Exploring Abandoned America

Photography // Wednesday, July 15, 2015
From a young age, Matthew Christopher was fascinated by abandoned architectural spaces and the effect time had on their neglected structures. After researching the decline of the state hospital system, Christopher began pursuing his passion through photography. Seeking out locations that were falling into disrepair, Christopher explored vacant churches, abandoned asylums, and burnt theaters. 

Markus Henttonen’s “Silent Night”

Photography // Wednesday, July 15, 2015
In the series “Silent Night” by Markus Henttonen, the photographer documented brightly lit houses in L.A. during Christmastime. The photographs capture a certain ominous feeling of loneliness during a time that is commercially and culturally regarded as a time of warmth and celebration. According to Henttonen, “The stories building up in viewer’s mind are the key; the houses seem like innocent Christmas decorated family houses but the feeling in the pictures is something else. It is the glamorous and bright surface that makes the inside seems and feels even darker.”

Abstract Nudes by Waclaw Wantuch

Erotica // Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Polish fine art photographer Waclaw Wantuch specializes in black and white nudes. The bodies in his work are so simpliefied in form as to appear abstract. He employs dramatic model positions, shallow depths of fields, and framing to create images of bodies that at times seem alien, or recall the decapitated torsos of greek statues. 

“Geometric Reflections” by Victoria Siemer

Photography // Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Graphic designer Victoria Siemer aka Witchoria explores ruptured and sutured landscapes in her series “Geometric Reflections.” In this series Siemer shot and manipulated serene photographs of landscapes with mirrored images. The mirrored images create an artificial geometrical space within the photographs of natural environments. The results of the manipulations are both surreal and tranquil.

Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld" @ New Museum, New York

Photography // Monday, July 13, 2015
“Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld” currently on display at The New Museum is the first major survey in New York of the artist’s work to date, encompassing an innovative career that played a crucial role in expanding the possibilities of photography and establishing the medium’s centrality to contemporary art. 

"DFNQ-B" by Alex Christopher Williams

Photography // Monday, July 13, 2015
DNFQ-B is a collection of images by American photographer Alex Christopher Williams. Named for the series of trains taken to get to Coney Island, the works explore the emotional and mental space which draws people to the water, and specifically, New Yorkers to the hyper-saturated ocean neighborhood. Featuring oiled and sagging beach bodies, children flirting with the edge of the water, lonely scuba divers, and lost treasure hunters, Williams presents a diverse look at the people who populate the sandy shores. 

Later Dudes #16 zine

Photography // Monday, July 13, 2015
The newest edition of the San Francisco street heavy zine, Later Dudes is now out and we think you would be doing yourself a favor by picking up a copy. It’s 44 pages of pure grimey street entertainment that still flourishes amongst the tech industry takeover. Get in contact with Kappy and collect ‘em all!

Dronestgram contest winners

Photography // Sunday, July 12, 2015
For their second edition with over 5000 entries submitted, Dronestgram along with National Geographic hosted the 2015 drone Aerial photography contest. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic photographer Ken Geiger (Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer) as well as Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, Editor in Chief of National Geographic France and Dronestagram.

Thomas Mailaender’s “Illustrated People”

Photography // Saturday, July 11, 2015
Artist Thomas Mailaender’s series “Illustrated People” skillfully combines performance art and photography. In this series, Mailaender applied original negatives from the Archive of Modern Conflict to his subject’s skin while he projected a UV lamp over the negatives. He then photographed the images projected as burns on his subjects, using human skin as photosensitive paper.

"Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition" @ Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Photography // Friday, July 10, 2015
Perfecting compositions with precision accuracy is at the forefront of UCLA Hammer Museum’s current photography exhibition Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, on display through September 13, 2015. This exhibition considers a fascinating paradigm in contemporary photography, and the many ways it engages many of today's most important photographers. Serious photographers have long been suspicious of images that are too beautiful, too "photogenic," or too controlled. 

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