Shannon Tomasik is a photographer from Grand Haven, Michigan, who doesn’t just shoot; her constant need that comes from deep down and that led her to conceive Instagram as an intimate and intense diary.
The artist writes with light using a 35 mm film camera, to produce shots that are then shared on social networks: yes, because sharing becomes an important, indispensable phase, which reinforces the dense scenes of emotional charge that Shannon captures.
Suspended moments, memories and reflections, the relationship of love-hate with one’s own body, the pursuit of light, perhaps an elusive hope. Shannon Tomasik has to share her pain, the emptiness of a room, the emotion of being with someone, and she does so using a cinematic aesthetic, which she herself has often called almost indie.
If you haven’t done so yet, take a look at the artist’s Instagram profile here.
The images of Enshroud, a visual project by photographer Medina Dugger, have been created as digital collages and propose the abstract representation of the veil. The shapes, patterns, and colors have the task of telling the story of Nigeria, a territory populated by Muslim believers on the one hand and Catholics on the other: the hijab thus becomes a very visible symbol of faith, customs, and style in Lagos.
Medina wanted to communicate the power of her project through a very detailed explanation of this:
“The series also reflects on perceptions and realities surrounding the women who wear veils -garments which have a long and complex history that predates Islam. In ancient times, veils indicated a woman’s social status. Today, the hijab is often reduced to a vilified symbol, rendering it a pawn in the nationalistic culture of fear. Women in hijab risk stereotyping, social exclusion, judgement and abuse. Many associate the veil with extremism and female suppression”.
Her explanation becomes useful and interesting not only to really understand what lies behind these joyful and colorful images but also to grasp the meanings that lie behind the filters that the media put in front of cultures.
“In the West, the veil has also come to symbolize a position against islamophobia. Nike recently released the Nike Pro Hijab for female Muslim athletes and Kenyan-American model Halima Aden is the first model to appear in hijab on the cover of British Vogue”.
Visit Medina Dugger’s website if you want to learn more.
Denisse Ariana Pérez is a copywriter, author and photographer from Copenhagen, born in the Caribbean. She is obsessed with words, people, images and the search for ways to make them talk to each other.
Denisse’s images are built through the connection between written and photographic language because, in the end, it’s always about telling a story. Her most recent work focuses on the use of photography and storytelling to highlight the beauty of Afro communities and other marginalized groups from which she feels inspired.
Among her favorite subjects are also albinos, to whom she feels equally attached because of their physical appearance, unusual and fascinating. The artist’s works have been published in The Guardian, El Pais, VICE, Afropunk, Dazed and Accent Magazine.
Russian photographer Daria Garnik, born in ’86, graduated in art criticism, took a series of shots in honor of Soviet astronaut Jurij Gagarin who, on April 12, 1961, was the first person in the world to travel in space and as a result became the pioneer of the era of space exploration. Jurij, coming from a family living in the Russian countryside, represented a symbol of hope and progress, living proof that everything was possible, even in spite of his origins. The astronaut is now considered a hero of the former Soviet Union and its propaganda, given the importance of space exploration within the policy of the USSR, but also the rivalry and climate of tension with the United States.
For this reason he became the idol of many children including Daria who, despite being born 25 years after the mission, curious about the man behind the myth, decided to travel and go to the birthplace of Gagarin about 200 km away from Moscow, once called Gzhatsk but later renamed after the historic flight into space. There are currently many places that commemorate the astronaut here, such as museums, shops, libraries, and cinemas.
The Russian photographer created a reportage retracing a bit ‘the life of Jurij wanting to know the story, immortalizing the house, the car, the food he ate when he was in the spaceship, the school attended, etc.. Daria’s shots are inspired by many influences, from her adolescent age where Russia was going through a difficult period in those years to the surrounding reality, from the people she meets, the discovery of new places and consequently a better understanding of the world.
One of the photographer’s favorite shots is the one in the garage, which is very reminiscent of an aquarium in which Gagarin’s car is placed. This image makes it seem like a place where time has stood still. The GAZ-21 car was a gift from the government to the aviator after his assignment, which he used until his tragic death in an accident while driving a fighter.
He is called Alejandro, @alex.zandro on Instagram, and is a photographer who publishes shots on his social media with a strong impact and a unique beauty. We discovered it by chance, captured by the image: a market open 24 hours and a woman standing in front of it, all framed by darkness. The contrast between the dazzling neon lights and the black of the context gives a ghostly, mysterious air to the entire composition. The scene was taken in an American city between Chicago, Los Angeles or New York and we only know this because Alejandro himself specifies it, because for what we see, the photograph could have been taken anywhere, in any city or even on a set.
The American photographer manages to photograph the light in an almost cinematographic way and, although the details, the silhouettes of the faces and buildings that we can see are very few and essential, the shots can give back to the viewer much more. We can even feel the cold of the road and the heat of the illuminated interiors.
Discover a selection of shots in our gallery and to find out more, go to the photographer’s Instagram profile.