Tag Archives: Human Body

Paul Ryan: All Pumped Up for His Closeup

When TIME named Paul Ryan a runner-up in the 2011 Person of the Year issue, many were familiar with his proposed budget, but few knew that the Wisconsin Congressman stayed fit with the now best-selling P90X workout plan. (Ryan’s father and grandfather both died of a heart attack.) In fact, it was Ryan’s fitness regime — and Herculean strength on all things fiscal — that inspired this workout-themed sitting for Person of the Year. One of these portraits, photographed by Gregg Segal, appears in the Oct. 22, 2012, issue.

Tony Horton, the stand-up comedian turned P90X creator, says the rigorous workout has been boosted from both sides of the aisle. “I think Paul Ryan’s been very good for P90X, as much or more so as Michelle Obama,” he says. “I’ve worked with the First Lady and her Let’s Move campaign. Some of the Secret Service came up to me and said, ‘Hey man, we’re really loving the P90X.’ I’m well aware that they’re using it in the White House.”

According to Horton, you don’t need a lot of equipment to get fit. Ryan likes to use weights, but they aren’t a necessity. “You need the human body, Mother Earth and Sir Isaac Newton’s law of gravity,” Horton says.

TIME asked Horton to suggest a get-fit regimen that could be implemented alongside the presidential campaign but still leave time for careful consideration of the issues. He recommended an upper-body exercise, a cardiovascular interval exercise, a core exercise and a leg exercise. (For further details — and diagrams! — check the Oct. 22 issue.)

Confusing the electorate is unwise, but according to Horton, confusing the muscles is a plus. This involves changing the routine often so muscles don’t get accustomed to any one exercise. To get the full benefit of this regimen, you’ve got to make like the party and diversify. “Do a different push-up every time,” suggests Horton. “Add kenpo karate or jumping jacks or whatever on that second move. On the crunches, modify your position to engage the abs or core directly. You can do squats with your feet wide, your feet narrow. It’s a workout that might also give you a bounce. As few as two rounds of that will release norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin.”

Perfect for when the poll numbers aren’t going your way.

Read more about Horton on TIME Healthland and see more photos of Ryan on Swampland.

Segal is a Los Angeles–based photographer. See more of his work here.

Luscombe is an editor-at-large at TIME.

Damion Berger: In The Deep End

I first met Damion Berger a number of years ago at Review LA, hosted by Center.  He was sharing his wonderful underwater images from his project, The Deep End.  I was happy to learn that he now has a monograph of the work, published by Schilt Publishing and ready for purchase.

Damion was born in London and his interest in photography was nurtured while an assistant to the late Helmut Newton before earning his B.F.A. in photography from Parsons, The New School For Design in New York. He has exhibited with galleries in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Damion was one of ten artists chosen for the ‘Discoveries’ exhibition at this year’s Fotofest 2012 Biennial in Houston. His work is held in many private collections and he is well published. Damion lives and works in New York and Southern France.

Deep EndThis series of photographs makes use of the water’s capacity to at once de-contextualize the familiar and evoke a fusion of dreamlike memories and sense of childhood regression. The clear, warm water of the swimming pool represents an intersection between the cultural and social pursuit of leisure, the natural element of water and manmade space. The pool provides a place of temporary detachment from life’s everyday routine.  

 Katya, Monaco 

People seem liberated and at once removed from any social reference as they float, dive, sink or swim through the water. Not unlike some production from Cirque du Soleil, these unwitting cast members set the stage for a sort of contemporary choreography; the human body submerged underwater and illuminated by an ever-changing quality of light, provide all the elements for a playful ballet seemingly detached from gravity.   
 Diving Lesson, Le Roccabella, Monaco 

Smuggling an underwater camera into public swimming pools where photography is generally prohibited, for the most part I worked without the knowledge or complicity of my subjects. Whilst surreptitiously maneuvering underwater, I’d often hold my breath until near bursting-point, swimming for position and trying to hide my camera until the moment presented itself. 

 Homage to Lartigue (after Kertesz), Sardinia

Seeking out public swimming pools predominantly on the Côte D’Azur and elsewhere around the Mediterranean, I was drawn to scenes of the unusual, frequently populated with energetic children less content to wallow on the surface than their more temperate elders. These photographs pay homage to the water’s almost magical qualities and re-establish a link to happy vignettes from my own memory – the blissful abandon of youth and the warm embrace of summertime’s past.

 Fall, Asser Levy Pool, New York 

 Charlie, Monaco 

 Hula Hoops, Monaco 

 Changing Lanes, Stade Nautique Ranier III, Monaco 

 Jacuzzi, Monte Carlo Country Club, Monaco 

 Young Amphitrite, Club Med Gregolimano, Greece 

 Balancing Act, Monaco 

Bookworm, Le Roccabella, Monaco 

 The Swimmer, Monaco 

 Jaws, Capo Nero, San Remo, Italy 

 Lightbox, Stade Nautique Ranier III, Monaco

Float, Le Roccabella, Monaco 

Photographer #434: Peter Hapak

Peter Hapak, 1973, Hungary, is a versatile photographer based in the US. He works for commercial and editorial clients, but his main focus lies on portraiture and the human body. For Time Magazine he has created impressive series, of which the latest is called The Protester. Time had named the Protester as person of the year 2011 and commisioned Hapak to travel to seven different countries to portray the protesters. In countries as Egypt, Spain, Greece and Tunesia he set up a makeshift studio in hotel rooms, anarchist headquarters and even in a temple in India. Peter also asked the portrayed to bring mementos of protest. Amongst the objects brought were Iphones, rubber pellets and Maalox, a substance used to counter the effects of tear gas. Another story he focused on were the Chilean miners that were trapped in  2010 which resulted in a strong series of black and white portraits. Peter has photographed a vast amount of celebrities as Robin Williams, Bono and Colin Firth. The following images come from the series The Protester, The Art of War: Honoring the Fallen for a Lifetime and Finding the Chilean Miners.

Website: www.phapak.netlightbox.time.com

Caleb Charland

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” –Albert Einstein

It’s hard to ignore an image like the one above, and it’s hard to ignore someone who is really enjoying the art and science of our craft. From the home page on his website, it’s obvious that Caleb Charland is a unique and exciting visual force. As Caleb puts it, “For me, wonder is a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty.” This wonder was developed growing up in rural Maine, where he spent much of his childhood helping his father remodel family homes. These experiences “installed an awareness of the potential for the creative use of materials”. Caleb went on to earn a BFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Trustees Fellow in 2010.

The way we understand the world relies so much on our ability to measure it. Given that many measurements are based on the proportions of the human body its clear we measure stuff to find our place amongst it all and to connect with it in some way. By exploring the world at hand, from the basement to the backyard, I have found a resonance in things. An energy vibrates in that space between our perceptions of the world and the potential the mind senses for our interventions within the world. This energy is the source of all true art and science, it breeds those beloved “Ah Ha!” moments and it allows us to sense the extraordinary in the common.

For me, wonder is a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty. It is the basis of my practice and results in images that are simultaneously familiar yet strange. Each piece begins as a question of visual possibilities and develops in tandem with the natural laws of the world. Serendipitously, this process often yields unexpected results measurable only through photographic processes. The human presence and artifacts of the process provide a clue to the creation of the photograph while adding to the mysterious nature of the image. My hope is that this work affirms that even within the well tested laws of science there are, and must always be, pathways to reinterpretation and discovery.

Photographer #405: Daniel Gordon

Daniel Gordon, 1980, USA, is a conceptual photographer who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BA at Bard College in 2003 and an MFA at Yale University in 2006. He works in a sculptural way. He searches on the internet for images that he can use. The images he finds are printed and cut in order to make large three dimensional collages. These collages are life-size, using his own body as a reference. Once the collages are finished he photographs them with a large format camera. After the photograph has been made he disassembles the sculptures in order to use several body parts for new works. In his series Thin Skin II he depicts the human body in extreme situations as giving birth, accidents and operations. Both of his parents were doctors and he feels that seeing the images of operations when he was young have influenced him in his work today. His photographs have been exhibited extensively in the US and several times in Switzerland and France. The following works come from the series Still Lifes, Portraits & Parts, Portrait Studio and Thin Skin II.

Website: www.danielgordonstudio.com

Sally Mann at Jackson Fine Art

Ponder Heart, 2009. © Sally Mann

Proud Flesh

Exhibition on view:
September 9–October 29, 2011

Jackson Fine Art:
3115 East Shadowlawn Avenue
Atlanta, GA
(404) 233-3739

Proud Flesh is the upcoming exhibit of Sally Mann’s photography at the Jackson Fine Art. Using the human body as her main subject, Mann explores familial and spousal relationships in her photography. Born in Lexington, Virginia, Mann’s work has been showcased in museums and galleries all around the world. She has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mann has been featured in Aperture magazine issues 138, 162, and 194. Aperture also offers these books from Mann: Sally Mann: Proud Flesh, The Flesh and the Spirit, Immediate Family, and At Twelve.

Bertil Nilsson

London photographer, by way of Sweden, Bertil Nilsson is a commercial and editorial photographer, but his personal focus is on dancers and contemporary circus performers. Bertil has worked for 5 years with circus artists throughout Europe and North America to explore and document contemporary circus from a novel perspective and the result is a book, Undisclosed, Images of the Contemporary Circus Artist. The book can be pre-ordered/ordered directly from The Undisclosed website. The book has an accompanying essay by writer and curator Laura Noble and a foreword by acclaimed circus creator Daniele Finzi Pasca.

Though the portraits are in the nude, the viewer is not distracted by it, in fact, the nudity presents the human body in it’s most amazing form–at it peak. In my opinion, something not easy to do well. “The project represents a unique snapshot of the circus community, exploring a multitude of acrobatic and aerial disciplines through a common visual thread.”

I was first exposed to contemporary circus in 2003 and I have been fascinated with this new art form since. Contemporary circus builds on the old traditions of the circus while fusing it with theatre and dance practice. In photography I find that circus as a subject matter has mostly been explored in a nostalgic fashion or portrayed as a novelty.

Through meeting circus artists I gained an insight into the sort of commitment required to train for circus. I started working on Undisclosed as a long-term project to create a document of contemporary circus practice. I collaborated with a mixture of performers but I removed all the attributes of performance – the stage, the lighting, the costume and the makeup – to focus on their physicality and the process of creating circus.

Over the course of the project, my understanding of circus, and how it could be explored visually, grew. Through collaboration with the artists I found ways to choreograph circus for the camera, experimenting with movement, exposure times and my own location within the space. In Undisclosed and in my work generally, I endeavour to capture the extraordinary potential of the human body to exhibit flexibility, strength and agility, a fraction of which most of us realise.

Playful, seductive nude photo animations in Paris

Présence M, by Floriane de Lassée. 1 min loop, 1x1m80 retro-projection.

French artist Floriane de Lassée — who is well known for her earlier, meditative, large-format architectural photographs with figures — only recently started making short films and videos from stills. We were thrilled to discover her new work when she submitted it to Lens Culture last year. And we are delighted that these captivating video animations will be featured as life-size rear-projections at a Galerie Philippe Chaume in Paris.

Floriane de Lassée says this about the new work, Presences:

Presences plays with the place of the human body in our minds. Our bodies create our boundaries; they carry and constrain the human spirit. What stories do we tell with what we reveal and what we hide? What do we choose to show the world? Can the human body ever truly be “shown” in its entirety?

Subjects in the series appear behind a translucent structure through which they may both reveal and hide themselves. Imprisoned, glimpsed, imagined, transformed, they disappear and emerge all at once. The video is backlit (retro projection) on a semi-transparent surface, similar to the one through which the series’ subjects were photographed. Each full-scale video is a human scale loop. The device and the back of the installation are hidden by a box or a big black cloth so we can think that it is a real person behind a window.

Have our subjects been trapped, held captive behind a wall of light? Or are they surging forward from ether to matter, from imagination to reality?

Présence Julien, by Floriane de Lassée. 1 min loop, 1×1.80m, retro-projected.

These videos and others are showing, life-size, at Galerie Philippe Chaume in Paris, April 8-June 4.

Exposition “Présences” à la galerie Philippe Chaume: 08 Avril au 04 Juin 2011.
Vernissage le mercredi 07 Avril de 18h à 21h.
9 rue de Marseille, 75010 Paris – Métro République


Visit the artist’s website to see more.