Photography

Luka Naujoks | Someone's Soul

Please be aware this post contains imagery which may be distressing to some.

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Today we are featuring the poignant work of 18-year-old German artist, Luka Naujoks. Someone's Soul is a photo documentary series exploring mental illness, combining the external and visible effects of emotional pain and trauma, with the underlying, internal and invisible effects.

 "It was important for me not to focus so much on the outward, but on what happened inside people, in their minds and souls, and to display the very intimate stories and personal emotions of strangers, which at first sight can hardly be imagined."
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Upcoming Event | analogueNOW!

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Fellow Berlin-based analogue photography lovers, coming up this weekend, 13th - 15th October, is analogueNOW!

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The weekend is packed full of all things analogue! With show & tells, workshops, portfolio reviews, networking opportunities, and concerts, photographers and photo enthusiasts are able to discover and explore current techniques and new approaches.

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Beginning in 2015 with the first edition of the festival, the original concept aimed to convey the idea that analogue photography was not simply a matter of nostalgia, but a conscious, aesthetic decision.

The platform also holds a series of monthly events - for example, the Analoger Foto-Stammtisch (AFST), held on every last Wednesday of the month, which is an open meet up with the goal of bringing together both film photographers and film photography fans alike.

With changing topics and locations, they also organise photo walks, workshops, visits of photography exhibitions, lectures and presentations, activities meant to bring together institutions and photographers, with an emphasis on community building supportive networks.

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13-15th October 2017

BLO-Ateliers, Kaskelstr. 55, 10317 Berlin, Germany

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RYHN Jewellery | 'The Idylls' Collection

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Today we are featuring the stunningly understated and texture-rich handcrafted jewellery collection, The Idylls, by RYHN. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted in studio by designer and metalsmith, Kathryne Radburn. Expansive, raw Canadian landscapes and Roloff Beny's photo book, To Every Thing There Is A Season, were the inspiration for the sculptural designs of this softly amorphous, simple and dark collection. Experimenting with an aesthetic that embraces the natural properties of metals and gems, each piece of jewellery is textured to give the elegance of wear and age of a treasured heirloom.

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"I’m a metalsmith by trade, but I’m very much inspired by art and the natural world. The intersection of the two - that balance - and how it can influence jewellery is what I find really exciting. 
In my studio I was experimenting with shapes and raw textures, collecting objects and artifacts from places that inspired me like various tree barks from the woods, a barnacle covered rock from the beach. I also kept going back to this Roloff Beny photo book To Every Thing There Is A Season. I found I had a longing for the landscapes in the photographs and the idea of these places became romanticised in my head.
Craftsmanship and an attention to detail in the creation of every piece, is very important to me. As is the story behind the line. The inaugural collection from RYHN, The Idylls, is named for my experience of these landscapes, so vast and beautiful. I would long for these places or the idea of these places, and it inspired me to translate them into texture - to make patterns which I could put onto jewellery. So from a distance the piece has a minimalist, timeless shape, but close up it’s a miniature wearable landscape. 
The textures in the jewellery, inspired by rugged, nostalgia-filled Canadian landscapes, both real and imagined, are an analog for this raw, romanticised emotion."
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Five Years | Kickstarter Campaign

For the last five years, Manchester-based photographer Elegia, has collaborated and worked with friend & muse, Faye. The two are celebrating their long collaborative relationship by condensing their extensive body of work into a stunning coffee table book.

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"Faye and I have been working together since 2012, when I was at the very beginning of my journey into photography. Over the last five years we've become friends as well as collaborators. We've created hundreds of images in various settings over the North West of England; seeking out locations which combine our love for brutalist architecture, design and pop culture. Many of our ideas come from a shared appreciation of cinema and music, which we like to make (obscure) references to in our styling and props. We often travel around to other parts of the UK and overseas, whenever we find a new house or outdoor space that looks like it has the potential to suit our style. 

After so many years of working together, we understandably have hundreds of images to choose from and over the last few months we've been curating what we feel is the best of our work to publish in the book. The design process has already begun and the book will be 200+ pages featuring Polaroids, 35mm and 120 film images; as well as many collages, drawings and mixed media pieces."

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Help fund this wonderful project by backing their Kickstarter campaign here!

 

Ghanwa Rana | 'I Am Writing You From A Country Far Away...'

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Paris-based photographer and filmmaker, Ghanwa Rana, shares with us her upcoming documentary project, Tamaghose. Translated as "source of hope", the film focuses on the women of Kabylia, the region north of Algeria. The artist visited for the first time in February 2016, where she shot with her Holga 120N and came back with a series of moving black and white images, which she then titled, I Am Writing You From Far Away, a selection of which are featured here.

With a degree in Theatre, Cinema & Anthropology, and a masters degree in filmmaking, specialising in documentary making, Ghanwa decided to create something which explored the lives and identities of the Kabyle women, from growing up in a war zone to the way in which they expressed themselves, through singing, tattoos, jewellery and carpet-making.

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Ghanwa pursued this project due to her curiosity in elderly people and "the secrets they may hold", and the idea of those secrets passing on through the generations. She also wanted to explore the idea that human beings from all around the world share a commonality, from the way people dress and get ready, to their tattoos and jewellery:

"There are so many similarities with ways of doing things and the reasons behind them... Afghan and Kabyle jewellery have so much in common, as much as Rajasthani face tattoo and Maori tattoos... I wanted to make something in my way, about sharing those stories."

The artist has wanted to pursue the project for years:

"It's something I've been thinking of since I was 15 or 16 years old... so it's getting more intense with time and meeting people, throwing my lens into a whole new world... So when I met Lisa, a sound engineer and one of my best friends, it was obvious we wanted to work together, and as aspiring filmmakers, we wanted to create something after our studies. And there's something important about that project why I'm doing it now, It's because I feel like it's already too late. In Kabylia, the women I want to share the stories of are very old, there's even a woman of 105 years old. They were little girls or teenagers during the war. I've already lost two of them since my first journey there. And with them it's there stories, the secrets that they are leaving... In some years it's just going to be some old stories a grandmother used to tell, and some objects in museums and replications of those objects for merchandising but the spirit of it would just won't be there... they are the last guardians of those secrets and those skills and its the beliefs of a social group that will be lost... It's already started. That's the thing with old people... They get fragile, and start forgetting... It's heartbreaking."

Filming of Tamaghose will commence in December of this year. See more of Ghanwa's work here.

David Ross Lawn | Photography by Lindsey Bahr

 
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Today we are doing something a little different... For a long time now we have been considering the idea of taking our publication from simply a platform for film photography to one which showcases every kind of artistic notion. The one commonality: emotion. We want to be a platform which showcases work dripping with raw emotion & feeling. We want to make you feel in this world which can often be devoid of sensitivity and softness. What better way to begin this journey than with the beautiful, dreamlike debut EP, Songs of the Sun, from published composer and performer, David Ross Lawn.

From the first moment, the pensive and expressive elements of sensitivity can be felt. A unique ability to simultaneously evoke a sense of melancholy and a feeling of hope, whilst gently giving way to soothing, melodic, meditative moments. The EP comprises of a four track piano solo, marking various landscapes of perspective through a minimalist and cinematic sound aesthetic:

"My main inspiration and keyword for this album is interaction: how the human condition interacts (or doesn’t) with the clarity of nature: how two people can stare through each other in a coffee shop as if they don’t exist together; how the moment of clarity can be archived. I feel like there is an architecture to a moment, and this project is my way of portraying interactions that I have either encountered with the world, or interactions that I have witnessed happening in-front of my eyes. With the artwork, an interaction is shown between the human and the sun: how the light is always keeping us warm, but we aren’t always fully present to feel."

 

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Beautiful photography by Lindsey Bahr.

Purchase Songs of the Sun here.

Stream Songs of the Sun on Spotify here.


David Ross Lawn (b.1992) is a published and commissioned composer and performer of contemporary vocal and instrumental music. As a performer (oboe, piano and voice) he has performed in various symphony orchestras, concert bands, professional choirs and opera companies around Europe and the United States.  As a composer, his recent piano solo work has had various features in Scottish Television and online high fashion promotions. As a vocal composer, he has received a number of commissions, awards, and publishings with GIA Publications & Walton Music, and is continuing to work on a large-scale project with several living poets.