Cyril Helnwein has been taking photos since he was 10 years old, having started out with a Yashica half-frame camera that allowed 2 photos per film frame. Since then his work has been shown at various galleries worldwide and featured in a wide range of online and print publications.
He has lived and worked in Austria, Germany, England, Scotland and the USA, eventually settling in Ireland in 1997.
His implausible photographs are famously free from digital manipulation – Helnwein prefers to use traditional photography tools such as lighting, movement and timing.
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Slevin Aaron (Poland) - Secret garden
The emotion photographer Slevin Aaron is dealing with photography for 7 years, creating photos for magazines, books covers, model agencies and many other projects: “It is what I love, the way in which I can show human emotions frozen in the one frame, and this is for me photography, feelings, emotions, nostalgy, happiness and sadness, love and betrayal, life! So I started to create my own world which is not only a reflection of the ideas in my head but also my feelings.”
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Keeping Watch above the Waves at the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse
Off the coast of Maryland, the Thomas Point Shoal lighthouse has kept watch over the waters of Chesapeake Bay for nearly 140 years.
Unlike traditional tower lighthouses, the Thomas Point beacon stands a mile and a half (2.4 kilometers) off the shore atop a stilt-like series of metal rods, or screwpiles, that anchor directly into the sandbank. While all other screwpile lighthouses in the nation have either fallen to winter ice floes or been relocated, the Thomas Point lighthouse has survived in its original location, earning it the designation of a National Historic Landmark.
Up until 1986, a succession of men lived in and kept watch from the small six-sided Victorian cottage above the waves, lighting the oil lamp behind the crystal lens and hand-winding the fog bell. Nowadays, the Baltimore Coast Guard maintains the lighthouse from afar, and an automated foghorn and solar-powered lens have taken the place of their human-powered predecessors.