Mária Švarbová – ‘The pool’

Mária Švarbová’s on-going series ‘The pool’ – in search of the symmetry between humans and space in enigmatic compositions with geometric beauty of minimalistic retro setting and cinematographic pastel quality, where the absence of contrasts removes narrative dimension.

The sceneries were captured in different old pools, built in the Socialist Era in various locations in Slovakia. These huge cold places with white tiles and figures of swimmers immobilized in time and mirroring upside down, suggest an idea of lost individuality in a sterile futuristic future. However, the vibrations of soft color palette and the harmonious reflections in the calm waters hint that dreams are not lost.

Mária Švarbová - The pool

Mária Švarbová – The pool


The series is published in a book by New Heroes & Pioneers.


Hidenobu Suzuki – ‘The Silence of Enchantment’

Hidenobu Suzuki’s series ‘The Silence of Enchantment’ – ‘Monet’s Pond’ In Japan that looks like Monet’s paintings.

“I photographed a small pond located deep in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The place is magical. Bright blue waters, colourful fish and plants. While taking pictures I had Monet’s paintings in my head because the similarities are undeniable.”

Hidenobu Suzuki - The Silence of Enchantment

Hidenobu Suzuki – The Silence of Enchantment


Marie Cecile Thijs – ‘Food Portraits’

Marie Cecile Thijs - Food Portraits

Marie Cecile Thijs – Food Portraits


Marie Cecile Thijs’ series ‘Food Portraits’ – culinary objects frozen in time and space as a way of giving them characters in dynamic, surreal and humorous still lifes inspired by the 17th century Dutch Old Masters’ paintings.

“My work is like a time machine. I like to play with structures from the past and bring them into the present. I work towards that dynamic moment, where everything falls together. When I reach that, when that moment arrives, that’s when I know the composition is complete.”


Marie Cecile Thijs - Food Portraits

Marie Cecile Thijs – Food Portraits


Torkil Gudnason – ‘Electric Blossom’

Torkil Gudnason’s ‘Electric Blossom’ – a series of intoxicating explosions of vibrant colors and dynamic compositions in capturing their kaleidoscopic fluorescent essence from the inside to celebrate nature’s endless permutations.

“I’ll glance out the window of my studio, and see a flower blooming in a most surprising place. Such a contrast – like magic. I think about how the flower got there and how it survives, how strong flowers are…“

By employing the artificial studio lighting techniques, he translates them into a new fantasy world.

Torkil Gudnason - Electric Blossom

Torkil Gudnason – Electric Blossom



Tatiana Gulenkina – ‘Things Merging and Falling Apart’

Tatiana Gulenkina - Things Merging and Falling Apart

Tatiana Gulenkina – Things Merging and Falling Apart


Tatiana Gulenkina’s ‘Things Merging and Falling Apart’ – series of colourful abstract photograms in an attempt of keeping a moment of ephemeral state while observing a process of transformation of fragile organic objects, in a way of portraying the notion that images can only capture a part of what they represent.

At some point, I realized that it’s more of a collaboration between me and my subjects since they became active participants in this process. Instead of imitating the illumination and depicting formal qualities, these images challenge the expectations and capture the light itself; they bring viewers’ attention to the performative nature of creative process and elaborate on chance effects and intuitive states of being…Essentially, even the sharpest, most beautifully composed glossy image fails to represent reality because it’s trying to hold on to something that’s impossible to grasp.”


Tatiana Gulenkina - Things Merging and Falling Apart

Tatiana Gulenkina – Things Merging and Falling Apart


Mat Hennek – ‘Sounds of Spheres’

Mat Hennek‘s ‘Sounds of Spheres’ – ongoing project since 2003 in searching of secret links among different elements on earth as a part of celestial musical composition incorporated in the harmony of the cosmos, inspired by the Pythagorean concept of the music of the spheres.

Pythagoras proposed that the Sun, Moon and the planets (only the five planets known by that time – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn), all emit their own unique hum based on their orbital revolution, and that the quality of life on Earth reflects the tenor of celestial sounds which are physically imperceptible to the human ear.

“All living beings produce sounds, just like the planets in the universe: a symphony that we hear only if we become attentive, if we keep our ears open down by the wet grass or up near the clouds. Then these sounds resonate, reaching the cavities of the human heart, and everything falls into its rightful place.”

Mat Hennek - Sounds of Spheres

Mat Hennek – Sounds of Spheres


Anne Charlotte Guinot – ‘Red Blood’

Anne Charlotte Guinot’s series ‘Red Blood’ (Sangre Rojo) – a powerful series of beautiful landscapes in Mexico tainted with red symbolizing blood, in questioning the hidden contradiction of human nature, though shaped and infused by the magic of a given scenery, yet is capable of extreme and inexplicable violence.

Anne Charlotte Guinot - Red Blood

Anne Charlotte Guinot – Red Blood


The series refers to a sudden disappearance of 43 male students from the Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa, a small Mexican village, in September 2014. The reason for their kidnapping remains unclear as well as their destiny. Only two of them have been identified up to date, while the rest are still missing.

“People (in Mexico) are incredibly sweet and nice, but there is also a lot of contrasts… At first, it looks perfectly normal, but if you open your heart, you know it is not… If your gather each of my pictures titles, you will end up with the name AYOTZINAPA. The 43 may be gone, but they will not be forgotten”.


Bas Meeuws – ‘Flower by Flower’

Bas Meeuws’ still lifes works ‘Flower by Flower’ – capturing the passage of time in polished compositions via layered photography, to glorify the timeless beauty to everyday life inspired by the traditional old Dutch masters vision about transience and mortality.

“Flowers are the ideal objects… In nature flowers seduce bees and other insects with colour, scent and unusual shapes and since the very beginning of history, they have had this effect on people as well.” Intrigued especially by their function in 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, the artist tries to summon up the feeling that the people looking at the picture then would have had. “The bouquets in the paintings were impossible constructions of flowers from different seasons. I want to pursue this element of the genre. It gives you the opportunity to work outside of time, to make time stand still… The awe that they must have felt for all the expensive and exotic flowers together.”

Bas Meeuws - Flower by Flower

Bas Meeuws – Flower by Flower



Cooper & Gorfer – ‘I Know Not These My Hands’

I know

Not these my hands

And yet I think there was

A woman like me once had hands

Like these.

Cooper & Gorfer - I Know Not These My Hands

Cooper & Gorfer – I Know Not These My Hands


Inspired by the poem ‘Amaze’ by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey (1878–1914), Cooper & Gorfer’s series ‘I Know Not These My Hands’ navigates through the ubiquitous traces a troubled history leaves on the human mind and speaks of the aspects of love, loss and layers of identity. The role of hands that play in the project is as a symbol of the deeds you have done or maybe you have not …

“Based on a comprehensive research travel to northwestern Argentina, we map memory and investigate questions of identity and displacement through chance encounters, interviews and photographic meetings with people from different levels within the Argentinian society and adjacent lands. Reflections on colonial wounds, forced migration, and more recent political turmoil surface throughout the project.”


Cooper & Gorfer - I Know Not These My Hands

Cooper & Gorfer – I Know Not These My Hands


Cooper & Gorfer comprises the artists Sarah Cooper (b. 1974, USA) and Nina Gorfer (b. 1979, Austria) and for more details about them and their project, watch this video.

The series is published in a book by Kehrer Verlag.


Cooper & Gorfer - I Know Not These My Hands

Cooper & Gorfer – I Know Not These My Hands



Florian Ruiz – ‘The White Contamination’

Florian Ruiz’s series ‘The White Contamination’ – portraying the landscape around Fukushima as a poignant photographic reflection of the fleeting moments, the unexpected, the fortuitous, and the deformed, in a multiple reality through a process of assembly, collage and super impression, and by challenging the ability of photography to put in image the invisible danger of the radioactivity.

Florian Ruiz - The White Contamination

Florian Ruiz – The White Contamination


Nature has an essential place in my current work; it is the place where radioactivity accumulates the most… Inspired by traditional Japanese engravings and the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich who seeks to give a spiritual dimension to his paintings. “The painter must not paint only what he sees in front of him, but also what he sees in him”. I wanted to make the landscape accessible to the expression of the Sublime even if it’s contaminated by radioactivity… Japan maintains a strong cultural relationship with nature, loaded with Buddhist notions emphasizing the reality of a world where the only thing certain is the impermanence of all things.”


Florian Ruiz - The White Contamination

Florian Ruiz – The White Contamination


Why in ‘white’? The artist replies with a quote from Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’, Chapter 42: The Whiteness of the Whale “…yet for all these accumulated associations, with whatever is sweet, and honorable, and sublime, there yet lurks an elusive something in the innermost idea of this hue, which strikes more of panic to the soul than that redness which affrights in blood.“