Huang He, The Christmas-1, 2014

Sorry for the lazy post again but because I am on my way now to the airport (holidays! yay!), this will summarise pretty well my settings for the next hours….!

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Huang He, The Christmas-1, 2014

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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

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

Travelling with Google street view

Since I am a kid, I LOVE maps. I used to travel a lot in my mind just at looking at it. So, now with google earth/ street view, this is even better!!! You can visually travel in many regions and for some that probably won’t see otherwise!
(pictures below snipped by myself and yep, I had fun doing it 🙂

US95, Nevada, USA
Pechenga, Murmansk Oblast, Russia

 

Soyo, Angola

 

Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan

Google street view has also been the inspiration for the Belgian artist Mishka Henner in his series No Man’s Land. However, his focus is here on the prostitutes he found on the street in some industrial or rural zones in Italy and Spain. Quite unsettling at first, you realise then, that he gives us an opportunity to see a sort of anonymous and raw snapshots of a sad reality:

http://mishkahenner.com/No-Man-s-Land

Contrada Vallecupa, Colonnella, Abruzzi, Italy

 

Calle de Iplacea, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain

 

Carretera de Olot, Crespià, CT, Spain

 

Carretera de Rubí, Terrassa, Spain