I am interested in the perceived dichotomy between the transient and the permanent and the fluidity of the experiential relationship with these states. I’m drawn to vegetation and natural elements as an expression of this, and in connection to place. My work combines analogue and digital technologies with alternative processes to create “a unique mood and energy”, tracking my physical and emotional experience both in process and subject matter. My work is intended for print, projection, and site-specific installation.
In this work I’m between:
light and dark;
realism and its dissolution
landscape and detail
far away and close-up
look far and through the window
the house is the symbol of the personality, that walk into the landscape changing its face, its vision, its feeling.
Water in the I Ching is The Abysmal: water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its foal, its goal by flowing continually.
So I did, using my camera with flash in a daylight, defocusing, panning.
The pics aren't a mistake, or a mistake voluntary.
So is life, sometimes.
In my photographic projects I find myself questioning about the nature of humanity and its essence. My work deals with human emotions both looking for them through the subjects I portray as well as the way I communicate them. I mainly work in diptychs, associating images in order to create my personal visual synaesthesias. If a related image changes, the perception of the subject itself gets transformed too; the whole perception is reorganized unconsciously following a new synaesthesia. The final photographic image possesses an autonomy which is able to create new infinite meanings in an independent way. I mainly focus in creating new unpredictable impressions generated by multiple elements influencing each other by the juxtaposition of other images. I work in photographic series, working not just on the combination of images but in the creation of a more complex storytelling.
I started taking pictures in 2016, right after I got my first digital camera.
I am mainly interested in minimal photography.
I currently live and work in Paris.
When I was a young boy growing up in Northern California I was surrounded by painters. My mother, great uncle, brother in law and eventually even my best friend were all painters, and from them I developed a great appreciation of abstract art and more specifically abstract expressionism. But I became a photographer, having learned to develop film and make small prints when I was only eight or nine years old! This group of work, Series Twelve, is in part my way of saying thank you to all of those wonderful, exciting and supportive influences.
These images are the result of my combining various elements chosen intuitively for their colors and surface textures, introducing motion and then photographing the rich interactions occurring in front of the camera. Photography is so often about total control (even more so with the evolution of digital) so I enjoy challenging that by encouraging some uncertainty to occur in the process. As with most of my work I cannot overstate how important intuition is in the production of these images.
Abstract and Landscape photographer originally from Venezuela living in Los Angeles.
I use film and digital photography to capture tone and atmosphere, at home in London or around the world.
I'm inspired by simplicity, introspection and the things people think, but don't say.
In search of a perfect world.
Master of Arts (University of Groningen, 2004)
Photographer (Fotoacademie Amsterdam, 2017, cum laude)
For many years I have been working in the field of photography. Many years analog and today digital. Lines determine my life and inspire me. I like strong colors and often leave my feeling free. In my pictures are one I create a distance to reality.
The series Linie was created in several years. Escaping reality and plunging into another world is a big aspect of my work. From real life to unreal life.
Study ( FH Dortmund/Germany)
of communication design
/ Focus on Fotodesign with diploma 2008
graduate in Communications Design.
Since 2006 independently in the area
Photography & Design
Fanta Kaba was born in 1987 in Paris, where she lives and works. She began her career in Finance before transitioning into photography after obtaining a MA in European Photography.
Her experimental and poetic work invites to contemplation. The textures, the natural elements, the body and the mouvement are at the heart of her photographic work. Focusing on fragments of the human body and of sculptures, she transforms her subjects into intriguing and abstract compositions of lines and texture, of shadow and light. With subtle shades of gray and delicate landscapes, the artists develops a singular and meditative photographic work that allows us to be immersed in a universe of sensations. Her black and white photographs often confuse the line between illusion and reality, a border she often plays with.
Conceived as a visual poetry which evokes rather than explains, her body of work asks questions about humanity, about our perception of reality and about traces of time. She also develops an experimental work with polaroids and around the exploration of the photographic means through a consistent confrontation between analog and digital.
Vera van Almen is a Dutch Photographer born in 1986. She graduated at the Academy of Photography in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2017.
Embracing contingency and appreciation of the unpredictable are of great value in her work. By allowing the unpredictable to happen you can transcend the conventional process of creating an image. It enables you to conceive the unexpected without the interference and limitations of your ratio.
Analogue techniques are eminently suitable to explore contingency in the process of creating images. That's why she just loves analogue photography, especially polaroid.
Adelaide, South Australia.
Zanelli uses pictures to pull the people around her close, to construct spaces where they can be investigated with aggressive curiousity and playful irreverence. Drawing on intimate relationships with friends and family members, Zanelli takes a dreamlike approach to her pictures as she deconstructs her subjects and mashes them back together, through a tactile visual language where the photograph becomes an object, and the object becomes a sitter.
Zanelli has been actively exhibiting in South Australia since 2010. In 2016, she was the inaugural winner of the Helpmann Academy Watson Award, and was selected by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art to exhibit in the annual HATCHED National Graduate Exhibition, where her work was highly commended. She then travelled to Sydney for her first interstate solo exhibition at Stills Gallery in Paddington. A selection of her work has been acquired by Artbank Australia. In 2017, Zanelli took part in an artist residency at the Slade School of Fine Art research centre in London, expanding her work to become increasingly sculptural, and creating video works for the first time.
She currently creates work from her studio at Fontanelle Studios in Bowden, SA.
*28.07.95 in Hamburg
Located in Porto, Portugal
Studying Media Arts at Bauhaus-University Weimar and Escola das Artes do Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
"I was thirteen years old when I bought my first own camera. I started taking pictures of flowers, friends and my family without me really knowing why I even liked looking through the viewfinder. What does it mean to frame, freeze and archive something out of reality? I certainly did not know that and I still do not. All that I know is, that the pictures I take portray how I, myself am involved with the world and how I can perceive what’s surrounding me. Each image is an approach to challenging myself and my "reality". But who am I to judge reality? I am lost, like everybody else, but full of curiosity, naivety and motivation, that I use to create unstable pieces of poetic narration that reflect on my emotions and intuitions. I am never seeking the perfection. I am always seeking the beauty of the strange and twisted, that sometimes lie within myself. "
Japanese photographer based in London.
Ryota Kaji Kajita is originally from Japan, completed his MFA degree in photography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, worked at the University of Alaska Museum of the North as a collection photographer, and taught at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Japan.
His photographs have been exhibited in the Japan Professional Photographers Society Exhibition (2011), Alaska’s Rarefied Light (2012, 2013 & 2015), The Aesthetica Art Prize (2012 & 2013), Aperture Summer Open (2014), Geo-Cosmos Content Contest (2014) of The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, FotoFilmic17 Winter Shortlist Show (2017) , FotoFilmic SOLO IV Winner Exhibition (2018) and other shows.
His photography series of “Ice Formation” is featured in the magazine “Photo Technique” (November/December 2012), “LENSCRATCH.com”(May 2015), “WIRED.com“ (August 2015), “城市画報 -CITY ZINE-“ (January/Februray 2016), and is represented by Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California.
His work became part of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affaires and The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank in 2013.
He was selected for Blue Sky 2013 & 2018 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Program (“Drawers”) of the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, and won the Grand Prize in ONWARD Compe ’13 International Photography Competition, the Student Abstract Category Award in 2013 American Aperture Awards (AX3), Juror’s Selection / Director’s Honorable Mention / Livebooks Website Award in Natural World 2014 Nation Wide Juried Photography Competition of The Center for Fine Art Photography. He was chosen for a finalist of Lens Culture’s Earth Awards 2015 and CENTER Project Launch Grant Juror’s Choice recipient 2017.
His video documentary “Losing Ground” about Shishmaref Island’s severe erosion due to climate change, achieved the Cinema Committee Choice Award in Fairbanks Film Festival (2007), and was broadcast on the Alaska Shorts Program of Alaska One television (2012).
He has traveled to more than 50 remote Alaska villages by a two-seat, light aircraft and snowmobile for scientific research. He loves travelling, backpacking and cross-country skiing with a medium format film camera and always responds to the beauty of nature.
Cat Wilson lives between South East Coast Australia and Casablanca, Morocco. You would be hard pressed to find two places further apart, either geographically or culturally.
Her desire for broad and varied experience is also evident in the history of her practice. She began her creative life in the theatre working as a freelance director and dramaturg. In the last ten years she has shifted from live performance into video and new media work. In even more recent times she has begun working with traditional alternative photography techniques, creating prints using cyanotype chemistry with hand drawn negatives.
I believe that photography is like instrumental music. It needs no words nor stories to tell to evoke emotions. Photography does not need to refer to anything we know to exist and make its way to our memory. To be honest, I believe that the more it separates from reality, the more we can appreciate it as it is since it no longer imitates anything. It splits from reality.
Split photography can be endlessly interpreted as on its own it is incomplete. Split photography cannot be compared with its original subject matter as the subject matter comes from the world that split photography does not try to imitate. Facing split photography, words lose their power. Therefore, there is no way to describe split photography. It must be experienced.
Split photography comes from the realm of emotions and imagination. It should be sensed with emotions and imagination.
Killa Schuetze is a Peruvian-German artist born 1978 in Frankfurt am Main. Her early works combined autobiographical elements with general reflections on identity in the area of conflict between different cultural narrations and realities.
During many years of traveling she developed an aesthetics which documents her artistic encounter with the unknown which formed the basis for her later works such as several series of artist portraits.
Since 2016 she studies photography at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen/ Germany where she sets her artistic practice in dialogue with an academic perspective. Exploring the Spatial Qualities of modern photography and sculpture her work focusses on contemporary narratives.
A main point of reference are parallel worlds, which form a red line in her work. Codes of society and exclusion, digitalization and ancestral transmissions are the main topics that drive her today.
After completing my post graduate in fine art in 1993 I entered the digital industry as a programmer which has been my bread and butter for all these years. This job being a mix of logic and creativity has been a perfect fit for my skills. I have pursued my art practice outside of work and this usually involved photography, sculpture and online experiences. Most of my art has been ephemeral by nature and I’ve always tried to live an artful life.
An amateur photographer based in Taiwan. As an Asian, my interesting is about the Modernity in East Asia and the creation of nation-states.
Sarah Maslankiewicz (°1974, Manchester, United Kingdom) is an artist who works with photography. Sarah chooses to photograph because she cannot draw. She believes photography is the medium for frustrated painters. The periods of Sarah’s life where she has been most creative are when she’s allowed to daydream. Sarah has found it increasingly difficult to do this with a demanding family environment – a husband and 2 young children. It’s easier for her knowing that they are content, and then she can allow her mind to wander.
With a conceptual approach, Sarah will challenge that we all can harness the power of the imagination. The conscious mind blocks this power but if we let it, it can reveal the hidden aspect of ourselves. Sarah feels there is something more to our existence. Dreams are a form of subconscious thought. A lot can be said about the things we dream. They are a reflection of our waking life. We can learn about ourselves and it can help answer the questions our thoughts ask.
Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and she uses her everyday experiences as a starting point. She finds joy in fantasy and the imagination. It is a reflection of Sarah and her upbringing and also a way for her to escape reality. Sarah has always been a daydreamer and a tomboy who spent hours, day after day, creating games with friends. She also spent a lot of time alone; being an only child, her bedroom was full of stuffed animals that came alive. As Sarah progressed into adulthood, she found herself keeping a dream journal and would often spend time analysing her own dreams and those of friends. Animal symbolism, auras, colour therapy and dream interpretation are all part of Sarah’s inspiration.
In this age of haste and technical advancement, Sarah likes to create the vulnerable and intensive dimensions of human feelings and emotions. Often her work will combine the past with the present, while she talks to you in a language without words where these whimsical worlds exist only in dreams. Supernatural, erotic and even violent have been keywords for her works. They have been described as old stories - escaped from a world of eternal dreams, eternal emotions and eternal feelings that have existed for hundreds of years - sometimes restless ones but they can also be like whispers of thoughtless experiences, floating through time.
Sarah Maslankiewicz currently lives in Mansfield, Victoria, Australia.