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Mona Kuhn – ‘She Disappeared into Complete Silence’

Mona Kuhn’s series ‘She Disappeared into Complete Silence’ – abstracting the present in a fusion of illusions where lines and shapes, light and shadows, delicate reflections and a single person blend into one along with the landscape of Californian desert.

The artist “turns in a highly austere and restrained reductionist geometry and distilled formal purity, connecting the interior to the exterior, the visible to the hidden. These reflections cause one to linger, as they merge to create a dynamic equilibrium of tension, space and rhythms.” (Salvador Nadales)

Mona Kuhn - She Disappeared into Complete Silence

Mona Kuhn – She Disappeared into Complete Silence

 

The series is published in her 6th photo book, all by Steidl.

 

Janelle Lynch – ‘Another Way of Looking at Love’

“And another way of looking at love is connection.” Alain de Botton

Janelle Lynch’s series ‘Another Way of Looking at Love’ – large-format (8×10) still lives in the landscape “as a metaphor to consider our yearning to be connected and the personal, societal, and environmental consequences of disconnection. I begin by identifying details in nature that, based on a unique vantage point, create geometric formations of closure. The connective point, or nucleus, that is created by the union becomes my plane of focus.”

Janelle Lynch - Another Way of Looking at Love

Janelle Lynch – Another Way of Looking at Love

 

“The title is from a quote by the philosopher Alain de Botton, who supports Dr. Amy Banks’ neuroscientific research and Relational-Cultural Theory. Dr. Banks’ theory posits that humans are biologically hardwired to connect and that our wellness (and the well-being of our culture and planet) depends on our connections with others and with nature.”

The project took the artist three-year and is inspired by her recent immersion in drawing and painting from perception.

The series is published in a photo book by Radius Books.

Source artist statement.

 

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.

 

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

source artist statement

 

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.

 

Thomas Struth – ‘New Pictures from Paradise’

Thomas Struth - New Pictures from Paradise

Thomas Struth – New Pictures from Paradise

 

Thomas Struth’s series ‘New Pictures from Paradise’ – large-format landscapes of dense primeval jungles and forest from all over the world as a deeper inner connection with the consciousness through contemplation and appreciation of nature. Thy are not a longing for a lost paradise or utopian visions, but a state of feeling to be one with the Universe at the present moment.

“Although they have a strong feeling of time, they are ahistorical. One sees a forest or a jungle but there is nothing to discover, no story to be told. They have more to do with the self. The viewing process is complicated, and the viewer becomes more aware of how he or she is processing the information, heightening an awareness of the here and now.”

 

Thomas Struth - New Pictures from Paradise

Thomas Struth – New Pictures from Paradise

 

The series is published in a photobook by Schirmer/Mosel

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Philipp Keel – ‘Splash’

Philipp Keel’s project ‘Splash’ – emphasizing the radiance of details and the shining colourful side of random objects in a new creative form of recording the magic of reality.

“The chance element in my work is not that I am confronted by a particular motif, but that I happen to have a camera with me at that decisive moment. From then on, I change from being a collector of images to an experimenter”. (Noovoeditions)

Philipp Keel - Splash

Philipp Keel – Splash

 

Philipp Keel - Splash

Philipp Keel – Splash

 

The series is published in a photobook by Steidl.

 

Sebastian Schutyser – ‘Flowers of the Moon’

Sebastian Schutyser’s series ‘Flowers of the Moon’ – capturing with black and white infrared photography the mystical aura of the Mountains of the Moon, unveiling the pristine beauty of these landscapes as a lost paradise.

“In the heart of Africa lies an icecapped massif with a mythical resonance: the Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains). The ancient Greeks referred to them as the supposed sources of the river Nile. Ever since, explorers, scientists and adventurers have been fascinated by this last great mountain discovery of the world, on the border of present Uganda and the Congo. The afroalpine climate of the Rwenzori Mountains is determined by two geographical factors: they are very near to the equator, and high above sea level with peaks over 5000m. These particular conditons have provoked an extravagant vegetation. Most stunning are the giant heathers, senecios, and lobelias. What emerges is an image of a sublime landscape in resonance with the paintings of Douanier Rousseau.”

Sebastian Schutyser - Flowers of the Moon

Sebastian Schutyser – Flowers of the Moon

 

The series is published in a photo book

Abelardo Morell – ‘Flowers for Lisa’

Abelardo Morell - Flowers for Lisa

Abelardo Morell – Flowers for Lisa

 

Abelardo Morell’s series ‘Flowers for Lisa’ – a delirium of floral still life with all sorts of influences—painting, music, design, fashion, philosophy, started as a birthday gift for his wife instead of a bouquet of actual flowers.

“However, something in the making of that first photograph gave me a newly found spark to experiment in ways I had not done before.

I chose the subject of flowers because they are lovely things – often exchanged between lovers – and they are part of the long tradition of still life in art. Precisely because flowers are such a conventional subject, I felt a strong desire to describe them in new, inventive ways.

Abelardo Morell - Flowers for Lisa

Abelardo Morell – Flowers for Lisa

 

I love the way Jan Brueghel, Edouard Manet, Georgia O’Keefe, Giorgio Morandi, Irving Penn and Joan Mitchell, reworked the look of common flowers to show unexpected versions of them. The subject of the photographs in my work may be flowers, but they are also pictures about perspective, love, jealousy, hate, geometry, sex, life, the passage of time and death. I love how in choosing to limit myself to one discrete subject I was able to open doors into a world where I felt inventive, improvisational and fresh.”

Abelardo Morell - Flowers for Lisa

Abelardo Morell – Flowers for Lisa

 

The series is published in a book by Abrams.

Abelardo Morell - Flowers for Lisa

Abelardo Morell – Flowers for Lisa

 

Simon Chaput – ‘Jantar Mantar’

Simon Chaput - Jantar Mantar

Simon Chaput – Jantar Mantar

 

Playing with abstraction and negative space, Simon Chaput creates a series of dynamic compositions with the striking combinations of geometrical forms of the stone observatory ‘Jantar Mantar’ in Jaipur. Through dramatic angles and close-ups, the artists revives human’s quest for unveiling celestial mysteries and the eternal longing for a cosmic connection with the universe.

Simon Chaput - Jantar Mantar

Simon Chaput – Jantar Mantar

 

Built in the 18th century for the study of astronomy, there are five Jantar Mantars in India, all with an eccentric design, of which the largest is in Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. It consists of 19 instruments including Vrihat Samrat Yantra, which is the Biggest Sun Clock in the World. Relying primarily on Indian astronomy, the purpose of the complex was to give reading of the trajectory of the planets and stars, predict eclipses, measure local time and other cosmic events. The monument is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Simon Chaput - Jantar Mantar

Simon Chaput – Jantar Mantar

 

The series is published in a book by Nazraeli Press with a short story by the renowned author Salman Rushdie, written specifically to accompany Chaput’s dramatically beautiful photographs.

Simon Chaput - Jantar Mantar

Simon Chaput – Jantar Mantar