First up is the Ukrainian photographer Ruslan Lobanov. If there is a modern photographer who's style and vision I most admire right now it would be Ruslan. It will not be an accident if you start to see some similar work coming from me in this year as he is a huge source of inspiration. Here is a small sample of his work.
One of the many things I enjoy about Ruslan's work is the sense of authenticity that is present in his photographs with just the right amount of fantasy to entice the viewer. It has a 'lifestyles of the rich and the famous' quality about it that gives us an apparent glimpse of world most of us will never know. In Ruslan's photos it seems perfectly natural for his models to be nude or topless when walking the dog on a city street, riding their scooters or simply sitting on a park bench. It suggests that these woman are so beautiful and fabulous that the normal rules don't apply.