It has been a great year for Chloe Aftel first featured in March. Chosen as one of the PDN30 Chloe has seen her reputation grow with some great commissions and she continues to produce beautiful work.
I first featured Erika Svensson on here in September.
Krista Steinke featured on here in April. Her series “Backyards” is probably my favourite photo series of the year (first two photos). But I also really like her “until there were none” series (last two photos).
This week ”white noise of everyday life” is one year old. Over the past year I have written more than 200 posts and featured more than 150 different photographers. Visitor numbers have gradually increased and the blog has now had 50,000 visits. Many of my favourite photography blogs receive this in a day but this is still much greater than I ever expected for this blog. I am grateful to everyone who visits and to those of you who have provided such positive feedback.
To mark the one year anniversary I will revisit the work of five photographers whose work has most impressed me in the past year starting today with Amanda Friedman. I first featured Amanda Friedman back in February praising her work of night photography. She also has some great travel and portrait work.
If there is any pleasure to be had from the monotony of a long daily commute it is the opportunity to lose oneself in a good book. Since I have returned to commuting I have read more than 40 books a year, seven or eight times as many as I was previously. What follows are my favourite books of the year, divided into non-fiction and fiction lists. I have no hesitation in recommending any of the books listed below to anyone who loves books.
1. Alexandra Fuller – The Legend of Colton H Bryant
As I have said before on this blog the Alexandra Fuller is an exceptional book – one of the finest I have read for many years. I read it in May and again in October and it was even better the second time.
2. Ben Goldacre – Bad Science
3. Philip Hoare – Leviathan or, The Whale
4. Gabrielle Walker – An Ocean Of Air
5. Kate Summerscale – The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House
1. Steve Toltz – A Fraction of the Whole
2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of A Yellow Sun
3. David Vann – Legend of a Suicide
4. David Eagleman – Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
5. Geoff Dyer – Jeff In Venice, Death in Varnasi
Felice Varini and Georges Rousse are two artists/photographers who work in similar areas. They both paint geometric designs inside buildings making allowances for curvature of walls etc. When viewed from most angles they appear as a mixture of coloured blocks and lines with no obvious pattern. But viewed, and photographed, from one specific angle they appear as a whole shape that seems to hover in front of the background. For example:
Varini’s work above looks like an irregular pattern of lines on the wall but …..
when viewed from a specific angle it appears as above.
Another example from Varini:
and below, a couple from Rousse: