Archive of ‘Photography’ category
We all have expectations of life. Perceptions of what our ideal world would look like. Those expectations seem to be heightened these days by the images of perfect lives we are bombarded with daily via social media and lifestyle blogs. Every meal shall be perfectly garnished with stylishly mismatched vintage dinnerware! Children will be the very picture of tiny fashion perfection and their birthday parties shall rival that of the royals!
Taking her cue from the Jan Steen household, a 17th century Dutch painter’s style turned shorthand for a messy scene, photographer Julie Blackmon explores the disparagement between a society that is both “child centered” and “self-obsessed”.
In her domestic scenes, we often see no adult figures, only children, as if pardon this turn of phrase, the inmates are running the asylum. I apologize for that reference, yet it is what kept coming to mind as I was going through the portfolio. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad point of departure. Children need freedom and play, it is essential to their development especially in our over scheduled world. Blackmon is capturing these fleeting moments of the chaos of childhood, in all its messy, mythic reality.
To see more of Julie Blackmon’s work, please visit her website.
All images are via the artist’s website. Artist found via Robert Mann Gallery.
Instagram has changed the way we see the world. OK, maybe that’s giving the ubiquitous photo sharing app too much credit. But perhaps it has unleashed in many of us the desire to capture not only what we see, but how we see. The “candy colored minimalism” of photographer Matt Crump gives us a glimpse into one way of seeing the world around us.
I’ve found myself thinking about the way we edit and filter our experiences through the photographs we post. Often when Mr. F and I are out hiking or taking in a particularly moving scene, I reach for my camera or phone, but know as I snap the shutter that what I feel in that moment won’t be captured with the lens alone.
On the other hand, are we being conditioned to appreciate and applaud the manipulated version of life more than the natural? Or perhaps we are drawn to images like these for their transformative and transporting effect? Maybe it isn’t a question of one or another. And that’s OK.
To see more of Matt Crump‘s work, please visit his website and follow him on Instagram.
Artist found via I Need a Guide. All images are via the artist’s website.
There comes a time in this life when we come to the realization that we are, indeed, not going to be here forever. For some, this revelation takes longer than for others, but its definitely taken its hold on me recently. This series, Impermanence, by artist Seung Hwan Oh emphasizes the balance between creation, life, and destruction in these ephemeral photographs.
From the artist’s site– “The process involves the cultivation of emulsion consuming microbes on a visual environment created through portraits and a physical environment composed of developed film immersed in water. As the microbes consume light-sensitive chemical over the course of months or years, the silver halides destabilize, obfuscating the legibility of foreground, background, and scale. This creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral, and results in complete disintegration of the film so that it can only be delicately digitized before it is consumed.”
My mom’s illness has definitely caused Mr. F and I to think more closely about our own physical, emotional and spiritual health and what that means for our future. There are no guarantees, of course, but we’re trying very hard to move through each day with a focus on not only on cultivating our all too quickly approaching future, but more importantly, to be fully present in the now.
To see more of Seung Hwan Oh‘s work, please visit the artist’s website.
All images are via the artist’s website. Artist found via I Need a Guide.
When we’re out hiking, I always notice something that seems so contradictory. One would assume that most people who hike are doing so for the enjoyment of the outdoor world. So why in the world would they think it is OK to leave their trash all over the trail? Man in general seems to have this sort of dysfunctional relationship with nature and in this series of photos by artist Jessica Tremp, I see the drama being played out.
Nature, in its ineffable beauty calls out to our spirits and our souls. We long to not just see it, but experience it, for it to become a part of us. But inevitably, our selfishness gains the upper hand and we do the very thing we hate– we become part of the problem. We drive our car too much, we let the water run while we brush our teeth, we throw away what we no longer want and so that our garbage fills what was once pristine. And then we cry over what we have done, cursing ourselves, only to continue the cycle day after day.
To see more of Jessica Tremp‘s work, please visit her website.
All images via the artist’s website. Artist found via The Artful Desperado.
As we get back into the swing of normal life following our week in the wild, I’ve been struck by the obvious artificiality that surrounds so much of our landscape. Plastic flowers where real should be, fountains instead of waterfalls. In their In Pieces series, photographer Dean West and Nathan Sawaya present highly stylized, manipulated representations of modern life.
Upon first glance, these may appear as simple photographs, just as that strip mall facade from a distance might appear to be a row of historic buildings. But on closer inspection, we see that these are carefully crafted tableaus combining West’s photography with Sawaya’s LEGO sculptures to create an unreal reality. ( click on each image to enlarge the photo and see the LEGO elements better ).
To see more from the In Pieces series, please visit the collection website. You can check out more work from Dean West here and Nathan Sawaya here.
All images via the In Pieces website.
Artists are often stereotyped as a caricature of sorts– wacky, flittering, unorganized types who thrive on free expression. And while some of that is often true, many artists find creating in a highly deliberate, meticulous way to be the best fit for their mode of expression. For Brooklyn artist Lala Abaddon, her painstaking process of weaving photographs to create a new composition has as much to do with expression as any abstract painting.
Abaddon carefully hand-cuts existing analog photographs and then hand-weaves several together, deconstruction leading to new construction, old stories becoming a part of a new tale. The artist often juxtaposes intense images with more delicate ones, the compositions sometimes abstract, or hinting at a figure seen behind the visual curtain created by her woven technique. The texture and depth she creates isn’t just visual, but physical too, so that three dimensions are transformed first into two dimensions by the photographic process, then rebirther again in three dimensional form as a weaving.
Check out the artist at work–
To see more of Lala Abaddon‘s work, please visit her website.
All art images via the artist’s website, studio image via HiFructose. Thanks to SCAD curator Aaron Levi Garvey for introducing me to this artist!
I’ve been kind of obsessed with the atmosphere of color lately. From my #colorforaging2014 project on Instagram, to the Feminine Wiles series, to some newer ideas I’m exploring, color is in the forefront of my mind. I’m continually amazed by the way a slight shift in hue can change our perception of a place, a person, an atmosphere. In his Color Fields series, Brooklyn photographer Mitch Paster distills scenes down to the essentials of color.
As if viewed through a thick, opaque fog, Paster’s photographs leave us only with fields of color from which to glean any information about his subject. We can conjecture as to what we may be seeing, but there is no certainty. What we can get, however, is a feeling for what is there.. the bright warmth of light, the blue of sky. I am left, not really guessing, just basking in the color and light, blissfully ignorant as to what is there.
To see more of Mitch Paster‘s work, please visit his website.
All images via the artist’s website. Artist found via Uprise Art.
When I was a little girl in Florida, I always remember my mom collecting shells every time we went to the beach. She wasn’t( still isn’t ) a swimmer, but she loved going to the beach and finding treasures. Maybe it’s where my foraging instincts come from? Maine photographer Jennifer Steen Booher creates abstract portraits of a day’s experience and what was found.
prints available in The Trove, Artsy Forager’s Great.ly gallery
Whether the beauty of the craggy texture of a shell, or the shocking color of a piece of discarded plastic, each piece is a symbol of that particular instance, isolated against a bright white backdrop, even the ugliest trash becomes something special. After she has collected her treasures, Booher takes them back to her studio where they are carefully, meticulously arranged. The collections may seem random and haphazard, yet the artist’s eye finds common ground.
To see more of Jennifer Steen Booher’s work, please visit her website. Prints of Clematis Seedhead and other work by Jennifer Steen Booher can be purchased in The Trove, my gallery on Great.ly!
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It can be so easy to push what we are or what we’re feeling back into the depths. Everyday life necessitates that we “get on with it” and we genuinely want to. But not being real with ourselves and with the people around us leads to surface relationships in which we just can’t be real. This series by Hungarian artist Flora Borsi beautifully seems to illustrate the struggle to balance self protection and vulnerability.
We need those people in our lives we can get real with. The ones that will cry with us, listen to us, laugh us through the weeping. Maybe we think no one else will understand our struggle. But if we never give them the chance, how will we know?
Borsi mixes photographic elements with painting techniques to create these emotionally charged images. To see more of Flora Borsi‘s work, please visit her website.
All images via the artist’s website. Artist found via I Need a Guide.
There is such a magic and a mystery to the natural world surrounding us. The way trees grow, skies shift, often seem to be inherently artful and purposeful. The work of Canadian artist Troy Moth gives expression to those dreamful moments.
When Mr. Forager and I are out hiking, sometimes we stop talking and just listen to the forest– trees creaking, the rustle of birds in a bush, a breeze gently rattling branches. Occasionally we come across a particularly lovely tree, stroke its bark and imagine it breathing and taking in the enormity of its long and vast life. I wonder how these beings know how to find the food, how to find the light. We make it such a struggle, they make it seem so effortless.
To see more of Troy Moth‘s work, please visit his website.
All images are via the artist’s website.