“Many of the images were taken in the same place — practically in my backyard — but at different times, in different seasons, over the course of years and years (the projected started in 2005). I have always been fascinated by trees, water and people to engage with the fundamental wholeness of nature.”
Marius Schultz – A conversation with Nature
“My first images were at a local lake at night. It was early spring. There were some cows on the field. I shot a whole roll of film. Afterwards I was very disappointed with the result. It didn´t turn out the way I saw it. That was 40 years ago.
Today I have complete different approach. Today I wonder more about the “Why?” Why did I go out of night to shoot? What kind of mystery where I hoping for? What was I thinking? It was my first roll of film. I could have no expectations.
The answer was there all in front of me: I chose nature – not the city lights, I chose night, not day. I chose spring, not winter – and so on. I needed a camera to observe the essence of nature, and start a conversation. I need the conversation to understand myself, the world, our universe.”
Marcia Lippmann’s ‘Travels East’ – inviting to a meditative journey of hidden details in search of beauty, serenity, absence, rejection, secret, holiness, ritual, ceremony, memory, spirituality, imagination, decay and chaos.
“It is the image in the mind that links us to our lost treasures; but it is loss that shapes the image, gathers the flowers, weaves the garland. Lost time is never found again” Collette
“This work is like encountering a strange film which, after a while seems not to be a film at all but an experience you are having, a kind of a journey that you don’t remember setting out on… In the end, as with all good journeys, you are someplace else and you are a little different, though in ways you can’t describe.”
Todd Hido’s landscapes express the natural beauty of the open road on a rainy day through the blurry view of the windshield as an additional lens. Defined by an open horizon, his photographs create a perception of vastness, infinity and freedom.
“I had been photographing landscapes for a couple of years, but had no intention of making anything of them… I had no other purpose of making them other than responding to the beauty that I saw.”
Desirée Dolron’s series ‘Xteriors’ – serenity and sense of mystery inspired by Dutch Classical Master painters.
Though there is a secret story behind the project, written by the artist herself when she was a young girl, the main focus is not about the narrative rather than about timelessness. Mastering skillfully the light and with subtle digital manipulations these photographs appear as intangible portraits with painterly quality.
Cig Harvey’s ‘Gardening at Night’ – a personal collection that captures an experience of the world that is at once otherworldly and yet instantly familiar.
Cig Harvey – Gardening at night
“The narrative throughout has a delicious element of magical realism – the viewer is left with the feeling of waking within a dream. On the other hand there is familiarity in what she evokes – something primal and instinctual that points to each person’s connection to nature. Seasons figure prominently as metaphors for the cycle of life, and interplays between shadow and light underscore the work.“
The series is included in a photo book, where the artist’s photographs are interwoven with her intimate poetry.
Hiroshi Watanabe’s ‘Findings’ – “These are honest and direct pictures; they bear a heavy silence, and are uncomplicated, singular ideas. These words invite a closer look uncompromised by time. They suggest a meditation that can bring to the surface what could otherwise have remained hidden – that opening in the sky beyond the child and his maze, and what it can mean.” Anthoy Bannon, George Eastman House Director
Hiroshi Watanabe – Findings
“My photographs reflect both genuine interest in my subject as well as a respect for the element of serendipity, while other times I seek pure beauty. The pure enjoyment of this process drives and inspires me. I believe there’s a thread that connects all of my work — my personal vision of the world as a whole. I make every effort to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around me, a world in flux that, at very least in my mind, deserves preservation.”
Ingar Krauss’s series ‘Nature Morte’ is an ongoing project started in 2010 of still life ‘portraits’ of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers and animals.
“I am interested in the hidden relationship between the inner life of human beings and the world of plants and animals and I want to transmute those commonplace subjects by a process of replacing inattention with contemplation.”
Krauss prints in black and white and subsequently paints every photo with a transparent oil paint by attributing to the images a nostalgic vein in the romantic tradition (the paint, very diluted, does not cover the image but colors it subtly).
With a direct physical presence of energy drinks in the images, Stephen Gill’s focus in his series ‘Best Before End’ is on the danger upon our inner life due to the gradually growing addiction of energy drinks consumption.
Stephen Gill – Best Before End
“The colour negative films were part-processed and soaked in energy drink, which caused image shifts and disruptions and softened the film emulsion. This softening allowed for manual stretching, moving, tearing and distortion of the layers of film emulsion to take place, and further manual shifts were added with a soft brush while the emulsion was still pliable. All the drinks were sourced in East London, which is also where the images were made.”
Available as a 72-pages photo book published in 2014 by Nobody in association with Archive of Modern Conflict.
‘Yusurika’ means ‘buzzer midge’ – a tiny insect that looks like mosquito but is a non-biting. It tends to fly in large swarms and creates a mild buzzing sound, that how it got its name.
What inspiring might exist in this? Only if you have the vision of Japanese photographer Yoshinori Mizutani to see through his camera lens fairies instead. They radiate an almost palpable kinetic energy when reflected in the camera flash and transform the place into a sparkling, magical realm.
Yoshinori Mizutani – Yusurika
Having grown up in a small town surrounded by rich wildlife and nature Yoshinori Mizutani learned how to make conversations with the natural world. “Surrounded by mountains, with young leaves and flowers on the trees, fireflies around the creeks, red dragonflies flying over rice paddies…a silvery world when snow fell, a place with bountiful nature—that is where I grew up.” Even when he moved to Tokyo, nature continued to call him out to understand its feelings and expressions. “Perhaps, by facing nature, I was unconsciously catching sight of my original landscape from childhood… Or perhaps, it is only natural for us to seek nature.”