Comfort Zone

  Tadao Cern’s large-scale images of Lithuanian sunbathers have been gaining him a lot of well-deserved attention recently. Cern said “I started this series because I was surprised how a certain place or surrounding can affect people’s behavior. During our everyday life we attempt to hide our deficiencies, both physical and psychological. However, once we …

True Love

Where to begin with A Letter to True? If I were to say this is a documentary structured in the form of a letter written by the narrator, fashion photographer Bruce Weber, to someone called True it might not seem that odd. If I mention that True is a golden retriever it starts to become …

Jet Art

Jeffrey Milstein’s series ‘Aircraft: The Jet as Art’ features 17 large-scale photographs of aircraft in New York’s airports. The high-resolution aerial images were shot from a helicopter and a friend’s plane and this bird’s eye view transforms the mighty jet plane to toy-like articles amidst a geometric pattern of runways, roads and  buildings. It reminds …

Troubled City

A couple of years back I had to travel to Detroit on business. As we drove through the city streets one of my companions pointed to a large tower block on the horizon. ‘There are 40 floors in that building. Guess how many have businesses in them?” The very disturbing answer was one. One lone …

The Love We Lost

Anyone who’s ever had a dog and lost them knows the pain of losing one of the most loving companions a human being will ever have. Some family members could learn a lot from these dogs. Minneapolis-based pet photographer Sarah Beth has done a series of images showing owners connecting with their pets a short …

Jon Hopkins at Santos House Party

There are some for whom the prospect of hearing 2 or 3 hours of repetitive loops and beats being played had high volume to a crowd in a small room is the stuff that living hells are made of. It is hard for them to get beyond the fact that they are looking at a …

Clement’s Copenhagen.

Born in Copenhagen in 1948, Krass Clement is a self-taught photographer who’s moody, melancholic and evocative work feels like a cross between the films of Ingmar Bergman and the street photography of Eugene Richards He is reportedly less concerned with documenting a scene than with capturing a state of mind, which gives his work a …

Sound of Things Falling

No doubt inspired by my coming holiday in Colombia I recently read Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s new novel ‘The Sound of Things falling’ It’s a fascinating read if like me you are interested in the effect the drug trade had on the country. In the past I’ve read Mark Bowden’s ‘Killing Pablo’, a superb non-fiction account …

The Philosophy of Life

The novel ‘The World as I Found it’ concerns the lives of philosophers GE Moore, Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein. There is no way of writing this sentence without this book seeming as dry as dust. I know I’ve tried. It’s a bit like saying ‘I’m having a party!’ and then following up with ‘ …

Love Hurts

In Mark Nixon‘s book ‘Much Loved’ we see the price paid by countless teddy bears for their owners affections. Burnt, torn, missing limbs and eyes they act as the perfect metaphor for the harrowing effects of being loved a little too much. As they say, it’s a thin line between love and hate.