Jo Injeung – ‘Mysteries of Jeju Island’

Jo Injeung’s series ‘Mysteries of Jeju Island’ – “a journey to the heart of the island, where the perpetual motion of nature is captured by the eye of the camera, discovering timelessness in a frozen moment.”

Jo Injeung – Mysteries of Jeju Island

Jo Injeung – Mysteries of Jeju Island

 

“Jeju Island is the biggest island and the smallest province of South Korea. It is a hidden gem in Asia with its pristine forests, volcanoes, and waterfalls; a World Heritage site; a true mecca for Korean travelers.
Jo Injeung’s photographs not only capture the original beauty of Jeju Island but also make a reference to the concept of four elements, significant to the Korean culture. All four elements unite in Jeju-do, constituting the island’s greatest mystery.”

 

Jo Injeung – Mysteries of Jeju Island

Jo Injeung – Mysteries of Jeju Island

 

source Rosphoto.Museum and L’Œil de la Photographie

 

Marja Pirilä – ‘Milavida’

Marja Pirilä‘s series ‘Milavida’ – “rooms which I transformed into camera obscura as if present and past were engaged in constant dialogue.”

Marja Pirilä - Milavida

Marja Pirilä – Milavida

 

“I began photographing the Milavida mansion in Tampere in 2011. The building, currently known as Näsilinna, had been standing empty for years. As I worked long days in the deserted silence of the house, its spaces began to exude its varied and wild history. In the dim, spacious rooms my eyes slowly became accustomed to seeing the wraithlike reflections born in by the light which came into being as the outside and inside spaces dovetailed into each other.
I repeatedly became aware of a sense of wonder: the blind photographer regained her sight! Eventually I had before my eyes that which I was seeking – I opened the shutter and exposed the photograph. The pictures recorded transitional spaces, doors, thresholds and doorways which reflected my feeling in the face of a change in life and the unknown and my love of light and its capriciousness.”

source artist statement

 

David Parker – ‘Sirens’

David Parker’s series ‘Sirens’ –  panoramic photographs of solitary rock stacks inhabit the threshold between our world and the world of dreams. Parker’s technical artistry allows him to explore the symbolic potential of geographic landforms embedding his work with an air of timelessness and enigma.

David Parker - Sirens

David Parker – Sirens

 

For Parker the sirens’ song is a call to contemplation, not action, and these images chart his fascinated encounters with an enchanted world of forgotten archetypes. His pictures are intended, siren-like, to lure the viewer into a mysterious abstract world, both concrete and ineffable.

 

David Parker - Sirens

David Parker – Sirens

 

“Ultimately the sirens’ song is the song of art, which charms us into the ego-diminishing state of aesthetic enchantment, perhaps the goal and consolation of all art.”

 

David Parker - Sirens

David Parker – Sirens

 

source Michael Hoppen Gallery and artist statement

Photographs from the series are published in Pierre Borhan’s ‘THE SEA: An Anthology of Maritime Photography since 1843

 

David Robin – ‘Dreams of the Kings’

David Robin’s series ‘Dreams of the Kings’ – the Palace of Versailles and the Châteaux of the Loire in tracing the essence of the collective Western aesthetic initiated by the visionaries of the renaissance and realized through the fulfilled dreams of two French kings who imagined it on a grand scale.

David Robin - Dreams of the Kings

David Robin – Dreams of the Kings

 

“I’ve created this collection of images as evidence of the aesthetic dreams and visions of Françoise I and Louis XIV (The Sun King) of France, and to speak to their indelible impact on our collective visual conscience. Both men — in their own times and in their own ways — moved the world towards beauty. Françoise I brought Humanism and the Italian Renaissance to France and introduced his countrymen to the genius of Da Vinci. Louis XIV, through his example and, some would say, because of his narcissism established an aesthetic priority and placed an importance on the grand and the beautiful still very much in evidence today.”

 

David Robin - Dreams of the Kings

David Robin – Dreams of the Kings

 

source artist statement

 

Sara Silks – ‘Natsukashii‘

Sara Silks‘ series ‘Natsukashii‘ – “From my earliest memory, there have been small moments when time stops, and a sense of being one with the world is unerring in its certainty. The images in this series have been a reverie and meditation for me, and are precious and wonderful gifts. Each location has special meanings. I have tried to capture both the memory and feeling of many of those moments in my photography and art practice.

“Natsukashii” is a word which stands for the state of “feeling nostalgic” or “fond/sweet memory.”

Sara Silks - Natsukashii

Sara Silks – Natsukashii

 

source artist statement

Murray Fredericks – ‘Vanity’

Murray Fredericks’ series ‘Vanity’ – landscapes of lakes with endless horizon where colours and light mirror and create infinite dimensions.

“Standing in the silken water, surrounded only by a boundless horizon, I sense a release, a surrendering as the self dissolves into the light and space.”

With the absence of human beings, the usual symbolism of  mirrors as a reflection of our narcissistic nature, redirect our gaze away from ourselves into the immense environment and open visual portals to other worlds (source artist statement)

Murray Fredericks - Vanity

Murray Fredericks – Vanity

 

The series is the latest cycle in the 15-year ‘Salt’ project, which commenced in 2003 at Lake Eyre – Kati Thanda in central Australia. A short video showing a behind the scenes look.

 

Gabriella Imperatori-Penn – ‘Luminous + Shadow’

Gabriella Imperatori-Penn’s series ‘Luminous + Shadow’ – still lifes of pebbles as an inner, quiet conversation with the world about duality.

Gabriella Imperatori-Penn - Luminous + Shadow

Gabriella Imperatori-Penn – Luminous + Shadow

 

“On one of her journeys to Greece Gabriella Imperatori-Penn fell in love with the stone beaches of Chios. The water upon the stones made the most amazingly calming sounds which were emotionally moving and inspiring. In 2009 she photographed these stones in the studio with a focus that felt like a Buddhist meditation expressing that she saw each and every stone as it’s own peaceful universe or planet.” (Space SBH)

 

Thierry Urbain – ‘Anamnesis’

“The truth about reality is always in our souls. The whole of searching and learning is recollection. “ Socrates

Thierry Urbain - Anamnesis

Thierry Urbain – Anamnesis

 

Thierry Urbain’s series ‘Anamnesis’* – a journey through Mediterranean landscapes as a process of remembrance inspired by Plato’s concept of innate knowledge of everything and part of the circle of human’s life.

Plato suggested in his ‘Meno’ via Socrates’ words, that “since the soul is immortal and has been born many times, she has beheld all things in this world and the next, and there is nothing she has not learnt, so it is not surprising that she can remember what she once knew about virtue and other things.” Knowledge is in the soul from eternity, but each time the soul incarnates, its knowledge is forgotten at the moment of birth.

With lot of grain and reminiscent of a diary, the artist illustrates the idea of re-awakening (an– = un-, amnesis = forgetting, as in amnesia) and recovery of what one has forgotten, especially moral, existential, spiritual.

 

Thierry Urbain - Anamnesis

Thierry Urbain – Anamnesis

 

*Anamnesis /ˌænæmˈniːsɪs/, Ancient Greek: ἀνάμνησις / Modern Greek: ανάμνηση) – recollection, reminiscence, remembrance.

 

Thierry Urbain - Anamnesis

Thierry Urbain – Anamnesis

 

 

Paul den Hollander – ‘Metamorphosis’

Paul den Hollander’s series ‘Metamorphosis’ (2004 – 2007) – “the reflection of the adventurous and miraculous journey through the world of plants. It portrays the diversity of plant life, in its multitude of manifestations in time and space, full of mystery, colour, intimacy, beauty and vitality.  The life-force which is visible in ‘Metamorphosis’ sparked even more interest for the electromagnetic field that is largely invisible to the naked eye, yet permeates and surrounds all life on earth.” (source artist statement)

Paul den Hollander - Metamorphosis

Paul den Hollander – Metamorphosis

 

 

Rob Hudson – ‘North Towards the Orison’

In the blue mist the orisons edge surrounds.’ John Clare

Rob Hudson’s series ‘North Towards the Orison’ – into the realm of imagination and the fusion of the Orison /orˈi-zən/, an old word for a prayer, and the Horizon, as a sense of living space between land and sky, inspired by the poetry of John Clare and the story about his escape in searching for his lost love.

Rob Hudson - North Towards the Orison

Rob Hudson – North Towards the Orison

 

“In 1841 the poet John Clare walked out from the asylum in which he was incarcerated at High Beach in Epping Forest to walk the 80 miles north to his home in Helpston, near Peterborough. He went in search of his first love Mary Joyce, who’d been dead for three years and who he believed to be his wife, despite being married to another woman. The walk took Clare 4 days.

“I had imagind that the worlds end was at the edge of the orison & that a days journey was able to find it so I went with my heart full of hopes, pleasures & discoverys expecting when I got to the brink of the world that I could look down like looking into a large pit & see into its secrets the same as I believd I could see heaven by looking into water.” (source artist statement).