Rafael M. Milani’s series ‘Eden’ is an exciting walk through the mysterious moments of the world creation where the eerie darkness has just met the soft warm light.
“It was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings. An empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest. The air was warm, thick, heavy, sluggish. There was no joy in the brilliance of sunshine.“ – Joseph Conrad
“The weird wood noises where the only sounds, strange, unutterable mutterings, dismal, inarticulate.” – Arthur Machen
Rafael M. Milani – Eden
“As a photographer, I am much more interested in the creation of mood and atmosphere than in the communication of facts or thoughts. I am usually attracted to artists whose work has a feeling of strangeness, mystery and awe, and that is what I try to convey with my images”
‘Taste of leaving’ was inspired by the feeling of hopelessness, but in the same way doubt and depression has been replaced by amazing energy and hope for a better future. It’s important to realize that sometimes we have to face the end of certain things in order to be able to step forward.”
Natalia Evelyn Bencicova – Taste of Leaving
The project was set in Cvernovka, a former sewing factory in Bratislava, which during the artist’s childhood had become a space for collective creativity and individual transformation. However a few years ago, it was also a subject to closure and feeling deeply connected with the place, the photographer started looking for an answer to ‘what is the taste of leaving?’
“People are the reason behind the existence of a place like this, the reason for its present magic and atmosphere. That’s why I decided to stage these people inside rooms covered in plastic as the single vivid object while everything else vanished into blurred memory. Things can be replace physically but the internal void remains.”
“Our idea of landscapes is not landscape by itself. Nothing exists by itself but only through perception. Our perception, however, is subject to both individual watching and classifying what we see. Pictures of natures are not about falsifying nature itself but are reflecting our perception of nature… What kind of image do we have? On social media channels users are sharing zillions of filtered photos of nature – or what they think nature must look like…We need a new way of looking at nature in the 21st century, just like the landscape painters of the 19th century who were confronted with industrialization.”
“The images from this series are made with a pinhole camera, which has more than 25,000 pinholes. What you see in these photographs is a blue sky with thousands of suns – a sky where all the suns swarm together to form a human constellation.”
The intensity of light on a given day and the length of exposure create unique color in each of the Guests.
Christopher Bucklow – Guests
To learn more about the artist’s thoughts about this series and the process of making them, watch this video
“Like many other places I’ve visited in the U.S., the Bayou country is very unique. Its distinctive natural environment reminds me of the undeveloped forest. A quiet and breathtaking scenery reflected on an extremely slow-moving stream deadens the sense of time. As I wandered around and delved further into the landscape, I realized that I was in complete awe of the beauty within the nature. I photographed the scenes as if I were praying for its everlasting existence.”
Rolfe Horn‘s series ‘Japan 2008‘ – serene, calm, meditative landscapes around the main theme of water. “We, as human beings, have to flow like water, sometimes it is very tough, and other times it is smooth.”
“There is a certain point in time, where the harmony of light, atmosphere, and spirit collide, a place in the cosmos where the rhythm of nature unfolds in front of the camera. This can only happen once.”
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.
“I believe that in nature, the smallest things, or seemingly most insignificant phenomena, have their reason and their role”.
Koichiro Kurita’s tranquil images are like wordless poems where the meditative dialogue between the artist and the serene nature’s beauty evokes feelings of both intimacy and universality.
Koichiro Kurita – Terra, / Hydra / Atoms
“I had a fateful encounter with a book when I was a commercial photographer. It was Thoreau’s Walden. I was moved by the absolute freedom of the spirit unconstrained by society’s rules and the ability to enjoy harmony with nature. It was reminiscent of Zhangzi’s philosophy and so close to the Oriental way of understanding nature. Deeply moved and inspired, I quit commercial photography and retreated to the mountains to start nature photography. The world of nature embraces terrasphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Each surface has a connecting border in mysterious ways. And in those expanses, all the things and phenomena including living things exist in time as independent entities. Though each entity is independent, they never exist alone nor in conflict yet rather in a state of order and harmony. Each connection contributes to a harmony of nature as a whole. My work is the expression of the mysterious connection of these spheres and a record of the connection between myself and nature”
WOW! While this might be the first thought of a viewer, actually this is also the abbreviation of the majestic hypercollages of Canadian born and Texas based photographer Ysabel LeMay. It stands for ‘Wonderful Other Worlds’. She creates lavish panoramas of natural splendor through the process of composing a constellation of individual photographs and then digitally woven them together in Photoshop. The created patchwork transforms the static fragments into vibrantly flowing images where the viewer has the impression that finally has found paradise.