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‘The Persimmon’s Fruit’ is a photographic travelogue about Japan, there’re also some words included in the book. My intention was to tell a visual, somewhat poetic, story about traveling to Japan without showing any recognizable tourist hot spots, exposing clichés, making the statements or objectifying anything. From the very beginning, I wanted the images to communicate the opposite of the sensual overload which is present in Japan, especially in the metropolitan areas, – something quieter, perhaps, more introspective, yet nevertheless diverse and engaging. 

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As days and years go by, the ones who have the experience of the actual crisis passes away. Even if the issue appears on a school text in history books and someone says to remember it forever, nothing can be helped since everything was 70 years away. And now the people are much more aware of the repetition of history. As a photographer, what I chose to do is to take photographs of how Hiroshima in 2015 looks like, not the black and white aftermath images that appear typically in our minds when we hear the word “HIROSHIMA”. Stopping and observing deeply into the images and imagine where we, this land and this country is heading.

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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.

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My creative process involves a lot of walking around aimlessly and looking for details that catch my eye – things that otherwise would go unnoticed. I am currently on a year-long journey with my wife, so my surroundings are often places that tourists visit en masses such as beaches, temples, etc. In my most recent work, I can see how you might think it’s related to the beach but far from it. I think there are elements of the beach like the ladies in the water, the palm trees with the old man taking a photo, and the portrait of the man on the beach. However, I think the common theme here is leisure and tourism. Miami, where my other two series on my website were taken, relies mostly on tourism for survival and therefore those elements of leisure/tourism are evident in all of my photos. Again, a product of my surroundings. So my connection and what draws me to photograph these things is the bad clothing, sun worn skin, the colors of leisure – bad prints, optic yellows, that all get amplified with the sun.

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15m2 of freedom is a series that I made in my 3rd year of studying Documentary Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In this year every student does their own project within a certain set theme. This year it was ‘Endless Possibilities’. It immediately made me think of my best friend that got her truck drivers license, bought a truck and made it into a mobile home, moved out of her house, quit her job and started to travel around in her truck. Whenever she was in The Netherlands she’d stay on a squatted site near Utrecht, one of the few left in our country. The Netherlands used to have a very vibrant and activist left squatting scene but this has been changing. Especially since 2010 when squatting got illegal and people were put in jail or getting big fines when doing so.

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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. Dream worlds burst into existence, seduce us to stay, make us pause for a moment.

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This series is an intimate visual exploration of the psychedelic festival culture of British Columbia, Canada. It’s meant to be playful but also honest. I was trying to communicate something about the experience that I didn’t see in the videos or photos of others who cover these festivals. There’s something ineffable that happens at these festivals that I wasn’t expecting before I went. The experience is so unique and so far outside our normal reality and experience of life.  It was like being in an imaginal reality. People escape the constructs of consensus reality and create a magical world to explore previously repressed or unacknowledged parts of themselves. What you discover can change you, can shift your values, and you take this experience back into your everyday life.

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Over the last twelve years I have made a number of films and bookworks about my hometown of Eden, Northern Ireland. I was drawn to the paradox that this Eden was not an earthly utopia of peace and beauty but a rundown and half-forgotten village that exists around the perimeter fence of a large coal and oil power plant. In this landscape the Garden of Eden is a small cul-de-sac that is overshadowed by the power plant’s 700ft chimney.

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