In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

Behind Karla Hiraldo Voleau’s new book Hola Mi Amol is a curious and sensuous female gaze; she shows us sandy skin and self-portraits, on beaches and in bedrooms. The French-Dominican photographer grew up hearing ‘never date a Dominican’, creating an understandable curiosity about what intimacy for her would be like in the Dominican Republic. Through the brief encounters she documents, we experience her time there as a freeing questioning of sexual and cultural identity. The frank words from Hiraldo Voleau and the men she meets illustrate this – talking sex, love and belonging. This seductive, heartfelt and sometimes humorous book is co-published with SPBH Editions and ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne.

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

Born in South Africa and raised in the UK, photographer Koto Bolofo is renowned for both his professional and personal artistic practice. His latest creative endeavour – entitled Smile like a wild flower – is a spontaneous series on flowers, charmingly printed on newspaper. Bolofo speaks of the seasonal transitions of these wild flowers, as their seeds travel and form new life elsewhere. This temporality inspires him, bringing to mind colourful scents and sights that only exist for a moment and therefore must be cherished. Intended as a one-off series of limited-edition newspapers, the project has since evolved – a second chapter was shot while Paris’s Seine was swollen, and explores the poetic and painterly inspirations that flow from the river.

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

Wave (Hair), 2016, by Teresa Eng

Captured over six years, Canadian-born photographer Teresa Eng’s China Dream delves into identity fragmentation and the diaspora experience of second-generation immigrants. The recipient of the 2019 Burtynsky Grant, Eng is releasing her darkroom-printed images in book form with the help of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Merging memories of her ancestor’s country that she has only explored through temporary visits, with visions of modern-day China’s fast-pace growth, Eng has produced an atmospheric series with a skilfully distilled colour palette that shows the nation’s past and present in flux.

Pictured, Wave (Hair), 2016, by Teresa Eng

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

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