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Cig Harvey – ‘You an Orchestra You a Bomb’

Cig Harvey’s series ‘You an Orchestra You a Bomb’ – “a beautiful exploration of the artist’s relationship with life itself paying attention to and appreciating the fragile present. The series captures moments of awe, makes icons of the everyday, and looks at life on the threshold between magic and disaster. Cig has always experienced the world viscerally and this work shows a heightened awareness of the temporary nature of life.

Through breathless moments of beauty,  her images propel us to fathom the sacred in the split-seconds of everyday.  Cig’s photographs are interwoven with her intimate poetry…”

Cig Harvey – You an Orchestra You a Bomb

 

The series is published as the third monograph in her remarkable collection continuing on the theme of family in her whimsical style and mastering the mix of images and text.

Source – ‘You an Orchestra You a Bomb’ book.

 

Thomas Hauser – ‘Amazona, India’

Thomas Hauser’s series ‘Amazona, India’ – still lifes of flowers as a symbol of a timeless Memento Mori, arranged in containers of the industrial age like beer, coke bottles and plastic cups, giving a new meaning of the concept of transience as part of the contemporary reality. All elements constituting the image are engaged in a specific kind of dialogue about the moment of mortality: while the topic of natural circle of flowering and decay is on the subject, on the other hand, the material goods that define it would be quite possible that will outlast for centuries.

Thomas Hauser – Amazona, India

 

Source – the series is published in a photo book.

 

Daniel Mariotti – ‘Hello, Sunshine’

Daniel Mariotti’s series ‘Hello, Sunshine’ – 31 photographs taken over 31 days of journaling capture the fluctuation of how I experience depression. Even on my best days, where the world appears most vivid and colorful, depression is ever present … . It’s important to note that depression is not sadness. Sadness is a fleeting emotion tied to circumstance. Depression makes me view things indirectly; much like the photographs from this series, my focal point is a white cloud and the details are in the peripherals making it harder to see the landscape. Other days it almost blends in seamlessly… The way we perceive our world is affected by masses, both physical and emotional, that operate like gravity, pulling our attention to it, forever altering the way we interact with the world around us. Hello, Sunshine draws from Einstein’s theory of relativity, exploring the gravity of depression.”

Daniel Mariotti – Hello, Sunshine

 

The series is accompanied by poems and is published in a photo book.

Source – artist statement.

 

Rinko Kawauchi – ‘The river embraced me’

Rinko Kawauchi‘s series ‘The river embraced me’ – “shot across forty different locations, all inspired by memories of the people of Kumamoto to unify the stories of people’s memories with works of photography. By capturing the backdrops of these recollections, the experience brings life to memory within the photographer, and as such allows the viewer to feel the budding of memories of their own. Within time, flowing like a river, we find our memories embracing all of us. Through the scenes and places captured within these photographs, one finds this photo collection to be overflowing with refreshing moments — ones that open the doors to our own memory.”

Rinko Kawauchi – The river embraced me

 

The series is published in a photo book by Torch Press.

Source – Rinko Kawauchi’s book ‘The river embraced me’.

 

Daido Moriyama – ‘Ango’

Daido Moriyama‘s photobook ‘ Ango‘ – a visual tale of jet-black photographs inspired by Ango Sakaguchi’s famous short-story “In the Forest, Beneath Cherries in Full Bloom” about an old version of the symbolic meaning of cherry blossoms as demonic beauty of the fears.

“Nowadays, when the cherries bloom, people think it’s time for a party. They go under the trees and eat and drink and mouth the old sayings about spring and pretty blossoms, but it’s all one big lie. I mean, it wasn’t until Edo, maybe a couple of hundred years ago, that people started crowding under cherry blossoms to drink and puke and fight. In the old days – the really old days – nobody gave a damn about the view. They were scared to go under the blossoms. People today think they can have a wild time under the trees, but take the people out of the picture and it’s just plain scary… Without people, a forest of cherries in full bloom is not pretty, just something to be afraid of.”

Daido Moriyama – Ango

 

Through a strange romance between a beautiful but monstrous woman and a bandit, who scared of nothing except the feeling when going under cherry blossoms in bloom, at the end when he dispelled his fears and felt a relief, he found that the secret of the cherry forest might be the frightening loneliness and infinite emptiness.

“Even now, no one knows the secret of the cherry forest in full bloom. Perhaps it was loneliness. For the man no longer had to fear loneliness. He was loneliness itself. Now, for the first time, he looked all around. Above him where the blossoms. Beneath them was the silent, infinite emptiness, the stillness of the rain of blossoms. That was all. Beyond that, there was no secret.”

Source – book presentation and can be viewed here

The quotations are from the story.

 

Sybren Vanoverberghe – ‘2099’

Sybren Vanoverberghe – 2099

 

Sybren Vanoverberghe‘s series ‘2099’ – “images of remembrance linked to my perception on the constant evolution of history and its repetitive character. Deconstructed places and manipulated icons are working on an associative basis to create a new overview of the present. I am experimenting with what is staged and what is not and how a photographer can interfere in the landscape by working on an underlying lyricism in the images. The work can both be seen as a prophecy for the future as well as a desire to the past. Some photographs are taken by chance and close to home, other were chosen to photograph on fixed historical locations and metropoles.”

Sybren Vanoverberghe – 2099

 

Sybren Vanoverberghe – 2099

 

The series is published in a book by Art Paper Editions and can be viewed here

Source – artist statement.

 

Alessandro Vasapolli – ‘DéVoilées’

 

“Photographs should be like memories: a little imprecise, to leave room for the imagination of the beholder”

 

Alessandro Vasapolli – DéVoilées

 

Alessandro Vasapolli’s series ‘DéVoilées’ – painting the aura of female mystery.

27 female portraits from behind where layers of veils that “appear to drop from the sky, pierced by a gleam that alights and overflows like water on a riverbank” evoke the imagination of the viewer … “And we immerse ourselves in an emotional universe, it is incumbent on us to weave threads together. Our task is to lift the veils, to search for a secret path, an unveiling.” (Valerio Consonni)

 

Alessandro Vasapolli – DéVoilées

 

The images are without post-production and are published in a book.

 

Mona Kuhn – ‘She Disappeared into Complete Silence’

Mona Kuhn’s series ‘She Disappeared into Complete Silence’ – abstracting the present in a fusion of illusions where lines and shapes, light and shadows, delicate reflections and a single person blend into one along with the landscape of Californian desert.

The artist “turns in a highly austere and restrained reductionist geometry and distilled formal purity, connecting the interior to the exterior, the visible to the hidden. These reflections cause one to linger, as they merge to create a dynamic equilibrium of tension, space and rhythms.” (Salvador Nadales)

Mona Kuhn - She Disappeared into Complete Silence

Mona Kuhn – She Disappeared into Complete Silence

 

The series is published in her 6th photo book, all by Steidl.

 

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.

Source artist statement.

 

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)

Source artist statement.