German photographer Florian Imgrund acquired his first film camera in the summer of 2010 and has made incredibly good use of it since. All of his double exposure work is done completely in camera without the use of photoshop, and often merges human forms with the natural landscape. I don’t think I’ve been this impressed with double exposure work since first discovering Dan Mountford. You can see much more of Florian’s work on Flickr and you can follow him on Facebook.
A number of decidedly unsettling portraits from Hamburg-based photographer Carsten Witte from his series Intuition (nsfw). Of the series he says: “One main idea behind my work is the belief that everything is constantly changing but photography can preserve the moment. Beauty is almost nothing without the knowledge of how fast it will fade…” (via behance)
Photographer Jonathan Rosser shoots wonderfully gritty portraits that at times appear like stills from centuries-old silent films, and yet at other times so real and life-like, it’s as if the individuals are peering at you from the other side of your monitor. Rosser has only been shooting for three years and finds his subjects in cities around the U.S. from the streets of Skid Row in L.A. to New York, Baltimore and his home in Washington D.C. The portraits are even more striking when shown against black, so I’ve taken the liberty to link the selections above to lightboxes. Thank you Jonathan for sharing your work with Colossal.
While going through the personal work of photographer Ross Gilmore, this image really stuck out. Hilariously creepy.
The Australasian Antarctic Expedition team explored Antarctica from 1911 through 1914, studying geology, meteorology, and mapping unknown lands. Here, a photograph by Frank Hurley shows the team meteorologist C.T. Madigan with an incredibly thick ice mask after a day of weathering the elements. Here’s another more extreme example. The photo is from the National Library of Australia Commons which recently made several hundred historical images available online.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish photographer who has lived and worked in the United States for the better part of 45 years. His work explores an uncanny juxtaposition between the human body and landscapes, where body parts function as integral parts of trees, rivers, skylines, and rock formations. Many of his photos require extreme physical risk, dangling his body from cliffs, holding his breath underwater, or at times facing his greatest psychological fears. One of his more incredible photos he shot while in school at RISD in the 1970s. It shows him leaping, nude, off a snow-covered hill toward an icy, flowing river. At the precise moment the shutter clicked he managed to contort and conceal his entire upper body behind his right leg and buttock creating what anyone today would assume is a photoshopped image. A barren, torsoless leg sticking out of the winter snow.
Nearly a year ago it struck me that I needed to write a post about him for Colossal, and on his one-page website I discovered a teaser for an upcoming redesign. So I waited. And waited. And at long last the new site is up and I was thrilled to discover Minkkinen has published dozens of his photographs organized into 10 portfolios, practically his life’s work. He also has a lovely 12-step introduction entitled How to Work the Way I Work, that details the methods he uses in his art. My favorite:
10. ACCEPT FAILURE.
Artists who believe they control everything control what they know. Artists who allow outside forces to intervene are like canoes going down rapids. The rocks are there. If you fight them, you fly off the bow. If you allow the current to take you, you can pass through swimmingly. It is a rare gift at every bend.
Minkkinen currently has a solo show at Infocus Gallery in Köln, Germany through October 30.
One would assume at first glance that there is no other place Hengki Koentjoro could be taking photographs than a fantastical, alternate dimension, perhaps retrieving the photos nightly from his dreams. As it turns out these recent photos were taken in various places around Indonesia, and you can follow Koentjoro’s journies on Flickr.