Italian photographer Stefano Bonazzi melds smoke and body together in his lush series Smoke. These high contrast black and white photographs feature naked bodies melting into the atmosphere, drifting off in a plume of velvety smoke. They feel soft, mysterious, and cinematic.
Bonazzi, who has a multitude of different series, speaks about this body of work in a very compelling way:
Smoke fascinates me because it is hypnotic, evanescent and impalpable. The smoke you can perceive it with your sense of smell and can even be fatal despite being a natural element devoid of texture and weight. I often compare the smoke to the human soul and in my series “Smoke” I just try to contrast the weight and consistency of the human body with the lightness and elusiveness of his soul, that in these shots I try to represent their with the use of the smoke. The “smoky” of the subjects is in fact their own feelings and emotions. The protagonists of these shots express sexual desire, more anxiety and melancholy, loneliness and suffering. These feelings are so powerful that they evaporate, split from the body and rise into the unknown, which in this case is represented by the black background of the shots.” (Excerpt from Source)
Melissa Murray is an artist from Brooklyn, NY. The themes in her paintings revolve aroud “images from past experiences or dreams.” Much of her work includes the metaphorical use of animals, which symbolize “sincerity in life, a seemingly degenerative trait in our current human consciousness. These creatures represent purity, and personify my dreams and fears for our collective future.”
The seasons change, the brittle Autumn leaves fall to the fore, summer’s last days ebb a California surfer’s wave…what I’m trying to say is that yet another fearless intern, Greg Ruben, will be moving on from B/D. We here at B/D decided you readers might be interested to know who some of the folks are here who work tirelessly and relentlessly for stale bread, water and “experience” (aka interns)- and so we are spotlighting Greg, whose last day is today! Greg is a design student at UCLA and has contributed to some great graphics over the course of his stay here, as well as many rapier-sharp witted blog posts that I am sure you have come to know and love. His personal work is pretty cool too. So thank you for the music, Greg, and forgive me for tricking you into thinking the above photo was in some way related to a post about shipping out our latest season of B/D Apparel. (Hey, at least I told you to smile!)
Philadelphia-based designer Alex Hohlov, aka Veone, does some nice procedurally generated abstract pieces when he’s not doing commercial work. The illustrations convey a strong sense of motion…it reminds me of what flying through hyperspace might look like.
Photographer Amy Lombard is no stranger to the fringe cultures. Last year, she attended Bronycon in Baltimore (previously featured on B/D here), where she captured some of the festivities. During the year, she also frequented different animal shows and photographed who and what she saw there. The result comprised a series titled, Welcome to the Show. The types of animals range from cats, dogs, lizards, horses, and bugs. Lombard not only documents the animals, but their owners, and the relationship to one another.
The shows she attended are not the likes of the Westminster Kennel Club. Instead, they appear to be local and amateur. Since we don’t know what the context is of the shows, it makes the photographs all the more alluring. Some seem to double as pet shops (it’s only $5 for a painted hermit crab). Her style is candid, and her subjects not posing for the camera. Instead, they go about their business of show, looking, buying, and selling.
Welcome to the Show is the documentary of a niche interest. It’s not particularly glamorous, but is interesting and amusing. Lombard’s eye captures subtleties like small, amusing moments. A dog is wearing a skirt (or apron) with a $1 bill tucked in it. There are numerous people that look like their pets, which doesn’t seem surprising at an event like this.
In Spanish photographer Jon Uriarte’s series The Men Under the Influence, he photographs men wearing the clothes of their girlfriends or wives. The images are composed in the space shared by the couple. Uriarte displays ideas of gender through clothing, as the men wear outfits that would be considered feminine, including dresses and strappy sandals. In a short statement about the series, he writes:
This work addresses the recent change in roles in heterosexual relationships from the relations of our predecessors and how those changes have affected men in particular. The photos attempt to capture men’s sense of loss of reference, now that women have taken a step forward and have finally come into their own as equal partners.
While I don’t agree entirely with some of the sentiments in this statement, I do appreciate the gender-bending nature of it. The socially-constructed roles of men and women tie our identities to an arbitrary notion that we each have to be a certain way just because of our gender. Clothing is a way we can outwardly express ourselves and our choices. I like seeing these men, looking unaffected by their attire (and even comfortable), sitting in the the place where they share their homes and their lives. (via feature shoot)
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