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ISSUE 43 • April • 2018
Benoit Courti’s feature Deep Black takes one into the depths where the soul feels light as feathers dance, and dark as love becomes a tug-of-war. His crisp images capture the light and dark and highlight the epitome of the human journey: fortune, and love as they slip through our hands through the sands of time.
In Jana Hunterová’s feature, Albion, we see the weathered face of an older man as he walks by a bright and shiny building, he is moving through the photo just like we are moving through life, structures surround us and when we’re lucky the light of the sun warms us. And if it doesn’t we can turn to Hunterová’s photos and notice a welcoming light in all the photos, even the ones without sunlight. There is light in everything.
Leon Syfrit’s feature Blowout, redefines the notion of sculpture as his scrap treasures are found and posed only to be photographed, he tells us that, “…I don’t find the actual sculpture to be engaging. The magic happens when I take the photograph.” His photographs are the piece. The frayed lines and root like movement of the abandoned rubber evoke poetic movement; letting us know that the journey is not done.
The Medium is the Muse II, A brief history of inspiration and influence, by C.M. Kushins and Shana Braff, explores the connection between photography and the cinema and how the disciplines inspire each other.
Patricia Borges tells us that, her feature, Bodyscapes, “is a tale of love…a tribute to the feminine soul, its curves and moods…the series illustrates the nuances of a body that stretches and arouses to life.” Senses are heightened as one views the photographs; we feel the strength and the presence of the feminine.
In his feature Street Work Reuben Radding tells us, “It’s never been easier to take a photograph, but it’s extraordinarily difficult to make a picture that makes you feel something.” Radding’s photographs are full of captured moments that are full of feelings: a rushed mother pulling her son; a young boy eyes a clear casket apprehensively as it moves, what appears to be; the likeness of Jesus through the streets; a woman posing like a model as people walk towards her. And yet, maybe the woman pulling the boy is not his mother, maybe the casket does not hold Jesus’ likeness and maybe the woman is not a model, the story each photograph tells belongs to the photograph and the viewer. Feelings change from person to person and moment to moment.
Tony Hertz’s feature Land to Sea and Back “honor the diverse, unique natural landscape and seascape beauty of California.” Hertz’s palm trees have the perfect view of a pacific lit up by a golden sun, shining despite a large group of clouds. His surf jumps at you with the joy of movement; each droplet of sand and sea saluting us.
Sandra Djak Kovacs