Mike Mellia (b.1980) is an American photographer whose allegorical imagery relates to larger conceptual ideas, telling stories through a painterly technique and creating cinematic compositions. Mellia’s signature style is a distinct aesthetic that combines an old-world sense of beauty with complex conceptual modern ideas. His images often raise a tension with viewers’ preconceptions about a subject. He has held several solo art exhibitions in NYC and his work has been commissioned by a variety of commercial clients. Mike Mellia graduated from Columbia University in 2002 and lives in New York City.
“Even though I consider myself a conceptual artist, I am a traditionalist when it comes to photography. I like to use film and shoot straight. No technical gimmicks or special effects. What you see is what I saw when I looked though the camera. If I’ve dazzled you with lights and colors, it’s because I’ve dazzled you with lights and colors. Ideas are more important than effects. And effects are always better when they’re real. In Lori And Dori, for instance, the conjoined sisters are dressed like fairy tale princesses evoking a dreamy and surreal landscape of the mind. But they’re real. Other times I have to make things look real, even if they’re not. In White Nigger, a man is made Black through make-up, while a child is “hung” with a harness. Ezra Pound once said, “Make it new.” I do. And make it real, too.” via link
Blake Little is an award winning, Los Angeles-based photographer best known for his ability to intimately capture the energy and personality of his subjects. His skills as a portrait photographer have garnered him a reputation as a favorite amongst celebrities, international publications, and corporate clients.
Amazing portfolio from a talented French photographer – Nathan Hervieux.
Trust a British photographer to ponder the weather. On a recent skiing trip Charlie Clift, a London based portrait photographer was struck by the effect the weather has on our faces. Panda eyes, red noses, wide grins and sun-kissed cheeks – Charlie took his camera to the slopes to photograph the faces of winter sports enthusiasts as they arrived down from the slopes for their lunch break. The result is a collection of fascinating faces all exposed to the same weather conditions – harsh alpine wind, blazing sunshine and icy snowflakes. If there is one piece of advice to give it is: always wear sunscreen. More photos on Charlie’s website here.
“Black Hole” is a series of images, which shows paint modeled by centripetal force. The setup is very simple: Various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metallic rod, which is connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint starts to move away from the rod, creating these amazing looking structures. The motion of the paint happens in a blink of an eye, the images you see are taken only millisecond after the drill was turned on.
Izumi Miyazaki is a young Japanese photographer. Please take a look at her portfolio here. You’re welcome.
” When I immigrated to America over a decade ago, the consumer culture that blankets this landscape took hold of me. While prevalent across the globe, it is heightened here, in the birthplace of contemporary capitalism. I adore the absurdity, both subtle and outrageous, found at every turn. As an outsider looking in, I seek to capture the ironies in the consumer landscape that Americans may otherwise be blind to. Bold colors, wide angles and jarring compositions add to the satirical tone of the work.” – Stewart Craig
Christopher Payne specializes in the documentation of America’s vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. Trained as an architect, he is fascinated by design, assembly, and the built form. His first book, New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), offered dramatic, rare views of the behemoth machines that are hidden behind modest facades in New York City. His second book, Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals (MIT Press, 2009), which includes an essay by the renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, was the result of a seven-year survey of America’s vast and largely shuttered state mental institutions. Payne’s new book, North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City (Fordham University Press, 2014), explores an uninhabited island of ruins in the East River. Payne’s photographs invoke the former grandeur of the site over different seasons, capturing hints of buried streets and infrastructure now reclaimed by nature, while also providing a unique glimpse into a city’s future without people.
” We are two photographers: Isabelle Chapuis combine art and fashion, Alexis Pichot is a light painter artist. After the meeting of our two worlds, this series entitled ‘Blossom’ evokes a journey of fantasy; for it we set off colored smoke bombs in emotionally-charged backdrops found throughout our travels. The project originates from our participation in the Speak Focus photographic competition themed, ‘Paris, I love you’. We chose to depict love by using a red smoke bomb in the streets of Paris, and were awarded second prize. From that day on, we continue to perform as we move onwards. We read in the smoke, as we guess in the clouds, forms of the imagination; ghostly presence that has been or will be: everyone is free to see what they like.” – Isabelle & Alexis