Paul den Hollander’s series ‘Metamorphosis’ (2004 – 2007) – “the reflection of the adventurous and miraculous journey through the world of plants. It portrays the diversity of plant life, in its multitude of manifestations in time and space, full of mystery, colour, intimacy, beauty and vitality. The life-force which is visible in ‘Metamorphosis’ sparked even more interest for the electromagnetic field that is largely invisible to the naked eye, yet permeates and surrounds all life on earth.” (source artist statement)
Rob Hudson’s series ‘North Towards the Orison’ – into the realm of imagination and the fusion of the Orison /orˈi-zən/, an old word for a prayer, and the Horizon, as a sense of living space between land and sky, inspired by the poetry of John Clare and the story about his escape in searching for his lost love.
Rob Hudson – North Towards the Orison
“In 1841 the poet John Clare walked out from the asylum in which he was incarcerated at High Beach in Epping Forest to walk the 80 miles north to his home in Helpston, near Peterborough. He went in search of his first love Mary Joyce, who’d been dead for three years and who he believed to be his wife, despite being married to another woman. The walk took Clare 4 days.
“I had imagind that the worlds end was at the edge of the orison & that a days journey was able to find it so I went with my heart full of hopes, pleasures & discoverys expecting when I got to the brink of the world that I could look down like looking into a large pit & see into its secrets the same as I believd I could see heaven by looking into water.” (source artist statement).
Arno Elias’s ‘The Lost Series’ – “hand-painted photography as a means of engaging philosophical disquisitions on culture, humankind, and wildlife inspired by his diverse experience and extensive traveling across various continents. This selection of Elias’ work reflects the artist’s wishes to maintain the cultural originality of the natural world that is or to be “lost” in the wake of globalization and industrialization.” (statement about The Lost Series)
Thomas Struth’s series ‘New Pictures from Paradise’ – large-format landscapes of dense primeval jungles and forest from all over the world as a deeper inner connection with the consciousness through contemplation and appreciation of nature. Thy are not a longing for a lost paradise or utopian visions, but a state of feeling to be one with the Universe at the present moment.
“Although they have a strong feeling of time, they are ahistorical. One sees a forest or a jungle but there is nothing to discover, no story to be told. They have more to do with the self. The viewing process is complicated, and the viewer becomes more aware of how he or she is processing the information, heightening an awareness of the here and now.”
Cathleen Naundorf‘s ‘Haute Couture Colour’ – vivid images with pictorial quality and sense of mystery, unfolding layers of beauty, glamour, sophistication and exquisiteness of fashion as art, inspired by the timeless Italian and Flemish Renaissance masterpieces and Horst P. Horst’s influence.
“I was not really interested in fashion, because it was for me just clothes and in Germany I was thinking that their function is to keep you warm. When I started to see magazines, I started to realize the difference between a commercial fashion shoot and an artistic shoot… And, when I looked at the photobooks of Horst P. Horst, I discovered how fashion could be art.” After 10 years traveling around the world, she finally settled in Paris where was mesmerized with haute couture. “I thought that this couldn’t be a fashion, because it was so amazing.” (Documentary film about Cathleen Naundorf)
Cathleen Naundorf – Haute Couture Colour
Cathleen Naundorf works with analogue large-format cameras combined with Polaroid film or negative film
Ahn Jun‘s series ‘One Life’ – “investigating the relationship between performance and photography, surreality within a real world made by beauty of coincidence”
In her unphotoshopped photos resembling paintings, the artist wanted to capture imaginary situations “as if your everyday lives stopped temporarily and the gravity disappeared for a moment.” She explained her choice of apple as a symbol with multiple meanings. “Sometime it means the Newton’s apple and sometime it means the fruit of knowledge, and so on… In reality, if you throw an apple, it will fall … I wanted to express the law of nature or the apple transcending its destiny after it was thrown away.”
Ahn Jun – One Life
The quotations in the 2nd paragraph are from a short video about the artist, created by Christophe Guye Galerie, where could also have a quick look at her other works.
The series is published in a photobook by shashasha (they deliver Japanese and Asian Photography worldwide).
Sebastian Schutyser’s series ‘Flowers of the Moon’ – capturing with black and white infrared photography the mystical aura of the Mountains of the Moon, unveiling the pristine beauty of these landscapes as a lost paradise.
“In the heart of Africa lies an icecapped massif with a mythical resonance: the Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains). The ancient Greeks referred to them as the supposed sources of the river Nile. Ever since, explorers, scientists and adventurers have been fascinated by this last great mountain discovery of the world, on the border of present Uganda and the Congo. The afroalpine climate of the Rwenzori Mountains is determined by two geographical factors: they are very near to the equator, and high above sea level with peaks over 5000m. These particular conditons have provoked an extravagant vegetation. Most stunning are the giant heathers, senecios, and lobelias. What emerges is an image of a sublime landscape in resonance with the paintings of Douanier Rousseau.”
Brendan Pattengale’s work ‘Color of Love’ – landscapes with otherworldly aesthetic, in a new, transformative way pushing boundaries of interpretation, representation and colour perception.
“I am still learning and processing in my study of colour. Colour is a symbol. These pictures are about colour, about emotion, about living, about breathing, about all the things we go through as human beings… The best way of seeing my work is by thinking that I am a painter.”
Kevin Best’s Still Lifes – contemporary photographic versions of the classic Dutch still life paintings using authentic antique props such as 300-year-old bronze candlesticks, antique silverware, German jugs or “Kraak” porcelain, to decode their complex symbolism and reinterpret them for the modern viewer.
“The Dutch were all about making their paintings look real. My work takes the reality of photography and makes it look like a painting so viewers get the same sense of awe… For centuries artists have used the still life to hone their creative and technical skills. Still life photography is challenging and intellectually stimulating”.
Abelardo Morell’s series ‘Flowers for Lisa’ – a delirium of floral still life with all sorts of influences—painting, music, design, fashion, philosophy, started as a birthday gift for his wife instead of a bouquet of actual flowers.
“However, something in the making of that first photograph gave me a newly found spark to experiment in ways I had not done before.
I chose the subject of flowers because they are lovely things – often exchanged between lovers – and they are part of the long tradition of still life in art. Precisely because flowers are such a conventional subject, I felt a strong desire to describe them in new, inventive ways.
Abelardo Morell – Flowers for Lisa
I love the way Jan Brueghel, Edouard Manet, Georgia O’Keefe, Giorgio Morandi, Irving Penn and Joan Mitchell, reworked the look of common flowers to show unexpected versions of them. The subject of the photographs in my work may be flowers, but they are also pictures about perspective, love, jealousy, hate, geometry, sex, life, the passage of time and death. I love how in choosing to limit myself to one discrete subject I was able to open doors into a world where I felt inventive, improvisational and fresh.”