Moments can be cherished, put away in a hidden room, pulled out context and be reflected upon. They start becoming an entity on their own, creating a longing for that particular time away from reality. The photography of Feline De Coninck works in a similar way: she shoots what she needs to remember. We had a little chat with Feline about her work and feelings for something lost.
We have been hinting at it for a while and sometimes showed some sneak previews, but today is the happy day where we finally launch Hannelore Commers’ first solo publication ‘Hiraeth’ (try pronouncing that really quickly six times in a row). Because of this joyous fact, we sat down with our favourite Belgian girl and talked about photography, about growing up and about the meaning of that Welsh word she picked as the title of her latest body of work. This girl keeps amazing us, not only with her pictures but with her words as well.
“It was a sort of ferocious, quiet beauty, the sort that wouldn’t let you admire it. The sort of beauty that always hurt.” ― Maggie Stiefvater,
Daniel Santalla’s dog was the most beautiful dog we had ever seen. A picture of it in the back of a car lured us into the the magical world the photographer inhabits. Daniel’s work is whimsical, with pastel colours and dreamy settings, a celebration of the human body. We talked to the 27 year old photographer from Galicia about spending time in nature and doing what you are most passionate about.
First photography was a way to hide myself, hide behind the camera. Now it has become a way to show myself.
I remember bumping into Miet’s work online a couple of years back. She is one of those photographers that stayed with me through the years and I would go back to every once in a while to silently watch her progress and skills evolve. Miet van Hee’s work is raw, honest and grabs you by the hair. She portrays herself, her surroundings and the people in her life and creates a great sense of narrative without forcing a viewer in a certain direction. Her work is very voyeuristic, like we found the photographer’s diary in a drawer somewhere and are flipping through it, even though we are not allowed to do so. I was attracted to the work, not only because of the great visual language, but most of all for the honesty and the sense of struggle, usually with the self. The search for what it is you actually want from life, the impact others have on our hopes and dreams, our sense of self. But I’ll shut up about my interpretation of Miet’s work and let her speak for herself.
‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’ – Steve Jobs
Sven came crashing in guns blazing and inked to the eyeballs. This rebel decided he wanted to be a photographer only a year ago (I still remember him being really bouncy about buying his first roll of film) and making a name for himself in a very short amount of time. He is a busy little fucker, not only taking pictures but also throwing some paint at canvasses (and people) in his free time, modelling for denim brands and running a lifestyle blog here and there. About time we had a chat with this busy bee from Holland.
“I am challenging myself to explore my fears and memories from my past to overcome my current insecurities; basically using photography as a therapy.”
As we are about the embark on another adventure together with Sunday Mornings at the River’s photographer Roberto Rubalcava in Nepal, we have a little chat with our friend about the different direction his photography is evolving in. From being a poetic fashion photographer to being a poetic documentary photographer, Roberto’s work still has the same effect on our pupils. The subjects he chooses for his documentary work are as melancholic as the portraits he took of his friends in a lake. Roaming to radioactive parts of the world, pointing his camera at the street children of Mozambique and following his friend and fashion designer Amanda Ericsson at the Mexican fabric markets in order to involve the community in sustainable clothing, we can’t wait to work with this multitalented human being in the Everest area.
“At the hostels in South America when you check in they’ll often ask your occupation, every now and then I’ll say “captain” and wait for the rise of the eyebrow as they stare at the 22 year old whippersnapper across the counter.”
We met Thomas on and off on the road. He walked with ‘The Great Danes,’ two giants from Denmark who we briefly spoken with before meeting ‘The South African.’ Thomas caught my eye because of the way he carried himself. He was energetic, running around like a puppy dog as if he wasn’t attached to the massive pack on his back and it seemed he was always up to no good (like planning to climb the Cathedral of Santiago’s scaffolding in the middle of the night with a big smirk on his face). Thomas’s adventures did not end in Santiago and we caught up with the twenty two year old just before he was heading out to sea, working his way around the world on a yacht.
“When I was younger the most satisfaction came from starting a new life somewhere and really immersing myself in the place I was at that time. But that often took months to accomplish, sometimes even years in certain places. These days I know the upper left coast is my home so it’s shorter stints right now, and the most satisfaction probably comes from a good night’s sleep.”
Alana Paterson is one of the photographers that has been on our radar for a while. Alana’s photographs breath a certain wild youthfulness. As with some photographers we admire, her personality seems to shine through her work. Alana studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, as well as The Lesley University of Boston. She holds a BFA in photography. Her photography has appeared in numerous international publications and she works with clients from all over the world. We kept bumping into Alana’s work over at Poler Stuff and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to drop her some lines.
“This was how it was with travel: one city gives you gifts, another robs you. One gives you the heart’s affections, the other destroys your soul. Cities and countries are as alive, as feeling, as fickle and uncertain as people. Their degrees of love and devotion are as varying as with any human relation. Just as one is good, another is bad.” ― Roman Payne, Cities & Countries
How do we see the world through our cameras? How do we meet a city behind the lenses? How do we really learn to connect to a place and be a part of it while chasing adventure?
We’re sitting down with Hannah Platt, a 23 years old travel photographer based in Leeds, UK. Her photographs focus on the conjunction of human imbedded interventions within the urban landscape, italicizing the colors, shapes and patterns formed by urban architecture, telling stories of the city and people who inhabit it. Hanna’s project “You’re in America Now Honey” is the result of a six weeks human safari of capturing beauty in the overlooked and enjoying every second of it. Following her in the American journey like a genuine voyeur, I discovered that some of her images are replicating the feeling of emptiness one gets when driving through a city that is most often experienced from a car. There’s a great amount of added value to not over-researching a place and to go there and just getting to know it along the way. The same as one would try to meet a certain person. I also perceive that the places recorded in her fantastic journey tell stories but also keep secrets. And maybe this is what fascinated me to trace Hanna’s wandering steps into a journey of freedom and discovery.
Skyler Greene is a photographer, designer, and traveler from northern California. He’s been traveling since secondary school, after joining TEAM, a wilderness exploration program which was comprised of backpacking, experiential learning, and group cohesion. It is there where he learned how to survive with what could fit in a rucksack in extreme elements, under the guidance of his mentors.