© Francisco Salgueiro
is a photographer and author based in Europe. This is an ongoing series of images made backstage at regional circuses all around Portugal. So far he's clocked 6 months and 8 circuses and a bunch of cool shots. Do check out his website
for some other interesting, behind-the-scenes work.
All images © Francisco Salgueiro
Here's a complete package masquerading as a thesis project, from SVA Digital Photo
grad Evelina Reinhart
. Evelina suffers from acid-reflux disease and found most of the recipes already out there were not to her taste. So, she made up her own, had the dishes cooked up, and photographed them all using only natural light. Smart! The book, The Joy of Eating
, is available for purchase so why not buy one for someone you know who has the same issues.
Four toppings pizza
Green tea ice cream. All images © Evelina Reinhart
Batman, from the Melting Ice Pops series © Michael Massaia
Remember that sinking feeling when your lolly falls to the ground in slow-motion? I guess someone dropped theirs in the gents', inspiring the wonderful machine that is Michael Massaia
to make this, his second summer series released so far this year. They are fantastic. Using a $40,000 Leica loaner, Michael Massaia's latest project entails placing ice pops on a piece of black Plexi, allowing them to melt in their own time, and photographing them using only long exposures.
Freight-hopping in the Appalachians © Adam Void
I happily scored an original piece of art by Adam Void
at Visual AIDS' Postcards from the Edge in NYC last year - it's a well-loved event, first come-first served, you choose from anonymous artworks, you pays a little money and then discover who the artist is. Adam reached out to me soon after and has kept me updated on his multi-media artistic wanderings.
In some of his Polaroid work he travels the States shooting with the Fuji Instax (which I adore), hopping trains or driving with his mates, shooting landscapes, graffiti and so on. Here are just a few selects from his growing body of work. According to his bio, he has a BA in Existential Philosophy which makes him a right geezer in my book (that's a good thing from a Brit). He describes his work as "transform(ing) the debris of contemporary society into works that address social & political issues of class, control, and community. He is dedicated to exploring the details of countercultures particular to his experience: DIY culture, graffiti, hard traveling, social activism, mysticism, and the concept of "the outsider.""
Mr. Void has an exhibition on through July 26th, 2014, at Castell
in Asheville, NC where you could see more. Or visit his website
I'm loving the idea of this limited edition boxed set of prints by friend-of-aCurator Brian David Stevens
, for only £100 (that's about $170 on today's crappy exchange rate. But still a billy bargain!)
"In the summer of 2004 photographer Stevens
rose early to capture the towering speaker rigs and sound systems of the Notting Hill Carnival before the crowds arrived." Read on...
"The sound systems, these towering monuments to volume that stay in place for three days, are portrayed starkly and simply in Stevens' photos, a far cry from the colourful, loud and crowded images that normally depict the carnival. Stevens says he wanted to shift the emphasis to the source of the music that was drawing people there in the first place, and yet was drowned out in the visual noise. "Normally you never see these streets empty, they're absolutely packed with people," he says. "I got down there very early as they were setting up and shot the huge, monolithic speakers just in the middle of the street, where they look fantastically beautiful - I think every street corner should have one on them."
(Independent publisher) Tartaruga
has produced a limited boxed set of screenprints, featuring six photographs from the series screenprinted as A2 monochrome prints on to high quality archival paper.
The six prints are produced in a limited run of just 30, and come housed inside a custom printed box.
A limited photo book / zine of the series is soon to be available from Café Royal Books
, and an exhibition of the series (screenprinted by Tartaruga) is on show at The Social
in London until 30 Sept 2014.
Ece, Turkey. © Bilo Hussein
Bilo Hussein is one of the delightful and impressive students from NY's School of Visual Arts I met during the class thesis review this year. Here are a few images from her heartfelt series "Never Home."
"When I was growing up in Saudi Arabia, my Sudanese parents often reminded me that the country we lived in was not our home. It was only years later that I understood the implications of this - that it might become impossible for me to 'belong' to any culture and that there was no place I could comfortably call home."
"Never Home is an ongoing project driven by the sense of segregation in religion, culture and gender that I experienced as a child in Saudi Arabia. I also express my continuing wish to find a place where I can fit in regardless of belief."Sakura, Japan
"As I went on to arrange and shoot the portraits, I directed my subjects to think about their formative experience in their culture of origin - on the good and the bad. I found myself almost subconsciously placing them next to a window, for reasons beyond its value as a light source. I came to the realization that they were really me sitting by the window as a child, locked up in our house in Jeddah wondering if I were ever to leave this place if would find another land I could honestly call home."Ailin, Ecuador
Of course, she found much in common with the women she chose to photograph, all transplants from elsewhere, domestic and abroad. In post-production, Bilo layers images of New York that are significant to her and textures that relate to the person's original home. Simply lovely.
Biarritz © Pej Behdarvand
LA-based photographer Pej Behdarvand
's assignment for Car & Driver magazine, to record a BMW's final moments, ("Our Bimmer Gets Gutted
") progressed into his brilliant series "Deathbed." Some of the absolute best work I see is made as "personal work" when the photographer takes their idea and executes it under their own steam. Successful projects like this can then boost a photographer's assignment work and gain them important exposure both inside and outside of the photography world.
Instead of shooting the cars in the grave junk yard, Behdarvand isolated them on a black fabric backdrop, rendering them emotionally discomfiting. They are only cars, not even one you yourself have owned, yet they pull on your heartstrings and their last gasp is almost audible! Behdarvand says:
"The vehicles in this photo series are depicted as if museum objects, yet
unlike museum objects these wrecked cars are not to be physically
preserved intact for posterity, but will be crushed for reuse in another
form. The photo is the only document of the auto in this unique,
temporary state: after its useful life, before it is reincarnated into
recyclable material. What information is captured in these images? A
glimpse of the nebulous phase of a manmade thing, with remnants of
brand choice and societal status, with evidence of family and pride,
categorized indifferently with grease-pencil marks. In Deathbed, the
photo is a relic, a relic of a car relinquished to the junkyard to be
held until it is no longer a car."WagoneerWranglerHonda
Primitivo Iporre Serrano, caretaker of a pelota (ball game) court, Potosi
, from the series "Salar" © Daniel Hofer
A few fun images from Bolivia, and Dortmund, by Berlin-based photographer Daniel Hofer
, "Born in 1982 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Great parents."
"Salar" refers to: "'Salar de Uyuni' a 10.000 square kms large salt lake, which is dried out for most of the year. It lies at an altitude of 3653 Meters in the Bolivian Andes and contains, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the largest amounts of lithium in the world. Critics say that it's not possible to unify the plans for the lithium extraction, tourism and the protection of the environment in the Salar. At the moment, tourism is one of the most important sources of income to many people around the salt lake." Thanks Daniel!
Workers who work for a state owned company that seeks to extract lithium from the salt desert are surveying at a contruction site in the middle of the Salar
Tourists undertaking guided jeep tours through the salt at lunch break
From the series "Sunday morning," taken in the city of Dortmund, Germany, which show the members of a local pentecostal church who are mostly from Ghana.
All the long distance busses that leave
from La Paz, Bolivia towards the Bolivian jungle are painted with
colorful motifs. Tigers, Christ and sexy women dominate the repertoire
of the local painters. From the series „Bolivian Busses" All images © Daniel Hofer
© Jay Sullivan
After an update reminding me of his "father series" I'm running a few images from Jay Sullivan
's series "Glove" for Father's Day, but we're not talking about a Hallmark moment...
"When I was five years old, my father suffered a bipolar breakdown and was sent to a psychiatric institution. It started him on a long descent from top IBM salesman to homeless on the streets of Brooklyn some 20 years later. Our relationship followed a similar trajectory. When he died we had spoken only twice in his final ten years.
"I began "Glove" seeking to reconnect with my father by photographing the childhood objects that I most associated with him. Over time it became a journey into the emotional core of these objects, unearthing the feelings and memories associated with a black wallet, wingtip shoes, zippo lighter, baseball glove and many other long forgotten items."
Jay is producing some remarkably emotive images. See more of this and other projects, including My Father's Ashes, a photography-based installation that documents the journey of his father's ashes from 1992 to the present day, over on Jay's website
Minnesota-based photographer and professor Laura Migliorino
was fascinated by ice houses as a kid. She had a rather skewed sense of what they were for, but they are in fact used as a base for people ice fishing on the lakes in winter. They look pretty spooky to me!