In the 21st century, two major interrelated technological factors have greatly changed how we take photos and how we engage with photography. The first major change was the advent of increasingly affordable digital technology allowing more photos to be taken more often by more people, and cheaper than ever before. I should also mention digital editing technology, which changed the level of control a photographer could exercise over a photo once it is taken. However, this improvement is overstated by those unfamiliar with analog editing technology. It is more an improvement in access than in capacity.
Sam Rupsa lets the ordinary be ordinary, and there’s something so strange about it. In all of Rupsa’s photographs, there shines anticlimax, redundancy, thwarted fantasy, mock sublime, and desaturated nostalgia. From southern California and currently based in Denver, CO, Rupsa’s mixture of tropical nights, suburban ennui, and western gothic seems eclectic, but his wry, sardonic … Continue reading From Suburban Ennui to Western Gothic – Through the Sardonic Lens of Sam Rupsa
In Marianna Tedeschini’s “Katabasis,” we descend into an underworld of frozen emergences, disrupted reflections, and landscapes caught between life and death. “Katabsasis” takes us on a quest through landscapes teeming with uncanny essence—is it life? is it death? Familiar, yet haunting presences animate these seemingly lifeless scenarios we encounter. Whatever lurks within the trees and whispers in the tall grass, this subterranean energy repeatedly thwarts our expectations, disturbs perceptions, and even makes us laugh at times.
Violeta Parisi is a nineteen-year-old photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She became interested in photography when she was quite young, which prompted her to begin taking photography courses and purchase her first camera. Parisi explains that after getting a handle on digital photography, she shifted her gaze to film photography. By using a variety of … Continue reading Pastel Melancholy with Violeta Parisi
Vulgaris had the pleasure to interview Sergei Sviatchenko, a Ukrainian-born collager, photographer, painter, filmmaker, and fashion designer who now calls Denmark his home. A provocateur in the world of contemporary art, Sviatchenko's collages and paintings have been exhibited in Denmark, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, England, Canada, and the United States, and featured in magazines like Dazed … Continue reading An Expression of Flair with Sergei Sviatchenko
The sun sets on Cardiff, Wales. Raquel Garcia leaves her home, camera and tripod in hand. As dusk turns into night, Garcia spies the steeple of a church. What remaining ambient light there is, quickly dissipating, perfectly backlights the gothic silhouette. What authority the church may have once commanded is deflected by the fog. The … Continue reading Raquel Garcia Masterfully Captures Cardiff by Night
Ethereal clouds of corpse-gray with violent reds, and puke yellow smiles strained with greed, these are Luca Baioni's Demons. These are not the angels who god did not spare, imprisoning them in chains of darkness, held for justice. They are free, and human-esk. Though, perhaps, too are sinning angels. Where these scenes are is another great … Continue reading Luca Baioni Reveals Hidden Aspects of Reality in his Series “Demons”
The project titled From Here was collected, shot and curated by Kirra Kimbrell and Rachel King. The text is a collaboration by both women, and the images are shot by them and also include found photographs from a family archive. I don’t recall the day you were born but I remember the space you’ve created every moment … Continue reading Pondering Time and Collective Experience in Creative Duo Kirra Kimbrell and Rachel King’s ‘From Here’
Since the photograph was first hailed as an inherently realistic medium, photographic style has oscillated between meticulous composition and serendipitous capture. That initial confidence fluttered as photographers discovered early methods of manipulation and mimicked painting styles to self-consciously declare artistic merit. The pendulum swung back with the advent of portable cameras that snap shots without subjects’ knowledge; having the option to do so, photographers cherished dirty, grimy, “real” life.
Luca Tombolini’s LS (short for landscape study) series shows the raw beauty abounding deserted, abandoned places in the world. LS X captures his foray into the American west. In the tenth installment, Tombolini knows his photography well. The artist sets out alone with the essentials: food, water, transportation, and a large-format camera. Weeks later, when … Continue reading LS X by Luca Tombolini