Tillmann Franzen: Industrial landscapes and trucks for Kranunion
Quite simply put: Truck Porn. That’s what this is. Who would have thought you’d find yourself drooling over charcoal ridden, industrial landscape shots of trucks and diggers with great big man-sized wheels – but you do, just like any 5 year old boy would. And Tillmann Franzen, was the lucky lucky boy (SO jealous!!) to go shoot these big boys for the German Kranunion – btw, check out their website, it’s pretty cool – there are Tucans, Pelicans and Condors to be seen amongst other fascinating industrial creatures. What an awesome assignment, and what awesomely gritty shots Tillmann has come back with!
David Maurer: ŠKODA summer images
David who has a thing or two for shooting cars, planes, trains and anything propelled by speed, is clearly Škoda’s top choice when it comes to shooting their campaigns. This season’s “Visage” summer campaign for the Sky Blue Collection by Skoda is in a way, a campaign in a campaign. So glamorous, so shiny (thanks to David’s excellent lighting of course), it’s just too tempting to walk past… Want a make-over? Get a Sky Blue Škoda! Don’t bother with the hairdresser, that only lasts a couple of weeks.
Dean West: Yearning for the endangered rainforest
Perhaps somewhat inspired by Thomas Struth’s series “Paradise”, Dean West set out to document the intensity of the temperated forests of the Pacific North West, in the US with this stunning series entitled “Olympia”. Being very aware of how precious and less and less accessible a patch of nature has become to our city dwellers, in a society which is also consuming the world’s natural resources at an alarming pace, Dean wanted to very consciously take in every single luscious detail he could capture in these forests, and preserve them in super large scale limited edition wall prints, creating the most hyper real, engulfing effect on the viewer. Where Struth’s intentions and effects were more cerebral, West’s series is very different from this and much more “experiential”, with an almost physical and immediate impact on us. Impressive stuff whichever angle you look at it from.
Julia Fullerton-Batten: Intimate portrait series
Now for a very touching personal series by Julia Fullerton-Batten. Eerie at first impression, when we delve deeper, we learn that these images are of people who are visually impaired in different ways, from different stages in their lives.
Julia left the choice of location to make up the background up to her subjects, and hence created a series of images that carries strong emotional meanings for her sitters.
The photographs conjure up a poetic sensory perception of the emotional relationship between the space and the sitter, such as Alan, 50, who suffers from glaucoma describes as follows: “Even now I can walk to the edge of my village and scan the rim of the opposite hills, getting that sense of space, of distance. Consciously breathing it in. Drinking it in. In case it fades.”
Reality fades into a delicate visual memory for these courageous people, and Julia has brought this visceral notion across with great artistry.
Denis Ignatov: Y – conductor portrait
Denis Ignatov who is known for his intense and iconic portraits, was recently invited by the Konzerthaus Dortmund to photograph Yannick Nézet-Séguin (also known as “Y”) for their print campaign promoting this highly talented young conductor.
The campaign celebrates the French-Canadian artist from Montreal’s residency with the Konzerthaus Dortmund, where he will be based exclusively for 3 years.
Denis created something rather unusual for this genre, dramatizing the portrait with a more modern transcendental touch, to reflect Y’s unique style and talent in a field otherwise dominated by an older generation. Not all conductors look like mad professors.
Nick Ballon: Looking for traces of formerly glamorous South American airline Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano. Book and exhibition in London
Nick BALLON spent six months in Bolivia for his latest book project. Here he photographed and documented the last two remaining airplanes – including the eponymous Ezekiel 36:36 – from the formerly glamorous South American airline Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB).
Founded in 1925, this is not only one of the oldest airlines, but also played an important part in the history of its country. The privatisation in 1994 marked their downfall, which is pervaded by corruption and mismanagement.
Ballon says: ‘the story of LAB is in many ways the story of the Bolivian people, caught between past glory and grandeur, and a promised future that never seems to arrive. It is the story of an airline waiting for a miracle…. On the second trip, there was fresh news of a $30m investment from Russia, so there was excitement about the possibility of flying by Christmas. I couldn’t help but get caught up in their yearning to fly again.’
The Ezekiel 36:36 book also contains archive material from the airline company as well as Nick’s photographs of the machines and last remaining staff. You can see the images from the book in London until 31 August as part of an exhibition (KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB).
You can purchase this book via the website they created especially for this purpose: www.labproject.co.uk
and at any good bookshop. The first edition (£25) will be published in a print run of 500 including an airline ticket and as a special artist edition in a print run of 50 including a signed print.
Nick Ballon: IKEA Summer Campaign
Nick, who is usually known for his portraits packed with calm concentration and his landscapes of often mundane yet poignantly beautiful and amusingly dry observations, points his lens towards our back gardens for a change. Featuring Ikea’s new range of gardening furniture, to have full control over the shoot, the team at the London based agency decided to head to Cape Town for this production. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, except, the grumpy little gnomes who aren’t too happy about us having too good a time in our otherwise neglected gardens, with one even packing his bags to go find a quieter place. Hey ho…