Lauren Semivan’s series ‘Observatory’ – “ghosts of previous drawings create a sense of time suspended, evoking gesture, atmosphere and memory… an access to the extraordinary, to keep a record of dreams, and to employ the unknown.”
Lauren Semivan – Observatory
“In scientific disciplines, a line is classified as an event. Something as primitive as a scrawl on a surface reveals an aggregate of events, intersecting and changing course. Drawings made on the seamless backdrop describe an emotional space.
Science is inherently experiential, as is art making. Knowing and feeling are not separate, and the whole of the environment can be used as a pedagogic instrument. My ongoing body of work elegantly draws upon a tension that exists between irrational and physical worlds.”
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.”
Louis Blanc’s black and white series ’cORpuS’ – ‘sculpturing’ a fascinating world of body language and its emotions from different positions and angles. Everything is a question of point of view.
“To realize an image, I leave a preliminary idea and then the image builds itself little by little, in the course of the numerous shots, until arrive at an image which speaks, which seems inhabited (it does not work each time!). And the final result is often very distant from the initial idea, but it is very well like that, a mixture of intention and unforeseen! I always use the natural light coming from a window more sometimes a low power deported flash.”
Nadežda Nikolova-Kratzer‘s ‘Solvitur Ambulando’ – “wet plate collodion photograms of flora I collected during walks and meanderings to explore ecological themes by drawing on the herbarium tradition and connecting to the dawn of photography.”
Nadežda Nikolova-Kratzer – Solvitur Ambulando
“This series also explores a deeply personal inward journey, which speaks to the second perspective. I collected the flora during a period of upheaval, anticipation and loss. Each piece is a self-contained visual poem within the larger whole, where the medium itself plays a part in the storytelling. By manipulating chemistry, timing and light I create artifacts that suggest mystery and drama, evoking a spectrum of psychological interiors. Forms combine with textures to create moods and associations. Plant materials and arrangements hint at symbols. The herbarium becomes a catalog of “psychological specimens,” tethered to a time and place yet also existing outside of time and place; the biological specimens returning to the viewer as personal memories. In this manner, the natural form becomes inseparable from the artifact; the image inseparable from the hand; the objective inseparable from the subjective.”
*Solvitur Ambulando – a Latin phrase which means “it is solved by walking” and is used to refer to a problem which is solved by a practical experiment.
Noell Oszvald’s black and white powerful surreal self-portraits with highly conceptual aesthetic and the purity of a simple composition.
“I don’t want to tell people what to see in my images. This is the reason why I never really write any descriptions other than titles. It shows what I wish to express but everyone is free to figure out what the picture says to them. It’s very interesting to read so many different thoughts about the same piece of work.”
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.”
Bastiaan Woudt’s ‘Karawan’ – refined images from a “land of languid heat, soaring landscapes and intriguing people”, filled with feelings, emotions and dynamics. Morocco still continues to cast a spell on its visitors and the Dutch photographer was also enchanted by it but saw this colourful country through his own black and white, contrast, grain and blur signature style.
“In 2016 I was awarded the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation Grant, which gave me the opportunity to do a new project about an inspirational trip to a country of my choice. I considered all of Africa’s countries, but Morocco quickly stood out: I really loved the thought of a country where the people and the landscapes are so varied that it can feel like you’re somewhere different every day. The diversity of people, scenery and cultures is really special. When you’ve traveled Morocco, you have the feeling you’ve seen seven different countries. Absolutely amazing.”
“This series of open-ended narratives conjures up both the playfulness and the sense of isolation we hold inside. I explore how we define ourselves in a world where we are increasingly isolated from nature, culture, and community—a world where we have more choices, but our roles are less clear. I long for a lost simplicity, real or imagined, beyond the fading edge of memory.
My work is about slowing down and noticing beauty in the world especially that which is in danger of being lost or taken for granted. My work is less about a subject and more about a way of seeing that subject, less about a landscape and more about a feeling of being in that landscape.”
Rolfe Horn‘s series ‘Japan 2008‘ – serene, calm, meditative landscapes around the main theme of water. “We, as human beings, have to flow like water, sometimes it is very tough, and other times it is smooth.”
“There is a certain point in time, where the harmony of light, atmosphere, and spirit collide, a place in the cosmos where the rhythm of nature unfolds in front of the camera. This can only happen once.”
“I believe that in nature, the smallest things, or seemingly most insignificant phenomena, have their reason and their role”.
Koichiro Kurita’s tranquil images are like wordless poems where the meditative dialogue between the artist and the serene nature’s beauty evokes feelings of both intimacy and universality.
Koichiro Kurita – Terra, / Hydra / Atoms
“I had a fateful encounter with a book when I was a commercial photographer. It was Thoreau’s Walden. I was moved by the absolute freedom of the spirit unconstrained by society’s rules and the ability to enjoy harmony with nature. It was reminiscent of Zhangzi’s philosophy and so close to the Oriental way of understanding nature. Deeply moved and inspired, I quit commercial photography and retreated to the mountains to start nature photography. The world of nature embraces terrasphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Each surface has a connecting border in mysterious ways. And in those expanses, all the things and phenomena including living things exist in time as independent entities. Though each entity is independent, they never exist alone nor in conflict yet rather in a state of order and harmony. Each connection contributes to a harmony of nature as a whole. My work is the expression of the mysterious connection of these spheres and a record of the connection between myself and nature”