‘Circle’ means eternity, the self, and cyclical movement. ‘Bluebird’ represents happiness and love. Celestial series to the wonder with which we view our universe and our role within it.
Osheen Harruthoonyan – A Circle of Bluebirds
Osheen Harruthoonyan’s family story stretches across the globe. His world seems to always be spinning. Perhaps that’s why this photographer is drawn to create images of space — planets, stars, galaxies that by the moment we see them are already in the past. For the Montreal-based artist, the universe is always changing — and always related to his own memory and history (written by Lise Hosein)
Watch this short video to learn more about the artist’s thoughts behind the series.
Yang Fudong‘s series ‘Ye Jiang (The Nightman Cometh) – an ancient warrior is wounded after a battle and he is now in conflict whether to die or continue fighting. Three ghosts appear as symbols of his feelings and thoughts that clash within his heart and mind as he has to decide…
The story unfolds in ‘neo-realistic’ narrative – the warrior in his traditional costume and the ghost in a modern dress. Neo-realism is described by the artist as “a history theatre where current and contemporary societal conditions come to play”.
So, the question is – how to continue our lives? What do we really want?
Jos Jansen‘s series “Batterfields” – Do we still control technology or does it control us? The choreography created by our fingers on mobile devices is used as a forensic-scientific tool in exploring human behaviour and becomes a visual metaphor of our continuous struggle with technology… like a battlefield.
Woong Soak Teng‘s series ‘Ways to Tie Trees‘ – featuring with an abstract elegance a diversity of approaches to the art of tree-tying in exploring the manipulation of nature by humans in an attempt to construct productive and aesthetic living environments for ourselves.
“There are many creative permutations in the field of tree-tying. This is a crucial component in beautifying our garden city. To prevent organic growth, trees are uprooted and erected in organised intervals as green verges along roads or in open spaces. To ensure that trees flourish in the right direction, man-made objects are used as reinforcement. To ensure that public spaces are safe and conducive, trees have to be stabilised through the process of tree staking. With such structures in place, we co-exist with Mother Nature harmoniously and enjoy the benefits that she brings to our body, heart and mind.”
A book published by Steidl is coming in November, 2017
“Sometimes there is a hazy, almost tropical light that falls over the Bay Area. The moisture in the air falls on the landscape and makes it appear as a series of two-dimensional planes intricately layered together. When I see this light, I imagine these individual planes of landscape each moving freely along independent trajectories. In my imagination, the landscape becomes one of dislocated landmarks, geography and infrastructure, constantly changing. Within the series Everywhere All at Once I bring to form these imagined landscapes and combine them with intensely starlit skies, highlighting both a personal as well as a collective experience of the world. My goal is to make images that are familiar and dreamlike, evocative of an almost unreachable memory.
Looking out over the landscape the night sky provides a reminder of the smallness of our existence and also the vast possibilities inherent to our experience. It provides a connection between distant individuals, a jumping off point for belief systems, and an interstellar reference that helps us to navigate our world. For me, more than anything, the night sky provides a sense of space and infinity that is at once the essence of openness and possibility and also terrifyingly complex and unfathomable.”
For a greater inspiration I collected in a digital free magazine most of the short visual stories in black and white photography published in my tumblr account (there are links to all photographers’ official sites).
short visual stories – black and white photography magazine