Australian photographer Ray Collins first picked up a camera in 2007 and used it to photograph his friends surfing around his coastal home after long shifts working in a nearby coalmine.
His attention quickly shifted from his friends to patterns and forms he noticed in the waves. Collins, who is colourblind, was also drawn to the interplay of light and water, perhaps more attuned to contrast than the nuance of color.
He poetically refers to this switch from coalminer to fine art photographer as a balance between his “black life and blue life”.
Here’s some more of Ray’s striking oceanic imagery for your viewing pleasure:
Stefanie Schneider lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.
Stefanie’s scintillating situations take place in the American West. Situated on the verge of an elusive super-reality, her photographic sequences provide the ambience for loosely woven story lines and a cast of phantasmic characters. She works with the largely uncontrollable chemical mutations of expired Polaroid film stock.
It’s amazing to witness an artist who embraces one of their greatest limitations, turning it instead into one of their greatest advantages.
For Korean artist JeeYoung Lee the question was how to utilise her small studio space in Seoul measuring just 3.6m x 4.1m x 2.4m (11.8′ x 13.5′ x 7.8′). Instead of finding a new location or reverting to digital trickery, Lee challenged herself to build some of the most elaborate sets imaginable for the sake of making a single photograph.
London based photographer, Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz, has created a 12 month calendar inspired by retro calendars featuring 1940s pinup girls. Except the girls aren’t wearing clothes—they’re wearing milk! Very fast milk.
Frozen with high speed strobes, each image is layered from hundreds of photographs capturing splashes on real models using real milk. Inspired by iconic images from artists like Gil Elvgren, Wieczorkiewicz shoots up to 200 frames to complete an image. The frames are then layered in Photoshop and combined seamlessly to complete the dress.
(Twins: Alex & Sandrine, 20)
Ulric Collette is a French-Canadian photographer who shoots quirky family portraits. In his photo series ‘Genetic Portraits‘, Ulric photographs family members and then crops each image in half, then positions the different halves side-by-side to create a single portrait.
The resulting composite highlights the similarities between the two people photographed, and demonstrates just how fascinating genetics really are.
Interestingly, if you view each half of the images individually, you can clearly observe how different each person is, but when viewed together as the composite image, you notice so many similarities.
Here are more images from this intriguing series…