⁞ The complex task of seeing through Photography: a conversation with Isaac Pereira ⁞

all images © Isaac Pereira. Courtesy of the artist. This conversation took place in July 2014, over the virtual space that unites Macau and Lisboa. The original, portuguese version, of this conversation, can be seen HERE. Sofia: We’re having this … Continue reading ⁞ The complex task of seeing through Photography: a conversation with Isaac Pereira ⁞

┐ Kirsten Hoving └

© Kirsten Hoving, Birth of the star system, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 © Kirsten Hoving, Music of the Spheres, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 © Kirsten Hoving, Orion, the Hunter, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 © Kirsten Hoving, Cassiopeia, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 “Night Wanderers is a series of photographs envisioning the cosmos. I photograph objects and nineteenth-century photographs frozen in or placed under disks of ice to create the feeling of galactic swirls of stars, galaxies and spiral nebulae. For this series, I have been influenced not by the work of other photographers, … Continue reading ┐ Kirsten Hoving └

┐ roots & fruits #10 – Cláudio Ferreira └

© Cláudio Ferreira, all Untitled, from the series Space Project nº 1 – Galaxies, 2012 “And yet, the absence of the subject does not have to be interpreted as a deficiency. Quite the opposite, it could indicate a new quality in the revolution, in a henceforth molecular revolution, and the primacy of multiplicity within it. When the subject is missing, it has not just gone amiss, as a gap (still) gaping and begging to get closed. In view of the composition of the molecular revolution there is no need for unification, or for the representation of a unified (class) subject … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #10 – Cláudio Ferreira └

┐ Scott Alario └

© Scott Alario, all Untitled, from the project Our Fable “I’m in the process of building a folk tale for my daughter. It is a paternal inevitability to make up stories for one’s children, and for me, doing so has recently become the passion in my creative practice. There are two photographs I remember from my childhood that play directly into this work. The first is a studio portrait of my father’s mother, made immediately before leaving Italy to immigrate to the United States. We would call the photograph the “gypsy picture” while I was growing up, and in doing … Continue reading ┐ Scott Alario └

┐ roots & fruits #7 – Inês Beja └

© Inês Beja, The Roaring © Inês Beja, Untitled #3, from the series Jumping at Shadows Inês is a chameleon or, as she puts it, a shape-shifter. From my point of view what she is now is a creative force: obsessive, eager to learn, aiming for the perfect tool, the perfect dress, the perfect light, the perfect shot. I believe these are arguments enough to keep an eye on her and see where all this passion (borderline destructive force?) can take her. Her work made me think of a written piece of work, so instead of dragging on parallels between … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #7 – Inês Beja └

┐ roots & fruits #3 – João Henriques └

© João Henriques, Untitled, from the series ID, 2010 © João Henriques, Untitled, from the series ID, 2010 © João Henriques, Untitled, from the series ID, 2010 “Id is a photographic series about place and identity, whose images where done in my home town, Tomar, Portugal. The term Id, besides pointing to the notion of identity also refers to a Freudian term that designates the unconscious place where images are formed, one that might contain the information not only about the past but also the future, a place where the notions of time are weaved into a multidimensional net. Questions … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #3 – João Henriques └

┐ Martin Seeds └

© Martin Seeds, from the project I have troubles[…] © Martin Seeds, from the project I have troubles[…] © Martin Seeds, from the project I have troubles[…] “I never set out to document anything. It was more of a search, an investigation. I wanted to understand more of myself. To find others like me. I needed to be sure that I wasn’t the only one. In 1986 I left Northern Ireland for London and for work. I brought me a diploma in computer studies, a strong accent and £50 that I think my father gave me at the ferry terminal. … Continue reading ┐ Martin Seeds └

┐ Lauren E. Simonutti └

© Lauren E. Simonutti, Manny and Josephine, 1999 Lauren passed away this April. An homage would be irrelevant compared to what she set off to uncover and offers us. Thank you for the enlightenment! A must see, hear and feel that reminds me of David Nebreda’s work, more than anything else due to the relation the author establishes with the work. Madness strips things down to their core. It takes everything and in exchange offers only more madness, and the occasional ability to see things that are not there….The problem with madness is that you can feel it coming but … Continue reading ┐ Lauren E. Simonutti └

┐ Pierre Dalpé └

© Pierre Dalpé, Manny and Josephine, 1999 © Pierre Dalpé, Saul, Sarah and Johanne, 1998 “Capitalizing on the multiplicity of an individual’s personality and the many selves housed within all of us, Pierre Dalpé approaches each of his subjects with a duplicitous heart: he twins his subjects within the frame to expose the construction of identity while questioning the authenticity of the photographic image. Interested in the process of transformation, Dalpé collaborates with his subjects to express different facets of their personalities. Through this partnership, he is able to coax out identities that lay just below the surface, blurring the … Continue reading ┐ Pierre Dalpé └

┐ Noel Rodo-Vankeulen └

@ Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, hood, from the series Flower City (work in progress) @ Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, gray, from the series Flower City (work in progress) @ Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, twin, from the series Flower City (work in progress) In Flower City I’m focusing on the area where I live (Brampton, Ontario), a relative nowhere city transformed by a failed greenhouse industry, as a stand in for photographic experience. I’m really interested in how the medium functions as both art and photography, specifically how these two distinct aspects of a greater whole can alter and mediate what we see. For the whole series … Continue reading ┐ Noel Rodo-Vankeulen └

┐ Deborah Luster └

© Deborah Luster, Untitled, from the series Tooth for an Eye, 2004 © Deborah Luster, Untitled, from the series Tooth for an Eye, 2004 “The city of New Orleans is a topographical/ architectural/material/cultural phenomenon with a diverse population participating in raucously colorful and fascinating pursuits and rituals. Homicide is a cultural fact of the life in the city as well. In her second book, Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish, Deborah Luster explores the city in a new way, creating a compelling portrait in the form of a photographic archive of contemporary and historic homicide … Continue reading ┐ Deborah Luster └

┐ Lesley Dill └

© Lesley Dill, Face Pull, 2000 © Lesley Dill, Tongues on Fire, 2001 As a young teen, Dill had a vision, one that she had kept hid den until this project, “I grew up in Maine and had a bedroom window that looked out onto some woods. One morning when I was fourteen and was getting dressed for school, I sat on the bed and looked out the window at the dark leaves against the sky. Somehow, my whole visual screen was suddenly filled with a sort of weblike spiral of images that appeared black on white or white on … Continue reading ┐ Lesley Dill └

┐ El Plus En └

© Luke Norman & Nik Adam, Untitled, from the project Ellerker Gardens, 2011 © Luke Norman & Nik Adam, Untitled, from the project Ellerker Gardens, 2011 © Luke Norman & Nik Adam, Untitled, from the project Ellerker Gardens, 2011 “We wanted to focus on the ‘in-between’, the volatile state of mind in which instability manifests itself, where an uncertain state of mind can produce dark and bizarre outcomes,” says Norman. “The idea is all about letting go; you have to fall out of reality to engage with the pictures – the pictures are there to trigger thoughts inside your head,” … Continue reading ┐ El Plus En └

┐ Victoria Jenkins └

© Victoria Jenkins, Capnomancy, from Images from the Institute of Esoteric Research © Victoria Jenkins, Aeromancy, from Images from the Institute of Esoteric Research “A characteristic claimed to be unique of photography has been its ability to record the visible, material world, its perceived objectivity and accuracy has lead to a utilitarian application of the camera as a tool for documentation, and this can be traced back to photography’s early history. Parallel to this is a history that echoes with illusion and trickery; photography carries a false empiricism, for which we may allow our guard to be dropped. The photographs … Continue reading ┐ Victoria Jenkins └

┐ Alice Miceli └

© Alice Miceli, from the Chernobyl Project – The Invisible Stain, 2007-10 © Alice Miceli, from the Chernobyl Project – The Invisible Stain, 2007-10 “The project’s ambition is to create a radiographic series of images of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone depicting the most affected regions located on the Belarusian side of the border. These stunning images are imprinted by the invisible radiation that has contaminated the area since the disaster on 26 April 1986. Requiring the creation of specific technologies, including the development of auto-radiographic techniques and led-pinhole cameras, The Invisible Stain uses new processes in the field of photography … Continue reading ┐ Alice Miceli └

┐ Caï Hongshuo └

© Caï Hongshuo, New Anecdote of Social Talk, n°17, 2008 © Caï Hongshuo, Work ladder to the heaven, 2008 “L’œuvre photographique de Caï est cohérente et stylistiquement reconnaissable. Focalisé sur les jeux de lumières et de contrastes proposés par le noir et blanc, l’artiste nous propose des clichés semblant sortir d’un univers fantastique et onirique. Il se passionne pour la zoologie et nous offre un regard différent sur la faune et la flore. L’animal et le paysage sont ainsi transfigurés par le biais d’un appareil à rayons X. Ses photographies sont révélatrices de l’attachement de l’artiste aux traditions culturelles de … Continue reading ┐ Caï Hongshuo └

┐ Cathleen Naundorf └

© Cathleen Naundorf, Untitled – Dior, artist’s workshop – Cité Jandelle, Paris © Cathleen Naundorf, Mimi San – Dior, artist’s workshop – Cité Jandelle, Paris “When I decided to photograph 4×5 inches, and even with Polaroid, people asked, ’Are you crazy? Why don ’t you do digital, it takes much less time?’ But, it needs to take time. When you take the time to discover your subject it’s like you’re really meeting. And as you see with my pictures, there is some- thing special inside.” source: VS interview Another gift to the fashion world: Cathleen’s view of the world Continue reading ┐ Cathleen Naundorf └

┐ Ugnius Gelguda └

It’s a first in 5 years of blogging: these photographs were removed because the author asked me to, due to a copyrights situation. I completely disagree with this but I respect the author’s will. You can still see the photos a l l     o v e r     t h e      i n t e r n e t! © Ugnius Gelguda, Solvita and Ieva, from the series Living Together, 2004 © Ugnius Gelguda, Edijs and Madarafrom, the series Living Together, 2004 “The series of these photos tends to question the conception of a contemporary family, the … Continue reading ┐ Ugnius Gelguda └

┐ Devin Yalkin └

© Devin Yalkin, Untitled, from the series Hades (work in progress) © Devin Yalkin, Untitled, from the series Hades (work in progress) “In HADES Devin Yalkin is not so much photographing people, but rather the way they move in space, individually and collectively. He records the culmination in blurring faces, constantly changing gestures and melting bodies. The work suggests a series of illusions, the treacherousness of outward appearances. These are apparently images from a dream of an underworld, dark and gritty.” source: Noorderlicht Metropolis Photofestival More of Devin’s work here Continue reading ┐ Devin Yalkin └

┐ Tereza Zelenkova └

© Tereza Zelenkova, Cadaver, from the series Night is also a sun, 2011 © Tereza Zelenkova, Black sun, from the series Night is also a sun, 2011 Tereza’s site and blog Truth is I didn’t find any statement worthy of accompanying these images (this series). In any case there are a couple of interviews with Tereza easily accessible on the web. Thought somewhat bleak here are the links for whoever is interested.” Continue reading ┐ Tereza Zelenkova └

┐ Angelos Tzortzinis └

Greece: Post #2 Kanellos, the Greek protest dog © Angelos Tzortzinis, from the series Greece Economy crisis © Angelos Tzortzinis, from the series Greece Economy crisis “The economic crisis in Greece has sparked riots and violent reactions. Massive protests broke out against severe government spending cuts aimed at saving the country from economic collapse. Thousands of people march through central Athens protesting government plans to impose new spending cuts to save the country from bankruptcy. The protesters chanted in the streets as squads of riot police with stun grenades, tear gas and arrests attempt to enforce discipline.” More of Angelos’ … Continue reading ┐ Angelos Tzortzinis └