In our latest issue, Nature, we look at Todd Hido’s latest project, Bright Black World, which warns of environmental disaster.
We then explore Lena C Emery’s latest work, Yuka & The Forest, based on Japan’s connection with the forest.
Yoshinori Mizuytani’s project HDR-nature, also featured, takes a critical look at the genre of nature photography.
The icy landscapes of Todd Hido’s latest project, Bright Black World, echo the otherworldly aesthetic of Romantic painters such as Caspar David Friedrich and Karl Philipp Fohr. In their malevolent beauty, they forewarn of environmental catastrophe.
We also look at Lena C Emery’s latest work, Yuka & The Forest, which draws on Japan’s strong cultural connection to the forest occupying two-thirds of the country. Through creating a semi-fictional world in which a young woman is set free by the harmony and beauty that surrounds her, Emery celebrates the spiritual wilderness of nature.
In yet another approach, Yoshinori Mizuytani’s HDR-nature takes a critical look at the wider genre of nature photography, and its obsession with colour and sharpness. By maxing out his camera settings and making the manipulation explicit, he attempts to “develop a new form of nature photography”.
In Agenda, we preview Bauhaus and Photography at NRW Forum in Düsseldorf (DE), plus we feature Dan Wood’s latest book set in South Wales (UK), Gap in the Hedge. We also meet colour pioneer, Harry Gruyaert.
In Projects we have three new series from Michael Poulas, Joel Hunn and Daniel Siegersma, which all use unexpected and organic forms to convey a broader narrative. In Intelligence, Damien Demolder reports from the world’s biggest camera show, Photokina, and Nina Strand goes to Reset, an event focussing on the ‘crisis’ of the photobook.