Ola Kolehmainen, the photographer who sublimes the architecture

“I do not photograph architecture. I use it as raw material.”  Ola Kolehmainen

Reading this statement, we better understand the logic of his art : the Finnish photographer focus, not on how the building fit the surroundings or its proportions, but on its ordinary elements composing the structure, the geometry and repetitive patterns. He creates then a sort of abstract picture thanks to a clever framing and colours.

His last series made during his residency in Istanbul, captures differently the beauty of it.
Choosing mainly old religious buildings, he changed the method and breaks the pictures in different large frame to better enlighten its volume.

Either way, this is visually stunning…

Source and images Copyrights : Galeria SENDA, Gallery Taik Persons, Artsy

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How to travel with Bonnie Edelman’s Scapes series…

The Scapes series of Bonnie Edelman are terribly attractive.

Capturing grain fields, sea horizons, and sunsets from around the world, she chooses to blur the landscapes in such way, that she creates abstraction, bright and lively, where the horizon never seems to end.

Very colorful, we have, looking at it, the wonderful feeling to travel and discover new countries, while seating in a bullet train or in a plane.

Get me to this flight now…!

Images ©  Bonnie Edelman

Photogrammar, or how to time travel to the Great Depression and WWII…

In the middle of the Great Depression, the New Deal administration sent photographers such as, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks and many more, to record the American life across the country and sensitise the public to the hard conditions of the farmers hit by the crisis of the 1930s.
This intensive project, which produced some of the most iconic images like the Migrant Mother of Dorothea Lange, has been brought back to life by the University of Yale in their clever database called Photogrammar.

This catalogue of 170,000 photos is accessible online, and allows you to search the pictures, by keyword, photographer name, year or via an impressive interactive map of the United States.
And it is indeed a fascinating collection!

The pictures, all taken between 1935 and 1945, are real snapshots of this troubled time (with of course the subjectivity of the photographers to take into account like any photo-documentary) : we discover (or rediscover) images of early gamblers in Las Vegas, child playing in the streets, but also the daily struggles of rural workers and urban job seekers.

This compilation allows you to explore this decade through the eyes of these talented photographs and it creates a fantastic time travel for any viewer.

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Arthur Rothstein, son of a cotton sharecropper, lauderdale county, Mississippi, 1935

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Walker Evans, Main Street Morgantown West Virginia, 1935

Carl Mydans, Front of a typical house offering furnished rooms for rent, District of Columbia, 1935

Carl Mydans, Front of a typical house offering furnished rooms for rent, District of Columbia, 1935

Arthur Rothstein, George Washington Bridge from New York City side, 1941

Arthur Rothstein, George Washington Bridge from New York City side, 1941

Arthur Rothstein, Employment agency, Sixth Avenue, New York, New York, 1937

Arthur Rothstein, Employment agency, Sixth Avenue, New York, New York, 1937

John Collier, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, 1941

John Collier, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, 1941

Camille Seaman, Big Cloud series

I had another subject in mind for the first post of the week, but with the thunders outside, I wish so much to leave the office now, be at home and watch the sky!

Growing up in a forest, the storm was the complimentary sound and light show the nature offers you: birds flying low first, then silence, light rain, thunder, more darkness, lightning, showers, more lightning all together with the thunder and heavy rain, then, all these fading away to befall a complete silence, but with an amazing light if this happened during the day…

So, not surprising then, that storms greatly inspired artists too, but Camille Seaman is probably one of the photographers who captures at the best this particular atmosphere and shows its beauty.

Born in the Native American Shinnecock tribe, she believes humans are not separated from nature and this is why her works focus mainly on indigenous cultures and wild environments, like the Artic.
Each photograph is stunning and makes you hope this nature will continue to exist as such, and will not be devastated in the future.

The pictures below are from her series ‘Big Cloud‘, but I encourage you to read one of her interview here and see her Ted talk on how she chased storms for 5 years here.

Sources and © for the pictures: Artsy

Camille Seaman, Under the Anvil, Looking West – Presho South Dakota, USA, June 2011, 2011
Camille Seaman, The Beast It Grows & Consumes All Daylight, El Reno, OK 31 May 2013, 2013
Camille Seaman, Supercell in Minnesota, Near Browerville, MN 20 June 2014, 2014
Camille Seaman, The Blue Eye (H) – Kansas, USA, May 2008, 2008