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.
The series comprises of six nighttime images of rural landscapes in central Finland well-lit by a strange artificial light instead of be surrounded by an impenetrable darkness usual for the winter months for these places.
A metaphor for the coming end of the world, a quiet event that will pass completely unperceived in the universe, or by these remote and pretty sparsely populated scenes evoking emotions of solitude and maybe to dare to step into the forest, into the unknown?
Clarissa Bonet’s series ‘Stray Light’ – “Building facades melt into darkness, their architectural details vanish, leaving only glowing windows in a sea of pitch black, like stars in the night sky.”
Clarissa Bonet – Stray Light
“Stray Light is an ongoing photographic project aimed at imaging the nocturnal urban landscape. We have all but lost the night for our progress. In its place we have formed a new cosmos, one of vanished surfaces and flecks of light.
Carefully constructing each image from multiple photographs, I reform the urban landscape in my own vision – one that seeks to reconstruct the heavens in its absence above the cityscape. Light emanating from each window references a world unknown, evoking a sense of mystery and awe. We no longer look up to the night’s sky with awe. Instead, that is how we look out at the city.”
“My work arises from the observation of nature and the processes that determine how both living beings and the inorganic world are structured and built. There is fundamental law that can be seen in the veins of a leaf, the course of rivers and their tributaries, the circuits of the central nervous system, the currents of the sea and the routes of traffic on the Internet. Deciphering this common language, which connects the micro cosmos with the macro cosmos, the external and the interior world, allows us to distinguish a pattern that influences inert, biological, social and cultural systems. It affects us continuously, although we are barely conscious of its presence, and governs aspects as common as our movements through the city and others as personal as the symbols of our dreams. Its essence arises from the way things flow along the path of least resistance.”
Desirée Dolron’s series ‘Xteriors’ – serenity and sense of mystery inspired by Dutch Classical Master painters.
Though there is a secret story behind the project, written by the artist herself when she was a young girl, the main focus is not about the narrative rather than about timelessness. Mastering skillfully the light and with subtle digital manipulations these photographs appear as intangible portraits with painterly quality.
Cig Harvey’s ‘Gardening at Night’ – a personal collection that captures an experience of the world that is at once otherworldly and yet instantly familiar.
Cig Harvey – Gardening at night
“The narrative throughout has a delicious element of magical realism – the viewer is left with the feeling of waking within a dream. On the other hand there is familiarity in what she evokes – something primal and instinctual that points to each person’s connection to nature. Seasons figure prominently as metaphors for the cycle of life, and interplays between shadow and light underscore the work.“
The series is included in a photo book, where the artist’s photographs are interwoven with her intimate poetry.