographer and conceptual designer behind the cover of VLP’s newest album “Terrain”. The album cover is an optical illusion which tricks the mind into seeing four separate divisions. The separation is nothing more than a clever arrangements of the objects. Edges were carefully lined up to delineate between the different areas of the picture. It also helps that the objects are carefully grouped according to color. Bela studied graphic design and fine art before discovering her passion for still-life photography. She is currently based in New York.
Kai Fagerström is a Finnish photographer who managed to document woodland creatures taking over abandoned houses. He calls the series “The House in the Woods“. It’s set in a several cottages near his summer house where nature is slowly taking over. He said: “Deserted buildings are so full of contradictions, I am fascinated by the way nature reclaims spaces that were, essentially, only ever on loan to humans.” It takes quite a while for all the elements of the perfect shot to come together, which is fine with Kai, because to him, the journey is more important than the destination.
Who would have ever thought frogs had expressions? Wil Mijer, an avid macrophotographer, has given us a series of up-close-and personal looks at one of nature’s more elusive creatures. To describe herself, she said: “I’m very small and in my work everything is small too. I like to do macrophotography and will try to make a little dream from every picture.” Wil is currently based in the Netherlands but has to travel to Germany and Belgium to capture some of these shots since the natural habitats of these fascinating creatures are slowly dwindling.
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