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.
Analogue NOW! Photography Festival, Berlin
Analogue NOW! returns to Berlin for its second year, from 6 – 14 May, offering a broad range of events. Photographers showcase their work around the theme of manipulation.
Benoit Paillé’s series is an exploration into narratives under darkness. Illuminated windows are suggestive, whilst strangers are caught in unexplained affairs.