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A Visual Meditation on the Desire to Cross Natural and Artificial Frontiers

Once upon a time, the American West was considered the great frontier — an open space of possibility and profitability with the freedom to operate outside the law. It offered a grand landscape to which songs were penned and pledges made, a vast, overwhelming swell of Nature’s infinite bounty out there for anyone with the temerity to take it. It was, simply put, the quintessential American swindle.

In the 150 years since Andrew Jackson started an expansion campaign, the American landscape has been run ragged, abused and drained by industrial and military projects that have decimated the landscape. Yet, the image remains, one that has launched a thousand road trips, the desire to see America from the center.

Just as the Earth entered the Anthropocene Era, a new frontier suddenly appeared with the advent of digital technology. Everywhere and nowhere at the same time, digital technology spread like a virus, transforming industry, society, and culture with a speed second to none and becoming the new normal in record time.

Mimi Plumb captures a world on the brink of destruction

Mimi Plumb

Mimi Plumb

Mimi Plumb

“There was a real sense of no future… I wanted to do work that addressed this sense of despair that I felt,” wrote American photographer Mimi Plumb on her new book, Landfall – published by TBW Books. As a collection of photographs taken during the early 1980s, the series offers a jarring yet illuminating insight into an American dystopia and the anxieties of a world on the brink of devastation.

From the American West to the Villages of Japan with One Road-Tripping Photographer (Sponsored)

You’ll often find the Portland-based photographer Jules Davies in someplace new or hidden, whether it’s close to home in the sprawling landscapes of the American West or a small village in Japan, famous for its huge chestnut trees. While others might prefer the luxuries of high-speed travel, she opts to take her time, exploring the road less traveled and encountering unforgettable faces along the way, each with a different story to tell. She has a moniker: Julesville. Maybe it’s an imaginary place or simply a state of mind, spanning all the magical, sunlit deserts, mountains, and lakes she’s trodden.

Julesville is also Davies’s Instagram handle and website domain name, and while she’s usually adventuring through the backroads of some secret and mysterious town, she’s also plugged-in to the digital world. More than an online presence, she’s built an online community of individuals of all backgrounds, all longing for the great unknown. In Julesville, every corner of the world, no matter how remote, has its time in the sun, and personal, human stories reign supreme. Take a look at her Squarespace website, a virtual tapestry of cultures and colors, and you’ll see what we mean. We spoke with the artist about her journeys around the world, the evolution of the fashion industry, and her one-of-a-kind website.

An Exquisite Study of the Sacred Feminine Realm, in Photos

For Mona Kuhn, the female nude is a vessel, a path, a portal to transcendence between the physical and spiritual planes. Liberated from the earthly draw of desire, it transforms from object to subject, to a state of becoming that is only possible when one is the protagonist of their own story and their own lives.

In She Disappeared into Complete Silence (Steidl), Kuhn takes Paul Nash’s Landscape from a Dream (1936-38) as her departure point and delves into the realm of photography to explore the surreal, symbolic realm of the California desert landscape, her model Jacintha, and elements of architecture to organize chaos. It is here that Kuhn embraces the space where light and shadow engage in exquisite interplay across a myriad of surfaces so that air becomes perfumed and potent, almost tactile itself. Light moves through these images like the hand of God, liberating us from the demands of the world and allowing us a moment of peace in our noisy and tiresome world.

Behind-the-Scenes with a Photographer Who’s Helping to Reshape the Industry (Sponsored)

In our increasingly image-saturated world, Carmen Chan‘s photographs feel like a breath of fresh air. Before settling in Los Angeles, the photographer worked in New York City and Hong Kong, refining her aesthetic and her voice across the fashion and editorial world. While tackling projects for major brands and publications, she sets herself apart with her effortlessly clean and natural style. Her approach to color and form results in images that feel breezy, uncluttered, and full of energy, and she has a way of tapping into the most authentic aspects of her subjects, whether they’re models and celebrities or interiors and cities.

As a leader in her field, Chan understands the importance of carving out a better future for other artists, and she’s not afraid to speak up about the need for more diversity in the industry. Today, the award-winning photographer has established herself as a force to be reckoned with, both as an artist and a businessperson, landing coveted assignments and supporting her peers along the way.

Chan’s Squarespace website reveals an eye that is at once modern and classic, whether you’re browsing her travel journal or a collection of her intimate portraits. She also created a blog to take us behind-the-scenes on some of her shoots and a quarterly newsletter to keep clients and followers informed about new projects. We talked to Chan about her online presence, her favorite kinds of projects, and her advice for emerging photographers who hope to follow in her footsteps.

#ThePrintSwap Is Coming to Sydney in a Stunning New Show

Holy River © Pravin Tamang (@pravin_tamang), New Delhi, India

Winter Sunset © Danielle MacInnes (@daniellemacinnes_photography), Stratham, NH

An afternoon in the street of Jaisalmer © Ashraful Arefin (@ashrafularefin), Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Print Swap, the worldwide project by Feature Shoot, is heading for The Other Art Fair Sydney next month! Curated by Carly Earl, Picture Editor at The Guardian Australia, our tenth international exhibition features 21 images from photographers all over the world. Selected photographers hail from locales throughout the United States, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Russia, and France.

There is no fixed theme for this exhibition, and the collection is left open to interpretation. Perhaps one theme that does emerge, however, centers around the precarious relationship between nature and humankind. The sea becomes a recurring motif, as does the man-altered landscape, as seen in Stas Bartnikas’s aerial landscape and Emmanual Monzon’s roadside scenery. The fragility of the wild comes to the fore in the works of Tiina Tormanen, who photographs a dead fish, and Aurélien Calonne, who captures Skaftafellsjökull, a melting glacier in Iceland. And still, despite all this frailty, these twenty photographers find beauty in the earth, whether they’re exploring the remotest wilderness or walking the bustling city streets.

Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair Sydney is now in its fifth year. Join thousands of visitors for the fair at Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh from March 14-17. You can purchase tickets here.

As a reminder, photographers around the world are welcome to submit to The Print Swap by tagging their best images #theprintswap on Instagram. Submissions are currently open for our Paris exhibition, opening for five days at Studio Galerie B&B this spring. The photographer and gallery co-director Elise Prudhomme will be our guest curator. All Print Swap photographers give a picture and receive one from another inspiring photographer somewhere in the world, regardless of whether or not they are selected for our offline exhibitions. As always, it’s free to submit, but selected photographers pay $40 per image to be part of the swap. Learn more at our website and follow along at @theprintswap for updates.

The Life of One Young Lady with Down Syndrome, in Photos

When the photographer Snezhana von Buedingen first visited Sofie’s family at their farm in east Germany, she stayed for three days. She spent her waking hours shadowing Sofie, taking her time to soak in the details of her everyday life. With time, the pair forged a powerful bond; Meeting Sofie is the photographer’s ongoing ode to her friend and muse–a young woman who happens to have down syndrome.

These Eerie Photos Will Make You See the Planet in a Whole New Light

“My nights are full of silence and the occasional howl of coyote,” the photographer Reuben Wu tells me. His series Lux Noctis has taken him to some of the most isolated regions in the American West, as well as remote spots in Europe and South America, under the cover of darkness. He flies a drone to light his way, illuminating sections of the landscape at will.

Inside the Colorful Mind of One Traveling Photographer (Sponsored)

Scroll through Kevin Krautgartner‘s Squarespace website, and you’ll find yourself asking, “Is that real?” The German-based photographer has traveled the globe, tracking down some of the most surreal natural wonders and uncanny architectural details imaginable, transforming them into one-of-a-kind, candy-colored confections for the eye. With a background in graphic design, he has an impeccable knack for noticing unusual forms and elements, accruing tens of thousands of followers and drawing the attentions of photo editors around the world.

As he gained traction and popularity for his minimal architectural shots as well as his aerial landscapes, Krautgartner had big plans in the works. His photographs are beautiful on the screen, but they’re also meant to be seen in person. For that reason, the artist created an online store. Fully integrated into his vibrant Squarespace website, this fully-realized PrintShop gives photography lovers the chance to own their favorite images. Not all of us can travel halfway across the world at a moment’s notice, but through Krautgartner’s store, anyone can take home a piece of an Australian salt lake, the tulip fields of the Netherlands, the sweeping skyline of Dubai, or even a grand German concert hall.

We interviewed Krautgartner about his award-winning work, and along the way, he gave us some insight into the inner workings of his website and store. With his shop up and running, Krautgartner can turn his attention to what matters most: making more images of unique places from seemingly unimaginable vantage points. Opening a new business can be daunting, especially for an artist, but this photographer shows us just how easy it can be to build your way to success using Squarespace web hosting.

This Book of Funny Animal Photos Will Warm Your Heart

‘Caught In The Act’ © Mary McGowan, Overall Winner 2018

‘Rhinopeacock’ © Kallol Mukherjee, Highly Commended 2018

‘So There’ © Barney Koszalka, Highly Commended 2018

For four years now, Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks have delighted us with the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Organized by passionate conservationists and photographers, this annual contest highlights the whimsy and joys of the animal kingdom, all while underscoring the importance of protecting it for generations to come. Under the simple premise of funny animal pictures, they’ve turned hearts and minds towards the continued plight of Earth’s inhabitants and supported the continued efforts of organizations like the Born Free Foundation, which advocates every day for vulnerable species. Now, you can own a collection of outstanding imagery from the competition in the form of the new book Wild and Crazy: Photos from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, compiled by Sullam and Joynson-Hicks.

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