Cian Oba-Smith is a London-based photographer who has focused his artistic research on the relationship between the subjects he loves to capture and their places of belonging. Through his sophisticated and never artificial style, the artist tells the stories of those who live in often forgotten communities, such as the African-American knights of Philadelphia and the rapidly depleting community of Tory Island.
While claiming to be attracted to themes that concern him personally, he has often shot outside the UK, in countries as far away as China, where he has tried to give a visual response to the social issues that characterize the world in which we live.
“I think the difficulty of modern culture is that photography is spread and consumed at such a fast pace that it is difficult to distinguish between a real story and a built one”.
The dialogue with these realities is fundamental to get to have quality shots, which want to be beautiful to look at, but especially interesting to discover.
Laura Kampman is a young Dutch model, photographer and musician who, in addition to posing for some of the best-known magazines and working excellently in front of the lens, has shown that she can distinguish herself even staying behind the camera.
Her passion for photography began at a very young age when she was about 13. Her practice and her work as a model taught her the rest: attention to light, shadows, perspective, other elements and composition.
The work that most represents her double essence is the series of self-portraits. In these photographs Laura Kampman brilliantly manages to stand behind and in front of the camera opening the doors of her intimate moments and her true self.
Laura plays with chiaroscuro, with her body and with the elements that surround her, like mirrors, interacting with them and suddenly you will feel as if you are next to her, in the empty rooms that serve as a background.
Moreover, the use of analog with its grain that can only fascinate every time gives an even more sublime and intimate touch to the photographs.
Below you can find a selection of photographs, but to discover all the works of Laura Kampman visit her website and follow her on Instagram.
A fairy tale, thriller, horror, science fiction and action movie. A cure for Wellness is the most complex film Gore Verbinski has ever produced since The Ring and Pirates of the Caribbean, but certainly not the one he is remembered for.
Put this way it will seem strange the choice, but this time we decided to talk about the cinematographic aspect that certainly made the eyes of anyone who has already seen it enjoy it; it is here that Verbinski proved to be an “architectural” director giving us great perspectives and images that leave us breathless. Straight lines, geometric figures, shots without unnecessary smudges, in which the central vanishing point generates suspense, expectation and mystery.
It is told of a young and ambitious executive whose life is put to the test when, sent to retrieve the company director in a mysterious “wellness centre” in the Swiss Alps, he discovers a shocking secret about the “curative” spa treatments.
The scenes move along very long corridors that arouse the same feelings of curiosity, anxiety, uncertainty from which the protagonist is tormented; the result is an obsessive and labyrinthine work in which we are forced to get lost between flashbacks and digressions. All these rhetorical figures only confirm the moralistic message that the story wants to bring us closer to: the inconceivable monstrosity we are seeing is nothing but ourselves, a lazy and anaffective humanity, unable to take an interest in anything other than its own well-being.
With the help of excellent technical departments we enter a magical and disturbing atmosphere where the plot is narrated in an epic way and everything is shrouded in a shaded cloud of green and blue that detaches us even more from reality. The characters in Steve Gindler‘s photographs, known on Instagram under the name “Cvatik“, seem to have come out of Verbinski’s film: humans take on new features and live in a world different from ours.
Did you know:The building of the sanatorium is part of a former hospital complex. During WW1 many injured soldiers have been there, including Adolf Hitler.
Genre: Horror, fantasy Director: Gore Verbinski Director of photography: Bojan Bazelli Writer: Justin Haythe Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth