books

Robert Pufleb and Nadine Schlieper – ‘Alternative Moons’

Alternative Moon’ – a project by Robert Pufleb and Nadine Schlieper with 42 unique photographs of our beloved natural satellite offering “an unusual space trip to discover formerly unseen images”.

Robert Pufleb and Nadine Schlieper - Alternative Moons

Robert Pufleb and Nadine Schlieper – Alternative Moons

 

The images are unseen because actually they are not from the Moon, but a metaphor for how we perceive images. They are pancakes.

“Applying them to our moon, we are trying to create some kind of awareness towards interpreting and processing visual information… In the very beginning, the imagery of ‘Alternative Moons’ was a rather accidental discovery. It was one of those rare moments, when one is looking at an everyday object but sees something completely different…. like mysterious moons from an unknown galaxy”.

The photographs are collected in a book along with the recipes.

 

Jonathan Singer – ‘Botanica Magnifica’

Jonathan Singer’s project ‘Botanica Magnifica’ – macro photographs of rare flowers and plants as a union between natural history and fine art.

“Botanica Magnifica seem to be alien life forms but really are true treasures of our home planet. As an artist, I capture the mystical energy that lies below the surface of the natural world. In the end we see not the infinite diversity of life, but rather we steal a glimpse into creation itself.”

Jonathan Singer - Botanica Magnifica

Jonathan Singer – Botanica Magnifica

 

“I’m trying to give the world a message, to warn the world that the ecosystems and food chains are breaking down. Hopefully, through this marriage of art, people will want to know the science. People say that’s so beautiful. What is it? Where is it from? What would we see in them if we didn’t know where they came from? Clouds? Fires? Waves? Landscapes? Galaxies? They start asking questions”

Set against a dark background and taken in low light, the flowers look suspended in space. Singer’s photographs have been compared, at least in style, to the works of Brueghel, Vermeer and Rembrandt because “they handle light better than anyone else ever did.”

“I started looking at flowers because of Jan Brueghel the Younger. In the rooms in his paintings there were flowers, and they were beautiful. In fact, that grabbed my attention more than anything else in the paintings—the lighting and the flowers.”

 

Jonathan Singer - Botanica Magnifica

Jonathan Singer – Botanica Magnifica

 

Two hundred and fifty of these remarkable photographs are collected in a book published by Abbeville Press.

The original edition of the book following the method used for Audubon’s “Birds of America” in the 1840s, was in extra-large “double-elephant” format consisted of five lavishly hand-bound volumes and limited to just ten copies. One of them was donated to the Smithsonian Institution and is on display in the rare-book room of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington.

To learn more about Jonathan Singer’s life path, his interest to photography and the creation of “Botanica Magnifica”, watch this video.

To date there is no official active site or social account in Jonathan Singer’s name.  

 

Flor Garduño – ‘Witnesses of Time’

Flor Garduño’s series ‘Witnesses of Time’ – capturing the spirituality of the Indian cosmos as a unique perception of time where past, present and future blend simultaneously, so that mankind feels the eternity of the universe.

Flor Garduño - Witnesses of Time

Flor Garduño – Witnesses of Time

 

The project was realized in the years 1983-1991, recording as witnesses to the secrets of time margins, landscapes, architecture, religious ceremonies and social events in ritual towns in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, as well as portraits of ordinary people and their daily life rhythm and customs.

Central and South America are the places to which the artist’s soul is deeply connected emotionally and culturally, and by compressing the limited with infinite in a single image, she gives life to mystical archetypes and long established traditions as an integral part of the modern world.

The series is available as a photo book.

 

Simen Johan – ‘Until the Kingdom Comes’

Simen Johan’s series ‘Until the Kingdom Comes’ – merging documentary imagery and digital manipulation of animals in new environments to convey contradictory effect between opposing forces that are simultaneously familiar and absurd, natural and artificial, serene and eerie, primal and mindful.

“I often feel like I am attempting to reconcile the irreconcilable as I explore the paradoxical nature of existence.”

Simen Johan -  Until the Kingdom Comes

Simen Johan – Until the Kingdom Comes

 

“Until the Kingdom Comes’ refers less to religious or natural kingdoms and more to the human fantasy that one day, in some way, life will come to a blissful resolution … In a reality where understanding is not finite and in all probability never will be, I depict ‘living’ as an emotion-fueled experience, engulfed in uncertainty, desire and illusion.”

 

Simen Johan -  Until the Kingdom Comes

Simen Johan – Until the Kingdom Comes

 

The photographs are collected in a photo book.

 

Jeffrey Conley – ‘Winter’

Jeffrey Conley’s series ‘Winter’ – capturing in a meditative simplicity the magic of pure white of snow and the silent frozen beauty of winter.

Jeffrey Conley – Winter

 

“Having grown up in the northeastern United States, I can vividly remember the childhood feeling of waking up on a Winters’ morning and looking out the window at a magical, snow covered world. I was enthralled with the ethereal qualities of snow: how it defined and transformed objects, reflected light, and how it softened sound. Over the years as a photographer I have continued to be captivated and inspired by the simple, transcendent, yet austere winter landscape… These photographs are the result of my journeys and observations, and have provided an intense personal peace that I hope is felt by others.”

 

Jeffrey Conley - Winter

Jeffrey Conley – Winter

 

The photographs are collected in a photo book

 

Kenro Izu – ‘Bhutan’

Kenro Izu’s series ‘Bhutan’ – black and white hand-printed platinum prints of portraits and landscapes shot between 2002-2007 reveal the beauty of a real place full with life, traditions and spiritual values as a fairy tale frozen in time and space.

Kenro Izu - Bhutan

Kenro Izu – Bhutan

 

“Traveling many years, I have not yet seen a place as peaceful as Bhutan, or a place affecting such peacefulness within myself. If there is a place indeed named Utopia, this place may come the closest to it… Seemingly, an existence of the precious culture in the edge of Himalayan itself is the fantasy of the 21st century, and I can’t help having a fear of its delicate fragility, which may easily dissolve into surrounding enormous clouds and fogs”

 

Kenro Izu - Bhutan

Kenro Izu – Bhutan

 

The images are also collected in a book, “Bhutan, the Sacred Within”.

 

Sharon Harper – ‘Moon Studies and Star Scratches’

Sharon Harper’s series ‘Moon Studies and Star Scratches’ – poetic exploration of light and time through multiple-exposure photographs of the Moon and stars.

Sharon Harper - Moon Studies and Star Scratches

Sharon Harper – Moon Studies and Star Scratches

 

“The moon within these images links our understanding of time in terms of a monthly calendar with a celestial realm where time is measured in light years. Long exposures of stars used in some of the images further explore time. The exposures combine an understanding of time embedded within photography— a four-hour exposure of a star renders on film as a line of light so many inches long—with the fact that the starlight hitting the film is light years old. These images are an attempt to record a realm we can hardly fathom, but within a framework of time we can readily understand, bringing the human scale into relationship with the cosmic”.

The series is part of the book ‘From Above and Below’  

 

Beth Moon – ‘Portraits of Time’

Beth Moon’s series ‘Portraits of Time’ – powerful portraits of the world’s most ancient trees as priceless living wonders and magnificent guardians of our planet to inspire for saving them from the danger of destruction.

Beth Moon - Portraits of Time

Beth Moon – Portraits of Time

 

“Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment, celebrating the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries. By feeling a larger sense of time, developing a relationship with the natural world, we carry that awareness with us as it becomes a part of who we are.”

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them,  whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.Hermann Hesse

The photographs are collected in a photo book.

 

Robert Voit – ‘The Alphabet of New Plants’

Robert Voit‘s series ‘The Alphabet of New Plants’ – a beautiful way of presenting man’s eternal desire to conquer the nature – either by borrowing forms through imitation or to substitute it in the 21st-century.

Robert Voit - The Alphabet of New Plants

Robert Voit – The Alphabet of New Plants

 

Inspired by the great work of Karl Blossfeld from 1928 “Urformen der Kunst“, the series resembles at first glance a photo album of gorgeous plants photographed in a neutral background. On closer look though it reveals that actually they are artificial. Plastic plants produced for mass consumption for decorative purposes.

The photographs have not been retouched or artificially manipulated and are collected in a photo book published by Hatje Cantz

 

Laura Letinsky – ‘Time’s Assignation’

Laura Letinsky’s series ‘Time’s Assignation’ – a collection of black and white still lifes Polaroid made between 1997 and 2007 to question the danger of “the act of looking back”.

Inspired by the story of Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt just because she looked back “is this a lack of trust or a punishment for nostalgia? Punishing a person who expressed fondness for what she’d had, as flawed as it might have been? … Here I am, a human. Really, is there any way to not look back? Even if not consciously, our past directs us in the here-and-now, and into the future. So why the imperative to not look back, even if it means being calcified, dissolved into the elements?”

Laura Letinsky - Time’s Assignation

Laura Letinsky – Time’s Assignation

 

“My book, Time’s Assignation, is an important set of images for me, and it’s been interesting to return to that work… When the photograph was an analog process, it used light sensitive salts, and I love this material connection between Lot’s wife and the photograph.”

To learn more about Laura Letinsky’s artistic thoughts and inspirations, read her interview for the magazine ‘The Great Discontent’.