French photgrapher Céline Clanet decided to document the life and surroundings of Máze, a small Sámi village in Norwegian Lapland. Her poetic photos show a peaceful way of life in a place where people seem to be connected with nature (to the point of always having binoculars at hand, according to Clanet).
The immaculate landscapes, covered with snow, bare trees and occasional houses, are documented with love and talent. But Clanet’s beautiful photographs are also a harsh reminder of the dangers of global warming, and how quickly these populations will be affected by it.
Japanese artist Chika Usui has a thing for scarecrows. So much so that she decided to only feature them as the main theme of not one but two photographical projects, in which she also poses.
Arranging the scarecrows in life-like positions and sitting or interacting with them, Chika’s photos could almost look like candid family portraits… only with stuffed puppets instead of real human beings. The result is both cute and disturbing, but definitely worth a look!
I don’t know much about Fox Eating Skyr, except that they are a video and photography production company based in North Italy, and that they produced this beautiful series of photos for the Winter 2014 season of fashion brand Lazzari. I fell in love with these when I saw them in Frankie Magazine and they reminded me a bit of the aesthetics of Wes Anderson: frontal photographies, colourful shots and a touch of the 70s. Aren’t these just great?
Jee Young Lee is a Korean artist who uses her studio to create these whimsical scenes. To do so, she doesn’t use any digital manipulation but instead she paints, makes and arranges the room to eventually take one single photo of it. Taking her inspiration from Korean tales and personal experiences, these self-portraits explore “her quest for an identity, her desires and her frame of mind”, according to OPIUM Gallery. Aren’t they poetic and beautiful? (via My Modern Met)
Uldus Bakhtiozina is a Russian photographer. With this photo series, she brings to life popular Russian tales and aims to “express something deeper than today’s average trendy photo formula. I want to be learning something or feeling something when I’m looking at a photo – so I try to create the same experience with my photography. With my art. With my Life!”
Blending modern fashion photography and ethnic heritage, Uldus offers beautiful and dream-like images of her culture.
If you like her aesthetics, take a look at her TED Talks video:
Rebecca Drolen‘s surreal photos explore the relationship we have with hair. Women wear their hair as a symbol of femininity, however hair can also be viewed as something non desirable depending on where it grows. She decided to use self-portrait and photography to examine the contradictions in our society concerning self image and this resulted in this series of dream-like images that make us rethink about modern days aesthetics and beauty criteria.
(via Huffington Post)
Pink is usually neglected as a colour. Too feminine, too sweet, too innocent, too Barbie-like… not good enough to be considered as suitable for everyday use and even less in art and photography. Now this particular series by talented Prue Stent proves that pink IS a powerful colour. Using it, the photographer questions femininity and the standards of beauty according to modern day perception. Lively and playful, the series explores the struggle of identity in women.
Strange and poetic, Sofia Ajram‘s photography reveals a world of magic in which the viewers can dive in. Since there is no better introduction than by oneself, below is her bio:
“My given name is Sofia Ajram. I come from the Third Planet. I am fastened to the sensuous of the inner universe. I want to share with you the galaxies projected within and without: absolute space and absolute time. I want to share with you the stars contained by the new souls of my race, humanity, in its infancy. Let me show you something electromagnetic. Let me take you to the place where Their dreamscapes and Our reality exchange glances. Let me help you remember.”
(via My Modern Met)