Ken Hermann‘s series ‘Flower Men‘ – portraits of flower sellers in India created as dreamlike visions of everyday people.
“Flowers are a hugely important part of Indian culture, used in everything from temple rituals to festivals and parties. Two thousand sellers gather daily to peddle their blooms. The streets are lined with bowls and knots of flowers. Every colour, species and fragrance fused together, overwhelming the senses.
The flower sellers take pride in protecting and maintaining every stem. They wander through the market, carefully avoiding collision while draped in hundreds of flowers. Their silhouettes mutated into a shape shifting mass of foliage. Bringing a soft sensuality to these hardworking, stoic men.”
“Images photographed during the autumn of 2013 were revisited six months later, with an application of Aniline dye inks. This process sought to revive and regenerate the flora forgotten from a previous point in time, whilst altering the original materiality. The pigment of these aniline dyes is fugitive. Its intensity decays rapidly. Therefore these reawakened, transient artworks were frozen in time, by means of scanning, and reproduction as lambda prints.”
Steve Harries personal project ‘Studio Botanical‘ – a modern interpretation of vintage botanical encyclopedia with a deeper insight into the studio photographic process.
“Traditional botanical journals were an obvious inspiration, and it’s hard to not find yourself simply recording the delicate beauty of a flower. However, it was important that the series should be a modern interpretation – a book which does more to inform of the photographic process in the studio than the botanical one in the field.”
To mark the occasion of the opening the new Casa Loewe in Madrid in November, 2016, there were a lot of creative events inside and outside the house. One of them was connected with the impressive Constance Spry inspired flower shop and to celebrate it, the creative director of the brand, Jonathan Anderson, invited Ariel Dearie (a New York-based florist) to create a series of still life flower “portraits” for Loewe which were photographed by Steven Meisel. The entire collection of 13 images was part of the exhibition “LOEWE: Past Present Future” on display until 9 December 2016 at the Villanueva Pavillion, a former greenhouse at Madrid’s Real Jardín Botánico.
Krzysztof Wladyka‘s “Animalies” – animal stories as a kind of reflection of our own human condition that must question us about the essence and basic values of our own lives.
“In my opinion, in these days when money are more important than soul’s needs, everybody can identify with these characters.
According to me this world is peaceful and harmonious but being and living in it causes the feelings of nostalgia, sadness and depression. On the one hand additional elements or objects which are get mixed up in this world should have as a task to help characters to survive in their nothingness, but on the other hand they just strengthen me in the feeling of being withdrawn and isolated from the others.”
“Seven years ago, when I co-curated an exhibition of works by Dionne Simpson, I was also recovering from Hodgkin’s disease. After the exhibition was over, Simpson gave me the most minimal of the works, and my favourite of her deconstructed canvases. Now, this piece hangs in my bedroom, and I wake up to it every morning – a daily reminder of the generosity of the human spirit, and the gems that await you after life’s struggles.”
“Isadora Duncan’s story – being an eccentric, reckless, courageous woman in a time when it would have been nearly impossible to be so – changed the way I thought about my own life. I look for this book every time I’m in a new bookstore and pick up copies to give to friends. Even if I lost it I feel like fragments of her stories are kind of part of me now.”
Visit the site to read all the stories and view the gallery.
Odette England‘s series ‘Excavations‘ – quiet, meditative artworks, with elements of abstraction, family history and nostalgia.
‘Excavations’ explores the invisible social space of family storytelling through photography. I make c-prints of family pictures from expired Kodak film, as well as using original snapshots from the album, then carefully hand-sand them with various types of sandpaper. I aim to loosen the complexities of material encounter with intangible concepts. Mine is also a literal assault. I cross into taboo territory, the transgression and squeamish horror of destroying original personal possessions.”