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Andreas Gefeller – ‘The Japan Series’

Andreas Gefeller’s ‘The Japan Series’ – the absence of points of reference and orientation that opens up a new perspective on familiar situations.

The main focus of the series are utility poles, but also a few plants winding around rectangular wire nets or wooden grates.

The photographer presents us two shots – one as a close-up with all the details where clearly could recognize the subject and one from a distance where the subject disappears and the innumerable cables, transformers and branches are converted into an abstract composition against a monochrome background.

“The main object of my work is not to manipulate the world, but the way of looking at it. It is important to me to leave the world the way it is. The only thing I do is to find a way to produce a perspective”

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Andreas Gefeller – The Japan Series

 

‘The Japan Series’ originated on the occasion of the European Eyes on Japan project in which European photographers are invited each year to capture their impressions of this Far Eastern country on film.

It is also available as a photo book by Hatje Cantz Publishers.

 

Miho Kajioka – ‘And, where did the peacocks go?’

Miho Kajioka’s series ‘And, where did the peacocks go?’ – gathering emotional fragments to document the atmosphere after Japan’s 2011 disaster.

“After the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, I found a blog about peacocks that were left in the evacuation zone, within the 20 km limit. I started imagining those peacocks, walking around the empty town with their beautiful wings spread. The image I had in my mind seemed so far away from what was going on in Fukushima. It was as if two different layers of images – the disaster scene and beautiful peacocks – were overlapping with each other without being unified…I started to see different layers in almost everything…”

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Miho Kajioka -And, where did the peacocks go

 

The series is collected in a book but the 1st edition of only 50 copies is sold out.

Read here the feelings and emotions behind each of the photographs

 

Florence Henri

Florence Henri’s (1893 – 1982) innovative works – exploring the mechanics of perception through manipulation of mirrors and prisms, reflections, framing, experiments with photomontage, multiple exposures, and photograms in abstract compositions, still lifes, self-portraits, nudes and street photographs.

Florence Henri

Florence Henri

 

Trained as a pianist, during the World War I she abandoned her musical career to pursue painting. It was in 1927 at age 34 when she found photography for the first time enrolling at the Bauhaus in Dessau, where studied it with László Moholy-Nagy. The following year she left the Bauhaus and in 1929 moved to Paris where established herself as a photographer and the opened portrait studio soon rival that of Man Ray. She also taught classes and among her students were such future prominent photographers as Gisèle Freund and Lisette Model.

“What I want above all is to compose the photograph as I do with painting. Volumes, lines, shadows and light have to obey my will and say what I want them to say. This happens under the strict control of composition, since I do not pretend to explain the world nor to explain my thoughts.”

 

Mitsuo Suzuki – ‘Sakura Leaves’

Mitsuo Suzuki‘s series ‘Sakura Leaves‘ – the rugged charm and beauty in the uniqueness of an individual leaf.

“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.”

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Mitsuo Suzuki – Sakura Leaves

 

Jungjin Lee – ‘Thing’

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”.

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Jungjin Lee – Thing

 

Silke Lauffs – ‘India’

Silke Lauffs’s series ‘India’ – impressions of a journey in long forgotten times

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.”

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Silke Lauffs – India

 

Choi Byung-Kwan – ‘Bamboo’

Bamboo‘ by Choi Byung-Kwan

“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

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Choi Byung-Kwan – Bamboo

 

Available as a self-published photo book.

 

Joakim Eskildsen – ‘Nordic Signs’

Joakim Eskildsen‘s ‘Nordic Signs‘-  a poetic reflection, a hymn to nature and the people who live in Northern Europe.

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.”

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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 – ‘Animalies’

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.”

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Krzysztof Wladyka -Animalies