From our photo series: ‘Dance‘
This photo series captures dancers performing in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern Museum in London. The slow exposure of the photographs intends to reveal the flow of the dancer’s movement and at the same time abstract the image, bringing into focus the dance rather than the dancers themselves.
Miyoko Ihara /// Photo series of the bond between a grandmother and her odd-eyed white cat
Humanae by Angelica Dass
Words from the photographer:
Humanæ is a chromatic inventory, a project that reflects on the colors beyond the borders of our codes by referencing the PANTONE® color scheme.
The project development is based on a series of portraits whose background is dyed with the exact Pantone® tone extracted from a sample of 11×11 pixels of the portrayed´s face. The project’s objective is to record and catalog all possible human skin tones.
Humanæ it’s a pursuit for highlighting our subtle-continuous of our tones that make more equality than difference… our true colors, rather than the untrue Red and Yellow, Black and White. It is a kind of game for subverting our codes. The audience is free to read into it. The ultimate goal is to provoke and bring currently using internet as a discussion platform on ethnic identity, creating images that lead us to match us independent from factors such as nationality, origin, economic status, age or aesthetic standards.
From the series: ‘Veiled Mystery of Morocco” (1974) by Irving Penn
American photographer Irving Penn (1917 – 2009) is widely known for his fashion, portrait, and still life images, but he also pursued numerous opportunities to photograph the indigenous people of Africa, Latin America and Melanesia.
In 1948 Penn went to Cuzco, a small town in the centre of the Peruvian Andes, to photograph its inhabitants. Photographing with northern light, Penn posed his sitters in manners that emphasized the texture and form of their garments and presented them with honesty through the strength of their expressions. Despite the cultural gulf that separated photographer and subject, Penn’s portraits stand as sensitive and intimate records.
In the years following his work in Cuzco, Penn continued to travel the globe with the curiosity of an anthropologist and the eye of an artist. He would design and build a portable studio for his travel into isolated areas. In 1967, he landed in Dahomey, a region now part of Benin. With his tent studio in tow, Penn installed his set throughout the country, documenting the pride and splendour of its many tribes. Two years later, he travelled to Cameroon to photograph the Kirdi, a Sudanese speaking ethnic minority from the north. In the solitude of his portable studio, Penn made visual records of a people imbued with inner peace and spiritual gravity.
During his travels, Penn produced some of his best photographs in 1970 in the highlands of New Guinea. In this mountainous territory, he made majestic portraits of villagers elaborately deco¬rated with a body art unique to the region. A year later, Penn carried out his final trip of this kind to Morocco, a place both familiar and mysterious to him, to photograph the men and often veiled women of the Arabic tribes along the Atlas mountain range.
The power and elegance of these pictures, made into meticulous prints by the artist, reveal the affection Penn had for the spirit and traditions of these individuals and his deep respect for their respective cultures. (text via photography-now)
After a little holiday, we are back with a bang – a hilarious one:
From her series “Wet Dog” – a fantastic set of dog portraits by photographer Sophie Gamand of Striking Paws. Words from her website:
Wet Dog is a series of portraits of dogs caught mid-bath, by photographer Sophie Gamand. The way the water plays with their hair in a very painterly manner, and their facial expressions as the water is poured on them creates striking portraits. The dogs are caught at a vulnerable moment, half a second before they shake the water off their fur. The series was done in collaboration with groomer and pet stylist Ruben Santana. Beside the esthetic aspect of grooming, it is also a necessary routine for dogs and helps prevent diseases and infection.
Through her photography, Sophie Gamand explores the complex relationship between dogs and humans. She also wishes to challenge that bond: how far do we take our relationship to our pets? How much are dogs willing to accept to maintain this bond? There is a lot of co-dependance in the dog/human dynamic. With her work, Sophie Gamand wants others to see dogs for what they are: more than just animals. They are life companions. When she photographs dogs, she looks for the human in them: an expression, the life in their eyes, a smile. It’s almost as if humans and dogs are morphing into one-another. It’s more than just anthropomorphism though. Sophie doesn’t try to attribute human qualities to dogs. She tries to capture the ones that she believes are already there.
Travis and Gus – two German short haired pointers – are the furry duo in this shoot by Canadian photographer Steph McCombie / follow them on instagram @ifitwags
THEME WEEK #01 !
Trying something a little bit different, next week, each post on Hovercraftdoggy will be inspired or revolve around a certain theme – which you get to pick below!
Leave a comment to cast your vote for one of the following 5 themes. The one with the most number of votes cast here and on our social media sites, will be the theme for the coming week, beginning on monday…Starting with some easy ones:
1 – Portrait
2 – Black and White
3 – Reflection
4 – Small Things
5 – Animal Kingdom
..let’s hear it people.. :)
/ photograph from the series ‘Head on Top’ by German photographer Thorsten Schmidtkord
Self Portraits of a different kind – innovative and fun images of French photographer Olivier M. hiding behind trees and other objects (with a bit of digital help). See more of his work on flickr.
In his series ‘Totems’ set in Shanghai, China French photographer Alain Delorme pays homage to the underdog heroes of the city, migrant bicycle workers lugging around heaps of cargo to keep the ever-expanding city afloat. Delorme turns this real injustice into a surreal circus whereby he digitally alters his photos to better convey his message about the wealth disparity in China.
Hereby the migrants’ loads have been digitally retouched and purposefully exaggerated to draw attention to the symbolism within Delorme’s work. In addition, the photographer uses candy-coated hues to veer away from reality.
In his series ‘The Real Toy Story’ photographer Michael Wolf captures the truth behind made in China stickers. The series exposes the viewer to row after row of anonymous faces, but it’s effective enough just to see that there are actual people behind the knickknacks rather than a succession of robotic machines. Interspersed within the wide shots of the factory are intimate portraits of laborers, giving even more of a human feel to the series. Though Wolf’s project is, at times, depressing, especially when you think about all the hard work these people put into their livelihood everyday without much acknowledgement, it is also eye-opening and insightful. It is through the photographer’s journalistic eye and his decision to share their faces and work environment that they are finally given some much deserved recognition. (text by my modern met)
In his series ‘Before They Pass Away’ photographer Jimmy Nelson created these beautiful and powerful portraits of secluded tribes from around the world whose cultures are at risk of fading away.
The Arcimboldo Series / by artist & photographer Klaus Enrique.
Words from the author: I had been working on a photography series in which I surround an isolated human body part with a large quantity of a certain object, when I was struck by the idea for this project. While I was photographing a human eye that was peeking out amongst hundreds of leaves, it occurred to me that I could actually utilize leaves to construct portraits or masks. I researched what other artists had created along these lines and discovered that, as usual, someone somewhere had already done something similar. In this case it was the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who made paintings with this concept in mind over 400 years ago.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013 / photographed in 1994 by photographer/director Sander Veeneman
From the series ‘Just the Two of Us’ – Portraits of Cosplay Enthusiasts in their Homes, photographed by Klaus Pichler
In his ongoing series of portraits titled Just the Two of Us, photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrain costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life. Via his artist statement:
Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for awhile? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to. Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else. ’Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.
While the costumes are incredible, terrifying, and laughable, it’s the strange juxtaposition of ordinary home life and the unknown identities of each individual that create such great images.
Cool and innnovative set of photographs from the series ‘I’m not here’ in which photographer Pol Ubeda Hervas captures the human absence from its surroundings. The concept behind the series is deeply metaphorical, visual food for though reflecting the situations where the change is irreversible and we cannot even recognize ourselves.
Beautiful photographs from his series ‘The Promised Land’ by Stephen Tamiesie /
about the series:
‘Promised Land (2007-2011)
Promised Land examines the once held American belief of Manifest Destiny – the 19th Century mantra that the United States was predestined to spread over the entire continent, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. Motivated by President Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Westward settlers quickly achieved this goal when in 1912 Arizona joined as the final state in the continental U.S. forming an uninterrupted nation stretching from coast to coast.
At its conception, Manifest Destiny confronted a territory that was unknown to most Americans. Today it is apparent to anyone headed out on the interstate that the West – once a great frontier – has become accessible in nearly every corner on its surface.
The photographs in this series are appraisals of the American thumbprint on the West, at points where population and a wild landscape intersect. Through these images Promise Land surveys the idea of Manifest Destiny over 150 years since its origin and reveals the results of a once monumental belief now evidenced in the West.’
From his series ‘Bodyscapes‘ a selection of photographs of London-based photographer Carl Warner who created this creative project featuring a very new and unconventional photography style that blends portraits with landscapes.
‘Kitchen Portraits’ by Dutch photographer Erik Klein Wolterink, who opened cupboards, drawers, fridges and ovens and photographed each piece separately and reconstructed the images again to one unit.
Beautiful photographs from the series ‘Signs of American Life’ by Stephen Tamiesie / Words from the photographer:
My photographs analyze the relationship between humanity and environment in a muted and simple manner. In the broadest sense, all humans identify with an environment, whether on a macro level of habitation and commerce or locally through interactions within ones culture. My purpose in examining this relationship with a camera is to document the effects that humanity brands upon its environment, whether visible or obscured. The resulting images illustrate a simultaneous portrait of domain, human existence and control – byproducts of a relationship that all individuals have with the space around them.
Meet fabulous and charismatic pug doggy ‘Glee’ , captured by photographer Susan Sabo, who specializes on portraits of dogs and their owners. Get Glee as a print on etsy or visit Susan’s website for more.
‘As Drawn By‘ – fun unique portraits created from the following game:
#1 You must draw the person without looking down at the paper #2 your pen must not leave the page so that the drawing is one continuous line #3 you have only one minute.
to see more portraits and to submit your own, visit As Drawn By
Sony World Photography Awards 2013 / Finalist: Ryan Pierse
The Australian Mens Olympic Water polo Team are photographed in an empty Bondi Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach on May 31, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The Aussie Sharks as they are known were finalizing their preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games when I asked them to pose in an famous ocean pool…with the twist of it being empty. Text by Ryan Pierse / Photograph by Ryan Pierse/ Getty Images/ Courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2013
‘M’ / Portrait Photography by Tom Radenz
Intriguing image from the movie Enter the Void showing a composition of two different scenes combined in into one shot.
photograph by José Javier Serrano
more photographs by the artist: