Elena Kalis was born in Moscow (Russia) but has, for the past ten years, lived on a small island in the Bahamas with her husband and two children. She has an education in traditional art, but has recently been following her interest in photography. Over the past year she has been doing some underwater projects with her children and their friends. Some of Elena’s images have been used for books, magazines and CD covers, and have also appeared in print magazines and online publications. Elena Kalis imagined an underwater version of the classic Alice in Wonderland tale, only that this time it’s Alice in… Waterland! The results are some really fascinating photos that not only transmit all the surrealism and imagination of the original story, but take it a step forward. Between a mermaid and a survivor of a shipwreck, caught between fantasy and reality, the new Alice looks more beautiful than ever. read more
Do you like old paintings? For me Maria Ivanova’s photos are like paintings from XIX century.
Photographer Karen Knorr asks you to see India in a whole new light. After a life-changing journey Rajashthan, India back in 2008, Knorr decided she would explore its rich culture heritage in a series called India Song. These carefully crafted photographs plant live animals into sacred and secular sites so that can celebrate the visual richness found in northern India’s fables, mythes and stories. She first photographs the color-rich interiors with a large format Sinar P3 analogue camera. Then, she adds live animals into the sites, thereby fusing high res digital images with analogue photography. The animals are first photographed in sanctuaries, zoos and cities and then transplanted into palaces, mausoleums and holy sites. „Cranes, zebus, langurs, tigers and elephants mutate from princely pets to avatars of past feminine historic characters, blurring boundaries between reality and illusion and reinventing the Panchatantra for the 21st century,” she says. (One of India’s most influential contributions to world literature, the Panchatantra is a collection of Indian animal fables.)
Herb Ritts revolutionized fashion photography, modernized the nude, and transformed celebrities into icons.
Through hard work and a distinctive vision, Herb Ritts (1952–2002) fashioned himself into one of the top photographers to emerge from the 1980s. Ritts’s aesthetic incorporated facets of life in and around Los Angeles. He often made use of the bright California sunlight to produce bold contrasts, and his preference for outdoor locations such as the desert and the beach helped to separate his work from that of his New York-based peers. Ritts’s intimate portraiture, his modern yet classical treatment of the nude, and his innovative approach to fashion brought him international acclaim and placed him securely within an American tradition of portrait and magazine photography that includes Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Irving Penn.
Tilt-shift photography is a creative and unique type of photography in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model. To add good miniature effect to your photographs, shoot subjects from a high angle (especially from the air). It creates the illusion of looking down at a miniature model. A camera equipped with a tilt-shift lens, which simulates a shallow depth of field, is essentially all you need to start.
Are you an amateur photographer or a photography enthusiast? If so, then this is the competition for you!
The Open Competition offers 10 diverse categories for you to enter, ranging from Action to Travel. As a Basic Member, you can enter up to 3 photographs for free, submitted into one category or spread across multiple categories.