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.
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.
Lincoln Harrison does more than just stargaze, he captures the sparkly heavenly bodies as they make their slow journey across the night sky. For someone who got into the hobby ‘accidentally’, he sure does spends a great deal of time and effort to get things right. Lincoln simply wanted to take some pictures of stuff he wanted to sell online, a week later, he had all the necessary equipment for a full-blown photo shoot. These days, he takes landscape photos at least twice a week. He only breaks out his camera at night when the conditions for nighttime photography are perfect. His star trails are actually a product of using long exposures, and clever zooming technique. He then combines the two images into a unified whole during post-production. Lincoln’s photographs reminds me of Van Gogh’s the Starry Night.
Andy Barter hails from Bowerchalke, England. He is currently based in London where he lives with his partner Laverne Antrobus and their three children. His photographs can be found in loads of prestigious publications. His work have also been featured in numerous awards like Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Benson & Hedges Photographic Awards, Paris Art Directors Club, and the D&AD. One of his more recent series is “Kiss” which, predictably, features two people kissing. the subjects of his photos are a man and a woman, with every possible combination in between. The photos were taken either from the top or from the bottom angle, highlighting the subject’s locked lips.
Cenote Angelita or “Little Angel” is a hidden underwater river in in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The ‘river’ is due to a phenomenon called a halocline. Water with different salinity form layers underwater. Cenote Angelita is actually made of fresh water until about 29 meters when it switches to a 1-meter layer of hydrogen sulfide, after which the entire cave bottom is filled with saltwater from 30 to 60 meters deep. Diver and underwater photographer Anatoly Beloshchin has documented this phenomenon in great detail. He never dives without his trusty camera, some lights, and a fishing pole – just in case.
Underwater photographs have become commonplace ever since the introduction of waterproof cameras into the public market. Most of them feature the vividly colorful underwater seascape – complete with corals, fish, an an occasional shark. Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro went against the grain with his heavily desaturated photos. With all the colors leached out, his underwater photos turn menacing. Oddly enough, it is this quality that makes his work more compelling. Hengki studied video production and fine art photography in the Brooks Institute of Photography in California. He currently lives and works in Java, Indonesia.
Allison Falconer, true to her name, is a bird trainer and rehabilitator. She works closely with birds of prey like falcons, hawks, and owls in a bird center in Florida. Due to the nature of her work, she gets a lot of opportunity to take up-close-and-personal pictures of birds. It’s not easy to take a good picture with one hand while holding a falcon in the other. A falcon that could, if it were so inclined, could tear your face apart. Danger notwithstanding, she has captured many a feathered friend in many amusing poses. The expression she has captured in the owl above is just perfect!
Michael Bosanko is a Cardiff-based artist who has made light painting his specialty. He stumbled upon light painting while taking a picture of the moon with a shaky camera. The long exposure he utilized left streaks in the final image. Curious, he disengaged the camera from the tripod and tried writing his partner’s name. It worked, and after experimenting with flashlights, Michael was hooked to light writing ever since. He has since progressed to using multicolored neon lights. His unique photos has been featured in commercials and several publications.
Kazuki Yamamoto is a 26-year-old Japanese barista who has taken the art of latte foam design into the next level. Gone are the days when customers are happy with a simple, flat design on their morning latte. Kazuki’s designs are not only well-detailed, they’re also in 3D. Some of the critters even spill over into other cups like that foam kitty up there eagerly reaching for the oblivious goldfish in the other cup. His art, by its very nature, is temporary and only low-resolution photos like the one above are what remains of his sculptures. He currently works at Cafe10g in Osaka, Japan, but he dreams of owning his own café one day.
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