Posts tagged: fine art photography

Breathtaking Photos of Ocean Waves on a Stormy Evening in Montauk


© Dalton Portella / Offset

Dalton_Portella_33866© Dalton Portella / Offset

Standing near the precipice of the raging Atlantic Ocean, nature and fine art photographer Dalton Portella captures the cinematic breaking of the monolithic waves of Montauk, New York. In the midst of a turbulent storm, the idyllic Hamptons destination is transformed into an alien landscape wherein terror and wonder become indistinguishable. With nary a surfer in sight, lightning and frothy white sea foam penetrate the darkened nighttime sky with piercing rays of light. Each image of Portella’s Perfect Storm Series is a masterful synthesis of various Montauk storms.

‘Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography’ at the Museum of Arts and Design


Lauren Kalman, Tongue Gilding, 2009 (Photo: Sienna Patti)


Ashley Gilreath, I Am Who They Were (neckpiece), 2011 (Photo: Michael Webster)

After discovering a photograph of her great-grandmother in a family locket, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Arts and Design was inspired to curate an exhibit examining the mysterious yet manifest threads that bind photography and jewelry. Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography explores the history of photography as it relates to jewelry-making while showcasing the innovations made by more than 80 artists in the field, including Gijs Bakker, Andy Warhol, Wafaa Bilal, Sooyeon Kim, Iris Nieuwenburg, Kara Ross, Bettina Speckner, Joyce Scott, Jordan Doner, Mari Ishikawa, Jiro Kamata, Kiff Slemmons, Noa Zilberman, Gabriela Sanchez, and Bernhard Schobinger.

Photo du Jour: Fantasy Landscape


With his haunting landscapes, Australian photographer Michael Corridore captures the essence of the real world by transforming it into a fantasy. At first glance, this deceptive photograph might appear as a rendering of a vacated desert, touched only by soft rainbow light. Look closely, and the ethereal terrain reveals itself to be an aerial urban landscape, dotted with nearly unrecognizable buildings, roads, and industrial structures. Through extensive processing, Corridore strips the city bare, reconfiguring its elements to resemble something altogether foreign, a barren, ghostly planet yet to be populated with life. In this eerie realm, all human existence is washed away, leaving a powerful sense of our own inevitable impermanence in its wake.

Mysterious and Unnerving Photos of the Contorted Human Body (NSFW)



For her evocative series Ecce Homo, Berlin-based photographer Evelyn Bencicova captures the straining human body, arranged in tight, uncomfortable quarters. The work’s title, derived from the biblical line meaning “behold the man,” unites it with a long line of art historical pieces depicting human suffering through the Passion of Christ. Here, the unnamed human figure, replicated many times over, is subject to mysterious oppressions and humiliations more gradual and anonymous than the crucifixion.

Photo du Jour: A Makeshift Pool in the Ozarks


In the hustle and bustle of domestic life with three children, photographer Julie Blackmon has a knack for finding moments of calm and serenity. At her aunt’s hilltop house in the Ozark, Missouri countryside, she captures a refreshing swim on a 102 degree July day.  In this magical scene, kids float about in an ethereal, murky blue water.

Vintage Photographs with Small Dots of Light Give Off An Enchanting, Ghostly Glow

Amy_Friend_02Villigen, Germany


For Dare alla Luce, photographer Amy Friend collects faded memories in the form of vintage and antique photographs, which she penetrates to reveal small spots of light. Re-photographing the altered print, she captures eerily doubled images that appear ghostly and divine, as if dotted with stars. The figures immortalized here are strangers to Friend, and by piercing the surface of the two-dimensional print, she allows portions of mysterious recollections to irrevocably vanish. Each title comes either from notes scrawled on the backs of the images themselves or from Friend’s own reflections on photography.

Submerged in a River, Photographer Captures Stunning, Painterly Images



For Autumn River, photographer Philip Brittan submerges himself and his camera in the currents of Bristol’s River Frome, capturing the movements of fallen leaves. Worn to colorful transparencies by the churning of the water, the leaves become abstracted blurs through which we can measure motion and the passage of time. They pass hurriedly across Brittan’s blurry frame, their veined bodies twisted and coiled like salmon swimming upstream.

Quirky Fashion Series Features Upside-Down Models



For Fortune Cookie, photographer Martin Tremblay, also known as Pinch, turns the fashion world upside down, literally. As part of a shoot commissioned by London-based Schön! Magazine, he captures models floating, their heads planted on an overturned floor. Though the planet is jarringly inverted, normal life continues unchanged while fantastical female muses clad in Dolce & Gabbana, Marie Saint Pierre, and Givenchy adapt to a reverse gravitational pull. Here, the world of fashion and the mundanities of the everyday exist both in harmony and in conflict, moving in opposite directions and yet unified under a single, vibrant aesthetic.

Startling Photos of Americans Lying in 7 Days of Their Own Trash



How much garbage do you produce? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims the average American creates more than 4 pounds of trash a day, more than most European countries and markedly higher than just a few decades ago. In 7 Days of Garbage, photographer Gregg Segal asks people to make their bed and lie in it, posing individuals with all the waste they accumulate over the course of just a week.

Thought-Provoking Photographs Depict the Psychological Effects of War in Iran

Gohar Dashti

Gohar Dashti

For her powerful series Today’s Life and War, photographer Gohar Dashti catalogues the emotional effects of the Iran-Iraq War of 1980, giving form to the invisible but pervasive anxieties that linger in the minds of civilians decades after its close in 1988. In these staged narrative images, the artist explores the complex and contradictory impulses that govern even the most routine tasks. A couple eats breakfast and cleans their laundry, inescapably haunted by the violence that springs forth from newspapers and television sets. As they navigate uneven, chaotic terrain, their humble wedding party is trailed by tanks and troops.