If ‘thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel’ Michael Kahn surely caught the wind and set forth his sail to explore, dream and discover the ebb and flows of life. In the contrast of light and darkness do the protagonists of his play reveal their characters, frozen in time; the boats, the marine scenery soaking in the light and sometimes the dearth of it, all become unified in a grand scheme of things. And this masterful story-teller from Southern Pennsylvania continues on his journey for the next sparkle on the wave, however far from shore may it be.
Sarolta Bán was a jewellery designer till photography caught her fancy. While playing with digital photo-manipulation techniques she fell in love with this art of visual story-telling. Ever since then the girl born in Budapest, Hungary in 1982, produced great works of photography that not only have viewers glued to them but also have the power of ‘conversations’ with the audience with each picture being worth a ‘thousand words’ if not more!
A professional software engineer residing in Nürnberg, Germany, Michael Breitung fell in love with photographing nature in later half of the past decade. A regular writer for photography magazines such as, Kwerfeldein and Landscape Photography Magazine, Michael loves being surrounded by nature on a mountain cliff or at a river bank all the while capturing the moods of the environment through his eloquent photography.
Ben Heine is a multidisciplinary visual artist in true sense. He can play drums, piano, guitar, can speak six languages, has a degree in journalism and most importantly can paint and photograph. Two very strong visual media of drawing and photography become unified to create fascinating pieces of art. Success of his project Pencil vs Camera, conceived in April, 2010, is a proof of that. Digital Circlism, another idea materialised around the same point in time blends the best of pop art and pointillism to recreate portraits of famous personalities such as Marilyn Monroe, Freddie Mercury, Johny Depp, Lady Gaga and so on. Flesh and Acrylic is one of his latest projects having started in 2011.
Alister Benn loves travelling. Bird watching also held his fancy since his boyhood days. For years he crisscrossed the planet and visited some of the treacherous mountains in Himalayan range. In the process framing the frozen moments of many a menacing beauties such as Mt Everest, Mt Kailash, Dhaulagiri etc. Slowly but surely he started becoming increasingly curious about the mysteries of the night sky. He forayed into night photography capturing the faint whispers of the blinking stars up above from behind the camera lenses. On his many adventures since 2000, his wife Juanli Sun, an accomplished photographer herself, has been his active ally. To borrow Juanli’s words from her poem ‘Once’, they are ‘picturing this mysterious illusion’ of life treading the path together.