Best of 2014: Glamour Shots for Goats

Photography // Friday, December 19, 2014
Having recently graduate from the Masters program at Rhode Island School of Design, Brooklyn based photographer Rob MacInnis’s series “Farm Family” combines studio lighting with the animals that we mainly look to for food. 

“Locked in the Ether” by Kenji Shibata

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 19, 2014
Japanese artist Kenji Shibata has frozen flowers and the result is poignant: photographs that are both beautiful and halting. His “Locked in the Ether” photo series is reminiscent of watercolors. Shibata’s sensitivity and composition make him an artist to watch.

Maggie West Explores the Sensuality of Plant Life

Erotica // Friday, December 19, 2014
"Anthophilia" is a photographic series by Maggie West that explores the sensuality of plants in conjunction with human sexuality. The curves and lines of the individual flora are echoed in the shape of the body. The deep blues and jewel tones throughout the work enhance the surreal tone of the series. In each photo, the model's mood is directly affected by the structure of the plant. With the Heliconia (big red plant) she stands strong and rigid whereas with the Calla Lily she is more soft and delicate.

"Watershed" by Jeff Rich

Photography // Thursday, December 18, 2014
Jeff Rich is a photographer and educator based in Iowa. His series Watershed, which exists in three parts and was shot entirely on large format film, focuses on the human impact on areas within the Mississippi River watershed. Seen here is Part I - A Survey of the French Broad River Basin.

Hubert Crabières’s “ Iceland”

Photography // Thursday, December 18, 2014
In his documentary series “Iceland”, artist Hubert Crabières gives us an insider’s view of life in the country of Iceland. Instead of showing us the exciting and enticing parts of living in the mid-Atlantic, Crabières shows us the more mundane side of life.

Best of 2014: Photographing the Rise of Hip Hop

Photography // Thursday, December 18, 2014
Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, Bronx native Lisa Leone was surrounded by the up and coming hip hop community. With her passion for photography, Leone began photographing everything. Little did she know that she was capturing some of the most iconic figures in the world of hip-hop at the inception of their careers. From Grandmaster Flash to Nas, Leone’s images display a raw candidness that is often lost in studio photoshoots. 

Jordan Sullivan's "An island in the moon"

Photography // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Jordan Sullivan is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles, California. He has worked as a day laborer on a concrete construction crew in central Texas, a touring musician in a rock and roll band, a dishwasher in a fancy restaurant, a house keeper to a psychoanalyst, and an artist assistant to photographers Mike & Doug Starn.

Ron Jude's "Lago"

Photography // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Lago is a series by Ron Jude, a photographer currently living in New York. After living on the edge of the Mojave Desert for some time, the series became an attempt for Jude explore memories of the place and "to reconcile the vagaries of memory (and the uncertainty of looking) with our need to make narrative sense of things… It’s like a poetic archeology that, rather than attempting to arrive at something conclusive, looks for patterns and rhythms that create congruity out of the stuttering and incomplete utterances of the visible world." 

purienne.

Erotica // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We know, it seems a little pretentioius to throw around Henrik Purienne's name around like a Brazilian soccer star, but the book "purienne." is just sitting on our desk so we feel comfortable throwing that around. And the South African photographer uses a nice font for his name. Anyway, Purienne also seems to have created a fantasy world for himself, where he has transformed fashion photography into a behind-the-scenes endless summer of beautiful women, fantastic composition, in naturally appealing settings. As both a filmmaker and publisher of Mirage Magazine, he has his stamp on the fashion world. 

Alexis Hunter: The Model's Revenge and More

Photography // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We lost an important conceptual artist and feminist theorist this year in New Zealand born photographer Alexis Hunter. One of the few things I bookmarked in my researched this year was a fantastic obituary published by the Guardian at the time of her death, that does the artist way more justice than anything I can writer here. 

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