In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

BODY, by Lotte Van Raalte

BODY is a tender documentation of encounters between photographer Lotte van Raalte and her subjects, aged between 13 and 94. Van Raalte’s intimate compositions respond to the politics of the female body, as well as a shift in dynamics rooted in the long history of the male gaze. About her practice, van Raalte comments: ‘I’m always on a quest for candid in-between moments. I think my fascination with the female body comes from different angles: the fact that women are dominantly sexualised and unrealistically portrayed in the fashion, movie and music industry.’ (A book launch and accompanying exhibition is being staged at Amsterdam gallery Vriend van Bavink.)

‘BODY’, 17-26 January, Vriend van Bavink. lottevanraalte.com; vriendvanbavink.nl. Writer: Sara Fiorino
Sun, 2018, by Luke Evans

Luke Evans is known for his experimental approach to photography, imbuing landscapes and still lifes with a sense of awe through tricks of perspective and scale. Fascinated by natural science and physics, Evans has turned ice, sand and smoke into otherworldly environments. He has even digested photographic negatives, capturing the inner landscape of his body. As part of Apple’s Future Makers Festival at its Covent Garden store, Evans will be sharing the process behind his visual illusions and inspiring the audience to think and photograph in unusual ways. Pictured, Sun, 2018, made by rephotographing a print that has been destroyed by arrows shot from a bow, and lit from behind.

‘Photo Lab: Hidden Landscapes with Luke Evans’, 14 January, 6 – 7.30pm, Apple Covent Garden, register here. wren.agency; luk-e.com. Writer: Sophie Gladstone
Units, by Seth Lower

Lemons escaping from their bags, swans gliding across water, confetti bursting into the sky: Seth Lower’s Units questions where one thing ends and another begins. ‘The photograph points to the specific and pretends to represent things in conclusive or indisputable ways – the best moment, the best angle – while in reality being a totally different thing,’ says Lower. Units traces the ebb and flow of qualities shared in the suites of images, for a ‘soft but thorough’ approach. ‘Things have the potential to change form while still maintaining their basic identities, and may stay the same while having different meanings to different things,’ adds Lower. ‘Photographs add a layer to this, since we can potentially see things caught in becoming.’

Units, £30, published by Mack. Seth Lower will be in conversation with professor Graham Harman on 9 January at Book Soup, Los Angeles, from 7pm. Free event, book tickets here. Writer: Sophie Gladstone

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