A glimpse inside the mind of young, California-based photographer Christopher J Rivera reveals a dark, dream-like world of fantasy. Rivera employs a really effective narrative, both written and visual, to advance his concepts. His use of Photoshop is particularly notable… he really applies it in a way that is very purposeful, and does not seem overindulgent or extraneous. Rivera is a fantastic storyteller with an already impressive body of work. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for him and how his work will evolve.
Japanese artist Akira Nagaya creates insanely intricate paper cuttings called kirie that look like delicate pencil drawings or wire sculptures.
Nagaya discovered his talent in his early 20s when he was learning sasabaran – a technique for cutting food decorations from bamboo leaves at sushi shops. When he practiced on his own using paper and a utility knife, he realized that he was good at it and that he enjoyed it. Only later in his life, though, did he start to look at his paper cuttings as art and display them to the public.