If you are a fan of dreamy, whimsical images, you’re probably familiar with Bella Kotak‘s work. She creates her own fantasy scenes and stories that take you into magical worlds when you look at them. Thanks to SmugMug Films, we can take a peek behind Bella’s dreamlike worlds and find out more about how she creates them and what stands behind her inspiration and ideas.
We all imagine our favorite celebrities in a certain way. But what we see is the picture they create for the public, and it’s perfectly normal. But a Shutterstock staff photographer Andrew H. Walker reveals the different sides of their personalities. He created a series of double portraits which show that our favorite celebrities may not be as we imagine them.
Many of us have often pondered the great question, “What would chairs look like if they were people?” Okay, so perhaps not, but I appreciate those who think outside the box (with the exception of a classmate in high school whose way of thinking stood as a stumbling block in my mathematics career).
However, it was during a disappointing shoot that award-winning photographer Horia Manolache was inspired to ponder that very question. What resulted was an intriguing and somewhat comical portrait series.
Growing up in Kenya, photographer Bella Kotak developed a love of the warm and vibrant hues that surrounded her. Now living in the UK, her longing for those same rich tones is evident in her work. Her series entitled “In Bloom” is the beautiful embodiment of her fascination with a fanciful world, drawing the viewer into the mystical images full of life.
I was intrigued by the series and curious about the work that went into it.
I’ve always been fascinated by anthropology, but, with a father who was an anthropology professor, it’s little wonder that some of it wore off on me. In a utopian world, I think, at least, that my ideal life’s mission would be jetting off to the four corners of the world to document those people who are sort of hidden from the rest of the planet.
While he claims no title of anthropologist, photographer Jimmy Nelson did just that, setting off with an air of romanticism to capture the beauty of 31 vanishing people groups throughout the world.
A project that has been many, many years in the making for photographer, Guido Argentini, has come to blossom as his latest book, Argentum. The project was sparked in 1995 when Argentini made his very first photograph of a silver coated model while working on establishing new and unique ways to create studio portraits. Since then, Argentini has been masterfully assembling a collection of images that feature his innovative take on nude photography. Argentum is 100 of of the photographers favorite images from the collection.
Working with dancers, gymnasts, and aerialists to serve as the models for Argentum, Argentini painted his muses in metallic silver paint and photographed them in front of a white background. The results are incredible as you’ll witness below. [Read More…]