Victoria Crayhon‘s exhibition It Says We’re Not Real, an ongoing body of photographs and video entitled Thoughts on Romance from the Road 2001-2017. The images are a series of text interactions with historic and abandoned movie marquee and motel signs conceived while the artist traversed the roadways and interstates of New England, Michigan and other locales during long commutes and trips. These blank slates punctuated the path, causing her to recede into memory and ultimately display fragments of thoughts that might easily disappear but now exist purely as photographs. Crayhon’s most recent work in the series further complicates the scenario and enriches the experience. This time she interacts with digital theater signs, transferring her message, filming the playback and photographing it simultaneously.*
*via Cade Tompkins press release
Floating in still waters in the harbors of Maine, these lobster cars stand still and morose like Ulf Puder paintings; depicting haunting environments, pops of color and geometrical construction of shapes that draw you in. These serene moments were taken by photographer Chris Becker out on Cape Porpoise Harbor in Maine. Devoid of a human presence, Becker captures a graceful stillness in these quiet moments between twilight and the coming darkness.
Chris Becker [Website, Facebook]
photos courtesy of Chris Becker’s Behance page.
Brooklyn Photographer Joanne Leah left us the most unusual message accompanied by photos from her latest series ‘Acid Mass’.
The photographs were an array of unclothed bodies strewn about in colorful backdropped narratives — a mysterious trip through surreal, fairy tale crime scenes. Her ritualistic images draw from her own childhood memories, exploring themes of isolation, detachment and self identity.
The series would not be complete if we did not include that eerie opening that grabbed us at first read…
“When I was a child, I would explore the woods behind my house. I ventured alone, following a small creek. One winter day, I deviated from my usual path. As I walked, I heard a man shout. A pack of barking dogs ran toward me. I immediately dropped to the snowy ground and pretended to be dead. I held my breath. The dogs surrounded me, sniffed and snorted. I had never felt that kind of fear before, the fear of being eaten alive.”
All images © Joanne Leah
Self-taught photographer Zeren Badar describes his latest photography project, Accident Series as “rich, conceptual, sensual and anti-formal” turning “pre-existing works of art into Duchampian ready-mades”. Indeed he is exploring his Dada influences with a peculiar combination of photography, painting & collage. These collages are made with found objects, covered in food, laced in strong shadows and layering effects to give a three dimensional sense to his work.
Badar hopes these copies of old masters paintings will evoke the viewers memory. The artist explains, “By using unexpected juxtapositions of objects, I try to create ambiguity and pull viewers attention deeper into my photographs.”
*Zeren Badar is a self-taught photographer who lives currently in NYC. He is originally from Turkey. He is obsessed with art.
He enjoys long walks all around Manhattan and take long breaks at art shows.
Visual Artist, Peter Gronquist’s big showing of SELF PORTRAIT at this year’s Miami Scope Art Fair
Cry·ing /ˈkrī-iNG/ – the act is defined as a complex secretomotor phenomenon characterized by the shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus, without any irritation of the ocular structures.
Chicago based Photographer Gracie Hagen is uses her lens to explore the vulnerable side of human emotions in this compelling and intrusive photo series Secretomotor Phenomenon.
“In an age where nudity is less vulnerable than genuine emotions, I wanted to explore an aspect of peoples lives that are hidden. These are the faces of the intentionally vulnerable. They’re showing you a part of themselves that is usually saved for their loved ones or even sometimes, just themselves. You don’t know why they are crying, but you know that this is a rare look into a stranger’s most personal moments. Things that were private, now made public.”
New York based Photographer Davide Luciano turns those infamous car wrecking potholes into street art with his photo series, Potholes. Luciano used locations in New York, Montreal, and Los Angeles as his backdrop, often driving around for hours to find the perfect pothole. The most amazing thing is that he found the time to set up these shots on busy streets since none of the photos are photo-shopped. This imaginative photo series that turns bad into good proves that with a little creativity – the sky is the limit.
There’s something so calming about everything in its right place. Perhaps that’s why I’m favoring the color grouping photos of Brooklyn-based photographer Sara Cwynar. Cwynar uses her own continually changing horde of objects to create these photo dialogues.
Those lemon yellow tones and monochromatic shades of black and gray eclectic items play on me like the work of other artists (see Michael Johansson) who obsessively group and catalog items in this artistic time capsule form transforming the everyday objects into discussions of our society’s obsession to have more things and the value we place on them.
Sara Cwynar’s COLOR GROUPING PHOTO SERIES via artist website & Featureshoot
It’s hard not to give way to laughter after inspecting these epic meal disasters. This narrative photo project is the brainchild of fine art photographer Davide Luciano and his wife Claudia Ficca – a professional food stylist. You might remember their other fun photo collaboration Potholes.
Take a moment and see if you can work out what went wrong in each scenario.
The possible Mob hit at dinner, uninvited picnic guests, the cafeteria food fight, and the unexpected rainstorm – all leave room for some imaginative back stories
Prop styling: Maeve Sheridan
Photographer Pieter Hugo has my attention. These photos from his series The Hyena & Other Men hold an insistence that you stop and pay attention to these images of power that are captivating in ways unknown to my culture aesthetic.
The series ‘The Hyena & Other Men’ was shot in Nigeria amongst the shantytown of Abuja were these Gadawan Kura (rough translation: hyena handlers) live. They are traveling performers who entertain crowds and sell medicines – apparently a tradition past down through the generations.
You can read more about Pieter Hugo’s travels with this troupe here.
Image credit: Pieter Hugo
You may already be familiar with Dina Goldstein’s work – she has the penchant for being the one to burst the bubble. Remember her pictorial Fallen Princesses that touches on what happened to Disney Princesses when placed in the real world? Wherever there’s a silver lining to be had or a Once Upon a Time, Dina Goldstein is going to find the grittier side of it.
This time her photo essay In The Dollhouse takes aim at America’s favorite doll, Barbie. She’s re imagining the life of Barbie and Ken with models (Nathaniel Campbell & Reghan Blake) – putting them some real world situations. Here Barbie & Ken seem a little dissatisfied with their marriage, and who could blame them… what with having to deal with dueling egos, Ken’s burgeoning sexual confusion and what seems like Barbie’s eventual breakdown.
Here in the Behind the Scenes Video you can see Dina’s crew bring Barbie’s Pink Kingdom to life.
image credit: Dina Goldstein