I find it amazing that so many “everyday objects” can be used to create fantastic photos. If you’re at home these days, Ben from Adaptalux has a perfect photo idea for you. All you need is some paper and some lights, and you can create an infinite number of abstract macro photos.
Slovak photographer Michal Zahornacky creates surrealistic mood in his photos, and he does it all in camera. Once again, he has brought together realistic and abstract. In the series he named Curves, he has turned ordinary portraits into amazing abstract, painting-like photos. And instead of using Photoshop, he used only some water and achieved these amazing effects entirely in camera.
Do you like unusual, abstract portraits? Underwater photography? Or black and white images? Australian photographer Trent Mitchell brings these genres together in a magnificent series titled Inner Atlas. They show bodysurfers beneath the ocean waves, and they’ll take your breath away. DIYP chatted with Trent a bit about the project and all the challenges he faced while shooting. And this definitely was a challenging project to create!
Abstract art in photography does not attempt to represent external reality. Photography artists instead find shapes, patterns, colors, and textures for their visually stimulating photographs. This body of work in essence attempts to separate or withdraw something from something else like, for example, the intricate patterns of reptilian skin or the shapes and colors of rough seas or volcanoes.
Photographing volcanoes can be dangerous, but it’s certainly an experience to remember. Israel-based photographer Erez Marom traveled to Hawaii to try it for himself, and he captured the magnificent view of hot lava flows. But there was a price to pay – and he paid with his gear.
He used a drone to get some aerial shots. But at one point, he got too close and the hot lava melted the plastic. Fortunately, Erez still managed to save the photos, and he kindly shared them with DIYP. And although his drone is destroyed – it was definitely worth it.
“Beauty is everywhere.” This is how Russian-born artist Ruslan Khasanov describes the motto that drives his creative work. In his latest video, he found beauty in bodily landscapes. He turns human skin into landscapes using nothing but some paint and a macro lens. It feels like you’re watching satellite shots of another world, so similar, yet so different from ours.
Sometimes, a few household items and vivid imagination are all an artist needs to create a masterpiece. This timelapse video is a perfect example. Creative filmmakers Thomas Blanchard and Oilhack teamed up to create an abstract, trippy and colorful timelapse using nothing but some paint, oil, milk and liquid soap. They captured the motion and the unpredictable game of the liquids in a video titled Galaxy Gates.
If you were one of those kids who would dismantle every toy to see what it was like on the inside, you certainly discovered plenty of cool and interesting things. But have you ever seen what a golf ball looks on the inside? Photographer James Friedman became interested in discovering it, and he captured dozens of golf balls cut in half. Turns out there’s quite a colorful inside in each of the tiny white balls, and James shows it in a gorgeous abstract series of photos he named Interior Design.
I’ve heard many people say sunset photos are cliché and they all look the same. Therefore, I’m glad to present you with a project that makes them as unique as you can imagine. Photographer Jason D. Page has published a series named “Pyramids in the Sky”, featuring fantastic photos taken at dusk. But these images were made using camera rotation, so the final result is not what you’d expect from a sunset. It’s a series of eye-catching, abstract pyramids, painted by the Sun and the colorful sky in the sunset.
Jason has shared some details about his project with us, as well as the settings and gear he used. So if you still think sunsets are boring, here’s a fresh approach that might change your mind.
I think all of us experimented with camera movement when we got our first camera. But British photographer Simon Painter raised this little game on a new level. He moves and rotates the camera while shooting to create fantastic photographic art. He is fascinated by light, texture, and movement, and his photos are very atmospheric. They are sometimes hectic, sometimes delicate and soft, but they are always inspiring and beautiful.
Even the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards chose Simon’s photo “Fractal Leaves” as one of the top 50 photos of 2017 in the “Motion” category. And I am glad to present you more of his work, and his story.