Barbara Peacock does exactly what I’ve always wanted to do with her series “American Bedroom”. Photographing people in their rooms has been something I’ve been interested in for a long time, and to see the breadth of work in this series is exhilarating. Peacock does not stick to one type of person, but rather shows a wide variety of walks of life in this work. By showing these intimate, personal settings, she exposes a side of a person that only they see, their quiet place, their getaway. It is an honor to look at these images.
More of Barbara Peacock’s work can be found by clicking here.
The most exciting part of Elena Anosova’s work to me is the idea that she is writing her family’s history. Three hundred years her ancestors settled in northern Russia and assimilated with the natives there to found a small village. Coming from a city herself, she dives into her family’s history and culture to create this series of work revolving around the community that her blood erected. That exploration of past and present manifests itself in intriguing works that highlight history and struggle.
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Max Pinckers challenges documentary and fine art photography. He aims to have his photos speak for themselves without any trace of the photographer. Often using some sort of staging Pinckers wants anyone to be able to interpret his images, even without some sort of conceptual background. He believes all photography should be consumed with skepticism and hopes that his work does that for others.
Max Pinckers’ website can be found here.
In his series “An Elegy for the Death of Hamun”, Hashem Shakeri shows us the ever declining area that once was home to Lake Hamun. The lake has all but dried up, and with it went the surrounding civilization. Poverty and addiction plague this area, and what was once a region teaming with life is now hanging by a thread. These stories give life to the people experiencing hardship, and I can’t help but feel that we owe it to them to at least listen.
More of Hashem Shakeri’s work here.
George Marazakis’ series “A Cure for Anthropocene” brings a social message from a view point we rarely see. When we look at climate change and our pollution of our planet we often see animals in oil spills or excessive plastic in our seas. Marazakis wants to show these changes in more subtle ways such as a shift in our atmosphere or the way our horizons change. This subtle look elicits a more subconscious response , and poses real questions about how we want our world to look.
Check out George Marazakis’ website here.
Niko J. Kallianiotis
“America in a Trance” by Niko J. Kallianiotis highlights the political, social, and economic climate in small town America. I found that this series very eloquently describes the overall state of America right now, and that, as the title suggests, that description details a divided country that is in it’s own world.
More of Niko Kallianiotis’ work here.
To create his series “Go Home, Polish”, Michal Iwanowski walked 1800 km from Cardiff, where he was living at the time, to his hometown of Mokrzeszów in Poland. Brexit had just occurred and as someone who felt home in both the UK and a country still within the EU, Iwanowski felt disconnected. So, to combat this he walked to his home country and documented along the way. His 105 day long journey shows many different exhilarating scenes and different walks of life.
Click here for Michal Iwanowski’s website.
Sara Teigan’s alternative work is stunning. The process is therapeutic for her. Something I cannot relate to whatsoever. However, by drawing and sketching her thoughts, Teigen grounds herself in the present, feeling the wonder that comes with experiencing something new for the very first time, and the result is breathtaking.
You can find Teigan’s website here.
Pixy Liao’s series “Experimental Relationship” is quirky but moving. She started using her boyfriend as a “prop” for her photos, however that turned into a 12 year long project that documents their unconventional relationship. This work is magnificent and is riddled with symbolism and story.
Check out more of Pixy Liao’s work here.
András Ladocsi’s series “Swallow” has just the right amount of tension. Ladocsi’s inspiration for this series was his particular understanding of how we present ourselves differently in different situations. Molding ourselves into whatever we deem appropriate at the time. The particular period in his life that he channeled when creating this work is when he was a swimmer in his youth. He speaks of balancing many personalities from hyper masculine to tender loving member of the family. The series highlights there by focusing on the moments in between, when switching from personality to personality.
More from András Ladocsi can be found here.