Nude is a series of nine elegant and mysterious images of a dancer in motion that contradict the notion of a photograph as a single moment of stopped time, made by Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama.
These images are comprised of thousands of individual frames layered together. Collaborating with the choreographer Jessica Lang, Maruyama has created images of movement and the human figure without a beginning or end. The inspiration comes from Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, 1912. A painting which “ended all painting,” Duchamp envisioned a scene enacted over time—a construction of multiple frames of a figure walking down a staircase.
Kathleen Greenwood views art not only as a form of self-expression but also as a means to provide a message about social issues and to evoke thoughts or emotions through images. Kathleen’s style is eclectic and her approach to transforming a blank canvas can be structured with a specific goal in mind or free flowing with a lot of experimentation. Each design starts off with a base subject that gradually becomes more complex by adding layers, manipulating light and adding elements such as light, color or specific effects to enhance the main area of focus. A chain reaction occurs as each step that is taken leads to a set of sequential steps toward a predetermined vision or a vision that results from experimentation within the creative process. While at present she mainly focus on digital art, she is a multifaceted artist that experiments with other techniques, including watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite.
Kathleen’s inspiration comes from daily practice, nature, workshops and fellow artists. Her most recent endeavor is creating a series of Steampunk images for exhibition and creating fine art cards for a gallery and a local gift and art shop. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk fashion has no set guidelines but can include styles influenced by the Victorian era. Costumes often incorporate flying/driving goggles, top hats, corsets, bustles, waistcoats and ray guns. Many of her creations also include gears or timepieces. Steampunk is a perfect amalgamation of fantasy and art.
Kathleen work has been widely recognized with several awards and has been published and exhibited internationally. For her, art continues to be a meandering path full of surprises and unpredictable outcomes.
Mario Unger, is a photographer and photoshop artists from the Austrian Burgenland. Together with his wife Martina, he lives in the small village of Rotenturm der Pinka. His two children, Laura and Sebastian, are now grown up and only more rarely at home. Art runs like a red thread through his life. As a 7-year-old, he attended the local music school, which meant to be included in the University to study the trumpet as a 12-year-old. The teaching of this instrument should be his calling for 33 years. After this time he left his "vocation" behind him and made his real passion, photography to his new calling, what he doesn't regret any second.
Inherit the Dust is a series of epic African panoramas, where Nick Brandt records the impact of man in places where animals used to roam. Nick Brandt photographs exclusively in Africa. Born in Britain and currently based in Southern California, Brandt cofounded Big Life Foundation in 2010, which helps protect the endangered wildlife inhabiting a large area of East Africa.
Canadian photographer Daniel Castonguay is a true master of capturing the life and soul of the streets. Living in a busy area, he was naturally driven to street photography, with the goal of chronicling quotidian life and human nature.
Daniel resides in the lively Plateau Mont-Royal district of Montreal, an ideal playground for a street photographer. Dynamic, artistic, cosmopolitan and constantly evolving, this neighborhood is the scene of a hectic daily life where fairs, shows and animations of all kinds take place. The dynamics of a Plateau in permanent motion stimulates his creativity.
In the series "Montréal Intemporel" (Timeless Montreal), he illustrates the daily life of its residents, rain or shine. He considers that through candid images, sometimes amusing or even touching, street photography is the ideal media for seizing precious slices of everyday life.
Daniel plays the dual role of central character and invisible observer in the play of life. In his words, “Street photography is more than a “picture making“ business. To me it is a continuous theatrical sketch where I take part. This sketch can be brought up almost to the fantasy level.”. He likes the philosophy behind street photography, the quietness in the shooting itself, not waiting for anyone, not thinking, but just looking and walking around with no expectations. Letting the emotion take part of the sketch and connecting with a story that can literally be anything.
Daniel accentuates the emotion of the moment by adding a poetic touch during the edition of his photographic work. The subject and some elements of the decor are intensified while others are related to reverie. His creations possess a mysterious atmosphere and a unique texture, reminiscent of watercolor paintings.
Daniel shares with us a profound message: “Street photography helps me to remain grounded and admire how similar we are in all our differences.”
Patty Maher is a fine art photographer and artist based in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. The inspiration for her art comes from an exploration of the feminine in the context of both natural and urban settings. Working primarily through staged portraiture and self-portraiture Maher is widely known for hiding or obscuring the faces of her subjects often only using only posture, gesture, symbol and colour to convey emotion and story. Maher explores the inner worlds of her subjects while at the same time considering notions of personal space, boundaries of identity and the relationship of the individual to the larger world. Her goal with each photo and series is to create pieces that disrupt the boundaries between real life and the otherworldly; the surreal and the commonplace. In the telling of visual stories she invites the viewer to become a co-creator in meaning, leaving the stories open ended but touching on basic and universal emotions.
"Know Where You Stand" is a series created by Seth Tara for The History Channel. Seth Taras is a self-taught American artist, one of Luerzer’s Archive’s 200 Best Photographers Worldwide and winner of numerous international awards including a Cannes Lion for his brand campaign for The History Channel, “Know Where You Stand,” which has been translated into 30 languages and published in 130 countries.
He was born into a lineage of artists and artisans, including bronze and Macramé sculptors, golden-age cartoonists, interior designers, vacuum repairmen, celebrity stylists (and a tailor to the Czar of Russia). Nearly all of his pictures are direct prints from original film negatives with no digital alteration and taken largely hand-held. His pictures hang in collections around the world
Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist whose painterly photographs illuminate a deep reverence for the natural world. Born in Memphis, she holds an AA in Art History from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and a BA in Painting from Newcomb/Tulane in New Orleans. Her photographs are inspired by the lush Southern landscape and a background in painting and art history. She turned to photography in the early ‘80s to create references for paintings. Missing the sensuality of oils, she began layering glazes on her photographs to create a more personal interpretation. After she photographed, designed and produced the award-winning re-creation of the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book for The Times-Picayune, she moved to New York, where she photographed nearly 100 book covers and was a major contributor to the original Victoria Magazine. She moved to Denver in 1994, and after several decades of photography, design and art direction for clients, she recently returned to fine art photography. She is the recipient of multiple awards and her works have been exhibited throughout the world.
In order to achieve her distinctive photographic style, she developed various original techniques, which involve precious metals, hand painting and Polaroid film.
States of Grace Encaustic
In State of Grace Encaustic Wendy illuminates beauty amidst the chaos. She is calmed by the simplicity of a graceful line and the stillness of the suspended moment and compelled to share an impression of the serenity she finds here. She captures the ephemeral movement of light on organic forms, to preserve that mystical moment that stills time for her. Photographing intuitively - what she feels, as much as what she sees - and informed by a background in painting and art history, I portray a personal interpretation by layering the images digitally with color and texture to find balance between the real and the imagined.
Most of her hand-painted photographs date from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. Her hand-coloring technique was developed from a background in oil painting and was influenced by techniques of old masters. Delicate layers of oil paint are painstakingly applied to each archival fiber print to achieve rich and subtle hues. This technique differs from traditional hand-tinting, which involves applying and then removing color to leave a 'tint" of color.
Josephine with Pearls - New York, NY - c. 1991
Draped Nude - New York, NY - c. 1991
Eve (Girl with Apple) - New York , NY - c. 1990
These images were photographed on slide film, copied to Polaroid instant film, then peeled apart before fully developed and printed on damp archival watercolor paper.Some of these prints were then enhanced with watercolors or colored pencils.
States of Grace
In States of Grace, she illuminates beauty amidst the chaos. She captures the ephemeral movement of light on organic forms, to preserve that mystical moment that stills time. White gold, silver or 24k gold leaf is applied behind the image, creating a silken luminosity on the print's surface. Throughout history, civilizations have prized the use of precious metals for their beauty and sanctity. The leafing process suffuses the intrinsic value of the treasured subjects with the implied spirituality of the gold. The perception of luminosity varies as the viewer’s position and ambient light change.
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I believe in the power of perspective. In my work, I use practical effects to touch on how our perspective on life affects our perception, influencing the lives we lead. My goal is to create photographs that dabble between abstract truths and concrete reality. By drawing connections between illusions of realism and the subjectivity of human experience, my work lingers between daylight and daydream.
Avoiding heavy post-processing techniques, I construct my photographs through carefully constructed sets. I incorporate drawing, painting, and stage design into my photography to introduce tricky visuals into my photographs. Owing to the flatness of the photograph, along with its accuracy in capturing the likeness of reality, I am able to hide the trick to my illusions within plain view.
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Giant animals and tiny humans are a common thread in some of his recent photo-manipulations. The might and awe of the animal kingdom has always been an inspiration for Eben and he likes to think we all have our spirit animals that challenge, guide and protect us in a world that seems to be diving deeper into chaos.