Scott Dorrance is a photographer captivated by light. It means everything in a photo to him. I think he explains it best on his website. "Light, to my eye, is the essence of life. It dictates the mood of an image. It summons emotion. It lends action. It defines calm. It's constantly changing." I feel that I have just stepped into the rooms he has captured on film. Their presence is palpable.
It's not just his interior spaces that are lovely. His work entitled small spaces showcases his mastery of light and shade. Inanimate objects are jewel like in his lens. Flowers dance in the light. Go read his profile. I like the guy not just his photos.
Some photos, from somewhere on the New York Times website. My dear sister can't remember the context, and neither of us has the time to go and find out. You don't really need to know any more than that, really. Just enjoy.
Today the Australian Government finally apologised for injustices against the Aboriginal people. Tens of thousands of children were forcibly removed from their families from 1910 right up to the 1970s in an attempt at assimilation. The pain is still burning today. In celebration of the amazing culture that is one of the oldest on this planet I thought I would share the work of one of my favourite Aboriginal artists. The photo above I posted just a few days ago and I guess the reason why I love it so much is the artwork.
Minnie Pwerle was born around 1910 in the Utopia region. It was not until 1999 at over 80 years of age, that Minnie began painting on canvas. Her first series of works were linear paintings based on her experiences as a traditional ceremonial body painter, expressing a bold, free-flowing, enigmatic style that quickly drew the interest of critics and art lovers alike. In the relatively short period of time from 1999 to her death in 2006 Minnie Pwerle created a prodigious volume of paintings. Beautiful, strong, vibrant women's business.
We talk a lot about light when we feature photographers. Light, composition, colour, exposure, focus. I'm captivated by the portfolio of Alec Hemer. Beautiful light and clever composition make his work highly sort after by major magazines and for companies such as Williams Sonoma, West Elm, Design within Reach and Laura Ashley. His ability to capture the essence of a room is inspiring.