Dr. Dain L. Tasker’s ‘X-rays of flowers’ – most sublimely minimalist images of flowers.
Dain Tasker (1872 – 1964) was the chief radiologist at Wilshire Hospital in Los Angeles when radiology was in its beginning stages. He had been also an amateur photographer for years, but had not connected his hobby with his profession until he used an x-ray machine for what it is fundamentally intended to do: take photographs. And hence one of the most fascinating series of photographs emerged on the anatomy of flowers – fragile, ghost-like representations.
Exploring the quietly menacing effect, unremarkable plants as storytelling elements were collected and staged against the backdrop of common urban environments.
“By manipulating the optical and staging properties of photography with an analogue machine that I have constructed, I have produced these studio based images in camera rather using Photoshop compositing. They rely exclusively on the singular perspective of the camera to render their mechanics invisible.”
Watch this short video to get an idea about the process of making ‘Botanical Inquiry’ series.
Danila Tkachenko‘s series ‘Lost Horizon‘ – the utopia of constructing the ideal world. The Soviet architecture and technical buildings as forgotten traces and ruins of this utopia, which symbolically affirmed the technical progress and advance of the communist future.
“I make photos of these objects, built by Soviet authorities, by the medium format camera 6×6, during the night and with a powerful light source. Thus I enclose them in a suprematist figure of the black square which refers to the “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevich, the early Russian avant-garde and the origins of the Soviet utopia.”
“It is an attempt to visually weave together strands of both cultural history and family history, while paying homage to painters I love, like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and De Chirico.
The series are an open-ended novella told in still photographs. Each one of them portrays an episode in the life of a fictional Jewish family living in on an unnamed street in Kazimierz, the historical Jewish section of Kraków, Poland, in the year 1930.”
Danielle van Zadelhoff‘s portraits – inspired by the Renaissance masters, a painterly use of chiaroscuro in search of the human psyche.
“I am searching for a feeling, for something that touches me deeply. It presses the button inside me and I want to express that emotion with my photographs. I use chiaroscuro because I like the shadows and the darkness. In the darkness you see the subconscience of people. It is in the dark side where we discover more of ourselves. I use children often in my photographs as in the Renaissance because their faces show more direct emotions.”
“I am inspired by the big themes in life, loneliness, vulnerability, the raw pure emotions in daily life. I want to capture this in the image, something that is almost invisible, but always present.”
“We are slowly moving towards a future where perfection becomes the norm. There are great expectations placed upon youth to excel in all they are and undertake. Appearance is everything. This notion is visually supported by all that influences their young lives. There is no room for imperfection in the new world.
Especially in Asia, women and girls with imperfections remain hidden and silent, their concerns unknown and their rights overlooked. This is far more likely to happen in the case of a girl-child, as boys are valued more than girls in Asian culture. The girl-child is likely to face discrimination within the family, and have little hope of marriage. Forced into a life where she is isolated and marginalized.
Silk – a royal Chinese fabric amongst the most valuable in the world – challenges the idea that girls with an imperfection are inferior, but in fact unique and beautiful.”