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Tessa Traeger – ‘The calligraphy of dance’

Tessa Traeger’s series ‘The calligraphy of dance’ – combining arcane calligraphy with family portraits from the Boughton House in Northamptonshire to express aspects of a music collection in visual terms.

In 2011 renowned British photographer Tessa Traeger was appointed to give visual expression to a rare collection of many little known works by English and French composers, discovered recently at Boughton by musicologist Paull Boucher.

At first she looked through the exquisite books and manuscripts but nothing seemed to inspire her. Then she started to study the family portraits in the House and there she found her interest.

Hands and feet are an essential part of music making and by taking away the face from the paintings, which is usually the most compelling element, the details become much more vivid. Next she photographed tiny dance symbols in extreme close up and reversed them so that they were white on black, as are most of the backgrounds of the paintings. Finally she combined all these appropriations, using the dance notation very freely and even playfully.

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Tessa Traeger – The calligraphy of dance

 

“My idea was to try to show the symbiotic nature of the French and English influences in the House. I tried to combine the French love of dance and fashion, as seen in such details as the red high heeled shoes for the men… an innovation of Louis XIV … with the existing English tradition.”

Available as a photo book published by Impress

 

Josephine Cardin – ‘Bailaora’

Josephine Cardin‘s series “Bailaora” captures the spirit of flamenco

“At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy.” –  Federico García Lorca

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Josephine Cardin – Bailaora

 

“I have been asked many times what it is that “look for” when I look through my lens. I do not look for  something, rather I look at  something, someone, some place or event, and attempt to capture the essence, the emotion and the soul of the subject, whether a person or a building.

There is so much beauty in our everyday and by ‘beauty’ I do not speak of conventional beauty, but actually, harmony, truthfulness, and that which is telling. The beauty most of us miss because we are looking down, too busy, or simply too clouded in our minds by preconceptions to see the inspiration and real beauty of our everyday world.”

 

Sebastiaan Bremer

Sebastiaan Bremer‘s hand painted dot patterns create an explosion of colours and breathe a new life into these perfectly composed, meticulously painted and coloured flowers. Using already existing photographs and prints from a 1948 book called “Bloemen” (Flowers), he calls for a new perception of the process of ‘re-thinking’ a visual document .

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Sebastiaan Bremer