There i spark within everything. A living light in the eyes of a person, a memory that flares up, the glow of a passion that was never declared. A face always tells more than it knows, which is why photography is never a mere reproduction of what is.
A good photo tells what was, why might have been or what is waiting painfully beneath the surface. Sylwia Makris has been in pursuit of these sparks since she first held a camera. Her quest produces images that may delight or disturb but always move the beholder.
She photographs people. People who are strong or delicate, broken or dynamic. She photographs faces of our time-and in doing so gives a face to our time. Nakedness is the most natural state. And in our day the most intrusive and common-every-where naked bodies are used to tempt, advertise and sell. Nakedness can only say as much as it is allowed to say. Sylwia Makris respects the nude body as part of a story that must be told. As part of a stroy that tels of people, nakedness regains its original magic, its archaic power and its complexity of expression in Makris’ photos. Until the viewer sometimes feels more naked than the model in the image.
Sylwia Makris was born in 1973 in Gdynia, Poland. She worked as a sculptor before finding her way to photography in 2007. Today she lives in Munich as freelance photographer.
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Dutch photographer, Ruud Van Empel gives us a glimpse of pure innocence, even though these children do not appear to be life like. His characters seem surreal. The artist constructs his photographic image by making use of photomontage, but never uses morphing techniques. The artificiality is visible but the final image is a convincing, autonomous reality. Every image consists of photographic sources that are digitally assembled on the computer. He uses his camera to record his building blocks. Van Empel’s working method is a complex one. He photographs 4 or 5 models in his studio, and takes many series of detailed photos of leaves, flowers, plants and animals. Having gathered hundreds of pictures in his database, he select those images with which he can achieve the best results. He creates new images of mainly children, black and white, set in a paradise environment. Continue reading →