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ISSUE 34 • October • 2016
Deb Young & Francisco Diaz collaborated on Playground; they “work on each image in real time, together, from 8,000 miles away.” They are on separate continents, and yet the synergy of their images is as if they were working side-by-side. Fog lingers here and there, birds flock in the background and the stars of this show are the children, clearly, and utterly focused on movement. The story of childhood is one we are all familiar with; with this series you have the opportunity to look at it with fresh eyes. Perhaps one of the photos will spark a memory from your very own childhood, like the little girl patiently waiting for her turn on the swing. Arms crossed, focused, lips pursed; I might have been that girl.
Turi Avola’s Exessus Mentis is a series inspired by a “photographic book depicting the remains of various saints and martyrs…skulls and skeletons were completely adorned by jewels and rich clothes…all of this inspired me to create a series of portraits with those characteristics—twelve people with twelve different personalities.” Avola’s words aptly express his vision, the resulting photographs deliver, the women are adorned both in jewels and rich clothes, and yet it is the expressions in their eyes that will bring you back to the photos again and again.
Yucel Basoglu’s series Divine Light is deft at finding the calm that so many of us, especially in today’s harried world, have trouble finding. A single figure stands on the edge of a rock, alone, despite the streaking clouds, the light illuminates the scene; Divine Light.
Pamela Chemla asks us to look at nature with new eyes. Her photographs of a natural scene are flipped and mirrored creating an altogether new scene for the eye to discern. She says it best: “In today’s world, we have a tendency to find meaning in everything, which results in locked up minds incapable of escaping a pre-established vision of the world. My advice is to always take time to observe what surrounds us through a different perspective. This often leads to a unique and unexpected new vision.” Nature Has Eyes is that unique vision.
For Marc Krüger’s series Animato, he traveled to “the four corners of Europe,” where the resulting photos are like paintings, a train station perhaps in one photo, a café, a bustling business center all populated by the streaks and figures of hundreds of people going to and fro. Krüger captures the essence of a world where there are billions of people, doing many things on a daily basis, and yet moving in perfect harmony.
Elena Oganesyan’s series Venus Garden is a personal journey, she says, “Through photography I connect with my own hidden fears and desires—I can fix my inner chaos.” Her photos are the soft unveiling of the raw, as the women shrouded in different exposures are discovering themselves—an inner chaos that many of us can resonate with.
Sandra Djak Kovacs