Berndnaut Smilde is a Dutch artist who is most well known for his amazing sculptures of clouds. That’s right, the picture below is not photoshopped — that’s a “real” cloud hovering in the room you’re seeing! Smilde uses a combination of smoke, water vapor, and dramatic lighting to create these temporary works of art that exist only as photos. You can check out the rest of his beautiful images here.
Martin Waugh is a fine artist and photographer living in Portland who specializes in absolutely breathtaking images of water droplets. Using a high speed camera and various speeds, sizes, and colors of liquid drops, he is able to capture the flow of natural, beautiful water, which he refers to as “liquid sculpture.” His images have been used in many advertisements, magazines, and other graphic designs, and even on the Discovery show Time Warp! His work has also been featured in museums all across Portland.
This image is from his website – we think it would go great with the charity Abundant Water!
Loren Cameron is a American photographer and activist for the transexual and transgender communities. As a trans man himself who initially identified as a lesbian, he faced discrimination and homophobia as a child growing up in rural Arkansas and moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where he confronted his issues with gender dysphoria and began to make the transition from female to male. While doing this he also began to study photography, and used his artistic skills to document his own physical transformation in 1993 and 1994. By 1995 he was already putting put solo exhibitions in San Francisco, and continues to create beautiful self portraits and images of other trans men and women. He would be a great addition to the Love and Water community because he is passionate about the lives of people whom mainstream society tends to pay little attention to, and he is committed to putting out positive portrayals of these people.
This is from Loren’s self portrait series and would be great paired alongside the Billy DeFrank Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, a non-profit organization from San Jose, California that provides resources to LGBT individuals of all ages from around 9 counties.
Antonio Briceno is a photographer from Carcas, Venezuela, who specializes in landscapes and portraits of indigenous peoples in South and Central America. His photographs have been published in several books, newspapers, and magazines in Venezuela and around the world, and several of his exhibitions have toured globally. He has also participated in exhibitions sponsored by “Art Works for Change,” a group that creates contemporary art exhibitions to address critical social and environmental images. His 2010 series “Millions of Pieces: Only One Puzzle” explored the environmental issues in Rwanda’s ecosystem for World Environment Day. We think he’d be a great addition to the Love and Water community because he pays special attention to the lives of his subjects and works to bring attention to indigenous cultures that typically go unnoticed by mainstream society.
This image from Briceno’s “Gods of America” series could be matched with the Amazon Conservation Association, which works to protect the Amazon basin in Peru and Bolivia.
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Bethany Haley is from Kentucky and currently resides in Nashville. Though she has a PhD in counseling psychology and a Masters in social work, photography and giving back to the global community are her two biggest passions. She and Peggy Cox founded eXile International, which provides art therapy, weekly art, dance, music, drama, and expressive trauma rehabilitation to former child soldiers and victims of war and sexual violence. Much of her work, both in photography and in charity work, is based in Africa. WE think she would be an amazing contributor to the Love and Water community because she uses her art to promote international change!
Between photography and street photography, this series documents the identity of the average Japanese male office worker, called salaryman. As a person who never worked in an office I try to show the mystery and poetry hidden in the supposedly boring corporate world.
In Japan, like in my native France, portrait rights have a dissuasive effect on the production of street photography, making publications of candid photography legally risky. But not revealing the subjects’ identities, the Salaryman Project tries to address this issue.
Nicola Boccaccini’s photography is of an era of class and artistic fervor. There is life and excitement and history pulsating through each piece. It’s no wonder he has photographed artists such as Tom Waits, Alberto Sordi, Woody Allen and Henri Cartier-Bresson (shown in the last of the below pieces). He is of the same language as these artists- unique, inventive and fearless. Take a look at the below and then go to his site for a more full experience.
I am interested in people. My photographs are about people, people and situations. My subjects interact with the ambient and I try to catch all those interactions where you can find something poetic, strange or even ironic.