#5 — VANESSA MATSUI (photo by Kourosh Keshiri)
This shot of Vanessa Matsui by Kourosh Keshiri was posted on Instagram early in the year.
There seems to be no biographical information for Keshiri on his website, or his Facebook Page, or his Instagram. Keshiri took photos of the launch party for last year’s Crankyfest, an annual online film festival organized by Matsui and Liane Balaban. The tweet below mentions another project, GHOST BFF, involving Keshiri.
#4 — SOKO (photo by Roman Koval
San Francisco photographer Roman Koval (from his twitter I suspect he is in Los Angeles now) did this as part of a 6 August photoshoot for a Robert Schwartzman music video, and Soko posted it on her Facebook page. Soko’s dranatic pose is a major contributor to the impact of this photograph, drawing the viewer into a vortex of colour and texture. Mr. Korval has a Facebook page and a website that is still
An under-graduate student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Koval emigrated from Ukraine in 2000 and then spent eight years in Chicago. He then moved to San Francisco to pursue a degree in photography. He writes to supplement his visual work, and is currently in progress on several new projects. Koval is also associated with THE WARHOLIAN, a documagazine founded in 2010 by photojournalist
#3 — CALTLIN CRONENBERG (selfie)
Caitlin Cronenberg’s incredibly complex selfie
“I was planning on rebelling my entire life when I thought I was going to be Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat – Until I got a sewing machine, and then thought I would be some sort of seamstress. And then I got a camera and it all started to make sense.”
— Caitlin Cronenberg to Jordana Divon of Metro News
Cronenberg captioned this one: “Sometimes on Sunday nights, I like to relax.” This is the most complex selfie ever. It has a funereal aspect to it. It might be the opening scene of a film about the occult, depicting the start of a pagan sacrifice. That radiator in the background is a very ambiguous object. This scene could be on a rooftop and the candles at the top could be a nighttime city skyline.
She offered this tip on how to take Cronenberg-style photos: “Always make your own blood from scratch. Don’t use store-bought blood. Corn syrup and a little instant coffee, red food colouring and a touch of blue. And, you know, stir well. Plus it’s edible.”
#2 — PLANE LANDSCAPE (photo by Elizabeth Gadd)
“I, uh… shoot landscapey stuff… with people in them.”
— Elizabeth Gadd
Gadd is a self-taught 21-year-old photographer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her signature style is to photograph wanderers and adventurers in magnificent landscapes. This photo stands out because of its eerie combination of derelict technology, wilderness, and subtle colour.
In an interview with Angela Butler of Phlearn, Gadd had this to say about choosing locations:
“I actually rarely have a vision in mind for any of my photos beforehand. I love hiking and exploring, so I always take my camera gear with me in case I find a place that stands out to me as a photo-worthy spot. On some days I’ll hike for hours and take no photos. On other days, when I stumble upon a spot where the light is just right, I instantly snap into photographer mode and know what to do. I always pack a prop dress or outfit of some sort in my backpack so I can be ready for those moments when I decide a self-portrait in necessary.”
#1 — TAMMY GILLIS (photo by Eyoälha Baker)
“I believe in the power of our thoughts and that our perception of life, what we believe to be true and how we choose to see the world becomes our reality. For many years I have noticed that news casts, and media tend to report primarily negative and fear based news stories. I recognize that there are many horrific and terrible things occurring in the world that need to be acknowledged. At the same time, there are also incredible stories, inspiring people and amazing occurrences happening every day, yet these good feeling events rarely become front page stories.”
— Eyoälha Baker to JW Najarian of On Purpose Magazine:
This photo of Tammy Gillis is spectacular. The illusion of flight, the amazing colours, and the sheer beauty and exuberance of it all, make it is the best example so far of the JUMP FOR JOY Project,
Baker described the JUMP FOR JOY Project this way: “I post photos of people jumping on my blog everyday and feature a different person every week in my NEWSLETTER; Where they express their passions, inspirations and talk about their creative work/projects/art/sports/charities or whatever they are working towards building and improving in the world. By focusing on positive actions and creating a compilation of joy, I’m creating a unified community that showcases creativity, positivity, joy and fun that uplifts both participants and viewers. Capturing the expression of joy through the simple act of jumping, reminds us to take ourselves and life a little less seriously, if just for a few moments.”