A few minutes ago on Banksy‘s Instagram channel, a new post appeared claiming the Birmingham mural. Everything made us think of a new work by the anonymous artist from Bristol who, as usual, waited for the rumors to do their job before intervening.
The wall represents the sleigh of Santa Claus who, in this case, is interpreted by a homeless man who is about to spend the night on a bench, the body of the sleigh.
God bless Birmingham. In the 20 minutes, we filmed Ryan on this bench passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter – without him ever asking for anything.
Commented the artist on the moving video that, as a soundtrack, has the Christmas song by Joy Williams “I’ll be home for Christmas”.
Undress someone of their secrets without making them weak and fragile is not easy, but with photography, Adina Salome Harnischfeger does it perfectly. Adina digs into the intimacy of her subjects, creates a sharp and keen connection and is able to cancel any embarrassment. Her photographic portraits are intimate and personal, they focus on the fragility of the human body and seem to create a unique dialogue between interiority and vulnerability.
Her work is made by exploration and discovery and her analog photography is authentic and sensitive. With her shots, she manages to capture the most intimate details and particulars of her protagonists, she perceives the person on the other side of the lens and tells the whole story.
Against web restrictions and censorship of nudity, Adina Salome Harnischfeger shares part of her work on Patreon, an online collective funding platform. Stop here for a few minutes, watch her shots, enter her intimate and disenchanted world and follow her on Instagram.
For many, the lockdown period has not been easy, the isolation from the outside world and the lack of impulses has meant a loss of creativity. Others, on the other hand, have tried hard to find a hint of inspiration within the four walls of their home. Among these is certainly Suresh Serafini.
Born in 1995, Suresh Serafini was born in India, in Goa, and grew up in the Marche region, in the town of Porto Sant’Elpidio. Before the pandemic, Suresh divided his time between fashion photography and lifestyle photography, both fields in which the human element is essential. Once he found himself, like the rest of us, locked in his house, he had to focus on something else.
Instead of giving up, he let himself be carried away by inspiration and also by the desire to experiment and, in the end, the flowers in his garden proved to be the ideal subjects. To describe these new shots, which depart from his own style, Suresh borrowed the words of German photographer Juergen Teller: “I’m not interested in photography, I’m interested in how I can express my ideas and feelings.”
For Suresh, working on these photographs was like doing a street photography project, but instead of looking for something to photograph on the streets of the city, he did it inside his home.
Dawid Imach, a Polish photographer based in Leeds, creates elegant and natural nude art projects. In his shots, he captures the fascination of women, their bodies and forms and puts the beauty and harmony of the models at the center of the story.
Indeed, his photographic portraits, in color or black and white, integrate subjects, lighting and scenery in a balanced way and skillfully mix spontaneity and construction.
Dawid Imach creates personal projects and commercial campaigns for the beauty and fashion industry. Like other photographers in his field, he shares some of his work on Patreon, a collective funding platform that allows artists to fight censorship and web restrictions.
There are no stereotypes, no canons of beauty to follow, no right or wrong size, freedom dominates in Valeria Sigal‘s photographs.
Born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Valeria Sigal worked in a bank and studied philosophy before devoting herself entirely to photography. It was after the birth of her daughter in 2011 that she decided to devote herself full-time to her passion, earning a degree in photography in 2017. Today, Valeria works and collaborates with various companies and businesses, managing to carry out numerous personal projects. It is the latter that have captured our attention.
The protagonist of her shots is the human body: the models who allow themselves to be photographed by Valeria Sigal shed their clothes and, with them, all the preconceptions inherent in our society. In a world where, despite a few exceptions, the canons of beauty are still rigid and exclusive, the protagonists of her photos become the symbol of a new beauty, inclusive and unique.
We cannot help but notice how the construction of the image, in which the subject is triumphant in the centre and the body is enhanced by a play of chiaroscuro, transforms each person into a work of art. The poses and candid skin of the models remind us of the marble of neoclassical statues, but the ideal of beauty has (thankfully) changed.
We have selected just a few of her photographs, but to find out more about Valeria Sigal’s work, follow her on Instagram and visit her website.