In October of 2012, LA-based photographer Sabine Pearlman found herself ensconced in a Swiss WWII bunker photographing 900 different “specimens” of cross sectioned ammunition. Her resulting photo series, AMMO, shows the beauty and craftsmanship that went into creating these destructive little pieces of engineering.
Pearlman “strives to create a poetry of images by synergizing the ‘big picture’ with the small details.” Insofar as her AMMO series is concerned, that means the juxtaposition of beauty and destruction. The photos themselves are fascinating to look at, but the series is meant to evoke more than that:
The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object. It is a representation of the evil and the beautiful, a reflection of the human condition.
Italian designer Federico Mauro’s “Famous Eyeglasses” series is a minimalist collection of the iconic glasses worn by celebrities, historical figures, and fictional characters
Limbo is a collection of portraits featuring men who are trapped in a symbolic struggle between two choices. Based in El Salvador, artist Rodrigo Dada produced this series to illustrate the concept of transition. In the photographs, each person can choose to go one of two ways, continuing the descent underwater or moving forward and emerging above the surface.
Dada challenges his viewer’s perspective by turning each image sideways, which produces the illusion that the men are standing, trapped in a personal conflict. According to the artist, “The subject is found buoyant in between dreams and reality, calm and violence. This project is about threat and confusion: to float or to drown.”
New York-based photographer Richard Silver is a passionate traveler, and his primary goal as an artist is to share his life experiences by creating beautiful photographs during his travels. Rather than shoot traditional photos, he uses techniques such as tilt shift, HDR, panorama, and time-slice in order to capture the world in eye-catching ways.
A major project he has been working on is called “Tilt Shift.” He has been photographing some of the world’s most famous locations and turning them into miniature scenes.
The project contains photos snapped in locations ranging from the famous structures of Machu Picchu to runners streaming down a road during the New York Marathon.
Silver says, “People always ask me, How do I make people look so small or why do I make people look so small? Simple, we are!” Thus, his goal with the project is to “give the viewer a new way of seeing themselves and their place in the world.”
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey
The only thing more impressive than Victoria’s portfolio of costumes is her back story. In 1999 this geek girl from Philly was in a car accident and lost the use of her legs. Wheelchair bound, her mother got her a Playstation and a copy of Tomb Raider to pass the time. Lara Croft gave her the inspiration to get out of the chair and she’s been kicking ass ever since.