Martin Buzora is a CSA nominated Director/Cinematographer working around the globe. His latest series "Kenya Wildlife Diaries" (2016) chronicled some of the most important conservation and anti-poaching work in East Africa, and was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards for Best Factual Series and Best Cinematography, and premiered on Smithsonian and Love Nature. His latest commercial short, "The Story of Aisholpan" (2017) is a portrait of Mongolia's now-famous young Eagle Huntress, a breathtaking tale of female empowerment and evolving tradition, set in the stunning landscapes of the Altai Mountains. Buzora was also the Director of "Into The Fire" (2011), a documentary series about the world's best Muay Thai fighters across the globe. Besides documentaries, Buzora also DP's dramatic feature films. His approach to storytelling remains the same whether it's film or documentary: great storytelling explores the dramas of life and illuminates the human condition.
Buzora was born on June 24, 1984 in Budapest, Hungary as the younger son to parents Steven Buzora, a professional drummer and Sophie Kovacs, an art teacher, and moved to Canada at the age of 12. He travels constantly and is in development on a few documentaries and dramatic feature films.
Roger Ballen was born in New York in 1950 but for over 30 years he has lived and worked in South Africa. His strange and extreme works confront the viewer and challenge them to come with him on a journey into their own minds as he explores the deeper recesses of his own.
In his artistic practice Ballen has increasingly been won over by the possibilities of integrating photography and drawing. He has expanded his repertoire and extended his visual language. By integrating drawing into his photographic and video works, the artist has not only made a lasting contribution to the field of art, but equally has made a powerful commentary about the human condition and its creative potential.
His contribution has not been limited to stills photography and Ballen has been the creator of a number of acclaimed and exhibited short films that dovetail with his photographic series’. The collaborative film I Fink You Freeky, created for the cult band Die Antwoord in 2012, has garnered over 99 million hits on YouTube. He has taken his work into the realms of sculpture and installation, most recently at Paris’ Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (2017), Australia’s Sydney College of the Arts (2016) and at the Serlachius Museum in Finland (2015) among others.
Nicole Watt is an internationally exhibited self-taught mixed media sculpture artist living and creating in the wilderness of Southern Tasmania, Australia. Her exquisitely simplistic and emotionally driven characters blossom from a world long forgotten; a world hidden in the shadows of imagination where the wind blows wild, the trees groan with ancient secrets born from the whispers of the fae.
Finding inspiration in ancient ritual and folklore, Nicole's melancholic words take you on a compelling journey into the darkness and light of human nature, drawing you in closer to explore the stories hidden within their subtle and fragile expressions. Each piece is carefully hand sculpted using stone clay, gathered natural materials and tattered hand-dyed textiles. The final works are pulled together by a common theme of possibility, a longing for connection, and an aim to intrigue.
A Wisconsin native, Jesse Draxler is currently a bi-costal multidisciplinary illustrator and artist. He has exhibited extensively in the United States as well as abroad with a client list that includes The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and MCQ Alexander McQueen.
Lumen Et Umbra
Residing and working in Rome, Japanese designer Issei Fujita has always been influenced by the traditional simplicity of clothing in his native country. He has translated this into Lumen et Umbra through which he and his wife, Susanna, create garments combining traditional craftsmanship with unique and innovative techniques. The experience of working on various stages of the creative process was essential, influencing his creative approach and laying the foundations for Lumen et Umbra – “light and shadow” in ancient Latin. In 2005, after working with Carpe Diem for six years, Fujita began working on a personal project related to clothing and photography, another passion of his. “I discovered a special technique to print on fabrics and other materials. I decided to start a small t-shirt collection, playing with light and shadows, in black and white.” In March 2006, he presented his small collection in Paris under the name Lumen et Umbra. The label has grown rapidly in the unground fashion world since.
The Copenhagen based artist Paw Grabovski shares his creative talents under his øjeRum guise. øjeRum creates collaged surreal imagery by weaving together antique portraits and classic sculptures with with fantastical settings, imbuing each human subject with a layer of depth. Added elements of natural wonder such as starry skies, spooky woods, and breath-taking valleys expand each collage into strategic patterns. He is also a gifted musician, plucking away at an acoustic guitar and pairing the melodies with layered sounds - similar to the process of his collaged artwork.
Atticus is a poet, born on the west coast of North America. Renowned for his mystery he wears a mask to remain anonymous. “to always remind myself to write what I feel instead of what I think I should feel”. In 2016 he was named Number One Poet to follow by Teen Vogue. His words are often used as tattoos, in 2017 he was dubbed “the world’s most tattooable poet” by Galore magazine. A big supporter of women’s rights his poems often describe the strength of the female spirt, as well as themes of love, heart break and wild youth. In June of this year, Atticus released a published collection of his work, 'Love Her Wild'.
“Everything in our universe, aside from man-made objects, carry a vibration. I feel that this natural vibration is not something a digital machine can capture, which is why I use film to document anything natural, and capture these vibrations organically.”
Neave Bozorgi is a flourishing natural light photographer residing in Los Angeles. His formative years were shaped by both profound cultural disruption and intimate, personal strife. In his artistic process, Bozorgi has evolved from documenting figures to depicting varying qualities of light. With each image captured on film, he attempts to separate from his surroundings and become still and formless—photographing and designing simultaneously.
Tony Kennedy continues to engage audiences with his highly propagated digital collages; an art form he developed in the 80’s making poster artwork for his punk band Badgewearer.
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Parsa Afsharjavan is a 21 year old Persian-American artist. His need for expression was derived from the downfall of his first experience with Love. During this phase, Parsa found himself weakened by depression, confusion and isolation. The drive for creating gradually grew upon him as he reached a point where the tension built-up inside and needed to be released into the world (they call this a "Catharsis").
“Art is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it!”
Lionel Dumas was born in 1961 in France, where he resides today. He has successfully worked in the creative field as a graphic designer and illustrator, also receiving the “custom decorative painter” award from the city of Santa-Barbara for his painted artwork. Since, he has painted many custom pieces for resorts and private properties in the United States, England, Mexico and France.
Max Melesi is a young Kenyan photographer and filmmaker specializing in east african wildlife and landscapes. Max has travelled extensively throughout Africa, giving him and in-depth knowledge of animal behaviour and an ability to anticipate their next move. This is a huge advantage in his creative field of work.