Sascha Weidner – ‘Hanami’

Sascha Weidner´s series ‘Hanami’ – celebrating the ephemeral nature of life in visual poems of glittering whites and vibrant pinks, rooted in the centuries-old Japanese custom of enjoying the transient beauty of blossoms.

The short life span of the cherry blossom has been adopted as a symbol of the concept of impermanence that echoes over many aspects of the Japanese history, art and its spirit itself. The lavish spectacle during spring is cherished in an event called hanami (“blossom viewing”) usually as feast gatherings under the splendor of the blooming trees.

Sasha Weidner’s delicate petals captured at night are magnificent and intoxicating not only to epitomize the fleeting moment, but also as an euphoric symbol of rebirth before the dawn of the light.

Sascha Weidner - Hanami

Sascha Weidner – Hanami

 

The artist (1974 – 2015) took the photographs during his residency at Villa Kamogawa, Kyoto, Japan in 2013. The main body of Sascha Weidner’s photographic and written work are housed at Sprengel Museum Hannover.

 

Yorgos Yatromanolakis – ‘The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings’

​Yorgos Yatromanolakis’ series ‘The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings’ – a personal inner transformation through the light between night and day in searching of an answer to who am I. A mysterious and poetic reincarnation inspired by the life cycle of the butterfly.

Yorgos Yatromanolakis - The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings

Yorgos Yatromanolakis – The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings

 

“The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings” arose from my unforeseen return to my homeland and my residence there for four years. Isolated in the countryside of the island, Ι was constantly confronted with my traumatic past, my memories and myself. Gradually, through wandering in nature, a conceivable field of action was created within me, an intermediate space full of transformative dynamics, a place of becoming. I surrendered to the fluidity of this space, to a paradoxical and cosmogenic ceremony. I was faced with the most enigmatic aspects of myself; I was searching for a new reality in which I would be able to exist. These photographs are part of a notebook, constructed through this experience, attempting to capture the cycle of an internal process of metamorphosis.”

 

Yorgos Yatromanolakis - The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings

Yorgos Yatromanolakis – The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings

 

The series is published in a photo book by Void in May 2018 (out of print)

Source artist statement.

 

Maria Mavropoulou – ‘Inner State’

Maria Mavropoulou’s series ‘Inner State’ – serene rural sceneries captured during a period of crisis, with barely visible structures as a kind of neo-ruins to convey the feeling of being into the void between past and future.

Maria Mavropoulou - Inner State

Maria Mavropoulou – Inner State

 

“In this stagnant space, in this gap between eras, familiar Greek landscapes look bizarre, cut off the real world, pending for their unknown fate, as a visualization of the inner state of their inhabitants. The horizon is hidden behind thick fog preventing us to see what’s yet to come. Empty highways, solar panel fields, constructions left unfinished, rotten watermelons and torn flags seem stuck in an intermediate state, portraying the current situation, like distorted symbols of a bygone era of growth.”

 

Maria Mavropoulou - Inner State

Maria Mavropoulou – Inner State

 

source artist statement

 

Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

Anna Reivilä’s series ‘Bond’ –  ropes tied in beautiful lines around natural elements in a new way of creating a connection with and interpretation of the landscape, inspired by Japanese concept of ‘kinbaku-bi’.

Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

 

“According to Japanese religious ceremonies, ropes and ties symbolize the connections among people and the divine, as a mean to identify sacred space and time.

Inspired by Nobuyoshi Araki’s images and their mixture of raw violence and beauty, I study the relationship between man and nature by referring to the Japanese bondage tradition. The Japanese word for bondage, kinbaku-bi, literally means “the beauty of tight binding”. It is a delicate balance between being held together and being on the verge of breaking.

I search spaces where nature’s elements combine to create interesting natural tensions and continue this dialogue trough my interpretations by extending, wrapping and pulling upon these indigenous forms. I create a new sense of volume from the existing components.”

 

Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

 

source artist statement

 

Gregory Halpern – ‘Confederate Moons’

Gregory Halpern’s series ‘Confederate Moons’  – a journey inspired by the total eclipse of the sun in August, 2017, to explore “the drama of that celestial coincidence intersected with the moments of life that directly preceded and followed it that year… The work ultimately became more of a meditation on the American South, on the state of the nation, and on the things that separate us and bring us together. I was fascinated by the idea that the entire nation was staring at the sun, reveling in the apocalyptic thrill of watching the moon temporarily extinguish our life-source, all together.”

Gregory Halpern - Confederate Moons

Gregory Halpern – Confederate Moons

 

The series is published in a photo book by TBW Books

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Nao Tsuda – Storm Last Night

Nao Tsuda’s series ‘Storm Last Night’ – “In my journey to Ireland… I was deeply preoccupied by a question about prehistoric times:  “What were the ideological issues of the ancients?”  Throughout my journey from island to island at the westernmost edge of Europe, I came to believe that these circle forts must have been humankind’s earliest constructions discriminating inner spheres and outer spheres.  In other words, until then, people must have lived only in the outer sphere.

By constructing a circle, an internal existence became something concrete and not abstract for the first time.  The basic concept of inner ideology may have crystallized then.”

Nao Tsuda - Storm Last Night

Nao Tsuda – Storm Last Night

 

The series is published in a photo book.

 

Julien Mauve – ‘The Island of Dragonflies’

Julien Mauve‘s series ‘The Island of Dragonflies’ (L’île aux libellules), 2016-2018 – a story about mysteriously disappeared civilization, where merging myths with science-fiction future in cinematic images, the artist questions our current relationship with natural environment.

Julien Mauve - The Island of Dragonflies

Julien Mauve – The Island of Dragonflies

 

“HyBrazil is a phantom island, appearing in different locations on nautical charts as early as 1325. Many stories exist of encounters with the island. According to the legend, it is a cradle of an advanced society that has remained hidden until our days, veiled as it is by thick fog, which has kept it from being discovered. In 1850, the island disappears from every maps completely.

I went searching for this mysterious island and found it in Japan. These 21 pictures in the series come from the Island of Dragonflies (Akitsu Shima), the name of which echoes nature’s powerful place in the Japanese imagination. On this island, humans seem to have suddenly disappeared. What remains are some sorts of ruins, lost in the middle of abundant nature which seems to retake its rights. Have these sites been definitely abandoned or just isolated from the rest of humanity?”

source artist statement

 

Richard Alan Cohen – ‘Waterlines’

Richard Alan Cohen’s series ‘Waterlines’ – vibrant abstract images capturing the horizon of passing time in the lines painted along the hulls of boats.

Richard Alan Cohen - Waterlines

Richard Alan Cohen – Waterlines

 

“As a teenager, I spent the springtime scraping and painting, preparing similar boat hulls for the season ahead… The waterline is often encrusted with the residues of the past years. Pausing to study this evidence of where the boat has been, one perceives that the waterline provides a horizon. Above and below that are details of imagined landscapes, perhaps those that could be seen from the boats themselves when they sailed on the water. In developing these images, I share my own imagination and provide the seed for each viewer to form their own remembered landscapes. This project is ultimately an exploration of the minimal elements required to form a landscape in the mind’s eye – the waterline as coastline, the texture as weather, the footprint of barnacles as stars.”

source artist statement

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.”

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