Kim Holtermand is a photographer from Denmark who takes fantastic photos of landscapes and architecture.  Environments in my dreams often look like some of Kim’s night photos; so no wonder I like the work so much.

Michael Greenberg is a kid I knew from childhood in passing. While in my second year at art school, we ran into each other and I learned that he was enrolled as well, with a focus in photography. I had no idea how talented he was. His diverse body of work ranges from fashion and portraiture to advertising and travel.

 

I’ve always been envious of creative professionals who get an early start while still practically in their teens. This seems to be par for course in Scandinavian countries. Danish born photographer, Asger Carlsen was shooting for hire by the time he was 18. His work mainly composed of people and places is peculiar and humorous.

When I came across Alex Sandwell Kliszynski’s human barbie doll photo series, I was instantly reminded of popular new trends in body augmentation. Procedures like “labia conturing” and “pelvic fitness” have become popular in a world in which people are increasingly concerned with a perfect appearance like dolls. This very notion of human perfection makes me think of Leni Riefenstahl and her fascination of people as statues.

Leni Riefenstahl was a controversial filmmaker and one-time Nazi propagandist. She had been commissioned to document the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin. An ex-dancer, she was obsessed with the human body and particularly was intrigued with an idolized form. Throughout several of Olympia’s sequences, the most chiseled of humans are likened to Greek gods. Many critics have pointed out that these visual metaphor’s may also be a tribute to fascist ideal’s of a perfect Aryan race.

(via BuzzFeed)

 

I am baby-sitting a friend’s bulldog this weekend. The sounds that come from this animal are simply bestial. Taking care of this little monster reminded me of some photos that I had recently seen of hyena handlers in Nigeria. Photographer Pieter Hugo spent two years on and off traveling with this group in order to capture these striking portraits and to assimilate with these mysterious performers.

I have a neighbor who is keen on making paintings of places in New York. He is drawn towards subjects that represent an old world, places that are hanging by a thread to exist. Yesterday, he told me about a graveyard for tugboats that exists in Staten Island. Apparently, there are literally hundreds of boats docked in their final resting place. Some of these ships are wooden tugs dating back to the early 20th Century. Curious to see what these may look like, I found a flickr photo-set that someone had taken of the area. I also, found some info on a short film made about this very place.

I came across the work of a young photographer named Lissa Rivera. Her environmental photos of educational institutions are intended to simply portray and allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions. I was particularly excited to see the contrast of subject matter between this work and her newer self portrait series posted on her blog. Rivera seems to be completely comfortable switching between photographic genres.