Series Title: Anima Mundi (2012-2013)
PHOTOGRAPHER’S WEBSITE: www.billjackson.biz
"From the series Anima Mundi – The Soul Of The Earth. On the beach, between sea and sky, the night is pitch black, the space is more physiological and emotional, than architectural. You are confronted with a 'Dark Light', where if you wait long enough, you can begin to see. What you see is very personal. These are 20 minute exposures out into the abyss – on the edge of the world".
Series Title: Situ Art (2009-2012)
PHOTOGRAPHER’S WEBSITE: www.jscriba.com
ARTIST STATEMENT:"My art is about places and people at specific places. Most of the time I observe what happens at these places, but sometimes I also change the place. Sometimes I observe what happens at the place I change. But often, just observing the place changes what is happening. Instead of using a camera to capture a composition in that notorious “decisive moment” I practice a form of robotic image acquisition. I usually set up a camera very much like a scientific experiment, to obtain technically optimized input, triggering the shutter automatically whenever suitable subjects enter the field of view. The pictures created from this input reduce the original place to a few, often abstract, features revealing the human dimension even more clearly: People performing seemingly mysterious rites – riding escalators and elevators, climbing enigmatic stairs, traversing unfathomable spaces".
Series Title: American Girls (2012)
PHOTOGRAPHER’S WEBSITE: www.ilonaszwarc.com
"American Girls is a series of portraits of girls in United States who own American Girl dolls. The design of the dolls embodies contemporary cultural values. They were conceived to be anti-Barbie toys modeled after a body of a nine year old. Each doll can be customized to look exactly like its owner, yet all of them really look the same. American Girl dolls offer an illusion of choice therefore an illusion of individuality. Despite they play a crucial role for girls in a moment when they are forming their identity. With a wide variety of miniature accessories, they are perhaps the most luxurious toys ever invented. American Girl product defines and categorizes American girls and that fact raises important questions about who gets represented and how. Branding behind the doll perpetuates domesticity and traditional gender roles. I examine how culture and society conditions gender and how it invents childhood".