Ali Bosworth is a Canadian photographer from Victoria, BC. A prolific shooter, Bosworth’s photograph’s tend to focus on the suburban landscape. Throughout almost all of his series of pictures, there also appears a red-headed muse – a girlfriend I assume – that accompanies him on his photo-finding adventures. I went through his most recent group of photos from Fall 2011 and picked out a handful of the images that included her. It seems as if Bosworth, the wolf, is hunting Little Red Riding Hood. No?
The title of Simon Harnet’s project, Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg, can be a little misleading. While it is certainly a descriptive title, it might also project global warming as the primary cause. Icebergs are certainly the first thing we think of whenever global warming is the topic, however, it is impossible to know if Harsnet has followed the entire life of just one. As Harsnet describes, “This portfolio begins with images of the massive icebergs as they enter Greenland’s Disco Bay from the Ilulissat Icefjord; it ends with the icebergs off the East Coast of Newfoundland, by which time they have travelled hundreds of miles…” So does the series project global warming? Of course it does. However, it doesn’t accomplish this by scientific method of photographic documentation, but more so in by way of artistic interpretation. With that in mind, the photos themselves are incredibly beautiful. Crystal clear and Lit with soft light that reflects a cool color palette, the images ultimately become about contradictory surfaces and textures: soft versus hard, smooth but jagged, rounded and edgy. The icebergs are massive, but they are floating elegantly on water. View more of Harsnet’s work at simonharsent.com.
Take a look at these spectacular portraits by Aaron Ruell. You might know him as Kip from Napolean Dynamite, but Ruell is also an accomplished commercial director and photographer. Remember the opening sequence on Napolean Dynamite with the ketchup typography? He did that. His work has also been shown in galleries Paris, Milan, and Buenos Aires. I was drawn to these recent photos by the incredible staging, the over-the-top texture and patterns, the punchy colors and dramatic lighting. Check out more of his work here.
SVA Grad student Andrew Miller promises to paint one branded object white everyday for 100 days, and so far he has made good on his promise: brandspirit.tumblr.com. His only self-imposed rules are, “I can purchase each object for less than $10, it can be something I own, something another person gives me, or something I find.” Personally, my favorite photographs are of the objects that are simple to begin with – the packet of ketchup, the Sharpie marker, the penny. While I wouldn’t consider every object to be “branded,” (how can we possibly know what brand of ketchup that is?) I do believe that they are all recognizable, and the photographs are all quite beautiful.
Color, shape, line, form – all basic elements that graphic designers have to work with in developing effective communications. So too does Swedish photographer Patrik Lindell. His personal work, very similar to some of his commissioned work, is about seeing big bold shapes. And it’s about arranging those shapes in a rectangle, creating compositions that are visually arresting. They remind me of a Charles Sheeler painting. I could go on, but if you like what you see as much as I do, just visit his website.
One thing that separates good photographers from clever photographers is the use of situational irony. It takes an acute sense of awareness to notice and capture a scenic double entendre, and photographer Brad McMurray certainly has a knack of doing so. A mesh net acting as a metaphorical wall, a mosaic landscape made out of bathroom tile, a small pile of snow in front of a ocean-colored building – McMurray’s visual attraction can certainly be described as sarcastic, and maybe even sadistic. In his own words: “My photographs focus on the mundane and ordinary world and I think that no subject is fuller of implications than this one. It is possible to find interest and pleasure in banality, disorder and the discarded.” However, I find nothing mundane about the smart and beautiful images he is able to make. View more of his work on Flickr.