Posts tagged: fine art photography

A Fairytale World Hidden in the Landscapes of Sweden

As a child, Swedish photographer Isabella Stahl spent her days with the horses in the stable. She and the other kids in her village swam in the lakes and rivers and hiked through the woods. They munched on candy and explored the landscape surrounding their farms and houses, and one of the children’s dogs usually came along for the journey. They read ghost stories.

Whimsical, Abstract Moments Found in the Shadows of LA

George Byrne was born in Sydney in 1976. In February of that same year, the controversial exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape concluded its run at George Eastman House nearly 10 thousand miles away in Rochester, New York. As it happens, Byrne’s fate would be intertwined with the history of the New Topographics movement when in 2010, he moved to Los Angeles and started taking pictures of the city’s built environment.

A Photographer Retells the History of the American Southwest (Sponsored)

Saguaro, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, photographed with the Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic

MV Motel, Mesquite, Nevada, photographed with the Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic

Nathan Cowlishaw wants to rewrite the history of landscape photography. The photographer, who is from Utah originally, doesn’t romanticize the sprawling terrain of the American Southwest; his experience of home is eternally shaped by the heritage and experiences of the Indigenous Peoples who populated it long before the arrival of European and American settlers.

Over the course of days spent on the road, the photographer has made beautiful pictures of the desert, but behind their aesthetic appeal lies a sincere wish to correct the wrongdoings and oversights of the past. Cowlishaw’s Southwestern States aren’t the ones you’ll find in the conventional storybooks. They’re the ones passed down from generation to generation of Native Peoples.

The Bloody History of Colonization in Tasmania, in Photos

Eliza Pross is a descendant of Truganini who is famed as being one of the last full blooded Tasmanian Aboriginals. Eliza’s family is from Bruny Island, the home of Truganini.

Risdon Cove Massacre, 1804. Facts about deaths at this site are highly debated. One group claim that less than three Aboriginal people were killed during the conflict, while the majority of historians claim that over 30 Aboriginals were slaughtered. Image is overlaid with a John Glover painting.

When Australian photographer Aletheia Casey was a child, she didn’t learn about any of the frontier conflicts of the time of settlement and colonization in Australia, and she didn’t learn about The Black War in the island state of Tasmania. For the most part, she was told about heroic European settlers, who tamed the wild terrain of Australia at the beginning of the 19th century and built their homes and farms across the land.

A Psychotherapist Finds Minimalist Beauty in the Banal

New Mexico based photographer Natalie Christensen’s striking, minimalist photography is an attempt to reduce her external environment to its most fundamental elements. In her ongoing series New Mexico, Deconstructed, the photographer steers away from the romanticised postcard-perfect image of Santa Fe and its adobe architecture framed by blue skies. Instead, she turns her lens to areas of town that many believe to be an eyesore. The act of digging deeper to see and expose the unseen is reminiscent of her past work as a psychotherapist.

Magic moments found in the everyday in Russia

“As a child I already felt a strong affinity with Soviet culture, because of the history and place I lived in” writes photographer Frank Herfort, who was born in Leipzig, East Germany, in what was then the German Democratic Republic (GDR). “As a young kid with 8 or 9 years or so, I already dreamt of Moscow”, he continues, “don’t ask me why, there was something magnetic about the city’s atmosphere”. Some dreams come true—Frank now resides between Moscow and Berlin.

One Son’s Photos of the Life and Death of His Mother

Mom, 1979

Mom, 1990

Photographer James Friedman’s mother was, like most mothers, a mystery to her son. She was brilliant, and she was complicated. She encouraged his passion for taking pictures and became one of his first subjects when he was only nine years old. But she had had a difficult relationship with her own mother, and she wasn’t effusive or overly affectionate. Friedman doesn’t recall a time she kissed him as a child.

When She Was Battling Cancer, This Photographer Turned to Her Dog

When photographer Jenny Cardoni was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, she felt isolated. She found few people who had undergone treatment, and since the cancer mostly affects men, she had no women to talk to about the experience. Over the course of nearly a year of chemotherapy, surgeries, and spinal taps, her immune system was weakened, meaning that she couldn’t do much with other people.

But she always had her dog Finley.

The Carney Kid Who Grew Up to Be a Photographer

“Life on the carnival growing up looked different every single day,” photographer Ciara J. Alberts remembers of the first decade of her life, spent on on the road with Reithoffer Shows, “I mostly bounced around and wreaked childhood terror with other carney kids on the midway. We would bounce from ride, to cotton candy stand, to ride again.”

Poignant, Playful Photos of the Stray Dogs of India

A hungry dog.

A stray puppy at Varanasi Ghat.

A kid plays with a street dog.

Mumbai photographer Neenad Joseph Arul used to be shy about approaching people, so instead, he turned to the dogs in his neighborhood. Unlike people, the stray animals were never judgmental, and they didn’t mind being photographed. Over time, what started for Arul as a simple lesson in street photography evolved into a longterm relationship with the city’s canine inhabitants.

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