it felt like i knew you…, 2012 - ongoingI ride the NYC subway trains, usually in the evening when the seats are full. I focus on the shape of the space between the person sitting next to me and myself. I attempt to mentally and emotionally re-sculpt that space. In my mind, I reshape it- from the stiff and guarded space between strangers to the soft and yielding space between friends. I direct all my energy to this space between us. When the space palpably changes, and I completely feel like the stranger sitting next to me is my friend, I rest my head on that person’s shoulder…
As Far as I Could Get
Love this series that John Divola took in the nineties. Look all around his so 90’s website to discover high resolution images, statements and installations.
Already tackled by Lee Friedlander’ photographs “At Work” , this serie takes a step further in the banal landscape of the office life. Florian van Roekel' “How Terry Likes his coffee” documents not only workers and office buildings but also ground plans which are used to separate chapters, doodles, ankle shots of the almost alive suit jackets, and endless meetings in-between moments immersing the viewer in the details of that world. Backgrounds often appear black, inviting the viewer to take a place and look at this stage where workers act as robots. Ranging from energetic and stressful ambition to comfortable dullness , van Roekel makes this banal environment much more abstract and deeper.
The use of diptychs emphasize the different experience of time inside this environment, as a lost gaze interacts with a hand playing with a pen and later hangs up the phone. Obscure images of hands, head shots and blowing leaves lit by harsh sunshine close this brilliant book.
Fear of fall series is also worth watching!
Not an Ordinary Fashion Photographer!
Charlie Engman’s creative mind produces images featuring contorted positions. The effect is captivating, with an air of mystery and sentimentality. In his pictures, the human body is an sculpture, and a performance at the same time. Ordinary scenes are captured differently in Domestic Diorama’ series, where the body lies strangely in domestic spaces.
When it comes to fashion, his collages and superpositions of colors, objects, background paper rolls and black and white photographs next to color ones build a stunning composition.
Have a look at his Tumblr , an impressive drawer of sketches and inspirations.
Southern India in 3 weeks
- Eat at Delhi Darbar Colaba Causeway, SBS Road, Near Regal Cinema, Colaba
- Sleep at SeaShore Hotel 1/49 Kamal Mansion,Arthur Bunder Road, Arthur Bunder Road
- Must-see: Elephanta Island, Gateway of India and the heritage buildings are in the top lits of the guides but don’t forget to go to: Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat.
Skyscrapers looming over Dhobi Ghat air laundry
This massive open air laundry provides an unforgettable glimpse into the inside of the city. Dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought here and painstakingly hand washed by the dhobis (washermen) in the seemingly endless rows of concrete troughs.
From the multitude of colorful pavement vendors that line Colaba Causeway, to the fascinating Chor Bazaar Thieves Market, Mumbai is full of interesting places to go street shopping. Stock up on attractive souvenirs at Colaba Causeway, delight in cheap shoes and clothes at Linking Road, scour the narrow alleyways of Chor Bazaar for antiques, and sample the fresh food while marveling at the architecture of Crawford Market.
Location: Colaba Causeway, Linking Road in Bandra, Crawford Market near Churchgate, and Chor Bazaar on Mutton street (opposite Shafi Masjid).
Marine Drive Chowpatty Beaches At the end of a tiring day of sightseeing, relax with the locals on the beaches of Juhu and Marine Drive, and watch the sunset. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll also be able to feast on tasty snacks offered by the multitude of food stalls and mobile food vendors.
- Sleep at Comfort guest house
- Fresh juices and great food at Vihar Hotel
- Experience loal traditions by taking the afternoon cruise and see how locals enjoy dancing
- Don’t miss the Spicy Plantation at Baghwan Mahavir
- Sleep at Di Melo, a yellow building easy to find
- Yummy sea food at Dropadi,on the beach and Casa fiesta
- Wander in the forest until discovering the Cotigao waterfalls
- Swim at the gorgeous and endless Turtle Beach
- Sleep at Tom’s Old Mansion located in Princess Street, Fort Cochi
- Good food although too “Lonely Planet-ish” at Tea Pot, if you’re craving for a chocolate cake, try the “Chocolate to kill” Elephant reserve in Kalady, best before 7h30 to see baby elephants bath.
Fort Cochi: Chinese fishing nets and jewish neighborhood
Ernakulam: buy spices at the market (cinnamon, cardamom and all the spices you’re dreaming of!)
Sleep at Green Valley Cottages.
Avoid touristy restaurants nearby the beach Head to the second beach, where locals gather and real Indian food is served. King fish with coconut milk is a must. Try the ayurvedic full-body massage
Kalpetta is an ugly city and bus hub although the route to get there is incredibly beautiful: clouds looming over mountains and elephants walking next to trucks.
Leaving Fort Kochi
- Devaraja market to buy oils, incense and painting powder
- I had the best thali at the Hotel RRR: yummy veggies over a banana leaf, rice and nans
It’s hectic to get there, since you first have to take a bus to arrive to Hospet. Peaceful scenery with temples along a river and gurus everywhere.
Happy in the quiet Hampi!
- Try to book your train tickets at least 24h before, especially if it’s a night trip. Preferably in 2AC (second class with A/C, curtains and 4 bunk beds) or 3AC (A/C, 6 bunk beds without curtains) Cleartrip.com
- Avoid buses! Even if they have bed seats Indian highways are a nightmare.
- Odomo is the best mosquito cream (in any pharmacy)
- Light sleeping-ba g/sheets
- Take the airplane blanket, sometimes the A/C train is too strong
View the Monsoon Season whole serie here
Our Endless Visual Village
Today we’re all photographers. Almost everybody has a camera whether it is a smartphone or a digital one. We document everyday moments maniacally, capturing food, clothes, cats or sunsets. And rather than printing pictures to make an album, we upload them on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram to receive and post comments from friends and strangers. This overwhelming stimuli of images in the digital era is powerful and remarkable: Internet has democratized the voice of the people, making easier to tell our own stories and find other´s ones. But where will this constant flow of images bring us to?Nostalgia comes up when I think of the bazillion photographs that will be lost in the upcoming years.I look at family scrapbooks and the necessity of creating pictures and printing them increases day after day.
Picture taken in Panjim, India, August 2012
The most desirable photography book: Jens F. by Collier Schorr
This beautiful publication plunges in Schorr’s visual diaries containing notes, contact sheets, and sketches offering an intimate view of the artist’s thoughts . She photographed Jens F., a young man from southern Germany that he met on the train, for more than six years inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s paintings “The Helga Pictures”.
In her appropriations, Jens is frequently depicted lying in positions of submissiveness and vulnerability, his body juxtaposed with Helga’s, over and over again.Both Wyeth and Schorr objectify their models (see above the image “On her knees”) putting them in awkward poses that foreground their physicality. As the same time these images interrogate about gender and identity, exploring the evolution of intimacy between Helga and Jen with the artists.
A valuable exploration of one artist’s understanding of process through emulation, Jens F. is a mysterious photographic journal of scribbled notes, collaged elements and obvious discovery for both model and subject. Schorr generously invites readers to follow his path on her process of discovery and investigation where working methods & ideas become the finished and beautiful work.
To quote the photographer:
"The Jens pictures began as an experiment. To photograph a young boy in many of the positions that Andrew Wyeth painted the model Helga; to give someone another identity and photograph them through the transformation. Working exclusively in a small town in Germany, I was also interested in the impulse of Americans like Henry James, to travel to Europe in search of a certain ‘privileged’ landscape only in fact to insert an American inflection. The work evolved into a kind of dance between the two models, between painting and photography, between the exacting detail of photography and all the nuances of sketches and drawings. As a way of keeping track of all these images, I began to clip out the contact prints I liked and to paste them into a book."
Click here to read this interview
Mårten Lange shares his natural images in his cloth-bound book “Another Language” . The Swedish-born photographer captures isolated -and almost magical-moments and creatures of the natural world, with recurring shapes, patterns and textures –many of them are circular, reminding me somehow of Rinko Kawauchi’s work- and forms and the beautiful simplicity present everywhere in the environment around us.
Collecting images of the land, nature and animals throughout two years, Lange buits a strong and balanced language In his own words “People often think that nature is something that exists separately from human society. It’s a virtual space, seen on TV and admired from a distance. But people are interacting with nature every day. It’s just a matter of paying attention.”
Published by Mack, in “Another Language” every photograph elucidates a sense of simplicity and uncommon lightning creating a whole enigmatic dialogue.