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The email I received by Mario Pena, a self taught photographer whose images flirt with the essence of dreams, proved to be a quite refreshing and rewarding surprise. As Mario notes in his email: “My photography is about beauty, dreams, moments and love, and my vision is “Photograph for romantic people”.
 
 
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Kristamas Klousch doesn't like to be referred to as a photographer. She prefers the term “Caricature Artist”. Her self portraits are like moments frozen in a dream, sometimes even a nightmare. Emotive, provoking, dark, surreal and sensual, Kristamas has a wonderful talent in transforming and captivating the viewers.

The artist currently resides and creates in Canada.

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An amazing dark collection of conceptual and surreal imagery by talented Andreea Anghel who notes:

“The whole theme of my work is based on the human condition and degradation...from sins to problems or simply human nature. I've started to create them when I was 16 and I hope to keep exploring these depths. To me, they represent not only a message to my viewers, but also an attempt at trying to see beauty in imperfection.”


The inspiring work of Andreea has won various awards and distinctions and has been featured in numerous media.


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Ethereal, poetic, sensual … there are truly not enough words to describe Brooke Shaden’s photography that travels the viewer into mysterious realms.

I quote from the artist’s statement: My photographs are meant to be read and analyzed. Symbolism is abundant in them, for what makes an intricate story if not visuals that mean one thing but stand for another? I explore death and surrealism through my photography in order to show that reality has intricate ties with fantasy. Our world is not so different than the disturbing worlds I create within my frames. I argue that my surrealistic images are even more representational of life because they contain feelings and emotions that resonate with the viewers. Sometimes life does not have to be photographed according to reality; instead, why not explore the depths of the mind and soul and reach for something deeper than the reality that plagues us and traps us daily? My edited photographs are a far cry from the original image that comes out of the camera. I add texture to them to give a feeling of grime and age, thus giving the photographs a timeless feeling. I often play with the tones so that the subject is highlighted and the scenery falls away in to slight desaturation and abandonment. The real crux of my photography is portraiture; it is capturing the emotion of a single instance in a life. Certainly they are all staged and planned and scrutinized over, but they all hold some sort of dramatized emotion (a real emotion, almost unbearable to feel) that resonates with the viewer.”


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Cutting edge portraiture by Jannica Honey who attempts to capture the darker side of her characters.

The photographer notes: “My aim is to create "real" images, I attempt to expose what is going on deep within the psyche of my subjects. My photographs are of authentic people with their emotional and physical baggage exposed. When I create I tend and prefer to portrait people I have come to know intimately and have connected with”.
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Harmony Nicholas is a young, talented girl with a passion for creating stunning images.


What I particularly enjoy in her portfolio is her ability to transform her shots into visual stories.



Make sure to check out her site for an overview of her work!

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Freaks

05/31/2010

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A diverse and inspiring photographic collection by Winkler + Noah which is definitely worth your attention. The photos shown here are from their “Freaks!” commissioned projects but there are so many more inspiring visuals in their official site.

I quote some information from their site: “This creative need for self-expression matured over the years, first becoming curiosity and then a strong will to create and to photograph. After a professional detour as an illustrator and graphic designer, Noah met Winkler and this acted as a detonator, producing a mixture fusing traditional photography with experimentation. What their pictures reveal is a sensation of hyper-reality: the protagonists of their portraits appear in a real context, but they stand out from it as if highlighted by reality itself. They are stark, intense photos because each single picture encloses an idea and conveys powerful emotions to the observer. The artists deal personally with post-production so that the creative process joins up with itself like a circle.”

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A very interesting conceptual photographic collection by Alison Brady.

Here is part of the artist’s statement: “My work is a series of color photographs that work to stimulate unconscious emotions, desires, and sexual compulsions, all unified within a dynamic that vacillates between the real and the fantasized. I explore issues related to madness and alienation as they exist in contemporary culture, concentrating on expressions of neurosis, on feelings of anxiety, displacement, and loss of identity.

These emotions are depicted in terms of visual conflict through my imagery, and manifested in terms of grotesque exaggeration. While investigating issues related to the unconscious, elements such as eroticism, twisted humor, and horror come across. I strive to create dichotomies between the sensual and the horrific, the beautiful and the destructive; the result, I hope, is a body of work comprised of deeply emotional and disturbing depictions of the unknown, staged imagery that functions on a metaphorical level, and inanimate objects and settings serving to illustrate the inner workings of the unconscious.”
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House Wife is a collaborative project of Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud. A very interesting and visually pleasing conceptual photo collection with a retro touch that underlines the chemistry between the two talented photographers. I absolutely love the soft, dreamy color palette they used.

You can view more of their joint photographic adventures in JUCO Photo.
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