The December picks look at the backbone of visual representation. Taking recognisable landscapes – domestic, natural or urban – each of the practitioners included in this month’s strand re-assess undiscovered spaces through the eyes of the viewer. Offering new perspectives on well-known or indeed alienating topographies, these talented artists utilise the form of photography to write new narratives and create conceptual possibilities.
Brandon Holland (@brandon.content)
Holland has lived mostly in the southern US, capturing places considered as emblems of “home.” Intended as a diary / self-referential dialogue, each of the images stem from inner emotions – a need to document and reflect upon the landscape as it moves transiently from one stage of silence to the next. His images offer luxurious, honest portrayals of contemporary topographies. A new, undiscovered palette of Americana, each vignette uses lighting as a mode of communication – spotlights, setting suns and artificial light bulbs spread into human-less landscapes as a signifier of life. Revelling in dualities, pastel lilac radiates against rugged grassland and straight, concrete roads. Sometimes utterly realistic, and sometimes aglow with compositional consideration, these intriguing pieces re-imagine the possibilities of everyday photography.
Dino Kuznik (@dinokuznik)
Kuznik is a graphic designer and photographer living and working in New York. Originally from Slovenia, the artist studied in Ljubljana 10 years ago, whilst working as a studio assistant and retoucher. His work depicts an ongoing interest in street, observational and landscape photography. Each image represents a journey unfolding, where exploration is not just a recreational activity, but a new sense of aestheticism lived out through balance, attention to detail and a lust for life. Where the world is constantly developing, Kuznik’s images offer a psychological plane of reflection and organisation, which rely on simplicity, and at times, humour.The compositions pivot around the American West as a symbolic and literal place of authenticity, calm and solace. Each spellbinding image transports the viewer into pastel resolution, where bleached colour schemes and limited structures provide tranquil vignettes. Linking mental stability with geographical certainties, the artist taps into the current human condition that is at times in search of empty, harmonious spaces.
Based in the small, Mediterranean town of Corsica, Andritch’s main inspiration comes from busy, coloured streets, captured through the lens of an iPhone. Having originally shot in black and white, the artist began to build up a portfolio of silhouettes, when the sun hits the façades of passers-by. Colours burst against illuminated walls. Andritch conjures uncanny stories about strangers’ existences through simultaneously bold and vacant anonymity. Each image rests in the crux of the everyday, cradling the shadows of individuals, city-goers, parents, children and wandering imaginations. The bright and evocative images are reflective of the contemporary city, pastel walls heated by the setting sun provide a backdrop for two-dimensional outlines. Playing with flattened lines, block colours and unnamed characters, the vignettes offer insight into the Mediterranean city as it stands today.
Michael McCluskey (@michael_mccluskey_)
Born and based in the Midwest, Michael McCluskey’s art explores truth in overlooked places and uncovers hidden layers in the mundane. McCluskey’s photos are a natural extension of his interest in film and music, showcasing a deeply cinematic sphere wherein dinner tables and Americana streets are dripping with tension, foreboding emotion and Crewdson-esque fantasia.vThe images take hold of the night through evocative uses of lighting. Neon signs, street lamps and glassy windows are illuminated against the starry outdoors. Pools, open deserts and closed driveways reflect an overbearing sense of stillness and resolute calm that is at once captivating, alluring and threatening. Mccluskey’s personal work is a testament to the photographer’s aesthetic vision and attention to composition. Both timeless and deeply resonant with an era in its decline, the images are at once filled with interpretation and empty of human contact.
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