New Artists: January 2018

The world around us is constantly evolving, and in extension, our notion of humanity and its connected psychologies is being transformed. This month’s photographers delve into the associations that viewers make with images, providing spaces of anonymity and visual allure. As documentation of contemporary western culture, each image provokes audience recognition, encouraging us to stop, look and reflect.

Phil Donohue (@phdonohue)
‘s bold and kinetic images were taken mostly on Route 66. Whilst the road holds a wistful and at times iconic grasp on notions of traditional Americana, Donohue found that the site was abandoned for the sake of progress. Conjuring a bygone spirit, the photographs reflect a sense of stifling anonymity and recession. For Donohue, Route 66 elucidates all kinds of questions about journeys – whether literal or metaphorical. This sense of passage conjures an ethereal, almost lifeless plane which mirrors the artist’s willingness to confront nostalgia and reckon with the past. Capturing days past, and buildings reduced to ghostly exteriors, the artist reflects upon memory as a flexible, movable vehicle of preconception.

Balint Benkoe (@balintbenkoe)
Balint Benkoe works in advertising as an art director, but also freelances as a designer and photographer. His IG page acts as a visual diary, revelling in the everyday through spontaneous forms as opposed to conceptually weighted ideas. The photographs capture a specific moment in the 21st century context through heavy consideration of the finer details. His commercial eye has been picked up by the likes of Heineken and Nissan, as well as editorial platforms such as Fubiz and Noicemag, His personal works delve into the motion of the fleeting, personal experience: each image evokes the idea that the landscape around us is data to be captured, considered and digested as a transient moment.

Teresa Freitas (@teresacfreitas)
Living in a village by the sea near Lisbon, Teresa Freitas started out as a designer with a camera. Since then, she has garnered over 100,000 followers on IG, with work that is at once playful and deeply satisfying. Her practice offers a moment where imagination meets aesthetics, finding and incorporating fairy tale sovereignty into real-life locations.  In each of her works, colour carries a significant amount of information, pertaining to a certain amount of serenity and calm, whilst injecting a sense of the whimsical and the fantastical into otherwise recognisable landscapes. Pastel is a signifier of tranquility – peach fields, blue skies and yellow brickwork are muted into softened microcosms.

Natalie Christensen (@natalie_santafe)
Natalie Christensen is a photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, primarily known for minimalist, urban landscapes and abstractions of the American Southwest. A frequent contributor to online contemporary art and photography magazines including Lensculture and Ignant, and has shown work both nationally and internationally. Christensen’s 25-year career as a psychotherapist informs her practice as an artist; primarily influenced by the theories of Carl Jung, each image, whilst minimal in its aesthetic, reflects deeper conceptual thoughts. Dark shadows and angular buildings can be interpreted as archetypal phenomena, and the city-dweller – connoted through the camera lens – makes reference to the Jungian notion of separate consciousness.

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1. All images courtesy of the artists.