For his series ‘desretratos’ Lucas Simões invited close friends over to tell him a secret while he took their portrait. However, his intention was not to hear their secret, but to capture the expressions of each one at the moment they revealed their secret. He also asked each one to choose a song for him to listen to in his ear phones while he photographed them. And, after the photo session, he asked each one if the secret had a color, and these are the colors the portraits carry. From this photo shooting session he chose 10 different portraits to cut and overlap, which causes an amazing look and lets one question, which secrets these portraits would reveal.
"In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."—Alfred Stieglitz
It is one thing to have an idea, and quite another to realize it. The artist Lori Nix sees the world her own way. In fact, she constructs it. These images may look like post-apocalyptic, photoshopped phantasms, but they are each painstakingly and time-consumingly made, with each diorama taking up to 7 months to complete.
By shooting these handcrafted sets with an 8 x 10 camera, Nix is able to reveal, in camera, the considerable detail in her work. In these scenes void of humans, Mother Nature’s irrepressible power slowly reclaims what’s left behind. And in doing so, Nix reminds us of our own deleterious impact on the environment, and what our future could hold. —Lane Nevares
"For however dutifully we record what we see around us, the common denominator of all we see is always, transparently, shamelessly, the implacable ‘I’."—Joan Didion
I have recently discovered the work of Finnish portrait photographer, Perttu Saksa. It’s not often that I come across work that, aside from being beautifully executed, scares and disturbs me. Saksa’s series, “A Kind of You,” gives us arresting portraits of monkeys, trained as street performers in Indonesia, that reveal the dark side of animal exploitation.
These manacled macaque monkeys, trained by “monkey masters” and used for roles in “street theater,” are rented out to beggars collecting money from performances. Behind the child-like masks, these animals are suffering. This practice has now been banned, but these images are a vivid reminder that despite an attempt to entertain us, we should never ignore the anguish among us. —Lane Nevares