Stefano Bonazzi

Stefano Bonazzi is a self-taught web designer and digital artist from Ferrara, Italy.
His photo collage works are produced through a combination of digital photography, charcoal, and careful editing.

Bonazzi is by his own admission a cynic who feels alienated by optimism. Using the same tools that are often used in advertising, such as artificial colours and exaggerated forms, he creates darker and less inviting version of the world.

By creating moods of torment and anguish, he provide a counterpoint to the sweetened version of reality so prevalent in mainstream media and represent the version he is familiar with.

Akira Asakura

I like old city areas because of their mood. Okinawa, where I live now, is the island where you can see many things – kind of a forgotten Japan. One of the reasons is that Okinawa is the poorest prefecture in Japan. That means that many old things are still present: assorted derelict houses and bars, sign boards from the post-WWII era etc… About ten years have passed since I moved to this island, but I still feel like I am a traveller. I still feel strange seeing such things.

— via UG

Akira Asakura — photographer based in Okinawa, Japan (flickr)

Jan Erik Waider

White Ice on Black series by Jan Erik Waider — photographer based in Germany

Nicolas Evariste

Dark zoo project by France-based photographer Nicolas Evariste

Olaf Otto Becker

Following Broken Line, a prizewinning portrait of the coast of Greenland, Olaf Otto Becker turns his attention to the interior of the island in his new series, Above Zero. Second only to Antarctica, Greenland has the largest inland ice surfaces in the world. Becker’s spectacular portraits of this region are taken during physically strenuous, sometimes life-threatening treks among glacial crevasses and melting ice floes, with a cumbersome large-format camera. His photo studies draw out the overwhelming beauty of this icy landscape, while documenting their present fragility: dust and rust in the air form black, crusty deposits, which, in conjunction with global warming, accelerate the melting of the ice sheets–with what will probably be inevitable, catastrophic results. Becker warns that even in these uninhabited regions, human actions can have fatal consequences.