Ann Rhoney – a photographer with painterly sensitivity to color and light.
In 1980 to overcome the expressive limitation of commercially produced colour film, the artist started to apply by hand thin layers of oil pigment on top of black and white gelatin silver prints. The result was works with great chromatic subtlety and un-real effect in the tradition of the Photo-Pictorialists during the early 20th century.
Ann Rhoney is the artist who coloured now iconic photograph of David Kirby used as ads by Benetton in 1992. The original photograph is black and white, taken by Therese Frare and published for the first time in LIFE magazine. Still the topic about the proper use of the photograph remains controversial, but none has disputed the amazing work of Ann Rhoney.
Shinichi Maruyama’s ‘Nude’ – a new abstract visual language of showing the beauty of the human body’s figure and motion over time, and the perception of presence in life.
Shinichi Maruyama – Nudes
Using cutting-edge technology, Maruyama collaborated with dancers and each single shot is composed by combining 10,000 individual photographs. By putting together uninterrupted individual moments, the resulting image as a whole appears to be something different from what actually exists.
“I know the advancement of technology has allowed me to create these new images that would have been impossible for others in the past. The scientist/photographer Étienne-Jules Marey, who contributed a lot to many artists more than 100 years ago, used a camera that shot 12 images per second. But because of the technology we have today, I was able to use a camera that let me take about 2,000 images per second.”
Inspired by the symbolic meaning of trees in cultures around the world, Joyce Tenneson explores in her series ‘Trees and the Alchemy of Light’ their mysterious spiritual and complex life, with a hope to see them in a new meaningful way.
“The ‘tree of life’ metaphor expresses the mystical concept that all forms of life are interconnected. When we stand with the trees, we feel we are part of them, and they are part of us. They give us a sense of belonging to the greater universe. ‘Knocking on wood’ for good luck is a practice originating from primitive tree worship, as humans sought to call forth the protective spirits they believed resided in trees. Their ability to send roots down through the ground and branches up to the sky, has given trees deep sacred meaning throughout the ages.”
Joyce Tenneson – Trees and the Alchemy of Light
Seeking how to express the spiritual element, the artist developed a new technique combining the craft of gold leafing with photography and this mixed media imbue the trees with divine light.
Inspired by a book of poems by Japanese women from the 7th through the 20th centuries the artist occasionally found in a used bookstore, she immediately felt that wanted to make their photographic equivalents. Not just to illustrate them, but to express her own interpretation of each poem.
Brigitte Carnochan – Floating World
“Floating World refers to the conception of a world as evanescent, impermanent, of fleeting beauty and divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world. For the poets in this volume that world centered on love—longing for love and the beloved, mourning lost love, pondering its mystery. The beauty of the natural world—its flowers, landscape, the moon, and the changing seasons—serves as the primary metaphor.”
How can I blame the cherry blossoms
for rejecting this floating world
and drifting away
as the wind calls them.
Watch this short video to learn more about the artist’s works.
The concept of Roels is that instead of being on a constant quest for making the perfect gelatin silver print, all printed versions of an image have value. His artistic vision is to show all of them, in one composition or as hundreds variations of one single negative.
Bruno V. Roels – A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree 1
Why exactly a palm tree is the main object? As the artist explains, because…
A palm tree is alike to all palm trees. They all look the same no matter of their location.
A palm tree is different from all the other palm trees . Depending on its location as a silent witness of the history, each one is shaped by the stories and events of the place.
A palm tree is a widely spread symbol in cultures around the world. It is commonly connected to victory, triumph, endurance, religion, hospitality, wealth, luxury, vacation, paradise.
A palm tree could be easily deconstructed and yet it still would be recognizable.
A palm tree gives freedom to himself to create own notions of photography and illustrate his point of view away from the “tyranny of camera viewfinders and rectangular boxes of enlarging papers”.
A palm tree is … – the story continues. And it is obvious that Bruno V. Roels loves stories.
Roger Eberhard‘s conceptual project ‘Standard‘ – 32 cities, 32 identical hotel rooms = The Typology of the World
Roger Eberhard – Standard
Swiss photographer Roger Eberhard traveled around the globe to document how ‘standard’ this world has become. He took only 2 photos where he stayed – one from the interior of his Hilton ‘Standard’ hotel room and another from the view out of his window, always using the same perspective.
Besides of the uniformity of each room (there is even a manual for that called “Hilton Design and Construction Standards Manual”), Eberhard was surprised to find that there were similarities in the outside view too. Skyscrapers, broad avenues, highways – the usual modern city landscape gives as little clue to the location as the interior. “The result is a typology of rooms which are arranged according to the same formula all over the world,” Eberhard says. “But also the views tell of standardization, of the anonymity of the urban space.”
Eberhard states that the project is not a critic of globalization or questioning Hilton’s quality. It is just an observation of the new world. His conclusion is more about our ‘standard’ behaviour – “Why do we travel the world and stay in a place that looks same everywhere we go? What does that say about us as creatures of habit?”
Roger Eberhard -Standard -New York
Roger Eberhard -Standard -New York
Roger Eberhard -Standard – Panama
Roger Eberhard -Standard – Panama
The project is available in a photobook ‘ Roger Eberhard – Standard’
Toni Catany – the Spanish “poet of photography”. Manuel Forcano, couldn’t say it better.
“Treated with a very particular sensibility and highly personal aesthetics, the bodies or objects that become the protagonists of his photographs are truly like the words of a poem: essential, revealing, indispensable, deep and echoing. Hence, we can say that, in his lyricism and indisputable mastery of light, Toni Catany is a poet of photography”
In Toni Catany’s photographs dictates his sensitivity. It all about his feelings. “They are not complicated stories but rather certain feelings that I communicate through the choice of object, fruits, flowers, or colours. But they are always autobiographical.” He used photography as a reflection of his inner universe and not as a mirror of the real and external world. “I transform what I see and try to make the photos flow from within me”
Portraits of unknown people, landscapes (especially from Mediterranean), nudes, carefully planned still lifes – every element has a lyrical quality and beautiful mystery that reveals his silent soul.
“I have an obsession with the passage of time”, states the artist, and his photographs are liked by people from everywhere. “The best thing of all, though, is that one perceives that Toni Catany has enjoyed taking them.”
No official web site or social media, but he has published a lot of books and in this video he shares his life path experience and artistic thoughts.
Toni Catany (Llucmajor, Majorca, 1942 – Barcelona, 2013)