Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Human Body by Mona Kuhn

The Human Body by Mona Kuhn

The Human Body by Mona Kuhn

Photographer Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale photographs of nudes. Her work redefines the ways of looking at the body. Her pictures often depict classical themes with a light and insightful touch. Kuhn’s approach to her photography is unusual that she develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable naturalness and intimacy. Her subjects are naked but they are comfortable in their own skin.

As Kuhn said, “I always feel that people are dressed in their own skin.” For her, the nude is like “an art-historical costume you can’t get away from. And if a nude is a costume, then naked would be a uniform.” Focusing her lens on different subjects including her friends and family, Kuhn’s photographs are markedly egalitarian – meaning that every one of them is equal in every aspect.

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Night Paintings by Renan Cepeda

Night Paintings by Renan Cepeda

Night Paintings by Renan Cepeda

This photography project Night Paintings is a series of photographs shot by photographer Renan Cepeda using his unusual photographic technique in infrared photography and light painting. These fantastical images are created from long exposure, night-time shots that Cepeda “painted” with light using a simple pocket torch. His innovative technique turns an ordinary photo into a magical one.

Cepeda creates a contrast between the present natural object and artificially imposed scenery. This contrast produces a magical motif, which shows his creativity. Cepeda resisted the temptation of using Photoshop to manipulate his images, so the composition of the pictures remained true to the simplicity of the object.

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Joan of Art by Thom Kerr

Joan of Art by Thom Kerr

Joan of Art by Thom Kerr

The beautiful photography project Joan of Art by Thom Kerr features model Mackenzie Drazan, bathed in light and spiritual energy in a shot to the woods in airy and light silhouettes. The fearless Joan goddess is garbed in a collection of ethereal garments anchored on a substantial and womanly foundation. The pictures are magical and has a touch of fantasy on it.

Kerr mixes fashion photography with fantasy stories that reminds us of fairy tales. He bridges his photos between the worlds of fashion photography and fine art. This is apparent in the colorful experimentation in his pictures.

He has exhibited in Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and he has appeared on Germany’s next top model as a guest photographer.

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The Artificial Face by Thomas Rusch

The Artificial Face by Thomas Rusch

The Artificial Face by Thomas Rusch

The visual impressions of this large-sized color photographs of the photo project The Artificial Face by Thomas Rusch have an attracting and disturbing effect to the viewers. The faces of his models are masked almost beyond recognition with milky clothes and surgical gauze soaked in red. Only the eye sockets and the mouth mark human identity. In this series, Rusch melted together the difference between skin and mask, the human body and artificial texture. Moreover, he achieved this photos even without digital modification.

Rusch’s masks created with make up and transparent materials isolated the face’s features. The face, instead of simply being a part of the body, reveals itself as a cultural concept. Like in real life, his masks reveal by covering and they mask by revealing themselves.

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This is Not Pornography by Paul Smith

This is Not Pornography by Paul Smith

This is Not Pornography by Paul Smith

At first glance, you would think that this photography project is pornography, but it is not. In this series, photographer Paul Smith chose to explore the new frontier of the digital aesthetic, depicting fantasy in contrast to reality. He combined the elements of pornography into a forms that is slightly deviates from reality.

The title gives us what Smith intends this work to communicate. “This is not a pornography” is not just a title but also a statement. The most common definition of pornographic image is to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic reactions. The distortions and violent nature of some of these images intends to have a rebarbative effect rather than erotic.

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Infected Landscape by Shai Kremer

Infected Landscapes by Shai Kremer

Infected Landscapes by Shai Kremer

In 1999, Israeli photographer Shai Kremer started photographing the ominous traces of the military on the landscapes of Israel and on their society. Her pictures reflect the trauma and resulting damages in living in a world of conflict and war, it also warns of the permanent effects in the people’s lives.

Kremer’s images are often attractive, aesthetic, innocent and poetic. These landscapes, infected with sediments and fragments of the ongoing conflict, becomes a platform of discussion. These photographs attract the viewer and then challenges him to reflect on their meaning and implications.

As written by Sverker Svorlin, “Military landscapes are collective memories. They remind us that political violence has a spatiality and that it can be found also amongst landscape that we have learned to love. Giving these military landscapes some visibility may therefore be an act of peace.”

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Portraits by Tony D’Orio

Portraits by Tony D'Orio

Portraits by Tony D’Orio

Tony D’Orio, an American born in 1953 is a commercial and portrait photographer. His interest in portrait photography started when while he was shooting the streets in Chicago and people he found there and that is when he developed his love for the human face.

At first, D’Orio did not want to be a photographer, instead he wanted to be a “wise guy” with fancy cars, shiny suits and witty nicknames. But when he enrolled at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts where he once looked through a camera, he decided he will never look back.

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Right Time Right Place by Robert Rutoed

Right Time, Right Place by Robert Rutoed

Right Time, Right Place by Robert Rutoed

The photography project Right Time, Right Place is a collection of photos that Vienna born photographer Robert Rutoed made in the last five years in his travel through Europe. The photos revolve around the concept whether it is possible for people to be in the right places at the right times. These are serendipitous moments that are a departure from the mundanity of everyday, typically goes unnoticed and dissipates with a blink of an eye.

His photos are spontaneous and not staged and therefore they are not a result of an idea but rather they are the idea itself. His photo project was awarded the Special Prize of the Czech Center of Photography at Photo Annual Awards and a photo from the series won the New York Photo Award 2012 in the category Fine Art.

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Celebrity Transformations by Mike Ruiz

Celebrity Transformations by Mike Ruiz

Celebrity Transformations by Mike Ruiz

Mike Ruiz is a world renowned photographer. He is also TV personality, former model, actor and director. He is most popular with the celebrities because of his wide array experiences and interests. Whether its Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Zooey Deschanel, Kim Kardashian or Betty White, Ruiz has seen and shot them all.

In his photography project Celebrity Transformations, he has shot the industry’s most popular artists. He makes the celebrities almost unrecognizable in his futuristic photographs. He also regularly appears on television fashion shows like ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘America’s Next Top Model’

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13 Queens by Alex and Felix

13 Queens by Alex and Felix

13 Queens by Alex and Felix

Rulers over surreal worlds.

“There are unfamiliar worlds waiting to be discovered, filled with very well known objects of our everyday life yet staged in an unexpected way beyond recognition, draped with exuberant costumes of various shapes and colours. The insignia of power, the signs of their dreamland, hang from their bodies, stick to their skin and surround the sphere of their heads. These queens have truly incorporated their sensual empire. Every single one a proud queen, patron saint of ornaments, ruler over an empire of symbols, inviting the viewer to lose oneself.” These are the exact words that describe Alex and Felix‘s photography project 13 Queens that is taken from their website.

Alex Gertschen and Felix Meier are Swiss photographers creating photographs in an imaginative world, often absurd and surreal. The models, objects and props are carefully constructed before being to give a magical look. Each queen represent different personalities and stories.

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India Song by Karen Knorr

India Song by Karen Knorr

India Song by Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr‘s works portrays the visual richness found in the stories of India using sacred sites to highlight caste, femininity and its relationship with the animal world.

In her most recent photography project, the “India Song”, each finished photograph is both a mystery and a fable. She recreated the Panchatantra – an ancient Indian collection of animal fables for the 21st century and blurred the boundaries between illusion and reality. She inserts the animal subjects by digital means within the consistently frontal interior photograph. These interiors are carefully photographed with a large format analogue camera and Knorr’s own photos of live animals are then inserted to the rooms and sites.

The India Song is her first solo show in United States. The series was also nominated for the 2012 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize.

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Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi

Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi

Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi

Richald Renaldi, a New York based photographer is behind this unusual photography project called “Touching Strangers.” He asks strangers and make them pose as if they know each other. The project conveys more than just the pat, the kiss, the hug because it stirs up far more emotions.

His aim was to encourage people to break away from who they are and interact with strangers with their bodies touching in some way. It creates intimate relationship that exists only in the photograph. The images are both beautiful and strange and crosses the boarders that lies between strangers.

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Experimental Photography by Bagrad Badalian

Experimental Photography by Bagrad Badalian

Experimental Photography by Bagrad Badalian

When you say photography, people will think “fashion”, “beautiful models” or “advertising” but photographer Bagrad Badalian created a different niche, one that is different than anything else.

Badalian started this experimental photography project by experimenting with different types of lighting techniques and combining them with reflective body painting. He and his makeup artist Orla McKeating removed the color from their models and added colors of their own with light painting. The camera is then set to low shutter to capture these abstract images as the subjects moved.

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Male Breast Cancer by Brent Stirton

Male Breast Cancer by Brent Stirton

Male Breast Cancer by Brent Stirton

Males with breast cancer? Yes, not just the females but males can also get breast cancer. Some don’t even know this because there has been few cases that’s is why Brent Stirton made this photography project to raise awareness to everyone about breast cancer. There have been reports of death among males because of this disease due to negligence and ignorance to the fact that they can also be affected with the cancer that is widely know to happen to females.

Brent Stirton not only covered male breast cancer but he also works intensively with other humanitarian issues like HIV/AIDS, poverty and conflict. He specializes in documentary work and known for his alternative approach to photojournalism.

Because of his works, he has won numerous awards and recognitions including five awards from the World Press Photo Foundation and he was cited as “Hero of Photography” in PopPhoto Magazine last 2007.

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Bold and Daring Fashion Photography by Dimitris Theocharis

Bold and Daring Fashion Photography by Dimitris Theocharis

Bold and Daring Fashion Photography by Dimitris Theocharis

Dimitris Theocharis is a professional Greek-American photographer and video director currently based in London. He works in the field of fashion, advertising and fine art photography. He is known for his colorful and unique style. His work regularly appears on the two most well known fashion magazine, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and many other large magazines. He has also done campaigns on perfumes and sportswear.

He regarded as one of London’s most exciting fashion photographer and he was recently included in the list of world’s top 50 photographers. Aside from his passion in photography, he also has a kind heart. Over the past years, he has been supporting a number of charities in Ireland, UK and Greece.

When not working, he loves to travel and spend much of his time in California or hiking in Peloponnese.

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Underwater Photography by Nicholas Samaras

Underwater Photography by Nicholas Samaras

Underwater Photography by Nicholas Samaras

Nicholas Samaras is an award-winning underwater photographer. His love and dedication to sea and the marine life in combination with his efforts to bring out the best of the marine world using unique photography skills, established him in a very short period of time both in Greece and in abroad.

Among his underwater photo sets are abstract patterns of exotic sea creatures, sunken boats, colorful corals and marine life, sea slugs and even divers and underwater athletes. His photos show us that there is more what’s beneath the sea. That there is more to be known and discovered.

Many of his photographs have been published and selected for covers like National Geographic, Beyond Blue Web Magazine, Magazine ”FOTO – VIDEO DIGITAL” and many more.

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The Kingdom by Seb Janiak

The Kingdom by Seb Janiak

The Kingdom by Seb Janiak

A photographer and director living in Paris, France, Seb Janiak created this amazing photography project The Kingdom. It looks so real but it is really a beautiful series of digital matte painting. He used the technique of superimposing layers of different images to create an impressive and hyper realistic photographs. Janiak leads us into this cloudy world where one can almost feel what it’s like in the outer space.

Not just The Kingdom but his other projects and works combines unique and professional digital and analog photographic processes ranging from double exposure, digital manipulation and superimposition.

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On Foot by Steve McCurry

On Foot by Steve McCurry

On Foot by Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years. He studied film before going on to work for a local newspaper. Later on, he made his first of many trips to India with a little more than bag of clothes and a camera which he used document his exploration in the country.

His photography project On Foot show different pairs of feet showing different aspects of the people. The ones with dirty, ragged and torn shoes ans slippers represent poverty, the hardships and struggles while the ones with comfortable and neat foot wears depict a comfortable life.

It was after he experienced being smuggled to Afghanistan while the Russian Invasion is at large, that he showed the world the first images of conflict in Afghanistan. Since then, McCurry has gone on to creating iconic images on countless countries focusing on cultures, conflicts and traditions but never always retaining the human element.

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More Than Human by Tim Flach

More Than Human by Tim Flach

More Than Human by Tim Flach

With decades of experience in photographing animals, Tim Flach surely captures the beauty, peculiarity and intelligence of the world’s exotic creatures and beasts.

His book More Than Human is a collection of striking portraits of our non-human fellow beings captured with tenderness and elegance. He spent 7 years in photographing and making this book. By taking close-up shots, Flach attempts to show how closely similar animal gestures can get to that of the humans. These serene images are a result of long research and observation done by Flach. He tested these animals on different aspects such as light, environment, music, temperature and human presence and observed them to get his desired pose or image.

He carefully created individual settings for them and these magnificent photos prove that everything paid off.

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Fashion Photography by Paolo Boccardi

Fashion Photography by Paolo Boccardi

Fashion Photography by Paolo Boccardi

Paolo Boccardi, a creative director and fashion photographer based in Milan, is responsible for this high fashion photo. He does most of his work in the editorial and commercial world. He likes to use nude subjects in his photos.

Boccardi is a highly productive, slightly fascinate Creative Director responsible for producing award-winning, innovative creative work that is on strategy, on time and on budget. He has worked with prestigious brands like Mont Blanc, Samsung, P & G, Coca cola and many more.

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Aqua by Michael David Adams

Aqua by Michael David Adams

Aqua by Michael David Adams

This underwater photography by Michael David Adams is a combination of sexy models in lingerie and some with a pair of intimate models. The photos has a look and feel of high fashion and editorial. This series is the most interesting project he ever did. Because according to him, doing something that is unlike what he does in a studio or like a normal air shoot, is complicated. And the challenge is making it look and feel effortless.

He uses water often as one of the main elements of his photography. He loves the water and sea he loves being near it. Water is very zen for Adams and it is where his work revolves because it is where he is happiest and most inspired.

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Weddings by Walters & Walters

Weddings by Walters & Walters

Weddings by Walters & Walters

Weddings, engagements, and bridal showers, you can find them all in the works of James and Meridith Walters – an award winning husband and wife photography team. They have a unique approach to photographing weddings and creating albums. James is an experienced fashion and commercial photographer has a fashion marketing and advertising background.

The couple is an incredibly talented team behind Walters and Walters photography and has also been a long time friend of Weddings Unveiled. Their works have appeared in Weddings Unveiled numerous times in both real weddings and editorial ones.

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Sun Game by Adrian Limani

Sun Game by Adrian Limani

Sun Game by Adrian Limani

This series contains pictures of the sun accompanied with different poses of the subject to make it look like a game ball.

This creative photography project entitled Sun Game is made by photographer Adrian Limani. Since his childhood, he has been interested in design, multimedia and technology and this made him pursue photography. Limani is a self-taught Albanian photographer and artist. He started his career using a digital camera and later on with a professional one.

He specializes in fine art photography. He enjoys transforming photos based on his creative imagination. He also uses simple objects such as the sun and turning them into something magical. According to him, “photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

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Children in Prisons by Nana Buxani

Children in Prisons by Nana Buxani

Children in Prisons by Nana Buxani

Being born in a conflict region in Mindanao, Nana Buxani devoted her life as a photographer to documenting the large issues on child labor, poor communities, children in detention, homeless people, war torn regions and the indigenous people.

This series Children in Prisons show young children that are detained. Some are innocent and some don’t even realize what they are doing. Most of these boys are forced to do unlawful acts because of poverty. One of the imprisoned boy relates, “I only steal from rich people, I don’t steal from people who are poor, they are just like me.”

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Backstage of FHM’s Sexiest by Whimboy Echavez

Backstage of FHM's Sexiest by Whimboy Echavez

Backstage of FHM’s Sexiest by Whimboy Echavez

The day Whimboy Echavez quit his job, he took a risk and pursued a career in photography. And it was worth it. Now, Echavez gets to celebrities, models, politicians and normal people. One of his projects was when he was hired by Philippine Star Supreme to cover the backstage of FHM’s sexiest women in the world 2012 where gorgeous and hot women were busy preparing and coming in and out of the dressing rooms. There were some shots that showed half naked girls but unfortunately Echavez did not post it because he can’t show any nudity in his site.

Echavez also shoot weddings and engagement sessions. According to him, “It’s an awesome feeling to be able to tell stories through my photographs. I have the best job in the world.”

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