Saturday, March 8, 2014

Faces; When Dogs and Culture Collide

The series Faces is on Faith, a female greyhound, both beauty queen and racing dog. An "exceptional" animal which German photographer Julia Christe chose to emphasize in a series of portraits. Responding initially to an order for a magazine cover, Christe coincidentally viewing a hood over the head of her dog to protect hair from his ears, was seized by the fragility and "humanity" that emerges from the animal. A feeling that gives meaning to the special relationship people have with their dogs propelling the viewer to go further into the portraits. She decided to conduct a personal work on this animal by organizing a photo shoot with some fifty different hoods. The stunning series was born.

Julia Christe lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


Faces









All images are courtesy and copyright © Julia Christe

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Eyes as Big as Plates, the "sublime elsewheres".

Eyes as Big as Plates is the collaborative venture between Karoline Hjorth (Norway) and Riitta Ikonen (Finland), produced in collaboration with senior models from Norway, Finland, New York, France and most recently Iceland and Faroe Islands. The series includes 45 works in total, along with a performance program and a selection of video pieces. Eyes as Big as Plates will be widely exhibited in 2014, starting with a solo show in January in Fotogalleriet in Norway followed by the Ars Fennica show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Finland.

Eyes as Big as Plates was produced with local seniors, sailors, retired agronomes and 90-year old parachuters. The photographic series started out as a play on characters and protagonists from Nordic folklore, inspired by the Romantics' celebration of imagination. Each image presents a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time or place. As in a folktale where the forest could be any forest, and the sea could be any sea, the scenes in Eyes as Big as Plates encourage a sense of timelessness and universality. At the same time, suggestions of narrative enter in by incorporating glasses, footwear and clothing, revealing traces of the characters' individuality and signs of contemporary living.


Eyes as Big as Plates
© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen

All images are courtesy and copyright of Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen










Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Madame Peripetie's Dream Sequence: A Philosophical Concept of the Beautiful and Sublime

Dream Sequence is Sylwana Zybura aka Madame Peripetie's award-winning photographic book project. It oscillates around the portraiture of unconventional fictional figures seen at the crossroads between fashion, photography, performance and art. The main inspiration has evolved from surrealism and film, while considering the philosophical concept of the beautiful and sublime.
All the protagonists were shot in-camera with minimal retouching involved. As part of this in camera process, body painting, prosthetics, wigs, unusual 3D make-up techniques as well as real flowers were used in order to enhance and distort the bodies of the models. At the moment Madame Peripetie is running a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo in order to raise funds for printing the striking designed book that is planned to be published in Jan 2014.

The series was initiated in Germany and originally styled and conceptualized as a solo project. I continued the project in London, where I have worked and developed its visual nuances with a regular team who have constituted the core of the project - stylist Stella Gosteva, and make-up artist Marina Keri. The series won The seltmann+söhne Advertising Award in Germany, the Double Gold at PX3 in Paris, and recently received an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards in NY.
~~~ Madame Peripetie



Madame Peripetie










All images are courtesy and copyright of Madame Peripetie.