short visual stories

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, photography

Karine Laval – Heterotopia

 

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.

 

Kacper Kowalski – “Side Effects”

Kacper Kowalski‘s series ‘Side Effects

Polish ex-architect, now photographer Kacper Kowalski, using the graphic unusual patterns and geometries that an aerial perspective can offer, created abstract portraits of the environment in searching of his answer to the question what it actually means to us humans.

Kacper Kowalski, Side Effects, photography, aerial photography

Kacper Kowalski – Side Effects

Arne Svenson – “The Neighbours”

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.

Arne Svenson, The Neighbours, photography

Arne Svenson – The Neighbours

 

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