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ISSUE 36 • February • 2017
Ivana Stojakovic takes you into a world singularly her own, and we are glad she does. Her photographs are full of symbols and are compositionally beautiful, however, there is something greater about them that is unseen, and this is their ability to pull you in and imagine right along with her.
Luis Aldana’s series La Femme quietly outlines its subjects in a halo, leaving the surrounding figure in black and light where darkness is nowhere to be found and the light of the female soul shines bright.
Farmed by Paul Hart is a series of pastoral views where the serene landscape transports the viewer to a quieter time. The few abandoned buildings lead one to believe that the story may be ending for this stretch of land, however, on second glance, the proud trees, greenhouses and the building that is under repair tell a different story, one of continuation, a cycle that may leave some things behind but is always regenerating.
Jim Riche, in his series Urban Abstracts takes us through a tour of possibility, showing us how the contours of a building can move with the eye in such a way that the building seems to dance its way across your screen. The symmetry and the light of these manmade constructs are displayed beautifully.
Antonis Pasvantis in his feature, The Clamour of Idomeni, photographs the plight of refugees, the crisis is captured in crisp photographs where fellow humans who once had beds to sleep in, are forced to find shelter in small tents or abandoned buildings, children and adults alike wait in line for rations, and, in the, not-so-far distance barbed wire fences are in place to prevent them from any movement forward.
Kai Nagayama’s series, Bandage Portrait, is a stunning take on the pain and the emotional valleys humans undertake. The photographs are jarring and truthful, they bring to mind the idea of the mummy who is preserved for the after life, whereas in this case, as many humans do, the bandages are signs of the pain, and suffering that we are not willing to let go of.
In our Adore Noir article, Seeing the Light, I explore the different ways in which photography can act as a potential therapeutic outlet for those who are not able to release their feelings through words.
Sandra Djak Kovacs