Photography is used to capture a moment in time, document the truth, instagram our view of the world and register the simple and beautiful things around us.
With the nowadays technology we can capture moments, food, landscapes with our fingertips - zoom in, zoom out - and click: we register the perfect photo, with instruments increasingly more precise to bring the most accurate details to it.
What happens when photography, technology and art are mixed together? The results can be both very interesting and very disturbing. I would say magical.
American photographer Jerry Uelsmann produces composite photographs with multiple negatives and extensive darkroom work. He was the forerunner of photomontage in the 20th century in America. Uelsmann is a champion of the idea that the final image need not be tied to a single negative, and may be composed of many. He uses up to a dozen enlargers at a time to produce his final images, and has a large archive of negatives that he has shot over the years.
It is possible today, with image editing softwares, to create a work somewhat resembling Uelsmann's in less than a day. However, Uelsmann continues to use traditional equipment. "I am sympathetic to the current digital revolution and excited by the visual options created by the computer. However, I feel my creative process remains intrinsically linked to the alchemy of the darkroom.".
American photographer Brooke Shaden works to capture fantastic realities within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements.
Shaden places herself within environments she wishes to explore, where secrets are exposed, impossibilities are tested, and life is questioned in eras beyond our own.
Italian graphic designer Giuseppe Pepe has been removing the heads of Instagrammers across the world as part of his anti selfie art project, #LoosingMyMind.
Lissy Elle shows the fantastic world of fairy tales, fantasy and childhood imagination through her work.
“I discovered photography as an art-form when I was 13. It quickly became an escape from the trials of adolescence, and an excuse to soldier on […] to forge, through art, a place for yourself in the world and fight tooth and nail to stay there.” says Canadian photographer Lissy Elle.
The work of swiss photographer Benoît Jeannet is "the poetry of the discovery of the world and its landscapes is confronted to the processes of scientific investigation."
"My work mixes types and languages. The project presents pictures of the landscape collected during travels across the world. It also presents geological fragments, as visual samples and studio reconstitutions of elements composing the landscape".
"I have taken and assembled those pictures by thinking of a perpetual quest. From a question arises an answer from which derives a reflection, and so one. Every quest is supposed to lead to a conclusion. The appeal of A Geological Index Of The Landscape stands in its gaps and the illusion of a potential completeness". Benoît Jeannet.
Citing her inspirations as “surreal moments, bizarre emotions [and] realities below the surface”, the Berlin-based photographer Gundula Blumi distorts the images she takes, playing with light, color and water until the photographs lose their original meaning, and take on a new, more mysterious quality. “Emotions or subconscious images and thoughts finally ‘get a chance to speak’ in the picture.”
“Sometimes when I look at images that I have created a longer time ago I notice that they don`t fit anymore to my inner reality. Then I know that something has changed.”