Kylli Sparre completed ballet school before she decided to become a professional photographer. She realized that ballet wasn’t the path for her shortly after graduation. She said: ““I think it does take courage [to switch professions], but for me it was scarier to stay pursuing something that is not my passion. I had this very strong feeling that I need to go and find what it is that I love.” She discovered photography a few years ago after searching for a creative outlet. Kylli hasn’t looked back since. Most of her shots have a dream-like quality to them which only serves to highlight the influence of her ballet background which can be seen in the fluid grace of her subjects.
According to Wikipedia (and who doesn’t trust Wikipedia?), Bansky is “a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.” The fact that he merits a Wikipedia article is an indication of how famous Bansky has become. His worked has inspired many an artist to take their work to the streets. Nick Stern, a photographer, has even made a series of photographs mimicking his work. Fame hasn’t made him any easier to track down as his real identity remains a mystery. Bansky’s work is plastered all across Great Britain, many of them since painted over. In a recent interview, he was asked if he would like to donate a picture to charity to which he replied: “What are you? Blind? In which case maybe. I mostly support projects working to restore sight and prevent eye disease. Or ‘expanding the market’ as you might call it.”
Alex Stoddard grew up in Florida and started taking portraits of himself in his backyard when he was sixteen. At seventeen, Alex joined the 365-day Project where his talent at capturing striking images was immediately noticed. The project involved taking one picture a day, everyday, for one year. According to him: “I wanted more than anything to improve and to improve quickly, and I had seen several others embark upon their own 365 projects and witnessed the growth from their first photo in the set to their last. I wanted that growth for myself, and so I started taking a photo each day. Another part of it was this almost subconscious need for completion. I’d never finished anything in my life up to that point. I’d always given up when things became too difficult. I wanted to be able to prove to myself that I was capable of finishing something I started.”. Alex currently lives in California.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo recently commissioned Torafu Architects to design a ‘Haunted House’. There was also a special interactive exhibit for children where they can scare and get scared. The artists at Torafu Architects contsructed a seemingly ordinary art gallery corridor. It had the usual paintings on the walls and even a tired gentleman sitting in the far end. A second look at the said gentleman will reveal that his hat is floating because his head is missing. The paintings themselves turn out to be on the creepy side, what with eyes following you and even frames you can climb into. Torafu Architects wanted to “Engage people more actively while stimulating their imagination. They also want to challenge perspectives and norms and break the rules as children are encouraged to run, shout and touch.”
With this creepy installation, I’ll say they achieved their goal.
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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Spanish photographer Chema Madoz loves blending two unrelated objects that share at least one similar feature. The result is a visually stimulating image that would make anyone look twice. He often uses black and white imagery or sepia tones in his photographs which further heightens the contrast between the two objects. Madoz took photography courses at the Image Teaching Center while studying History of Art at the Complutense University of Madrid. He currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain.
Jeremy Veach 23-year-old photographer from Washington. He is also Norm the Pug’s human. Norm doesn’t have opposable thumbs and he makes his human take all his selfies. According to Jeremy, “He loves the pictures and gets really into it, and when there is something he doesn’t like, I can tell, and I just will move on to a new idea.” Jeremy was inspired by Maddie and started taking pictures of Norm when the latter was just eight weeks old. Norm is now a year and a half old and Jeremy will continue posting his adorable mug on Instagram for his 24,000+ followers.
David Renshaw is a British artist who love to paint with vibrant acrylics. As a child, his father taught him some of the basics of drawing and from then on, he dreamed of one day becoming an artist. He studied graphic design and worked his way up from being a picture framer in a local art gallery. It was only in 2005 that he decided to go into full-time painting. He said: “I always try to make my work feel atmospheric, and I like to pay particular attention to sky and cloud formations as I consider this element of my work to be extremely important to the mood of the finished painting, whether it be a dramatic sunset or a misty moonlit night.”
“Ammo” is Sabine Pearlman’s incredible series featuring all kinds of ammunition cut precisely down the middle. The series gives us a never-before-seen glimpse of the insides of bullets. She shot a total of 900 cross-sections of ammo in a secluded World War II bunker in Switzerland. The bullets were cut in half by a munitions specialist who devised a technique to defuse the rounds before cutting them in half. The symmetry found within these deadly pieces is oddly beautiful. Sabine said: “The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object. It is a representation of the evil and the beautiful, a reflection of the human condition.”
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!