“These are stories of possible scenarios in which different living species are modified to better fit our environment as well as to adapt to new human desires.” That’s the idea behind Vincent Fournier’s newest project, Post Natural History. He’s tweaked and modified animals an insects to survive in our modern day world, such as being drought resistant, enhanced senses, psychics, or even used to do remote surgery.
These creatures are coming from the future; an imagined future caught between memory and projection, and based on current synthetic biology research. It is important to me that my stories are based on science, so that they can potentially be true. I like to play with the idea of a true or false archive, like a Jorge Louis Borges novel with several levels of reality. Staging the pictures like encyclopedia entries fills them with confusion. It’s not clear if it’s true, if it’s not true, if it’s serious, or if it’s ludicrous.
It’s an interesting blend of photography, futurescaping, and creative thinking. For a nerd like myself who often likes to daydream of future possibilities I think this is brilliant. Plus the whole thing is so aesthetically pleasing you can’t help but be drawn in to explore the series.
Check out more images from the project below.
This striking series of photographs comes from photographer Daniel Seung Lee. Entitled Corolla, the work consists of simple still-lifes yet by removing the colour in each of the images they become far more interesting and engaging. “[Corolla] is a study on the texture and form of flowers” says Seung Lee and through these dark and subtle pictures he highlights the beauty that exists in each of these plants.
It would seem that Romain Veillon has a thing for deserted places. The French photographer’s website is filled with stunning shots of desolate buildings and his eye captures the haunting beauty that can be found in the many secret places that lie abandoned in our world. His series “Les Sables du Temps” (The Sands of Time) is one such example and it’s absolutely beautiful. Shot in the ghost town of Kolmanskop, these surreal scenes show the interior of buildings slowly being swallowed by the desert.
We all had a teddybear. No? Then surely a rabbit or monkey, or perhaps some other stuffed animal you squeezed with loving delight? Mark Nixon, an Irish photographer, set about photographing a series of stuffed animals in his new book, Much Loved. An extremely endearing project that’s twofold charming, its universal appeal lies in Nixon’s ability to capture a notion that anybody and everybody can identify with: childhood.
Photographer, Randy P. Martin, (featured here before by Bobby) has a new series titled We Are Tiny. Humbly referring to his photography as simply, ‘Travel Documentation,’ Martin captures his adventures to the corners of the globe in charming snapshots of the people and locations he encounters a long the way. What really captured my eye (or rather my mind) in Martin’s new set was the therapeutic nature of the work. We Are Tiny envelopes our need to travel while also highlighting the paltriness of our existence.
Leta Sobierajski, a Brooklyn based designer chilling in New York, caught my eye with this sort of cuckoo collection of still life designs and random ideas that she put together. I mean that literally, she describes the section on her site as, “A selection of personal projects and bits and pieces that can’t quite fit anywhere else.” I’m personally glad that she compiled them all together because as random as they are, I’d totally buy a book of this stuff. Sure, it might all be electrical tape, Ritz Crackers, and grapefruits, but the execution is flawless. You can see more below or by visiting her site here.
Joe Nigel Coleman is an Australian photographer currently living in Newcastle, New South Wales. His series Mirage is particularly striking. Presenting nature with a lo-fi twist, his images feel raw and intimidate, and there’s something really engaging in the apologetically grainy nature of his photographs.
The New York Times has put together their 2013: The Year in Pictures feature which, as always, is a powerful look at the past 12 months told through the images their photographers have taken. Featured are a number of powerful photos that show the tragedies of the year, but also the joyous moments as well. Culture editor Dana Jennings sums it up nicely:
The year, of course, wasn’t all blood and guts, and these photos reflect that, too: ballgames were played, marriages made, Shakespeare performed — whether the government shut down or not. I found myself hooked hardest by those images that seized the rare quiet moment, scenes that pirouetted away from hype and cliché, showing us at our most human, and our most vulnerable.