Last week I went to a fellow photography-obsessed friend's apartment, someone I've met in class back in November. As I reached out for the stack of coffee table books and magazines, one in particular landed in my shuffling hands. It was a stunning large gallery book presenting the work of British photographer Richard Learoyd and his series Presences.
Learoyd works with one of the most antique of photographic processes: the camera obscura. The light falling on the subject is directly focused onto a sheet-size photographic paper without an interposing film negative. With very little loss of definition (due to a room sized camera) his portraits drag the viewer into a tangible dimension of ultra-realistic presence. This goes without noting the incredible dynamic in tonal range and colors.
I have rarely felt so smitten by someone's work. I have yet to see his work in its actual size.
This week I discovered to my greatest surprise that I landed a magazine cover! Not in the way I would have ever imagined. The intimate painting form Jerome Lagarrigue for whom I had posed few years ago was featured on the cover of this month's Interiors.
Flattered? Me? Just read the Art collector's comment below! * blushing *
Have a good weekend everyone and remember to keep your feet on the ground. Ha!
During an artist residency in California’s Joshua Tree National Park photographer Daniel Kukla had the brilliant idea to take a mirror with him as he headed to the desert, resulting in this vivid series.
I love the idea of capturing infinity in a frame within a frame, and the dimension of interpretations it embarks us in.
Berlin based photographerMeike Nixdorf shoots and edits landscapes like i have personally never seen before.
In one of her interview she recalls being told once by someone reviewing her portfolio in New York that her landscape photography was beautiful but that "any photographer could have taken it". The criticism staggered her and pushed her to start shooting with a different point of view. And here lies her new body of work.
What a fascinating artist. She is definitely in my radar.
I highly recommend this video if you are -like me- drawned to her stripped aesthetic.