With his new series entitled «Open Stage», the American photographer Kyle Thompson immerses us in a foggy universe tinged with subtle and poetic shades of light. Between the concrete blocks and the urban structures, the artist went looking for untouched pockets of nature.
«But as I began to photograph myself in these spaces, I realized how false these images were, he explains. I was ignoring the urban aspects around me to make these scenes appear so much more empty and quiet. To undo this, I began to take photos of what lay outside the view of the original photos. You could now see the buildings, the streets and the power lines that were hidden. With this, the series consists of images in pairs. Half of the images are self-portraits immersed in these environments, and the other half shows a fuller context to these scenes, and breaks the illusion of desolation.» The artist offers us striking works making us think about the thin line between staging and reality.
Stuart McReath is a talented artist based in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Awarded internationally, his illustrations are always very subtle and relevant to the societal metaphors he is imaging. Sweet colours and round forms constrat with the abrasive intelligence of the images’ staging. From death penalty to gun control in the United States, Stuart McReath illustrates all the big interrogations of the contemporary world. Discover more of his work on his website.
Jim Lind is a New York-based photo-retoucher, and also creative director of HOWL, a group of traveling photo collective.
Attracted by photography thanks to his father’s passion, the discovery of this new world will allow him to represent his thoughts better than reality. Whether they are real or entirely invented, his images reflects his personal experience and are an echo of his imagination.
Starting portrait photography in 2009, the artist Karen Jerzyk, based in Boston, decided to make portrait part of her main guidelines. Having no resources to rent a studio at that time, it forces her to be creative using the world around her. She goes out searching for abandoned places and realizes their potential : that’s why she decided to work with it.
After her father’s death, her art became a real therapy, and she found an essential need to connect with it. From that point, her pictures shows much more emotion than before. And for a good reason : her feelings, but also the internal struggles she’s fighting with incessantly just pours into her splendid clichés. In a dark and very talkative atmosphere, her shots permit to expose the wide pallet that constitute human feelings, including the most buried ones, as can be shown in her series entitled “Last Days Of Earth”.
Anna Aiko is a traveling photographer, who meets people, discovers cultures and landscapes. She choses not to be burdened with a camera and to bring only his iPhone to immortalize the strong moments of his journeys.
She recently won the iPhone Photography Awards in the “Travel” category with a sublime picture captured in Mongolia. We were able to ask a few questions to learn more about the universe of this artist with a look full of curiosity.
© Anna Aiko – IPPA 1st Place – Travel – Mongolia, 2016
Could you introduce yourself in few words?
I would define myself as an explorer who travels the world to satisfy his interests for art, culture, tradition and especially my curiosity for the Silk Road.
I practice three professions, artistic director, graphic designer and psycho-energetic therapist.
How would you define your photographic universe?
I want to transcribe the beauty of life and my passions for history, art and humans that...
Amaury Guichon is a French chef based in Las Vegas, spending his time building amazing chocolate sculptures. Among the most famous, a Greek Atlas, a grammophone and a real size cherry tree. All these statues are made by exploiting the flexible nature of chocolate. Since he’s fourteen, he never stopped working this material becoming one of the most interesting artist in this field.
Woo Design, a company from Warsow, creates magnificent wooden tables representing cities aroung the world. New York, Paris, Londres, Munich, engraved on a raw wood platform or covered by a refined resine, are incrediby precise and detailed. An incredible artisanal object.
Charles Pétillon keeps being noticed thanks to his authentic visual signature. Indeed, in his photographs, there are many white balloons in various landscapes monopolizing all the viewers’ attention. According to the picture, these unusual protagonists can signify different things but still seem to represent the humans’ presence, our history, complexity or even the realities we live and undergo. His artistic approach combines photography and installation, and certainly does not leave us indifferent! Discover more about his work on his website.
Ilya Nodia is a Los Angeles-based photographer who has always wanted to create more than just a simple “photo”. Having taste for challenge, and attracted by people and their personal story, he decided to put them through detailed drama scenes, directly inspired by his experiences and feelings.
“Smile doesn’t get old” is one of his projects, realized in partnership with the company Senior Group, and whose pictures expressiveness is impressive. They visited several retirement houses, they decided to install temporarily a real photographic studio. The elderly, taken to the game, were full of joy and excitement: Choosing their outfits, their make-up and wearing various accessories at their disposal. The photographer will describe this experience as “wonderful”, immortalizing “smiles that never grow old” with powerful pictures.
Weather phenomena are fascinating. A storm sky and weather are extreme conditions for photographers who venture with pleasure and challenge.
A storm will put the most patient artist to the test. Waiting for the lightning to illuminate the sky and trigger the camera at the right time is an opportunity to make a breathtaking shot.
Photographers inspired by the sea and his poetry are numerous. Grasping the ocean that is unleashed by the force of the wind and capturing the power of the waves crashing against the rocks promises is a splendid tribute to nature.
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Eerie shadows of trees and foilage, set against highly saturated backgrounds, are the premises of the work of photographer Ben Gowertt’s series Ex Glory/Planetary Shining. The images as are intense and otherworldly, but closer inspection draws out a melancholy that is surprising yet welcome.
The German photographer often shoots places without people, drawing out an abstract meaning in the most simple and inconspicuous things. He offers complex ideas with little information, and we are left to navigate the strangely beautiful crafted landscapes to our heart’s desires. More of www.bengowertt.de and Instagram.
Instagram artist @leekangbin91 shares her many latte arts. There are various cartoon characters and famous paintings’ reproduction in the middle of hot coffees and hot chocolates decorated with flowers and other fun patterns. The artist perfectly masters the technique and makes us want to brighten up our morning coffees too!
Real vitamins for the eyes! Montreal photographer Naskademini offers us a series of architectural photos of the McGill University Health Center building located in the Quebec’s metropolis. On his daily commutes, he spotted the edifice and its aesthetic potential. «I’ve captured its vibrant colours and shapes as if I was capturing a portrait of a robot, he says. The shapes and lines reminded me of some of the toys, like the legos and blocks I played with as a child.»
Although the visual artist essentially realizes portraits, he surely knows how to play with the various textures and details of the urban life.
Adam Koziol is a photographer from Poznań, Poland. In 2013, during his trip to Borneo, discussing with one of the last “Iban”, he realized that 3000 years of culture and tradition are doomed to disappear in the years to come. From then on, he decided to start a photographic and documentary project to highlight these forgotten tribal cultures who will probably disappear, all over the world.
He pays particular attention to phenotypes that allows to recognize them among all these tribes: tattoos, scarifications, ornaments or even clothing. Its primary purpose is to make people aware of that extinction issue, and to make them understand that his work may one day be one of the only way to know about these cultures. Having already documented 50...
In his latest series Monumental Nobodies, Australian artist Matthew Quick paints images of famous sculptures, but adds a mischievous modern twist to the classic statues by integrating modern gadgetry and pop culture references into the picture.
The idea of the series hit him as he pondered over history’s tendency to destroy art for ideological reasons: the destruction of buildings, burning of books, and the pulling down of statues. His paintings of statues, then, are vandalised in a unique way — he draws them listening to iPods, wearing rubber gloves, or surrounded by CCTV cameras. “From the people who build monuments in the first place, to those who destroy them… there is a thread running through all: the universal connection is about leaving a mark,” he says. “They are all trying to say: Here I am. I have existed.” Enjoy more of his work on his website and Instagram.
The British photographer immortalizes animal portraits with striking emotions and simplicity. A seasoned traveller, a spectator of the animal kingdom’s complexity and an author of many books collecting his incredible and many works: the artist proves us the animal species are in fact much «more than humans» as their eyes, their postures and their realities are represented with sincerity. We’ve asked this photographer who wants people to connect a little more to the beauty of nature a few questions.What path led you to be an animal photographer and why did you choose this particular field?
The very first roll of film I ever took was on my foundation course; we were given a project photographing animals at London Zoo. It seems amazing to me how I am working with the very same institution I did this project at.
I think there is something intriguing about the space, the chasm almost, between a human and another sentient being. How do we understand them, and how do they understand us? This question often comes up during my work, as I need to consider how the image of an animal works on another human being.
Ethereal and dramatic, Italian photographer Alessio Albi’s works immerse us in different portraits imbued with strong aesthetics and palpable emotions. Most of the time following his instinct, the artist rarely prepares his shoots and let himself be carried by the environment and the present moment. He plays with the shapes, the colours, the model’s uniqueness and the lights for striking and cinematic results.
«This is such a paradox for me as I’m a pretty anxious person in other aspects of my life and prefer to plan everything to all little details! For this reason, photography to me has always been therapy and a way to detach from reality. I get inspired by any other form of arts: painting, drawing, cinema, music and literature. Nature has also always had a significant role in my production; having grown in the center of Italy has obviously helped me a lot in this regard, with its incredible natural surroundings», he says. Check out his many pictures on Instagram.
Twenty years later, the blues make us live a dream by winning the World Cup for the second time. France has been in a state of madness since the victory, the streets are crowded with people, and flags flutter wildly. In Russia, at the final whistle, players celebrate their victory in unison by carrying the trophy at arm’s length.
Poetic, ethereal, naive and slightly fantastic, the Romanian photographer Michelle de Rose‘s universe make the magic happens at each shot. She wants to reveal the inner emotions through several striking portraits, sometimes even surrealistic, to offer romantic works able to touch its spectators.
The artist is particularly fascinated by the different microexpressions and personalities a face can show. She confesses being attracted by the singular, strange beauties, those almost never shown in the media: big eyes, the physical particularities of the Albino people, the women who are never considered as models by society, fragile and pale hands, the sadness of a face, impatient and wild souls, etc. According to her, this is where the definition of beauty lies: captivating qualities and flaws mixed with many «attractive weirdness».
Illustrator Francesco Bongiorni was asked to illustrate a series of stamps and postcards for the Vatican’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism, and the Madrid-based artist came up with the visual gems you see below. His illustrations show piece of art and visiting tourists interacting together: various statues are shown shielding their eyes from camera flashes, pointing out directions to lost tourists, or shushing those talking on their mobile phones. Humorous, colorful and unforgettable, these are postcards you’d want to keep for yourself. Make sure to follow him on Instagram.