Images from the future by Jingran Zhang

Images from the future by Jingran Zhang

Claudia Fuggetti · 7 months ago · Photography

As if they had come out of Matrix, Jingran Zhang‘s images are a breath of fresh air in the murky pre-packaged world of Instagram, where several photographic trends have spread like wildfire in recent times. Just think of the pastel starry skies, the portraits with the “soap and water” mood or the improbable architectures.

Cameras pointed at each other, robots, Blade Runner-style androgynous bodies and strange mutant characters similar to aliens invade the artist’s feed, which translates reality with an almost disturbing and destabilizing aesthetic, which captures and attracts at the same time.

Are we really becoming like the screens of our mobile phones? Each character appears indirectly in the photo: he hides his face, uses sunglasses, is turned from behind. All these human figures don’t seem so much human, but machines without identity.

The same cannot be said of these images, which instead show a great personality projected towards the future in a fresh and innovative way, even if not without visual references.

Take a look at Jingran’s Instagram profile here.

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Images from the future by Jingran Zhang | Collater.al
Images from the future by Jingran Zhang | Collater.al
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Feridun Akgüngör takes the Minimal Pure series of photographs

Feridun Akgüngör takes the Minimal Pure series of photographs

Collater.al Contributors · 7 months ago · Photography

Feridun Akgüngör is a young artist and art director from Istanbul. He has devoted himself to a number of works including Minimal Pure, which consists of a series of photographs depicting cuts in architecture and making them minimal. The background is dominated by a completely clear and lively sky.

Only a few distant elements, such as clouds, an airplane or the flight of a bird, offer a minimum of movement that breaks the tranquility of these clean and relaxing photos. The artist helps himself with the use of software with which he retouches his photos for a truer and more real result, making the colors less real but of great effect. The blue, that changes from water green to yellow, contrasting with the orange, white and red of the architectures.

The Minimal Pure series evokes moments of rest, where more than in a photo, the moment is still in time and gives peace to the senses.

Text by Elisa Scotti

Feridun Akgüngör takes the Minimal Pure series of photographs
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Camera Selfies, when cameras take a selfie to themselves

Camera Selfies, when cameras take a selfie to themselves

Claudia Fuggetti · 7 months ago · Photography

But, what are the selfies for if not to document the history of photography? Probably the German photographer J. Flynn Newton must have thought just that, when he decided to realize the project Camera Selfies.

According to the artist, in fact, today photography is no longer special, it is no longer a novelty accessible to few as in the past. Our phones can take high quality images like a camera would, everything becomes easy and is no longer magic. Using old cameras, J. Flynn wants to preserve the authenticity of the practice and the beauty of these objects:

“I wanted to make very intimate “self-portraits” to capture their “personality”.

Camera Selfies is an attempt to remember how incredible is the invention of photography, which manages to capture time. The visual bombardment of which we are victims, conscious or not, makes us apathetic and insensitive to this fascinating artistic practice.

J. Flynn started photographing at the age of 6 with an Agfa Silette he still owns; he currently lives in Germany and works as a designer in his agency.

Have a look at her Instagram profile here.

Camera Selfies, le macchine fotografiche si fanno un selfie | Collater.al
Camera Selfies, le macchine fotografiche si fanno un selfie | Collater.al
Camera Selfies, le macchine fotografiche si fanno un selfie | Collater.al
Camera Selfies, le macchine fotografiche si fanno un selfie | Collater.al
Camera Selfies, le macchine fotografiche si fanno un selfie | Collater.al
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The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

Collater.al Contributors · 7 months ago · Photography

Calypso Mahieu, class 1993, is graduated from ECAL/University of Art and Design of Lausanne and now she is working between France and Switzerland as a freelance photographer.

Her work is both elegant and erotic and the light is the heart of her photography. Calypso first discovered photography through women’s magazines — she was fascinated by the light, the bodies, and the attitudes rather than the fashion itself.  

The light is her secret weapon and nudity and eroticism has become essential to her aesthetic. She is passionate by the light because it can destroy or sublime a picture very easily. It’s like a game for her to build the light around the person or the object she’s shooting. Cinema’s lights, romantic sunset light of the South of France, desk light and many others can be a source of inspiration and are important in her process of photographing.

A selection from her best works below.

Text by Giordana Bonanno

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Suds and Smiles the photo series by Samantha Furtenberry

Suds and Smiles the photo series by Samantha Furtenberry

Collater.al Contributors · 7 months ago · Photography

Alabama based photographer Samantha Fortenberry has taken a series of photos called ‘Suds and Smiles‘. She asked her friends to choose a series of objects, which had important meaning for them or which were important for the time of the bathroom, thus customizing the set one by one. The collection explores the relationship between people and objects, kitsch accessories and hilarious settings are the protagonists of these super-colored photos.

The people portrayed are naked, the artist wanted to represent them in this way, in all their beauty and naturalness. Samantha also introduces ideas of body positivity and gender equality and, between a male and female nude, the photos express great confidence.

The girl says: “I want to gather a wide variety of people of all their shapes and sizes to show the various forms of beauty that each person has“.
Let’s take a look at it together.

Text by Elisa Scotti

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