A recent photo session with Cat Yen, plunging into the red hues of a Berlin evening.
‘Out of the void they came to dream’, an installation. Curated by Uncoated, this piece was shown at the group exhibition ‘Identity Unveiled’, at Berlin’s Glogau Air, which looked into the masks that we wear in society whilst discovering our identity. The question ‘how connected to the self are people willing to be' underlined each of the artist’s works.
This installation consisted of three photo series and the short film ‘A Dream within a dream’. The works were projected onto a container of water, which sat on atop of two speakers. Sound frequencies played beneath, as their vibration transformed the surface of the water into ever-shifting and changing fractals.
The Photo Room is an immersive audio-visual environment that aims to give the visitor a new perspective on how we experience emerging art photography.
This piece was created in collaboration with the artists Synchrodogs, Tom Hegen, Inez Agnese, Giuseppe Gradella, Wonjun Jeong, Matthew Coleman, Bryce Willem, Luke & Mandy, Lana Prins, Bruna Mayer, Lisette Appeldorn, Cristina Coral.
Director and curator: Josephine de Fijter
Sound and music: Atelier Francesco
Video editing and animation: Leonardo Franke
‘into the flames of the unknown’, with Julia Sa. Published on Photo Vogue Italia.
‘Alchemy of Form’ is an art photography collaboration between the Dutch artist Eveline van de Griend and the British photographer Matthew Coleman. They were drawn to each other’s work due to each other’s use of color and intensity, and decided to join forces to create a new vision through their collaboration. In a series of portraits that combine the alchemical concepts of colour, material and meaning, with a sculptural view of the female body.
‘Alchemy of Form’ is related to the seven planets and the seven metals that are associated with Alchemy. These include: Saturn (Lead / Black), Jupiter (Tin / Blue), Moon (Silver / White), Mercury (Mercury / Violet), Mars (Iron / Red), Venus (Copper / Green), Sun (Gold / Golden yellow).
Each photo session becomes a performance where Van de Griend applies her painterly eye and sculptural perception making each model a moving work of art. Within the fluidity of these sessions, mystery bursts into being from the collision of art forms.
`Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.’
- Paracelsus (1493 - 1541), the Swiss physician, alchemist, and astrologer of the German Renaissance.
Now nine from this collaboration have been published on Photo Vogue Italia.
In October I had the honour of being part of a group exhibition in Amsterdam, with Uncoated, in The Photo Room, at the Playground Art Route.
The show was an immersive audio-visual environment that aimed to give the visitor a new perspective on emerging art photography. The theme of this year's Photo Room was 'identity unveiled', where visitors were challenged through the surrounding visuals of ‘how we perceive our true Self’, and the struggles that it can create, en-masse, within the whirl of the modern world.
A short interview with the show’s curator, Josephine de Fijter, can be read here.
Video interview with Josephine de Fijter..
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’The visage perceived by others, it establishes a passage to transcend the outer world from the enclosed inner-self.’
I was recently part of a group exhibition that took place at the the GlogauAIR artist residency, in Berlin. The exhibition ‘Identity Unveiled’ looked into how we can balance our role within the social system whilst discovering our identity with the question ‘how connected to the ‘Self’ are people willing to be?’
The exhibition was curated by Uncoated, which provides emerging photographers a platform to shine a photographic light on the struggle of defining one’s identity. Uncoated is a new, Berlin-based platform for contemporary photography that supports photographers by organizing socially relevant exhibitions throughout Europe.
In today’s society addictions, suicide rates, burnouts and interest in self-help books are increasing exponentially. Curator Josephine de Fijter researched into this phenomenon for 2 years and talked with numerous people. The result? Almost everyone she encountered struggles with the subject of identity in their own personal way. By hosting this exhibition, De Fijter hoped to create a starting point for raising awareness on the subject of identity.
✫ Inez Agnese
✫ Carla Cabanas
✫ Matthew Coleman
✫ Tom Hegen
✫ Bruna Mayer
For the show I created an installation titled ‘out of the void they came to dream’, which used sound frequencies, water, and a projector, to have each of the pictures emerge across the vibrating surface. Some of the works included for this installation /
I had the recent pleasure of photographing a new art film that was directed by Shira Kela, with cinematography from Peter Garajszki. The film looks at the essence of femininity through different narratives and expressions and of the traditional feminine conception and perspective from our society from the angle of its multiple cultures and backgrounds.
The film will be released in September.
A Berlin fashion editorial photographed at THE BLACK LODGE, in Kreuzberg, and a collaboration with the Stylist Halla Farhat, for Kaltblut Magazine, with the make-up artist Servulo Servullo and Samja Saranovic, as our muse descending into this realm of mystery.
With this team of explorers we plunge into the familiar realms of mystery, and deep down into the subconscious, with a dream within a dream. Here, we open our eyes inside the Black Lodge, a place where each soul must pass in order to reach nirvana. In this journey, the hero with a thousand faces must confront the dweller on the threshold, which is their own shadow-self, but if this encounter is not met with courage, then the lodge will obliterate their soul..
A collaboration with Trevor Good, photographing the operatic Barione Birger Radde, channeling the great Greek philosopher Herakleitos.
ANDROID SAMURAI / SPLENDOR MAGAZINE
A fashion editorial photographed for a collection designed by Halla Farhat, which was published by Splendor Magazine, as we wanted to shape a series of images that captured the power and grace of feminine strength, as a rise of the wonder women.
The rise of the wonder women, with their beauty in their strength, each empowering the other, connecting to their centre and radiating up and out into this whirling world unfurled. Standing tall, standing strong and proud, knowing their strengths and living and beating within them.
The rise of the wonder women, with their beauty within, transferred externally into each movement they make no matter their shape.
A series of portraits with Berlin artists for Panta Magazine, with issue 11 featuring a day I spent in the company of the Berlin-based trio Innerfields before a day spent in and around the kiez of the Egyptian artist Heba Amin, for issue 12.
ISSUE 11, with Innerfields