Juana Gomez – ‘Constructal’

Juana Gomez’s ‘Constructal’ – hand embroidered photographic canvases.

Juana Gomez - Constructal

Juana Gomez – Constructal

 

“My work arises from the observation of nature and the processes that determine how both living beings and the inorganic world are structured and built. There is fundamental law that can be seen in the veins of a leaf, the course of rivers and their tributaries, the circuits of the central nervous system, the currents of the sea and the routes of traffic on the Internet. Deciphering this common language, which connects the micro cosmos with the macro cosmos, the external and the interior world, allows us to distinguish a pattern that influences inert, biological, social and cultural systems. It affects us continuously, although we are barely conscious of its presence, and governs aspects as common as our movements through the city and others as personal as the symbols of our dreams. Its essence arises from the way things flow along the path of least resistance.”

 

Desirée Dolron – ‘Xteriors’

Desirée Dolron’s series ‘Xteriors’ – serenity and sense of mystery inspired by Dutch Classical Master painters.

Though there is a secret story behind the project, written by the artist herself when she was a young girl, the main focus is not about the narrative rather than about timelessness. Mastering skillfully the light and with subtle digital manipulations these photographs appear as intangible portraits with painterly quality.

Desirée Dolron - Xteriors

Desirée Dolron – Xteriors

 

Available as a photo book published by Raven Publishers

 

Shinichi Maruyama – ‘Nude’

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

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.”

Take a look at his gallery exhibition at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York.

Cig Harvey – ‘Gardening at Night’

Cig Harvey’s ‘Gardening at Night’ – a personal collection that captures an experience of the world that is at once otherworldly and yet instantly familiar.

Cig Harvey - Gardening at night

Cig Harvey – Gardening at night

 

“The narrative throughout has a delicious element of magical realism – the viewer is left with the feeling of waking within a dream. On the other hand there is familiarity in what she evokes – something primal and instinctual that points to each person’s connection to nature. Seasons figure prominently as metaphors for the cycle of life, and interplays between shadow and light underscore the work.“

The series is included in a photo book, where the artist’s photographs are interwoven with her intimate poetry.

To learn more about the artist’s life path and thoughts behind the series watch her presentation at School of Visual Arts

 

Hiroshi Watanabe – ‘Findings’

Hiroshi Watanabe’s ‘Findings’ – “These are honest and direct pictures; they bear a heavy silence, and are uncomplicated, singular ideas. These words invite a closer look uncompromised by time. They suggest a meditation that can bring to the surface what could otherwise have remained hidden – that opening in the sky beyond the child and his maze, and what it can mean.” Anthoy Bannon, George Eastman House Director

Hiroshi Watanabe - Findings

Hiroshi Watanabe – Findings

 

“My photographs reflect both genuine interest in my subject as well as a respect for the element of serendipity, while other times I seek pure beauty. The pure enjoyment of this process drives and inspires me. I believe there’s a thread that connects all of my work — my personal vision of the world as a whole. I make every effort to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around me, a world in flux that, at very least in my mind, deserves preservation.”

The photographs are available as a photo book.

 

Giorgia Valli – ‘Aves Mei’

Giorgia Valli‘s series ‘Aves Mei‘ – expression of repressed feelings of freedom such as the ones birds experience in their cages.

“This project is a representation of how reality can set limits to imagination, which is in turn something limitless. Each photograph was taken in a section of the Bronx Zoo in NYC called ‘The World of Birds’.  Every photo represent a bird’s cage. The idea was then to associate these cages to the different places I used to live around the world, since I was born until today.  All these places have been to me sometimes like nests and sometimes like cages.  There my ideas ‘grew up’ and my thoughts have been more free or less free, depending on the different characteristics of those places.  By adapting myself to those different environments, my creativity struggled with reality to develop.” 

Giorgia Valli - Aves Mei

Giorgia Valli – Aves Mei

 

Available as a photo book published by Nazraeli Press.

 

Bastiaan Woudt – ‘Karawan’

Bastiaan Woudt’s ‘Karawan’ – refined images from a “land of languid heat, soaring landscapes and intriguing people”, filled with feelings, emotions and dynamics. Morocco still continues to cast a spell on its visitors and the Dutch photographer was also enchanted by it but saw this colourful country through his own black and white, contrast, grain and blur signature style.

“In 2016 I was awarded the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation Grant, which gave me the opportunity to do a new project about an inspirational trip to a country of my choice. I considered all of Africa’s countries, but Morocco quickly stood out: I really loved the thought of a country where the people and the landscapes are so varied that it can feel like you’re somewhere different every day. The diversity of people, scenery and cultures is really special. When you’ve traveled Morocco, you have the feeling you’ve seen seven different countries. Absolutely amazing.”

Bastiaan Woudt - Karawan

Bastiaan Woudt – Karawan

 

Available as photo book.

 

John Dugdale – ‘Dickinson’

John Dugdale’s cyanotypes – still life, portraits, nudes, landscapes – poignant and emotionally charged tools for remembering hopes, fears, and dreams with refined Pictorial sensibility.

In 1994  a stroke, after AIDS-related complications, left the young photographer (b. 1960) nearly blind, and over the years since, he lost the remainder of his vision. Life forced him to see and photograph in a new and more personal way. 

“The quietude that people respond to in my pictures is, in part, because of the way the pictures are made: no flash; no harsh electric light; not even the sound of the shutter—just a lens cap removed, and then gently replaced. This encounter provides, for me, a metaphor for looking.”

John Dugdale - Dickinson

John Dugdale – Dickinson

 

A series of Dugdale’s recent photos is inspired by the works of great 19th century American writers and thinkers as Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Emily Dickinson. Dickinson’s poetry, in particular, helped him use his imagination to compensate for his lack of sight. “Emily Dickinson flew over her house and observed her life from above before there were airplanes, I totally identified with that when I was paralyzed. It was very easy to leave my body.”

“Being blind is not what you think. It’s not all darkness. My optic nerve still works and shoots a beautiful ball of brightly colored orange and purple and violet light and sparkling flashes all the time.”

Dugdale’s theme is one of survival and the triumph of the creative spirit; his vision is of gracious beauty, emotionally rich and sensual.

 

Bryan David Griffith – ‘In a big world wandering’

Bryan David Griffith – ‘In a big world wandering’ – through a personal journey exploring memories, emotions, values, and choices, but ambiguous and timeless, so the viewer can bring own narratives to the images.

Bryan David Griffith - In a big world wandering

Bryan David Griffith – In a big world wandering

 

“This series of open-ended narratives conjures up both the playfulness and the sense of isolation we hold inside. I explore how we define ourselves in a world where we are increasingly isolated from nature, culture, and community—a world where we have more choices, but our roles are less clear. I long for a lost simplicity, real or imagined, beyond the fading edge of memory.

My work is about slowing down and noticing beauty in the world especially that which is in danger of being lost or taken for granted. My work is less about a subject and more about a way of seeing that subject, less about a landscape and more about a feeling of being in that landscape.”

 

Jacques Henri Lartigue – ‘Life in color’

Jacques Henri Lartigue – ‘Life in color

“I do photographs to record moments of wonder, excitement, interesting people… I want to catch time. It’s an obsession with catching time as it passes.”

Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894 – 1986) is one of the great photographers of the 20th century. Though started as early as six years of age, he gained his fame in this field at the age of 69 after a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He rapidly became one of the most famous photographers but still is mostly best known for his black and white works.

However, Jacques Lartigue shoot also in colour.  Actually among the legacy of 117,000 photographs, he donated to the French nation, almost one third are in colour. His color photography could be separated in 2 different periods. The first was his use of Autochrome from 1911-1926 which satisfied his painterly interests, but the process couldn’t allow him to capture a sense of movement, “something marvellous that happens in a split-second”. With the technical progress in the mid 1950’s he was finally able to seize in colour snapshots the moments of enthusiasm, delight and joy he was chasing his whole life and created an astonishing body of works.

Jacques Henri Lartigue - Life In Color

Jacques Henri Lartigue – Life In Color

 

Some of these colour photographs are included in a book published by Harry N. Abrams.