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MANUEL ARENAS

My artistic name is Man Arenas,
I'm Spanish, borned in the Mecca of Sequencial Art and Graphic Novels: Brussels in belgium where I studied Art History in the Brussels Royal Academie of Fines Arts.
I always been a autodidact, learning whatever I know in cinematography and illustrations by watching movies and graphic novels.
I currently working since 15 years as production designer, visual development or Art director for the animated features industry all around Europe.
I'm working in what was my dream as a Kid, so...I'm very Happy.
..and happilly with my wife and kid, I share my time ,living and working between Germany and Spain.

L. TALLMAN

I am a twenty-five year old graduate student living in New York City. Photography is my hobby, and not my profession. However, I am lucky enough to be in a profession where I get to travel to interesting places, and I take photos while I am there. I use a Pentax *ist DS digital SLR for the majority of my photos, though I have been known to take out my medium format Holga and Horizon 202 for photographing as well. I am interested in capturing both the darkness and vibrancy of urban and rural settings.

JP ROSA

Currently 28, I am a contemporary photographer whose style has developed from the combination of a variety of influences and techniques. My images involve various types of alteration and often contain religious themes. I am also inspired by visual and literary illustrative works that evoke both the sublime and the mundane with a touch of corrosive degradation depicted in bright colors. Though I am computer literate, 99% of my work is done in the darkroom and not in front of a computer. I have been taking pictures for well over a decade and have had over 20 solo shows as well as a few group shows in Canada and Europe.

KEVIN O'CONNELL

I've been taking photos for 20 years now. My primary camera is an ancient Pentax ME Super which I've had repaired many times over the years but is one of the best SLRs I've ever used. I've been experimenting with digital photography for the last 4 or 5 years, mainly with low resolution and low tech digital models.

I bought a Holga about 2 years ago after having seen some interesting examples of its output on the net. I was intrigued by the simplicity of the camera: rudimentary focus, no metering, a totally plastic body and lens. Images can be exposed multiple times, you can wind on the film partially to expose over multiple frames. The Holga uses medium format film which results in richly coloured images.

Due to the nature of the Holga, the quality of the images obtained relies to a great extent on chance. The poor lens construction results in a soft focus with a marked vignette effect. The camera leaks light, so most images have additional areas of overexposure. I find that the film rewind is so poor that additional exposure can occur after the film has been removed from the camera, which can yield additional unpredictable results.

So why use such a Holga? Quite simply, I'm fascinated by the resulting images, which have an ethereal quality that I find lends itself to landscape photography. The cameras foibles and cheap build quality are at odds with the hi tech precision of modern digital SLRs. The lack of control means I have to revaluate how I compose and take photographs.

TOMASZ SOBIERAJ

I'm a geographer and hydrologist, but art is and always was my passion, both in theory and in practice. Five years ago I decided to concentrate my energy on photography, so I quit my good but slavish job, and started professionally do what I always wanted, and what I did as amateur.

I taught myself rudiments of photography years before this decision, so I had no problems with technical and aesthetical aspects of photography, but I used my camera primarily as a tool for capturing reality, not as a creative tool for visualization of metaphysical questions. Nowadays I'm going through the changes, some conceptual photographs and still lifes appears, but life, humans, body, landscape, are still the main subject, content and essence of my pictures, equally important as their composition and technique. I don't like too much philosophy hidden behind the work of art - it's often only a necessary evil, especially when art is technically and aesthetically poor. Maybe I'm a backward, but I still would like to have Donatellos David, not Manzoni's Artist's shit in my living room (does anybody know, who is Manzoni?)

Though I'm a commercial photographer, I don't have a studio or other trappings associated with being a professional. I work mainly in my basement, use window or artificial continuous light, but many of my commercial works were made in the cityscape, with natural lighting. I use different cameras, from pinhole to digital, but black and white film in medium format camera is what I like the best.

I respect commercial work, but my fundamental concern is fine art photography. My works are in private collections in the USA, Israel, Austria, Spain, Germany and Poland. If you would like to know more about my work, please visit my web site, or send me a mail.

TOMASZ SOBIERAJ

I'm a geographer and hydrologist, but art is and always was my passion, both in theory and in practice. Five years ago I decided to concentrate my energy on photography, so I quit my good but slavish job, and started professionally do what I always wanted, and what I did as amateur.

I taught myself rudiments of photography years before this decision, so I had no problems with technical and aesthetical aspects of photography, but I used my camera primarily as a tool for capturing reality, not as a creative tool for visualization of metaphysical questions. Nowadays I'm going through the changes, some conceptual photographs and still lifes appears, but life, humans, body, landscape, are still the main subject, content and essence of my pictures, equally important as their composition and technique. I don't like too much philosophy hidden behind the work of art - it's often only a necessary evil, especially when art is technically and aesthetically poor. Maybe I'm a backward, but I still would like to have Donatellos David, not Manzoni's Artist's shit in my living room (does anybody know, who is Manzoni?)

Though I'm a commercial photographer, I don't have a studio or other trappings associated with being a professional. I work mainly in my basement, use window or artificial continuous light, but many of my commercial works were made in the cityscape, with natural lighting. I use different cameras, from pinhole to digital, but black and white film in medium format camera is what I like the best.

I respect commercial work, but my fundamental concern is fine art photography. My works are in private collections in the USA, Israel, Austria, Spain, Germany and Poland. If you would like to know more about my work, please visit my web site, or send me a mail.

RACHEL COMBS-GULLICK

The beauty within the less obvious details of everyday life (ie: reflections, shadows, light) are the main focus in my art, because it is my main focus when envisioning life. I am a firm believer that "beauty is more than what meets the eye" and I want to take that statement a step further by showing the human eye the beautiful, inherent parts of existence that are so often overlooked. As a self-taught photographer who has been consistently practicing this medium for five years, I am constantly hungry for the knowledge that is my art and spend the majority of my spare time taking pictures and reading about the processes of doing so. I shoot with both film and digital and have no preference of one over the other. My focus lies within the finished product of what I create from behind the lens

CAROLL PLANQUE

She likes : at the drive-in, autumn, beastie boys, buzzcocks, cellar door, computers, d.i.y., ether, fleamarkets, free stuff, gardens, ghinzu, ghost world, glitter, green, halloween, hemp, incence, jackass, japanese pop-culture, joy division, kei + parker, kris dane, lilies, luke skywalker, mogwai, monty python, moon, new order, noise, preraphaelites, radiohead, rain, rats, robots, silence, six feet under, snowfall, soymilk, a tea and a book, turquoise, twin peaks, vegan food, wet forest, winter sun, writing diaries. And she takes pictures.

JARED TARBELL

Jared Tarbell lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a computational artisan. He is most interested in the visualization of large data sets, and the emergent, life-like properties of complex computational systems.

HANNE PIASECKI

Hanne Piasecki was born in Copenhagen, a city she still enjoys most in May when lilacs bloom & in December when glˆgg is readily available. She finds her images all over the world however & this collection was gathered on 3 continents. When photographing, she looks for lines & shapes first & meaning later. Hanne is also quite fond of pink champagne & the way the air smells after rain.