Tommy Nease’s series ‘Nocturne’ – “landscapes, abstract forms, and anthropomorphic subjects in black and whites as a photographic illustration of psychological entropy and the eventual return to a primordial state. With the visible spectrum as my medium, I am wishing to create a world within the no man’s land between the spiritual extremities of light and dark. My inspiration stems from my interest in the collective unconscious, archetypal symbolism, and the natural world. The images that I create contain representations and forms that call on experiences hidden within our psyche… I hope for the experience to be that of a faint nostalgic memory, perhaps one from a past life.”
We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident As the rock and ocean that we were made from. —Robinson Jeffers
Ron Jude – 12 Hz
Ron Jude’s series ‘12 Hz’ – large-scale black and white images of primordial landscapes focusing on the raw materials of the planet as a visual chronicle of the constant changes in our physical world where the natural phenomena operate independently of anthropocentric experience.
“The title of this work references the limits of human perception—12 Hz is the lowest sound threshold of human hearing. It suggests imperceptible forces, from plate tectonics to the ocean tides, from cycles of growth and decay in the forest, to the incomprehensibility of geological spans of time. The photographs in 12 Hz allude to the ungraspable scale and veiled mechanics of these phenomena, while acknowledging a desire to gain a broader perspective, beyond the human enterprise, in a time of ecological and political crisis.”
You could listen to a sample clip of the 12 Hz audio component by Joshua Bonnetta (best with headphones).
“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.”
Miho Kajioka’s series ‘As It Is’ – capturing the passage of time inspired by Japanese aesthetics of the empty space and the concept of fleeting, fragile beauty of the changing seasons.
“These fragments of my life, from various periods and against changing backdrops, are not so different from each other, and the differences that remain aren’t important. Happiness, sadness, beauty and tragedy only exist in our minds. Things are just as they are.”
Michael Wolf’s series ‘Paris Tree Shadows’ – the artist’s passion for collecting repeated patterns in contemporary megapolis inspired him to point his lens to the simple beauty of daily life in urban cities, created by shadows of tree brunches and trunks over Parisian buildings. Composed in the rhythm of noir style there is also a sense of a drama like in a classic mystery combined with the tenderness of poetry and a quiet admiration of the power of surviving nature.
Masahiro Kodaira’s series ‘Other things‘ – “Shooting is an intuition. I am trying to take what I do not understand yet. I always think about the biggest mystery. What is the most obvious thing?”
Inspired by Rudolf Otto’s 1917 book ‘Das Heilige’ (‘The Idea of the Holy’), the series is the artist’s visual response to the writer’s notion of the ‘numinous’ – “feeling outside of the self.”
“When you shoot without talking to anyone or when you are in a room looking over a window, you may suddenly experience unexpected fear. What is this world? That strong sense against the outside world that eyes are exposed defenseless without knowing why he or she is present. The same is with ecstasy.”
Anna Reivilä’s series ‘Bond’ – ropes tied in beautiful lines around natural elements in a new way of creating a connection with and interpretation of the landscape, inspired by Japanese concept of ‘kinbaku-bi’.
Anna Reivilä – ‘Bond’
“According to Japanese religious ceremonies, ropes and ties symbolize the connections among people and the divine, as a mean to identify sacred space and time.
Inspired by Nobuyoshi Araki’s images and their mixture of raw violence and beauty, I study the relationship between man and nature by referring to the Japanese bondage tradition. The Japanese word for bondage, kinbaku-bi, literally means “the beauty of tight binding”. It is a delicate balance between being held together and being on the verge of breaking.
I search spaces where nature’s elements combine to create interesting natural tensions and continue this dialogue trough my interpretations by extending, wrapping and pulling upon these indigenous forms. I create a new sense of volume from the existing components.”
Jo Injeung’s series ‘Mysteries of Jeju Island’ – “a journey to the heart of the island, where the perpetual motion of nature is captured by the eye of the camera, discovering timelessness in a frozen moment.”
Jo Injeung – Mysteries of Jeju Island
“Jeju Island is the biggest island and the smallest province of South Korea. It is a hidden gem in Asia with its pristine forests, volcanoes, and waterfalls; a World Heritage site; a true mecca for Korean travelers.
Jo Injeung’s photographs not only capture the original beauty of Jeju Island but also make a reference to the concept of four elements, significant to the Korean culture. All four elements unite in Jeju-do, constituting the island’s greatest mystery.”
David Robin’s series ‘Dreams of the Kings’ – the Palace of Versailles and the Châteaux of the Loire in tracing the essence of the collective Western aesthetic initiated by the visionaries of the renaissance and realized through the fulfilled dreams of two French kings who imagined it on a grand scale.
David Robin – Dreams of the Kings
“I’ve created this collection of images as evidence of the aesthetic dreams and visions of Françoise I and Louis XIV (The Sun King) of France, and to speak to their indelible impact on our collective visual conscience. Both men — in their own times and in their own ways — moved the world towards beauty. Françoise I brought Humanism and the Italian Renaissance to France and introduced his countrymen to the genius of Da Vinci. Louis XIV, through his example and, some would say, because of his narcissism established an aesthetic priority and placed an importance on the grand and the beautiful still very much in evidence today.”
“On one of her journeys to Greece Gabriella Imperatori-Penn fell in love with the stone beaches of Chios. The water upon the stones made the most amazingly calming sounds which were emotionally moving and inspiring. In 2009 she photographed these stones in the studio with a focus that felt like a Buddhist meditation expressing that she saw each and every stone as it’s own peaceful universe or planet.” (Space SBH)