New York-based Brooke DiDonato (b. 1990) is well-known for creating rich, palpable images that document a new kind of reality. All of her characters are at a point of conflict; whether engulfed by a cloud, dangling from a window or being pulled aside by wildlife, the figures are taken from the realms of the everyday and moved into a state of flux. Tinged by Surrealism, the uncanny portraits interact with their surroundings in a number of unanticipated and curious ways. Further to this, DiDonato demonstrates an established understanding of fine art photography through subtle and evocative choices of colour. The works blend form and narrative flawlessly and coherently – pale green clothes melt into desert shrubbery, and terracotta trousers match with the tiles on an empty roof. The series acts as a treasure trove of human emotion: anticipation, desolation and struggle. www.brookedidonato.com.
Working in both photography and filmmaking, Robert Harding Pittman questions the difference between what is deemed to be nature and what is natural. Through his image-work he considers the contrast between manmade constructions and organic growth, exploring whether humanity controls and interrupts evolution or is just part of the process.
As August approaches, the Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner has curated a selection of images that express the notion of summer.