“All works of art should begin… at the end” – Edgar Allan Poe
Heterotopia is described by French philosopher Michel Foucault as a space neither utopia nor dystopia but rather, a space of duality and contradiction.
Mastering light and colour by placing mirrors and sheets of glass between the leaves, branches, flowers and bushes in front of her camera, photographer Karine Laval (French, who lives in New York) creates her layered manipulated reality and turns Long Island gardens into a vivid and exotic netherland.
‘In Woodlands Mat Hennek presents genuine portraits of trees, the results of numerous hikes through various forests in Europe and the USA… He removes spatial landmarks, alternately erasing the ground and horizon to unhinge any sense of direction. Light and shadow, pattern and structure build up to an impressionistic hymn—infinite, without a center, without beginning or end.’
Watch also this interview with the artist to learn more about the idea behind the project
Mervyn O’Gorman was not a photographer. He was an electrical engineer and worked for cabling companies but devoted his free time to his hobby – the photography. And he made great images – red colour, narrow depth of field, long exposure, subdued natural tones of the background…
These images from a series ‘Christina’ were made in 1913 and for about a century the identity of the girl remained unknown. It was supposed she was his daughter but turned out that she was a daughter of a close friend. Her name was really Christina Elizabeth Frances Bevan, born in Harrow, London, on 8 March, 1897 and died in 1981.
Helen van Meene‘s Vermeer-like portraits of teenage girls and their dogs.
Dutch photographer was inspired by a studio portrait of a dog from the 1920s, she found in 2010, and realized that “Back then, people only made one photo each year in their best dress… for some people, dogs are one of the family.”
Kacper Kowalski‘s series ‘Side Effects‘ – unusual graphic patterns and geometries that an aerial photography can offer, to create abstract portraits of the environment in searching of an answer what it actually means to humans.
“Colour, texture and mystery. Abstracted detail. This beauty hides the truth about the cost of civilisation and nature’s response to man’s actions. I am interested in what is the line of contact between nature and civilisation. It is full of tension and ever-shifting and it gives a good picture of peoples’ behaviour towards their surroundings, the side effects of our existence.”
Arne Svenson‘s series ‘The Neighbours‘ – puzzling, endearing, theatrical. With his aesthetic sense, the photographer turned his bird watching telephoto to his Manhattan neighbours and viewed them from the perspective of social anthropology, he created an eclectic project.
Some of the neighbors were not pleased with this activity so they sued him but the court upheld this sort of thing as covered under First Amendment guaranteeing free speech and it does not need consent to be made or sold.
We are accustomed to perceiving trees as an everyday form but South Korean artist Myoung Ho Lee show us how to appreciate their aesthetic. With a 4×5 camera and a blank canvas behind diverse species of real trees, he separated them from the environment and framed them in a space to allow us to concentrate fully at their beauty in details.
“Sometimes there is a hazy, almost tropical light that falls over the Bay Area. The moisture in the air falls on the landscape and makes it appear as a series of two-dimensional planes intricately layered together. When I see this light, I imagine these individual planes of landscape each moving freely along independent trajectories. In my imagination, the landscape becomes one of dislocated landmarks, geography and infrastructure, constantly changing. Within the series Everywhere All at Once I bring to form these imagined landscapes and combine them with intensely starlit skies, highlighting both a personal as well as a collective experience of the world. My goal is to make images that are familiar and dreamlike, evocative of an almost unreachable memory.
Looking out over the landscape the night sky provides a reminder of the smallness of our existence and also the vast possibilities inherent to our experience. It provides a connection between distant individuals, a jumping off point for belief systems, and an interstellar reference that helps us to navigate our world. For me, more than anything, the night sky provides a sense of space and infinity that is at once the essence of openness and possibility and also terrifyingly complex and unfathomable.”