Carter Baran Makes Dreamlike, Colorful Cinematic Photographs

“It’s lots of fun to see how light interacts,” says young photographer Carter Baran about his vivid, complexly lit conceptual photographs. Being gifted a fog machine some years ago got him more interested in creating photographs that resemble stills from science fiction movies and TV shows. Just 19 years old, he’s creating a significant portfolio of images that is sure to take him places in the future.

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Escaping Emotional Reality Helps Rosie Hardy Create Better Self-Portraits

“Times are changing and we have to change with them,” says UK-based photographer Rosie Hardy about the changing pace and formats of how photography grow online. She’s enjoyed considerable success with her photography, having gone viral multiple times via her work on Flickr. That has translated into commercial projects with high-profile brand names and celebrities in the years that followed. The fame hasn’t changed her as a person though; she’s still grounded in reality. But her surreal images transport the viewer to an otherworldly setting, which is often a candid representation of her emotions.

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Adeolu Osibodu Finds Reflecting on His Thoughts Creates Better Images

“I feel immense gratitude and a stronger belief in making work that’s true to one’s self,” says Nigerian photographer Adeolu Osibodu. If you take a look at each of his images, you find there’s a deeper meaning behind them. That’s not by accident; he takes his time to create images from thoughts that arise during his daily life. Emotions turn into ideas that are transformed into his visually appealing and somewhat surreal portraits. And he hopes his work can eventually lead to a positive portrayal of his people and his country.

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Life’s Lessons Inspire Jovana Rikalo to Make These Photos

“I am very nervous when not taking photos,” says Serbian photographer Jovana Rikalo in regard to how much photography is ingrained in her existence. She enjoys telling visual stories with her photographs, constructed out of emotional thoughts and moments from her life. Every moment has potential for inspiration for this creative thinker who seeks ideas from just about everything possible. Drawing on a plethora of concepts to produce a single visual interpretation isn’t uncommon for Jovana, and she breaks down some of her photos in an interview with us.

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Brandon Casey Shows How to Create a Stunning Photograph

Every now and then, a photograph comes our way, and it immediately grips us. It’s the type of photograph that makes us say, “We need to know more.” Brandon Casey is the creator of the latest image that demanded our attention. A resident of New Smyrna Beach, Casey has an eye for rocket launches. He’s also a devoted father, and for this photograph, he wanted to combine his passion with the children he loves so dearly.

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Loreal Prystaj Uses Mirrors to Explore Man’s Relationship with Nature

All images by Loreal Prystaj. Used with permission.

There may already be a multitude of projects exploring man’s relationship with nature, but among the best I’ve seen that embody this is the aptly titled Reflecting on Nature by New York City and London-based visual artist Loreal Prystaj. This visually stunning and clever body of work was evidently inspired by nature, but probably not in the way we mostly see. Instead of looking for a location based on an idea, Prystaj immersed herself in what she could find in her surroundings and let them work their magic on her project.

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Young Photographer’s Invisible Self-Portraits Goes Viral and Inspires Thousands

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It’s not uncommon for many young but undeniably talented photographers these days to draw attention to and create buzz about their conceptual self-portraits. On the contrary, the Internet is full of them. Who could forget those very expressive self-portraits of Rosie Hardy, or the surreal ones of David Talley, or even most recently, the miniatures of Joel Robison.

Joining these young photographers’ ranks – and rightfully so – is Cambridge-based photographer Laura Williams. A series of hers recently blew up big time on the Internet and everybody is talking about it.

It’s really the conceptual mini series’ main image, the one you see above, which she calls “Invisible,” that captured the world’s attention. Why? Because there’s something quite different about it. 18-year-old Laura told Flickr that she wanted to create something eerie, something that could really capture the attention of her viewers. So with the help an antique-looking mirror from her aunt’s house, a tripod – it’s a safe assumption since she admitted doing the self-portraits all on her own, and some postproduction, she skillfully created something that gave the illusion of being invisible.

The underlying theme of her viral series is the feeling of being invisible. And because it’s something that most of us have felt at some point in our lives, it only added to her images’ appeal. Of course, they are open to other interpretations. As Laura recently told The Phoblographer:

“The series itself is about feeling invisible or absent, and possibly using something to hide yourself behind, to blend in more perhaps. That’s what the image is for me, but other people may interpret it differently and I love reading about what it makes other people feel and what it means to them.”

Her viral images have already drawn people in the thousands to her work, which she usually puts up on her Flickr account; and recently, they have earned her own Flickr moment, which to many photographers is a big deal. There’s a lot in store for this very promising photographer – you’ll agree once you’ve seen her other images, which range for her sitting upside down on the ceiling to her looking through a massive rangefinder – and we will sure to keep a close eye on her work’s progress. But for now, let us enjoy the other images from her sensational mini series as well as her video for The Weekly Flickr.

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