Gerbera © Fong Qi Wei

Whilst I loved Fong Qi Wei's 'Exploded Flower' series, I was curious to see what he would come up with next. Here we are with 'Floral Swirls.'



Qi Wei says "'Floral Swirls' is a series where I delve into sub-theme of colors in flowers. Just as art wants an audience's attention, flowers have evolved to demand attention from pollinators like bees, humans, birds and so on. A main feature of flowers are their colors which are distinctive and conspicuous. The set of images abstract out the colors of various flowers from their intricate structure (as investigated in my 'Exploded Flowers' series). As you look on this series you should find your attention being drawn to a select few, and perhaps ponder why that certain color combination is attractive to you."






Sunflower. All images © Fong Qi Wei


Citroen © Jean-Baptiste Courtier

We have to keep smiling somehow and photographers like Jean-Baptiste Courtier give a big helping hand!


Cheval touquet


Le sourire du plombier




Machine à laverAll images © Jean-Baptiste Courtier

The one, the only, the super champion Bruce Davidson.


#icedHoffee Photo of the Hoff © David Harry Stewart

Oh Happy Monday! A welcome opportunity to publish a photo of David Hasselhoff and this hysterical news item.

David Harry Stewart from the Casey stable made a photo of David Hasselhoff holding an iced coffee for Cumberland Farms. After it was sent into stores as a cut-out to highlight their yummy iced coffee, patrons started stealing David's Hoff and posing with him on Twitter. 550 have been stolen with only 20 left. The story went viral and here we are, 2012, with Hoff still making headlines.

Here's what David had to say about David.

"Working with David Hasselhoff is a blast. Super fun, super professional, and able to turn on The Hoff character on command. He closes his eyes, pauses for a moment, then Hasselhoff the man turns into meta-Hoff the character. It's amazing to watch. I would ask for more of a smile, or a surprised look, and he would just start riffing on it through his Hoff character. In between takes we would chat about surfing or Baywatch, and then when it was time to shoot, out of the skin of this really quite regular guy came the HOFF.  Such a comedian at his own expense. Love him.

The Hoff-Cumberland Farms campaign is like nothing else I have ever done. In an age where people are worried about internet copyright theft, here we have people loving these images so much, they're actually stealing them out from stores. I love it! To go into a Cumberland Farms and run out with a stolen ad shows, real dedication. Never in all the ad campaigns I have done has there been anything like this. I'm so happy that people will be able to enjoy The Hoff in the privacy of their living rooms for years to come. It is enormously flattering."

There's a long piece in the Guardian this weekend 'If we have to go with the Hoff to pay the rent, let's go with the Hoff' and below is my personal favourite Hoff moment.

Thanks to Alex Geana and the Casey crew for submitting this. You guys made my day.


Vivienne © Leland Bobbé

Leland Bobbé's half-drag series is getting published around the world! The aCurator favourite (see here and here) has developed a community around this work and people just love it.

"These images are part of an ongoing series of portraits of drag queens in half-drag. With this series my intention is to capture both the male and the alter-ego female side of these subjects in one image. Through the power of hair and makeup these men are able to completely transform themselves and find their female side while simultaneously showing their male side. These are composed in camera and are not two separate images joined together."








Roxy. All images © Leland Bobbé


© Marika Dee

Marika Dee submitted her latest personal project. I myself have learned something...  "In recent years, several thousands of people, many belonging to the Roma, Ashkali or Egyptian (RAE) community, have been forcibly returned to Kosovo by western European countries. Germany is one of the countries expelling RAE families that have been living there for a long time, often 15 years or more. The deportations take place in the framework of a "readmission agreement" that Germany concluded with Kosovo, the latter being under political pressure to accept. The deportations were heavily criticized by several NGO's, the Council of Europe and UNICEF.  Most of the children were not only brought up in Germany but were born there as well. In Kosovo the families fall into a marginal existence and the children feel uprooted. In the coming years an estimated 12,000 people will be returned by Germany, half of them children.

Over the course of last year I traveled several times to Kosovo to document the precarious daily life of a few of these families."





All images © Marika Dee


© Demond Meek

More fabulous personal work: Demond Meek's series "Slum Beautiful" was photographed around his home town of St. Louis, Missouri. 

In my opinion, this compelling and haunting series is a taste of the current and impending state of the States.






All images © Demond Meek

In May, Instagram featured the series and it was really well received - follow Demond @dmeek.


© Guilherme Zauith

I'm loving this project from Guilherme Zauith documenting the London Borough of Hackney. Many of the great projects I'm seeing lately are by dedicated photographers immersed in producing straight-forward documentary series. Sometimes simple is superlative. Other work on his site includes demos last year in London, prawn fishing in Ullapool, Scotland, and a trip to Kosovo.


"E5 is a postcode district within the Borough of Hackney, East London. Chatsworth Road used to have the biggest street market in East London. After the 1970s recession the market started shrinking, with the last four stalls closing down in the mid 1990s. From then on the reputation of the area was associated with derelict buildings, street gangs and squats."


"From the late 1990s young artists and students began to move to East London, including E5, triggering the gentrification of the area. There are now coffee shops, a delicatessen, a cręperie, bars and other new businesses."


"During 2011 a Traders and Residents Association formed to bring a voice to the local community, and to re-introduce the Chatsworth Road street market. I saw a place not yet as standardized as other street markets in East London which attract high prices and tourists. Instead, it was an area with a strong community spirit, independent shops and a vibrant local economy. So I began to hang around with my camera and talk to people and discovered a colourful place with interesting characters, traditional shop fronts and stories that made me return over and over again, for the next seven months."


"This year the London 2012 Olympics will be happening only 15 minutes walk away, and the impact on this traditional East London neighbourhood can only be speculated."



A cręperie in Hackney?!

All images © Guilherme Zauith


Darth does chores ©
Julie Schuchard

Not much to add here really. Young photographer Julie Schuchard, whom I met recently at the end of a panel discussion at Adorama, "...just drove across the country to launch a new portrait series called 'Darth Across America.'"

He can kill you with a single thought.




All images © Julie Schuchard


Dorothy Tyler (High jump) © Katherine Green

This year, London will host the Olympics for the first time since 1948. (Good luck with that. I'm grateful they are not being held here in NYC.) For the past 6 years, photographer Katherine Green has been meeting and documenting the 1948 British Olympic Team.


John Peake (Hockey)  © Katherine Green

Katherine Green is a social documentary photographer, from East London, who studied postgraduate photography at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Katherine's work often focuses on documenting communities through photography and oral history, exploring what community and a sense of belonging means to different people. Her work aims to highlight and celebrate members of the community who may otherwise go unseen.


Jimmy McColl (Football) © Katherine Green

Katherine says of this work: "At the same time as drawing parallels between 1948 and the 2012 Olympic Games, I do hope these portraits and oral histories go some way to demonstrate the knowledge and experience of a valuable generation of people who are often overlooked in our society. It has been a great privilege to spend time in the company of such interesting and modest people."


George Weedon (Gymnastics) © Katherine Green

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