When photographer Manuel Archain’s agent, Franziska Holzer, sent these photographs through on a newsletter, I had to share. Reminiscent of the children’s novel The Borrowers, the photographs are beautifully executed and a wonderful example of Archain’s more ethereal work. Hailing from Argentina, Archain started drawing and sculpting as a child in his artist mother’s studio. Every idea he has is carefully sketched out before being realized photographically, so nothing is left to chance.
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London-based photographer Todd Antony recently spent some time in Sun City, a retirement city boasting 37,000 residents situated near Phoenix, Arizona, where he came across ‘The Sun City Poms’. They were very happy to be photographed striking their best pose against the immaculate backdrop of their sunny paradise.
Antony says on his blog that spending time with these ladies made him consider how Americans view the aging process; at one end of the spectrum are the child beauty pageants (kids trying to fast-track their years) whilst at the other end are these fabulous pom pom ladies who are successfully and gracefully holding them back.
While at the Sony World Photography Awards Show at Somerset House, this series by Paris-based Korean photographer Dae Sung Lee was what impressed me most (he won 3rd prize in the Contemporary Issues category). The shots depict the inhabitants of an island called Ghoramara off the West Bengali coast and the powerful effects of land erosion caused by the rising sea levels. The islanders are mostly farmers and fishermen whose livelihoods are in such jeopardy that the Indian government has already formulated plans to relocate them.
Last summer, I had the privilege of being a mentor along with Liz Helman, a photographer and picture editor, on the Young Photographers’ Association program. The brief was for the mentees to explore what “home” meant to them. London-based Charley Murrell was one of our group.
Her project was inspired by her flatmate who often dresses up in drag. Murrell wanted to depict like-minded drag devotees in their homes, dressed as both of their gender selves. By the end of the summer, editing the final 5 proved to be a challenge as Murrell had so much material. I think this edit proved the strongest. The YPA exhibited one shot from each submitted series from all their groups around the world at the Margaret Street Gallery in London for 10 days this past January.
This stunning pastiche series of Dutch old master still life paintings was a collaborative effort by a Stockholm-based team; photographer Olivia Jeczmyk, stylist Joanna Laven and Fideli Sundqvist, a paper artist. Fideli can make pretty much make anything out of paper; a rock band doing a set, an exquisite meal, a bouquet of flowers. She also does lino-cuts and silhouettes too. Talented bunch, all at Agent Molly.
I have long been a fan of Dutch photographer Corriette Schoenaerts‘ work and was struck by how she takes the primary colours and simple patterns of various national flags and reinterprets them in this series that was commissioned by the Dutch goverment for the new headquarters of Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency. I also love the choice of random objects used in her interpretation—just as long as they fit in colour and form, why not use a girl with loads of balloons and two front doors for Romania?
Schoenaerts also really relishes the challenge of working with different scales in large sets. The works are on permanent display in the main building of the new headquarters.
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As always, whilst you’re hunting for something, you inevitably stumble across something else that’s really great. I love this clever homage-to-Picasso fashion story by Eugenio Recuenco. The Spanish photographer is something of a renaissance man; besides photography, he is well versed in film and has even collaborated on an opera. He describes himself as a “pain in the ass who always insists on doing what he wants.” Fair play to you, Eugenio!
First rule of Fur Club: don’t reveal your identity. Second rule of Fur Club: don’t talk to journalists.
British photographer Tom Broadbent has been getting to know various “Furries” throughout the UK for the last few years. Furries are everyday people, from bank managers to project managers to actors, who dress up in elaborate furry animal costumes and meet up to chat and hang out. Furry groups have been spotted walking around London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge.
At Home With the Furries is Broadbent’s ongoing project, born from a desire to capture the personal, everyday side of their lives without breaking that first Furry rule. Broadbent plans to exhibit and publish this unique series, so keep an eye out for that.
These ice cream vans no longer conform to EU regulations so English photographer Luke Stephenson decided to photograph them in order to preserve a little bit of childhood memorabilia before they go to the scrapyard. Sadly, the ice cream van drivers were too bashful to be included.
San Francisco-based artist Jenny Odell’s medium of choice is Google, namely Google Earth and Google Street View. In this series she explores the way that satellite photography is actually very revealing about our humanity and the marks we humans have left on our planet. I just love how beautiful and fragile she makes everything seem.