“The images balance between the darkness, the color, and the introspection that are their subject — or rather it’s where they balance between all three elements that I think
they work best.”
Wendy Given’s 2009 photography project On Myth and Magic:“I am very interested in photographing images that resonate in the deep, dark and unstable ground between consciousness and collective memory. These mysterious images of objects and scenes, the places between reality, metaphor, allegory and fiction, are constructed to evoke and honor humankind’s fascination with “myth and magic”. Ultimately, my intent in producing this ongoing body of work is to address and foster visual ideas that are accessible as cues for opening up universal narratives.”
Fascinating work by Frederic Fontenoy. Produced between 1988 and 1990, this series captures body movements and contorcions at its most liquid state. Honestly I have no idea how these movements look without the long exposure – or even what the person looks like. The metamorphosis effect is so perfectly achieved it’s as if we are looking at some swiftly-moving boneless and living shape.
Thomas Albdorf is not only great at balancing things, but also knowing which things to balance, where to shoot these temporary installations, and of course how to compose a great shot. We featured Thomas’ work by in early 2011, since then he has continued to produce outstanding work and from reading his blog it seems there’s even more in the coming.
It’s difficult to completely present Jim Cowan’s project l’Inconnu because it spreads across three different series, but the idea behind these portraits is quite fascinating in essence. The project is split between three parts, the first capturing the white ageless and almost genderless faces, the second (featured here) focusing more on the balance between creation/destruction and body/sculpture, whereas the final is more focused on threshold between life and death.
Although tackling some gigantic themes I find Jim’s series really well put together and this part in particular does a great job at illustrating the fine and fragile line between aesthetic perfection and destruction.