Barbara Luisi – ‘Pearls,Tears Of The Sea’

Barbara Luisi’s series ‘Pearls, Tears of the Sea’ – beautiful emotional stories about the irretrievable moments, told through the melody of eternity.

Barbara Luisi - Pearls,Tears Of The Sea

Barbara Luisi – Pearls,Tears Of The Sea


“The  idea  for  ‘Pearls,  tears  of  the  sea’  came  to  me  on  the  seashore at Camogli after a night during which the waves roared  in  and  a  wild  storm  raged.  Next morning I went for a walk along the churned-up beach and was amazed. So  much  had  been  washed  up  on  the  beach,  wood, seaweed,  sea  urchins,  all  kinds  of  flotsam.  I took off the pearl I was wearing round my neck and laid it among all these mysterious treasures that had been revealed by the sea. It seemed as if it had always belonged there. Queen of the spume. The project was born.”

The series is published in a photography book with a CD of classical music performed and recorded in Vienna with her friends Jane Henschel, Christoph Prégardien, Herbert Lippert and others, and her husband, the orchestra director Fabio Luisi, at the piano.


Ali Rajabi – ‘The Land of Silence’

Ali Rajabi’s series ‘The Land of Silence’ – moon, desert and stone skyscrapers – a place where you become part of the silence.

Ali Rajabi - The Land of Silence

Ali Rajabi – The Land of Silence


“The collection of The Land of Silence is an exclusive experience to spend a night in autumn with overhead clouds of unique character in Shahdad Desert. Experience during which these huge and solid rocks turn on and off in an unbelievable way. Once you look around in horizon you witness one rock standing Alight and the other in the Dark. Deep thoughts are of no use.  Boundaries between Illusion and Scientific understanding have faded away.

Images of this collection appear as dream in reality and that I am not certain whether this has taken place. Whatever it is, It has surrounded my thoughts and SOUL far and miles Deep into my very Existence.”


Matthew Brandt – ‘Lakes and Reservoirs’

Matthew Brandt’s series ‘Lakes and Reservoirs’ – calendar-like landscape photographs processed by soaking the C-type print over a period of time in water collected from the depicted lakes, in an experimentation of creating a photograph as an image and an art object, and searching for the connection between real and visualized.

Matthew Brandt - Lakes and Reservoirs

Matthew Brandt – Lakes and Reservoirs


“I go get the photographs, get the water, I make the print and then it just sort of sits in water. It feels a little bit like being a farmer, like cultivating crops or something… I’ve always been into the labor-intensive nature of photography … But that’s why I like it. I like the pathos of it.”

Published in a book by Damiani/Yossi Milo.


Hendrik Kerstens – ‘Paula’

Hendrik Kerstens’s life-time project of photographing his daughter ‘Paula’ as a reminiscent of the portraits from the Dutch Golden Age, in a way of expressing his paternal love and in a conceptual and humorous dialog between the daily life in the 17th and in 21st century.

Hendrik Kerstens - Paula

Hendrik Kerstens – Paula


It’s all started in 1995 when Hendrik Kerstens, then at the age of forty, willing to devote himself to a more creative profession, left the business world and took up photography. His wife now had to support the family, whilst Kerstens stay home learning the craft and taking care for their child. For practicing to capture the fleeting moments of childhood, he started with documentary family snapshots, when suddenly he saw his muse from a different perspective.

“One day Paula came back from horseback riding. She took off her cap and I was struck by the image of her hair held together by a hair-net. It reminded me of the portraits by the Dutch masters and I portrayed her in that fashion. After that I started to do more portraits in which I refer to the paintings of that era. The thing that fascinates me in particular is the way a 17th century painting is seen as a surface which can be read as a description of everyday life as opposed to the paintings of the Italian renaissance, which usually tell a story. Northern European painting relies much more on craftsmanship and the perfect rendition of the subject. The use of light is instrumental in this.”

The portraits are published in a book ‘Paula: Silent Conversations’.


Olaf Otto Becker – ‘Reading the Landscape’

Olaf Otto Becker’s project ‘Reading the Landscape’ – juxtaposing the changes to landscape in the primary forests of Indonesia and Malaysia in three Habitat series – idyllic dreamlike places, ravaged, barren terrains and artificially created greenery. And all as a result of the paradox of the power and interests of the western world to destroy and preserve nature.

Olaf Otto Becker - Reading the Landscape - Habitat I

Olaf Otto Becker – Reading the Landscape – Habitat I


“Humans destroy primary forests, which have been growing for millions of years, within decades. Within the last thirty years almost ninety percent of the forests in Indonesia have been destroyed and replaced by monoculture. At the same time, humans create a version of nature according to their own imaginations in the megacities of the world, turning nature into a product… My pictures and videos are an attempt to report on what I’ve experienced, on what I’ve seen with my own eyes and what has, for that reason, deeply moved me… While researching the subject, it first seemed to me almost paradoxical that the so-called western world was behind both the destruction of the primary habitats and the attempts to protect them. I saw how both sides in the conflict were using impoverished and poorly-educated local populations for their own interests. For the most part, local people can only powerlessly watch as these dramatic changes take place.”


Olaf Otto Becker - Reading the Landscape - Habitat II

Olaf Otto Becker – Reading the Landscape – Habitat II


Published in a book by Hatje Cantz Verlag


Catherine Nelson – ‘Submerged’

Catherine Nelson’s underwater project of 3 series – Origins (2014), Unstill Life (2015) and Submerged (2015) – a new magical world below the surface, created as interpretations of collected memories of her own experience about particular moments in nature.

Catherine Nelson - Submerged

Catherine Nelson – Submerged


While visiting a backyard pond in Ghent, Belgium, her attention was drawn to the secret universe beneath the water. “Every time I looked into it I saw something. There seemed to be so many compositional options.” And like a goddess she started carefully to construct her imaginary landscapes of aquatic botanicals intertwined like fantastic creatures turned upwards to the sky. These are hundreds of individual photographs digitally stitched in beautiful collages. “It’s kind of limitless. You can move things around until you’re happy. I find that really exciting.”


Ansley West Rivers – ‘Seven Rivers’

Ansley West Rivers’s series ‘Seven Rivers’ – “a depiction of the highlights, the beauty, degradation, triumph, solitude and the numerous unseen changes occurring on all rivers in the world, and the importance of watersheds as maps, for they tell the story of civilization past and present.”

Ansley West Rivers - Seven Rivers

Ansley West Rivers – Seven Rivers


Through investigating the current state of the landscape of each of seven rivers that across the United States — the Colorado, Missouri/Mississippi, Columbia, Rio Grande, Tuolumne, Altamaha, and the Hudson, the artist takes us on a journey to remind that rivers are the life sustaining veins of our earth.

“We stand at a precipice in the history of water. How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the lifespan of fresh water. Rivers across the world are experiencing changes in water levels, temperature, wildlife and saltwater intrusion. The series depicts images that are simultaneously beautiful and haunting in an attempt to challenge the viewer’s perspectives on the landscapes that sustain us.”


Robert van Koesveld – ‘Geiko and Maiko of Kyoto’

Robert van Koesveld’s project ‘Geiko and Maiko of Kyoto’ – an intimate observation of traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto to honour this continuing artistry and grace.

The Kyoto terms for ‘geisha’ are ‘geiko’ for the fully trained artists and ‘maiko’ for those still in training. Geisha is the term used in other parts of Japan.

Robert van Koesveld - Geiko and Maiko of Kyoto

Robert van Koesveld – Geiko and Maiko of Kyoto


“Late one night in an empty cobblestoned street in Kyoto, a woman sheltering beneath a red umbrella glided past me. I saw in an instant something in her face – luminous eyes, an aloof expression – that gave her beauty a sense of timelessness and exquisite grace. What I experienced as presence. This moment took place on my first visit to the city that had been Japan’s capital for over a thousand years. And it was this image of an unknown woman in an empty street that impelled me to begin this book three years ago.”


Mara Sánchez-Renero – ‘iluikak’

Mara Sánchez-Renero’s series ‘iluikak’ (in the sky) – a work in progress in “an attempt to breach the conventions of an assumed identity and explore a new state of consciousness.

I am interested in finding places that allow me to create settings in which I can explore the instability of the human condition. In isolating men and women from their everyday contexts and instead portraying them within the space of their imaginary fabrication, the space of their mythical existence, we can witness the dissolution of constructed identity and thus confront what’s uncertain about human nature.”

Mara Sánchez-Renero - iluikak

Mara Sánchez-Renero – iluikak


“The Nahua people of the Sierra of Zongolica in Veracruz, Mexico, are an indigenous community primarily dedicated to agriculture and the practice of religious customs, in which ancestral traditions that keep them connected to nature remain an important part of their particular identity. My intention is to photograph the sierra and its inhabitants, using different light sources to create a point of clarity and focus within an uncertain environment. I work with light to trace and depict a certain symbology in a search for evocations of the human.”


Irene Kung – ‘Trees’

Irene Kung’s series ‘Trees’ – a poetic invitation to explore the metaphysical side of nature in searching of the essence of being.

Irene Kung - Trees

Irene Kung – Trees


Part of the project ‘The forest of the soul’, in this series the artist focused on trees enchanted by their symbolic meaning as a circle of life, time and re-birth, and undoubtedly fascinated by their shape and beauty. She leads us into a mysterious, magical and almost unreal forest inhabited by different trees as a silent guardian of all our feelings, emotions and dreams.

“In my way of working I am able to return the tree to what I have felt. This is the way I perceive my work: to strip away what is not essential in order to show a tree as it really is, as I feel it. This is intuition; it is the irrational. What is rational may deceive us. Feelings don’t.”

Available as photo book.