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Ece, Turkey. © Bilo Hussein

Bilo Hussein is one of the delightful and impressive students from NY's School of Visual Arts I met during the class thesis review this year. Here are a few images from her heartfelt series "Never Home."

"When I was growing up in Saudi Arabia, my Sudanese parents often reminded me that the country we lived in was not our home. It was only years later that I understood the implications of this - that it might become impossible for me to 'belong' to any culture and that there was no place I could comfortably call home."

"Never Home is an ongoing project driven by the sense of segregation in religion, culture and gender that I experienced as a child in Saudi Arabia. I also express my continuing wish to find a place where I can fit in regardless of belief."

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Sakura, Japan

"As I went on to arrange and shoot the portraits, I directed my subjects to think about their formative experience in their culture of origin - on the good and the bad. I found myself almost subconsciously placing them next to a window, for reasons beyond its value as a light source. I came to the realization that they were really me sitting by the window as a child, locked up in our house in Jeddah wondering if I were ever to leave this place if would find another land I could honestly call home."

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Ailin, Ecuador

Of course, she found much in common with the women she chose to photograph, all transplants from elsewhere, domestic and abroad. In post-production, Bilo layers images of New York that are significant to her and textures that relate to the person's original home. Simply lovely.

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Solah, Korea

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Sharron, USA. All images © Bilo Hussein

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Biarritz © Pej Behdarvand

LA-based photographer Pej Behdarvand's assignment for Car & Driver magazine, to record a BMW's final moments, ("Our Bimmer Gets Gutted") progressed into his brilliant series "Deathbed." Some of the absolute best work I see is made as "personal work" when the photographer takes their idea and executes it under their own steam. Successful projects like this can then boost a photographer's assignment work and gain them important exposure both inside and outside of the photography world.

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Metro

Instead of shooting the cars in the grave junk yard, Behdarvand isolated them on a black fabric backdrop, rendering them emotionally discomfiting. They are only cars, not even one you yourself have owned, yet they pull on your heartstrings and their last gasp is almost audible! Behdarvand says:

"The vehicles in this photo series are depicted as if museum objects, yet unlike museum objects these wrecked cars are not to be physically preserved intact for posterity, but will be crushed for reuse in another form. The photo is the only document of the auto in this unique, temporary state: after its useful life, before it is reincarnated into recyclable material. What information is captured in these images? A glimpse of the nebulous phase of a manmade thing, with remnants of brand choice and societal status, with evidence of family and pride, categorized indifferently with grease-pencil marks. In Deathbed, the photo is a relic, a relic of a car relinquished to the junkyard to be held until it is no longer a car."

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Wagoneer

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Wrangler

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Honda

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All images © Pej Behdarvand

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Primitivo Iporre Serrano, caretaker of a pelota (ball game) court, Potosi, from the series "Salar" © Daniel Hofer

A few fun images from Bolivia, and Dortmund, by Berlin-based photographer Daniel Hofer, "Born in 1982 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Great parents."

"Salar" refers to: "'Salar de Uyuni' a 10.000 square kms large salt lake, which is dried out for most of the year. It lies at an altitude of 3653 Meters in the Bolivian Andes and contains, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the largest amounts of lithium in the world. Critics say that it's not possible to unify the plans for the lithium extraction, tourism and the protection of the environment in the Salar. At the moment, tourism is one of the most important sources of income to many people around the salt lake." Thanks Daniel! 

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Workers who work for a state owned company that seeks to extract lithium from the salt desert are surveying at a contruction site in the middle of the Salar

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Tourists undertaking guided jeep tours through the salt at lunch break

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From the series "Sunday morning," taken in the city of Dortmund, Germany, which show the members of a local pentecostal church who are mostly from Ghana.


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All the long distance busses that leave from La Paz, Bolivia towards the Bolivian jungle are painted with colorful motifs. Tigers, Christ and sexy women dominate the repertoire of the local painters. From the series „Bolivian Busses" All images © Daniel Hofer


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© Jay Sullivan

After an update reminding me of his "father series" I'm running a few images from Jay Sullivan's series "Glove" for Father's Day, but we're not talking about a Hallmark moment...

"When I was five years old, my father suffered a bipolar breakdown and was sent to a psychiatric institution. It started him on a long descent from top IBM salesman to homeless on the streets of Brooklyn some 20 years later. Our relationship followed a similar trajectory. When he died we had spoken only twice in his final ten years.

"I began "Glove" seeking to reconnect with my father by photographing the childhood objects that I most associated with him. Over time it became a journey into the emotional core of these objects, unearthing the feelings and memories associated with a black wallet, wingtip shoes, zippo lighter, baseball glove and many other long forgotten items."

Jay is producing some remarkably emotive images. See more of this and other projects, including My Father's Ashes, a photography-based installation that documents the journey of his father's ashes from 1992 to the present day, over on Jay's website.

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All images © Jay Sullivan

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Ice house, Minnesota border with Canada © Laura Migliorino

Minnesota-based photographer and professor Laura Migliorino was fascinated by ice houses as a kid. She had a rather skewed sense of what they were for, but they are in fact used as a base for people ice fishing on the lakes in winter. They look pretty spooky to me!

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A bonus further to Jill's feature on the Hirjas, I am just blown away by this. See the stills and more on Jill Peters' website.

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Etiología © Guillermo De Angelis

Diegesis is a gorgeous series of abstract images from mysterious artist Guillermo De Angelis.

Diegesis is a style of fiction storytelling which presents an interior view of a world and is
that world itself experienced by the characters in situations and events of the narrative.

"After doing architecture, design and philosophy I dove into photography. With the sort of enthusiasm that drives you to move forward, or better still, inwards. Hoping to discover within, rather than outside myself, what I am trying to show. I choose to take pictures not prepared. I try to get the expression through the economy of resources. Focusing on the details that strike me as essential. Suggesting clearly, presenting without describing."

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XI

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Delay IV

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La soledad

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Tramontana

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Delay III
All images © Guillermo De Angelis

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Nelson Mandela Mouse © Christine Anderson

T'was a long hard winter on the east coast of the USA for all flora and fauna. Christine Anderson tells a tale of two mice and their attempts to escape their captors in New Jersey. 

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Of course, Christine was in fact having a laugh, as she rescued and ultimately adopted the tiny buggers. A woman after my own heart. 

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All images © Christine Anderson

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"Very First Accident" © Zeren Badar

There were so many images that I loved but was unable to include in the final eight for The Center for Photography in Woodstock's 'Photography Now!' exhibition this year. I had published Zeren Badar a couple of years ago here in the blog - I absolutely adore his Fire Island Invasion series. I really love these whacky still life images, too. Here's his spiel:

"I'm hugely influenced by dadaism and neo-dadaism for this photography project. I explore a peculiar combination of photography, painting & collage. I create three dimensional collages with found objects, food and cheaply printed old paintings. I turn pre-existing works of art into Duchampian ready-mades and take photographs of them."

Fabulous!

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"Lady Gaga"

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"Gluttony"

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"Endless Love"
All images © Zeren Badar


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Michael Bach is a photographer who enjoys modeling for other artists. But Michael has suffered a plethora of serious health issues during his lifetime and as the effects of multiple disorders increases, he has found this posing becoming increasingly challenging. To help process that, he made a series of self-portraits, saying: "I became intrigued with the idea of photographing myself in this process of decay, both on a personal level and displayed on the modeling stand in a predetermined pose and time interval." Michael tries to maintain half-hour exposures to capture all his tics.

I see strength in his photos,and ownership of his situation, and admirable braveness!

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All images © Michael Bach

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