Personally, the photographs I like the most are those that show distant lands and places, panoramas that are not part of my everyday life, faces that reflect distant cultures and ethnic groups, but Chris Perani‘s macro photographs have managed to make me change my mind. The shots from his Butterfly Wings series capture microscopic details of dozens of different butterflies.
Thanks to macro photography Chris can show us the thousands of shades, hairs, and scales that hide on the wings, or rather, that we can not see with the naked eye.
The extraordinary result perfectly reflects a work that requires a long preparation and that makes the most of the possibilities offered by the camera.
Butterfly Wings is just one of the fantastic series created by Chris Perani, to see them go on his website or on his Instagram profile.
A thing is or is not. It exists or it is completely invented. It is part of reality or it belongs to an imaginary world, that of fantasy or dreams. Yet Can Dağarslanı‘s photographs make us doubt that this is the case.
Can Dağarslanı is an architect, a graduate of the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul, but over time he has discovered himself to be an exceptionally talented photographer. His relationship with photography is closely linked to architecture, especially the organisation and perception of space.
Contrary to what we might think, Can does not photograph urban landscapes or buildings, but uses the concepts he acquired as an architect to create perfect compositions. Every element we find in his shots is perfectly balanced: the subject is at the centre of the scene, big enough to capture the viewer’s attention, but not completely detracting from the surroundings and the background.
This balance that we find in the composition is not found in the subjects. It is as if Can Dağarslanı wants to shake up reality and each time he manages to add an element that turns the shots into photographs that border on the surreal, but not absurd.
Often this effect is achieved through the use of colour, and the shot of a girl lying on the grass in the middle of a forest is a perfect example of this: many would have chosen neutral colours for her clothes, others would perhaps have opted for nudity, but Can Dağarslanı has chosen completely red clothes. It’s not fantasy, it’s a different reality from what we expect, from what we are used to living.
Below you can find a selection of Can Dağarslanı’s shots, but to find out more visit his website and to make sure you don’t miss his upcoming work follow him on Instagram.
Xhosa Fray-Chinn is a Brooklyn-based photographer and filmmaker who describes his work as something sensory. His light, dreamy, nostalgic aesthetic is a pretext for making the audience empathize with the stories he tells and bring the viewer into his shoes.
Xhosa Fray-Chinn has collaborated with clients such as VOGUE ITALIA, Reebok, Mary Young, Soulmatter, Elsewhere, Laugh.Events and MiCasa, but in the past year he has managed to deepen his style and poetics even more.
“The current events have definitely affected my photography. Recently, I’ve been creating a lot from emotion and using everything going on, not only social injustices but the pandemic and other world issues to fuel my work. Creating this way allows me to quickly find inspo and work without too much thinking and more doing”.
Kostis Fokas is is a conceptual photographer whose artistic practice revolves around the exploration of the complexities of the human body.
His work focuses on the interplay between youth culture and eroticism and widely reflects aspects of his inner self. He is irreverent, sensual, arrogan, humorous, provocative and energetic.
He was born in Greece, precisely in Athens, where probably growing up among statues of gods and water lilies, he understood that behind the pose of a body there is a world of forms to explore.
Boredom and reality do not interest him and his shots prove it. He knows how to handle the world and his room to his liking. By controlling every color detail, every light source, he creates a shot that is an estrangement from everyday life, that he knows of Tumblr and surrealism.