Monthly Archive for May, 2011

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pej behdarvand – bingwa

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Pej Behdarvand

Bingwa

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Bingwa is a Swahili word that translates not only as “expert” or “competent,” but also as “bodybuilder.”

This project began when I stumbled across a website featuring African bodybuilding and was struck by the appeal that bodybuilding has around the world, even in impoverished rural Africa. I traveled to Kenya and Uganda, documenting the homemade gyms and a local contest. I was amazed by the enterprise and determination these men possessed by taking up bodybuilding in countries where there are so few resources, opportunities and facilities for it.


Bio

Born in Tehran, Iran, Pej Behdarvand is a photographer who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.  He was screening his short movies domestically in film festivals while attending the San Francisco Art Institute where he received his B.F.A. in Film.  After his education, he began to experiment with photography and developed a portfolio, which landed him commercial assignments and awards from American Photography and Communication Arts.  He is generally drawn to unfamiliar, lesser-known or forgotten subjects, and often uses structuralist working methods. For the series, Full Moon (2007-2010), for example, he photographed the full moon every month for three years in a desire to reintroduce the moon, once a prominent subject in poetry, fiction and art, as a character in our modern landscape.  The ongoing Monk portraiture series brought him to Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka to document different traditions of monastic life and explore why individuals choose to live outside society.  The ongoing landscape series, Dreaming California, employed the old Hollywood technique known as Day for Night to capture a somewhat darker aspect of the “sunny California” landscape.  The series, BINGWA, is his first completed personal documentary project.


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katia roberts – your dark euphoria

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Katia Roberts

Your Dark Euphoria

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They wanted to flower, and flowering is being beautiful.
But we want to ripen, and that means being dark and taking pains.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

In 2004, I met a young man, named Noel, in a park.
He had lots of interesting tattoos but what really drew me in was seeing the symbol for anarchy branded onto his upper chest.
I had never seen a human branded before.
He said if I followed him I’d see lots of things I’d never seen before.
Man, was he right about that.

These photos were made in 2004-05 as I photographed P.U.R.E.– People Undergoing Real Experiences–
a piercing and suspension subculture in Seattle.

As their name implies everything you see is real.  The hooks are real. The spears are real. The blood and the emotions are real.
I would have had no interest in photographing them otherwise.
Lest you think this is about pain or masochism, think again.
Pain is not the goal, it is the gateway.


Bio

Katia Roberts is a photographer residing in Seattle, WA.


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patrick hogan – solitary half mad

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Patrick Hogan

Solitary, Half Mad

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A photographic short story.

When I began this essay, I decided to move from the urban area where I had been living to a small cottage in rural Ireland.  I was interested in people who lived alone.

For six months, I took pictures around the area.  Mostly, I photographed rooms where people lived or died on their own.

I became interested in the capacity we have as people for isolation, and how romantic ideals of solitude and escapism are often more fantastical than reality can offer.

This short essay is about living alone and the relationship between reality and fantasy.


Bio

Patrick Hogan is an Irish photographic artist. He currently lives and works in the south-east of Ireland. He is the winner of the Dublin Gallery Of Photography Artist Award 2011 for his project ‘Solitary, Half Mad’, a photographic short story about isolation in rural Ireland. He was also shortlisted for the Winter Solo Show Award, 3rd Ward Gallery in New York in 2010. He is currently taking part in the photographic project ‘Graphic Intersections V. 02’. He completed two International artist-in-residence programs in Iceland in 2009. He self-published his first photographic book in 2010. He will be exhibiting nationally and internationally throughout 2011.


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Interview about Solitary, Half Mad