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Fox River Derivatives is an unorthodox form of artistic expression, with the intention of questioning man’s relationship with nature. Photographer Peter Hoffman has an inclination to existentialism, and he repeatedly visits this theme in how we can best co-exist in harmony with our environment, both natural and man-made.
A photogram is an image made on photographic paper by placing an object directly on its surface while exposing it to brief amounts off light. No camera is involved in the process; in fact the technique is also referred to as camera-less photography. Very interesting results emerge from this process, with white to black and various degrees of gray in between. Photographer Klea McKenna is one to dabble in the technique, and her latest series, Rain Studies “is an ongoing series of unique 20 x 24 inch gelatin silver photograms of rain. They are made using rain in both Hawaii and Northern California.”
It is a little known fact that Brad Pitt can hold his own behind a camera. Not just any camera, mind you, but an old school film model. A November 2008 issue of W magazine originally published a photo spread of Pitt’s work shooting his lovely wife, Angelina Jolie, and the photographs have resurfaced recently on Reddit. Lomography.com says that at the time, W’s Creative Director Dennis Freedman was looking fro a fresh and different perspective of one of the most photographed women in the world for the November 2008 issue. The answer to that couldn’t come closer to home, Angelina’s home that is. “I was surprised that Brad accepted the challenge,” remembers Freedman as Brad Pitt enthusiastically volunteered for the assignment.
Netherlands-based photographer Jan Banning caught our eye a couple of months ago with his series Bureaucratics wherein he made surprise visits to 8 countries across 5 continents and ended up with a set of 50 images of various individuals in their everyday work environments. This new project with the title Down and Out in the South is another powerful series from Banning capturing the “modern society’s outcasts.”
When outstanding talent comes along, it is unmistakable. Zev, also known as fiddle oak, is rather abundantly blessed with an inimitable flair behind the camera and with his post editing work. The 14-year-old from Natick, Massachusetts exhibits a rare capacity for the medium that is well beyond his age. He is perhaps one of the youngest to display skills that could be mistaken to be from a more seasoned and adult lens man. His concepts also show a maturity and vision that is not usually associated with someone barely into his teens.
Little Folk is Zev’s playful series that masterfully toys around with size, proportion, and dimensions, resulting in some magical images. With himself as one of the models, Zev creates a fairytale type of reality, reducing himself to an elf-like character, impishly exploring a human sized world.
High speed photography has truly unlocked the floodgates of the most brilliant, imaginative, and novel ideas. On the other side of the spectrum, however, it has also unleashed an astonishingly endless surge of the most inane, useless, and often asinine concepts. That however is not to say they are no less entertaining. Besides, whoever said art should be useful? Should it even make sense? Art constitutes that which arouses the senses or that which provokes you to react. A cursory look at the internet yields a befuddling number of discourses on “what is art?” So what is there to stop designer Manon Wethly, from throwing assorted beverages in their mugs and cups into the air, for her to photograph? Absolutely nothing.