If your inspiration is flagging I suggest a visit to Photo London. The event which is held over four days at Somerset House in London, is back after a break of two years due to Covid.
Visiting Photo London you get the chance to visit around one hundred exhibitors. These are commercial galleries worldwide that specialise in the sale of photographic art. As you walk from one gallery exhibit to the next, you are blown away by the imagination and craft created by some of the world’s top creative professional photographers.
My interest this year was nature and abstract art. Here is some of the photographic work that caught my attention.
Katherin has developed a process which robs flowers of their pigment. She treats the flowers for several months and then photographs them. She’s inspired by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, the acceptance of transience and imperfection. It creates a beautiful ethereal effect.
A Finnish fine art photographer who photographs skies, and nature. What caught my eye were his images of water lilies.
There is a lovely selection of his work on the Purdy Hicks website
Eeva’s work is abstract, often the amalgamation of many images captured while she walks often down the same path outside her door in her native Helsinki.
There is a selection of her work on the Purdy Hicks website
This video explains the process behind her photography
Edouard Taufebach and Bastien Pourtout
These photographers create a panorama of repeated patterns.
The recurrence of the similar shapes and elements with the minimalistic colour leads the viewers to gauge the incongruity within an appearance of a congruent field of the photograph. The dissimilarity creates a subtle flow of rhythm synonymous with the circuits of movement in nature. These are the images constructed by the France-based photographer-duo Edouard Taufenbach and Bastien Pourtout, as they like to say, “In the exchange and confrontation of two points of view. This creates a multiple and subjective image of reality.”
The photomontage The Blue of the Sky, for which the duo won the Swiss Life 4 Hands 2020 Prize, represents the sky dotted with the swallows.
This is a video in which Edouard Taufebach explains their three year project to create a collage of Marlene Dietrich images.
Learn more about their work on their website
I apologise in advance but this is an idea I have to borrow from Vancouver based photographer Jennifer Latour. Bound Species is a portfolio of work which splices different plant species together.
In the series, her plant creations transport us to the vibrant technicolor of a warm spring day. “It was brought together from my love for design, my work in effects, and my photography,” she explains to IGNANT. “I splice different plants and flora together to create their own unique breed of species”. Combined with frosted natural scenes, peculiar cemetery trees, and anonymous portraits drenched in sunshine, Latour’s poetic and tender imagery elicits feelings of positivity and calm. Despite referencing a common object in art history, Latour’s spliced creations are surprising in their balance of color, minimalism, and innocence, transmitting visual pleasure and contentment in the viewer.IGNANT
Photo London is so worth visiting because it introduced me to these new artists. This is photography I have never seen before and probably would never see.
These are not the sort of images that appear every week in Amateur Photographer.