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A clever, easy-to-use interface combined with sparkling photographs makes Eric Eul’s website a must-visit stop on the information superhighway. His portfolio is organized using the same kind of collection names that are often used in photographers’ site designs, including “People,” “Things,” “Peacock vs. Pheasant”…whoa there, back up the wagon, Pilgrim. This latter section is a fashion shoot that appears to be a parody of a fashion shoot, featuring falling down beautiful photographs of falling down beautiful models in an outdoor session that doesn’t end well for one of them. I won’t ruin the surprise ending of this delightfully macabre 10-image sequence. Then there’s the “Combat” section containing witty yet creative images of a battle between “green plastic soldier men” and an unseen until-the-final-frame enemy. Yes, we’ve seen this concept before in Pixar’s Toy Story and even briefly in the laconic Southland Tales, for the few who saw that film, but that doesn’t invalidate Eul’s images any more than it’s stopping you from photographing Half Dome in Yosemite—it’s his take on his toy soldiers and it’s a darn clever one. Eul’s “People” photographs consist mostly of fashion imagery that is captured in a quirky, cartoony style that made me suspect he was a European photographer until I saw his Minneapolis address. The colorful images found in “People” feature the kind of immaculate styling, technical perfection, and wry approach that permeates all of Eul’s photography.

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Mark Indig wears many hats. He is a movie production manager who worked on the recent comedy hit Tropic Thunder and a fine art photographer whose images are exhibited in galleries from coast to coast. His portfolio ranges from the near, with his colorful collections of Los Angeles, to the far, containing photographs of Croatia, Italy, New Zealand, and a heckuva lot more. If all of the images have any common denominator it’s Indig’s strong sense of design that creates mesmerizing compositions that, when combined with the eye-popping color found in his two collections of Los Angeles, create a sense of hyper-reality that’s dazzling to behold. Yet he occasionally straggles into monochrome imagery, as in his “Los Angeles1” collection, with images that look like high-contrast Kodaliths, for those few people who remember this film stock.

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This same unerring sense of design follows him abroad and Indig’s image of “Lighthouse & Car” made in Split, Croatia, combines his unique stylings along with a sense of humor. While occasionally his compositions may be formal, as in the Seville castle photograph, other times it’s humorous, as in the cute shot of “Dogs” made in South Island, New Zealand. Like Los Angeles itself, Indig’s site is sprawling, colorful, and unpredictable. And if you’re interested in the urban landscape, visit his other site (www.urbanphotoadventures.com) to see an entirely new spin on the traditional photo workshop.

After having learned to develop film in his mom’s darkroom when he was in grade school, Dave Bullock was bitten by the photography bug. The straightforward site design shows off Bullock’s colorful images in an equally straightforward style. Big thumbnails. You click ’em, they get bigger. Big enough to enjoy the depth and nuance of images in his “Projects” collection, and showcased in his “Industrial Landscapes” section that is yet another answer to the bored photographer’s oft-voiced cliché that “there’s nothing to photograph.” His photographs of bridges, rail yards, and urban waterways transcend their subject matter because of the same impeccable craftsmanship that large format landscape photographers lavish on their images. Here Bullock finds “beauty in odd places,” revealing unseen aspects of the world that we really live in, not the California Carleton Watkins photographed 100 years ago.

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In his “Photojournalism” collection Bullock explores the beauty of science, two words seldom used in the same sentence. His images of NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Network facility combine gritty yet stylish editorial images inside the facility and Star Trek-like images of sweep and majesty outside. Don’t miss the studio and environmental photographs of people in the “Movers and Shakers” and “Artists” sections (in the “Portraits” collection) for another, more sensitive side of Bullock’s work. His mom is Rhoda Gordon Bullock, an accomplished photographer, proving that sometimes talent is genetic. I urge you to also visit her website (http://rgbullock.com/home) to view her fine art images.