medium /// photography




reine paradis

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Storyboards for a beautiful, and slightly insane, movie? They very well could be! This series, titled “Jungle”, is the surreal, vibrant, and beautifully composed work of LA based artist Reine Paradis:

“Each scene is imagined and pre conceptualized before shooting in real locations. All the objects are meticulously designed and placed within the scene, along with Paradis herself as the central figure.”

Aha! I wondered how she got that lady in red to do all of those crazy things. Hm, I wonder what’s going to happen in the sequel.





leonie barton

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Ok, I may have gotten a little out of control with this post… but I dare you to visit the site and/or Instagram feed of Australia based artist Leonie Barton and NOT get completely lost in her work. I’ve been following this daily series for quite a while and thought that the last day of August might just be the perfect time to write about these nature-inspired beauties. Can you imagine strolling along the beach to find one of these? Sticks, shells, bits of plastic, rusty bottle caps – turned from beach debris into beautifully composed art pieces. Here are Leonie’s words about this body of work:

“The current ephemeral works and sculpture in the galleries are a continuation and a variation on, a years long daily discipline of creating an artwork regardless of circumstance, weather or location and using only materials from the ground, found in the moment… left behind for others to experience.”

Gorgeous. See you in September.

{Any work on her site can be ordered as a print. Just reach out to her at: leonie@leoniebarton.com}





frances berry

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It’s very rare for me to write about digital work, but boy oh boy, I do love the way this lady stretches a pixel! I wrote about American artist Frances Berry in 2013. I just discovered her most recent series, titled “Lines We Live By”, and had to write a new post immediately! Everyday vintage scenes in candy colored goodness stretched with modern techniques. Loooooove.





alexis hagestad

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Ok, I’m suddenly in the mood to go thrift shopping… or maybe I’ll just move in with these people! All of these images are from a series, titled “The Heart of Longing”, by American photographer Alexis Hagestad. She just graduated this past spring from Savannah College of Art and Design… I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for her.





ward roberts

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Lonely, pastel places … all of which look like perfect locations for Wes Anderson to shoot a fabulous tennis, and or basketball, film! This is the work of New York based photographer Ward Roberts. How does he find all of these ice cream colored courts? And will he take me with him? *All of these courts are in Hong Kong, except one that’s in New York. Any guesses?

{Some of his work is available via Uprise Art}





fabienne rivory

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Sigh. These ethereal landscapes are the work of French artist Fabienne Rivory, and part of a series titled Croisées. This isn’t new to Fabienne though… in 2007, she began “exploring interactions between photography and painting. The meeting of these two media allows [her] to create images that are not a faithful reproduction of reality, but retain in them a trace of reality to which is added an interpretation, a subjective layer.” Beautiful.

{Fabienne’s work is available here}





jeff topham

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Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks… oh look, here’s one now! These stunning photographs, taken in both the Arctic and Antartica, are the work of Vancouver based photographer Jeff Topham. I wrote about him in 2010, when he and his brother {and their cameras} went to Africa to recreate photographs their father had taken when they lived in Liberia during the 1970s. Anyway, all that to say Jeff obviously comes from a very creative family and when I saw the icy/magical results of his latest adventures, well, here we are again! Now, just to be clear his portfolio is not all icebergs {although those are some of my faves as you can tell} – there are also a lot of urban gems like this beauty:

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Sigh. Yes. I hope so. {Text installation in Vancouver by Martin Creed, 2008}

* Jeff has just recently started selling prints, and at the moment they’re only $100 CAD… so get over there right now!





pedro correa

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Oh. All of these beautifully composed photographs are from a series titled, quite appropriately, “Home of Art”. YES, I love homes of art! This is the work of Pedro Correa, a Spanish fine art photographer based in Brussels. Here are his words about this series:

Home of Art: A personal view on the very special atmosphere that reigns in museums and that allows art to live and blossom, its “guardians of art” and in general the way art is presented and approached.

So good. I obviously love wandering through galleries, so these images were calling to me for that reason, but, what captivates me about his entire portfolio … Pedro’s unique view of the world. What. An. Eye.





kyra schmidt

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Ah, dreamy. This series, titled “Transcriptions”, is the work of American photographer Kyra Schmidt. I would love to be wandering through the forest, and turn a corner to find pink, nude, and lavender screens floating magically in the air. Ok, that will probably never happen, so I’ll just breathe deeply and look at these pieces. Here are Kyra’s words about this project:

“I collaborate with each environment using sun, rain, and other natural elements to produce views that are outside of our perception, only made visual through camera-less photographic recording processes. These prints are then superimposed with images of the landscapes within which they were created as a way to ground each piece within its origin. The digital “installations” of analogue processes serves as a way to explore how technology aids us in our navigation of the everyday and affects our physical and psychological perception of the world around us.”

Happy Monday.





mariángel catalina

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Portraits and plants. Ahh, two of my favorite things merged together beautifully by Puerto Rican born, Brooklyn based photographer Mariángel Catalina. This series, “Me Matas” is filled with both men and women living in their “urban gardens”, but as usual, it was the women’s portraits that called my name… I made sure to keep albahaca morada (ocimum tenuiflorum): javier” in there as bearded proof that she does in fact photograph men as well! Happy Friday.

*all portraits and plants are photographed by Mariángel.