Smoke

 

Photographer Ken Hermann and art director Gem Fletcher teamed up to create Smoke, explosions of color set against desolate industrial landscapes. The one constant is the stepladder at the center of each photo. There’s also something special about nature herself acting as a third contributor, deciding which way the wind would blow and distribute all that colorful magic.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thirza Schaap / Plastic Ocean

 

Thirza Schaap‘s Plastic Ocean project brings to light the overabundance of pollution and plastic littering out beaches through sculptures of found objects. The response is meant to be beautiful yet eye-opening in contrast, as Schaap hopes to draw attention and help reduce the use of plastic.

 

As a child, I would walk over beaches and through fields and forests to collect beautiful shells, shimmering stones, feathers and funnily shaped branches. Much later, after I had moved from Holland to South Africa, I found myself doing the same thing. Only to discover, that I started filling my pockets with trash instead of treasure. In making artistic sculptures out of the objects I find, I try to evoke an emotional response  from my audience by creating a contradiction. A clash between initial aesthetic attraction and after a second look repulsion and the realisation of the tragedy  trash causes. Our beaches are covered in plastic confetti and there really is nothing to celebrate.

 

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Louis De Belle / Cartographies

 

Shot on the streets of Manhattan with a telephoto lens, Louis De Belle‘s Cartographies reduces humanity to the bare minimum visually. De Belle wanted to highlight ordinary things that usually go unnoticed, in particular the minutia of them. In the end the photos take on an unexpected abstraction that tells the stories of commuters through their clothing.

Creases, sweat stains or even dirt, are the only hints one can see. They tell us about an employee’s day at the desk, a commuter’s routine on the subway or a workman’s shift. These few traces, along the folds of the different clothing, become impressions of everyday lives, eventually cartographies of everyone’s journeys.

 

 

 

 

 

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Print Edition: February 2018

Peace by Ampersand Design Studio

 

Pink Floral Bouquet I by Lisa Rupp

 

Pirkei Avos Quote by Grace D. Chin

 

Rejected La Croix – Male Tears by Kate Bingaman-Burt

 

RUDE by scoobtoobins

 

Checkered Poster by Garance Doré

 

Dans le vent by Stephanie Rivet

 

Desert Poster by Linda Benziger

 

Measurements Poster by Chickpea Magazine

 

OK by Anna Dorfman

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Patty Maher

 

Ontario-based photographer Patty Maher‘s work is hauntingly beautiful. Her inspiration lies in storytelling, set in both natural and urban settings, and through staged and self-portraits. Using posture and gesture the subjects’ faces are hidden, their inner worlds and emotions explored through symbol and color. Maher’s end goal in each piece is to disrupt the boundaries between real life and the otherworldly, the surreal and the fantastic.

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Niaz Uddin

 

Niaz Uddin is a Los Angeles-based director, photographer, and filmmaker, and with titles like those it’s no surprise he has a fantastic eye. Uddin’s beautiful shots of nature made me take a few moments to slow down and appreciate what surrounds us, especially appreciated during this hectic time of year.

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José Lourenço / Ice Cream

 

José Lourenço‘s ongoing series entitled Ice Cream is the stuff visual art dreams are made of! Loaded paintbrushes full of swirled, nearly marbled paint look just about good enough to eat. I’d love to see a video of how Lourenço creates these pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jeff Dietz

 

The habit of having a camera and sketchbook with you at all times lends itself well to being a pro at capturing moments. Photographer Jeff Dietz finds inspiration everywhere, finding a particularly strong connection to sunlight, trees, and the streets. Do you find yourself wondering about the backstories here, too?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nima Chaichi

 

Nima Chaichi is an accomplished photographer with previous work in another field – architecture. His dual experiences allows Chaichi to combine elements like light, form, ambiance, beauty, and accessories to create a unique style that lends itself well to several fields of photography, including fashion.

 

 

 

 

 

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