Germany, that great country of sausages, controversial History, Berghain, real castles and rough language. Where people are doing well but don’t celebrate it; where being superior not only to other beings, but to entire countries, is a custom. Where surnames such as Düsediekerbäumer actually exist. The country of effectiveness. What would become of Europe without Germany.
Germany is also the country master of efficiency; have a look at photographer Samuel Henne‘s work. Using individual objects, this German creates with them a new thing and achieve what sounds rather difficult; functionality on an image. Utility, even. Something that emanates more of a purpose than you on a Sunday. Henne doesn’t seem to find beauty merely in the aesthetic, but he seems to pursue justification, probably due to his long genetic inheritance. Simply Wünderbar.
Do you know that moment when your breakfast toast slips off your hands and, while you’re watching it go down, you still doubt whether it will fall on the butter side and cause a big drama or not? That moment when you still feel some hope that your day will not open like a total disaster? That little heart attack?
That anticipation sigh, the tension moment, is something Jacob Reischel know well. These two multidisciplinary Industrial Designers based in Berlin create scenes in which the watchers can grasp there’s something missing, some information about what’s happened or what’s going to happen. You can not know how did they get to that image, but you can feel there’s a process and an outcome. Minimalism and amazing graphic power, Jacob Reischel’s toast always falls on the bread side.
Elise Mesner is from Detroit and the perfect Britain’s Got Talent contestant. She likes illustrating, painting and photography. She’s into styling, everything related to creativity and singing. She also is a composer and, looking at her pictures, we’re sure she’s a good one. Goodbye to those boring shells that decorate our bathrooms, with their boring Nature colour; now we just want them wrapped in spaghetti and diamonds. Goodbye to yellow bananas too, ’cause radioactive green looks much better on them. And ciao to traditional bras, orange-brassieres are here to stay. Mesner is a visionary and she’s got all our support to turn the world, for once and for all, into a super colourful Teletubby place.
Something obvious: it’s really cold in Sweden. Maybe that’s why Swedish people show more love to tropical and summery motifs; ask Emma Hartvig, a Berlin based young Swedish London College of Communication graduate photographer.
Hartvig uses still life as inspiration. Always using an accidental instant style, strawberries, passion fruits, milk, sun, beach, Summer, light and colour can be seen, all portrayed resembling some sort of oil painting. It’s nearly impossible not to feel the sensitivity that these images emanate; each one of them is like holidays in some paradise place. We can feel the smell, the touch of the materials. Emma triggers shots of sensuality through her photography. Hurray for the tropical Swedish.