DAYS & PLACES
THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN
Europe Art Nouveau.ORGANIC
It is known that at the beginning of the 20th century, architecture took a turn in means of art and composition. New materials and technologies met global architects which completely inspired the change and desire for every thing Art Nouveau. The late architectural photographer Keiichi Tahara traveled to Europe to find the best examples of Art Nouveau in architecture. Tahara’s work is known for capturing intricate details of bold, and marvellous structures. From the Grand Hotel Europa to capturing the subtle features in a simple chandelier, Tahara had an eye for extracting the most organic features from a architectural form.
Taschen will be releasing a book called Architecture Fin- De- Siècle in memorial for Tahara’s photographic achievements drawing inspiration from Europe's architectural wonders. His photos were captured during a pivotal moment in which the world was craving technological, philosophical and political adv...
Nostalgia and Abandonment; The Universal Experience.VAST
ML: Where in China and Mongolia are these photos taken?
CH: The locations are spread right across China and Mongolia. From Buddha Park in Zaisun, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Northwest China’s Gansu Province, the Spring Temple Buddha located in Lushan County which is one of the tallest statues in the World.
Ice Valley, Binggou Scenic Area, which covers an area of 300 kilometres and has an elevation that ranges from 1,500 to 2,500 metres above sea level and the Guan Yu Statue, Yuncheng, China. It was quite an expansive trip in terms of documenting the sites and one which is ongoing.
ML: What is your relation to these countries?
CH: I’m interested in fabricated memory, national identity, Chinese in particular in this project because it has such a rich heritage, but that is very much from an outsiders point of view. I have no personal relation to China or Mo...
NM: I’ve read that you're a fashion photographer and a graphic designer. When did you start urban photography and why?
MM: I started urban photography from 2013/2014 in the USA. I had wanted to make a long journey to refocus, to rediscover me. I already had a strong interest in street photography. This is a style that I felt was true and pure photography. Juggle between the spontaneous and rapidity moment, to capture the right moment, the good light by only walking, this is an instinctive work that matches with me very well. Conversely, fashion photography leaves little room to the improbable, it's very directed.
NM: What inspired you to take photo’s at night? Photographers usually avoid this time due to poor lighting.
MM: During my trip to the USA several months ago, I became very interested in Bright Design through the works of James Turrell, James Clar and Carlo Bern...
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.