Posts tagged: conceptual photography

Photographer Calls Attention to the Desertification of the Mongolian Countryside

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Nomadic life has been central to traditional Mongolian culture throughout history. To this day, 35% of Mongolians depend on the vast open land to live. What happens when environmental changes, like desertification, threaten their only means of survival? Korean photographer Daesung Lee took notice of issues facing this culture and sought out to make a bold statement. For his series Futuristic Archeology, he turns the Mongolian landscape and its nomadic people into a living museum diorama. He hopes to call attention to the possible fate of these people who’s lives are threatened by the changing climate.

Hilarious Portraits of ‘Old Babies’




For a series of portraits he now affectionally refers to as the “old babies,” California-based photographer Zachary Scott transforms a set of six children into elderly characters, with each youngster flawlessly inhabiting the role of the businessman, the grandma, the churchgoer, and even the old farmer.

Captivating Photos of ‘Urban Yoga’ in Paris, New York and Madrid


The Urban Yoga New York, photo by Jaka Vinšek


The Urban Yoga Madrid, photo by Emilio P. Doiztua


The Urban Yoga Madrid, photo by Emilio P. Doiztua

Slovenian architect, yoga instructor and dancer Anja Humljan has put together a collaborative, experimental photography project titled The Urban Yoga that explores the relationship between the urban environment and the human body. The images are taken across four cities in which she has worked on architectural projects. She collaborated with photographers from each city, Jaka Vinšek in New York, Emilio P. Doiztua in Madrid, Antoine Le Grand in Paris, and Primož Lukežic in her hometown, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Each photographer brought their own interpretations to capture Humljan’s body as she utilized and mimicked each space to become a part of it.

‘The Polar Pom-Pom Project’ Explores Climate Change in the Arctic

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Deborah Hamon’s series The Polar Pom-Pom Project is a combination of both art and activism. In the fall of 2013 she boarded a tall ship in Svalbard, 10 degrees away from the North Pole, and embarked on an arctic journey with a small group of international artists. Armed with her camera, and over 2000 yarn pom-poms made by elementary school children, Hamon has created a project that explores the effects of climate change on a generational scale.

Virginie Gosselin’s Surreal Food Still Lifes


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© Virginie Gosselin / Offset

In her playful still lifes, Canadian photographer Virginie Gosselin marries her surrealist aesthetic with her longtime interest in food, cultivated from her childhood at a farm in Quebec. For her conceptual food images, the photographer draws inspiration from an unlikely set of muses: the aisles of the local grocer, discarded objects at yard sales, the advertorial imagery of mid-century America, and everything in between.

Photographer David Catá Plants Roses Into His Flesh




For Raíces aladas, or Winged Roots, Spanish-born photographer David Catá constructs a small pocket of flesh within his palm by tearing away superficial layers of skin, into which he places a sampling of earth and the stem of a rose. Recording the process with his camera, he condenses elements of performance art into a series of still frames, speaking to themes of impermanence, loss, and rebirth.

The Hamburger to End All Hamburgers

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Astonishing Landscapes Made from Paper



Photographer Brendan Austin’s Paper Mountains are situated on the border of reality and fiction, blurring the lines between photograph and nature. Each mountain is in fact a printed photograph of a mountain, worked and crumpled to replicate the peaks and shadows of the American West Coast, New Zealand , and Iceland. Austin’s mountains, protruding against blank whiteness or extending to the corners of the frame, are simultaneously false images of the landscape and the landscape itself. Existing as both the subject and the means of representing that subject, they question the reliability of the photographic medium to capture truth without contest.

Bizarre Photos Mash-up the Natural World and Consumer Society

Jason DeMarte

Jason DeMarte

Quiet now, don’t disturb the herd of…cheese puffs? Photographer Jason DeMarte throws us for a loop with his series Nature Preserve, an exploratory mash-up of the natural world and the consumer environment of contemporary society. The series is made up of digital composites combining images of fabricated and artificial flora and fauna with commercially produced and processed products—hence the Cheetos, sugary donuts, and flowery bouquet action here. His representation of nature with bizarre, unnatural elements “speaks metaphorically and symbolically of our mental separation from what is ‘real’ and compares this with the consumer world we surround ourselves with as a consequence. Ultimately this work is an investigation into the manipulation of truth,” DeMarte says.

Surreal Portraits Explore the Dark Side

Brooke DiDonato

Brooke DiDonato

What would photography be if it didn’t have the power to unveil the mysteries of humanness through psychological exploration? New York-based photographer Brooke DiDonato is exploring the depths of unseen human emotion in her series, Drift—attempting to identify through stunning surreal compositions that make the human mind unravel. She spoke to us about the series, which will be presented in an exhibit at Brooklyn Fire Proof East opening this Thursday.