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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.

 

Gregory Halpern – ‘Confederate Moons’

Gregory Halpern’s series ‘Confederate Moons’  – a journey inspired by the total eclipse of the sun in August, 2017, to explore “the drama of that celestial coincidence intersected with the moments of life that directly preceded and followed it that year… The work ultimately became more of a meditation on the American South, on the state of the nation, and on the things that separate us and bring us together. I was fascinated by the idea that the entire nation was staring at the sun, reveling in the apocalyptic thrill of watching the moon temporarily extinguish our life-source, all together.”

Gregory Halpern - Confederate Moons

Gregory Halpern – Confederate Moons

 

The series is published in a photo book by TBW Books

source artist statement

 

Nao Tsuda – Storm Last Night

Nao Tsuda’s series ‘Storm Last Night’ – “In my journey to Ireland… I was deeply preoccupied by a question about prehistoric times:  “What were the ideological issues of the ancients?”  Throughout my journey from island to island at the westernmost edge of Europe, I came to believe that these circle forts must have been humankind’s earliest constructions discriminating inner spheres and outer spheres.  In other words, until then, people must have lived only in the outer sphere.

By constructing a circle, an internal existence became something concrete and not abstract for the first time.  The basic concept of inner ideology may have crystallized then.”

Nao Tsuda - Storm Last Night

Nao Tsuda – Storm Last Night

 

The series is published in a photo book.

 

Thomas Struth – ‘New Pictures from Paradise’

Thomas Struth - New Pictures from Paradise

Thomas Struth – New Pictures from Paradise

 

Thomas Struth’s series ‘New Pictures from Paradise’ – large-format landscapes of dense primeval jungles and forest from all over the world as a deeper inner connection with the consciousness through contemplation and appreciation of nature. Thy are not a longing for a lost paradise or utopian visions, but a state of feeling to be one with the Universe at the present moment.

“Although they have a strong feeling of time, they are ahistorical. One sees a forest or a jungle but there is nothing to discover, no story to be told. They have more to do with the self. The viewing process is complicated, and the viewer becomes more aware of how he or she is processing the information, heightening an awareness of the here and now.”

 

Thomas Struth - New Pictures from Paradise

Thomas Struth – New Pictures from Paradise

 

The series is published in a photobook by Schirmer/Mosel

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