Category Archives: Photographers
“I think the interesting thing about photography is you’re trying to capture that moment because you want to hold onto it, this vision, this view you see that’s encompassing you, so you’re using photography as an attempt to capture, but then there’s something interesting when you look at that photograph in a different place and time; it conveys another place, a third meaning. That’s what I’m trying to do with my work, using physical or structural components to bring that third element in so it’s not really here nor there, and make it more present at the moment of viewing. I think it fills a gap. I’m really drawn to sculpture, and as a viewer I think it has a lot of possibilities and potential, so I’m really trying to mix the physical presence of an artwork with an image.” – Letha Wilson 2011
Axel Hütte is a German contemporary landscape photographer. Hütte is part of a generation of German photographers that includes Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, and Andreas Gursky, who have been influential in the creation of this unique photographic aesthetic. His photographs follow a strict objective approach devoid of narrative and yet evoke emotive qualities with poetic sensibility.
How can one explore the poetic beauty of adolescent angst, of lost innocence, of a tumultuous existence without being controversial? More art should be beautifully controversial.
Although these two Queensland based artists, Yavuz Erkan and Alix Perry, are engaging with different ideas I am interested in their use of self-portraiture and the interaction with objects. These absurd and yet playful gestures reveal a tension between the self and society highlighting the construction of gender.
Yavuz Erkan – Unorthodox Aphorisms
Alix Perry – I sowed a seed…
Whimsical, sculptural, emotive and eerie are some words to describe the work of Finnish photographer Riitta Päiväläinen who is fascinated by the presence of unwritten history, particularly that which shrouds second hand clothes. Päiväläinen combines my love for cold landscapes and installations made of cloth.
I was recently directed to the work of British photographer Nicholas Hughes. His minimalist photographs flit between the romantic and gothic but are always poetic. The reference to poetry is explicit as each series is separated into Verses. I am particularly drawn to Hughes’ use of colour in these almost monochromatic photographs and to his use of motion blur.