Author: Art Narratives Staff

Hinano Hara 16, Yui Yamaoka 17. 2.6km from the epicenter of the a-bomb explosion. High school girls waiting for their parents’ arrival to pick them up and to go see the baseball game of CARPS, the professional baseball team in Hiroshima for the Japanese baseball league.

“I don’t want to live away from Hiroshima, it’s the best place.” says Hinano.
“Tokyo seems scary for me.” says Yui.

HIROSHIMA 2015 by Kentaro Takahashi (1/5)

“I prefer the imperfect in life. The same is true for photography. I like photographs that are edgy, grainy, stirring, sometimes even disturbing. Hard to grasp. Bewildering. Maybe this is because I see myself as quite imperfect as well. With many layers, full of emotions, sometimes brimming over a little. Neither me nor my photographs are flawless.

There’s beauty in the work and sadness, geometric shape and confusion, tranquillity and roar. And that’s how it should be, because the world, life happens to be different every day. And to me it’s important not only to show the immense beauty of the word but also all shades of grey.”

Time Collapsing by Christine Miess (3/4)

“The photographs of the series ‘Time Collapsing’ are multiple exposures on 35mm film. The key sentence of the pictures is: Not everything seen is real. To me, they are a dance between dream and reality. Various points in time collapse within each single negative and evolve into a new pictorial word – some of them smooth and gentle, others seething and tempestuous. Equal to an orchestra. Only together with composition, musical score and conductor the notes, the individual instruments unite to form a new melody, a new and distinct acoustic pattern. Dreamworlds burst into existence, seduce us to stay, make us pause for a moment.”

Time Collapsing by Christine Miess (1/4)

“Though my work completely steers clear of political and social issues I thought it was very interesting to travel across so many states at such an intense time. From last summer until now I was traveling during the end and climax of the presidential campaigns, the election, and now the current situation under Trump. Sometimes you could see a lot of support for one candidate, sometimes a lot of support for the other, or, some other time, no display of support whatsoever. It was a very intense time to travel I think, and being a foreigner I was on the receiving end of Americans explaining to me what was so wrong in their country, according to them. Some were very hopeful, some others not at all. It was striking that I met few people who were really for Hillary or for Trump. Most of them were just disappointed by the choice they had and because of that very sad either way. It was incredibly interesting to go from one town to another, one state to another and discuss with a diverse set of Americans the state that their country is in at the moment. Many things became all of the sudden very clear and I found answers to many questions, though I did not like or agreed with most of the answers.”

Americana by Anna Hahoutoff (3/4)

“This series called Americana is a body of work I started in 2014 while visiting a friend in California. I am a French/ Russian photographer and most of my childhood has been strongly influenced by Russian culture and imagery. It was my first time visiting the United States after more than two decades dreaming about it. Though my visual references were Russian, my interest as a teenager was turned towards the great west and American commercials and movies were imposing themselves in my visual dictionary creating an aesthetic dichotomy between East and West. At this point, I was living in France, symbolically almost right in the middle between Russia and America.

Visa in hand I spent a couple of weeks traveling through California but it was too great of a shock. I decided to spend more time there in order to document my version of the United States. I threw away my return flight and have been there on and off ever since. I’ve traveled through more than 35 states so far, sometimes taking my time, coming back, sometimes just passing by – depending on how much I loved the place.”

Americana by Anna Hahoutoff (1/4)

“I love photography grainy and dirty. So I’m fascinated by Jacob Aue Sobol’s work. I love his black and white, the hard contrast, the grain, the flash, the intimate view. Another one of my heroes is Andreas H. Bitesnich, even though I never told him. I still remember the day when I stumbled upon ‘Deeper Shades. New York‘. I saw some pictures along with an interview in a magazine. Read it and stared at the pictures while lying in the bathtub. There it was: fascination, inspiration, the decision for analogue, pictures in my head, the golden thread, the ‘look of my work’ in mind. My brain was buzzing, the water got cold. Maybe I could squeeze in a little thank you (again), in case he’s reading this.

And there is Anton Corbijn, the great one. Again, this brilliant use of black and white, these intriguing portraits, that make you dive deeper, look for more, find glimpses of things not visible.

Well and I’ve to admit – if I hadn’t met Gerd, hadn’t fallen in love with him, I’m not sure if I had the guts to follow my heart and go for photography as a professional artist. This partner in crime not only shares my passion but is constantly pushing and supporting me.”

Time Collapsing by Christine Miess (4/4)

“The photographs of ‘Time Collapsing’ were shot in different countries– Austria, Italy, Morocco, Croatia amongst them. I’ve been to these places together with my partner Gerd, who is also deeply involved in photography. We try to travel as much as we can and choose the destinations matching our photographic visions. I loved travelling and shooting for ‘Time Collapsing’ because there was no pressure on me. I kind of ‘felt’ the pictures, saw the single frames layering on film, sensed the final composition. I had to concentrate not to lose track layering, but I felt light. Which is quite unusual for me. New projects tend to make me feel restless and anxious – but this time it was different. Even though I couldn’t see or control what I was doing I felt that it was all working out well.”

Time Collapsing by Christine Miess (2/4)

“Obviously, the flash is my big love. It’s tied to the process of making an image for me. Mostly because I really like the artificial look an image gets when flash light is used– especially on natural elements such as plants and skin. Flash is usually used for fashion shoots or packshots to create a really still, perfect image with very specific textures. Therefore I think it’s interesting to use it on something very far from that: nature.I like how it reveals parts of the image that were not really visible before.

My visual education has been strongly influenced by Martin Parr, a light genius, who in my opinion remains one of the most important artists in photography. Not only did he really make the switch from documentary photography to art photography, but the use of flash was truly innovative when he started using it. Since he’s one of my strongest influences I guess I was prone to be obsessed with the use of flash light as well.”

Americana by Anna Hahoutoff (4/4)

“Through my work, and far from ubiquitous road trip stories I wanted to create, to feed, a global imagery, very abstract and far from all these concerns, almost like a series of still lives or old paintings. I concentrate on textures, colors and shapes, and have numerous elements that are coming back from one state to another. Whether it is colors, angles or subjects I try to weave a coherent visual lexicon of my United States. Trying to gather the similarities and differences between states, I am in a way trying to find familiar elements in unfamiliar places. Nature is to me the most incredible thing to experience in the USA, and this is why I rapidly decided to focus on this aspect. The natural landscape. Far from all the ephemeral, the constructed, the simulated, nature remains the oldest part of this continent and brings back to a part of history very neglected: the native Americans. Getting lost in these settings definitely gives you a glance at what this country was before the invasion and how beautiful and glorious it must have been. I have always been close to nature but clearly, after these years spent in America my relationship to nature has changed a lot and it became a necessity more than a treat. Having easy access to such landscapes is truly life changing.”

Americana by Anna Hahoutoff (2/4)

“For a while, I had toyed with the idea of picking up photography, but I didn’t know where to start and I was a bit skeptical, thinking the world didn’t really need another photographer and unsure of what I had to offer. Eventually, though I picked up a camera, mostly with the intention of doing commercial work. I felt a lot less pressure in doing commercial work, I think I was too critical of art to think I had anything meaningful to contribute. It was my friend Rick Indeo who convinced me to start shooting my lifestyle and experiences. I guess I had previously not acknowledged my unique experiences and views of the world and how that could inspire my photos. Once I started to look at things in that way it just snowballed, I started to see all these beautiful and unique moments that no one else was capturing and I started to seek out new experiences too.”

Do You Believe In Magic? by Jude Star (5/5)