Photography : Kathryn Hooper {Dallape Chant}

 

Bleached by sun, stripped to core elements, Kathryn Hooper’s photography is a testament to her understanding of the beauty inherent in the harshness of rural landscape. Standing solo or clustered in groups with a skin like patchwork, these sheds face the elements with grace and simplicity.

 

Kathryn Hooper - Patchwork series (1)

Patchwork series (1)

 

Kathryn Hooper - Patchwork series (8)

Patchwork series (8)

 

During the day, Kathryn Hooper works as an interior designer. At night (well actually, it’s just on different days) she is a photographer. A Patchwork of Sheds is a group of work she has collected over time, stemming from her investigation of the iconic country shed.

 

Kathryn Hooper - Patchwork series (3)

Patchwork series (3)

 

Growing up in Wagga Wagga, Kathryn always had a keen in interest in all things art, design, and beautiful. It was during her family home renovation in 2008 that her particular talent and passion for interior design was realised and led her to study full time Interior Design in 2011 and eventually to the opening of her own studio, Dallape Chant, in 2012.

 

Kathryn Hooper - Patchwork series (6)

Patchwork series (6)

 

Kathryn Hooper - Patchwork series (9)

Patchwork series (9)

 

Kathryn Hooper - Patchwork series (7)

Patchwork series (7)

 

She currently lives and works on a beef cattle property on the Mid North Coast of NSW.
Each landscape she sees as having a beauty of its own, with its own story to tell.

You can find more about Kathryn and her photography on her own website, www.dallapechant.com.au.

 

Light and butterflies : the photography of Audrey Simper

Audrey Simper’s images inhabit another world of wings and sea, of light and butterflies.

Dropping her studies of Architecture in favour of starting a photography business was an enormous step, but absolutely worth it. “My cousin, Madeline Irene, got me into photography; she was always telling me to check out this site called Flickr. When I finally did I discovered all the magical images people were creating and I had never felt so inspired.  In 2011, I realized that I wanted to spend all my free time studying and practicing Photography and not my current major, Architecture. I decided to stop attending school and start my business and I’ve been happy ever since!”

 

audrey simper - to enter her dreams

audrey simper – to enter her dreams

 

Art has always been a big part of her life,and remembers often sketching little surreal scenarios in her sketchbooks – she loved “the magic of creating something from nothing.” Later, she discovered Photoshop, and a whole new world exploded. She decided to teach herself, and got through using trial and error and online tutorials.

She always carries a sketchbook to jot down ideas, as she says her concepts can arrive intuitively from anywhere. However, she is quite methodical about their realisation. “When I create surreal images, I usually start off with a concept which stems from a word, a song, an emotion, an object or a new technique I want to try. Then I decide on what I need to tell that story, who should my subject be, what should they wear, what type of light do I need, what location? Based on this, I figure out the composition and crop I feel will best display the story. I draw a little sketch in my journal to make sure I don’t forget. Once I take the photograph, I enhance the image in Photoshop making decisions based on the concept and decide on a title to further the story.”

 

audrey simper - Angels Among Us

audrey simper – Angels Among Us

 

audrey simper - Angels Among Us

audrey simper – Angels Among Us

 

Besides her conceptual photography, Audrey also works taking portraits and commissions. Her worst experience as a photographer came early on when she was asked to do a family portrait for a client. Never having taken family portraits before, she was feeling nervous and flustered. She used a kit lens which she hadn’t used for a long time, and said she had forgotten how to use it. the images were blurry, and the quality was terrible. “I felt awful but luckily for me they agreed to a second shoot when I got a new lens! Those images turned out great. I learned to never again accept payment for something I didn’t know how to do as it’s unprofessional.”

 

audrey simper - The Guardian

audrey simper – The Guardian

 

Now, “Sometimes I dance during my photoshoots if I’m feeling happy.”

 

audrey simper - freedom flight

audrey simper – freedom flight

 

audrey simper - swimming through dreams

audrey simper – swimming through dreams

 

 

audrey simper - when I'm small

audrey simper – when I’m small

 

“I received this advice from multiple people throughout my life. They told me to “do what makes you happy”. It’s simple advice but it’s changed my life immensely.”

You can find more of Audrey’s work in her Etsy shop,  AudreySimper, and on her own site, www.audreysimper.com.

 

Photography : Manu Jobst {StaticMovement}

 

Manu Jobst is a visual artist and dancer that works in many mediums. Chameleon-like, she changes her materials and output to suit the vision – but there is still a core view on life that ties all of it together.

 

manu jobst - gentle giant

manu jobst – gentle giant

 

Born in Germany, with a German mother and a Surinamese father, she grew up wondering about her brown skinned difference. “Many times I felt it was not so much me, who made me different, but the people around me.”

Expressing that sense of difference, and its alterego, universality, results in work that is other-worldly and multi-layered.  She uses painting, drawing, poetry, dance, video and music as part of her repertoire, but it is her photography that she is most prolific in, and that I am drawn to the most.

 

manu jobst - from real to painting

manu jobst – from real to painting

 

Richly textured, detached and dreamlike; reflected images of landscapes are a common theme, as are the universal symbols of fragility and strength – butterflies, flowers, and trees populate her works.

 

manu jobst - in flight

manu jobst – in flight

 

Manu’s list of aesthetic influences is long – Magritte, Van Gogh, Monet, Kahlo, Kandinsky, Paul Klee and many more – but “foremost, I admire people who are and remain creative in life itself. They may not be an artist, but they come up with new ways of cooking a delightful meal, or designing a garden of stunning flowers, or maybe have a way with people to engage them in living life to the fullest in a real and honest way……. Also, my LOVE for people and each moment of life are, and always have been, a great inspiration in my art.”

 

manu jobst - ranunculas

manu jobst – ranunculas

 

manu jobst - white vintage blossom

manu jobst – white vintage blossom

 

manu jobst - red magnolia abstract

manu jobst – red magnolia abstract

 

As a child, Manu used to immerse herself in art. “As long as I can remember I loved to create, make believe and harmonize my environment. Any art project I did was a place of shelter from my turbulent upbringing and I excelled at losing myself in my imagination.” She vividly remembers one school project where she made a poster for a hair salon, curling many thin strips of paper and gluing them onto a picture she’d drawn of a head. “It took forever, kept me engaged and it was one of the most memorable projects of my early school years. My teacher told me then, that she believed I was made to be an artist due to my never-ending inventive nature and that made it even more special to me.”

 

manu jobst - the other side

manu jobst – the other side

 

Manu travelled extensively in her twenties in order “to find myself. I somehow ended up in the U.S.; I got married, got divorced and am still here. I would say Life happened to me and I built my home within it.

“I never lived anywhere in Germany for more than a year or two. Since I moved to America I created my life from scratch, mostly as I wanted it.  I brought up my daughter here and wherever my heart is, that is my home. I now realize that is who I am, a lover of life. That is my favorite thing about living here now. I can make a home anywhere.”

 

manu jobst - manu island

manu jobst – manu island

And her best piece of advice?

 

“There is no limit to what you can do”

 

You can find more of Manu’s work in her Etsy shop, StaticMovement, and on her own website, kunstfabrik.scriptmania.com.

 

Photography : IonAnthosPhotography

 

Flowers whisper secrets only the mist can hear.

 

ionanthos - jasmine buds

ionanthos – jasmine buds

 

ionanthos - dandelion (mint)

ionanthos – dandelion (mint)

 

Quietness is at the heart of Jolanta Zychlinska’s photographs. Devoid of distractions, her minimalist images allow us to contemplate each form and texture, and always a sense of depth. There is also richness in her colours, sometimes enhanced with deep shadows, like a chiaroscuro.

 

ionanthos - tulip

ionanthos – tulip

 

ionanthos - crocus

ionanthos – crocus

 

Based in Poland, Jolanta spends her day working for a logistics company. But a while ago she realised that a life spent in long hours at work was no real life at all, and so she found herself a dog. “He was so small, so cute and my old camera didn’t work. So I bought my first digital camera – an Olympus SP-510.” That was 7 years ago.

She continues to work in transport, but on-line at home for a different company. Her life is simpler, and she now has two dogs – Xena was adopted from the shelter 5 years ago.

She chose the business name based on the Greek origins of ‘Jolanta’.  “Jolanta in Greek is Ionanthos; where Ion means violet, and anthos means flower. I take photos of flowers, all kind of plants generally so I thought it was a really good choice.”

 

ionanthos - pears

ionanthos – pears

 

Jolanta first became interested in photography when she was about 13 or 14. “I had a Russian film camera. It was the end of primary school and I had to decide which school to choose. Oh, I remember that it was my dream to go to photographic school. But I would have to pass the chemistry exam – my mind is not very mathematical and chemistry was my nightmare. So I didn’t go there, but chose another school. Was it a mistake? Maybe yes, maybe no. Maybe school would kill my love of photography. I will never know.”

I asked Jolanta if there was one best experience for her as a photographer. Her response was that those great experiences happen to her every time she puts her eye to the camera. “Photography gives me a respite, lets me see things that I could not see without a camera. It allows me to stop for a moment and enjoy the things that surround me. I cannot imagine today living without my camera and taking photos.”

 

ionanthos - sunflowers

ionanthos – sunflowers

 

ionanthos - potatoes in a basket

ionanthos – potatoes in a basket

 

Her best piece of advice? “If you love something – do it. If it makes you happy – do it. Even if you are not the best in the world.”

You can find more of Jolanta’s photography in her Etsy shop, IonAnthosPhotography.

 

Photography : Alison Pouliot ~ fungi

 

I am SO happy to be able to welcome back my dear, dear friend Alison Pouliot, who just also happens to be a fabulous photographer. I’ve already featured her work here before, way back when this blog started.

Alison trained in ecology and science, and this has provided the perfect base for her to explore the environment with her photography. She is fascinated with the details of nature; its textures and forms are a source of constant surprise and beauty.

Fungi is one of those fascinations, not only for texture, form and scale, but also for the environments in which they choose to grow. She spends her time between Australia and Switzerland, running workshops on fungi ecology and photography, as well as working on other special projects and private commissions.

 

Lepiota sp. © Alison Pouliot

Lepiota sp. © Alison Pouliot

 

Mycena sp. © Alison Pouliot

Mycena sp. © Alison Pouliot

 

Helvella macropus © Alison Pouliot

Helvella macropus © Alison Pouliot

 

Coprinus disseminatus © Alison Pouliot

Coprinus disseminatus © Alison Pouliot

 

Coprinus picaceus found in beech forest © Alison Pouliot

Coprinus picaceus found in a beech forest © Alison Pouliot

 

Geastrum quadrifidium         © Alison Pouliot

Geastrum quadrifidium © Alison Pouliot

 

Macrolepiota procera  © Alison Pouliot

Macrolepiota procera © Alison Pouliot

 

Oudemansiella mucida  © Alison Pouliot

Oudemansiella mucida © Alison Pouliot

 

Phallus impudicus  © Alison Pouliot

Phallus impudicus © Alison Pouliot

 

Sarcoscypha coccinea © Alison Pouliot

Sarcoscypha coccinea © Alison Pouliot

 

Unidentified species © Alison Pouliot

Unidentified © Alison Pouliot

 

You can find more of Alison’s totally beautiful photography on her own website, alisonpouliot.com.

 

Photography : Jane Linders

 

Jane Linders is fascinated with the slick shapes of Airstreams, old shopfronts and the oddities along the highways across America. She loves exploring alternative photographic processes, such as High Dymanic Range (HDR), polaroid transfers and infrared.

What draws me to these images is their intensity. It’s not an in-your-face kind of intensity, but a gentler, matter-of-fact “I’m here and I always have been” kind of statement that builds the more you look at them. Jane says of her working method, “I become something of a predator when I’m working with my camera and things become more intense for me when I’m photographing. I enjoy being able to hyper focus and I tend to look harder at the world around me. It’s very exciting when I see something that I really want to photograph. It’s the best part of photography.”

 

jalinde - 1954 chevy bel air - hdr

jalinde – 1954 chevy bel air – hdr

 

Not surprisingly, she counts as one of her major influences the work of photographer William Eggleston, who creates art from commonplace subjects, finding beauty in the banal and mundane. “There is a subtle harmony in his photographs. Eggleston makes very powerful images of “nothing” and has the rare ability to make the boring look interesting. His compositions are so intuitive and natural, nothing seems forced.” She also cites the wonderful installation artist and sculptor James Turrell as a reminder to play with light, and English botanist Anna Atkins, for her exploration of plant specimens in the late 1800s through cyanotype.

 

jalinde - on the rails - hdr

jalinde – on the rails – hdr

 

Jane Linders is fascinated with the process of getting the image onto paper, and for this reason uses a variety of alternative processes in her work. “Typically the subject matter determines which technique I will use to best capture an image. The Polaroid transfer technique works best when I mine the oddities of roadside America while the infrared camera is the best tool to capture bucolic landscapes or an eerie cemetery image. My attraction to cyanotypes is the physical involvement during the printing process, allowing me to use my hands, eyes, and intuition when printing. I like the way the light, time, salts, and myself combine together to slowly deposit them on beautifully handcrafted paper. The depth of the tactile experience and the imposed slowness reveals moods and nuances in my images that I wouldn’t normally see too.”

 

jalinde - radio - hdr

jalinde – radio – hdr

 

Jane’s day job as a laboratory analyst for a pharmaceutical company she describes as “soul sucking, mind numbing work”, and that it is the cause of her craving for a creative outlet and a catalyst for her to throw herself into photography.

She has been a photographer most of her adult life, but only started selling her images ten years ago. “I kept seeing other photographer’s work and thought that my images were just as interesting, so I started selling my images at art fairs and galleries. I still enjoy participating in art fairs and craft shows, but have since branched out to selling online in places like Etsy and Fine Art America.”

 

jalinde - radio flyer - hdr

jalinde – radio flyer – hdr

 

An absolute highlight for her was to get her work exhibited in the Smithsonian. Not once, but twice! A couple of years after the first exhibition she got the opportunity to exhibit there again “and they also used one of my photos for a short documentary on the Smithsonian Channel about photography!” She also admits to being excited about having one of her polaroid transfers stuck on the fridge in the CBS sitcom, “Two Broke Girls”.

 

jalinde - the devil's highway {route 666} - polaroid transfer

jalinde – the devil’s highway {route 666} – polaroid transfer

 

Jane’s very best piece of advice is to “enjoy the journey of learning your craft. There aren’t any shortcuts when it comes to mastering photography. The journey is gradual and slow. If you don’t have the passion and perseverance, you’ll never pull through. I still have a lot more to learn and look forward to enjoying the life-long learning process.”

 

jalinde - eat-rite diner - polaroid transfer

jalinde – eat-rite diner – polaroid transfer

 

Jane has lived in St. Louis, Missouri most of her life, is married with two daughters, and is a very active member of the St. Louis Craft Mafia which organises art and craft shows around the St. Louis area. She has exhibited extensively, has had her work featured in numerous magazines and has won several awards.

Importantly, she is the director of The Faces Project, an art initiative that raises awareness about gun violence in the USA. She hopes to expand this project to every major city in the USA in 2014.

You can find more of Jane’s work in her Etsy shop, JaLinde.