Posts tagged: conceptual photography

Striking Photos of Dancers in the Wilderness by Bertil Nilsson


London-based fine art photographer Bertil Nilsson returns to his rural Swedish roots in the ongoing series Naturally. Frequently featuring circus performers and dancers in his work, Nilsson’s newest exploration is the juxtaposition of man and nature, freeing both to run rampant in his unhindered landscapes. Collaborating with his models, Nilsson captures a mixture of contortions and levitation both posed and organic. The nude figures are dressed in intense colors that punctuate each frame, creating another possible layer of interpretational poetry. Set loose in this Eden, the photographer himself gives way to the chaos, each image exploding in an evolution of release.

Bruce Peterson’s Still Life Photos Explore Universal Pet Peeves (Spotlight)

Bruce Peterson

It’s not hard for us to relate to this series of ‘annoying’ things by Boston-based photographer Bruce Peterson. We’ve all had our share of sub-par roommates in the past. You know the ones—the roommates who eat the last of the peanut butter and then have the nerve to put it back in the pantry. The roommates who can’t replace a toilet paper roll to save their life, or the ones who “borrow” your toothpaste everyday just to leave it a disgusting mess. The list goes on, naturally. For our many universal pet peeves, there’s finally a visual we can all appreciate, thanks to Peterson who shines the spotlight on them in a clever series simply titled Annoying.

Photographer Transforms Discarded Lighters Into Graphic Art

Eddy De Azevedo

Former Paris-based art director and copywriter Eddy De Azevedo moved to the rural seaside town Capbreton to enjoy the benefits of the wild Atlantic. While on long walks with his dog, De Azevedo could not help noticing all of the trash and discarded objects that washed upon shore. Soon he began collecting the many forsaken scraps and gathering them in his studio where he creates colorful, graphic images from the rubbish.

Gruesome Selfies Taken While Playing Grand Theft Auto


Grand Theft Auto has been crucified in the media for its capability to allow players to rampantly kill and maim civilians and authorities such as their fictional police force. Its latest edition creates a reality slippage with the inclusion of an in-game “selfie” function via a virtual smart phone, the app for which can be downloaded onto your real life phone. Photos taken by players are automatically shared with an online community via the game’s social platform and are a strange mashup of violence and humor. They form a documented snapshot journey of online death, formatted as self-portrait, creating a survey of virtual death tourism.—Georgie Roxby Smith

Australian artist Georgie Roxby Smith has always been fascinated by the concepts of digital identity and role playing. Her newest work exploring virtual worlds and online networks has culminated in a startling set of “photographs” in GTAV, Death Tourism Selfies. Smith turns the game’s new “selfie” feature on its head simply by positioning it in her framework of masculinity and culture of death so frequent in virtual gameplay. By appropriating a game rarely geared towards her own gender, Smith reveals a world that calls for contemplation and a look at our own contemporary psyche.

Photographer Uses Embroidery to ‘Pixelate’ Family Snapshots


Los Angeles–based photographer Diane Meyer’s photographs seem to be ordinary snapshots of family members and scenic outings until you notice that a technical glitch has left parts of the photo grossly pixelated. However, it’s far from a technical glitch—it’s Meyer’s handiwork. Tired of seeing her work on screen only, in 2011 Meyer began to embroider directly onto the surface of her photographs in swatches of color that look like pixels, albeit big, fuzzy ones, giving her photographs an undeniable physical presence. Meyer’s cross-stitches seem to toggle from thread to pixel and back again, reminding us of the imperfect natures of memory, photographic representation, and the omnipresent LED screen.

Photos of Anonymous Women Covered With Fabric


Chicago-based photographer Patty Carroll’s series Anonymous Women: Draped presents a sumptuous landscape of heavy, textured fabrics that keep our eyes moving hungrily around each frame. Underneath the weight of these fabrics, as we know, are women holding still so that we might question their positioning as decorated object; the voice of the photographer could not be more articulate. We sat down with Carroll to find out what these images mean personally as well as the greater societal implications of hidden women.

Portraits Capture the Hypnotic State of Subjects Watching TV


Dormant is about an alien state, one that is commonly visited but not often seen. These people are not actively growing, but still protected inside of their houses, their beds, and their TVs. The quiet and submissive state would regularly indicate sleep, but instead we are confronted with views of people with light in their eyes. What we find is a moment of intimacy between the viewers and subjects through means that are typically distancing.—Michelle Norris

Michelle Norris, a BFA photography student at the University of Georgia, created the series Dormant not as a critique of entertainment culture, but rather as an observation. Her portraits capture the static state of fully disconnecting from the world and watching television—here she gives us a myriad of frozen stares on faces glowing from the screens in front of them.


Abstract Landscapes Created from Paper and Light

Yvonne Lacet

Dutch photographer Yvonne Lacet constructs a clean yet abstract world in her photographs. Based on paper and studio-lit, the images reflect reality, but are stripped down, giving view to shapes, color and light. Though the images never depict a certain place or area, ‘the city’ itself is a recurring theme. In Lacet’s work, characteristics of a bustling metropolis become quiet, structured and simply beautiful. Lacet recently told us more about her series Virtual Relief, which was her contribution to the ‘Bouw in Beeld Prijs‘ in 2009, an award initiated by one of the largest construction companies in The Netherlands.

‘Stage Fright’ by Jan Adriaans

Jan Adriaans

Netherlands-based artist Jan Adriaans‘ work is photography based, though his final pieces vary between video, ‘classic’ photographic works, and sculptures, within which he explores the relationship between materials, objects and space while testing the boundaries and limitations of the medium itself. We recently talked to Adriaans about his latest series Stage Fright.

‘Fruitland’ a Group Show of Strange Fruit Photos, Opening at Photoville, Brooklyn

Athos-BurezAthos Burez
Still Life III
16 x 20 in.
Archival Pigment Print
Edition 2 of 5

Is it strange that when I look at certain fruit I find myself a bit aroused. Almost like it’s trying to seduce me. By overwhelming my senses. Like it wants to be devoured. Like we’re meant to be together. Fruit tempts us with enlightenment. We’ve struggled to portray their beauty. Crossed lands to find them. Fought wars over them. But somewhere along the way we’ve stripped them of their power. Reduced to a still life, fruit has become predictable. Or has it?
The Fruit Hunters, 2012

Feature Shoot is pleased to present the group exhibition, Fruitland, a collection of strange still life photographs of fruit by 20 international photographers, at this year’s Photoville Festival in Brooklyn. Much like picking the perfect piece of ripe, delicious-looking fruit from a tree, I’ve spent the last year searching hundreds of photographers’ websites for the freshest and strangest takes on nature’s sweetener. Perhaps as a response or antidote to the labored and moody Dutch still life-inspired food photography that has been proliferating in galleries over the past decade, young photographers are now challenging themselves to take a regular piece of fruit and make it special, adding an array of strange, unique twists.

Featuring Athos Burez, Catherine Losing, Christian Hagemann, Daan Brand, Daniel Evans and Brendan Baker, Daniel Stier, Dominic Davies, Federico Ciamei, Florent Tanet, Gilda Davidian, Heather Rasmussen, Kyoko Hamada, Maciek Pozoga, Maryanne Casasanta, Mate Moro and Aron Filkey, Maxime Guyon, Nico Krijno, and Wyne Veen.