Janelle Lynch – ‘Another Way of Looking at Love’

“And another way of looking at love is connection.” Alain de Botton

Janelle Lynch’s series ‘Another Way of Looking at Love’ – large-format (8×10) still lives in the landscape “as a metaphor to consider our yearning to be connected and the personal, societal, and environmental consequences of disconnection. I begin by identifying details in nature that, based on a unique vantage point, create geometric formations of closure. The connective point, or nucleus, that is created by the union becomes my plane of focus.”

Janelle Lynch - Another Way of Looking at Love

Janelle Lynch – Another Way of Looking at Love

 

“The title is from a quote by the philosopher Alain de Botton, who supports Dr. Amy Banks’ neuroscientific research and Relational-Cultural Theory. Dr. Banks’ theory posits that humans are biologically hardwired to connect and that our wellness (and the well-being of our culture and planet) depends on our connections with others and with nature.”

The project took the artist three-year and is inspired by her recent immersion in drawing and painting from perception.

The series is published in a photo book by Radius Books.

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Masahiro Kodaira – ‘Other things‘

Masahiro Kodaira’s series ‘Other things‘ – “Shooting is an intuition. I am trying to take what I do not understand yet. I always think about the biggest mystery. What is the most obvious thing?”

Inspired by Rudolf Otto’s 1917 book ‘Das Heilige’ (‘The Idea of the Holy’), the series is the artist’s visual response to the writer’s notion of the ‘numinous’ – “feeling outside of the self.”

“When you shoot without talking to anyone or when you are in a room looking over a window, you may suddenly experience unexpected fear. What is this world? That strong sense against the outside world that eyes are exposed defenseless without knowing why he or she is present. The same is with ecstasy.”

Masahiro Kodaira - Other things

Masahiro Kodaira – Other things

 

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Jürgen Nefzger – ‘Panta Rhei’

Jürgen Nefzger’s series ‘Panta Rhei’ –  melting Alpine glaciers as an awe-inspiring journey into the sublime beauty of nature and observation of its constant motion to change as a principal idea of the existence.

The term ‘Panta Rhei’ was used by Plato reciting the famous phrase of Heraclitus in which he summarized his philosophical concept that “everything is in flux and nothing stands still“ and “you can not step in the same river twice, because it is not the same river and you are not the same man.”

Jürgen Nefzger - Panta Rhei

Jürgen Nefzger – Panta Rhei

 

Liz Nielsen – ‘Force Fields’

Liz Nielsen’s series ‘Force Fields’ – abstract photograms “like a musical performance whereby, mixing colors and harmonies, the artist creates new gradients. Working with pure color and the edges of each color within the spectrum, Nielsen adds and subtracts wavelengths, playing with diffusion and refraction. Her negatives resemble at sculptures with moveable parts into which she pours light”.

Liz Nielsen - Force Fields

Liz Nielsen – Force Fields

 

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Ea Vasko – ‘Defining Darkness’

Ea Vasko‘s series ‘Defining Darkness’ – “Not being able to see could be interpreted as a symbol of not knowing, of not being in control. In Defining Darkness I photographed four different themes of trying to control a dark cityspace. These four themes are about four different types of darkness, from the chaos of artificial light in a big city to the dimness of a private bedroom.”

Ea Vasko - Defining Darkness

Ea Vasko – Defining Darkness

 

“People become insecure in the darkness, because of all our senses, we trust 80-percently in our vision. So what happens when the capacity of the most powerful of our senses is disturbed? Restriction of the vision increases the intensity of looking and through this the intensity of concentration and imagination… After dark we are dependent of the artificial light. The artificial light creates guides for us to navigate, and through that, security. By night a city is full of systems depending on lights, the traffic lights for instance. What we see after the dark is based only on artificial light and the shape created by it. The shapes look different than in the daylight: We cannot see the details, we can just make conclusions of what there is there.”

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Sascha Weidner – ‘Hanami’

Sascha Weidner´s series ‘Hanami’ – celebrating the ephemeral nature of life in visual poems of glittering whites and vibrant pinks, rooted in the centuries-old Japanese custom of enjoying the transient beauty of blossoms.

The short life span of the cherry blossom has been adopted as a symbol of the concept of impermanence that echoes over many aspects of the Japanese history, art and its spirit itself. The lavish spectacle during spring is cherished in an event called hanami (“blossom viewing”) usually as feast gatherings under the splendor of the blooming trees.

Sasha Weidner’s delicate petals captured at night are magnificent and intoxicating not only to epitomize the fleeting moment, but also as an euphoric symbol of rebirth before the dawn of the light.

Sascha Weidner - Hanami

Sascha Weidner – Hanami

 

The artist (1974 – 2015) took the photographs during his residency at Villa Kamogawa, Kyoto, Japan in 2013. The main body of Sascha Weidner’s photographic and written work are housed at Sprengel Museum Hannover.

 

Yorgos Yatromanolakis – ‘The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings’

​Yorgos Yatromanolakis’ series ‘The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings’ – a personal inner transformation through the light between night and day in searching of an answer to who am I. A mysterious and poetic reincarnation inspired by the life cycle of the butterfly.

Yorgos Yatromanolakis - The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings

Yorgos Yatromanolakis – The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings

 

“The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings” arose from my unforeseen return to my homeland and my residence there for four years. Isolated in the countryside of the island, Ι was constantly confronted with my traumatic past, my memories and myself. Gradually, through wandering in nature, a conceivable field of action was created within me, an intermediate space full of transformative dynamics, a place of becoming. I surrendered to the fluidity of this space, to a paradoxical and cosmogenic ceremony. I was faced with the most enigmatic aspects of myself; I was searching for a new reality in which I would be able to exist. These photographs are part of a notebook, constructed through this experience, attempting to capture the cycle of an internal process of metamorphosis.”

 

Yorgos Yatromanolakis - The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings

Yorgos Yatromanolakis – The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings

 

The series is published in a photo book by Void in May 2018 (out of print)

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Maria Mavropoulou – ‘Inner State’

Maria Mavropoulou’s series ‘Inner State’ – serene rural sceneries captured during a period of crisis, with barely visible structures as a kind of neo-ruins to convey the feeling of being into the void between past and future.

Maria Mavropoulou - Inner State

Maria Mavropoulou – Inner State

 

“In this stagnant space, in this gap between eras, familiar Greek landscapes look bizarre, cut off the real world, pending for their unknown fate, as a visualization of the inner state of their inhabitants. The horizon is hidden behind thick fog preventing us to see what’s yet to come. Empty highways, solar panel fields, constructions left unfinished, rotten watermelons and torn flags seem stuck in an intermediate state, portraying the current situation, like distorted symbols of a bygone era of growth.”

 

Maria Mavropoulou - Inner State

Maria Mavropoulou – Inner State

 

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Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

Anna Reivilä’s series ‘Bond’ –  ropes tied in beautiful lines around natural elements in a new way of creating a connection with and interpretation of the landscape, inspired by Japanese concept of ‘kinbaku-bi’.

Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

 

“According to Japanese religious ceremonies, ropes and ties symbolize the connections among people and the divine, as a mean to identify sacred space and time.

Inspired by Nobuyoshi Araki’s images and their mixture of raw violence and beauty, I study the relationship between man and nature by referring to the Japanese bondage tradition. The Japanese word for bondage, kinbaku-bi, literally means “the beauty of tight binding”. It is a delicate balance between being held together and being on the verge of breaking.

I search spaces where nature’s elements combine to create interesting natural tensions and continue this dialogue trough my interpretations by extending, wrapping and pulling upon these indigenous forms. I create a new sense of volume from the existing components.”

 

Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’

 

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Gregory Halpern – ‘Confederate Moons’

Gregory Halpern’s series ‘Confederate Moons’  – a journey inspired by the total eclipse of the sun in August, 2017, to explore “the drama of that celestial coincidence intersected with the moments of life that directly preceded and followed it that year… The work ultimately became more of a meditation on the American South, on the state of the nation, and on the things that separate us and bring us together. I was fascinated by the idea that the entire nation was staring at the sun, reveling in the apocalyptic thrill of watching the moon temporarily extinguish our life-source, all together.”

Gregory Halpern - Confederate Moons

Gregory Halpern – Confederate Moons

 

The series is published in a photo book by TBW Books

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