Danielle van Zadelhoff‘s portraits – inspired by the Renaissance masters, a painterly use of chiaroscuro in search of the human psyche.
“I am searching for a feeling, for something that touches me deeply. It presses the button inside me and I want to express that emotion with my photographs. I use chiaroscuro because I like the shadows and the darkness. In the darkness you see the subconscience of people. It is in the dark side where we discover more of ourselves. I use children often in my photographs as in the Renaissance because their faces show more direct emotions.”
Danielle Van Zadelhoff
“I am inspired by the big themes in life, loneliness, vulnerability, the raw pure emotions in daily life. I want to capture this in the image, something that is almost invisible, but always present.”
“We are slowly moving towards a future where perfection becomes the norm. There are great expectations placed upon youth to excel in all they are and undertake. Appearance is everything. This notion is visually supported by all that influences their young lives. There is no room for imperfection in the new world.
Especially in Asia, women and girls with imperfections remain hidden and silent, their concerns unknown and their rights overlooked. This is far more likely to happen in the case of a girl-child, as boys are valued more than girls in Asian culture. The girl-child is likely to face discrimination within the family, and have little hope of marriage. Forced into a life where she is isolated and marginalized.
Silk – a royal Chinese fabric amongst the most valuable in the world – challenges the idea that girls with an imperfection are inferior, but in fact unique and beautiful.”
Sally Gall‘s series ‘Aerial‘ – dancing laundry: searching for poetry and in the everyday life.
“Ordinary textiles such as bedding, towels and clothing filled the canvas of the sky with metaphoric amoebas, sea creatures, swarming birds, blooming flowers. They were like variants of Miro or Klee paintings. “Aerial” continues my photographic investigation of the sensual properties of the natural world (light, air, wind) and our interactions with it.”
Since 2005 Markus Brunetti along with his wife Betty Schöner started a lifetime project called ‘Grand Tour’. The goal is to photograph all kind of styles facades of sacred buildings all around the world. Up to now they have traveled throughout Western Europe and gradually planning to continue to the east – Greece, Palestine, Russia, Asia… Click the image to see the map and the photographs.
Brunetti relies heavily on the digital technique to achieve such an amazing result. He photographs each fragment of a facade and then digitally ensemble them in a long and fastidious process which could last even a month just for one image.
Carol Erb‘s series ‘Dominion‘ – the way we think animals as extensions of our own needs and emotions.
“Like many people, I grew up with a fascination for animals. Storybooks, cartoons, puppet shows; our culture fosters the whimsical fantasy that animals are our friends. The truth is much darker. Animals are commodities that we use for food, clothing, labor, and entertainment. The Old Testament gave man a pretext for using animals to suit his needs. Modern civilization developed in ways to shield us from the cruelty and neglect with which we treat our fellow creatures. Today, attitudes are changing, due in large part to the long campaign of animal welfare groups that have worked to expose and question our exploitation of animals.”
Christophe Rihet‘s series ‘Road to death‘ – photographing places where famous people (Grace Kelly, Helmut Newton, Jackson Pollock, James Dean and etc) had died in accidents as an opposition between the calm of the space and its violent history.
Kate Ballis‘s series ‘Glace Noir‘ – glaciers’ patterns & texture converted as surreal mysterious dreamscape
Kate Ballis – Glace Noir
“I love playing with light, complexity and finding beauty in the darkness and shadows. I like the notion of making the unseen, seen. With my fine art photography I’ve been experimenting with the patterns and textures found within the natural world, combining scale and context to create images that, while being wholly grounded in reality, feel other-wordly.”
Though the young photographer Reylia Slaby would be technically classified as Caucasian, she was born and raised in Japan. “While I had a lot to be thankful for growing up in Japan, being Caucasian made me a glorified visitor. My home was not fully my home because of how I looked.”
“The desert’s seductive threat is always there. It menaces from the edges. Look at the signature image of this book, a dusty room glimpsed out of focus through a glass door bearing the words ‘PRIVATE’ in reverse. A view of sultry enigma, a chamber beyond which the brightness of the sun is coming to devour everything and take the mystery with it.”
‘Stardust’ by David Campany (an essay written for Mona Kuhn’s book PRIVATE, to be published by Steidl in Spring 2014)