Brooklyn-based photographer and writer Charlie Rubin recently completed his first book Strange Paradise. The tome examines perception and the process by which people take in information. Rubin is particularly interested in how people perceive and combine the artificial and the actual. The venture, while calling attention to the tension between the real and the artificial, is also performative; it incorporates photography, collage, and printmaking within the text, daring the reader to notice how the natural world departs from what can visually be perceived. The new release demonstrates how technology can alter our observations of reality. By juxtaposing surprising elements with logical argument, the artist constructs a world where the reader must carefully discern truth from manipulation.
Ed Panar’s job is to wander around Pittsburgh with a camera, looking for the beauty hidden in nooks and crannies of the city. He’s an accomplished photographer who has published numerous books including: “Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes,” “Salad Days,” “Animals That Saw Me” and “Same Difference.” [pittsburgh.icito.com]
Russian Photographer Tatyana Palyga photographed her own (work) surrounding, showing us the way she experiences the routine she is in. In a subtle alienating way she shares her insiders perspective with us. Reminds me of Florian van Roekel’s ‘How Terry likes his Coffee’.
I work in a sales department at a plant that produces soft drinks. My working day begins at 9 a.m.
At 9 a.m. I must put my admission card to a special sensor at the clock-house to witness my appearance in the workplace. It is easy to check up punctuality of the employees. A few minutes and I am in the office. I pass through a long empty corridor where all the doors are closed. On the walls there are pictures depicting giant fruits. I enter the room, briefly say hello to my colleagues and sit down to my workplace.
I switch my computer on. While it is being loaded, I move a frame on a wall calendar to the following date. As usual I count the days left until the week-end. I open my mail-box and delete unnecessary letters. Then I make some daily reports. I boil water in a teapot, drink a cup of tea.
Dinner time comes. The employees have the advantage of eating in a good canteen. A dinner is an outstanding event in the office life. If you manage to occupy a seat by the window it is possible to find out what the weather is today.
After the dinner I do a couple of phone calls, some Excel tables, and drink one more cup of tea. Once in a while someone drops in to chat with me for a couple of minutes. But not every day.
At 6 p.m. I stand up, put on a coat, say “good-bye” to those who stays at the office. Passing by a reception, I say ritually to a secretary girl: “How come you’re still here? It’s time to go home!”
Next morning I have to wake up at 7 o’clock. There will be a new day. A truly new one?
Dutch Photographer Niels Stomps Photographed the migration of a big amount of inhebitants of central china because of the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The result is a book with silent pictures, of people watching their surrounding being changed.
A source of inspiration for my work ‘the big wait’.