‚Along the Hackney Canal‘ by the German-born and London-based photographer Freya Najade shows a romantic and mystical landscape in an area of East London which one would not expect in this region.
Freya Najade’s work seems like the embodiment of contemporary landscape photography, what is meant here as a pure declaration of love. Her pictures are characterised by a unique authenticity, sensitivity, high stylistic confidence and aesthetic quality that gives the viewer an idea of this wondrous world not far from the city.
Small fragments in the water, plants, water movements, but also carelessly discarded objects and dirt of civilisation, as well as the surrounding nature and wonderful sceneries on the canal – such as the group of uniformly dressed people on the way to a resting place – are views that have something magical. Structures and details of nature complement the quiet and sensitive views of life on the canal in poetic perfection. Freya Najade thus achieves a very personal, unpretentious view of the identity-creating context of the waterway as a living area of the region and the connectedness of the people with this landscape.
‚Along the Hackney Canal‘ has been released as a photo book at Hoxton Mini Press in 2016.
Landscapes, as they could not be more beautiful and lonely. Symmetrical arranged mountain ranges and peaks, staggered in the depth. The digital works of photographer Fernando Maselli appear almost meditative. The images of his series „Artificial Infinite“ show nature – but an artificial landscape, a corrected nature, constructed from original images and various digital techniques. The results provide new sensory experiences, the viewer loses himself through the staggered composition of the space in a sublime illusion of depth.
„I take my pictures after long expeditionsinto wilderness and spend several days until I find the right moment for taking the photo. I consider the technical factor an important element in my compositions, so I work with large format cameras or elaboratephoto manipulation processes that allow me to build artificial landscapes, based on fragments, cuts, repetitions and overlaps. My aim is to approach various manifestations of natural landscape in an empiricist way, linking them to my own sensory perception and from a neutral view, free from value judgements.“ – Fernando Maselli