short visual stories

Yang Fudong – ‘Ye Jiang (The Nightman Cometh)’

Yang Fudong‘s series ‘Ye Jiang (The Nightman Cometh)

An ancient warrior is wounded after a battle and he is now in conflict whether to die or continue fighting. Three ghosts appear as symbols of his feelings and thoughts that clash within his heart and mind as he has to decide…

The story unfolds in ‘neo-realistic’ narrative – the warrior in his traditional costume and the ghost in a modern dress. Neo-realism is described by the artist as “a history theatre where current and contemporary societal conditions come to play”. So, the question is – how to continue our lives? What do we really want?

Yang Fudong, photography, Ye Jiang, The Nightman Cometh

Yang Fudong – Ye Jiang, The Nightman Cometh

 

Karine Laval – ‘Heterotopia’

Karine Laval‘s series ‘Heterotopia‘ – a beautiful luminous distorted alternate universe.

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.

Karine Laval - Heterotopia

Karine Laval – Heterotopia

 

Mat Hennek – ‘Woodlands’

Mat Hennek‘s series ‘Woodlands‘ – special spaces of silence.

‘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.’

Mat Hennek, Woodlands, photography

Mat Hennek – Woodlands

 

Available as a photo book published by Steidl.

Watch also this interview with the artist to learn more about the idea behind the project

 

Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman – ‘Christina in red’

Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman‘s series ‘Christina in red‘ – serene, almost surreal reality.

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.

Colonel Mervyn O'Gorman, Christina, photography, autochrome

Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman – Christina.