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Posts by: Christina Nafziger

Ziqian Liu Creates Fragmented Images of the Self in her Ethereal Portraiture

An ethereal touch, a ghostly presence, a soft whisper of a still life: these are the tender elements present within the work of Ziqian Liu. She creates photographs that capture a sense of nostalgia, but with a modern aesthetic. Fleeting reflections of the artist are included in almost every photograph, hinting at self-portraiture but with an air of mystery—like a moment we cannot remember, fragmented in our memory. The Shanghai-based artist cleverly uses simple objects like a hand-held mirror or a piece of fruit to create undeniably striking compositions. The distinct simplicity and balance in her work invokes a feeling of satisfaction, something Liu says she strives for when constructing her compositions. Her minimal sensibility and attention to the form of the human body create spellbinding images that will have you look and look, and then look again.

These intimate scenes will take you back to the Victorian Era

© Tami Bahat

© Tami Bahat

The Mistress 1, 2017 © Tami Bahat / courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

Tami Bahat’s photographic portraiture is at once unique and familiar: unique in its distinct approach to lighting and Victorian-era style, yet familiar in its visual cues, referencing the work of old masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.

The work in Bahat’s series, Dramatis Personae, is tied to the tradition of painting. In her piece The Painter, a seemingly conventional composition becomes quite complex upon further investigation, as a baboon takes center stage in a once traditional artist portrait. There is a subtle twist in each of Bahat’s photographs, quietly demanding the attention of the viewer.

Pornosynthesis: Revealing the Sensual Side of Flowers

Created by Robert Graves-Morris (@__rgm__), photography by Catherine Losing (@catherinelosing), design by Oreoluwa Ayoade (@o_ayoade), retouching by Paulina Teller (@PTretouch).

Created by Robert Graves-Morris (@__rgm__), photography by Catherine Losing (@catherinelosing), design by Oreoluwa Ayoade (@o_ayoade), retouching by Paulina Teller (@PTretouch).

Catherine Losing and Robert Graves-Morris reveal a side of flowers you have never seen before in their sensual series cleverly titled Pornosynthesis.

The project is a visual journey into the sexuality of plants, giving us a close-up view of the inside parts of flowers. Influenced by vintage 70’s pornography magazines and driven by their passion and concern for bee populations and environmental issues, Losing and Graves-Morris combine their creativity and vision to form stunning glamour shots of lush flora.

Each plant is glazed to the point of dripping, exuding a sexuality that we would normally never think to attribute to a plant.

When asked about how they achieved this glossy, dewy effect, Losing said that she loves to “use light to add texture and form to still life subjects. We also used a fair bit of a still life staple—glycerine—to add some juices.”

Bri Hammond and ‘The Clams’ use water ballet as a form of feminist resistance

Bri Hammond, The Clams, Better Wetter

© Bri Hammond, The Clams, Better Wetter

Image © Bri Hammond, The Clams, Crimson Tide

© Bri Hammond, The Clams, Crimson Tide

Melbourne-based photographer Bri Hammond captures the refreshing spirit and story of feminist water-ballet group The Clams. A commercial and editorial photographer who has worked throughout Europe and Australia, Hammond uses her visual language and ability to connect with her subjects to illustrate a message of femme strength, confidence, and humor.

In this series, glossy and vivid reds and pinks dominate the compositions, infusing the members of the water-ballet group with elements of a fashion editorial. The members of The Clams put on performances that do anything but shy away from the all-to-relatable and stigmatized themes that many women deal with, such as body hair, periods, and female sexual pleasure.

Magical Photos of Childhood Summers in a Small Austrian Village

Alena plays with a cat and a cow. Merkenbrechts, August 2013

Victor is enjoying his mother’s legs. Merkenbrechts, July 2018

In her project I am Waldviertel, Dutch photographer Carla Kogelman travels to the Austrian region of Waldviertel to the small village of Merkenbrechts, population less than 200. Here, Kogelman transports us into an eternal moment of fleeting childhood summers, a moment where time eclipses in that it is both fast with outdoor adventure, and slow with restless boredom—imagination and play often being its only respite.

An Exhibition of Portrait Photos with a Surreal Twist

Time Dilation © Amelie Satzger

Femme Fiction #1 © Lauren Menzies

In conjunction with the Fourth Annual Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, United Photo Industries (UPI) in Brooklyn, NY is showcasing the work of two awardees: Amelia Satzger and Lauren Menzies. These two artists were selected by Laura Roumanos, who is executive producer and co-founder of UPI and one of the jurors for the award. With United Photo Industries having a mission to exhibit thought-provoking and challenging photography, Roumanos has certainly chosen two artists whose work encompasses the organization’s ideals in ways that are both complimentary and striking in their contrast.

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