Polly Penrose, a photographer based out of London, presents the on-going series ‘A Body of Work’ in which she explores her own changing body as it ages. Seven years ago, she started the project, documenting key moments in her life – from her engagement to her pregnancy to motherhood. Each image entails an intuitive response to her surroundings, and a visual representation of her trying to fit into the confines of her physical space. The physically challenging nature of her photos don’t leave much room for feelings, although over time they became a record of her mental state at that moment. More of her self-portraits below and the rest of her series here.
Endorsed by Quentin Tarantino as the best film of 2013, Big Bad Wolves from Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado has big shoes to fill – and is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. Dropping a name like Tarantino’s is bound to draw a lot of attention to your film, but the question remains whether Big Bad Wolves succeeds in delivering.
Vanessa Matic, our in-house poet, is back with a new piece of literature. This time she has surprised us with a piece of short prose, in collaboration with photographer Emerson Cooper. Read it after the break.
Photographer Milana Zadworna, also known as Homo Ex Machina, is based out of London where she creates surreal images inspired by mathematics, neurobiology, the human body, and the cosmos. The resulting imagery is an indiscernible zone of faces, still life, found footage and x-rays. Her work ‘Surre’ balances asceticism and inersion. “I am interested in a new technology and art in conjuction with science. I have an autism for reality and my reality is seen in shapes of pareidolia. This is stimulus to convert austere image from camera to geometrical and multiple significance. This is like dictatorship of my mind,” she says.
The following series portrays the so-called ‘catacomb saints’ that were discovered in Rome in 1578. Assumed to be early Christian martyrs, these skeletons were adorned with a hefty haul of jewelry. L.A. based historian and photographer Paul Koudounaris is the man behind this incredible series. When these bodies were discovered all these years ago, their bones were dug up and sent to various Catholic churches and religious houses in German-speaking Europe to replace the holy relics that were destroyed during the Protestant Reformation. The bones were reassembled, then decorated in decadent outfits and gems, and finally displayed with the aim of showing the public how great they could look once they die after living a faithful Christian life. A few centuries later, the church began feeling embarrassed about these opulent skeletons; resulting in them being destroyed or hidden.