Photographing a creative reality – Chris Clor's dramatic photograph of this bull rider won the Communication Arts Photography Competition. Combining separate shots of the bull, the rider, Superstition Mountains and the sky, he knitted them together in Photoshop. Although it was shot for a client selling boots, the image represents a possible reality because of Clor's composition.
Photographing a creative reality – Don Farrall's image was also a winning entry in the competition. "These 'Sound Sculptures' exist for a fraction of a second; they are created as paint is propelled by sound waves," he said. "Variations in the viscosity and the pattern of the paint, along with variations in the frequencies used to put the paint in motion, produce unique images that exhibit a natural balance."
Mike Mellia – Photographer Mike Mellia uses lighting to make his images dynamic, almost evoking a movie set with their tone. This photo, from his Action Hero series, examines how we look at heroes in movies as children, versus our view of them as we age.
Mike Mellia – In his "Monday Morning: Wall Street & America" series, Mellia created an entire ecosystem that explores the neverending cycle of finance and economy. He used models and scenes with exaggerated facial expressions and actions to make a statement in his series.
Mike Mellia – To achieve harsh shadows and a Hitchcock feel, Mellia put a bright spotlight on his subjects, plunging the background into harsh shadows. Representing the consumer in his "Wall Street" series, Mellia used 400-600 pound models.