Daniel Cheong describes himself as a passionate amateur photographer and a techie. He is admittedly obsessed in making his urban landscapes look better than they actually are using a technique called ‘digital blending’. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and he works as a Technical Manager for Nokia during the day. At night, he grabs his camera and goes shooting urban landscapes to his heart’s content. He has no immediate plans to switch careers and adamantly maintains that photography is just his hobby – for now. Although he does sell prints of his work, the proceeds simply go on to finance better equipment and photo trips. He said: “Try to find your own style, be inspired by others but try not to copy them. Don’t believe too much in EXIF data, just go out there, take hundreds of shots, experiment (with) different settings. Also better focus on a specific type of photography which is in your comfort zone, and try to improve and perfect it. Only after, you can try to explore new genres of photography”
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.
Handy Andy Pandy is a Melbourne-based, redhead photographer who is currently keeping up with his self-imposed 365-day challenge. For those not familiar with the challenge, the rules are simple. Take a photograph. Once a day, everyday, for 365 days straight! Most who do take on the challenge wash out after several months for lack of time, opportunity, or creativity. Not Handy Andy Pandy though, this guy has creativity out the wazoo. Sometimes, it takes him anywhere between six to seven hours to capture that perfect shot. He said: “I’m smack bang in the middle of a 365 Project and loving it! I’m trying to challenge myself and push myself to grow as a photographer and a photomanipulator”. When not carving a lightning bolt into his forehead, Andy contributes for the online photography site F Stop Lounge. He is also available for freelance work.
Elena Shumilova is a mother first and photographer second, but she simply can’t resist snapping these heartwarming shots of her boys bonding with their pets. Elena got her first camera in 2012 and she hasn’t stopped shooting with them ever since. When capturing her subjects on camera, she prefers natural light for both indoor and outdoor shots. She loves everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image – rain, snow, smoke, street and candle lights, fog, and smoke. She said: “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is.”
Patrice Letarnec is a French art director and photographer who took the phrase “head over heels” a little bit too seriously. A quick glance at his photos might make one think that he was using headless models. It isn’t until you take a closer second look that you realized that his models are simply standing on their feet while wearing their clothes right-way-up. His subjects can be seen walking the street, taking a stroll in the park, and even climbing up the stairs, all while seemingly break-dancing. I love the fact that not once did his athletic models show their face.
Kevin Corrado is a promising young artist who hails from Connectict, USA. He is currently obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design at the Shintaro Akatasu School of Design. He was primarily into typography and only picked up a camera to document his work. He said: “The photos I took never seemed to be as good as the original drawing, so I kept trying until my fascination with the camera caught on.”. When asked about his inspiration, he replied: ” I am inspired by the youth of today who constantly raise bar by simply adventuring out and using their creativity.” Kevin is currently on a 52-week challenge he set for himself where he aims to upload a new conceptual photograph each week.
Andrew Osokin is a Russian photographer who loves capturing close-up shots of snowflakes. With all that snow in Moscow, it’s easy enough for him to pick and choose a subject. His camera of choice is a Nikon D80 and a Nikon D90 DSLR fitted with a 60mm or 90mm macro lens. Some of the snowflakes he’s captured are in the process of melting which gives them even weirder shapes. Each of Andrew’s shots are so amazingly detailed one might almost mistake them for computer generated images.
“Shake” is Carli Davidson’s latest photo book featuring comical shots of dogs captured in mid-shake. It features a total of 130 high speed photos of 61 dogs in various stages of water-induced shaking. The series was inspired by the photographer’s own dog ‘Norbert’ who happens to be a generous drooler, and vigorous shaker.Carli has been known for her heartfelt portraits of pets and wildlife while working with the animal care team at the Oregon Zoo.
“Evolution” is an extraordinary series of photographs by Patrick Gries. It was created in collaboration with the National Museum of Natural History. It’s a collection of over three hundred black and white photos of fully articulated skeletons. The stark images are made more striking by their life-like poses. The animals are posed as if they were poised to pounce, run, jump, swim, walk, and gallop. Born in Luxembourg, Patrick studied at the École Normale and moved to New York where he developed an interest in contemporary American photography. According to one website: “(Patrick’s) technical ability to capture complex environments and convey a subject’s context has made his work muck sought-after by cultural institutions.”
Visarute Angkatavanichis the photographer behind these exceptional close-ups of Siamese fighting fish. Scientifically known as betta splendens, they have been selectively bred for over a hundred years for their aggressiveness, color, and finnage. Today’s specimens are a far cry from the drab brown fish found in the rice paddies of Cambodia and Thailand. Visarute kept a few bettas as pets when he was a boy. Years later his interest in the species was rekindled when he noticed the different varieties for sale in a pet store. He said: “I love to take their motion in many ways of lighting to show their elegant pose.”. He also added that fish photography is his true passion. In almost all of his shots, he makes it seem as if the fish is floating in midair. The close-up shots do justice to the fish’s bright colors and flowing fins. Visarute currently lives and works in Thailand.