's photographs of her friend Kay in the final stretch are currently showing at Soho Photo
, here in New York City. In a personal yet completely relatable journey for the photographer, and following Kay's journey to the end which reflects so many inevitable others, she produced a quiet series, showing how her friend held herself dealing with terminal cancer.
"Life and death, the fragility of human connections, the certainty of the end; all are joined to what our spirits manifest as we confront our greatest losses, whether in our past, future or the elusive boundary between them - this precise moment.
"Waiting Room is a foray into this territory we all share. We know death is waiting; yet we persist. This work explores the waiting, the persistence and the places we live while dying. Places largely separated from life.
"Waiting Room project is about Kay. She was 54. She was dying of cancer. She soon found herself partly paralyzed. I visited her often. Everyone approaches death differently. Kay had an amazing dignity that grew from her acceptance of her situation. She knew she was dying; she could barely move. She knew her life was circumscribed by a bed on the 12th floor of a Manhattan nursing home.
"Sometimes Kay was happy, sometimes sad, sometimes angry. Dying, she remained very much alive. Waiting Room is the story of Kay's time at the boundary between life and death and the place where she spent that time. Through Kay's story, I tell the story of all of us." Ellen Jacob.
Wonderful well-rounded project from
British photographer Tim Allen
, that not only beautifully documents true artisans in five practices, but raises money for charity. The series were all made around England's south east county of Kent. Here's Tim's story:
"In 2013 I photographed local fairgrounds and I had the idea to have a small book made of it which I then sold to raise money for charity. I chose the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society as I'm a sufferer of the condition who is lucky enough to be responding brilliantly to treatment and wanted to give something back. After raising £450 for NASS I decided to work on another book this year, but this time the subject matter would be broader. I've always appreciated good craftsmanship and after spending an afternoon doing research I found lots of interesting potential candidates for my project. 6 months later I had 5 shoots completed and produced the book, "Artisans," which is now on sale. I've also decided to continue the project and have several other shoots lined up already, hopefully for my third book next year."
Easthope Stained Glass Studio
Sometimes you just start seeing the same name in all different places, and young Laia Abril, a Spanish artist working in Barcelona and near Venice, Italy, is one for me this last couple of weeks. We emailed back in 2012 about her 'thinspiration' project and although it is a remarkable series, I couldn't bring myself to publish it. Forward to 2014 and Laia's book of that work has been published by Dewi Lewis, UK: 'The Epilogue,' is the story of the Robinson family, and the aftermath of losing their 26 year-old daughter to bulimia.
This project, The Asexuals, is an ongoing multimedia web documentary about people in the asexual community, includes stills and interviews with people who are simply disinclined towards sexual physical intimacy. You can only imagine, the "magic penis theory" some of the women have had to deal with over the years.
Sexuality is a spectrum! Learn something!
You can follow the project over on Facebook
is British-born photographer who shares her time between London and Paris. This richly wistful project addresses heartbreak - one of those pains I don't think our bodies are designed to forget.
"The series is a photographic narrative on the experience of losing love, comprised of constructed portraits of women in Paris, describing the emotional and circumstantial stages of the brokenhearted."
'Another November' was recently quite rightly awarded a special distinction by Olivier Laurent (ex-BJP, currently at Time Lightbox) in LensCulture Emerging Talents
All images © Laura Stevens
© Gunar Roze
Photographer Gunar Roze
is one of my most prolific friends online, sharing photographs he makes mostly in and around New York City and Brooklyn. Interested in natural composition and juxtaposition, Gun shoots somewhat from the hip, snatching little vignettes. In the early 80s he visited New York from his home in Toronto and shot a lot on the streets of Manhattan, neglecting this trove of photographs until recently. In the meantime he became a master photographic printer, working both here in the US and back in Canada. Gunar rediscovered these files, and serendipity led to a few of his images being included in "NYC c. 1985
" at ClampArt in New York's Chelsea in 2013. So here are a few shots from the 80s, and some from the last couple of years. I think you'll work out which is which.
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. Buy prints at Fiercely Curious
The amazing Hector Rene Membreno-Canales
was born in 1988 in Honduras and raised later in the USA. After serving in Iraq, he used the G.I. Bill to move to New York City and study photography at the School of Visual Arts. He is currently deployed in Warsaw, documenting NATO missions, but he is still managing to get his personal photographs out there. I was really struck by this series the first time I saw it with his extreme twist on the traditional, and I am very pleased to see it gaining exposure - the series ran, with an interview, in NY Times Lensblog
recently. There is still time to catch his work in his solo show "Horses and Bayonets," at Coohaus Art
, NYC, on now.
wrote from Belfast about her new book Lots of Cake!
This fabulous publication is dedicated to the photographer's Mum, and chock full of intimate but documentary photographs. Laura says "This project began as a chronicle of special occasions, emphasising the role that my mother plays in creating important moments, and evolved from a document into a revelation of her character and imagination."
Not only does cake and its ingredients feature in the images, Laura scanned some of her Mum's original recipes and included them on vellum-style pages. I am really impressed with this self-published little number, right down to the wallpapery cover. Great job. And it's only £15 so why not treat yourself?
I was reminded of this research
: A few years ago, Paul Rozin, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist, and Claude Fischler, a French sociologist, began collaborating on a series of cross-cultural surveys of food attitudes. They found that of the four populations surveyed (the U.S., France, Flemish Belgium and Japan), Americans associated food with health the most and pleasure the least. Asked what comes to mind upon hearing the phrase ''chocolate cake,'' Americans were more apt to say ''guilt,'' while the French said ''celebration''; ''heavy cream'' elicited ''unhealthy'' from Americans, ''whipped'' from the French. The researchers found that Americans worry more about food and derive less pleasure from eating than people in any other nation they surveyed.
News from the south: September 12th, 2014, marks the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Mobile, Alabama-based photographer Vincent Lawson
, at the Mobile Arts Council
. Add Vincent to the list of lovable artists I met in New Orleans last year; I wasn't able to review his portfolio but we connected regardless. Look Vincent in the eyes and you can sense he's going to be invested in producing photographs like this.
"It is my goal that this project will help those who have little or nothing, whose dreams have been shattered, who think that no one cares for them, who think that they don't matter. If this project can change one person's way of thinking it will be a success."
Sorry I can't make it - share with someone who you think can!
"These photographs also ask a question: if you see another human being in need, will you pass them by or help them? The two choices: Empathy / Apathy." - VL.
Ian: 200+ lifestyle variables
London-based photographer Travis Hodges
does it again, creating a series of images based around a digital trend. This time he looks at self tracking. Text and images by Travis.
"'The Quantified Self
' is the process of self knowledge through self tracking. Once the preserve of researchers and technology junkies, self tracking is rapidly evolving into a mainstream trend as people are able to use smartphones and wearable sensors to record an expanding range of data and make use of its analysis. Many of the commonly tracked metrics relate to health and self improvement, but almost anything can be tracked; sleep, exercise, mood, weight, the list is almost endless as are the individual motivations for tracking. This project looks at the stories of the people who self track, the data they collect and their motivations for doing so."
Following are excerpts from their stories - to read more head over to Travis's website
. If you are in London, you can see the work at Photofusion
, now through middle of August, with an artists' talk on August 7th.Ian began tracking his health in 1974, recording exercise and weight. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2007 and given weeks to live. Ian now records over 200 areas of his daily life including liquid and food intake, alternative therapies, supplements, prescription drugs and biochemical measures. His spreadsheet now measures over 400 columns and 2,400 daily records.
designed and built an app called Happiness as a technological
alternative to chemical anti-depressants. "By staying generally
conscious of my mental state I'm able to spot patterns and make changes
before anything gets too overwhelming. Tracking my happiness has also
helped validate various life decisions that I might otherwise doubt...
It's been a while since the app has shown me a big red warning
necessitating a painful life decision."Adriana: EmotionAdriana
uses 'Emotion Sense,' an app developed at Cambridge University, to
monitor her mood and overall happiness. She inputs her mood on a grid;
the app can use the phone's data to measure environmental and social
influences such as how much you are using your phone and how active you
are, through location tracking. Adriana always thought of herself as
negative, but "it seems I am actually a lot happier and positive."
Owen: Mental performance
Owen, a qualified pharmacist, tracks aspects of his mental performance
and the effect of coffee on his short term memory, reaction time, and
processing capabilities. "When I first started, using a program called
Quantified Mind, I checked my mental performance when I had coffee
against when I didn't have it. The results showed significant
improvements in the way my mind functions, and so I've been having it
Suran: Body shape
Suran steps into a 3D body scanner once a month to map his body shape
and record measurements that would be unreliable if done by hand. "I got
interested in monitoring my body-shape after my uncle died of a heart
attack. One of the best predictors of heart disease is the size of your
belly, but getting consistent and accurate measurements by tape measure
Barbara: Happiness and well being
Barbara and her family use a self-designed app to track and influence
their happiness. By creating and sharing tasks based on 'eight areas of
life' members of the family can see what each other needs to feel happy
and therefore support each other in achieving their goals. One month
Barbara set 80 tasks, achieving 76 which completed 9 of the 10 self
defined stepping stones for her big picture of happiness and harmony.
All images © Travis Hodges
. More from this series over at his website. Think Barbara ever watches the world news?
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The inimitable Steve Pyke
completed his series of WWI veterans' portraits in 1993, by which time of course many of their fellow vets had died. He photographed British, French, German and American veterans, usually in their homes in their respective countries.
"The war had always gripped me. As a child I met and spoke openly to the old timers who had fought, including my grandfather Arthur Pyke who served as a cabin boy at the naval battle of Jutland in 1916. I realised that by chance of birth had I been born in the late 19th century, then undoubtedly I would have served.
There was one veteran in Leicester where I grew up that I got to know well. Bert Mundy had served in Flanders, he lost an eye and was mustard gassed there. We used to play chess together and he would be continually dabbing his weeping eyes whilst lecturing me on various chess moves.
The series now rests in the permanent collection of The Imperial War Museum
in London. It's fitting to view these portraits again 20+ years after I made them, and on the 100th anniversary of the Great War."
Steve Pyke, MBE.
Emile Richard, Verdun, France
Humbert Monaco, Long Island, USA
Fritz Strubling, Rostock, Germany
Len Griffiths, London, UK
Joseph F. Billicki, Long Island, USA
Bruno Lange, Berlin, Germany
At school in England, we learned about the Great War by reading the poetry written by young men in the trenches.
"Attack" by Siegfried Sassoon.
At dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun
In the wild purple of the glow'ring sun,
Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud
The menacing scarred slope; and, one by one,
Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire.
The barrage roars and lifts. Then, clumsily bowed
With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear,
Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire.
Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear,
They leave their trenches, going over the top,
While time ticks blank and busy on their wrists,
And hope, with furtive eyes and grappling fists,
Flounders in mud. O Jesus, make it stop!