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Evocative Photos by Stefanie Klavens Examine the Scenery of Everyday Life

Stefanie Klavens

Stefanie Klavens

Boston-based photographer Stefanie Klavens examines the scenery of daily life in her series How We Live. Klavens focuses on a wide variety of unpopulated, commonplace spaces both private and public in order to examine the elements that are so often seen they have long gone unnoticed.

Hyde + Hyde Architects Design Dream House For a Photographer

Hyde + Hyde

Hyde + Hyde

Is there such a thing as a dream home for a photographer? There is now, and it’s the brainchild of Welsh architectural group Hyde + Hyde Architects, which they’ve named ‘House for a Photographer.’ The modern, minimalist structure is nestled into an unused quarry on the edge of Brecon National Park in Pontypridd, Wales. To avoid disturbing the surrounding environment and quarry walls, Hyde + Hyde Architects elevated the house off the ground, making for quite a unique structural experience.

Photo du Jour: Mumbai Skyscrapers Amidst Slums

Alicja Dobrucka

Wake up everyday to a spectacular view of the blue sky romancing the sea. Come home to beachside joys.

Polish, London-based photographer Alicja Dobrucka documents the changing landscape in the bustling city of Mumbai, India, in her recent series Life is on a New High. Dobrucka takes a close look at the city’s construction boom and the 15 “supertalls” (buildings over 980 feet), the hundreds of skyscrapers, and thousands of high-rise buildings currently being built. Already, there are over 2,500 high-rises in the city. Dobrucka explores the contrast between these monster, luxury structures (of which most are residential) and the slums that surround them. To drive this irony further home, she cleverly pairs her photos with real ad slogans attempting to lure Mumbai’s newly rich or up-and-coming middle class to these properties.

Work from this series is included in the group exhibition Restate at London’s Art:I:Curate through April 17, 2014.

Bence Bakonyi’s Floating Portraits

Bence Bakonyi

Bence Bakonyi

Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi carries on the Moholy-Nagy tradition of creating alternate ways of visually representing reality and making us see with photography what we might not with our own two eyes. Currently based in Budapest, Bakonyi has worked on a number of series that all ask us to consider this ‘new’ reality—to suspend belief, to imagine, and to go with it.

Seung Hoon Park’s Photographic Tapestries

Seung Hoon Park

Seung Hoon Park

To create each of Seoul-based artist Seung Hoon Park‘s images for the series Textus, Park chops up strips of 8mm or 16mm film and weaves them together to create larger images that depict well-known and iconic landmarks and buildings from all over the world. In doing so, each image emits an otherworldly quality—one part a definite representation of a specific site and one-part entirely fantastical.

Vibrant, Graphic Photos of Glass Building Facades by Damon Hunter (Spotlight)

Damon Hunter

Damon Hunter

Damon Hunter plays tricks on our eye with a vibrant and graphic series he calls The Colour of Glass. Shot in and around Melbourne where the photographer is based, Hunter captures unique perspectives of the glass facades of various types of buildings—apartments, universities, hospitals and corporate offices—all along “looking for buildings that make interesting use of glass, whether it be for something as seemingly simple as windows in an apartment building, to complex designs worked into the structure itself.”

Surreal Disneyland Landscapes Photographed by Thomas Struth

Thomas_Struth_Photography

Images courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery. © Thomas Struth.

Thomas_Struth_Photography

Images courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery. © Thomas Struth.

I want to reconsider how the process of imagination and fantasy works in general, how something which has built up in someone’s mind has materialized and become reality. The German expression ‘sich etwas ausmalen’—to paint something in one’s head—refers to the picturing capacity of the human brain. It is a condition, without which we cannot create anything. My focus was particularly drawn to the ambiguity between what Walt Disney had remembered from his trips to Europe and how it was later rebuilt as a kind of latent reality in California.—Thomas Struth

Düsseldorf-based photographer Thomas Struth examines the industry of fantasy with his photographs of Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Imposing Photos of Multicolored Metropolises

Kai-Uwe_Gundlach_Photography

We’ve built them up all over the world and they’re impressive—bustling metropolises packed with millions of people moving about in orderly chaos. Concrete Jungle is Hamburg-based photographer Kai-Uwe Gundlach‘s vibrant look at mega-cities in China, Spain and the U.S., shot while he was traveling in 2008 and 2009. Captured in painterly palettes of color, Gundlach’s geometric urban hubs link a city’s massive growth with nature’s forced retreat, asking us to contemplate the balance between a fascinating yet frightening global reality.

Midwestern Ice Shack Culture Photographed by Mike Rebholz

Mike Rebholz

On the southern tier lakes of Wisconsin, “10 Weeks” is typically the period between late December when a thick enough layer of the lake freezes and ices over, until the first Sunday after the first day of March. It’s during this time when you’ll find Mike Rebholz on one of the five lakes near his hometown of Madison making pictures of the ice shacks and the culture that exists within them.

The Sad Fate of Old Bank Buildings Photographed by Michael Vahrenwald

Michael_Vahrenwald_PhotographyLincoln Savings Bank, Brooklyn, NY 2011

We know what iconic structures such as the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis, and the like can teach us about the era and culture in which they were built. Less obvious is noticing buildings that might do the same today. NYC-based photographer Michael Vahrenwald’s project The People’s Trust proposes that we can derive information about our culture and its values through “looking at the structures that host our financial transactions and their legacies.”