Miki Takahashi's portraits are a thing of beauty! The way she merges them with smoke, cities and elements from nature creates compelling and thought provoking shots. Her subjects look off into the distance and appear to be deep in contemplation, making you wonder what is going on in their heads.
I am absolutely loving this humorous series by father and photographer Dave Engledow. With the help of his wife and adorable daughter Alice Bee, Dave portrays a clueless, sleep-deprived and unsafe father. Each photo features a "World's Best Father" mug, which adds another great element to the project. If you like this series, you can help back the upcoming World's Best Father 2013 Calendar on Kickstarter.
"This underwater shoot captures the essence of the Greek sea nymph legend and explores the beauty and movement of fashion below the surface." - Ilse Moore
I've seen a bunch of examples of this artistic effect, but never knew what it was called. After some quick searching, I learned it is called the droste effect. The effect involves a "picture appearing within itself, in a place where a similar picture would realistically expected to appear". In theory it can go on forever, but in reality, it is limited by what can fit inside the image.
The effect is named after the image on the packaging of Droste brand cocoa powder. In it, a nurse is carrying a tray with a box of of the same image. It was introduced in 1904. You can see the original box here.
You can even download a Photoshop plugin that creates the effect for you.
Juan Todrigo Legua's sunset photos are so breathtaking, they seem almost unreal. The bright shades of orange, yellow and red, along with the beautiful reflections, really bring his photos to life. Looking at these makes me want to retire and just take photos of the sunrise/sunset.
Liu Jianan's photos tell masterful stories of beautiful women engaged in battle, exorcising demons and creating living human statues among others. Each one pulls you further into the story, and makes you wonder what the whole story really is. If anyone has further information on these fantastic shots, please share them in the comments!
Manuel Cafini has capturesd some captivating portraits of people in motion. Cafini's subjects are dressed in bright colors and staged in front of a dark background creating strong and rich contrast. This, coupled with the movement of his subjects, creates interesting shapes and beautiful lines in his photos.