Finish photographer Christoffer Relander (previously covered here) explores our relationship to nature in his ongoing series of multiple-exposed photographs. Primarily portraits, his dreamy pieces portray subjects physically merging with their natural surroundings. Relander has been working on a new series, “We Are Nature” since 2010, which was revealed on Friday night at Galerie GEO.
Going through Randy Hage’s “New York Storefronts” series of photographs had me admiring them as photographs for all the reasons you admire a great photograph; color, composition, a story… until I read the captions: “1/12th scale sculpture of a bodega in Brooklyn…” These storefront miniatures could be thought of as time capsules of a potentially endangered species, capturing the delicate beauty of aging architecture. Hage has been creating sets, models, and props for the TV/Film and small scale hobby industries for over 25 years and has an upcoming solo show at Flower Pepper gallery October 10th, 2015.
There’s something ridiculously satisfying about looking at Lernert & Sander’s latest photography project. The Dutch duo cut various types of foods — from raw tuna to kiwis to Romanesco broccoli — into perfect, bite-sized cubes and arranged everything in a meticulously planned-out grid. The piece includes 98 total cubes measuring two-and-a-half cubic centimeters each. The photo was originally commissioned by a Dutch newspaper for their food issue, but has gone viral internationally since its release.
Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught landscape photographer passionate about capturing the natural wonders of his home country, Finland. He first became interested in shooting these incredible vistas when driving to a relative’s cabin in the countryside one summer. “After a rainy day, the sun started shining, and the fog was rising in the fields,” writes the artist in his statement. “I just had to stop and watch this beautiful moment and then I realized that I want to start capturing these kinds of moments.” Ever since then, Lagerstedt has spent his time capturing Finland’s glittering night skies and pristine forests, using his expert editing skills to bring out the otherworldly qualities of these real-life settings. His work makes us want to book plane tickets to Finland already.
Lebanese photographer Serge Najjar notices geometric patterns in his day-to-day surroundings. Based in Beirut, his photographs capture instances of minimalist architecture with an emphasis on symmetry and repetition. But despite its focus on clean designs, his work includes evidence of human inhabitants in these austere edifices. With people peaking out of their doors and windows, the buildings come alive. The people in his work add individuality and quirkiness to his otherwise highly stylized presentation of Beirut, where cultural context is stripped away to highlight the city’s modern, architectural elements.
Joanne Leah is a mysterious photographer from Brooklyn who takes unnerving photographs with erotic elements that simultaneously attract and repulse the viewer. Her latest series, “Acid Mass,” features a variety of models wearing highly stylized accessories. Posing in front of solid-colored studio backgrounds that match their outfits, the models’ bodies function more like design elements than fully fledged characters. With their faces often obscured, their body shapes interact with Leah’s surreal props in often disturbing ways.