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: