The epic and unforgettable cultural phenomenon that is Star Wars left countless fans in its wake who were inspired to interpret that universe in their own way. Zahir Batin, a talented Malaysian photographer, combines his talent for photography with paper art and miniature figures to reinterpret the Star Wars universe in his own way. What’s also great is that Batin shares the behind-the-scenes work that goes into his photos on Facebook.
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What you’re about to see is not Photoshop – Moscow-based Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova created these stunning images with the help of real live animals! While seemingly dangerous, these shots were made possible with the help of professional animal trainers. Fortunately, she has provided us with a few adorable behind-the-scenes photos showing how the animals are posed by their trainers, including a shot where the bear sneaks a snack from its trainer over the model’s shoulder.
Butterflies and some moths are near-universal symbols of natural beauty, but Linden Gladhill, a biochemist and photographer, has created a stunning set of photographs that introduce us to the natural beauty of butterflies and moths on a macro level unobservable by the human eye. The highly-magnified (between 7 and 17 times life-size) photos of butterflies’ wings show the scales that cover their wings and that comprise the beautiful patterns that we see.
Kirsty Mitchell, a talented photographer based in the UK, creates mystical and dream-like surreal photographs that clearly communicate her intense, deep and personal connection to her artwork. When her mother died of brain cancer in 2008, surreal photography became Mitchell’s only shelter from the pain of her loss.
The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards have finally published the winners of their world-wide photo competition. This year, 139,554 images from 70,000 entries made it into the competition. No matter what category or sub-category they’re in, you can be assured that they’re some of the best photos that people have come up with this year.
Jake Olson, an award-winning professional photographer and graphic artist from Nebraska, takes breathtaking photographs what are dripping with Midwestern aesthetic and spirit. His images inspire dreams of wide-open skies, gentle winds and amber waves of grain. espite the fact that many of the images share a similar Midwestern setting, Olson keeps them fresh with beautiful lighting and a few adorable models. The wide-open fields and rural-style clothing give them a strong Americana aesthetic.
This stunning series of images by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher portrays the lives of the Dinka people, who herd cattle in South Sudan. The Dinka people vary their lifestyle by season – in the rainy season they live in permanent savannah settlements and raise grain crops like millet, while in the dry season they herd cattle along rivers throughout their region.
Amateur photographer Mark Hersch is the perfect example of how improving photo technology is making it easier and easier for more and more people to create beautiful images. This stunning landscape (or skyscape?) was snapped as Hersch’s flight was approaching Chicago O’ Hare International Airport last week. He had his iPhone out to take a picture when the plane took a sharp turn and revealed this incredible sight – the Chicago skyline casting its shadow on the surface of Lake Michigan.
Andrew Newey, an award-winning UK-based travel photographer, has captured gripping photographs of central Nepalese Gurung tribe members engaged in a dangerous and ancient tradition – honey hunting. Twice a year, the Gurung honey hunters ascend to the base of cliffs in central Nepal and ascend them to collect honey. Besides the danger of falling, they also happen to be harvesting the honey of the largest honeybee in the world.
Kaija Straumanis, a U.S.-based photographer and grad student, has gone viral with a funny and light-hearted set of self-portrait images that capture various random objects as they collide gracefully with her head. Perhaps the best thing about the images is that they’re pulled off so well. Each picture captures the exact moment of impact, and despite her mashed-up face and flailing hair and glasses, her eyes remain impressively focused.
Given how many historical photos are video are shot in black and white, many of us can forget that the past was also in full color – we just don’t get to see it. However, these photos of Russia in the beginning of the 20th century by photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky give us a rare glimpse into the past in full and glorious color. Color photography, in the way that we understand it, was not possible at the time, but it was possible to create a color image for the viewer by completing three separate photographs.
Love knows no boundaries – not age, race, religion or gender. In his “All Love Is Equal” photo series, New York-based photographer Braden Summers set out to drive this point home by taking stunning photographs of gay and lesbian couples around the world. Summers traveled to France, India, Lebanon, Brazil, South Africa, the U.S. and the U.K. to take these photographs. It took Summers about six weeks to create these dramatic and romantic scenes depicting only gay and lesbian couples.