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 photograph people in motion. I photograph what unfolds before me to capture an emotion and to tell a story.
I want to capture an instance where you can look at the photo and you would say: “I remember that moment, I remember what I was thinking, I know what I was feeling”. Instead of posing you and you saying: “oh, what a pretty picture”. I want to show you in pictures what you would normally take for granted.
Over the last nine years I represented Great Britain on the World Cup and World Championships in Winter Biathlon. As an athlete I started photography and through sport my photography developed.
I use my experience gained from capturing athletes in motion and I apply those principles to telling a story in sport, wedding and lifestyle photography.
After a PhD in Comparative Literature, she discovered photography and became interested in minimalism.
Since then, she has explored the subtleties of her daily life by giving them a graphic and refined touch.
In 2017, she was a finalist for the Siena International Photo Prize.
Isis Ascobereta lives and works 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 currently based in London.
My idea is based on certain characteristics of Japan, where I was born and raised up in.
In Japan, nudity tends to give people negative impression.
I have been questioning the way women are treated in the society and how nudity is often equated with pornography.
My inspiration comes from such uneasiness I feel about the world I see.
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.
François Aubret is a French minimalist photographer currently living in Los Angeles. His work is a documentation of geometries he comes across in urban environments. Like a graphic designer, he composes architecture, urban elements and nature into vibrant photographic designs. Despite the sameness of our modern cityscapes, François reveals the hidden beauty and humour found in them.
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.
Mark Forbes is best known for his considered and atmospheric photography of street scenes, urban landscapes and structures. He employs film as his medium of choice for personal work - using both traditional 35mm and medium format cameras.
Mark's approach to photography comes from an underlying fascination with people and their interaction with the environment. He has an uncanny knack of capturing the layers of beauty that exist everywhere around us. "I am an avid people watcher. When I'm out in the street, or even just day to day, I'm constantly seeing beautiful and interesting images and stories in my head.”
Mark has been a semi finalist in the Moran Prize and was recently the winner of Capture Magazine's "Australasian Top Emerging Photographer Award 2018" in the Travel category.
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.
Think utopia is a photography workshop tucked away among the snow covered peaks of the Alps and the mists of Lake Geneva. Fruit of the union between Manon Duparc and François Pain, both perceiving the image as dreams factory. Its photographic universe is an appeal for the imaginary. In contrast to the googlerisation of the 21st century, here, everything is not taken for granted but suggested. The philosophy involves capturing the moment where the poetry of reality escapes and the atmosphere of a place emanates from a part of the whole.
Sarah Maslankiewicz completed her Advanced Diploma in Photography (Art Major) at Photography Studies College in Melbourne in 2015. She has since won a number of national and international photographic awards.
After working for the Nine Network across Australia for 20 years, she has now chosen to live in rural Mansfield in the foothills of the Victorian Alps with her husband and two young children. Raising a family, finding rewarding work and creating meaningful art are equally important to her and she tries to balances them all, a challenging task at times.
Sarah was raised on the central Queensland coast, spending most of her youth sailing with her parents and acquiring a deep respect for water. She continues to find hope and inspiration beneath its surface. Her photography explores water’s transformative qualities and the vulnerability of our existence in that underworld.
In her first series, What Dreams May Come, she experimented with refracted light, moving bodies and coloured fabrics in an underwater setting. Maslankiewicz’s subjects were no gods, kings or mythical beasts, but instead her friends, family and colleagues. She coaxed them to writhe around naked in a heated swimming pool, lighting them with a car battery-operated flounder light – a simple approach that reflected both her method (the painterly effect is entirely unretouched) and the purity of her lifelong obsession with water. The results were chaotic but beautiful, and the work attracted international interest and praise.
In What Lies Beneath she continues to follow the thread of her previous collection by photographing bodies that are suspended in chiaroscuro waterscapes evocative of late Renaissance and Baroque art. By re-examining the vulnerability and beauty of the human body in an underwater setting, Sarah is exploring new artistic and emotional boundaries.
Robert Chase Heishman is a Chicago-based artist working in photography, video, painting and installation. He received his Master of Fine Arts in 2012 from Northwestern University’s Art Theory & Practice program, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008 from the Kansas City Art Institute, double majoring in Photography and Art History. His work is exhibited and screened nationally and internationally. Recent grants and awards include the 2019 Artist in Residence at LATITUDE (Chicago), the 2016 Silver Eye Editions Program at Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh), a 2015 project grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and a Moving Image Award from the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation (Chicago). Heishman has collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, designing an original set for the dance, 'Split-Sides', a production that toured worldwide. In addition to Merce, Heishman has collaborated with Sigur Rós, Radiohead, Megan Schvaneveldt and many other artists – most recently co-directing two films with/for Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz in both Chicago and the Middle East. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, BNY Mellon Collection and the Walker Art Center.
My name is Naiwen Zhang, born and raised in China, I recently graduated from International Center of Photography - Bard MFA program and currently live in New York. My practice includes photography and videos. I am interested in time and memory. My works are focusing on telling non-liner stories of my inner world in response to the outside reality
Working in a multidisciplinary method (photo/painting/sculpture) he is interested in answering two questions. How far down can a rabbit hole go? Do photographs show an absolute truth anymore?
William Mark Sommer (b. 1990) is a film photographer residing in Sacramento, California. Mark has earned his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University and he has exhibited over the United States and Internationally. He has been featured in publications like Stay Wild, Float, Aint Bad, Booooooom, Analog Mag, The Modern-Day Explorer, among others. Mark also has self-published 10 zines and looks to self-publish his first monograph in 2020.
Within Mark’s series he utilizes a long-term documentary mode of storytelling to explore themes of human nature, preservation and empathy. He photographs to further his understanding of a diversity of human experiences, exploring what we hold dear and how our actions shape our environments. He looks for his work to challenge stereotypes by showing the unseen and giving a voice to the misunderstood.
Growing up in the small-bypassed town of Loomis, California, Mark was shaped by the culture of the Lincoln Highway. Experiencing this culture gave him a deep admiration towards small town America and its the history along the fading highways. Following these experiences and admirations has taken him all over the Western United States and brought him a closer understanding with complexities of American culture by seeing history in person and understanding its progressive nature in forgetting the past.
Isabella Campbell's practice has been fundamentally influenced by the environment in which she was raised, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. From a very young age she became intuitively influenced by Japan and its culture, which has naturally shaped the way she thinks about photography and her creative approach in making work. These two influences reflect on her current photographic practice, which concerns the sense of place, temporality and perception.
I am Lithuanian photographer and artist living in Berlin.
From an early age I have been interested in the subject of the body and its representation in the arts. My early practices and works try to balance between neutral decay of bodies and its exploitation within social and economic boundaries. Lately my focus has shifted towards more abstract representations involving eroticism and studies of nature, mainly focusing on a subject of water.
I'm careful not to spoil my interest in water with convoluted interpretations. It is imbued with connotations of eroticism and transcendence, and I am happy if I manage to capture them in my work. But I also try to stay open to other meanings and dive even deeper into exploring water's nature as a physical space. As a result, a viewer is exposed to water’s physical properties, which are not only changing our perception of space and are alien to human’s life, but also are crossover links between imagination and reality.