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GoSee loves ... 'What Sort Of Life Is This', the book by young Danish photographer Albert Elm, published at The Ice Plant

What does the world look like? What feelings does it stimulate? Why do we photograph it so urgently? Since 2009, Danish photographer Albert Elm (born 1990) has pursued his curiosity about human existence with a restless energy and intrepid wanderlust, crossing far-flung time zones, boarding the Trans-Siberian Railway, traveling alone in Dubai, China, India, or just walking through his neighborhood in Copenhagen.

'What Sort of Life Is This' remixes Elm’s distant and local journeys into a bright, bewildering panoply of narrative fragments and surreal compositions that feels both global and personal, fractured yet strangely complete. Photographed using a 35mm film camera (color and black and white) and referencing numerous styles and genres, the work explodes with the spontaneous color and complexity of life—tender, violent, lonely, joyful, bizarre. Equalizing the exotic and the banal, the book treats every picture as if it were made in the same mystifying place: the world itself.

Sparked your interest? Read the wonderful article in British Journal of Photography (July 2017) on young photographer, Albert Elm :

About - Albert Elm lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied at Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art Photography, (2008) and the Glasgow School of Art (2015).

What Sort of Life Is This . 128 pages / 8 x 11 in. / Hardcover with jacket . 56 color / 16 BW photographs ISBN 978-0-9897859-8-3 . SEPTEMBER 2017 (pre-order now!) . 42.00 USD .
17.08.2017 // show complete article

GoSee loves : NEON – The Wind Cathedral, meditative environmental art in the French Sancy Massif

The Wind Cathedral by NEON is a site specific and poetic architectural structure that uses the wind, movement and color as a means of creating a connection between the exterior and interior. The project has been captured through the use of spectacular drone footage.

Architecture, art and design practice NEON has unveiled its latest project entitled The Wind Cathedral as part of this year’s Horizons exhibition in the Sancy Massif in France. The Wind Cathedral is a site specific, poetic and emotional architectural structure that both protects and shelters the inhabitant while also celebrating the forces of nature through a constantly changing interior space.

The Wind Cathedral is located in the village of Victor-Saint-la Riviere in the Sancy Massif in France and was constructed in June 2017 as part of the environmental art exhibition Horizons. The artwork is a site specific response to the Perdue cross (meaning the lost cross in English) which was placed in this location following the tragic death of a woman who became lost 200 years ago and ultimately perished in a terrible storm on the site. The Wind Cathedral surrounds this cross with an architectural space which recognizes the story of the woman’s death and allows the visitor to contemplate our relationship with the natural world.

Concept - The Wind Cathedral uses the wind as a means of creating dramatic movement within the interior of the structure. This is achieved through a complex 3-dimensional fabric envelope composed of hundreds of wind sock inspired inflating pockets. The inflation of the envelope activates the interior and creates an ever-changing space that breathes in and out with the flow of the wind. The volatility of weather on the site means that the space can shift in behavior from moment to moment. One minute it is calm, the next moving violently. The Wind Cathedral's conical form is inspired by the volcanic landscape within which it is located. From the inside, this repeating, primitive form allows the inhabitant to observe changes in wind direction.

Color is used to add definition to the envelopes inflating pockets and offer a sense of “hide and reveal” when the wind changes the interior space. The colors which were selected were inspired by the stained glass windows that are often found in spiritual spaces. An oculus type opening lies at the center of the form offering a window to the sky which, along with the sculpted dome-like shape of the interior, suggest some of the architectural qualities of a real life cathedral.

The Wind Cathedral’s primary structure is a tripod from which 30 tensioned steel rope lines radiate to the ground in order to stabilise the structure. The 30 wind catching sections lie between the radiating lines. Each of the sections is composed of 14 unique windsocks which are adjusted in width and depth to create the cone form on the exterior and the sculpted dome space of the interior. The artwork uses 500m of ripstop fabric and 14,000 m of cotton thread in its construction and was constructed by a team of 5 over a period of 1 month.

About Horizons is an innovative yearly event which combines art and nature around an open-air exhibition in a natural setting. Monumental artworks are made specifically for natural sites in the heart of the nature of the Massif du Sancy (Puy-de-Dôme). The exhibition runs from the 24th of June 2017 to the 24th of September 2017.

About NEON is an architecture, art and design practice that seeks to explore new territories between architecture, design and art. Experienced at working at a wide range of scales, from small graphic pieces to large buildings, for NEON design is always a process of invention and discovery that grows from the client, the brief and the social, economic and technological environment. The result is a portfolio of work that is often surprising but always exiting, imaginative and original.
09.08.2017 // show complete article

Pirelli Calendar 2018 by Tim Walker & set designer Shona Heath captures the surreal world of dreams... inspired by Alice in Wonderland & Black Power

Coming in with a big bang, PIRELLI presents a preview of the 2018 calendar, which was realized by star photographer TIM WALKER, for which he got ladies of color including stars the likes of Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong'o or Sean Diddy in front of the camera, whom he staged with the usual attention to detail against a surreal backdrop à la Alice in Wonderland. Creative Director at his side was Shona Heath. The first edition of the photo calendar of the Italian tire manufacturer was published in 1964. Over the years, the PIRELLI calendar became the epitome of erotic photography. Photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts or Karl Lagerfeld have designed the calendar to this day.

“His 12 months evoke the fable first published in 1865 by the English mathematician and writer reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the well-known pseudonym of Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Inspired by this fantastic narrative, Tim Walker's images are tableaux vivants full of allusions to unlikely situations, to illusory proverbs, cited with a constant reference to English culture. Many great artists, whenever they refer to this fairy tale, have in fact created a new version, Tim Walker and his interpretation are the last example, through images, apparently far from the most famous representations, featuring 17 characters from the world of fashion, music, cinema and the underground universe.

The artist behind the visionary sets of Tim Walker’s Alice is Shona Heath. Shona is one of Britain's leading creative directors and set designers, whose prolific work in fashion imagery has, for the last 15 years, encompassed disciplines such as photography, film making and fine art. Shona’s vision could be described as a play of scale and color, a mix of handcrafted and experimental materials, always contemporary, with a feminine touch. Shona's passion for creative image making and storytelling comes foremost making her sets and installations memorable, whether in stills photography or film. She is happiest working and presenting fresh new ideas and brainstorming concepts of any kind right from the start of a project, right up until the physical execution, on which she is very hands-on with everything from set, costumes, styling and editing.

“There is an energy I want to bring to pictures; I want to believe in them as stories. If I fool myself, I have done my job. Set design is more like three-dimensional collage, making new stories and relationships with objects, color, textures and places. Discovering how the three-dimensional turns into the two-dimensional, to somehow help capture the energy and put a lid on it, is like getting a fluttering moth into a jar.”  More information on the calendar is available directly via PIRELLI.
23.07.2017 // show complete article