Haunting Double Exposure Portraits Give A Delicious Slip Out of Reality

Some of the best mistakes in photography are double exposures…or so I think. It’s like being caught in a parallel universe…stuck somewhere in between the places you’ve been and the places you dream about. As if you could be grounded one second and take flight the next.

Enter the haunting layering of untold stories seen through London-based photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten‘s double exposure portraits. Fullerton-Batten is known for using cinematic lighting, and beautiful backgrounds to frame her subjects in a aura of intimacy and grace.  These double exposure prints are from Batten’s personal collection… in her bio “She insinuates visual tensions in her fine-art images, and imbues them with a hint of mystery, that combine to tease the viewer to re-examine the picture continuously, each time seeing more content and finding a deeper meaning with every viewing.”

These photographs are no exception.

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I FOUGHT THE LAW

In Tennessee hollow logs may not be sold.

In Tennessee hollow logs may not be sold.

Strange laws still on statute books make for interesting subject matter when it comes to this ongoing photo series ‘I Fought the Law’ by Olivia Locher.  Locher cleverly parodies the bizarre nature of these unusual US state laws with scenes that prey upon the prohibited acts.

Who knew it was illegal to back pocket ice cream in Alabama?

She says: “Using early pop art as inspiration, I intend to defy rules and regulations across all the remaining US states.”

Way to go rebel! Maybe I’ll start putting my Good Humor bars in my back pocket once I’m over the Mason Dixon line too.

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In California Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

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In Utah no one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.

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In Rhode Island it is illegal to wear transparent clothing.

 

In Arizona you may not have more than two dildos in a house.

In Arizona you may not have more than two dildos in a house.

 

In Delaware it’s illegal to wear pants that are “form-fitting”around the waist.

In Delaware it’s illegal to wear pants that are “form-fitting”around the waist.

 

In Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.

In Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.

 

In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

 

In Alabama it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.

In Alabama it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in ones ears.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in ones ears.

 

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All images © Olivia Locher

COSTA RICA GETS SHOWERED WITH FLOWER PETALS

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Ad giants McCann commissioned photographer Nick Meeks to create a visionary campaign for SONY’s new 4K TV. The new 4k promises to have a picture quality 4x’s the resolution of standard HDTV.

I’d have to say he hit this assignment out of the park – because it doesn’t seem real – the millions of flower petals that were blasted into the air in Costa Rica to showcase the beauty of their new 4K. It took the creative team and the entire village 2 weeks to pluck the 8 million flower petals that symbolize the 8 million pixel display of the 4K tv.

Sony says, “to see the real depth and detail of each petal gliding in the air, floating on the water, or blowing in the streets, you need to see it on one of their new 4K televisions in a showroom near you.” – of course…there’s the catch. But as incredible as it looks in 1080p, I think I’m willing to do that.

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*photos via NickMeekssite & MyModernMet

PORN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY (NSFW)

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Brian Steinhoff’s attempts at lessening the shock with a skin trade of floral patterns doesn’t make me blush any less. Matter of fact, I debated whether or not to add NSFW to this post. But my eyes were quick to replace grandma’s bad wallpaper for skins tones and fleshy parts.

Steinhoff’s creative form of discussing the “banality of censorship” makes me think of those late nights trying to bring in films I ought not – trying to make out bodies through the fuzz and static. What I couldn’t see was quickly replaced by my wild adolescent imagination. With form and shape still intact does Steinhoff’s series really hide anything? Or does it represent the things/images we inevitably can’t control?

*See more images from the series Porn for the Whole Family here.

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A PHOTOGRAPHERS TELLING OF PANDORA’S JAR

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19-year old Aliza Razell is exploring a perfect blend of reality and myth in her photo series, Anesidora. 

Inspired by Greek story of Pandora, the first women on earth who Zeus gifted a special jar on the day of her marriage to Epimetheus. Zeus ordered that the jar not be opened but a curious Pandora opened the jar releasing all the bad things in it out into the world.

Razell’s burst of watercolors splash across the muted tones of the photographs spilling out into the other realm of the image creating a new twist on an old tale.

Find more of Razell’s work on Flickr.

SPOTLIGHT: Gordon Parks

American Photographer Gordon Parks has been called “the most important black photographer in the history of photojournalism” – the man who taught himself how to take pictures at the age of twenty-five with a Voigtländer Brillant that he purchased at a pawn shop.

In 1948, after a stint with the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.) covering the nation’s social conditions, he garnered attention with his photo essay on the life of a Harlem gang leader that won him widespread acclaim and a place as the first African-American staff photographer and writer for Life Magazine – where he stayed for two decades. Parks work captures some of the most iconic moments in American Culture from the early 1940’s up until his death in 2006.  As a humanitarian, he seemed most passionate about capturing the nation in its moments of social upheaval with an air of timelessness. His lens so often found the dignity and pride of the people whose portraits accompanied these stories.

 

Parks was multi-faceted man – he was also a humanitarian, a musician, a film director, and a writer. “He spent much of the last three decades of his life expanding his style, conducting experiments with color photography. He continued working up until his death in 2006, winning many awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 1988, and over fifty honorary doctorates. He was also a noted composer and author, and in 1969, became the first African-American to write and direct a Hollywood feature film based on his bestselling novel The Learning Tree. This was followed in 1971 by the hugely successful motion picture Shaft. The core of his accomplishment, however, remains his photography the scope, quality, and enduring national significance of which is reflected throughout the Collection. According to Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Center at Harvard University, “Gordon Parks is the most important black photographer in the history of photojournalism. Long after the events that he photographed have been forgotten, his images will stay with us, testaments to the genius of his art, transcending time, place and subject.”**

You can become better acquainted with his legacy of work at The Gordon Parks Foundation.

*Come follow us on Twitter today (@hahamag #spotlightseries) as we tweet links to Gordon Park’s work online.

 

 

Gordon Parks, “Untitled,” Alabama (1956), Archival Pigment Print, 12 × 18 inches (© Gordon Parks Foundation, courtesy of the Foundation and Salon 94)

*images courtesy of Time Magazine. **quote from Biography of Parks at Gates Foundation website.

Zeren Badar’s ‘Accident Series’

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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.”

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*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.

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PHOTOGRAPHER INSERTS HERSELF INTO HER CHILDHOOD PICTURES

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I figured this would be one of those ‘Like 4 Like’ scenarios but photographer, Chino Otsuka did more than just recreate old memories – she added herself to the cemented moments of her past.

In her photo series, Imagine Finding Me she focuses more on her time spent traveling – often she is standing side by side her former self or merely seen passing through these old memories.

Ostuko says, “things are not quite past or present, or somewhere in between… that has reflected from my upbringing, where I’m neither here nor there, and I’m not really Japanese or English.

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photo credit: Chino Otsuka

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JR joins the New York City Ballet Art Series

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The New York City Ballet is really upping the ante with their Art Series. Last year they collaborated with the NYC based Duo, FAILE – tickets for those performances sold out within days.

This year shouldn’t be any different now that they’ve released word of their partnership with the French Artist, JR. The sheer power of JR’s popularity and his broad influence on his social media following should make this project an instant hit.

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The special installation for the art series will be seen during the ballet performances on January 23rd, and February 7th & 13th. The advance tickets are gone, but keep checking the NYC Ballet website for updates. Don’t forget to link up with JR’s Instagram to see photos from the project as they’re released.

*photos via JR’s Instagram

REAL LIFE INSTAGRAM

Instagram cutouts with colorful cellophane filters have been found affixed to lampposts and walls all around popular London tourist spots – left there by Brazilian Artist, Bruno Riberio (aka. Nitchows).

Nitchow’s project, Real Life Instagram offers us two very unique viewpoints – most of us spend more time looking down at our phones and capturing special moments through the lens instead of soaking it in the old fashioned way, a life where we are constantly tethered to our phones.

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But where do we draw the line? When do we let real life takeover? Nitchow is hoping that his Insta Instagrams will give people pause – make them take notice of the places and neighborhood the cutouts are highlighting. It’s great to be able to use Instagram as a vehicle to connect and share but how about we put those phones down for a second and enjoy the moment.

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*photos courtesy on Nitchow

ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARKS

I cannot stop surfing through these haunting Francesco Mugnai pictures. His photo series on abandoned amusement parks brings chills to my body as thrilling as the excitement I can recall back from visiting the amusement parks of my childhood. Here are all the memories rotting in fields and perhaps hosting some ghostly visitors.

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MEALS INTERRUPTED

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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

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Prop styling:  Maeve Sheridan

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