Posts tagged: fine art photography

Photo du Jour: Afro Sisters


For Twins, London-based portrait photographer Alma Haser explores the uncanny bond shared between duplicate individuals. Her models, Mona Ali and Jessica Staufenberg, are not literal twins, but working together on set, they have learned to echo one another in movement and expression. Says Haser, “they now call each other Afro sisters.”

Wistful Photos Capture Nomadic Life in the Bucolic Iberian Peninsula



For Country Fictions, Madrid-based photographer Juan Aballe chronicles life in the rural corners of the Iberian Peninsula, capturing the quiet, bucolic lifestyle of its villages through a rose-colored lens. Inspired by a group of his friends, who had abandoned metropolitan areas for a life nearer to the natural landscape of places like La Mancha, Andalusia, and the Pyrenees, Aballe himself thought of relocating to the country; Country Fictions is the manifestation of his fantasy, a vision of a life that never came to be.

Captivating Photos Reveal the Pain and Beauty of Misspent Youth in Florida (NSFW)



Paul Kwiatkowski’s illustrated coming-of-age novel And Every Day Was Overcast is a raw and frenzied stream-of-consciousness exploration of boyhood sexual awakenings as told through a haze of drug use, teenage anxiety, and Floridian humidity. The first-person narrative is both intimate and anonymous, autobiographical and fictional. Snapshots from the artist’s own adolescence in the 1990s, taken with disposable cameras, cut through passages of text like intrusive memories of a long-forgotten Florida youth culture. Also included in the iPad edition of the novel are audio recordings of field interviews, electronic melodies, and animal noises.

Photo du Jour: Hong Kong, 1949


As a young man of eighteen, photographer Ho Fan had just moved with his family from Shanghai to Hong Kong in order to escape the pressures of Communism. Still mending from the wounds of World War II, the people of Hong Kong enchanted the artist, drawing him from the routine studio setting and into the streets, which were at that time populated mainly by venders and construction workers. He shot this particular image in 1949.

‘Fatalistic Tendency': A Photographer Copes with Thoughts of Suicide

Fatalistic tendency

Fatalistic tendency

For Fatalistic Tendency, Dhaka, Bangladesh-based documentary photographer Tushikur Rahman visualizes his own depression through scenes of violence and confusion. In his unnerving, claustrophobic frames, he confronts the painful suicidal impulses brought on by insomnia and anxiety attacks, using his camera as a means of recording a personal diary and intimate confessional.

Powerful Portraits of School Shooters Constructed from Newspaper Clippings


News portrait #1 (school shooter Saari, Finland)


News portrait #10 (school shooters Harris & Klebold, USA)

In the last several decades, school violence has become an international phenomenon. The highly publicized 1999 Columbine High School massacre in rural Colorado was just one of these instances, resulting in multiple dead and a bewildered community torn apart. Photographer Harri Pälviranta examines the culture of violence that permeates these tragedies in his series News portraits (school shooters). Constructed from over 1000 various newspaper clippings and online articles, each young perpetrator is illustrated with the descriptions of his deadly actions.

Mysterious, Slightly Macabre Photographs of Taxidermy Creatures

Juliette Bates

Juliette Bates

I’m a fan of mysterious photographs, packed with symbolism, whose exact meaning eludes me. I can really appreciate this way of working in the series, Histoires Naturelles, by French artist Juliette Bates. I love the juicy, velvety blacks and creamy whites; the simple, exact compositions; and the consistency and repetition of colors and textures in these images, as well as the perfect clarity of the glass domes photographed. This series, which makes me think of newer ParkeHarrisons work, could have me looking for days.

Tender Photos Convey the Beauty and Innocence of Childhood


© Melanie Acevedo / Offset


© Melanie Acevedo / Offset

For her ongoing project Another 52 Weeks, Sea Cliff, New York-based photographer Melanie Acevedo chronicles the daily life of her children each week, constructing an infinite and inexhaustible family photo album. The project, which she began four years ago when her daughter Violet was eight and her son Rockwell three, has traced the boy and girl through the seasons and back again, celebrating the ecstasy of summer and the silent mystery of winter months. Updated weekly on Tumblr, the series preserves moments of pain and reverie, small miracles injected within ordinary days.

Photo du Jour: The Fallen Bee


For Still Here, British photographer Lydia Goldblatt traces her father through old age, negotiating the terms of his inevitable death through a sun-drenched family album that includes the unlikely body of a deceased bee. Here, the delicate creature, known for his storied loyalty to the beehive colony, becomes a surrogate for the family unit as it confronts the passing from one generation into the next.

Dreamy Portraits Capture Hijra, Bangladesh’s ‘Third Gender’



For Call Me Heena, Bangladeshi photographer Shahria Sharmin intimately explores the country’s Hijra community, composed of people who were assigned male anatomies at birth but identify as being internally female. Sharmin explains that the Hijra identity exists outside of Western definitions like transgender and is perhaps better described as a third gender. Hijras adopt traditionally female roles, becoming mothers and wives, although their marriages are not recognized legally.