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Kenji Toma – ‘The most beautiful flowers’

Kenji Toma‘s ongoing project ‘The most beautiful flowers‘ – face to face with the beauty.

With commercial advertising around every corner, it is easy to view everything in a passive way. Inspired by the botanical illustrations of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Kenji Toma started a series of flowers showing their ‘unreal’ beauty as a revival of the concept of the botanical encyclopedia from the 19th century. 

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Kenji Toma – The most beautiful flowers

 
Available as a photo book published by Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg

 

Darren Almond – ‘Fullmoon’

Darren Almond’s series ‘Fullmoon’ – a long exposure and the invisible landscape turns to a visible meditation.

“Light generates life – this is why we are drawn to it, but contrary to the harsh light of the sun, the reflective light of the moon makes us see further. The landscape of the night is an emotional landscape as much as it is a physical landscape.”

The first photographs on nights with a full moon, English artist Darren Almond took in 1998 initiated an experiment, which he called Fifteen Minute Moon. This became the starting point to an ongoing series of works, now known as ‘Fullmoon‘ and available as a photo book published by Taschen.

“The moon is the sculpture, that belongs to everybody on the planet. It’s a small glimmer of light between two voids of darkness. The moon to me is a historical point, a point we can relate to. Everything beyond the moon is just too far away, is beyond language.”

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Darren Almond – Fullmoon

 

To learn more about the artist’s thoughts behind the series of full moon pictures, watch his interview for Louisiana Channel

 

Andreas Mühe – ‘Pathos as Distance’

‘In an effort to emphasize the inevitable interaction of these two concepts, German photographer Andreas Mühe chose to link the ‘Pathos‘ and ‘Distance‘ in the title of this book with the conjunction ‘as‘ – “Pathos as Distance“. Not in the sense of a comparison, as in ‘as tasty as an apple’, but rather as a transformation of one concept into the other and their mutual dependency. Pathos becomes distance, and this distance becomes a precondition that allows for pathos.’

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Andreas Mühe – Pathos as Distance

 

The photographs by Andreas Mühe are accompanied by excerpts from the novel 1913 ‘The Year before the Storm’ by Florian Illies.

“1913 reminded me a little bit of our here and now. This unburdened and rather easy-going lifestyle right before World War One breaks out – [the start of the war] completely surprising, but very predictable at the same time. It is similar to our way of closing our eyes and us trying to ignore what’s obviously happening around us. It’s all good but it’s not. Like nobody feels the catastrophe coming. I sometimes get the feeling that we do not realize the disconcerting situation these days, neither politically nor socially. Refugees, political struggles, religious issues, parallel societies. Us looking away, us ignoring the signs. It’s all part of our daily lives.”

The photo book is published by Kehrer Verlag Heidelberd

 

Isabelle Menin – ‘Oh God don’t let my heart turn cold’

Isabelle Menin‘s series ‘Oh God don’t let my heart turn cold‘ – beautiful inner conversation of emotions & impressions.

“I call my work “inland photographs and disordered landscapes” in reference to nature’s strange complexity that looks to me like human strange complexity. The uncontrolled forces, the shapes’ complexity, the interweaving and the synergy of the elements, they all look to me like a mirror of human spirit. We are no straight lines, we are like nature, a very large network of interferences that work together to produce something which sometimes looks accomplished and then gets destroyed in a perpetual coming and going between order and disorder.”

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Isabelle Menin – Oh God dont let my heart turn cold