Photographer Rose Marie Cromwell‘s relationship with Cuba is complicated, she says. Over the past four years she has taken multiple trips to the country, putting together a unique body of work that reads like bits and pieces of multiple stories called Everything Arrives. Her experiences in Cuba have been a mix of feeling part of a close community, while always being reminded that she is an outsider. This duo of experiences is something she tries to emulate in her work by combining images of everyday Cuban rituals with images that capture the country in new ways, far from the traditional representations photographed over the years. The result feels both near and far—we are led into intimate, vulnerable moments that feel voyeruristic at times, while kept at a distance with questions left unanswered.
Italian photographer Simone Bergantini fuses painting and photography in La Compagnia dei Pappagalli, creating perfectly chaotic and colorful works that elevate these parrot portraits to new heights. To create the works, Bergantini first captured analog images of the parrots using a large format camera with positive film, after which he painted directly on the prints with watercolors.