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"My work has become a way for me to explore the notion of memory. To create my images, I not only borrow from my own memories but I also use family photographic archives as well as found images. Memories or remembering a moment is often convoluted and difficult to reenact precisely. Working in a photomontage style permits me to deconstruct existing images and recreate fictitious moments and landscapes, enabling the process of trying to understand how memory functions and how events can easily be altered or shifted."
Key words: Montage - Memory - Distortion - Fiction - Nostalgia - Layers - Time - Death - Family - Remember
“In the series Tehran Remixed Amirali Ghasemi shows young urban Iranians socializing, their faces and other areas of exposed skin blanked out to protect their identities. The social activities depicted seem as though they could be happening in any city around the world. Yet the fact that the identities of the participants in these seemingly ordinary acts must be so starkly concealed underscores how specific the situation is to Iran.”
Key words: Iran - Youth - Western Culture - Hidden - Religion - City Life - Identity - Skin - Conceal
"The tremor series began when I noticed multiple reflections in a storefront window. I sat there one day and watched as people buzzed by and were oblivious to my observations. It mimicked their busy lives with numerous reflections, combining sometimes beautifully and at other times ghostly."
Key words: Reflections - Multiple - Busy - Movement - Action - Time - Layers - Trail - Shadows
"Two photographs of the same person, from different periods of time (child and adult) are spliced together. In this fusion a jump-of-time is established at the tear."
Key words: Time - Old - Young - Memory - Past - Present - Change - Nostalgia - Death - Innocence
A stunning series by Carsten Witte, where he takes models, some of them nude and paints a light, almost illusionary skull piece on top of their face. Says Witte, "One main idea behind my work is the belief that everything is constantly changing but photography can preserve the moment. Beauty is almost nothing without the knowledge of how fast it will fade..."
Key words: Portrait - Skull - Life - Death - Xray - Beauty - Model - Age - Fear - Decay - Time
Chris Scarborough is a master at taking images of people and manipulating them to look like twisted Japanese anime characters. Just look at those huge eyes. His intent is to challenge us to think about the cultural concepts of cuteness, beauty and perfection. Scarborough enjoys creating images that leave viewers on uneasy ground, wondering about what kind of predicament these people could have gotten themselves into.
Key words: Anime - Culture - Beauty - Narrative - Manipulate - Uneasy - Dilated - Photoshop
He specifically looks for records of violence in places like Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, and Kenya. He then makes his own color prints from these images and physically and chemically removes evidence that would allow us to trust the photographic truth of what we see. We are left with small figures floating in a blank, devastated world, going through poetic dances that suggest, but don’t guarantee, a new beginning. They do, however, cause us to question in a complicated way what is in front of us, rather than simply accepting photographic truth.
Key words: Photographic Truth - Evidence - Belief - War - Devastation - Narrative - Violence - History - Conflict
In this series I explored the space and form of objects in relation to their surroundings. The plays of positive / negative space, line and direction, attraction and repulsion. The content of the images does not contain any immediate uniform in narrative but instead the consistency is presented through style, lighting, tones and colour treatment. This is done intentionally to avoid the viewer from becoming distracted by the narrative and therefore forgoing the opportunity to consider notions of space and all its implications, the matter it confines, the space between objects - under chairs, between a hand and a torso, whether the space is confined within or without.
Key words: Attraction - Repulsion - Space - Narrative - Colour - Confined - Air - Proximity
Dryden Goodwin creates haunting films, drawings and photographs. His work has a strong ongoing relationship with time and urban spaces and the supernatural. In his work he has consistently focused on the human figure and the portrait form, the resulting work offering a speculative vision that considers the process of looking and representing, both in relation to what is experienced and what is seen.
Key words: Portrait - Haunting - Life - Blood - Supernatural - People - Thoughts - Vessels
"Money & Matter" is made up of a series of nine images that examine the relationship of human beings to capital, on a personal level and from a social perspective. In this series I use entertainment technologies as a vehicle for commentary on various and conflicting histories, journeys and materials in our experience. The symbols and expressions of money exist in relation to matter as both subject and object of what we desire and fear. The tension between the money's power gaming and elements of distraction and the substance of what matters in peoples lives are at the core of this series.
Key words: Money - Cash - Power - Capitalism - Culture - Desire - East - West - People - War - Class - Geography
Blank’s reductive aesthetic is enhanced by his systematic approach. Starting with the classic large-format view camera, he captures his images on color film. After digital scanning he selectively obliterates information, superimposing the remaining image on a field of solid color, emphasizing its artificiality.
Key words: Colour - Artificial - Space - Focus - Blank - Moments
To create his works, Khan often photographs a variety of material - sometimes borrowed, sometimes of his own creation - in series and digitally layers the results, accentuating certain areas or adjusting the light, shade or opacity of the images so that resonant composites are created. The results spark new thoughts about the original content, or open up seams of interpretation.
Key words: Series - Layered - Echo - Light - Opacity - Multiple - Photographs - Quran - Buildings
With the effect of color filters in Welling’s digital camera, the light that constantly pours into the house gives the space a vibrantly ethereal glow. Hues of red, yellow, and sometimes the entire rainbow spectrum are used. What to the naked eye would appear to be reality is morphed and enhanced in New Pictures 3 into a realm of visual delight; a new perspective on an architectural site.
Key words: Colour - Glow - Spectrum - Filters - Light - Hue - Reality - Surreal
Jasper James is a Beijing based photographer originating from the UK and a graduate of photography from London’s College of Printing. He shoots a mixture of editorial, design and advertising work. This series is from a personal body of work shot in Tokyo, Japan and Shenzhen, China. These gorgeous overviews of the city life reflect interesting layers of construction and open narratives through silhouetted onlookers.
Key words: Double Exposure - Narrative - City Life - People - Thoughts - Layers - Location - Shadow
Ken Kitano “our face: Asia”/Seigensha art publishing co. Ken Kitano creates composite photographs using multiple portraits of people who belong to particular groups. In each of these pieces, the “Individual” disappears from the photo paper, and is replaced by “our face”. Communities with diverse cultures, customs and standpoints are represented. The culmination of a 15-year-long project by Kitano, this book presents material gathered both in Japan and throughout Asia.
copyright by Ken Kitano
‘Figuring out what my abilities and limitations are has let me be freer in my ideas. Previously I would have a great idea, shake my head because there was no way I could do it, and disregard it entirely. Since improving my photoshop skills when I have an outrageous idea, it just becomes a matter of simple planning out to make work’.
Key words: Surreal - Dream - Narrative - Falling - Flying - People - Imagination - Movement - Space
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night,” Edgar Allan Poe. This is how these girls, carried away in the air by objects, let themselves travel through boundless landscapes. Flying towards dreamed lands, making real a complete attraction between the character, his ideal universe and the world they live in: that is where these girls lead us. Their contorted movements are merging with the shape of the one revealing their passion. Mix of an imaginary realism and childhood memories, these beings in levitation invite us to dream, limitlessly."
Key words: Dream - Sleep - Photoshop - Air - Escape - Travel - Movement - Surreal - Levitation
Miki Takahashi is a Tokyo-based photographer and a video creator. She’s interested in Motion Graphics, Design, Music Video, Film and Photography. I’m very impressed by her interesting double exposure works but she also does some great experimental photo manipulation.
Key words: Double Exposure - Portrait - Space - People - Thoughts - Manipulation - Experimental