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.
Alessandro Venier grew up in Pordenone, Italy. This 26-year old photographer has extensive experience in digital post-production, photojournalism, and still-lifes. He has recently started collecting images for a book. The idea is to capture the fast vanishing traditional crafts and the people who still engage in them. Those ‘women and men, witnesses and architects of a world that, despite the difficulties, and the modernization continue to exist.’ Alessandro want to look forward into the future, without forgetting the past.
Mark Bridger describes himself as an “enthusiastic amateur photographer”. Judging by the quality of his work, he could definitely be right up there with the pros. His wife started him on photography when she bought him his first camera as a birthday present. His main interest is nature photography and, lucky for him, he lives a few miles south east of London where he can shoot owls, frogs, kingfishers, and bugs to his heart’s content.
A Matter of Taste is a collection of Fulvio Bonavia’s delectable creations. Among them are fruit and vegetable handbags, a cashew shoe, candy rings, pastry bracelet, eggplant shoes, pasta belt, rice boots, and my personal favorite: lettuce thongs. Fulvio’s innate brilliance with inventive imagery has led big names like Adidas, Sony, Montblanc, and Pirelli to hire him for their ads. He actually started out as a graphic designer and illustrator of film posters. It wasn’t until later that he delved into photography. As a photographer, he takes care of every detail including post-production. Fulvio currently lives and works in Milan.
Mikko Lagerstedt may be self-taught, but the quality of his work is that of a professional. He started getting serious with his photography in December 2008. He loves the way it gives him a different perspective on the world. For him, the most important thing in his photos is the feeling it gives the viewer. His first exhibition was in 2011and he’s currently working on his next one. He lives and works in Finland.
Robert Rickhoff’s series ‘Out of Place’ infuses tongue-in-cheek humor with seemingly commonplace settings. A skateboard ramp and a badminton court (at least I think it’s a badminton court) is set right in the middle of a street. All of the photos were digitally altered but it’s hard to tell in a few of them. The accident-friendly swing and slide are a couple of my favorites. If they were real, I’d probably risk a ride just for the thrill of it.
In 1963, Andy Prokh was born in the small rural town of Ural in Russia. He is an economist by profession but was always a photographer at heart. He started engaging in professional photography around seven years ago. His favorite subjects are himself, his daughter Katya, and his cat Tom. Katya and Tom are usually posed in wacky shots that highlight the contrast (or in some cases, the similarity) between a girl and a cat. In case you aren’t wearing your glasses, the cat’s the one on the right.
British photographer Caulton Morris is not a fan of digital manipulation, nor is he fond of standing on his feet. His series entitled ‘Upside’ is in no way digitally altered to make it look like he’s doing a headstand in some of the most uncomfortable locations. He really is doing a headstand in the toilet, a brick wall, a canoe, a cobbled street, a bathtub, and on tufts of grass. He usually takes them himself with a 10-second self-timer.
Dave Engledow is the “World’s Best Father”, at least according to his coffee mug. But if his photographs are to be believed, he’s due for a visit from the authorities. According to him, his wacky photos were simply a way for him to deal with his personal fears and neuroses as a new father. Ever since the birth of his daughter, Alice Bee in 2010, he has been creatively inspired to document the memorable moments of her life in their family. His wife Jen also had a hand in setting up the shots behind his “World’s Best Father” series.
At four millimeters in length, the Peacock Spider is hard to find. Once found, dedicated searchers will be rewarded with what is perhaps one of the most colorful, if not, the most colorful of all the arachnids.It is not just the brilliant coloration that earned the spiders their name. The male’s elaborate mating dance starts with a little leg-waving, segues into some abdominal gyrations coupled with displays of bristled back legs. The finale is the raising of the two magnificently colored flaps done with a little jig. It’s the final act that justified adding “peacock” to their common name. Dr. Jurgen Otto, an arachnologist, delights in capturing the Peacock Spider’s antics with his camera.