Created from thousands of photos taken during French artist Alain Delorme‘s two artistic residencies in Shanghai, the title of his project, Totems, is ambiguous. Yes, these towering stacks of objects teeter totem-like and perilously, but Delorme is also asking us to consider them as emblems of a society. Using Photoshop to exaggerate the colours and the huge loads porters carry through the city, Delorme presents a sort of augmented reality of Shanghai’s paradoxes, with the stacks signifying the city’s skyward expansion.
Via Corinne Jones The Guardian
Berlin-based photographer and digital artist Anja Bührer, aka latoday, uses her hauntingly beautiful aesthetic to depict a myriad of dreamy scenes. She manipulates her photos in such a way that they exude a surreality while maintaining their plausibility. The faceless silhouettes playfully frolic against faint and blurry backdrops like we’re peering into the mind of someone having difficulty recalling their childhood. The photographer captures the duality of nostalgia and memory loss, as well as the yearning to recall urban childhood memories.
Via My Modern Met
Indonisia-based photographer and master Photoshopper Agan Harahap juxtaposes animals in supermarkets in his latest project called Garden Fresh.
“Garden Fresh series investigates the shifting boundaries between humans and animals in today’s environment and the complex relationship between art and nature. It is like a fable about a journey undertaken by the animals when they venture into our daily lives. The animals are confronted by a new reality that is in conﬂict with their natural habits and habitats.
At the same time, when we see these ‘zoo-trapped’ animals in supermarkets, their most outstanding characteristics are isolated as their ‘only’ characteristics. The animals are stripped of their own identities and are used as empty vessels to be ﬁlled with the human drama of parody, satire and allegory. We cannot help but see animals from a human vantage point, and therefore in some sense all the works in the present exhibition are actually about us.”
For project “Nimbus” Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde created clouds in indoor spaces by carefully regulating the temperature and humidity of the space and then spraying a short burst from a fog machine to create a cottony cloud suspended in the middle of the room for just an instant before it collapses.
“The idea I had was going to be an ephemeral work that would only exist as a photo. I thought this would work very well with the idea of probe, as the exhibitions only exist in the form of documentation. I didn’t realise there is in fact a very physical aspect about probe’s presentation. the 9 different perspectives of documentation make it possible for the spectator to wander around the space and create the opportunity of visiting the exhibition. Therefore with every shoot we had to make a new cloud and keep in account approximately the same lighting and position to create the illusion of physically walking through the space.”
Via The Washington Post
One of my favourite photographers was born in 1954 in Matsue City , Japan. Hiroshi Nonami graduated from the Osaka Photography Academy in 1974 and founded his Studio No-ah in 1979. He is known for his dreamlike, mythical women, which he decorates with mostly natural props, such as leaves, blooms, seashells, twigs and roots.
Amazingly, Nonami’s images are made entirely by hand and not digitally manipulated. He intensively experiments and uses various techniques like growing mould on his film to create stains and stacking up slides to make his photographs more layered. The results are always breathtaking.
Fascinating! Clean laundry drying in dirty Napels…
Photography by Nathalie Graafland
New York based photographer Bela Borsodi was born in Vienna 1966. After studying graphic design and fine art he started to work as a photographer, focusing on still life photography. This fascinating trompe l’oeil alphabet series, playing on the negative space is one absolutely of my favorites.
77-year-old Sonia Soberats only began photography classes in 2001, a decade after she lost her sight due to glaucoma. Working in a pitch-black studio she uses a method known as ‘light painting’. She will arrange her models using her hands, instructing her assistant where to place the edges of the frame and then to open the shutter.
“I feel your face, your hair, then I’ll ask you: ‘Are you light-colored? Or dark? Is your hair blonde or brown or black?’ ” she said. “So with asking and touching, then I’ll get an idea of what I have to work with.”
Sonja walks around the subject with various light sources illuminating details and using shutter speeds (slows) ranging from two minutes to an hour.
© Sonia Soberats
Among the devices Ramesh Raskar has invented is a four-flash camera that enables the kind of sketching familiar to most from the 1985 music video for the hit pop song “Take on Me” by the Norwegian band A-Ha. Currently he is working on a camera that can see around corners: “It bounces ultrashort bursts of laser light off a rigid surface—the wall opposite an open door, for instance—at several different angles and measures the time it takes the light to return to the camera.” In order for the camera to measure the flight time of light particles, it must take a trillion exposures a second.
I still love this website/idea that was created by French photographer Sacha Goldberger a couple of years ago. “Mamika” is a series of photographs portraying his Hungarian grandma Frederika in a superhero costume. The idea came when Sacha discovered that his 91-year-old grandma was depressed and feeling lonely, and he persuaded her to take part in this series to cheer her up.
Photos by Sacha Bada
Summer should be arriving soon. According to our calendar that is. The weather seems to have its own agenda. With blossoms gone and autumn-like atmospheric conditions (in this part of the world), let’s take a quick glance back at spring. Sigh…
Photos by Nathalie Graafland
Museum Vaals in the south of The Netherlands exhibits a unique collection of about 200 sculptures of Saints in its regular exhibition. Now, I’m not religious, but I love the theatrical devoutness they radiate, especially when enhanced by a photo tool such as Hipstamatic. Enjoy!
Photos by Nathalie Graafland – http://www.nathaliegraafland.com
Noemie Goudal’s recent works predominantly focus on photographic images resulting from ‘volumique conceptions’; sculptures and installations that are carefully connected to specific spaces before being photographed.
“I am very interested in the duality between fiction and reality and the human’s power to escape in fiction while living in his reality. My images draw a parallel between both. They draw the viewer into a form of fiction (the fake waterfall, the fake backdrop), but also remind the viewer that it is all set in his reality.”
“The process is usually very slow. Every image has a different story. I pick up ideas when I travel, when I look around or when I read. I keep all my observations in a sketchbook and I have a jpg photo library where I keep snaps of possible locations, textures, materials, composition, lights, etc. The work is about putting observations together, making associations; that is how I build both the concept and the image.”
Source: Posi+tive Magazine
All images © Noemie Goudal
Although seemingly greyish (and leaving aside the pro and con discussions regarding function and impact), purely from a “form” view, industrial sites can be surprisingly beautiful.
Photos by Nathalie Graafland, Inauguration of Noble Globetrotter
I love Alexa Meade’s living paintings. She is an American artist whose work lies at the intersection of painting, photography, performance, and installation. Rather than creating representational paintings on a flat canvas, Alexa Meade creates her representational paintings directly on top of the physical subjects that she is referencing. When photographed, the representational painting and the subject being referenced appear to be one and the same as the 3D space of her painted scenes becomes optically compressed into a 2D plane.
> Alexa Meade’s website
A few years back (how could I have missed this!?), these stunningly exotic photos of animal embryos were taken for a National Geographic documentary called “Extraordinary Animals in the Womb”. Using a combination of 4D ultrasound scans and computer-generated imagery, producer Peter Chinn crafted some amazing results; it’s impossible to tell what is real and what has been composed.
“There is no intention to deceive, and we are clear about just how far our cameras can go,” said the show’s producer Peter Chinn. “But the picture we’ve been able to build up goes further than my wildest dreams.”
> More photos
> “Extraordinary Animals in the Womb” documentary trailer
All photos by Peter Chinn
Under the title “Devour” and supported by Jean-Paul Sartre’s quote: “To eat is to appropriate by destruction”, Norwegian photographer Christopher Jonassen turns worn-out frying pans turn into stars and planets.
Inspired by battered kitchen utensils in his shared home while studying abroad in Australia, he explains the celestial connection as a means to create a link between the tiny marks we leave behind everyday to the enormous impact this adds up to over time.
- GOOD interview
- Christopher Jonassen’s website
All photos by Christopher Jonassen
Teuven is a charming small church village in Belgium, just across the Dutch border. When there, do make sure to enjoy some local dishes at the Mother Goose Inn.
Photos by Nathalie Graafland
Photos by Nathalie Graafland
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