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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.

 

Douglas Capron – ‘Hydrology’

Douglas Capron’s series ‘Hydrology’ – exploring “the concept of ‘Material Expressivity’ as advocated by Manuel DeLanda, which suggests a deliberate use of melody and rhythm in existing matter. This is a study of natural patterns, which occurs progressively as water transforms into ice during the prelude to winter. My intention was to express the ephemeral mystery of these impressions that were gradually morphing into solid ice on an urban park lake… The resulting formations are surprisingly dynamic, organically expressive and complex, and pose more questions than are revealed beyond an aesthetic perspective in our relationship with the most basic element that sustains us all.”

Douglas Capron - Hydrology

Douglas Capron – Hydrology

 

 

Jamey Stillings – ‘The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar’

Jamey Stillings’ series ‘The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar’ –  a three-and-a-half year aerial exploration of transformative interactions between natural forms and human activity, questioning our perceptions of land and resource use, and our uncertain path toward a sustainable future.

The Ivanpah Solar is one of the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant built in the Mojave Desert of California and the artist caught in striking graphic black-and-white photographs all the stages before the construction works commenced in October 2010 until its finish in February 2014.

Jamey Stillings - The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar

Jamey Stillings – The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar

 

The series is published in a photo book by Steidl and is a part of a larger long-term documentary work titled “Changing Perspectives,” focusing on the global state of renewable energy development.

 

Takeshi Shikama – ‘Silent Respiration of Forests’

Takeshi Shikama’s series ‘Silent Respiration of Forests’ – a collection of photographs inspired by the power of the forest.

Takeshi Shikama - Silent Respiration of Forests

Takeshi Shikama – Silent Respiration of Forests

 

“It is the “invisible world”, hidden behind the “visible” that I have been working to capture…

One day in early autumn in 2001, just as twilight was setting in, I had lost track of the mountain paths. I happened to wander into a shady forest, where I found myself suddenly seized with a strong desire to take photographs. The following day, I set out once again, carrying my camera with me this time, and searched for the same forest. This experience made me realize that I was not taking photographs of the forest out of my own will,  but that the forest was inducing me to take its photographs.”

 

Dana Fritz – ‘Garden Views: the Culture of Nature’

Dana Fritz’s ‘Garden Views: the Culture of Nature’ – a series exploring human attempts to ‘culture nature‘ highlighting the similarities and contrasts in cultivated and constructed landscapes throughout the world.

Dana Fritz - Garden Views: the Culture of Nature

Dana Fritz – Garden Views: the Culture of Nature

 

“From the zealous geometry of the garden at Versailles to the cloud-pruning of trees and shrubs in traditional Japanese gardens, these various forms of cultivation reveals a delicate equilibrium, collaboration, and occasionally a collision of culture and nature. Many formal gardens in the U.S. and their stylistic precedents in Europe and Asia exhibit strong design qualities including clipped shrubs, ordered paths and controlled views using natural materials to communicate a cultural message. While these traditions grew out of a particular cultural context, their styles have been embraced by people in vastly different times and places. This practice of designing, domesticating and improving upon nature reveals simultaneously our distance from and longing for the natural, depending on the cultural lens from which it is viewed”.

 

Dana Fritz - Garden Views: the Culture of Nature

Dana Fritz – Garden Views: the Culture of Nature

 

 

Jennifer Schlesinger – ‘Utopia’

Jennifer Schlesinger‘s ‘Utopia’ – a series of constructed imaginary landscapes as the artist’s response to “the philosophical question of whether a perfect place can exist, bringing together life’s dualities into a perfect union of beauty.”

Jennifer Schlesinger - Utopia

Jennifer Schlesinger – Utopia

 

The word ‘Utopia’ was first mentioned in Plato’s Socratic dialogue ‘Republic’ describing an idea of how citizens could go about creating the ideal state, designed so there are no problems. It was Sir Thomas More in the 16th century who went further using it for a fictional island possessing a seemingly perfect socio-politico-legal system, and thus creating the notion of ideal society under the same name in which everything and everyone works in perfect harmony.

However, over the years the actual definition of ‘Utopia’ has been confused due to the different meanings of the prefix – as ‘no place’ (from Greek: οὐ = not and τόπος = place, hence “no-place”, strictly describing any non-existent society) and as ‘good place’ (from Greek εὖ = good or well and τόπος = place, hence “good place”, strictly speaking about a positive utopia). The marriage of these two definitions assumes that the definition for Utopia is an idyllic place that does not exist.

Examining this definition for Utopia, the artist’s intention is “to create a physical landscape, which does exist, if only in the paper-imaged form”.

 

Ryuijie – ‘Black & White Ice Forms’

Ryuijie‘s series ‘Black & White Ice Forms’ – collection of photographs featuring flowers frozen in blocks of ice in exploring the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi – beauty in nature in all of its imperfections, the acceptance of transience and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

“The ice is as important as the flowers it encases, providing an element of the unexpected and unpredictable.”

Ryuijie - Black & White Ice Forms

Ryuijie – Black & White Ice Forms

 

 

Mariana Cook – ‘Close at Hand’

Mariana Cook’s series ‘Close at Hand’ – the powerful silent presence of every day through objects, forms, and light abstractions in black and white photographs made between the years 1999 and 2015. That period the artist needed some quiet and made a deal with herself to make at least one photograph a day of whatever moved her and printed it the same day.

Mariana Cook - Close at Hand

Mariana Cook – Close at Hand

 

 

Michael Massaia – ‘No Past, No Present, No Future’

Michael Massaia’s series ‘No Past, No Present, No Future’ – black and white large-format prints of hotel interiors with intense nocturnal concept and timeless aesthetic.

“I’ve had bad insomnia most of my life, so I’ve learned to really appreciate the time between 3 am and 6 am. Over the past sixteen years I’ve spent the majority of my late nights and early mornings in Hotel Lobbies throughout Manhattan. Throughout those sleepless nights I was always taken by how that environment seemed to exist in a constant – no past, no present, no future state. When the guests retired I was left alone to experience the intimate nature of these places. This portfolio documents those long nights. All of the images were captured using 5″x7″ and 4″x5″ view cameras. I hand make the final prints as toned silver gelatin prints and platinum prints.”

Michael Massaia - No Past, No Present, No Future

Michael Massaia – No Past, No Present, No Future

 

The artist is the sole craftsman from the instant the negative is exposed to the moment the final print is made. To learn more about him, watch this short video.

 

Michael Massaia - No Past, No Present, No Future

Michael Massaia – No Past, No Present, No Future

 

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