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Wonderland – The Journey Home Begins | Fine art photographer: Kirsty Mitchell

Wonderland – The Journey Home Begins  | Fine art photographer: Kirsty Mitchell | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

I’ve re-written the start to this diary entry so many times, that I’m giving up on trying to introduce these pictures in any proper way. So I’m just going to begin from the heart, because it’s what feels the most natural for a set of images that have brought me so much happiness.

 

Recently I gave a talk at my current exhibition at Quaglino’s in London, and realised afterwards, that every picture I had described as being deeply emotional for me had not been taken this year.  That night on the train home, staring out into the darkness I wondered if I had lost my way from the origins of the project, and the human connection that lies at the root of all I try to do. I love the pictures I have produced, but the shoots had definitely become larger more complicated productions, and as a result at times had been more stressful.

 

 I guess I wondered if I had lost a part of me somehow. The last few months had been relentless, I felt I needed to let go…. to breathe, and be outside in the landscape. Maybe I needed to be reminded of who I had been on those first early days in 2009, when nothing else mattered… just the moment, the light… and the dreams I so desperately wanted to create.- kirsty Mitchell

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Radical Camp | Photographer: Tina Schula

Radical Camp | Photographer: Tina Schula | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

In Radical Camp, photographer Tina Schula reflects upon the rise of extremist groups in the U.S. and Europe. Exploring the structure and strategy of such groups, Schula creates a narrative of images focused on a small group of men and women undergoing training for a deadly mission.

 

Depicting various situations, from kidnappings to general meetings, each photograph emphasizes the vast complexity of extremist groups. Many pictures draw similarities to infamous cults and terrorist organizations of the past, such as Jim Jones and the Baader-Meinhof group, creating a feeling of familiarity and unrest.

 

“By constructing an intricate narrative, I try to convey that, as with extremist groups, the need for social acceptance often outweighs ideology. Radical Campis about the sudden radicalization of previously unpolitical, marginalized individuals. It depicts a deadly serious fictional scenario that could happen here and now,” Schula says.

 

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Sparrow Lane | Photographer: Holly Andres

Sparrow Lane | Photographer: Holly Andres | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

SPARROW LANE presents an elliptical narrative of young women on the verge of adulthood. Drawing on the formal and thematic conventions of Nancy Drew books, 1970s horror films and Alfred Hitchcock, the series depicts girls in search of forbidden knowledge. By employing suggestive and symbolic iconography such as chrome flashlights, skeleton keys, mirrors, birdcages and open drawers, literal narratives are suspended to suggest psycho-sexual metaphors. The Sparrow Lane protagonists are propelled by curiosity, empowered by their discoveries, and are also intimidated by a sense of impending threat. While the girls flirt with danger, however, the work is apparently innocent and devoid of explicit violence. Rather, the series represents the potential loss of innocence.

 

Holly Andres uses photography to examine the complexities of childhood, the fleeting nature of memory, and female introspection. Typically her images rely on a tension between an apparently approachable subject matter and a darker, sometimes disturbing subtext. She is based in Portland, Oregon.

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