Tag Archives: environment

healing oil – chloe dewe mathews

24 Oct

deep in the background of the viscous history of our black gold, on the agricultural planes of azerbaijan, nests naftalan: a village where oil is extricated from its tangled web of money and power, and refined and celebrated as a therapeutic cure for the body in an oxymoronic reversal.

commonly blamed for toxic emissions, rising cancer rates and countless wars, the azerbaijani crude’s tale of healing seems like either the product of a febrile PR mind or one of those extraordinarily improbable tales native to the former soviet union.

chloe dewe mathews‘ photograhic essay on this community’s relationship with oil – from natural remedy to newfound oligarchy money – has been awarded this year’s british journal of photography prize, and will be on show on london’s host gallery from november 22.

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to fly, to serve

11 Oct

i grew up by the time airline travel was inexorably way past its glamourous climax: bye bye groomed attendants, free drinks, sexy uniforms… hello strip-down security checks, exhaustive bag-weighing, extortionately expensive limp chicken sandwiches…

flying was never a more democratic and yet more alienating experience: even brandy has been stripped down of all historical privileges to be peddled in plastic sachets.

and so it is in these sappy fits of nostalgia for the mad men-inspired, foxier times of yore that british airways have resuscitated their old motto: to fly, to serve.

to which i, with my tongue firmly in my cheek, will gladly raise my glass.

i leave you with this luridly colourful william eggleston (‘glass on plaine’ untitled) print.

 

 

animal kingdom – ben newman

30 Aug

 

enjoying the colourful lively designs of illustrator ben newman: from birds to animal masks and robots, he applies his geometric riot of colours to whole swathes of the earth- and beyond. catch his bird print at the upcoming ‘ghosts of gone birds‘ planned for november in liverpool.

                      

social networking – colin mortimer

23 Jul

london-based artist colin mortimer offers commentary on the actual barriers that our highly virtual social communication networks trap us in these days.

the piece is on show at london’s phillips de pury gallery until the end of august.

folk logic – kyle zeto

16 Jul

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more fun from freshfacedandwildeyed2011 with these ‘wilderness’ snaps from artist kyle zeto.

passing – ida arentoft

15 Jul

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wanted to wish you a happy friday with a few of these beautiful  landscape snaps from ida arentoft on show at the photographer’s gallery online graduate competition freshfacedandwildeyed2011.

man and building – thomas struth & candida hofer

13 Jul

 

eager to get a good look at german photographer’s thomas struth work at the whitechapel gallery, which hints as the relations between man and its environment.

magnificent settings are shown populated by almost insignificantly small humans, enhancing our sense of scale and man’s struggle to comprehend and tame its surroundings.

his work is evocative of german peer candida hofer {above & below}, which poetically captures ideas of architecture and absence.

 

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