In his new photo book, Vertical Horizon, photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze has captured the density of Honk Kong from the ground up. While images of Hong Kong’s crowded skyline are common enough, Jacquet-Lagreze’s abstract take on the city’s elongated architecture from a worm’s eye perspective give the urban landscape a new sense of awe.
Although he lacks the feel for aesthetic of Kyle Thompson, photographer Brian Oldham manages to take self-portraits that are more captivating that just fleshy body glow. Oldham’s photos are more realistic but still have magical touches and ingenious visions that I’m certain will keep getting more intricate and concise as he continues to grow as an art photographer.
Erik Johansson, photographer and retoucher from Sweden now living in Berlin, knows how to make an incredible photograph into a totally surreal illusion.
“I don’t capture moments, I capture ideas,” he writes in his artist statement. “To me photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind.”
The photographer has worked with Google and Microsoft and has been invited to give a TED talk on how to make the impossible happen. He’s given us a glimpse of his photoshop magic in this behind the scenes video for how he made the Cut & Fold image (above). Fifteen hours of post-production hours later.
The music is by Justice – New Lands (Falcon remix).
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a photographer’s work that really takes me somewhere new. Kyle Thompson’s photos are dark, whimsical, with a touch of realist magic, that prevent them from being too macabre. His subjects include cigarette-smoking princes, preppy wanderers, drowning poets and beautiful boys of urban fantasy.
Thompson’s use of props, colors and lighting in his photographs is very refined, to the point that they work as visual motifs — proving that he has developed a consistent (and impressive) aesthetic.
Check out some of my favorite Kyle Thompson pics. Which one is your favorite?
I’ve always been intrigued by the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. I originally learned of his career in college, taking a photography class which discussed censorship. The revealing self-portrait above was taken in 1973, almost 40 years before the advent of the guyswithiphones.com phenomena. It was also used as an invitation to one of Mapplethorpe’s exhibits. I mean, who wouldn’t RSVP?
I became even more invested after reading Patti Smith’s book documenting the two artists’ friendship. Just Kids was one of my favorite selections from the Magnet Book Club. My favorite Mapplethorpe photo is the one below, of two men embracing wearing only crowns.
Since it’s one of my favorite visuals, I’ve taken note of other similar photos I’ve seen.
Last month I saw a small exhibit of Mapplethorpe portraits at the Getty Center in L.A. An extended, uncensored exhibit is coming to LACMA later this year.