Posts by: Carolyn Rauch

Photos of Living Sculptures Juxtapose African Farm Workers and Native Plants and Vegetables


Long familiar with the cultures and relationships of southern Africa, photographer Jackie Nickerson examines the juxtaposition of man and earth in her newest series Terrain. Inspired by environmental questions about our connection with land that surrounds us, Nickerson uses the human form to create sculptures from her subjects. Although she officially started shooting in 2012, Nickerson began the process a year earlier, allowing the images themselves to move the project forward without having a predetermined idea in mind. We recently spoke with her about the series.

Anay Mann’s Thoughtful Portraits of Everyday Family Life

Anay Mann

The gentle images in New Delhi-based photographer Anay Mann’s series, About Neetika, are documents of daily life with his wife and son, Vijit. Living in New Delhi, Mann started the series over 12 years ago when he first met his wife. They met when he was a model and she was a stylist. Once they met and married, Mann began shooting, and in a kind of role reversal, his wife became the model and Mann became the stylist for his composed images of Neetika throughout the years.

‘Flora Abstracts’ Photographed by Giles Revell


Giles Revell’s “Flora Abstracts” is part of a larger body of work which explores where graphics and photography overlap. The series is a departure from conventional photography, focusing on color and time rather than form and surface. The result is beautifully abstract graphic artworks.

Manipulated, Hyper-Real Portraits of Models Posing as Beauty Queens


Paris-based photographer Valérie Belin’s series Crowned Heads is a further exploration into reality and artificiality, a central theme to the bulk of her work. The project is an obvious continuation of her earlier projects where she photographed mannequins and models. In these projects, she shoots in a hyper-real manner—where humans look like mannequins and mannequins appear human. To create Crowned Heads, Belin took several portraits of a model and layered the images to create a “sfumato” effect, that is, the gradation has the effect of eliminating the texture of the skin, making the faces appear hyper-real.

Ann Woo’s Hypnotic Photos of Playing Cards


In her series Playing Cards, Hong Kong-based photographer Ann Woo used playing cards to explore the relationship between truth and imagination. “I utilize a basic motive in the composition of playing cards – concealing information – to illustrate the impossibility of seeking meaning in photographs. By photographing only the backsides of the cards, I focus on the nuances of the card patterns.

Cinematic Tokyo Street Portraits by Casper Balslev


In Danish photographer Casper Balslev’s energetic series, the street photographs were taken on a visit to Sjinjuku, Tokyo’s financial district. Inspired by the faces and the characters in the area, Balslev snapped shots of people walking, biking and passing by. Asked if he was looking for specific subjects to shoot: “No, it was very spontaneously done. Most people never really noticed me taking their photo. I would walk around and spot people, then simply approach them, shoot one shot quickly, and then leave. I was inspired by street photographers like Mark Cohen and Bruce Gilden.”

Caleb Charland’s Mysterious Images Combine Science with Tools and Hardware


Maine-based photographer Caleb Charland’s series Demonstrations was inspired by his personal interest in science. “My process and choice of subject matter stem from growing up in a do-it-yourself household where I learned to appreciate the power held by tools and materials. As I explore the garage and search through the basement to solve these pictures, I find new ways of putting old tools and familiar materials to work. Each piece begins with a simple question: How would this look? Is that possible? What would happen if…and then I develop the image through a process of experimentation.”

Images of ‘Solaroids’ Created by Long Exposures of Direct UV Light Onto Film


Solaroids started as experimentation and reevaluation of a material displaced in today’s commercial imaging production. The abstract forms and colors developed on the film extend the function and boundaries of a material whose original purpose is now obsolete.—Jeff McLane

Los-Angeles based photographer Jeff McLane’s Solaroids were produced using large format Fuji instant film and direct outdoor light. To create the abstract photographs, he used long exposures of direct UV light. The images are not altered or retouched; the colors come from the film being pushed past its intended time.


Photo Series Explores the Education of Girls in Kibera


Education for young women is a pretty precious thing in Kibera. Free access to secondary education is not guaranteed in Kenya, especially for girls. Patriarchy is still a dominant force there, so it is not a priority for families to pay to educate a girl, especially if they have any boys that also need schooling. Instead, many young women are married off, become indentured servants in wealthy households, or are forced by circumstances into sex work.

A Kiberan man named Abdul Kassim founded KGSA in 2006 to provide women with a free secondary education and a safe place to learn and grow. The school is the first of its kind in Kibera. It’s a completely grassroots organization. Since it’s founding, it now educates some 120 students annually; some students have been able to go on to the University or vocational training, beginning to break the cycle of poverty that has trapped them and their families.—Jake Naughton

Washington DC-based photographer Jake Naughton shot his series on the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy last year in Kenya. Earlier, he had visited the school during a period of three years in a study-abroad program and was then invited back as a volunteer to assist in projects for the school. The resulting photographs came out of his close relationship with the community.

Portraits of People Enveloped by Smoke During Burnout Competitions in Australia


Australian photographer Michael Corridore’s powerful project “Angry Black Snake” was photographed at a car festival in Victoria, Australia over a period of six years. The photographs were taken during burnout competitions. The hazy and ethereal effect of the scenes comes from the smoke emitted by the cars. “The smoke is a by-product of the competition where participants perform donuts with their high powered cars and try to pop their rear tires. The crowds love the spectacle and spur on the competitors by chanting and cheering. That atmosphere is highly charged and literally thick with acrid smoke from the tires.”

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