Léo Coulongeat is a French photographer who makes travel photographs. This time he takes us with him to the heart of another desert region of South America: Peru. In his panoramic photographs we can see the wild beauty of these territories, still to be explored for man. The civilization and its symbols, present in some images of the series, are placed as contrasting elements with respect to the aerial shots of the landscape that basically maintains its wild spirit. Peru remains for the artist a land to explore with passion, to always discover new things and the countless secrets that can hide.
The most significant shot remains that where man is the protagonist without allusions or half terms and jumps into the desert, transmitting an uncontainable freedom.
What we know about others is first of all what we see, what our eye and the analysis of appearances translates about a person. There is no direct access to someone’s true personality that doesn’t pass by appearances. And so the photographic portrait, the ability to express a person through his image, is nothing more than an interpretation that passes through an artistic intuition. A filter of a filter that must be able to provoke (attraction, curiosity, tension, discomfort …). It is the ability to guess the appearance.
This is perhaps what makes the shots of photographerSteven Gindler aka Cvatik so attractive. His ability to build a tension between his eye, the subject and the viewer. Not just description, but awareness of the disturbance that one wants to impress in the image, the ability to expand it and build it artfully.
His images are charged, nostalgic, decadent, sensual, disturbing. Almost always simultaneously.
“Photography, in every sense, is literally my life. I try and take my camera with me everywhere, and create a new adventure for myself everyday.”
With the Moulding project, photographer Prue Stent and artist Honey Long explore the ambiguity of representation through fluid and sinuous bodies.
Figures wrapped in fabrics that compress and stretch them, play with the idea of classical form, scrapping it and making it dynamic, transient and ambiguous. A project that partly remembers the work Unique Forms of Continuity in Space of the sculptor Boccioni, symbolic representation of the movement of fluidity that rejected the traditional sculpture.
The material that envelops the bodies expands them and deprives them of weight while hiding the forms and their identity. Constrained and stifled, however, figures are at the same time liberated in an alternative dimension of dream and immateriality.
As in Soft Tissue everything is mentioned and left to the spectator’s eyesight.
For this edition of All for the Gram, the column on Instagram profiles to follow, we decided to change it up a bit. Today’s is not just a profile, but a photographic project led by Sardinian photographer Tiziano Demuro and Sicilian photographer Sergio Raffaele. “Under Milano”, this is the name of the project, was born in 2018 from the desire of Tiziano and Sergio to work on a common project, combining the interest of both of them in the metropolitan environment, from the platforms to the escalators to the trains.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Milan’s underground is a fascinating place where every day the lives of millions of people intertwine for a few minutes, just long enough to get to their destination.
It is a real place of transition that everyone experiences differently: some people take it every day and always know exactly where to go, where to stand on the platform and how long the stops last; others use it for the first time and are hesitant, do not know how to put their ticket in and stand on the left on the escalators; others stay for a short time and others have to make longer journeys, perhaps in the company of a good book.
In short, there is something poetic and melancholic about it: for a short time it doesn’t matter what you are going to do, you are there, sitting or standing trying not to fall, with everyone else, but each on his own.
With Under Milano, Tiziano and Sergio strive every day to capture those everyday moments, those little things that characterise the life that flows underground, in photographs that seem to come from another era and that make everything so beautiful.
We’ve selected a few shots, but follow Under Milano on Instagram to see them all and don’t miss the next ones.
Looking at Dirk Haas‘ photographs, it seems almost impossible to imagine that his career began with landscape photography and then later as a wedding photographer. The real change of direction came in 2016, when he decided to start experimenting with analogue photography, thus moving from a very fast and immediate technique to a slower one, both in the making and in the developing phase.
This change also necessitated a change of subjects, the ones he was used to didn’t fit in with analogue photography, and having always been fascinated by people and faces he started making artistic portraits and nudes.
These subjects were immediately in line with analogue and the Polaroid 600SE and SX70 he was given as gifts, as well as his ability to capture the right moment and create an understanding with his subjects.
His photographic production now offers shots that are almost stolen, in which we can almost see and feel the intimacy of the moment in which they were taken and in which female beauty is enhanced to the maximum.