December 19, 2014

Stock Photos: Photos by Strangexperiments Studio







Stock Photos: Photos by Strangexperiments Studio

Photos of adolescent youths in their rooms looking out the window but the scenery outside is replaced by found images online with the "stock photo" watermark. The series explores the feeling of wanting to be somewhere, away from the comforts of home, and escaping from familiar surroundings.
This series explores how one’s extreme familiarity with his environment can actually become a psychological entrapment. Singapore is so small that as Singaporeans, there is a dearth of novelty or “strangeness” in our surroundings. It also explores how the Internet is then a medium in which Singaporean youths escape or perceive the world beyond. But the irony is that this dream is nonetheless, an artificial construct. But what is most revealing is how the Internet keeps us within a search bubble, constructing the way we perceive the world. And this images appropriated online are not representative of the places. This reveals the incongruity between what is actual and what is being represented, and how the image is simply a projection.
Strangexperiments Studio are Allysa Sing and Benjamin Ziggy Lee, both photographers and filmmakers.
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Places to Hide: Photos by Won Kim








Places to Hide: Photos by Won Kim

Conceptual photos of nude figures hiding in enclosed spaces that explores how humans desire a secure, quiet, and comfortable place akin to a fetus in a mother's womb.
When I was a little boy, I liked to hide in quiet, isolated areas. It could be under a desk, in a corner of the balcony, or just in a closet. Whenever I occupied these small, private spaces it gave me a feeling of profound security. The images in Places to Hide are in part my way of remembering this feeling. I think the feeling I experienced has something in common with the homing instinct that pulls animals such as birds or fish back to their home territories. Unlike animals, though, human beings have no such places other than the womb itself. In my view, humans long for something like the womb—a place that provides a comfortable, quiet, and safe environment. In Places to Hide, my intent is to make visible this wish by placing nude figures in small, enclosed spaces throughout the urban landscape. The figures are curled up, suggesting the way a fetus occupies its mother’s womb.

December 18, 2014

Places of Departure: Photos by Ellen Jantzen









Places of Departure: Photos by Ellen Jantzen

Conceptual photos that questions what happens when a loved one dies. These digitally-enhanced images have an ethereal and spiritual quality that attempts to answer those lingering questions. The series began when Ellen lost both her parents and her struggle to understand where life goes after death.
I was working on my series, Disturbing The Spirits when my father suddenly died. Place of Departure is the work I have done since.... I feel that my life has fundamentally changed; but sometimes all seems the same. Where did my father go? What does a life mean after it leaves it's body? Does the life-force rise and connect the terrestrial with the celestial or does it evaporate into thin air? These are the questions I am grappling with as I begin my new series; hopefully I will find my way to an understanding. 6 months later my mother passed away also. The space between my father's death and my mother's was filled with this work.

December 17, 2014

Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen









Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen

Hand-painted portraits of musicians on vinyl records by Arizona-based artist Daniel Edlen. Using white acrylic, Daniel paints the images on records that are already damaged and would otherwise be thrown away, although the flipside can still be played.
Building on my background in sculpture and rapidograph dot drawings, I use the unique canvas of the LP to create dramatic compositions that spark conversations.

Together in Youth and Light: Photos by Justin Gonyea






Together in Youth and Light: Photos by Justin Gonyea

Multiple exposures that explores the coming of age of youth and the struggle to find identity through portraiture.
At the age when we are caught between who we were brought up to be and who we are destined to become, the subjects of this exploration in conceptual serial photography build a visual index for what is arguably the most trying period in a lifetime. 
Through the process of exposing film multiple times, the portraits become fragmented and faint—sometimes rendering the initial subject unidentifiable. The resulting images are forming simulacra of the struggle to find identity amidst the pull of nature versus nurture.
Justin Gonyea is a photographer and designer based in Vermont.

December 16, 2014

Storms: Photos by Mitch Dobrowner








Storms: Photos by Mitch Dobrowner

Fantastic black and white photos of storms in the midwest that captures nature in full fury. Influenced during his early years in New York by the images of Minor White and Ansel Adams, Dobrowner travels throughout Western and Midwestern America, along with professional storm chaser Roger Hill, to capture these extraordinary images of monsoons, tornados, and massive thunderstorms with the highest standard of craftsmanship.

On view at Photo-Eye Gallery Nov. 21 – Jan. 24.

By Night in LA: Photos by Camilo José Vergara








By Night in LA: Photos by Camilo José Vergara

Photos of empty buildings at night illuminated by electric lights, from shops covered with text to a solitary church lit by a streetlight. Vergara gives voice to the struggles of the absent inhabitants of these overlooked communities by presenting their environment as a straight document instead of exploiting their image.
It was not the stars that illuminated the LA night, it was electric lights. Contrasting with the day view, light at night often came from the buildings themselves... fences and spikes illuminated from behind and alleys lit with patches of yellow tungsten, white fluorescent, and neon lights.