Jens Fersterra is a German photographer who has an unerring eye for urban photography. All of his shots capture the grandeur and majesty of each modern-day metropolis. He combines the mood, lighting, and angle perfectly. My favorite ones are those he did in black and white, adding an imposing feel to these modern-day monoliths. Unfortunately, very little is known about the artist himself but I guess the quality of his work speaks for itself.
SpY ha been making street art long before street art became cool. He has been ‘improving’ blank walls, sculptures, and street signs all over the world for over twenty years. His installations are equal parts funny and ironic. According to his website: “His ludic spirit, careful attention to the context of each piece, and a not invasive, constructive attitude, unmistakably characterize his interventions. His work involves the appropriation of urban elements through transformation or replication, commentary on urban reality, and the interference in its communicative codes.” As befitting his name, SpY’s real identity is still unknown.
Martin Hill is an environmental artist with a passion for photography. He became involved with the problem of sustainability in the early 90s. His specific concern centers on the unsustainable design of consumer products. Martin’s award-winning work has been featured in galleries across the world. He said: “By creating and publishing environmental art my message of sustainability by design now reaches millions of people each year.”
A true artist sees creative potential in everything. Mark Khaisman, a promising artist from Ukraine spotted the potential behind one of the most mundane everyday objects – packing tape. He strategically sticks pieces of packing tape on a plexiglass base. Clever lighting behind the glass highlights the resulting image beautifully. His subjects range from 20th century cultural icons to scenes from old Hollywood movies. The final images are often sepia-toned which lends it a bit of nostalgic charm.
Justin Hofman is an underwater photographer, videographer, and naturalist who loves to document the fast-vanishing landscapes of Antartica. He said: “The planet’s polar regions are warming at incredible rates. Who knows what these areas will look like in 50-100 years? Abstract shapes. Brilliant blues. Who doesn’t like getting lost in a chaos of crystals?” His incredible half-submerged underwater shots of whales, penguins on ice floes, and icebergs set him apart form other nature photographers. If you ever want to give him words of wisdom or encouragement, suggestions, or a million-dollar donation, please feel free to contact him on his site linked at the bottom of the page.
Animal Earth is a book which explores the diverse life forms that can be found all over Earth. This coffee table treat makes it clear that each species is an essential part of the ecosystem and protecting animal diversity is protecting the delicate cycle of life that supports us all. Alexander Semenov is the man behind the glorious underwater shots in Animal Earth. He is the Head of the Scientific Divers team stationed at the White Sea Biological Station in Russia. As such, he has free reign to take as many shots as he wants of these shy underwater creatures. I’m glad he did, as I personally don’t want to get close to something with that many legs, no matter how rare or colorful it is.
Jessica Lichtenstein uses the female form to explore deeper themes of power, fetishism, and objectification in an ironic way. The irony lies in the fact that her work embodies the very paradox she is trying to explore. According to one website, Jessica’s work challenges the viewer to: “question whether these hyper-sexualized women are depicted solely to satisfy an insatiable male-dominated gaze, or if such a theory is too narrow, neglecting to address the complex nature of women and their desire to enjoy their sexuality, enjoy their bodies and their desire to be desirable”. Her work is much sought after in the art world and can be found in private collections all over the world.
These vertigo-inducing installations were created by Heike Weber using nothing more than her imagination and a felt-tipped marker. The process, which can only be described as a labor-intensive, transforms an ordinary room into a three-dimensional work of art flooded with flowing, patterns and lines. Viewers can’t help but interact with Heike’s work in a cafe in Prague where she recently completed a project she calls “Bodenlos”. Bodenlos is a German word which literally translates into “loosing the ground under your feet”. Heike is currently based in Cologne, Germany.
Charles Clary is a Tennessee-based artist who expresses his creative abilities through meticulously hand-cut paper sculptures. The sculptures resemble detailed topographical graphs or close-ups of microscopic organisms.The centerpiece of one of his exhibits is a 30-foot long sculpture dedicated to his mother, Kirsten Clary who recently passed away from cancer. Charles spends up to 12 hours everyday, cutting each layer of his sculptures by hand. He said: “I use paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into my fabricated reality. Towers of paper and color jut into the viewer’s space inviting playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world. ”
Big Appetites is the brainchild of photographer Christopher Boffoli. It’s a series featuring miniscule figures interacting with perfectly chosen food items. The series has been published both in print and online in more than 100 countries. Its worldwide appeal may lie in the fact that everyone has to eat – no matter your race, creed, or color. In an interview about his popular series, Christopher said: “I think it is especially resonant with children because as a child you live in an adult world that is out of scale with your body and proportions. . . Combining what are essentially food and toys makes the work instantly accessible to virtually everyone. Regardless of language, culture and social status, almost everyone can identify with toys from their childhood. And whether you eat with a fork, chopsticks or your hands, everyone understands food. Sitting down to a meal makes us feel most human.” Christopher is also a journalist, filmmaker, and writer. He is currently based in Seattle.