Photographs of animals and fake news

Animal lovers aren’t a particular type of human beings. Any deviation from this assessment would be, I think, discriminatory. Patterns tend to arise when, in an effort to synthesize, we shorten the analysis phase. Populism gallops this wave: people behave more like irrational animals – reacting and acting on instincts – and less like the…

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Seeing is believing

Some years ago I was having a discussion with a friend about going to visit animals in enclosed spaces and as my friend was arguing for his position, he stated: how else can I see them? Somehow, I’ve never forgotten his argument, so maybe there’s something to it. At fist, it seems just a very…

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≡ the DOG call ≡

Dogs have had a constant presence in my life. Their relevance in one’s life can have huge proportions as does their presence in art. They’re not only present in portraits, partnering their fellow humans, but also often portrayed by themselves. Sometimes they turn into brands, sometimes they turn into pop objects, often they serve decorative…

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┐ Christian Boltanski – death from within └

photo caption (above) © Christian Boltanski, Odessa Monument, 1991. Four gelatin silver prints, lights and wiring “Since the late 1960s, Christian Boltanski (b. 1944, Paris) has worked with photographs collected from ordinary and often ephemeral sources, endowing the commonplace with significance. Rather than taking original photographs to use in his installations, he often finds and…

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┐ Traer Scott └

© Traer Scott, Ostrich and Wild Boars, from the series Natural History © Traer Scott, Hunting Dogs, from the series Natural History Natural History is a series of completely candid, in-camera single exposure images which bring together both the living and the dead, creating allegorical narratives of our troubled co-existence with nature. Ghost-like reflections of…

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┐ Chris Toalson └

photo caption (above) © Chris Toalson, Penguins, from the series Dioramas, 2007 © Chris Toalson, Mourning Doves, from the series Dioramas, 2007 © Chris Toalson, Alaskan Brown Bear, from the series Simulations, 2008 “My photographic thesis, True West, calls into question the seeming American fascination with the American West. The current state of the West…

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┐ Erwan Frotin └

© Erwan Frotin, Pain à Pieds Bleus, from the series Sketch, 2006 © Erwan Frotin, Perdreau Fantôme, from the series Sketch, 2006   “Patiently elaborated images emerge, shapes and colours, dissonant or incongruous at first glance, astonish and confuse the viewer.” Marco Costantini, @ Still life as a chimera More of Erwan’s work here

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┐ Wladd Muta └

© Wladd Muta, Hypercops 1 On Mountains, 2011 © Wladd Muta Les pétales des fleurs de grenouilles, “AnUra-Flora“, se développent dans un tout premier temps à partir des tissus pulmonaires du batracien (fig.1.). L’amorce de la mutation utilise les traces génétiques fantômes des branchies du stade larvaire (têtards). Le pétale se constitue ensuite exclusivement sur…

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┐ Neeta Madahar └

@ Neeta Madahar, Sustenance #95, 2003 @ Neeta Madahar, Sustenance #97, 2003 “Neeta Madahar’s subjects in Sustenance are quite ordinary—ordinary birds like finches, cardinals and blue jays. Her setting, too, is ordinary—her Boston backyard. But what makes this British artist’s work extraordinary is the sense of wonder and magic she creates despite these unexceptional circumstances.…

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┐ Isabella Rozendaal └

© Isabella Rozendaal, Sedated and shaved, ready for castration, from the project On Loving Animals © Isabella Rozendaal, from the Hunting project Irony is part of Isabella’s projects portraying animals, either as objects of love or as desirable preys. Hunters will argue no one loves animals as they do. I find this such an absurd…

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┐ Kyle Zeto └

© Kyle Zeto, The Residents Keep It All, from the series Folk Logic, 2010 © Kyle Zeto, The Residents Keep It All (2), from the series Folk Logic, 2010 “Human imagination and nature intersect at many junctions throughout cultural history. From William Blake to Bliss Carman and Henry Thoreau, the ephemeral collection of biological systems…

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┐ Elisa Noguera Lopez └

© Elisa Noguera Lopez, Untitled, from the series Perhaps finally alone © Elisa Noguera Lopez, Untitled, from the series Perhaps finally alone © Elisa Noguera Lopez, Untitled, from the series Perhaps finally alone “I use photography because of it exasperating insistence on reproducing whatever is left in front of the camera. By making every mistake…

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┐ Yoshi Kametani └

© Yoshi Kametani, Untitled, from the series Plastic Spoon, 2006-2010 © Yoshi Kametani, Untitled, from the series Plastic Spoon, 2006-2010 Plastic Spoon is a collection of visual documents obtained in Muirhouse, a council scheme located in Edinburgh, UK. More of Yoshi’s work here

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