Exploring the quietly menacing effect, unremarkable plants as storytelling elements were collected and staged against the backdrop of common urban environments.
“By manipulating the optical and staging properties of photography with an analogue machine that I have constructed, I have produced these studio based images in camera rather using Photoshop compositing. They rely exclusively on the singular perspective of the camera to render their mechanics invisible.”
Daniel Shipp – Botanical Inquiry
Watch this short video to look into the process of making ‘Botanical Inquiry’ series.
Danila Tkachenko‘s series ‘Lost Horizon‘ – the utopia of constructing the ideal world. The Soviet architecture and technical buildings as forgotten traces and ruins of this utopia, which symbolically affirmed the technical progress and advance of the communist future.
“I make photos of these objects, built by Soviet authorities, by the medium format camera 6×6, during the night and with a powerful light source. Thus I enclose them in a suprematist figure of the black square which refers to the “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevich, the early Russian avant-garde and the origins of the Soviet utopia.”
“It is an attempt to visually weave together strands of both cultural history and family history, while paying homage to painters I love, like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and De Chirico.
The series are an open-ended novella told in still photographs. Each one of them portrays an episode in the life of a fictional Jewish family living in on an unnamed street in Kazimierz, the historical Jewish section of Kraków, Poland, in the year 1930.”
Richard Tuschman – ‘Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz’
Sally Gall‘s series ‘Aerial‘ – dancing laundry: searching for poetry and in the everyday life.
“Ordinary textiles such as bedding, towels and clothing filled the canvas of the sky with metaphoric amoebas, sea creatures, swarming birds, blooming flowers. They were like variants of Miro or Klee paintings. “Aerial” continues my photographic investigation of the sensual properties of the natural world (light, air, wind) and our interactions with it.”
Since 2005 Markus Brunetti along with his wife Betty Schöner started a lifetime project called ‘Grand Tour’. The goal is to photograph all kind of styles facades of sacred buildings all around the world. Up to now they have traveled throughout Western Europe and gradually planning to continue to the east – Greece, Palestine, Russia, Asia… Click the image to see the map and the photographs.
Brunetti relies heavily on the digital technique to achieve such an amazing result. He photographs each fragment of a facade and then digitally ensemble them in a long and fastidious process which could last even a month just for one image.
Carol Erb‘s series ‘Dominion‘ – the way we think animals as extensions of our own needs and emotions.
“Like many people, I grew up with a fascination for animals. Storybooks, cartoons, puppet shows; our culture fosters the whimsical fantasy that animals are our friends. The truth is much darker. Animals are commodities that we use for food, clothing, labor, and entertainment. The Old Testament gave man a pretext for using animals to suit his needs. Modern civilization developed in ways to shield us from the cruelty and neglect with which we treat our fellow creatures. Today, attitudes are changing, due in large part to the long campaign of animal welfare groups that have worked to expose and question our exploitation of animals.”