Thursday, August 9, 2012

A World through Rose Colored Glasses

Photographer: Jon Duenas
Series: Exposures

The downfall of mankind has all too often become our humanistic approach in which we view the world. Deftly divided from our surroundings, we pick at the very roots that bind us. We are special.  We are different. We are meaningful. Duenas exposes a combined reality, blurring the rose colored lines between the natural world and our alienated human emotion. Grief, turmoil, and desire are visible through the creeping sunlight and blossoming trees. No longer removed, the existence of life can once again be celebrated. We are not alone. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Twenty Something Angst

Photographer: Jesse Scanlon

There is something intangible about today's twenty something youth captured through his lens; yearning for hope, for fame, for fortune. The swagger of freedom is paramount in his circle. Their seemingly unkempt fuck-you look blurred in the haze of disoriented culture and clouds of smoke. You are a visitor of the moment, gazing in from the other side of provoking red velvet ropes. Desiring everything from these images, yet left empty of clear substantial understanding. An unapologetic voice echos in my head, repeating in a whisper, "When is it my turn to let go?"

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Creation of Two

Artist: Kozyndan

Take a trip with me down the bunny-hole and into the minds of  husband-and-wife duo Kozyndan. An effortless mix of visually sublime colors and intricate images transports the viewer into a fabricated realm of kitsch fantasy. This care-free, take me as I am approach to art is what I appreciate most about the couple's work. From bunnies and bongs to traveling anteaters, their paintings and illustrations are a satisfying reprieve from a now and then dull reality. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Tease of Black and White

Helmut Newton: Photographer 

Bare breasts, lit cigarettes, and the smoking barrel. Mixing high fashion and foreplay, Helmut Newton's black and white photography exposes the sin of beauty; I like it, crave it, and want more. Stark shades of contrast highlight the artificial paradox of expensive taste and cheap latex. Newton immortalizes femme fatale perfection through the stage of erotic confidence and self-gratification. His images manifest the wide-eyed, unadulterated give-and-take between master and muse. 

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Do we Ever Change?

Irna Werning : Photographer 
Series: Back to the Future 

Back to the Future constructs a perceivable time jump into the subject's life, recreating past moments into the present. Seemingly causal snapshots are given new meaning in their time capsule embodiment. In a flash children in grass skirts become women and a young couple grows old together in another. The most striking awareness comes not from the very apparent aging of people, but from the timeless feeling within the photograph. While the wrinkles and tattoos are new the smiles, attitudes, and that immortal sense of self are still the same which begs me to ask the question, "Do we really ever change?"