“The cherry blossom is one of flowers that symbolizes the beginning of spring in Japan. When cherry trees are fully blossomed, they look magnificent. These trees are well treated and maintained carefully in order to protect them from disease and bugs. Therefore, their leaves keep their shape and are all balanced in size.
There is an old cherry tree in my garden. It has been left abandoned in adverse conditions for some time, and has been home to countless caterpillars and bugs. In autumn, when I picked up the leaves, I noticed a striking difference with the trees elsewhere. The leaves looked ugly; they were varied in size and bitten by bugs. There was no single leaf that retained its original figure.
I found this uniqueness to be striking. The rugged charm of the individual leaf, so different from the beauty of the flower, is my subject.”
Jungjin Lee‘s series ‘Thing’ – a glimpse into the floating secret world of ordinary objects.
Taking off from the items the features we have attributed them, they start living their own life. How it looks like?
Jungjin Lee succeeded to catch them at the moment when they liberated themselves from the substance and switched to another unknown dimension. Are they dreaming there? Or maybe playing? What’s on their mind? Definitely, it is a different intriguing state of being to which the photographer only introduce us and live it free to a viewer to sense on his/her own that rare experience.
After all as Albert Camus says ‘if we understood the enigmas of life, there would be no reason for art”.
These impressive images are poetical exploring of the heritage, landscapes and sanctuary sites of India. They capture rare moments and atmospheres and by no means are records of the modern daily colourful loud life of this exotic place.
‘The pale morning light fascinates the photographer and is intrinsic to the distinctive mysteriousness of her imagery, aided by her use of a panoramic camera for her photographs. Long exposure times create a slight mistiness in her black and white negatives that she later enlarges and adds sepia tones. Her photographic process results in breathtaking prints of tremendous depth ‘ (artist review – Bernheimer Fine Art Gallery)
“This is the atmosphere that I wanted to capture – these rare timeless yet evanescent moments. If you get up early enough in the morning or hop on a bus and seek out more remote places, you get rewarded with the magic side of this uniquely diverse country.”
“The place of bamboo in the minds of East Asian people goes far beyond our imagination. Because Bamboo grows tall and straight by emptying its body and creating voids within, so it has been praised as a representative of uprightness and emptiness. Especially, Korea, Japan and China all placed bamboo in the first rank of evergreens, even surpassing the pine tree, and gave bamboo the first place for its nobility of soul. Scholars believed that the scent of bamboo expresses a world of pure ideal, and thought they would enter a pure spiritual world when they went into a bamboo forest because of the scent of spirit represented by bamboo.” Jin Dongsun
From 1989 to 1994 Danish photographer Joakim Eskildsen travelled through Norway, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands in searching of those elements that define the mystic atmosphere of the land and its relationship with those who inhabit it.
“I think that I managed to capture here the meaning of the Nordic Signs, something that is at the same time wild yet livable, and profoundly shaped by the climate, the wind, and destiny.”
Joakim Eskildsen – Nordic Signs
The photographs were self-published in a book ‘Nordic Signs’ in 1995, but now it is out of print and sought after.
Krzysztof Wladyka‘s “Animalies” – animal stories as a kind of reflection of our own human condition that must question us about the essence and basic values of our own lives.
“In my opinion, in these days when money are more important than soul’s needs, everybody can identify with these characters.
According to me this world is peaceful and harmonious but being and living in it causes the feelings of nostalgia, sadness and depression. On the one hand additional elements or objects which are get mixed up in this world should have as a task to help characters to survive in their nothingness, but on the other hand they just strengthen me in the feeling of being withdrawn and isolated from the others.”
Danila Tkachenko‘s series ‘Lost Horizon‘ – the utopia of constructing the ideal world. The Soviet architecture and technical buildings as forgotten traces and ruins of this utopia, which symbolically affirmed the technical progress and advance of the communist future.
“I make photos of these objects, built by Soviet authorities, by the medium format camera 6×6, during the night and with a powerful light source. Thus I enclose them in a suprematist figure of the black square which refers to the “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevich, the early Russian avant-garde and the origins of the Soviet utopia.”
Sophie Caretta‘s tintype photos capturing the magic and emotions from movie ‘The beguiled’.
The artist used the wet collodion process for documenting film’s main characters on the Louisiana set to give that unique look of the life at the time.
“Despite its shooting disadvantages and its laborious technique, its aesthetic qualities with imperfections define a mood and style grounded in the historical, physical qualities of photography. It’s a moving process where anything can happen; scratches, erosion, pitting, stains can appear and/or disappear in a magical way. The interplay among clarity, strangeness, dreaminess, and wildness is the perfect reflection of ‘The Beguiled.”