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Matthais Heiderich

On first experiencing the photographs of German photographer, Matthias Heiderich, one might think that a trip to Berlin might be necessary in order to experience the eye candy of architecture, color, and shape captured in his work.  But in reality, I think only Matthias can find those vibrant angles that make his images so striking.  For the past four years, while roaming around Berlin on a bicycle, Matthias has captured the city with medium-format film and digital cameras. Using
color and composition, he creates patterns and abstract images
that may not obviously be architecture or the city’s skylines. The work is refreshing in it’s simplicity and brilliant colorings.

Born in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, Matthias studied Computational
linguistics and phonetics. His interest in sound extended to DJing and
production and eventually a career in Acoustic Branding was forged. Music is a
huge influence on his photography and album covers are a specialty.  He’s also busy sharing work through his 10 international galleries and is about to open an exhibition on July 19th at the Carte Blanche Gallery
in San Francisco that runs through September 13th.

Matthias also offers up some of his visual sweets for FB timelines and all he asks is a link to his website and a credit.  Check it out here.

Images from Spektrum Berlin

Selected images from Berlin Hansaviertel – 
Die Stadt der Zukunft / The City of the Future

Photo News – Norwich University of the Creative Arts student Simon Bell recognised in annual D&AD awards

Photos above and below: © Simon Bell

In June I was invited to give a talk to photo degree students, across all years, at Norwich University for the Creative Arts (NUCA), and in the afternoon, I looked at third-year students’ portfolios.

Some of the students took the initiative to speak to me afterwards and contact me by email with feedback and some questions. One of the photographic briefs given to the students was to enter the D&AD student awards with a task set by celebrity and portrait photographer Rankin, who took the black-and-white portrait of me that I use for social media purposes.

Congratulations to NUCA student Simon Bell who scooped the Best of Year Award. “This is something like a Special Commendation,” Bell says, “and is awarded to work that has taken a particular aspect of the criteria and developed it to a point of excellence making it worthy of a special mention.”

This year’s brief was “to find a way of making a 2D image appear more 3D” and to create an image that “doesn’t appear flat – which has depth, texture, life – it jumps out of the page at you”. The international competition is open to students and was judged this year by Rankin and Nadav Kander. D&AD‘s remit is “to inform, educate and inspire those who work in and around the creative industries”.

Of his working practice Bell writes: “Having had a mostly scientific and mathematical educational background, prior to university, I find my work and photographic interests centre around the themes of geometry, order and shape. These themes I translate into visual elements of pattern, line and space to create geometric and abstract images.

“Whilst maintaining these ideals within all of my work, I exploit the subject matter of my surroundings in an attempt to attribute new meaning, to otherwise dull situations.”

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions Tagged: creative photography, international, Norwich, Norwich University of the Creative Arts, NUCA, photo competition, Rankin, Simon Bell

TIME Picks the Most Surprising Photos of 2011

The year 2011 brought us dramatic and unexpected images from some of the world’s major news events, including the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, the violent end of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s rule and the humiliating tweet that ruined New York Representative Anthony Weiner’s career. But beyond the widely seen and iconic images that accompanied the year’s biggest events, like the death of Osama bin Laden and the shooting of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, were unusual, equally astonishing and startling images that rested at the periphery of the news. A cat with two faces, rail tracks buckled by the shifting earth after a quake in New Zealand, the police rescue of a girl held hostage by her father, a suicidal bride and beautiful, abstract images taken from space by an astronaut photographer — these are just a few of the compelling and surprising images to have emerged beyond the main news cycle this year. Here, LightBox looks back at a small selection of the underreported, improbable and astounding images that caught the attention of TIME’s photo editors.

Photographer #316: Kathryn Parker Almanas

Kathryn Parker Almanas, 1981, USA, is a conceptual fine art photographer who also focuses on making collages. She received a BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA at Yale University School of Art. Inspired by a personal experience with bodily illness, her work deals with the universal themes of corporeal existence, anxieties and phobias connected to the world of medicine. In her series Pre-Existing Condition she uses food as a stand-in for the body and its organs. Pastry, jellies and fruit juices become flesh and blood, creating abstract images of “the parts of ourselves both essential to our survival and responsible for our death.” In her earlier series Pastry Anatomy she “treated” various pastries as a surgeon or lab would. Her work has been exhibited throughout the USA. The following images come from the series Pre-Existing Condition, Spellato and Medical Interior.

Website: www.kathrynparkeralmanas.com

Photographer #305: Frédéric Delangle

Frédéric Delangle, 1965, France, is a conceptual photographer based in France working with a large scale camera. In his ongoing series Pourri, we see large still-lifes of decaying food and other natural products. Coït is a project in which he photographed the act of love-making. The lens was open during the entire act of love-making and the people involved shut the lens when they were finished. It created abstract images that trigger our imagination. In his project Nyctalope, meaning “to see the night”, he made night-scapes at rural locations using the headlights of his car as a lightsource. In 2005 and 2006 he also photographed at night in the city of Ahmedabad, India. The shutter was open for periods of 5 to 10 minutes. In the city crowded with people and vehicles, it was the only moment to actually photograph the city itself. The following images come from the series Pourri, Nyctalope and Ahmedabad No Life Last Night.

Website: www.fredericdelangle.com
(Video in French)

Shadow Catchers: Camera-Less Photography

Image © Floris Neusüss

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography at the V&A yet, there’s still time, as the show closes it’s doors on 20 February. Featuring Floris Neusüss, Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges, Garry Fabian Miller and Adam Fuss, the exhibition offers a cross-section of the careers of each artist alongside new work created exclusively for the occasion.

In contrast to the visually verbose nature of much photography, the work of the artists presented here is by turns minimal and reductive. The differing techniques – achieved by not using a camera – create an interesting sense of indexicality and gently coax the viewer into a highly contemplative state. Living up to the title, the ethereal and the fleeting loom large and the work often draws inspiration from nature, religion, science as well as photographic history.

Introducing the exhibition is Floris Neusüss’ work – well developed in exploring it’s themes of “mythology, history, nature and the subconcious”. At times somewhat fetishised, his Gewitterbild pieces – photographs exposed by lightning – were fascinating in their inversion of ideas of authorship.

Pierre Cordier is unique within the group, insisting strongly that he does not ‘make’ photographs. His highly complex works stem from a strong interest in the cryptic, the cult-ish and the encoded. These, combined with his pseudo-scientific approach provide an intoxicating mix of both control and chance, all enshrouded by an air of obsessiveness.

Renown for her photograms of water, Susan Derges work is largely influenced by ideas of cyclical rhythm and ‘what underlies the visual’. Her Arch series is truly brought to life with a separate room solely dedicated to it allowing you to fully soak it in.

Masterful in his execution,Garry Fabian Miller‘s abstract images focus on “the essence of photography: time and light”. His ‘photographs’ take both a spiritual and meditative form, seeming always to posit the question ‘what is the real essence?’

Seeming to finally underscore and examine our relationship to nature, the final room in the exhibition is dedicated entirely to Adam Fuss’ series My Ghost. Nuss takes us on a journey of the spiritual through symbolic and emblematic motifs.

The truism that sometimes the nature of things can be better understood, not by what they are, but by what they are not, certainly seems apt here, and as a whole, the exhibition is defined in this way – rather than documenting the world, the camera-less photographs show what has never really existed at all.

Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography is curated by Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at the V&A and exhibits from the 13 October – 20 February.