Confessionals are inherently uncomfortable spaces. The very purpose of their existence, to allow parishoners to privately unload their transgressions to a member of the clergy—and God—is a tense and awkward premise. While modern places of worship have brighter and more inviting spaces to confess, the confessionals photographer S. Billie Mandle shot for her "Reconciliation" series come from classic church design: dark and intimidating spaces with dramatic light pouring through privacy screens. [via Wired]
Put simply, the colors in Nadja Staubli photos are surprising. Whether it's an image of a Martian red sky above an indoor pool, or a three-color pastel mansion shot from the parking lot, Staubli finds colors and shapes that don't seem of this world. Instead her collections read as a kind of happily distorted vacation diary that pays more attention to unexpected patterns in swimming pools, golf courses, and highways than documenting sights and people. [Via It's Nice That]
With the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, coming May 21 and streaming today, the electronic music duo couldn't have picked a better time to team up with their producer, the father of disco, Girogio Moroder, and fashion photographer Heidi Slimane for a sleek black and white photo shoot.
The cover of Chris Nosenzo's Packet biweekly zine has three constants: a date stamp, a title stamp, and a single staple in the top left corner. The rest of the contents are a largely collaborative effort: each issue features the work of roughly nine artists collectively producing about 20 pages of work. Past issues have included a mix of photos (see Bill Callahan in "Would Wife" below), artist interviews, comics, drawings, and even a few paintings. Each copy is printed with a Risograph, stapled by hand, and shipped to you in, well, a packet.
“SoHo Forestry Guide” by Bridget Collins
Damien Correll Packet #010
Would Wife by Anthony Cudahy
For those of us with mild resurgence of Star Wars obsession, finding out that something as typically ephemeral as a movie set for Luke Skywalker's adventures on Tatooine still exists elicits a mix of nostalgia, wonder and excitement. Visual artist and filmmaker Rä di Martino set out to shoot old film sets in North Africa and eventually found her way by word-of-mouth to the mother of all desert film sets, a miraculously well-kept Skywalker Ranch as well as two other Tatooine sets from the original Star Wars film. Oddly enough, fans who saw her photos a few years back were concerned about the distressed state of Luke's "boyhood home" itself and eventually raised money to refurbish it and mark it for tourists fans.
di Martino writes us she was exploring the sets not as a documentarian, but rather as an artist exploring our dreamscapes. "These photo series are part of a research on abandoned movie sets in North Africa (which also ended up in a video), but is not reportage. I just liked the poetic potential of those ruins—being ruins of something that is our future in our imagination."