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Shamans & WrestlersMYSTICAL
Photographer Ken Hermann is an artist with discovery in mind. His art delivers passionate stories about individuals, communities and countries and explores the balance between tradition and modern life. In two of his stories, ’Shaman’ and ‘Bökh’, Ken traveled to Mongolia and explored the traditions of the spiritualist and warrior with his two short documentaries and photo series. Each series feels like a personal invitation to a respected world that many have not ventured.
The film and photo series ‘Bökh’ shows the dedication to the historical honour of the wrestler. When a boy is born in inner Mongolia, his family prays for him to become a wrestler. The tradition dates back to the the Genghis Khan’s reign when he used to keep his warriors ready for battle at all times. The Bökh of past and present follows Khan’s comparison of wresting to war. His famous words explain that the warriors must face enemies who are more powerful t...
Eiji Ohashi was born and raised in Hokkaido, the most northern part of Japan. The climate in this region creates great white winters, which as a child he adored. These winters also sparked the creativity that was living within him. One evening Ohashi was caught in a extreme snowstorm, he was able to find his way home by only the lights of japans infamous Jihanki.
Jihanki, also known as vending machines play an important role in Japanese culture and to Ohashi himself. Jihanki are not exclusive to only city centres, but can be found in the most remote locations like rural cities or along lonely highways. To Ohashi, the vending machines are more then a matter of convenience. He sees them as a symbol of how humans are interacting with modern life. “ I can see how Japanese people are always safe within Japan. This is because vending machines can be placed virtually anywhere. But still, there seems no end to the desire for great c...
Deep in the jungle of the La Huasteca rainforest, lies a labyrinth of buildings, columns, sculptures and trails that take on the side of surrealism and an unbelievable architectural escape.
The location is called Las Pozas (“the pools”), it is surrounded by natural streams, waterfalls and is spread out over more then 20 acres of lush jungle.
Las Pozas was created by Edward James, and eccentric British poet. He was known for is patronage of Surrealist artists, including Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. It is clear to see that he was inspired by these artists and created an surrealist escape for himself. The construction of Las Pozas took place between 1949 and 1984 and was said to cost roughly $5 million to build and required the labor of a small town. To pay for the project, James auctioned off his extensive collection of Surrealist art. In return, he spent long periods at Las Pozas, bathing in its pools, writing, and t...
and When. The earth we live in is full of visual treasures too magnificent to describe. Often we need a photograph to allow an beautiful landscape to meet our lines of vision - wherever we are. Sometimes it's a the other end of the world, sometimes just a few miles away.
A Neon Limbo.
Photography by Stefano Majno, Interview by Natalie Malheiro.
Stefano Majno takes a trip through the Bangkok red light district and tells the story of the beggars, sex workers and common workers of the country.