Pep Ventosa’s series ‘Street Lamps’ – surreal portraits with watercolour texture of these often neglected pieces of the city landscape as solitary urban sculptures and construction of a new reality of visual experience from different views and angles.
“Using overlaid shots of the lamps set against their habitat of trees, buildings, cars and people, the images are tinged with the colour, movement and atmosphere of different neighbourhoods in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Barcelona and other cities.”
“Many of the images were taken in the same place — practically in my backyard — but at different times, in different seasons, over the course of years and years (the projected started in 2005). I have always been fascinated by trees, water and people to engage with the fundamental wholeness of nature.”
Marius Schultz – A conversation with Nature
“My first images were at a local lake at night. It was early spring. There were some cows on the field. I shot a whole roll of film. Afterwards I was very disappointed with the result. It didn´t turn out the way I saw it. That was 40 years ago.
Today I have complete different approach. Today I wonder more about the “Why?” Why did I go out of night to shoot? What kind of mystery where I hoping for? What was I thinking? It was my first roll of film. I could have no expectations.
The answer was there all in front of me: I chose nature – not the city lights, I chose night, not day. I chose spring, not winter – and so on. I needed a camera to observe the essence of nature, and start a conversation. I need the conversation to understand myself, the world, our universe.”
”Photography doesn’t capture time, but evokes it. It flows endlessly like fine sand, and the changing landscapes change nothing.”
French photographer Bernard Plossu started taking photographs by chance in Mexico in 1965 and since then for over 50 years he has never stopped, creating sensual images with a unique style that can be identified as his own. He has captured landscapes around the world predominantly in black and white but lately, using the Fresson carbon printing process, he has begun to embrace the color.
Bernard Plossu – Couleur Fresson
“The Fresson process is a rare and unique way to print color: it can be called “charcoal printing” as well. The grandfather, Theodore Henri, invented the process in 1899 and his son Pierre followed up. Later Michel and now Jean François—four generations, in all—carry on the tradition. What’s special is that it produces a particular mood, with a kind of grain that gives the land and the skies a matte sensation. It makes my pictures somehow peaceful and not at all tape à l’ oeil [flashy]. There is nothing glossy here, nothing spectacular, just the opposite, which is what I am looking for.”
Chrystel Lebas’s ‘Hidden Nature’ – made in twilight lyrical photographs of ‘nests’ of feathers left behind a bird killed by a wild animal reveal the drama of the invisible mysterious elements of the natural world.
Chrystel Lebas – Hidden Nature
“Walking alone in the forest recording close up scenes or tableaux, I attempted to reveal the hidden side of nature, the nature we have glorified forgetting its real harshness and purpose, questioning man’s relationship with the natural environment and man’s response to a lost wilderness. The Photographs are taken with a medium format camera, instead of showing wide expense of space, here we are looking close-up at the subject, scrutinizing it.”
Chan Dick’s series ‘Chai Wan Fire Station‘ – the routine of this small unusual space and artist’s subtle tribute to firefighters and appreciation to many possibilities for stories you can find with a bit of luck.
Chan Dick – Chai Wan Fire Station
“One day I was busy in my workshop when I heard a noise coming from the bathroom. Curious, I opened the window, looked down and saw firefighters playing volleyball. What I saw was more eventful than I thought. The scene was surreally picturesque for a coincidental discovery. For the following 15 months, I dedicated myself to observation, patiently waiting for the next unexpected scene, all happening within this little square area that I framed from above.”
Laetitia Lesaffre’s series ‘Breathe’ – “But, said Alice, if the world has absolutely no sense, who’s stopping us from inventing one?” Lewis Carroll.
Laetitia Lesaffre’s luminous floating world arise from darkness, a blurred world between dream and reality.
“I am a lacquer painter and photographer, and all my work explore reflection: I take the picture of the subject in reflection in my lacquered canvas. I aim to dissolve the frontier between painting and photography.”
Lalla Essaydi‘s ‘Bullet Revisted’ – through exploring the complexity of Arab female identity, the wish of the photographer is that her works be as vividly present and yet as elusive as “woman” herself — not simply because she is veiled or turns away – but because she is still in progress.
Lalla Essaydi – Buller Revisted
Lalla A. Essaydi grew up in Morocco and now lives in USA
Todd Hido’s landscapes express the natural beauty of the open road on a rainy day through the blurry view of the windshield as an additional lens. Defined by an open horizon, his photographs create a perception of vastness, infinity and freedom.
“I had been photographing landscapes for a couple of years, but had no intention of making anything of them… I had no other purpose of making them other than responding to the beauty that I saw.”
“The woods do not care for the loud, suffocating city life, where we people are trying to live or rather trying to survive. The trees are following their own patterns that have been gently hard-coded inside them by some superior energy. The trees exist in an almost imperceptible perpetual motion as they change and breathe. While in the world created by humans a futureless race, alienation and a kind of fossilized economic and moral crisis, which here among the woods appear rather distant, continue to exist. This faraway, ancient silence embodies everything, embracing those who enter. The silence is what I am searching for in places like this. Searching for the boundless in the silence. Searching for the beginning in the infinite. My beginning.”
Enchanted by the beauty of abandoned places, the Italian photographer travels across Europe with “the inner desire to describe to the others everything he meets like a fresco” and portrays these modern ruins as symbols of a lost time that is calling to be found.