Great blog, very inspiring. Looking forward to seeing more.
Thanks for the kind words. I dont spend much time on this blog now as Im publishing. If you want to keep up to date you can find me at - www.twitter.com/strangeorchard, Facebook.com/strangeorchard.
Thanks again, Rob
Any illustrators out there? I need a hand with something. Hit me up if you are interested - email@example.com :)
Exciting project by one of our followers Gregor Schmatz. You can find more of his work here - http://gregorschmatz.co.uk
"This on-going series investigates the important place sport occupies in culture. Sport clubs prepare their team for more than exercise and endurance, they manifest cultural structures and norms. Sport reflects culture and teaches it. Analysing sport serves as a gateway to the topic of competition, individuality and community. As primal as sport can seem it is also as artificial as our everyday life. There are unwritten rules, and rules that cannot be broken without consequence. There are expectations of the individual as well as the group. Social skills are refined and individual strengths are channelled to serve the goal of the group. What happens on playing fields is a ritual, which simplifies and represents complex cultural foundations."
Here is a sneak preview into an ongoing project, which you will see in print soon. I am specifically working on a handmade edition for this. I was curiously searching through family storage one day and came across this tin of objects, photos, letters and postcards. The second image is a cheeky, informative snap of the tin and some of the contents.
Having spent sometime browsing through the tin, learning where my family come from, I have embarked on my own adventure. I am seeing where this tin takes me, documenting part of my existence in response.
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Solitary Flight by Erik Lovold
I’m sure we have all had ideas of reinventing ourselves in one way or another. Thinking about it, it seems to be a romanticised idea that generally doesn’t evolve from being a hypothetical thought. Erik Lovold’s, ‘Solitary Flight’ interrogates identity, achknowledging his past, and the notion of reinventing himself, as he moved from a Norwegian fishing village he grew up in, to the capital of England, London.
"…But the prospect of reinvention which was once so exciting has grown ambivalent with time, when what was once new and exciting has faded into relative mundanity.”
Erik makes an interesting point here. In terms of imagery, Norway and London are very contrasting settings, but in regards to the documented subject matter they are seemingly parallel. I think unless we constantly travel, the foreign feeling of a new location eventually becomes all too familiar. What I find intriguing is the observational perspectives from Erik, where he seems to describe something he’s now disconnected from, despite spending a lot of time in these locations.
Explore more of Erik’s work here - http://eriklovold.com
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Write up on ‘(Krishna Is)land’ by David Jonathan Moore
My initial excitement finding this project stemmed from not having the foggiest idea about ‘The Hare Krishna Movement’, but as logic kicked in, I quickly found out that the movement is a branch of Hinduism, where one dedicates thoughts and actions to the Supreme Lord, Krishna. David’s project explores the Inis Rath Island, also known as Hare Krishna Island which is owned by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and hosts a community of Hare Krishna’s.
Despite being intrigued by this movement, what I find compelling is David’s personal response to the Island. To a certain extent the project documents members of the community as well as personal interactions, but the work also highlights a journey, capturing these foreign perspectives of the Island. It’s almost as if David is finding his place on the Island, documenting scenes of personal relevance during his stay.
This is a work in progress so expect more in the future, also you can find an insightful write up for his project on his website.
"Sono stato sulla neve". 2014
This photo is part of an on-going project on the people of California city.
California city is isolated in the Mojave desert in California and its resident live with a surprisingly high sense of insecurity.
Low incomes and poor access to entertainment may be one reason, as well as the intimidating presence of the surrounding desert.
Isn’t it interesting where time goes? Here’s a glimpse of where I was this time last year, photographing a self-portrait series in Pill, Bristol.
These works challenge identity, and aim to unmask my emotional wellbeing during the transitional period of moving away. This sequence starts and ends with stylistically similar imagery, this is a deliberate act that confronts one’s ability to adjust. An introspective diary, recording this unique feeling of belonging to a place that isn’t yet your own.