In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

Deeper Green, by Colin Dodgson

Colin Dodgson’s Deeper Green radiates the environmental intensity of Belize: from ancient ruins and jungles, to deserted tracks and modern ranger stations. Shot on film by the renowned photographer in collaboration with World Land Trust and its ambassador Jonny Lu, the book – carbon neutrally printed, of course – provides insight into the organisations at the front line of sustainability and conservation. Describing an experience within the Rio Bravo Conservation area, Dodgson told Wallpaper* about the image here: ‘I wandered over to what I thought was a dead tree made into a fence post.  It was dead of course, but something amazing was happening. From the side of this dead tree there were the tiny sprouts of new trees. New growth.  Regeneration. Protected. I took a photograph walked back to the car and realised we had finally arrived and how important the work is that these groups do.’

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

Campaign Child, by Xiaopeng Yuan

Early in Xiaopeng Yuan’s career, he was often commissioned by Chinese kidswear brands to photograph Western models in American settings. Now, with Loose Joints, the Shanghai-born artist has published Campaign Child – a restructuring of this visual language he came to know so well. Orchestrated glossy photographs include a budgie under clingfilm; a luminous multipack of tissues; and a girl spitting out cherry pips (pictured). These are both reminiscent of yet far removed from their commercial inspirations. Through these imaginative and sometimes absurd settings, Xiaopeng communicates the globally pervasive symbols of Western capitalism and how we validate desire through mass media.

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

‘Balancing Act’, by Leandro Farina and Annette Masterman

Opening 21 November in London, a new exhibition brings together unseen projects from East’s roster of photographers and set designers, who have responded to the theme of ‘Balancing Act’ – often with unusual results. Regular Wallpaper* contributor Leandro Farina’s satisfyingly totemic forms (pictured) were created with set designer Annette Masterman. Photographer Ryan Hopkinson has ventured to the coast for his contribution, with immense graphic sculptures emerging from the sea. Elswhere, Brea Souders applied experimental techniques using static electricity on found negatives, while Jess Bonham collaborated with set designer Kei Yoshino to convey the juggling act of motherhood and work. Artists Anna Lomax, Rick Guest, Owen Silverwood and Gemma Tickle also feature. By appointment until Christmas at the agency’s new Dalston location.

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

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