#5 — SOKO (photo by Alice Baxley)
Soko above the haze. This photo was taken in Los Angeles last July. Soko’s black (onyx?) arrowhead ring next to the necklace with a key, and palm leaves positioned nicely in the background create a memorable image. Soko captioned it “in my happy place”.
Alice Baxley‘s website describes her this way: “Alice is a music documentary photographer. She was born in Japan, raised in Hawaii and now resides in Los Angeles. Once a musician herself, she is passionate about music and loves to capture musicians’ unique personalities through raw moments, and their journey as an artist.”
Baxley’s twitter is full of pictures of pizza and quotations from Kurt Vonnegut. She has photographed Soko before.
#4 — RAINBOW FIRE (photo by Allana Harkin)
This picture was tweeted by Allana Harkin last 7 July. Harkin identified the location as Brockville, Ontario, and it appears to have been taken from a boat in the St. Lawrence River. As she said in the tweeet, she was in the “right place at the right time”.
Harkin is the actor who played Detective Carlisle in the 2014 film PATCH TOWN. She was also the high school gym teacher in LOST GIRL episode 2.16 (School’s Out). Her most recent film appearance was as Doctor Vernon in A SURROGATE’S TERROR, which first aired on Lifetime in March, 2014.
#3 — KSENIA SOLO (photo by Stephen Busken)
That gown brings spun sugar to mind. This photo has an odd perspective (Ksenia Solo seems distant from the camera (except for the hem of her gown) and that’s another thing that makes it fascinating. It is part of a shoot for DuJour Magazine, but for some reason didn’t make it into print. Another photo with the dress (the one with the carousel) did make it into the magazine.
Stephen Busken is a photographer who works out of Los Angeles and New York. The bio on his website consists mainly of a list of past clients. Among the magazines in which his photographs have appeared are: Vanity Fair, Brazilian Vogue, Ad Week, Italian Elle, People, Conde Nast Traveler, House Beautiful, and Town & Country.
#2 — FORTY BELOW (photo by Michael H. Davies)
Michael H. Davies took this photo in the mountains 45 minutes by snowmobile from Pangnirtung, Nunavit, 2300 kilometers north of Montreal. It shows local resident Markus Siivola throwing how tea into the air as he bends backwards. In the -40o weather, the tea freezes as soon as it’s tossed. Davies said he got the idea when he saw a similar photo elsewhere, and decided he could do better. “I went through the science of it,” Davies told CBC news. “I figured, ‘OK, I need 40 below, I need calm winds, I need the sunset in the background so it lights up my fog when I film it.'” Davies is originally from Pontypool, Ontario,
and is a trained painter, photographer and glass blower.
#1 — DUSTIN QUICK (photo by Elizabeth Parker)
An image of Dustin Quick from a shoot titled Beauty in Space. If this were a character in, let’s say, a STAR TREK episode, that hair might be a coiled appendage, or possibly an antenna array. The reddish-golden skin might be functional as well as decorative, changing colour to indicate different emotional states like a mood ring.
Elizabeth Parker captures images on her Nikon, then creates textures and styles in after-capture. Trained in the art of digital transformation, she textures mood, emotions, and thought. Her use of vibrant colours and abstract imagery provokes instant reaction. She finds inspiration in almost anything, from the shapes of birds wings to dreams and colour combinations. Parker says that conceptualizing the shoot is almost as exciting as actually shooting it.