Fred Lebain (b.1966, France) - Un printemps à New York
Fred Lebain is not scared of the mundane or clichés. Instead, he plays with them, superimposing their images on one another. In the series “Un printemps à New York”, he took images of various areas in New York city, each one of them an occasion of a “first visit” to the location, in which he photographed and then printed in large poster format. Later, he returned to the same spots for a second visit, capturing a larger framed shot in which he aligned the poster documenting his first visit to the current scene. These postcard images show Lebain’s preference for particular areas of the city, telescoping his views - a time parallax representing the days which separate the two shots - and superimposing his vision of New York. Hands, feet or a pair of jeans can be seen… like surrealistic winks, indicating that the photographer is not alone in his mission. (cf. designboom)
Nicholas Scarpinato is a fine art photographer from Richmond, Virginia. His love of photography began at a young age with a camera his parents had at their home. What he chooses to photograph is images that tell a story, a secret that is waiting to be unearthed, a memory or a place in time. While the initial photographic capture is important, the ensuing creative process is the distinguishing factor in his work. His images are designed to expand the intellectual limits of surreal photography. Please visit his Flickr or follow his Tumblr for more work.
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collaboration with photographer Boris Bendikov
“Private Moon” is a visual poem telling the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life. Crossing the borderline between the two worlds across a narrow bridge, immersed in a dream and taking care of this heavenly creature, the man became a mythological being living in a real world as in a fairytale. Each photograph is a poetic tale, a little poem in its own right. Therefore each picture is accompanied by my own verse, which I wrote when I drew my sketches for the photographs. So it turns out that the Moon overcomes our loneliness in the universe uniting many of us around it. - Leonid Tishkov
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Lissy Laricchia, aka Lissy Elle, is a young photographer from Canada. She lives between a cornfield and a tall forest, and frequently plays pretend in between them. She documents this journey via her camera, when she is not reading every book she can get her hands on, having extravagant tea parties with her Teddy Bear, named Donkey, or on her swing with her headphones in her ears. (cf. artist bio) Please visit Lissy’s website or follow her Tumblr to discover her mystical universe.
Florida born California based photographer Alex Stoddard began taking self-portraits at the age of sixteen in the woods behind his Georgian home. His work focuses on the human form and the process of infusing it with natural surroundings. He also strives to create whimsical and surreal portraits. (cf. artist’s bio) You can visit his website or follow his Tumblr for more work and inspiration.
Brooke Shaden (b.1987, USA) - Upon pondering / The world above
Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer living and working in the Los Angeles area. Her passion lies in creating new worlds within her photographic frame. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Brooke’s photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive. Within the space of a square frame, Brooke tries to build a world that is undeniably separate from the one we live in. What fascinates the artist about any artistic medium is that it can pull the viewer out of a logical and common world, and place them within a space that is more alive. “I am not in love with any particular medium of art as much as I am in love with visually representing the stories I have in my mind.” (cf. artist’s statement). Great thanks to arpeggia for this Tumblr Monday for introducing us Brooke’s surreal photography!
Yang Yongliang is a Chinese photographer and painter from Shanghai. He originally studied traditional art at a young age and this training has greatly informed his current practice. The images above come from a series based on Shan shui paintings. These type of paintings stem from a history that goes back more than 1,500 years ago and the images often depict scenes of natural landscapes and beautiful scenery. It’s a tradition that demands a rigorous set of requirements in the hopes of creating the perfect combination of balance, composition, and form.
Yang Yongliang’s work takes these requirements and then turns them on their head – tranquil surroundings become chaotic landscapes as old trees become large skyscrapers and gentle mists become billowing smoke. The finished result creates powerful and contemporary images that speak of the modern world and the concerns of our time. More of his work can be seen online here (written by Philip Kennedy)
[found at darksilenceinsuburbia]