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I see form in the everyday. Lines, patterns, rhythms, symmetrical shapes, overgrown bushes, churning waves, shadows, people and the changing landscape from one country to the next.
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It’s what makes our world so interestingly diverse, aesthetically pleasing or horrendously ugly.

I like to capture the peculiar. Something that makes you look twice. Abstract paintings have the same effect as photographs of the unusual landscape around us. They make us question the purpose of the art and we become subconsciously engaged in their mundane beauty, curios to find out more.

The following images are taken from my meanderings around the world. I believe there is beauty to be found in everything. From pebbled beaches to plain white buildings. You just have to open your eyes and look for yourself.
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Mark Griffiths is a photographer based in South Wales, U.K. His work has been widely featured throughout the world and exhibited across the country. Past clients include The Telegraph Magazine, Channel 4, The Smith Journal and The Financial Times among others. His work ‘The Healing Land’ received an honorable mention at the Moscow International Photography awards and in addition the work was voted as one of the ten best features of the week by Fotografia magazine. He has been selected for the final 30 at the Fotofilmic awards and is currently exhibiting in L.A, Vancouver and Melbourne. See more of Griffiths work on his website  and Instagram. // SHOP Griffiths VISCERAL8 prints here.    

Mark Griffiths is a photographer based in South Wales, U.K. His work has been widely featured throughout the world and exhibited across the country.

Past clients include The Telegraph Magazine, Channel 4, The Smith Journal and The Financial Times among others. His work ‘The Healing Land’ received an honorable mention at the Moscow International Photography awards and in addition the work was voted as one of the ten best features of the week by Fotografia magazine. He has been selected for the final 30 at the Fotofilmic awards and is currently exhibiting in L.A, Vancouver and Melbourne.

See more of Griffiths work on his website  and Instagram// SHOP Griffiths VISCERAL8 prints here.

 

 

The word ‘form’ implies more than just the physical shape of something. 
What do I need to form something I can identify with? 
I thought I would need bodies and skin to shape my message. 
But that was not enough. 
In the very end, as always, I noticed that something was missing. 
I needed intimacy, trust and genuine comfort from the people being photographed to form something worth creating.
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Annika Weertz is a German artist that uses photography to express herself and the intimacy everyone can experience in their daily life.
Her aim is to always work closely with her subjects in order to create an intimate and unique atmosphere.
Currently, her body of work focuses on intimate portraits and documentation as well as on the desexualisation of the female body and the desmantling of gender stereotypes.

See more of Weertz' work on her website  and Instagram. // SHOP Weertz' VISCERAL8 prints here.

This series explores the idea of form in how we ‘form’ our identities and shape ourselves as individuals. The formation of dreams. The formation of gender. The formation of our realities. Star motifs within the work express the molecular similarities between our bodies and the universe and also explore how astrological archetypes affect our belief on what forms us. Do we form over time or is it predetermined by the stars?

Olivia Healy is a third year illustration student at Falmouth University in the UK. She is originally from New York and draws inspiration from gender-ambiguity, counter-culture as well as Ancient Egypt and Japanese woodblock prints.

See more of Healy's work on her website or Instagram. // SHOP Healy's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Fashion is defined as ‘to make into a particular or the required form’. For myself, fashion has always served as a form of identity. It offers a way to articulate a statement that is often difficult to put into words - that is an emerging, intersecting and ever-changing sense of self.

Model: Sammi Schiller

Sabrina Santiago is the co-founder of VISCERAL8. She is pursuing a degree in fashion journalism and photography at New York University. Her work has been featured in Vogue Australia, HERO, Rookie Mag and TRIP. She is intrigued by moments of everyday life and how photography can bridge the gap between reality and fantasy. 

See more of Santiago's work on her website and Instagram . // SHOP Santiago's VISCERAL8 prints here.

In this project, I used the word “form” as a noun. Form in my work is the human being. The human and how one is formed by feelings and emotions. Such as guilt, love and apathy.

Saynt Molly, born in 1995 is from Greece and is currently studying fine arts at the university of Thessaloniki, Greece. Molly is mainly occupied with drawing, illustration and analog photography.

See more of Saynt Molly's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Molly's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Form is a visible combination of things, with qualities of shape, size, contents.  Everything we see is either natural or artificial. This series came out of my experience traveling, photographing what captivated me. Nature was a theme - in the way earths colors, textures, and patterns build forms. I was also interested in both natural and artificial human forms. I later painted on top of the photos, allowing my mind to reimagine these forms that had previously attracted me.

Sara Laufer is the co-founder of VISCERAL8. She studies Film & TV at New York University and is pursuing a career in cinematography. Born in St. Louis, Missouri and currently based in New York City.  

See more of Laufer's work on her website and Instagram// SHOP Laufer's VISCERAL8 prints here.

These images reference my favorite childhood memories of visiting my grandmother in Florida and getting to play at Discovery Zone (the long lost chaotic cousin of Chuckie Cheese’s). The images include textures and objects that refer to both the natural elements of Florida’s tropical landscape as well as the manufactured foam and plastics of the slides and indoor mazes at Discovery Zone’s facilities. Both locations served as interactive getaways and are now decontextualized and revisited in this series to create an escape from my adult life.

With a unique eye for color and playful compositions, Jessica Pettway creates surreal arrangements that that serve as an escape from everyday life. Familiar household items, dollar store finds and sculptural representations of plants are decontextualized and collaged to engineer her own nature. Working as a prop stylist and photographer, Pettway creates work that exist as both fashion and fine art images.

See more of Pettway's work on her website and instagram// SHOP Pettway's VISCERAL8 prints here.

‘I was in the lift.
It was tiny and very hot; it was summer if I recollect correctly.
My mum and dad were in front of me, looking at each other. I didn’t know what was going on, but
then they kissed for some minutes.
My eyes up in the sky, glistening, I have to admit. I immediately got that it wasn’t a reaction to a
gift, or a simple stereotype “lift kiss” as you see in the movies; I sensed that it was something more
important: it was a farewell.
Yes, my dad left, and he didn’t say much. He gave me a pat on my shoulder and a kiss on my
forehead.
I always keep his pictures in my wallet, they’re a bit ruined, but still beautiful.
In this one he has my same hair, dark green trousers and a colourful tucked in shirt and his left foot
in front of the right one. I believe he was walking.
We don’t talk much
but I have my pictures.’
Ismael gave me this memory of his and I decided to start from there.
I tried to translate the concept of the shape of his everyday movements, while he’s at home,
sleeps, before getting up, walking, waiting for the bus.
This creative process was born while I was shooting and it totally kidnapped me. It brought me in
Ismael’s heart to then crash with the visual plasticity that I had in mind, creating these delicate
pictures, innocent but overload with materiality, substance and human existence. An experienced
body, gaunt, thin and coated with memories, illogically articulated in his everyday life.
Two eyes that tell a chocked story, deflected.
An open chest like a forehead in the sun.
A man that is not there yet
but exists in his pocket
Thank you Ismael,
Gabriele.

Model - Ismael Diop

Gabriele Rosati is 20 years old from Florence, Italy. Rosati began studying photography last year at APAB in Florence. As a lover of film, he usually shoots with a disposable camera using flash, often playing with colors and soft contrast. Rosati is attracted to the language of the body based on research of his own identity, driven by impulses from his daily-life: walking from the station to the academy, smoking a cigarette in a bar, having coffee with unknown. Rosati tries to take from all people the feeling of “existing in a space”. A space that starts from the inside passing through the existence of people and coming out as an imaginary world in which he loves losing himself while creating a new idea of the human body.

See more of Rosati's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Rosati's VISCERAL8 prints here.

This series is a visual interpretation of a woman discovering the layers of her own physical form. Sheer fabric is draped on the body, shrouding the details while hinting at what is underneath. The photographs are shown in a chronological order, to demonstrate the process in which the layers of fabric were removed.
 

Kelli McGuire is an analog photographer based in New York. She makes work aiming to portray a surreal yet cinematic setting.

See more of McGuire's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP McGuire's VISCERAL8 prints here.

 
Form is just the outside. Have the courage to search for the true value of it.
 

Aleksandra Matwiejczyk is an 18-year-old illustrator based in Poland. She has never attended an art class - her passion for drawing developed from doodling.

See more of Matwiejczyk's work on her blog and Instagram. // SHOP Matwiejczyk's VISCERAL8 prints here.

 
My interpretation of form centers around elements of chance, ephemerality and time.  I do not actively try to find these elements, rather, I let them emerge.  I photograph what my eye is naturally drawn to.  

One moment green algae in the lake forms a painterly swirl, a few moments later a duck swims by and that form is changed.  

One morning I wake up to find light filtering through two glass jars in the kitchen, a form created only because I forgot to draw the curtains closed the previous night.
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In winter, a tree shows its true silhouetted form without leaves, but as the seasons change, so does the tree.  

The behind of a Dutch gable, rarely seen because emphasis is usually placed upon its ornately carved front.  

The reflection of a building in a window and the droplets of condensation on the window of a red van.  

These are all shifting and often overlooked forms.  They are and are not at the same time.
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Ding Ren was born in China, grew up in the United States, and is currently based in Amsterdam (NL). Her work has been exhibited in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, the Philippines, China, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, the UK, and Poland.   With a cross-cultural and field-driven approach, Ren’s analogue photography seeks to capture delicate urban details.  She is interested in subtle patterns—traces in the topography and geography.

See more of Ren's work on her website and  Instagram. // SHOP Ren's VISCERAL8 prints here

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This minimalist series is centered around a classic interpretation of the word form through figure painting. The organic flow of the watercolors and the color palette compliment the inherent naturalness of the human body. In many ways, figure painting is as intuitive as abstraction - every curve, bone, wrinkle, or expression in the form can be captured with a few strokes of the brush.

Aliza Phillips is a 17 year old artist from Massachusetts. She works mostly in portraiture and mixed media. 

See more of Phillips' work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Phillips' VISCERAL8 prints here

 
The silver lining that connects these pieces to the word ‘form’ are man’s quest to transcend, as we pass through this physical realm we are bombarded with multiple outcomes that in return form our way of life. These pieces which are mainly figurative show our emotional states of being, our pilgrimage to achieve final liberation to understand reality with the knowing that everything and everyone is interconnected. We’ve taken on a physical body to transcend it’s limitations that we may shape ourselves into what we’d like to become.

Vincent L. Savas also known as Vince the Prince of the Darkest Art, has turned the act of painting into a ritualistic experience that allows a connection from our physical dimension into another realm of existence. Bridging the gap into multiple realities and infinite possibilities.

See more of Savas' work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Savas' VISCERAL8 prints here.

 
My work is staged photography.
In the studio I create colorful sculptures out of mundane products. Those sculptures excist only temporarily for the purpose of the photograph.
With a tessellation of color, the light is sculpted around the forms and strengthens the individual presence and shape of the objects. All lighting effects and compositions are created on set and not trough digital manipulation.
In general you could say that meaning is allocated by its context. Within that frame the underlying relations are of importance.
I play with that structure by removing items from their obvious context. I abstract them in a new composition.
Still recognizable but now part of a different harmonious set. With this I transcend the everyday of its constrictive corset and look into the poetics of everyday and that of visual coincidence.

The transformation and emphasis on spatial structures reflects an underlying organizational structure, where the things are allocated a place and thus a meaning.
It is precisely these ‘things’ and their material qualities that are given space and thereby special attention through the formal compositions: everyday utensils, transparent plastics and mirroring or reflective surfaces stand out strongly against organic objects such as fruit and stones.

The result is images that seem to have been quieted, compositions that balance and staging that does not appear to exist in the same time and space. It is a subdued, absurdist effect of recognition and detachment.

Eva Roovers is a photographer an artist based in Amsterdam. She received a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art London, UK. In 2016, she was selected by FOAM for creating the PAN artfair campaign image. She has held numerous solo shows, has recieved the 2016 Gosee Award Berlin Update16 - Gold in Stills, and has been selected as artist in residence in Amsterdam and Seoul. 

See more of Roovers' work on her website and Instagram

I did not wanted to represent the word ‘form’ in a literal way. Instead, I added to it a sentimental value, as I try to do with all of my photos. Before I started with these, I decided to read all the meanings of ‘form,’ and one called my attention: ‘Way of existence, action, organization or manifestation of one same thing or substance, or the way a thing is presented or organized’. I was most attracted to the words ‘organization’ and ‘manifestation’. So with my sense of feminism, my camera and these words, I felt touched at how perfectly they are able to show the power we have as women. I reunited a group of girls. Some knew each other and others did not, and they spent the afternoon together and took photos. I also participated in the shoot.
I tried to focus my idea in the representation of the relationship they have as a group, and the organization with other women with love, not with rivalry as the male chauvinist model wants to show it; that women are strong and do not follow the beauty dogmas, which are introduce in our lives since we are children.
I want to promote that everyone feels comfortable with herself. At the beginning, the girls were all very shy, but then they started to speak and actively participated in the photos; and they achieved this organization. Without noticing it, they manifest themselves’ they all felt part of that sense of self and togetherness.

Luna Rey Cano is 18 years old. She was born in Chubut, Argentina. She now lives and studies in Buenos Aires. She started to take pictures when she was achild, but she has defined her style in the last few years. Her subjects often include girls and her friends making music. She is very attached to feminism. She currently shoots for Rookie Mag and participates with Fotosfera Club in Argentina, which is a platform for analogical and digital photographers, coordinated by Gina Torchia. Thanks to her, Luna could expose her photos for the first time.

See more of Cano's work on her website and instagram. // SHOP Cano's VISCERAL8 prints here.

The idea was make them feel powerful, close, organized, unique and cozy with their bodies. One of the girls told me something beautiful about a time I took photos of her for Rookie and how since that day she had a personal change about her self-esteem and self-confidence. She told me how she feels secure and comfortable with herself now. That comment made me feel complete – I always hope to make people feel because those feelings just with a camera.
Every art is a FORM of expression. I can do my art but it’s not the same if I don’t have the help of another part to make it (model, person, stylist, a team). Every artist needs to have other parts to make something big - a “part” in a form as a thing, material or a person.

Katja Stückrath is a 20 year old freelance photographer who was born in Rada Tilly, Chubut (Argentina) and is based in Buenos Aires. She aspires to be a cinematographer and work in the Fashion Business and in the Film Industry as well.

See more of Stückrath's work on her website and Instagram.  // SHOP Stückrath's prints here.

I work with found imagery that is predominantly cut and torn from contemporary and vintage fashion magazines. As a young girl I felt an attachment to fashion magazines, drawn to their colourful, glossy pages and photographs of women. I had trouble balancing my creative interest with a concurrent sense of guilt. In terms of my desire to look at magazines and see their imagery as inspiration for my own photography, but then the conflicting feeling stemmed from an aversion that I also felt (feel) towards the fashion industry.
A warped world exists in magazine pages that advertises and perpetrates a limited, damaging image of women. I passively read them for years until I discovered the satisfaction of cutting them apart. I flip the power dynamic of mass media vs. consumer by intervening with the publication’s medium. Now whenever I read fashion magazines I am always holding a pair of scissors. I am looking to dissect them, to explore the small details in the pictures that I am attracted to and why. I look for the bizarre seemingly misplaced imagery or how the images become bizarre/transformed when I cut them in half or rip around their edges or remove them from their original context. I am drawn to the element of surprise in collage. There is a playfulness in joining images from many different sources, watching them interact and form new compositions that are covert and revealing at once.

Clea Christakos-Gee is a Toronto based photographer currently completing her BFA in Photography Studies at Ryerson University. Her work explores the female experience, portraiture, the linear relationship she feels with the women in her family, and the transforming phase of adolescence. Clea also works with mixed-media and often incorporates collage in her image-making.

See more of Christakos-Gee's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Christakos-Gee's VISCERAL8 prints here.

The moments I was able to capture with these women were more unplanned than an initial glance might lead you to believe. Form in this series manifests as something they were able to organically express in a way that is empowering to them, me and hopefully viewers.
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Andrea Granera, originally from California, is a young creative now based in NYC and

is currently finishing up her studies at NYU Tisch. 

See more of Granera's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Granera's VISCERAL8 prints here.

‘Phantasmagoria’ is a series about transformations. They are a collection of images that were taken for other projects, but for one reason or another never quite fit. I would continue going back to them, manipulate, change and reconstruct their form, until I had completely removed them from their original series. The result is a bizarre collection of assembled images. The images have been worked on like puzzles; moving and constantly shifting to fit my current mood.

Anastasia Cazabon is an American photographer and filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. She constructs narratives revolving around mystery and the surreal. She draws inspiration from dreams and memories. 
Her most recent exhibition was the solo show Blood Moon at Gallery Possum in Berlin. She is also the founder of GRRL HAUS CINEMA.

See more of Cazabon's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Cazabon's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Form to me is endless. Form is everything and nothing. Taking my idea and forming the model, styling and hair/makeup - shaping it into a story. Shadows in the bright sunlight. The shape of a dress. Every pose. Every expression. Paint dripping. Cutting shapes. Painting forms. Everything is form and creates the whole image.

Model: Sara Grace Kelley 

Hair: Noelle Breckenridge 

Makeup: Shaylinn Barlow

Styling: Kristin Sherer

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Erika Astrid is an artist and photographer based in Portland. She specializes in editorial fashion. She interested in the space where her photography meets the realm of abstract painting.

From the artist: 
   I believe the energy of a photo shoot lends itself to the images. I want to capture the true complexity and emotional state of my models, and ultimately myself. I am attracted to breaking the archetype and expanding our idea of beauty.
   I love working with a team of individuals who all bring a part of their soul to the table. I believe it leads to the unexpected and the original. I always strive to foster a dynamic that is both relaxed and inspiring, a creative space for everyone involved to grow.
   Painting is a major outlet for me, and an inventive tool within my photography. My finished pieces often involve a few sessions of collaging, acrylic, and oil layered over the printed images. The result is a dimensional piece of art that is truly my own.

See more of Astrid's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Astrid's VISCERAL8 prints here.

These pieces explore form as vague yet familiar shapes representing the human female body.

Elise Miguel  is an illustrator and printmaker based from New Jersey. Ever since high school, her art has been mainly focused on the relationship between anatomy and nature and generally all things organic. She works mostly in pen and ink and occasionally watercolor. 

See more of Miguel's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Miguel's VISCERAL8 prints here

 

Form is anything we touch or see. I’m really interested in working with images that depict entirely different things. In this series I chose to present bodies and buildings, two completely contradictory forms. The heavy and ostensibly inanimate form of the walls and the buildings comes in opposition with the humans whο sleep in a very tender way, but at the same time it makes perfect sense to have all of these images together.
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Myrto Tzima is a Visual Artist based in Athens, Greece. She studied Art and Design in Athens. She is working in the fields of photography, cinema (as assistant director and art director) and graphic design. She is also involved with physical theatre and contemporary dancing. Her personal photography work is mostly 35mm film. Tzima likes to capture everyday moments but she thinks that looking through the lens turns reality into magic.

See more of Tzima's work on her website. // SHOP Tzima's VISCERAL8 prints here.

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My newest works have set out to explore the theme of form. My main objective was to express form through the medium of paint, and the interactions it shares with the other elements of design. Using raw silk as my canvas, with ink and water colour, I felt as though my materials were very pliable and therefore took on a life of their own when used in conjunction with one another. This added a level of freedom and spontaneity to the work, and allowed me to find the abstraction I was looking for in this series.

I entertained the details of daily life and transformed them into visual work, open for anyone to see. Details such as the emotions I face, interactions with other people, and coping with the busyness of the city around me. I was able to interpret these feelings and express them visually; finding form through that which seems like chaos to me. Perhaps that’s why the paintings take on a somewhat chaotic nature. Also unique to this project, I was able to witness the unfolding of pent up energy, and see how it takes on different forms through out the process. For example, the painting called “Time, Hunny, Woman” was in reaction to the recent - not so recent - political atmosphere and feeling fed up with the lack of equality still felt though out the world. A feeling of internal protest, but feeling hopeless in having my voice heard. I find this painting takes on a form of its own. To me it expresses my contribution to a movement and proving my capability as a creative, intellectual woman with something to say.
Allowing the physicality that comes along with painting to intertwine with that which is much more intangible, I feel as though my series reflects form in a truly abstract manner. The connection between thoughts or feelings, and the inevitable progression of a piece of work explores the very natural process which develops form. In all practices of art, form is the driving force which connects all other aspects and elements within that given piece and essentially is the gateway for expression to take hold in a more physical, lasting way.

Ariel Shea is a visual artist living and working in Montreal Quebec. Ariel is a self-taught artist who studies painting in her studio at home. She has been working with oil on canvas for about four years, though she has been working with other mediums such as ink on silk or wax and charcoal for the past seven years. Her work can be described as abstract; with bold colour pallets, rich tones and heavy line work. Ariel has been involved in four group shows in Montreal, and had her own solo show exhibiting her film photography. Her photos have also been featured in Berlin based online magazine Curated by Girls. 
She co-curates Girls in the Garage as well as other underground shows around Montreal. Ariel hopes to have a solo show in late 2017, exhibiting her new series of oil paintings. 
 

See more of Shea's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Shea's VISCERAL8 prints here.

In this series I tried to see at the body closely in an abstract way, looking for the geometry of lines and curves formed by skin, color, shadow and light.

Celeste Ortiz is a chilean photographer dedicated mostly to self portraiture.

Celeste has participated on group shows and screenings in Chile, Argentina, Austria, UK, Spain, Poland, USA, Mexico, Romania, Belgium, France and Indonesia. Also, she had a solo exhibition in 2014 as part of art residency on Valparaiso (Chile). She has been featured and interviewed in a large number of blogs, fanzines, online and printed magazines from around the world. In 2013 she was included on the "2nd Anthology of Young Photography Fotoespacio Chile 2012-2013". Since 2014 she has self-published handmade fanzines and a photobook.

Celeste has a diploma in digital photography from ARCOS Institute and currently lives in her hometown, San Antonio.

See more of Ortiz's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Ortiz's VISCERAL8 prints here.

‘Form of a Shadow’ is a series I found in my 10,000 plus photo folder from USA to Ukraine. I found it interesting how shadow shapes the image in a moment it was captured, and some time after the shadow will be fully gone. I tried to photograph something eye-catching and play with the form and shape of the shadow.

Anastasiia Chorna is a young artist from Ukraine, who was born and raised in Odessa in 1991, the year communism was abolished. 
Chorna's inspiration comes from post-soviet and soviet life. She is deeply moved by it, she loves the beauty and ugliness it contains. Besides the USSR related topics the photographer wants to bring her personal view on female beauty. Her art is about her emotional traumas. As an immigrant in New York Anastasia is fascinated by it's diversity and admires observing people.

See more of Chorna's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Chorna's VISCERAL8 prints here.


 

This series surrounds form and is called, ‘Nani’s Gold’.

Maansi Jain is a German born American artist currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. 

See more of Jain's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Jain's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Form your words, let your voice be heard and believe that people want to hear what you have to say.

As a black, female, queer, immigrant that grew up in a Muslim household, my voice was never meant to be heard, but here I am.

Excerpt from ‘A Litany for Survival’ - Audre Lorde, The Black Unicorn:

And when we speak we are afraid

Our words will not be heard

Nor welcomed

But when we are silent

We are still afraid

So it is better to speak

Remembering

We were never meant to survive

See more of Suleiman's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Suleiman's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Building upon the cinematic narratives that exist within my earlier work, I explore the human body as the ultimate form and vessel of story.  Existing within a narrative driven by the body and given shape and context by light and texture, I aim to expose the simultaneously sculpture-like and emotionally fluid nuances of the human form as it enriches and interacts with its’ environmental context. Building on my background in theater, this body of work utilizes the figure and emotionality of the body as the foremost communicator of identity.
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Born in Shreveport, LA , Ransom Ashley is a photographer, actor, and cinematographer. He attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York City where he was concentrating on photography. He has shown work internationally and been included in shows at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Masur Museum of Art, among others. He has also been featured in select publications such as Parallel Magazine, Ignant Magazine, Metal Magazine, and Dazed and Confused Magazine. Ashley is currently working on his body of work entitled “Louisiana”, debuting in 2017. He is also set to appear alongside Oscar Winning Actress Holly Hunter in the upcoming southern drama "Strange Weather" and in the upcoming crime thriller "Sense of Urgency".

See more of Ashley's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Ashley's VISCERAL8 prints here.

For me form is the way of creation. I started from here and decided to concentrate on form of human body which is one of my main themes. Body parts are connected together, they continue each other, and are creating some new forms.
 

Anton Shebetko is an artist and photographer from Kyiv, Ukraine. In his art, he focuses on questions of gender, themes of youth, transformation of a body and sexual attraction. He tries to be honest and open about his experiences in life. Shebetko turns photography into a game of preliminary ritual dances, making weird erotic architecture with the help of his models.

See more of Shebetko's work on his website and Instagram

 
Hearing the word ‘form’ at first made my imagination run through really cliché explanations - square, triangle all these geometric forms that I’ve know since I was kid and forms that seems so familiar and forms that you can draw not thinking about it at all. Geometric forms themselves aren’t natural or organic and with my works I wanted to show something completely different – two humans sliding into something so organic and pure – making new unseen forms.
For me these pieces work on few different levels – it’s very romantic, it shows nature of wanting be with someone or be part of something, love and how feeling can transform objects (humans) into new…forms.
I would like viewers to see how fragile and strong at the same time objects are, just like all of us, how one object hold another or carries it, takes care of it and nourishes it. I would love for people to see new forms that strong feeling of companionship, understanding and carrying about one another can create mostly in our real everyday lives.

Ieva Ragauskaite is a 22 year old illustrator from Vilnius, Lithuania. In her illustrations she usually portrays women – strong, surreal and powerful. She never thought about her work as “feministic": the young creator recently came to the realization that all works are inspired by women and all works could be understood as “art for women about women”.

See more of Ragauskaite's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Ragauskaite's VISCERAL8 prints here.

The word “form” could bring to mind a myriad of different ideas to every different person.  To some, it could mean the form of their dance moves, to others it could simply mean seeing shapes.  For me, “form” has not only a direct correlation to the body, but the clothing on that body, as well as the surroundings. Walking through life I am constantly picturing my surroundings as something to put into my portfolio; I am always wanting to shoot this and that.  For this shoot, form and details were key.  From the star-shaped earrings, the negative space of the sand dunes, and the way Ginx’s hair flowed seamlessly with the backdrop, everything worked perfectly.  When planning a shoot, the clothes are what inspire me.  The way they form the body, how they blend into the location, I love every part.

Model: Ginx Hudgins 

Stylists: Rachel Murray and Lian Najarian 

Emma Craft is a 21 year old photographer studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design working towards a B.F.A. in photography with a minor in fashion photography. Emma's muse is someone out of touch with reality, a dreamer, which she often creates and introduces through her lens.

See more of Craft's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Craft's VISCERAL8 prints here.

 

 

This work tried to interpret some different way of “hand using”. I chose hands as a form, thinking about the humor they can evoke in their use. The 8 forms together can also shape a story. However, it is nothing in the end. It just like playing a joke with the viewer. Moreover, when creating this work, I was thinking about when I was a kid playing with my toys, or about promoting a product in a commercial way. This is a work without answer just wants to get a smile from the audience.
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Puzzleman Leung was born in Macao, China, works and lives in Taipei, Taiwan. He is a photographer mainly whose works mainly focus on colors, sense of  humor and everyday life. 

See more of Leung's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Leung's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Brief moments of interaction with all kinds of materials, forms and shape. Three friends that like to play.

The following project is a collaboration between Elo Vázquez, Bea Bascuñán & Albert Jornet. 

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Elo Vázquez (b.1983 in Sevilla, Spain) likes hiding behind a camera. Her work has been widely exhibited both printed and online. She is currently living between Spain and Iceland, teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

See more of Vázquez's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Vázquez's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Bea Bascuñán & Albert Jornet are graphic designers, screenprinters (Barba Silkscreen Atelier) and publishers (Publications for Pleasure). Bea Bascuñán and Albert Jornet work in several projects at the same time developing all of these disciplines. They love multidisciplinary projects and collaborating in all kind of creative fields. 

Belonging begins where the past of our ancestors ends or belonging begins in the four elements that created us?
This is a photo project that wants to cut the sentimental meaning of existence. A trip to my parents past, the places where I was raised, the cities and the countryside where everyone was raised, and finally the culture and the environment that we all refer to.

Ioanna Chronopoulou was born in Athens, Greece in 1990. She graduated from Focus School of Art Photography and New Technologies in 2013. She continued her photographic studies in the research residency programs of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France. She currently works as a freelance photographer and as a Photo Editor in Kathimerini Newspaper for “K” Magazine.

See more of Chronopoulou's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Chronopoulou's VISCERAL8 prints here.

‘Form’ made me think of strictness and conformity. I documented men wearing various work ‘uniforms’ in and around their workplaces in ways that challenge the authority and perception of their chosen careers. Stripped of individuality and personal expression, a uniform can alter our perception of the man behind the façade, making us forget about the individual.
"truck"

"truck"

"police"

"police"

"men"

"men"

"security"

"security"

"grocer"

"grocer"

"fish"

"fish"

"paint"

"paint"

"business"

"business"

Camilla Hayman is a filmmaker and photographer from Sydney, Australia currently living and working as a film editor in NYC.

See more of Hayman's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Hayman's VISCERAL8 prints here.

My work surrounds the relationship between women and their bodies. I try to address the female form without attaching any connotations which are overtly glam or sexual, but the aim is to show a neutral form, one that rephrases the way in which females can view their bodies. My women are often nude, rather than naked, so they are as they were born, rather than as they have been made.

Alexandria Grace Coe is an illustrator working and living in London. Her original background is in textile and communication design. She decided to become an illustrator as drawing is her first and biggest love affair. She says, "It felt like a perfect tool for me to address the body that is uncomplicated and very importantly un-digital".

See more of Coe's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Coe's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Form to me is the way a piece of work effects you when you look at it. Whether its through the colors or the different shapes, emotion, or expressions in the image. I chose these few because they represent “Form” the strongest through the shapes and emotion you get from viewing. I focused on the female form and how its related to the complex architectural background. The organic nature of the human form interacting with the ornate space.

A statement from Bill Taylor : "I'm technically homeless right now in NYC but my 2 best friends are letting me crash with them. I like to explore the different lifestyles I encounter during my life. Majority of my work you see is real moments in time, and real emotion nothing staged. I like to keep things natural and for my photos to tell a story. I'm currently working on a photo book with Acc Studio on our recent trip to Miami which will come out in 2017."  

See more of Taylor's work on his Instagram. // SHOP Taylor's VISCERAL8 prints here.

My artistic research has always placed the body at its center. The body is what allows us to be in contact with the world, it’s a boundary that allows the communication. In the society where we live the body is stereotyped. We are overwhelm from models classified as perfect, then the goal of having an attractive body becomes an identity construction project. The body is deprived of its animal identity through body modification that makes it artificial, clean, remodeled, shaped by surgery. Modesty becomes the repulsion of everything the corporality reminds us, like bodily secretions such as blood, urine and sweat. Through my paintings I try to bring to life what I mean for corporality. Painting bodies as obese, maimed and imperfect it means going back to the vision of the body as fragile and ephemeral substance. When I paint I usually destroy the image and somehow also the “perfect” body myth to reach the truth.

Silvia Paci was born in Prato in 1990. She attended the Academy of Fine Art in Florence and now lives and work in Berlin.

See more of Paci's work on her website and on Instagram. // SHOP Paci's VISCERAL8 prints here.

It surrounds us and we take it, no matter what material it gives us, it is the form that the environment builds us where we are. It surrounds us and traverses it, it is the form that allows us to contemplate where we are standing.
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Gina Torchia (1991) is an artist based in Lujan, Argentina. She studies photography direction and graphic design. Her work has been exhibited at the National University of Córdoba, Trimarchi DG, Auditorium MDQ, Galeria Meridion, and Granate Gallery. Select publications include Dazed and Confused, Iglu Magazine and Dxi Magazine. She has an editorial of fanzines called Compulsion and a platform of photographers called www.fotosfera.club.

See more of Torchia's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Torchia's VISCERAL8 prints here.

To me form has many meanings. Although initially relating the word to the human form I decided to explore a different meaning of the word. While on a trip a couple of hours from home I photographed the geothermal activity at Waiotapu (Māori for “sacred waters”) near Rotorua in New Zealand. These active volcanic areas are a beautiful and sobering reminder that our earth is still ever moving and changing. To me, our planet is the most powerful form of all.

SACRED WATERS

 

Olivia Renouf lives in Auckland, New Zealand. After a stint interning at Russh Magazine in Sydney, Olivia returned home to finish studying and pursue her own styling and photography work. She is currently finishing a degree of business and fashion at Auckland University of Technology while also working on her self taught photography and styling projects.

See more of Renouf's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Renouf's VISCERAL8 prints here.

In the winter of 2016, I lost my sense of love. I found myself on the silent flipside of years spent testing the boundaries and capacities of human intimacy, and in an Icarian turn of events, I wound up antagonized and alone. During this time, I was haunted by both past and present memories of love experienced, and maybe to preserve them, maybe just to keep myself busy in a time of crisis, I started to write them down alongside various visual expressions.

When Visceral8 contacted me and asked me to do a series on “Form”, it sparked an idea which would bring my desk drawer ramblings together in a coherent narrative: I asked people, who had somehow been part of my love stories, to shape my wordings with their individual handwriting. I wanted them to play an intimate part in the form and feel of our shared recollection. A jointly relived moment of love and/or revelation. A recapture of my recaptures, if you will. As the handwritten letters started to find me, so did a newfound sense of life and love. The result is a series of photo-illustrated stories about the nature of love between lovers, between friends, between generations. They’re all as truthful as any memory is.

Kasper Kruse is a visual artist molded in the contrasty seasons of Scandinavia. His photographic work has been defined as a curious blend of literary story-telling and art photography, or, as he himself described it, “a bastard format”. He works primarily in the realms of film photography and uses various real world post-processing techniques to achieve the look and feel of his photographs.

See more of Kruse's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Kruse's VISCERAL8 prints here.

‘Selected Ambience’ is a visual diary captured in Japan, Turkey, Italy, Thailand and Australia through the last two and a half years. It stems from my approach to photography: simplicity through subtraction and a focus on bold colour and light. These images evoke a feeling of personal nostalgia and finding beauty within the small details. Photography for me is about a connection to the image–each of these images when viewed takes me back directly to the time and place. I photograph my life to keep memories and to document the quiet moments.
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Nick Prideaux was born in Byron Bay, a small coastal town on the east coast of Australia. He majored in Digital Film Production in Melbourne and after moved to Tokyo where he worked as a freelance photographer and filmmaker for five years. He has recently relocated to Bangkok to pursue his love of photography full-time.

See more of Prideaux's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Prideaux's VISCERAL8 prints here.

We decided to come together for this project because we’ve been wanting to collaborate for a while now and wanted to work on a project that incorporated Dana’s film photography with Dakota’s printmaking. We decided to use our old drawing studio as a setting and source of inspiration for the shoot. Two of our friends modeled nude to accentuate the body as a form and also wore Dakota’s printed and embroidered clothing related to movement and body positivity. The shoot took on a form of its own as we discovered spaces and props that our models naturally interacted with. Interestingly, we found that our collaborating process may be the strongest example of form as it became apparent that each person involved in the shoot was essential to its formation and growth. Placing our bodies in a dirty drawing studio allowed us to participate in a beautiful, collective experience which allowed us to produce what we think is a beautiful, collective body of art.

Dana Chang (Photographer/Art Director) is a sophomore Media Studies major at Vassar College. In her spare time, she likes to make things, especially in the darkroom.

Dakota Peterson(Print+patchmaker/Art Director) is a sophomore American Studies Major (also at Vassar). She likes to draw, sculpt, and silk screen and most of her work revolves around the human figure. She loves bodies!!!

Klara Kaufman (Model) is a sophomore Urban Studies major at Vassar College, hailing from Cambridge Mass. Klara’s nude modeling career started with her work as a model for the visual arts department, and she’s really excited to make it on the big time.

Patrice Scott (Model), a media studies major who's down to clown. 

See more of Chang's work on her Instagram. // SHOP Chang's VISCERAL8 prints here.

The series of images titled ‘Belle’ is a part of my practice that explores the form an image takes through the photographic process of manipulation and destruction of the original negative.

Dasha Love is a Russian photographer based in the UK. She has worked for publications such as Vice, SuperSuper and Cooler. She is also a member of The Ardorous art collective.

See more of Love's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Love's VISCERAL8 prints here.

The geometrical properties in everything around us are what I find amazing. From shadows on the ground and light reflections on walls, to furniture on curbs and buildings we frequent, the things we pass everyday have shape and structure. All this and the natural shapes we see daily are taken for granted, and in my work these are the shapes I use. In my pictures dark plays with light allowing the mind to isolate the defined shapes at first glance.
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Thomas Morris (b. 1994) is a skateboarder and photographer living in Los Angeles. Growing up skateboarding gave Morris a geometrical view of the world. Skateboarding made Morris used to the idea of looking for the angles and edges of objects that weren’t made to be skated. Through the confusion of life, the hidden symmetry of the various lines and shapes keep him sane. Morris considers structure, harmony and control an extensive part of him that is reflected in his photographs.

"Reality is what we make it and living in a dream is my way of coping with it. Utilizing dark heavy colors and shooting in black & white are my ways of revealing this fantasy world. Without color dimensional fields can be looked at as absent, making the image flat. Details become crystal clear and the use of the same tones throughout the image make the message (when there is one) communicated up front, without getting lost in your thoughts. The feelings colors project differ from person to person. Dark colors have always been associated with what is bad but in my reality dark colors make me feel safe and comfortable." - Thomas Morris

See more of Morris' work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Morris' VISCERAL8 prints here.

Form is given to an object when it is hit with light. I try to make things to look motionless as both light and object intersect.

Elis Talis is an analog photographer and student in the university of arts in Thessaloniki. Her work is
like a photographic journal as the subject she chooses to photograph are parts of the daily routine.

See more of Talis' work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Talis' VISCERAL8 prints here.

I am unwoven and revealed. Gasping for air, I begin to reacquaint myself with the very space I thought I needed to forget. And I am sorry.

Colleen Mann is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her interest in self-expression arose early in childhood. Mann’s work probes femininity and the internal conversation. By reflecting on her own experiences, she has a better grasp of how they have impacted her understanding of the world. In Mann’s work, a unique feminine perspective emerges through the imagery, providing her audience with insight into her world of recovery, rejuvenation and reflection. Abstracting what originally existed as memories and journal entries, Mann utilizes her artistic practices to help her viewers reach that same acceptance of the self.

Mann received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photographic and Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2015. She currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

See more of Mann's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Mann's VISCERAL8 prints here.

The title of my project is, ‘White Metamorphosis, Self Portrait’. The revelation, purification, rebirth, end of suffering, consciousness, conscious transcendental path, inner process.

Italian Photographer, director and performer, Chiara Mazzocchi lives and works in Berlin since 2010. Her artistic research is conceptually humanistic and she explores photography, video art and performance through conscious interior processes. Mazzocchi works on herself by using photographic and video self portraits, using her SLR in manual mode and pressing the remote’s button during her self-reading process. The self portraits reflect upon aspects of her personal life, a dialogue with herself connecting and relating with space, in which her presence almost constitutes a ritual symbology.

See more of Mazzocchi's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Mazzocchi's VISCERAL8 prints here.

You can see the sprockets of the film, and the black and white grain feels like you are looking at an artifact. This conveys that just like the form of the girl, the displaying of the image itself was intentional.

Lee Phillips is a freelance writer and photographer. Her work focuses on portraiture, womanhood and the body. Lee has been published in magazines such as Rookie Mag, Posture Mag, Catalogue Mag, Toksick Mag and others and participated in exhibitions such as "Teen Dream"- an all girls art celebration curated by Brittany Natale in New York as well as "Girl Gaze: A Frame of Mind", curated by Amanda DeCadenet in Los Angeles. She hopes to pursue a editing career in the magazine industry and continue her freelance work as well. 

See more of Phillips work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Phillips VISCERAL8 prints here.

The form of 2 individuals, but connection emotional and physical through the connection of flowers and feelings. Deeper then what is on the surface the form of people.

Models: Anna Nana & Josephine Giles

Stylist: Matilda Brown

MUAs: Cass Jory & Dani Ebeyan

James Juranke is a freelance photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. James has been connected to photography and arts since a young age and now works predominantly in traditional film “story telling” photography, fashion photography and portrait photography. Connected to raw emotions and the drive to connect the viewer to a story in his photography. Most people know James to be a “Gypsy Photographer”, free spirited in his ways of working. James has been fortunate enough to not only just work in Australia but around the world in cities such as Hong Kong & Tokyo. With this also, James also draws influenced from Asian Cultures, city and movies he has studied in his time.

See more of Juranke's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Juranke's VISCERAL8 prints here.

These images aim to capture both tension and stillness while examining the following questions: Does a photograph ever accurately depict reality- or is it only a fleeting sliver of reality often excluding more than including? Is photography merely a representation?

Rachel Woroner is a Canadian visual artist and photographer (b 1991) Her work addresses cultural identity, spirituality and family history. With self-portraiture, she strives to understand the complex web of identity formation: how do human relationships, entwined with heritage and ancestral affiliations, shape the self? Woroner seeks to reveal subtle beliefs and verities; to evoke emotion through photography. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Concordia University in 2013 and has since exhibited in Canada, The United Kingdom, Mexico and The United States. She currently resides in Mexico City. 

See more of Woroner's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Woroner's VISCERAL8 prints here.

When thinking of form, the human body is the first thing to come to mind. Always changing and ever growing, the female form feels as fluid as the ocean. A malleable structure that is the only thing ever present in my life, it is viewed through many lenses. Both censored and exploited, it is scrutinized for what it is and what it is not. I find that by exploring the shapes and curves of the anatomy, any sexualization can be removed, leaving only gentle curves that are pleasing to the eye.

Coming from a small town in Minnesota, Sophie Wagman is now located in Savannah, Georgia, where she is pursuing a B.F.A. in Production Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Sophie is working towards a career in designing retail store displays and film sets, while enjoying the process of learning new art forms along the way. Always fascinated with the depiction of the female form, she finds inspiration from herself and the women around her.

See more of Wagman's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Wagman's VISCERAL8 prints here.

There will come a point where it wont be necessary to move through the forms of the world anymore: our bodies will be gel, our being will be a shared one. Existential anxiety will be long gone. Until that time comes, we can find rest in appropriating the wild world and its shapes, making it a little more familiar, a little more safe.

Alejandro Alquinta is a photographer based in Santiago, Chile.

See more of Alquinta's work on his website. // SHOP Alquinta's VISCERAL8 prints here.

For centuries Chiromancy or Palmistry, as it’s more commonly known, is the practice of evaluating a person by “reading” the palm of their hand. This makes hands important in certain cultures, as the palm is considered to contain information about an individual’s character and fate. ‘Hands have a history of their own, they have, indeed, their own civilization, their special beauty’ (Rilke).
Many years ago, prison I.D. photographs included images of hands, this was called anthropological criminology. It was based on an idea that a person was born criminal, which were identified by physical indicators, mainly because of theories relating to the shape of people’s skulls and hands. This was the precursor to finger prints and was used to identify individuals.
The hands also give impressions about a person’s collective identity. Whether the person is male or female, young or old. There will even be indicators as to the type of life that person has had, rough and blemished, grease stained, dirt under the finger nails or soft and manicured, are all identifying marks that may point to certain kinds of employment. As well as identifying marks, hands are also used for gesturing symbolic meaning.
The associations between land and identity can be mediated by symbols. A symbol is a reality that communicates something intangible. Of importance to this special relationship, are the image of the hand and the representation of its relationship to the landscape. Hands are something we all use daily, not just to grasp - but to express. It is with our hands that we communicate through gesture and make contact with person and place.
The separation of the hand from anything it might have done and from anyone else, with whom it could be so intimately identified, can reveal something about people and can link to place or places they frequent. Landscapes shape individuals, the individual personality grows together with the landscape and, in such a way; different personalities develop, being influenced by the different surroundings. These various perspectives on landscapes are of great value and become interrelated when people combine, offering different perspectives.
’In the marvel of our hands, say these photos, there are powers and wonders’ (Elliot Erwitt).

Andrew Mellor is a landscape photographer from Blackpool, England. "I have a particular interest in the landscape and how we use it" Mellor says, "my photography explores natural and man-made environments, and the interaction between the two with concerns over how we use the landscape". He believes the human interactions within the landscape can influence the people and the surrounding community as these themes can have far reaching political, social and psychological effects.

See more of Mellor's work on his Instagram. // SHOP Mellor's VISCERAL8 prints here.

“Form is balance, balance is flow. 

A cyclic celebration of evolution, a spontaneous ritual of repeated transformation.

I’m learning to embrace the imbalances to find balance in my form.

I had amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) for three years and a half.

Four weeks ago I had my first period since I was 21.

This shooting has been cathartic.
— M.A. February 2017

Photographer: Margherita Loba Amadio // Model: Iman

Margherita Loba Amadio is a 24 year old photographer from Milan. She just finished university, where she studied Communication and Sociology, and she is now very much interested in anthropology and art, and the relation between the two.

"The model is in front of her camera but she's there for nobody to watch her, she doesn't owe anything to anyone, she is not pleasing anyone. The model is more to be intimidating instead of alluring, she has never to be a pray."

See more of Amadio's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Amadio's VISCERAL8 prints here.

My selected photographs quietly juxtapose my art pieces. One for the most part is based on organic shapes based on feeling and the other from more refined uniform lines; yet, to me, they are a huge play off each other. They are as such light and shadow, one wouldn’t be without the other. My photographs lean towards timing and the light of the day captured that moment which contain to me interested forms and colors. My art is based on my mind and my hands, they tend to be free-flowing—most of them based off simple line drawings in my black book. Everything to me can be shapely, but I find no interest in relation to my work with straight lines. Interest in gradations, light quality and colours have a huge impact on my work, especially in nature and everyday scenes.
 
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Kara Vorabutr is a photographer born in 1996 in Los Angeles.

"Growing up in a time where the art of crafting were declining in favor of the rise in digital technology, I was drawn to more traditional mediums such as shooting film, playing with found objects and foraging for obscure foliage to make something of beauty. The prospect of making a career out of my own authentic visions is what drives me. In my opinion, creating makes daily life less mundane and my creations could make someone else's less as well. What constantly fascinated me is that we as humans all perform the same daily routines to survive, yet every culture is a rich gem to learn about and explore with our eyes. Beauty for me is a warm feeling and I find beauty in pockets of natural light, negative space, along with balance and chance in timing. Self-progression and quiet individualism in my vision is what I document into my visual diary. I run an open collective called The Residue and I curate its journal (in the form of a print zine) along with its group shows which coming up soon will be our third. My body of work and style is based on creating ambiance and capturing human-to-surrounding interactions in colors, installations and photographs to make significant again the joys of everyday life."

See more of Vorabutr's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Vorabutr's VISCERAL8 prints here.

I have a longstanding obsession with the tropics and its wild primal nature. It’s linked to my somewhat subconscious urge to transcend reality and reason and return to nature. These wild terrains somehow bring us closer to ourselves. This series is meant to show form as a string of sensations, the feeling of the clasping tropical heat blurring your vision, like a looking glass of haze.

Sarah Julie Ege Høilund is a Danish photographer, writer and photography curator who lives and works between Copenhagen and India.

A statement from the artist: "My photographs are highly personal, they've served as my diary for the past 7 years from when I first traveled around the world alone. They are fragments of memories, remembrance of emotions, impression, places and smells. I shoot solely on film, I work very intuitively with the camera and my surroundings. I have naturally started gravitating towards the more abstract: Often you'll find light leaks, misplaced focus and other technical flaws in my images but actually these short comings are what creates the magic in my photos."

See more of Høilund's work on her Instagram. // SHOP Høilund's VISCERAL8 prints here.

The idea for the work of the Zurich Photographer was born in Berlin. Nora Dal Cero’s visual language references painting and moves in the area of tension between the single compositions: food, material and light.
Her presentations put foods into the spotlight. Clear forms like shadows, contrasts and colorfulness are consciously used as stylistic elements. The formal visual language is interrupted by carefully placed details. Individual elements are purposely used to create connections and break forms. The reduced frames stand in contrast to the lively and organic nature of foods. The thoroughly composed visual language leaves room for sensuality and a playful handling of natural forms.

Nora Dal Cero is a photographer based in Zurich. She is of Swiss, Italian and British extraction and was raised both in Switzerland and Spain. Her studio work is specialized in food photography and the visual staging of fashion, however, as a freelancer there are no limits to her categories: from the landscapes of rural Namibia to the architectural treasures of Tokyo - she is always on the lookout for the perfect picture.

See more of Dal Cero's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Dal Cero's VISCERAL8 prints here.

This series is in part about inconsistency in form. I feel there’s always this idea of comfort in familiarity and I truly believe it is awful that people look for it in everything they do. Not only in art but in life as well. Same country, same people, same ideas. For me, when an artist gets comfortable in their own skin and style, that’s when things become the least interesting.

Monty Kaplan is a photographer and an ex-film editor and director from Argentina. He is currently based between NYC and Buenos Aires. Photography became the answer to his frustrations from the film industry because it is so simple and immediate. There’s an autonomy to it. Kaplan believes that the only constant is change, and he shows this in his work. Photography is all about capturing a certain mood, but “being as I am bipolar, and as a result, a pretty eclectic person, so too is my work.” Kaplan strives to document what he sees with his camera, and then process them in a way that heightens his personal view.

See more of Kaplan's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Kaplan's VISCERAL8 prints here.

While walking around seeking subjects and objects to shoot, while feeling the winter darkness sneeking up on an old depression, the bright strong flash from my camera is lighting up the scenes.

Shooting everything from portraits of people on the streets, to some pee in a mug in my room (it was too cold to go outside to the outhouse where I was staying). Our Norwegian winters can be and
feel a little harsh and grotesque. But its not like many think - We actually have warm, sunny summers, but it seems like the winter is comes up as a big shock up on us every single year. Maybe we displace our polar nights.

I’ve created the documentary series «Brain Cooler» with an selection of images that are bright and a little cheerful with a light touch of melancholy. Brain Cooler showcases our everyday life up north in my currently very cold city, Trondheim.

Kristine Wathne was born in 1995 in Haugesund. As a photographer, she is fearless and inquisitive. She is currently studying as a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Wathne works primarily with street photography and graphic illustrations focusing on human, subcultural character. She balances aesthetic between the timeless, grotesque unexpected moment, to illuminate a tragicomic, everyday life. Her favorite storytelling and showcasing platforms are photo books and galleries.

See more of Wathne's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Wathne's VISCERAL8 prints here.

For a while now I’ve being collecting found footage, discarded images that once belonged to family archives, and repurpose them giving them a new meaning and a place in my own work. Many of the black album pages are useless in a way if not taken apart and the images used separately. I was discouraged from breaking them apart but also didn’t know exactly what to do with them, so they were left aside. Now that they have accumulated into a critical mass I started seeing how I can insert myself into this very specific, already made, compositions of someone else’s history. 

The images that didn’t make it through time fell apart, got lost and are now missing from the black album pages essentially left the door open for me to play off of these partial compositions.

Furthermore, the cut out text strips that once made a clear sense in the context of a certain family but now these fragmented pieces of discontinued memories make a new sense in a photo fantasmic context.

Left missing chains together unrelated family album pages to tell, internationally, a partial photographic story that can never be fully completed as the time and it’s people are long gone from these pages.

Dana Stirling is a still life, fine art photographer, and the Editor in Chief of Float Photo Magazine. Born in Jerusalem 1989, Israel, and is currently based in Queens, NY. Graduated 2016 from the Photography, Video and related Media MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in addition to receiving her BA from Hadassah College Jerusalem in Photographic Communications in 2013. Stirling’s work has been exhibited internationally including UNICEF Next Generation Photo Benefit at Aperture Foundation NY, “A Process - Der Greif” in Neue Galerie, Höhmannhaus Germany, Google photography Prize at Saatchi Gallery London UK, and Tel Hai Museum of Photography Israel. Some press and publications include, FeatureShoot, Hyperallergic, The Week Photo Blog, Glamour, Its Nice that, Fast Co. Design, Petapixel, thisispaper, Saurian Photography Magazine, and others.

She has been awarded the Google Photography Prize Finalist (2012), Gross Foundation grant for excellency in photography (2013) and the Weizmann institute scholarship for outstanding student achievement (2011). Stirling’s hand made publication ‘Dear Artists – We Regret to Tell You’ is apart of these collections: Yale University Library, Mass Art College of Art and Design Library, Savannah College of Art and Design Library and the Goldsmith University of London Library.

See more of Stirling's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Stirling's VISCERAL8 prints here.

 

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I emerge
Like a day,
Shaping the void.
On solid intimacy.
His seasons, my needs,
Exceeding the room.
I’m complete in my simplest form.

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Dear poem:
Be gentle and quite.
Do not disturb a hand to write you.
Just be,
A poem.
With soft meanings.
Sheets. Breathe. Skin.
Enough.
Do not disturbe a head to create you.
The couple is sleeping.

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Garden

Trust during change.
Seeds.
We wax and wane in stones,
Ants, grass, flowers, soil.
A landscape. We as structure.
Random organic. We as nature,
In every complex form:
The biology of being us.
Naturally.

Lungs syntax

 

Mom, where are we?
you asked.

 

 

I remember.
We cannot stay nowhere forever.

A form was springing from language,
we were in a poem!
Where time was rushing in a rice field.
Like a spontaneous overflow of words.

We were,
acquiring muscle memory by breathing over and over.

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Dad was breathing heavily,
knitting elements
to amplify the meaning.
From opposite ends of the earth
His lungs,
we were is space between
as a heart.
we can be there forever.
breathing poetry.

I remember.
Inscape and instress
In and out.

 

Rawquel is a bilingual unknown artist. She is the author of Travessa de Santa Marta, a fiction book unpublished. She writes visual stories and novels. She is the founder of Domestic Literature Movement.

See more of Rawquel's work on her website . // SHOP Rawquel's VISCERAL8 prints here.

‘Partly I’m standing back and partly I’m in the middle of it.’ -Jared Diamond, Scientist, Interview in SkyMall
‘In some respect this was the worst part, the suffering of the animal, who could not complain.’ -Philip K Dick, A Scanner Darkly

Justin Clifford Rhody is a photographer based in Oakland, California. Monographs of his work created in Central America were published in 2015 & 2016 through Mirro Editions. Rhody is also the curator and host of Vernacular Visions (a monthly public slideshow series of found 35mm photo slides) and co-organizes the White Leaves Artist Residency. In 2017 a monograph titled Married To America will be published by Hidden Eye Press.

See more of Rhody's work on his website and Instagram.

 

Form and the idea of form are based on preconceived and normalized relationships and links. Or can we talk about “coincidences”?
For me, causalities don’t exist, not even destiny. But the threads that link one situation with another, almost as if you were having a “déjà vu” capture my attention and make me reflect.

I decided to work with diptychs and hope that others can enjoy the transparent bridge that subtly or directly creates a dialogue between one image and another.

Ana Cayuela is a photographer focusing on social dynamics and intimate relationships between people. She has been working in Cuba, Germany, France and Spain. Her obsession is to get honesty and respect with the people she works with, working ideally without high versus low; taking and gibing.

See more of Ana Cayuela's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Ana Cayuela's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Over the years I have found it is easy to get lost in ensuring every technical detail is perfect. I was once all consumed by anything I perceived as a technical flaw in my imagery; you could say I was a very technically led photographer. I was hugely self critical on every technical aspect. I soon realised that technical perfection doesn’t always matter, it’s the content of the photograph, the impact it has and how it makes you feel that takes precedence.
Using a disposable camera releases you from the burden of the technical aspect, as everything is fixed. Leaving you to focus on what you actually want to represent.
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In yearning for technical perfection, it’s easy to forget that there can be benefits to purposefully including supposed flaws in your images. In certain circumstances imperfections can be desirable and add to the narrative of the imagery.
With the mass of images now available, we are questionably overdosed on technically perfect pictures. We see never ending arguments on technical perfection and gear specifications. No matter how vain we might be about our own images, technical perfection doesn’t justify the meaning, in fact just the opposite. This level of technical perfection has, in a lot of cases, created a form of disposable photography, devoid of any contextual information, perfect yet meaningless. It’s become a technical activity, at the expense of emotion and originality. Whatever you use, your medium can and will be taken as part of the narrative even if it’s subconsciously.
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Andrew Mellor is a landscape photographer from Blackpool, England. "I have a particular interest in the landscape and how we use it" Mellor says, "my photography explores natural and man-made environments, and the interaction between the two with concerns over how we use the landscape". He believes the human interactions within the landscape can influence the people and the surrounding community as these themes can have far reaching political, social and psychological effects.

See more of Mellor's work on his Instagram. // SHOP Mellor's VISCERAL8 prints here. 

See Mellor's series for VOLUME I : FORM here. 

I salvaged these old photos I took on disposable cameras that I wouldn’t have used otherwise by destroying them with heat, chemicals and food.

Camilla Hayman is a filmmaker and photographer from Sydney, Australia currently living and working as a film editor in NYC.

See more of Hayman's work on her website and Instagram// SHOP Hayman's VISCERAL8 prints here.

See Hayman's series for VOLUME I : FORM here. 

Disposable Colours :
All around big cities you can see items that no one use. This disposable items can create their own colour palette. By photographing this items I speak about the disposable colour palette of the cities that I visited. A colour palette that is always changing and transforming.
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Ioanna Chronopoulou was born in Athens, Greece in 1990. She graduated from Focus School of Art Photography and New Technologies in 2013. She continued her photographic studies in the research residency programs of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France. She currently works as a freelance photographer and as a Photo Editor in Kathimerini Newspaper for “K” Magazine.

See more of Chronopoulou's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Chronopoulou's VISCERAL8 prints here.

See Chronopoulou's series for VOLUME I : FORM here. 

Innocence is disposable in our youth and is most likely taken away as we grow into society. As kids, we were given band-aides when we scrape our knees on the pavements. We dispose the band-aide after and go on with life. As such, the world keeps turning all that is left is to keep running.

A statement from Jacqueline Mak:

"I'm a visual artist. My work challenges society's views on critical issues that affect our daily lives in which we seldom pay attention to."

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Tilda looks at me with a square of light on her face; if it ceases, how will I know if I mattered?

Greta María Ásgeirsdóttir (IS/SE) is a photographer and musician based in Berlin. Moving between art and documentary; her main work includes portraits of friends and relatives. She captures fleeting moments with modest means, employing a methodology as paired down as her subjects. Greta María finished her BA in Photography in 2017.

See more of Ásgeirsdóttir's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Ásgeirsdóttir's VISCERAL8 prints here

The disposability of a thing changes between perspectives and contexts. Once disposed, something doesn’t instantly snap out of existence, it’s simply expelled from one’s own life. Where do these things go after disposal?

Tabitha Swanson is a Berlin-based designer with a background in fine arts, design, fashion, and marketing. Drawing from the cumulation of her experiences, she's learned to approach art with a critical eye and find beauty in the simple and seemingly mundane.
"To be a mystery is the most beautiful thing."

See more of Swanson's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Swanson's VISCERAL8 prints here.

 

We live in a society that is obsessed with having the newest objects. Things are designed with the purpose of being thrown away after use and I feel like that mindset frequently translates to people and relationships. These self-portraits were taken shortly after a challenging break-up that left me feeling very disposable. They were shot in an abandoned honeymoon motel and I wanted to capture the memories of love that had been forgotten and the dream of a perfect relationship.

Kimbra Audrey is an American photographer living and working in Paris. Kimbra takes self-portraits shot entirely on film which she develops herself at home. After working as a model for nearly a decade she was frustrated with superficial images constantly created of her and the narrow definition of beauty imposed by the fashion industry. She has suffered from depression her entire life and uses her photography as an outlet. Kimbra uses self portraits as a way to create raw honest images exactly the way she sees herself and capture what she believes is beautiful. She does not edit her images and likes the natural imperfections that occur from shooting film.

See more of Audrey's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Audrey's VISCERAL8 prints here.

I grew up in an automotive family, surrounded by old decaying cars and gas cans that eventually became like still-lifes. My dad owns a salvage yard on an old country street and that salvage yard quickly became one of my favorite places to create art. Each car filled with abandoned belongings, each busted windowshield and mangled hood had a story. It was often a tragic series of events that led to anything being on that lot that served as a final resting place to lost causes. I chose to explore the word “disposable” through objects that seemed to contain narratives that time forgot. Utilizing the deterioration that I found at this rural Louisiana salvage yard, I chose to explore themes of deterioration, destruction, and object identity.
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Born in Shreveport, LA , Ransom Ashley is a photographer, actor, and cinematographer. He attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York City where he was concentrating on photography. He has shown work internationally and been included in shows at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Masur Museum of Art, among others. He has also been featured in select publications such as Parallel Magazine, Ignant Magazine, Metal Magazine, and Dazed and Confused Magazine. Ashley is currently working on his body of work entitled “Louisiana”, debuting in 2017. He is also set to appear alongside Oscar Winning Actress Holly Hunter in the upcoming southern drama "Strange Weather" and in the upcoming crime thriller "Sense of Urgency".

See more of Ashley's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Ashley's VISCERAL8 prints here.

See Ashley's series for VOLUME I : FORM here. 

An aphorism – feeling unnecessary as a human being is simultaneously intensely exciting and fiercely scary. It is an intimidating thought that we are nothing but evolutionary coincidences. We want this love that we’re sometimes lucky to experience to be understood – and we sometimes imagine for it to be kept alive when we’re dead. On the other hand we have the ability to do absolutely whatever we want to do on this short ride. We can cover up our raw nerves by pushing our boundaries unlimitedly. We can mess up our skin and bones, mess up our fragile minds. Who will care – at least for long? I’ll tell you my love, you’re free, you’re young. Take advantage of it. Is it frightening, this sudden freedom that is covering you now?

 

The photography of Pernille Sandberg shows abysses – visually and metaphorically. Addressing the darker and more mysterious side of human beings, her approach is to capture moments, bring together opposites, arouse emotions. Black and white. Object and individual. In lethargy, in ecstasy. The Danish photographer visited BTK University of Art & Design in Berlin for her bachelor in photography prior to short courses at London College of Fashion and The Danish School of Art Photography Fatamorgana in Copenhagen. She has simultaneously been published in numerous on- and offline magazines as a writer and photographer and now shares her time between Berlin and Oslo. In her work Pernille presents short intervals of reality, staged or spontaneous.

See more of Sandberg's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Sandberg's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Home is traditionally connected to an idea of a permanent, solid, and physical house but even structures like a house start feeling disposable when moving frequently - almost like shedding a layer of one’s life. Through making abstract digital collages out of the most vibrant memories or immediate connections to each places I’ve lived, such as specific colors, sound, and nostalgic details, the disposed places of the past that I used to call home form fluidly as flexible structures.

Subin Yang is an illustrator from Seoul, South Korea currently living and in Portland, Oregon. Subin makes visual work that are inspired by the themes of home, culture, identity, and nostalgia. Her work ranges from collaging various traditional medium to mainly digital illustration with vibrant color palettes and details.

See more of Yang's work on her website and Instagram.

For the visual interpretation of this word, I wanted to challenge a bit the actual definition of it, and shed a bit of light to just what extent all of our things are actually “disposable”. I’ve been taking photos of trash for as long as I remember, but never thought much of it at the beginning, just random I suppose. Soon thereafter though I realized what took so much of my attention, was what the trash consisted of that interested me, what was being thrown away. I concentrated mainly on this through household objects and pieces of cloth, specifically because it is not things that are intended to be used and then just thrown out. These are things that were not only useful, but even essential to our day to day life, and still ended up in the same place as the rest of the stuff, on the street floor.
When we step back and look at the things that we throw away, it really speaks volumes of ourselves as a species. Instead of trying to repair or restore, we replace. We change things for newer, slightly improve things, that will in turn be replaced by newer, slightly improved things, and so it goes.
I suppose this is just a friendly reminder that we should dispose of fewer things.

Monty Kaplan is a photographer and an ex-film editor and director from Argentina. He is currently based between NYC and Buenos Aires. Photography became the answer to his frustrations from the film industry because it is so simple and immediate. There’s an autonomy to it. Kaplan believes that the only constant is change, and he shows this in his work. Photography is all about capturing a certain mood, but “being as I am bipolar, and as a result, a pretty eclectic person, so too is my work.” Kaplan strives to document what he sees with his camera, and then process them in a way that heightens his personal view.

See more of Kaplan's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Kaplan's VISCERAL8 prints here.

See Kaplan's series for VOLUME I : FORM here. 

The idea was birthed from experiencing life where a “home” was never necessarily concrete. The concept of a home was nonexistent, almost poetically - in a way that my life is always somewhat nomadic, driven not by fear but by vulnerability and openness to change. I had left my hometown 6 years ago and haven’t really been home a lot. Whenever I do, which is really once every two years, everything has changed. The furniture’s moved. My brother has moved into my room. The entire city seems foreign. This project reflects exactly how I feel about my hometown. What I had wished would have been permanent seemed more disposable.
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Kanya Iwana is a Los Angeles-based multi-media artist / storyteller born and raised in Indonesia. She finished her studies in the Performing Arts in 2014 and Filmmaking in 2017, where she had learned to execute her passions. Her recent photography project, "I Don't Fit In: PHASE 1.0" received international critical acclaim.

See more of Iwana's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Iwana's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Our lives are surrounded by disposable things. Society creates the paths for the kingdom of the non-essential. We think we act freely but, instead, we follow those guides without knowing, still believing we are necessary, when the truth is that this world doesn’t consider us such. To hide this truth, expectations are created: false myths, icons, dreams, standards of beauty and behavior, a world where we become objects. The disposables. We are put in boxes, organized and piled up, until we are useful. We are just shapes that last an instant. At the end, fortunately, we are important at least for ourselves.

 

Nicolò Canova is a painter, illustrator and visual artist based in Turin, Italy. He studied illustration at the International Academy of Comics. He explores the creative and visual world through different materials, techniques and subjects, always focused on the relationship between the inner and outer world and their continuous dance of cause and effect. 

"There are stories, experiences, emotions beyond every moment, but time is always hiding them. We can't see through the eyes what lies behind. We can only imagine some colored fragments of what there is inside a person, as if each color was an emotion or an action. I paint because I try to have a clearer vision of things and relations, discovering hidden stories and evoking those inner emotions through brushstrokes of color."

See more of Canova's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Canova's VISCERAL8 prints here.

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I fear time. I fear not being present because of my fear of time.
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Looking through photographs and creating own stories from memories you can’t remember being a part of. Or trying to live through those moments as if you make a different beginning or ending. Trying to go back to that period, simply because it’s not in the present. Trying to stop time for a while.
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Photography to me has been a way to collect memories. Looking back has no limit. It takes me to a place where an existential anxiety has no room.
In this project, I use photography as a tool for reflection through the word “disposable”, as looking at existence as something like an object designed for short usage, yet with a purpose.
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Cecilia Riis Kjeldsen works with photography and video based in Oslo, Norway.

Kjeldsen graduated at Bilder Nordic School of Photography in the spring of 2015 with a major in narrative storytelling. Recently she had her first solo exhibition and is participating in a juried group exhibition through Uncertain States Scandinavia. Themes as identity and internal calls are central issues in her work seen through a combination of various techniques and expression.

As an artist, she finds inspiration in smells, sounds and colors and how these three elements help as a personal diary to own memories and experiences, but also dreams and thoughts.

See more of Kjeldsen's work on her website and Instagram. // SHOP Kjeldsen's VISCERAL8 prints here.

When I see the word “disposable” I immediately start thinking about the definition, synonyms, and the disposable spheres we navigate in our daily lives. Disposable can be defined as an item that is meant to be only used once, then thrown out, an individual place or thing that can be dismissed, or forgotten, or an item that there are an abundance of, and therefore expendable.
I wanted to explore the versatility and pervasivity of disposability in our every day lives. People, animals, life, relationships, objects, places, ideologies, moments, time, feelings- are all fleeting and temporary. Some things are disposable by nature, a physical body may only live once. Some things are made disposable, and only exist as so in perspective. Social marginalization is the abandonment and disposing of people, and social experiences that a group has deemed less than, not fitting into the norm, strange. Religion is thrown out in disbelief and hypocritical actions. Childhood fades into adulthood. Memories are held in the semiotics of objects and places we played with and in. We feel nostalgic when we see them.
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How do you dance with disposability throughout your day? What/who do you dismiss or forget? What do you no longer pay attention to or deem unworthy of your time? What/who do you take for granted? What/who do you see and ignore because it is uncomfortable? What/who are you no longer connected to? We can change moments and open worlds with our perspective.
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Amelia Mraz graduated from Temple University where she studied cultural anthropology and psychology. Mraz loves to explore culture, society, and human behavior through visual form. She believes images to be a very influential form of communication. She is especially interested in exploring and telling the stories of forgotten or marginalized experiences and perspectives through images. Images have the power to make us feel and think at the same time. Employing these two parts of the brain together has the power to change belief systems.

See more of Mraz's work on her Instagram. // SHOP Mraz's VISCERAL8 prints here.

We live in a fast paced modern era. Technology and consumerism have taken over. Our natural ability to forget ourselves and connect with nature is diminishing. The works titled ‘Slow Down and Smell the Flowers’ encourage us to reconnect with nature through the simple idea of recycling old and disused items and giving them new life through plants and flowers.

Kubi Vasak is a collage artists and graphic designer living in Sydney, Australia. He mainly uses hand cut collage to create an uncanny realm where the sequencing and division of time, space and memory are forgotten, leaving

only the subject present within their surreal, dreamlike surroundings."

See more of Vasak's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Vasak's VISCERAL8 prints here.

I wanted to treat the word “disposable” as an allegory for the human condition that can be applied to modern generations as well as those that have come and gone. These simple and sarcastic icons are a commentary on how easy it can be to take things for granted, how much of it is our fault vs. circumstance. If talk is cheap is anything we say worth the breath? Have we ventured too far down this evolutionary rabbit hole? Are we too late?

Mike Katits is a visual artist and illustrator based in Norwalk, CT. He's an aspiring animator and avid cartoon watcher when he's not directing and designing the daylight away at his important ad agency job.

See more of Katits' work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Katits' VISCERAL8 prints here.

These artworks explore the idea of feeling ‘disposable’. They explore the value that we put on ourselves and what happens when we fail to see ourselves as valuable or assume other people think the same. The figures express their feelings of being unwanted or replaceable, they are all looking inward, into their own minds and intrusive thoughts rather than looking at the bigger picture.

Olivia Healy is a third year illustration student at Falmouth University in the UK. She is originally from New York and draws inspiration from gender-ambiguity, counter-culture as well as Ancient Egypt and Japanese woodblock prints.

See more of Healy's work on her website or Instagram. // SHOP Healy's VISCERAL8 prints here.

See Healy's series for VOLUME I : FORM here. 

ALL BEAUTY MUST DIE:
When we were asked to think about the theme Disposable, we were a little bit scared because it seemed to be far from our usual research. But then the idea of cut flowers came to mind and we began a series which we care so much about now. Focusing on cut flowers - beautiful objects which because of their beauty are cut and begin to die within a few days – we reflect upon the concept of disposable when applied to a living creature, a cruel aspect of the world. The metaphor of faded beauty shows how this is a concern felt by human beings as well. Humans, too, when they are born are cut from their mother’s belly and start their life in the right moment when they begin dying. As they grow old, they feel more and more the anguish of decay and degradation. “All Beauty Must Die” is shot in polaroid. Instant film let us capture single moments of life, decay and death of these flowers, whose trace no longer remains.
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Erresullaluna and Chuli Paquin are based in Parma, Italy and have lived and worked together since 2012.

See more of Erresullaluna + Chuli Paquin's work on their website and Instagram. // SHOP Erresullaluna + Chuli Paquin's VISCERAL8 prints here.

For this series of photographs I wanted to question the word “disposable,” particularly in it’s relation to disposable razors. I chose a model with an unshaven body to create a layer of uselessness for the object. Usually, a disposable razor is thrown away after use, but for the person who doesn’t shave, the disposable razor is not needed at all. Having the shoot outside, and the model using the razors as a tool to interact with nature was a way to test the razors “disposability.” Being made from plastic means that they will never truly be disposable, they may shift and change form but they will always take up space and interfere with nature.

Dana Chang (Photographer/Art Director) is a sophomore Media Studies major at Vassar College. In her spare time, she likes to make things, especially in the darkroom.

Model: Patrice Scott

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See Chang's series for VOLUME I : FORM here. 

 

The theme ‘Disposable’ I took very literally. I have always been fascinated with the things that people deem disposable. In my local area of Easton in Bristol, United Kingdom, there is a culture of disposing unwanted items and leaving them out for the taking. This act of donating to the ‘street’ is something that I find very interesting. We live in a world where if we don’t want something it goes in the bin to either be recycled or spend its remaining years at the bottom of a rubbish pile. This culture of sharing means that things can be passed on and adds to the community spirit. I myself have salvaged many items that have been left behind by the previous owner. This project celebrates the unwanted items of many households and tries to promote this concept of sharing instead of disposing.

Louis Higgins is a photographer living and working in Bristol, UK. His documentary style explores the many social and political facets of urban landscapes. Using the medium of film, he studies his subjects’ identities and movements within their varied social contexts.

See more of Higgins' work on his Instagram. // SHOP Higgins' VISCERAL8 prints here.

Each artwork is a dialogue between what is acceptable by society and what is considered disposable. With our bodies being objectified to the extent of them being mere objects of prejudice and fantasy can they be considered Disposable too?

Sarah Naqvi is a 20-year-old Textile Artist from India.

"I work with a range of different media, because I don't want to limit myself when it comes to expression, but embroidery is certainly one of my biggest strengths. Also With the issues I tend to work on it challenges the idea of it being tagged as 'women's work' and that 'it's too girly a task'. With every stitch I make I hope that it challenges these common apperceptions and shows how much strength and voice every piece can carry."

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Everything is disposable, be it technology, love, drugs or jobs.

“William Grob takes many influences from the rural aesthetic he was raised in with his influences originating from natural elements, ornate stonework and his carnal intrigue of fire. Struggling to verbally communicate in his younger years William chose instead to express himself pictorially and physically through the inspiration of the great expressionist painters Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Van Gogh. He is an artist who uses photography and Painting as a means of communication, by integrating paint with photograph he gives the ability to add multiple points of perspective. What we perceive is not what we necessarily see when we live in a world which holds no truths and no answers, only beliefs. His belief is in seeing more and showing both a physical truth and an emotive honesty. Photography holds as many lies as truths so by synthesizing painting with photographs he projects a visualisation that captures both the instant, and the immortal." - Review by Harry Dempsey

See more of Grob's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Grob's VISCERAL8 prints here.

Such youthful bodies
And loose young girls’ hair
Bloody boy laughs with the sadness of adolescence
Beautiful hands of men like statues
And breasts of sweaty mature women
And the time has sharpened their smell of milk
Oh! Poet. There were no photographic cameras back then
And all beauty has faded without anyone understanding
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