Fighting fishes, Visarute Angkatavanich
Ηow To Photograph The Soul By Predrag Pajdic
Visually poetic and full of sensuality, the work of artist, curator and historian - Predrag Pajdic - explores the concept of beauty through both photography and performance. Hot ‘N’ Gold catches up with him to discuss natural structures, secret gardens and shamanic rituals…
Paulina Otylie Surys: Gohic Photography
Paulina Otylie Surys is a fashion photographer with a unique practice. Having trained in classical painting, she made a decision to take up screen printing around two years ago and through that “found [her] way towards photography.” Using innovative combinations of toners and inks over dry dyes, on silver gelatin fibre paper, Surys creates haunting, pseudo-gothic works embued with a heightened sense of drama and compostition. This approach works in perfect juxtapostion to the modern clothing and appearance of her models
Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson
Jimmy Nelson started working as a photographer in 1987. Having spent 10 years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot. The journey lasted a year and upon his return his unique visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published to wide international acclaim.
Soon after, he was commissioned to cover a variety of culturally newsworthy themes, ranging from the Russian involvement in Afghanistan and the ongoing strife between India and Pakistan in Kashmir to the beginning of the war in former Yugoslavia.
In early 1994 he and his Dutch wife produced Literary Portraits of China, a 30 month project that brought them to all the hidden corners of the newly opening People’s Republic. Upon its completion the images were exhibited in the People’s Palace on Tiananmen Square, Beijing, and then followed by a worldwide tour.
From 1997 onwards Jimmy began to successfully undertake commercial advertising assignments for many of the world’s leading brands. At the same time he started accumulating images of remote and unique cultures photographed with a traditional 50-year-old plate camera. Many awards followed. When he started to successfully and internationally exhibit and sell these images, this created the subsequent momentum and enthusiasm for the initiation of Before they Pass Away.
Join the club, Ursula Sprecher & Andi Cortellini
Since 2010 New York City-based photographer Sophie Gamand has been using her photography to explore the unique relationship between dogs and people. For an ongoing series entitled Dog Pageant Gamand has been documenting the lives of New York’s “Doggie Moms,” women and men alike who own small dogs and “the dog-oriented events that their lives revolve around.”
The “Doggie moms” are women (and sometimes men) carrying dressed up toy dogs in purses everywhere they go. Through their dogs, they meet regularly, often for animal-related charity events, and for each occasion have their dog wear hundreds of dollars in bedazzled outfits. Pet fashion designers and Pet stylists have emerged, to provide this crowd with always more garments and accessories. It is a thriving business where designers compete, and the Doggie Moms, sometimes acting like Stage Moms, would do anything to see their dogs in the spotlight. Many of these dogs even have their own Facebook page.
In 2013 New York City began hosting an annual charity dog beauty pageant, The NYC Doggies and Tiaras Pageant. The canine contestants compete categories such as talent, active wear and evening wear while attendants raise money for animal charities. That’s where Sophie Gamand took these fabulous portraits of the glamorous dogs and their devoted humans.