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Category Archives: Photography
In Malaysia they breed a bird called the Ayam Seramas, an ornate chicken raised not for its meat but purely for its appearance. These chickens not only have decorative plumage. They possess the ability to strike quite extraordinary – and funny looking – poses.
Photographer and visual artist Ernest Goh photographs animals and wildlife. He made a whole books about the strange whole of chicken beauty pageants in Malaysia. Yes, beauty pageants.
All photos by Ernest Goh.
The photo series “There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends” by the South African photographer Pieter Hugo, entails portraits of his own friends – all whom call South Africa their home. Through the manipulation of color, Pieter Hugo emphasizes the sitter’s blemishes and sun damage making them look darker than they would normally appear without the editing process.
“In these portraits one sees how the sitters’ environment, a place where there is incredibly harsh sunlight, has started to ‘corrode’ our epidermis. This speaks to me about the South African colonial experiment – all these people from all over the world, thrown together within the confines of a nation by the forces of history. The damage left by the sun and the environment becomes allegorical of the burden of South Africa’s tempestuous and fraught past. History leaves its marks on us. It eats away at us. We cannot escape its heavy weight,” Hugo says.
To me, this is so disgusting I could vomit. I’m not exactly the world’s biggest animal lover either. But still. I’m so grossed out. I know that millions of dog lovers around the world does this daily. I could never date of one them…
Architectural photographer Trent Bell took a different turn in his career, when he created this photo series called “Reflect”. It features long-time prisoners and the handwritten letters they’ve written to their younger selves.
Trent Bell was inspired by a close friend whom was sentenced to 36 years in jail. “Reflect” looks beyond the prisoner’s stigma of a past life of crime and instead zooms into a rather positive yet heartbreaking side of their story. One that starts with bad decisions, but follows with deep regret, hope, and wishful thinking.
These photos are incredibly sad. And obviously shows: Don’t do drugs.
It’s mug shots collected by the sheriff’s office in Multnomah County, Oregon. They are part of a anti-drug campaign that shows the disturbing truth to what heavy drug use does to a person. And how quickly the drug addicts’s face gets damaged.
It’s been seen many times before, especially on youtube videos.
This is a collaborated effort with photographer, David Wile and April Maciborka. This series puts focus on the reaction of babies tasting lemon for the first time.
“I’m interested in what we define as beauty, when we choose to create it ourselves. Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make? Is beauty informed by contemporary culture? By history? Or is it defined by the surgeon’s hand? Can we identify physical trends that vary from decade to decade, or is beauty timeless? When we re-make ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity? Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture? And if so, are the results the vanguard of human induced evolution?”, photographer Phillip Toledano says about his photo series “A New Kind of Beauty“.
The people look so non-human to me. So much like dolls. And so unhappy.
You can buy his book about the series here.
Herb Piper is a self-proclaimed internationally unknown and locally ignored photographer. He pairs the nude female form with miniature figurines and toys to create some evocative and amusing storylines.
The vast majority of Poland’s people (90%) are practicing Catholics. When Christianity was introduced to Poland a few centuries ago, it erased most traces of paganism, witchcraft, and shamanic traditions.
The women Majak photographs represent the very small minority of Polish women who practice alternative spirituality. For many of these women, this series depicts their first public display of power.
They “practice a wide range of spiritual paths and spiritual systems. A few are traditional healers – so called ‘whisperers’ who mix religion with primeval superstitions to heal and remove spells using prayers – whose traditions survived on the Belarusian border. Some are women who had grandmothers who could ‘see’ or were herbal healers and who are working to revive what would otherwise be dead traditions.”
Porter Contemporary, where Majak’s work was featured in 2012, writes, “When asked what being a witch meant to one of the subjects in the series, she replied ‘A witch is a woman of knowledge who takes a broom and sweeps to cleanse the world.’”
This is how lives begin. Danish photographer Suste Bonnén captured these beautiful photos of the first few seconds of life.
The photos are taken just as the baby has entered the world, before even the mother has seen it.
Bonnen followed 22 caesarean operations on the maternity ward at the Copenhagen University Hospital. She says, “There were no flashes, no additional lamps, so I had to learn to use what was there”.
It’s a site-specific performance on the crowded New York City subway. All images are stills from iPhone videos. And they show how people react, when George Ferrandi put her head on their shoulder when falling asleep.
In an interview with Katherine Brooks of the Huffington Post, George Ferrandi was asked if she learned anything from the project. This is her response:
“For me, this piece taps into the mystery and fragility of how we relate and communicate to each other as human animals, full of signs secret even to ourselves. It’s given me a deeper understanding of the way New Yorkers evolve to maintain their privacy in public spaces. We carry our energy so closely. We’re often pressed up against each other on the train with a kind of “I wish I wasn’t touching you” energy that is invisible but respected. This is part of why so many people are touched by a photo of one man resting his head on the shoulder of another; it challenges a preconception about tenderness between strangers, especially in New York. And it offers a tiny counterpoint to the Culture of Fear being cultivated in America.”
Born in 1979, Ulric Collette, self-taught photographer, studied art and graphic design in Quebec city in the late 90s and now work as art director for Collette, a communication studio in Quebec region. The work of Ulric has been presented in various websites, magazines and books all over the world (Prism, Global Investor, Esquire, Light and Lens, Snap, Fubiz, My Modern Met, Adobe, etc). Most recently, his work on the genetic portraits series was shortlisted in the world most prestigious advertising awards show, the Cannes Lion.