Leah Ollman of the Los Angeles Times wrote "Maisel's work over the past two decades has argued for an expanded definition of beauty, one that bypasses glamour to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, the decomposed."
Tim Flach's animal photography astounds me with it's graphic compositions and wonderful detail. Being able to examine each hair on an animal, or each wrinkle of their skin, provides an up-close experience that few people ever get an opportunity to have. It reminds us of the wonder each animal is, and the connection we share with them, and in turn, to the divine.
When I was looking at his work, I found too many fascinating images to post here - so please, check out his web site below, as well as his book, More Human than Human.
David Maisel's "Lake Project" series is so otherworldly, the images might have been shot on another planet. But these surreal aerial shots are from outside Los Angeles - the result of years of diverting water to the ever-growing west coast city, "generating a thriving agricultural industry and an environmental disaster in the process". In these images beauty combines with destruction with interresting results.
Shahir Zag is the Chief Creative Officer at the advertising agency Young & Rubicam in Dubai. Working in advertising myself, I think these Zag-isms are the essence of what good advertising is all about - succinct, to-the-point messages that marry words with the visual approach.
Take a look at Shahir's personal project below - maybe you'll find just the right Zag-ism to sum up your own thoughts here:
I am utterly mesmerized by Andrew Zuckerman's images for his book, "Bird". Perhaps it's because I can stare at these creatures so closely, and in such marvelous detail, that makes me enjoy the experience in a way I never could in real life. The color combinations in their feathers, the amazing textures, and sometimes the odd humanity I see in their eyes, all combine to fill me with wonder - and I hope you feel the same way, too.
Few photographers are as inspiring or original as Nicholas Alan Cope. Whether he is photographing the way that liquids dissolve into one another at close range, or exploring urban landscapes, his work is certain to excite.
What could be more perfect for the Year of the Snake, than Mark Laita's new book, Serpentine?
"The sensual attractiveness of snakes, which coexists with their threatening, unpredictable and mysterious nature is truly unique. This dichotomy, in which their beauty seems to be heightened by their danger, and vice-versa, is what I find so fascinating. Add to these contradictions the rich symbolism of serpents and you have a wonderfully compelling subject."
Josef Schulz's images may sometimes have a quality to them that can resemble a computer game - - but they combine real, photographic elements with into surreal scenes that at once can feel familiar, and slightly disturbing in their unnatural, "perfected" state.
I've been following the graphic design of Paul Lee for some time now, and it's something that I always enjoy catching up on. The Los Angeles based designer often incorporates 3-d elements into his work, with startling results.
Andy Gilmore's hypnotic patterns almost vibrate with an inner digital energy. The colors and patterns somehow seem oddly of the moment - as if they emerged by themselves from the energy ether running between all computers, everywhere, in a digital dream.