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Tom Jacobi – ‘Into the Light’

Tom Jacobi’s series ‘Into the Light’ – breathtaking landscapes that unfold a timeless power of the white color on our visual and psychological perception as fundamental, magical and symbolic, to offer space for contemplation and encourage us to look to the future.

Tom Jacobi - Into the Light

Tom Jacobi – Into the Light

 

The work presents Part Two of the trilogy Awakening started in 2014 with the project Grey Matter(s). Whilst the Part One illustrates, by means of a reduction to an almost colourless world, the way man emerged from the darkness, the current series focus is on the white, dazzling as a colour of light.

“White occupies a particular position in the spectrum of colours. White is, like black and grey, an achromatic colour. Ultimately, it is not a colour at all – or to put it differently: white is the sum of all colours, the sum of all wavelengths within the visible range. It thus arouses the same impression of colour as sunlight. There is almost no context in which white is seen as negative. This results not least from the fact that white is often regarded as the antithesis of its opposite, black. We experience white as the positive gaze into brightness, whereas black is seen as negative, like gazing into darkness. White is affirmation; black is negation. White has echoes of purity and spotlessness. It is the symbol of transparency and transcendence… White is associated with divine light and is used in practically all religions for the representation of the superordinate, the divine. Man needs white, the brightest of all colours, for survival, because it provides support in a world without stability.”

Tom Jacobi - Into the Light

Tom Jacobi – Into the Light

 

It took the artist two years to complete this work. He travelled back and forth across the world, “searching once more for archaic landscapes which either dominate by virtue of their light or open up to the light in unique moments.”

The two parts of the trilogy provide opportunities for contemplation on the opposite ends of light – its presence and absence around us. The third and final part examines the state of ‘The Light Within’, to illustrate the artist’s skills of reducing to the essential and to conclude that the real light is within us.

Tom Jacobi - Into the Light

Tom Jacobi – Into the Light

 

The series is published in a book by Hirmer Publishers.

 

Samuel Zuder – ‘Face to Faith’

Samuel Zuder’s project ‘Face to Faith’ – capturing the silent majesty of one of the most fascinating places on earth – the sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet in an iconic collection of portraits and landscape panoramas.

Samuel Zuder - Face to Faith

Samuel Zuder – Face to Faith

 

“In the midst of the stony desert of the Changtang plateau, it towers up like a pyramid: Mount Kailash. Tibetans also call it “jewel of snow” due to its unusually symmetrical form. It is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been to. The four major religious traditions Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon worship Mount Kailash not only as a sacred mountain, but they refer to it as the origin of the universe. Year after year, hundreds of believers set out for the exhausting pilgrimage to Mount Kailash. Out of respect for its spiritual importance Mount Kailash has never been climbed. In 1985, Reinhold Messner was authorized to climb it but he consciously decided against it. For this reason, Mount Kailash is one of the rare untrodden places of our world.”

The photographs are published in a photobook “Face to Faith: Mount Kailash | Tibet”.

 

Samuel Zuder - Face to Faith

Samuel Zuder – Face to Faith

 

 

David Tatin – ‘Bestiary’

David Tatin’s series ‘Bestiary’ – cyanotypes tinted with tea captured in solitary walking between day and night in practicing contemplative gaze and immersing into the silence of the landscape.

“It’s a good time to observe animals, but it is difficult to transmit the feelings you get because the most beautiful moments, the most intense, often boil down to stealthy animal silhouettes.”

The series is inspired by Robert Hainard’s words “the real is like the fox observed: leave it from your eye and it is not where you believe it is.”

David Tatin – Bestiary

David Tatin – Bestiary

 

The series is included in a photo book L’animal-montagne

 

Karolin Klüppel – ‘Mädchenland’

Karolin Klüppel’s series ‘Mädchenland’ (2013 – 2015) – powerful story with contemplative aesthetic about a rare phenomenon in our contemporary world – a kingdom of girls who hold all the power.

“In the state of Meghalaya in India, the indigenous people of the Khasi with 1,1 million members form the majority of the population. The Khasi are a matrilineal society. Here, traditionally it is the girls who are of particularly importance and who play an exposed role in the family. The line of succession passes through the youngest daughter. If she marries, her husband is taken into her family‘s house, and the children take their mother‘s name… I tried to capture the girls as the strong personalities they are. Just because they’re not smiling for the camera doesn’t mean they are unhappy. It is the same for adults, isn’t it?”

Karolin Klüppel - Mädchenland

Karolin Klüppel – Mädchenland

 

The series is published in a photo book by Hatje Cantz.

 

Jacques Pugin – ‘Blue Mountain’

Jacques Pugin’s series ‘Blue Mountain‘ (1995–1998) – Switzerland’s landmark, the majestic Matterhorn, in mixing its raw landscape beauty by adding painting, straight lines, curves, shadows and light, to “correct nature’ and create a new dynamic composition of dreams and nightmares in the blue realm of the twilight.

Jacques Pugin - Blue Mountain

Jacques Pugin – Blue Mountain

 

“The mountains of Pugin are like Russian dolls, intertwined with each other, strangely similar and yet different, but all redesigned with a maniacal care, recomposed and colored in the manner of a painting…  By working on his volumes, reshaping his contours, giving him the thousand and one nuances of the night, Jacques Pugin shows us what we usually do not see: a play of forces and lights, hidden symmetries, shadows that speak or are prolonged, an alphabet of signs that must be learned to decipher.” (Jean-Michel Olivier)

The series is published in a photo book by Ides et Calendes.

 

Gail Albert Halaban – ‘Out My Window’

Gail Albert Halaban’s project ‘Out My Window’ ”refers to what neighbors see through their neighbors’ windows in the cities of the world. The windows are fragile borders between the familiar and the unknown, between the rushing noises of the city and the timeless quiet of private lives. Set within the context of rising city populations and a global construction boom, the photographs present a portrait of how strangers live amongst strangers and the challenges of creating communities, relationships, and areas of privacy. The urban experience became the focus of my work, a way to share my realization that even alone, we need never be lonely. The process of making the photographs connects neighbor to neighbor, creating community against the loneliness and overpowering scale of the city. With the evolution of imaging and communications technology, the project has a renewed energy as I expand from my NewYork home to the cities of the world.”

Gail Albert Halaban - Out My Window, Istanbul

Gail Albert Halaban – Out My Window, Istanbul

 

 

Chris McCaw – ‘Sunburn’

Chris McCaw’s series ‘Sunburn’ – painted by the sun Zen landscapes in black and white, produced on paper negatives with handmade cameras.

Chris McCaw - Sunburn

Chris McCaw – Sunburn

 

“In this process the sun burns its path onto the light sensitive negative. After hours of exposure, the sky, as a result of the extremely intense light exposure, reacts in an effect called solarization- a natural reversal of tonality through over exposure. The resulting negative literally has a burnt hole in it with the landscape in complete reversal. The subject of the photograph (the sun) has transcended the idea that a photograph is simple a representation of reality, and has physically come through the lens and put its hand onto the final piece. This is a process of creation and destruction, all happening within the camera.”

The series is published in a book by Candela Books.

 

Luis Lazo – ‘El Tatio: El Hombre Que Llora’

Luis Lazo’s series ‘El Tatio: El Hombre Que Llora’ – a journey through the landscape of geyser field in northern Chile – inhospitable yet impressive, dramatic and spiritual.

Forced to leave the country as a seven-year-old child, the artist returned to this eerie area of beautiful bubble pockets of water and spectacular steaming gases in the Andes Mountains, to discovery how time and space reshaped perceptions and personal memories.

Luis Lazo - El Tatio El Hombre Que Llora

Luis Lazo – El Tatio El Hombre Que Llora

 

“My work interweaves, landscapes and portraits to reveal stories of shared experiences in a reflective and hopefully moving manner, capturing the relationship of the human subject in time, history and emotion. My main consideration is to engage and record the silent and fleeting nature of these little moments. To express their importance to me and capture their distinctive spontaneity.”

 

Luis Lazo - El Tatio El Hombre Que Llora

Luis Lazo – El Tatio El Hombre Que Llora

 

Available as a photo book published by Another Place Press.

 

Caleb Cain Marcus – ‘A Portrait of Ice’

Caleb Cain Marcus’s series ‘A Portrait of Ice’ – investigating glacial landscapes in a personal poetic journey in subtle blue, gray and cyan, as a part of our collective memory through million years history of the earth.

“When I am on a glacier there is a moment when the vast beauty enters me. And for that moment, the glacier is capable of shifting human consciousness and altering the reoccurring hum of reality. It is only you and the ice. A shard of something that has accidentally entered into this world. Then the ice screws’ melodic chime brings you out of one trance and into another.”

Caleb Cain Marcus - A Portrait of Ice

Caleb Cain Marcus – A Portrait of Ice

 

These photographs of glaciers of Patagonia, Iceland, Norway, New Zealand and Alaska, with painterly quality and no horizon, shift the perspective in a sense of losing the scale and raise awareness about environmental issues. ”Living in the city it easy to forget about the land; to forget that our history is held within the ice; that our history is melting. The Inuit elders say the melting of the ice is the land crying out in pain. Now we must listen.”

The series is collected in a photo book published by Damiani.

 

Francesco Mastalia – ‘Organic’

What organic means to you?

In more than 100 stunning ambrotype portraits of farmers and chefs accompanied by brief honest answers, Francesco Mastalia captured in his project ‘Organic‘ their beautiful, powerful, sensual stories and philosophy.

“Organic is working with nature, not telling it what to do, not demanding of things it can’t do.”

The archaic photographic technique is in refined harmony with the passion of these 21st century women and men who re-embraced the old ways of producing and preparing food. “Organic is the old, ancient, natural way that was predestined from all eternity for us to grow our own food.”

The project ‘Organic’ spotlights New York State’s Hudson Valley but opens a global dialogue about our future in living organically and sustainably in respect to the Earth. “Organic” is not just about growing and producing food, it is about the life of the planet.”

Francesco Mastalia - Organic

Francesco Mastalia – Organic

 

The project is available as a photo book.