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Luis Lazo – ‘El Tatio: El Hombre Que Llora’

Luis Lazo’s series ‘El Tatio: El Hombre Que Llora’ – a journey through the landscape of geyser field in northern Chile – inhospitable yet impressive, dramatic and spiritual.

Forced to leave the country as a seven-year-old child, the artist returned to this eerie area of beautiful bubble pockets of water and spectacular steaming gases in the Andes Mountains, to discovery how time and space reshaped perceptions and personal memories.

Luis Lazo - El Tatio El Hombre Que Llora

Luis Lazo – El Tatio El Hombre Que Llora

 

“My work interweaves, landscapes and portraits to reveal stories of shared experiences in a reflective and hopefully moving manner, capturing the relationship of the human subject in time, history and emotion. My main consideration is to engage and record the silent and fleeting nature of these little moments. To express their importance to me and capture their distinctive spontaneity.”

 

Luis Lazo - El Tatio El Hombre Que Llora

Luis Lazo – El Tatio El Hombre Que Llora

 

Available as a photo book published by Another Place Press.

 

Wendi Schneider – ‘States of Grace’

Wendi Schneider - States of Grace

Wendi Schneider – States of Grace

 

Wendi Schneider’s series ‘States of Grace’ – impressions with silken luminosity of the serenity and simplicity of a graceful, organic line and the stillness of a suspended moment.

“I capture the ephemeral movement of light on organic forms, to preserve that mystical moment that stills time for me. Photographing intuitively – what I feel, as much as what I see – and informed by a background in painting and art history, I portray a personal interpretation by layering the images digitally with color and texture, to find balance between the real and the imagined… White gold, silver or 24k gold leaf is applied behind the image. The leafing process suffuses the intrinsic value of the treasured subjects with the implied spirituality of the gold. The perception of luminosity varies as the viewer’s position and ambient light change.”

 

Wendi Schneider - States of Grace

Wendi Schneider – States of Grace

 

Wendi Schneider - States of Grace

Wendi Schneider – States of Grace

 

 

Risaku Suzuki – ‘Sakura’

Risaku Suzuki - Sakura

Risaku Suzuki – Sakura

 

Risaku Suzuki’s series ‘Sakura’ – the ethereal beauty of the Japanese spirit, captured in out of focus blurred close-ups of cherry blossoms, like tenderly floating haiku about white pink clouds of evanescence melting into the blue celestial background of eternity.

“In “Sakura,” the blossoms of the intersecting branches appear melded together as one, making it difficult to distinguish the foreground from the background. My work is about the experience of time and vision. The beauty of the sakura lies in the brevity of their blossoming, so I must rush to photograph their brilliance and vitality… When I stand under a cherry tree and look up at the blossoms, I always feel as if I’m. The blossoms continue beyond my field of vision, each shimmering so beautifully. It is impossible to see them all.”

 

Risaku Suzuki - Sakura

Risaku Suzuki – Sakura

 

 

Christy Lee Rogers – ‘A quarter of a million miles’

Christy Lee Rogers’ series ‘A quarter of a million miles’ – submerged in water bodies and fabrics captured in a dance of vivid colours and complexity like Baroque paintings of gods or mythical creatures “to inspire the idea that there are still mysterious, impossibly beautiful things on Earth—not solely in our imaginations.”

“What I want more than ever is to express and inspire hope and freedom, a sense of wonder and tranquility, to create a safe place to dream wildly.”

Christy Lee Rogers - A quarter of a million miles

Christy Lee Rogers – A quarter of a million miles

 

Shooting in water and at night, the rules of gravity disappear, and the bodies’ distortion, the contrast of colours and the refracting light, deliver also a message of the fragile nature of humanity.

 

Maimouna Guerresi – ‘Giants’

Maimouna Guerresi’s series ‘Giants’ – monumental unreal beings like ancient guardians of hope and secrets to communicate the universal spirituality and infinite divinity. Inspired by mystical Muslim symbols, these enigmatic figures with invisible towering bodies draped in robes and covered with scarfs are like temples of the soul and doors to unknown space.

Maimouna Guerresi - Giants

Maimouna Guerresi – Giants

 

In the 1980s, Patrizia Guerresi was well known in Italy for the conceptual feminist work. At the age of 40, she converted from Catholic to Sufi Islam, and the new belief profoundly transformed her art and life, mastering her cultural past and present in a mystical new language.

 

Caleb Cain Marcus – ‘A Portrait of Ice’

Caleb Cain Marcus’s series ‘A Portrait of Ice’ – investigating glacial landscapes in a personal poetic journey in subtle blue, gray and cyan, as a part of our collective memory through million years history of the earth.

“When I am on a glacier there is a moment when the vast beauty enters me. And for that moment, the glacier is capable of shifting human consciousness and altering the reoccurring hum of reality. It is only you and the ice. A shard of something that has accidentally entered into this world. Then the ice screws’ melodic chime brings you out of one trance and into another.”

Caleb Cain Marcus - A Portrait of Ice

Caleb Cain Marcus – A Portrait of Ice

 

These photographs of glaciers of Patagonia, Iceland, Norway, New Zealand and Alaska, with painterly quality and no horizon, shift the perspective in a sense of losing the scale and raise awareness about environmental issues. ”Living in the city it easy to forget about the land; to forget that our history is held within the ice; that our history is melting. The Inuit elders say the melting of the ice is the land crying out in pain. Now we must listen.”

The series is collected in a photo book published by Damiani.

 

François Halard – ‘Casa Ghirri’

François Halard - Casa Ghirri

François Halard – Casa Ghirri

 

François Halard’s series ‘Casa Ghirri’ – photographs where the sense of the artist’s presence, the objects that had surrounded him and the place itself are the main protagonists in a play, weaving their roles and create one intimate portrait of the great Italian photographer and the spirit of his house.

The idea for creating such an album was born after an encounter with Luigi Ghirri’s wife, Paula, in 2011. An album not only as separate silent notes about the decoration but as a poetic nostalgic story, told masterfully by François Halard, reflecting with the same palette the life and the energy of the artist.

 

François Halard - Casa Ghirri

François Halard – Casa Ghirri

 

Anni Hanén – ‘Trace’

Anni Hanén’s series ‘Trace’ – cyanotype and digital collages of archival materials and staged photographs as layers of poetic forms to uncover different traces of memory and emotions in order to understand universal feelings.

Anni Hanén - Trace

Anni Hanén – Trace

 

“The process finds its beginning in daily life, by hearing, seeing, reading or experiencing the things that draw my attention… The archives range from old family albums to mobile snapshots. Although my starting points are notes from daily life, it is the power of the imagination that allows this work to touch upon universal experiences.”

 

Leila Jeffreys – ‘Birds’

Leila Jeffreys’ ‘Birds’ – fascinating large-scale close-up portraits of birds abstracted from their accustomed context to reveal their beauty, complexity and majesty, and to bring into focus the striking and diverse character of Australia’s native wildlife.

Leila Jeffreys - Birds

Leila Jeffreys – Birds

 

“I thought of them as people. You can’t get a good portrait unless the bird is comfortable, so you talk to them. They don’t speak the same language back, but they look at you intensely, they listen to you. If they’re not so sure, they move away, and if they’re kind of curious they get a bit closer. They might turn their back on you…  I want people to form an emotional connection with the work and develop an interest in wildlife.”

 

Viviane Sassen – ‘Umbra’

Viviane Sassen’s series ‘Umbra’ – capturing the darkest part of the shadows in coloured images of shapes and patterns as a juxtaposition of different perspectives. Inspired by the Surrealism these works, on the verge of the abstract, emphasize the play of light and shadow as metaphors of the human psyche.

“I find it difficult to conform to the idea of definitive truths; there are always two sides to the coin so everything should be allowed to exist at the same time.”

Viviane Sassen - Umbra

Viviane Sassen – Umbra