Blanchaert Immerses Herself Into Fetishism | Photographic Art

SEMI ZINE spoke to Belgium based photographic artist Katlijn Blanchaert about her practice and her work done with the fetish community in Belgium. The whole series is a complete inside perspective on the sexually 'deviant' underground. Blanchaert completely immersed herself into this private world and captured the people and the practices via photography. Underlying the whole body of work is her own link between Jungian ideas behind public consciousness and the private subconscious. Her practice completely reminded us of Nan Goldin and her practice of immersion in photography.

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Ethan Lo Documents the MacLehose in HK | Photographic Art

Following the longest hiking trail in Hong Kong Ethan Lo captured the human altered landscape. His photographic documentation reveals a city slowly encroaching on the wild ever growing nature pushed to the side of the mountain from Sai Kung to Kowloon. In a community as densely populated as Hong Kong Lo aims to highlight our impact on the environment around us. Our population is ever increasing and our affect on the few uninhabited parts of nature is becoming more evident. 

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Normann Creates Surreal Images of Space | Photographic Art

Lennart Normann, a photographic artist based in Berlin, creates emotive images that depict a surreal narrative of public space. His subjects are mostly geometric urban space devoid of people although rich in human influence. Capturing space without a human subject is how Normann strives to achieve an objective view of human construction; he's subtracting 'distractions, reducing and creating negative space'. His work appealed to us because of it's soft, grainy focus - reminding us of a Rinko book only more contrasty and edgy. He's obviously experienced in using the tactile quality of film photography. 

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Oleg Koval on How People Occupy Space | Photographic Art

We spoke to Ukrainian photographic artist Oleg Koval about his influences and practice. Working with colour and creating work depicting an isolation felt in everyday life (in particular relation to his feeling when moving home and emigrating to the Netherlands) Koval created a vivid series we likened to one of his very influences. Does he deliver images which display affect in the sense of feeling alone and solitary? Yes he does. His documentation of how people occupy space offers an insight into a) his own situation and b) the situation felt by so many others. It's a body of work which is truly relatable. That feeling of home-sickness that settles in the pit of your stomach while abroad.

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Melike Koçak Interacts with Her Surroundings | Photographic Art

SEMI ZINE spoke to photographer Melike Koçak from Istanbul about her practice and how she uses the medium of photography to depict subjective relationships and life in Istanbul. Her work is driven by the mood, affect and atmosphere reflected in her images. Her images portray a very serene sense of loneliness or, possibly, of her personal desire to interact in some way with her surroundings - photography has become the medium with which she opens up her own view point to the viewer. Aside from her great work she also alludes to some fantastic pieces of work by artists and obviously knows her stuff.

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Seigar Comments on Sociology | Photographic Art

This week we spoke to contemporary urban and art photographer Seigar about his practice and his recent series My Plastic People. Seigar's recent work plays with the concept of fetishism in the every day. His subjects are inanimate mannequins in store front windows - he attempts to draw empathy from the audience via photographically capturing the plastic models. The series is a detailed inside view of a fetishist and photographer. The intrigue of the work comes not only from the subjects in his images but from Seigar himself as the artist and photographer.

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Jeroen De Wandel on Capturing Ensō | Photographic Art

This week photographer Jeroen De Wandel graces our feed. His work is an interpretation of the Buddhist artistic principle of ensō where the spirit is free to create irrespective of its human body confine. Wandel really achieves this in a beautiful meandering account of ephemeral day-to-day observations captured in photography. His work, although depicting very abstract elements, is totally finite in what it's trying to translate to an audience. He performs ensō with his camera as the brush and paint and his images the full circle stroke.

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Mauricio Alejo Captures Intricate Installations | Photographic Art

We spoke to still life photographic and installation artist Mauricio Alejo about his practice. His intricately created images explore multiple dimensions within a space surrounding banal objects. The photographic aspect is more an attempt at recording these temporary, homely sculptures. The ephemeral quality of his installations means the images are the final product of a private performance made by Alejo himself.

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