Some personal photos for a change. Taken on a short journey up the Hudson with a dear friend. Thank you, Autumn. Continue reading
I really like these photographs from Eastern Congo by Richard Mosse. There’s something other-worldly about them. They are not photoshopped. Mosse used Aerochrome Kodak Infrared film, an obsolete technology, to create the effect of purpleness.
The film, designed in connection with the United States military during the Cold War, reveals a spectrum of light beyond what the human eye can perceive. According to The New Yorker, Mosse aims “to shock the viewer with this surprising bubblegum palette, and provoke questions about how we tend to see, and don’t see, this conflict.”
Cleveland Institute of Art professor and photographer, Barry Underwood, creates these surreal and amazing natural portraits using light; divulging what Summit Fine Art calls “a secret unnatural moment in the natural world”. I sort of love them.
Underwood writes beautifully of his own work:
My work is an intersection between static and performing art. I search for and create landscapes that contain a mysterious element around which a narrative can be developed. The photographs imply a documentation of phenomenon, a secret supernatural or extraordinary event in the natural world. Ubiquitous features within an environment such as trees, earth, and bodies of water are isolated and altered.
In actuality an act, a fiction, is being created with light, color, and framing, pulling the viewer into a new, somewhat mythical narrative. I approach my work with a theatrical sensibility, using light and color subjectively as tools to transform the perception of space in the images.
By de-familiarizing common objects , the photographs transform the ordinary into the hyper-real, a banal landscape into a singular sensation. Dimensional objects appear to be flat, areas understood to be flat imply deep space. Lines between reality and imagination shift. The mundane and the seemingly familiar become significant, and act as semiotic informers.
Some of my favorites to follow:
Some Maurizio Anzeri to go ’round. Working with photography & embroidery he creates a madly textured, in some cases, creepy evocation from the photos he uses. I like them.
‘I work with sewing, embroidery and drawing to explore the essence of signs in their physical manifestation. I take inspiration from my own personal experience and observation of how, in other cultures, bodies themselves are treated as living graphic symbols. I then use sewing and embroidery in a further attempt to re-signify, and mark the space with a man-made sign, a trace. I am interested in people’s stories and histories, and the relation between intimacy and the outer world. I have been working with hair for the past few years. I stitch and sew hair together until it becomes a sculpture. I see hair as a metaphorical medium to represent bodily boundaries, the embodiment of space.’ Maurizio Anzeri
A new post on Today & Tomorrow hipped me to Swiss artist Daniele Buitti and her work using perforated photographic prints on aluminium lightboxes. Often she uses text over photographs, I prefer her work without text, but there are some really beautiful combinations:
for more of Daniele’s work visit Aeroplastics Contemporary
It is becoming more and more tempting to judge books by their covers. Publishers are looking to artists for their cover designs, the aesthetic becoming, in itself, a purpose for owning the book.
Among some of my favorites, photographer Cara Barer has been using books as the subjects of her photography and sculpture, and these photos have become the covers of books themselves <via GalleyCat>:
Barer says of her work:
A random encounter on Drew Street with the Houston Yellow Pages was the primary inspiration for this project. After that chance meeting, I began the search for more books, and more methods to change their appearance.
I realized I owned many books that were no longer of use to me, or for that matter, anyone else. Would I ever need “Windows 95?” After soaking it in the bathtub for a few hours, it had a new shape and purpose. Half Price Books became a regular haunt, and an abandoned house gave me a set of outdated reference books, complete with mold and neglect. Each book tells me how to begin according to its size, type of paper, and sometimes contents.
…With the discarded books that I have acquired, I am attempting to blur the line between objects, sculpture, and photography. This project has become a journey that continues to evolve.
Some of my favorite Cara Barer photos to follow:
For more info on the work of Cara Barer, visit her website here.
Photographer Bela Borsodi & his latest project “Fashion Faces” for Yalook:
via <Fabrik Project>
In an interview with Tokyo’s Ping Mag, Borsodi answers questions about his still life personas:
For you, one kind of beauty seems to lie in still life – why?
In still life photography, every thing can be investigated in so many more and different ways. There are endless possibilities and each one of them has the potential to eventually change our perspective.
to read the full interview, click here.