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Revisting another of my favourite photographers, Pieter Hugo. The Nollywood series captures the macabre world of the Nigerian horror film industry but in a playful way. I am never very sure if I like them because of the actual photographs, or because of the bizarre industry that they capture. The Nollywood film industry releases over 1000 films a year straight to home-release. Without a Hollywood budget, there is something very charming about the lo-tech effects and costumes. But I feel Huge captures this feeling perfectly, by almost making the characters look at home, and often in a very mundane set. Check out more of the series of Hugo’s website.

http://www.pieterhugo.com/nollywood/

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The ‘Afronauts’ is an ongoing project from Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel. I really love the mood of these images – they feel like a sci-fi scenario that has got completely misplaced whilst travelling through time and space. They are humorous but also slightly eery at the same time.

However, in a statement about the ‘Afronauts’ project, Middel suggests that her actual inspiration for this project was just as obscure as you would imagine it to be.

In 1964, still living the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African person on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race.

Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in charge of presenting the ambitious program and getting its necessary funding. But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support, and one of the astronauts, a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit. That is how the heroic initiative turned into an exotic episode of the African history, surrounded by wars, violence, droughts and hunger.

“Afronauts” is based on the documentation of an impossible dream that only lives in the pictures. I start from a real fact that took place 50 years ago and rebuild the documents adapting them to my personal imagery.

Middel creates the perfect realisation of a truly bizarre story. There are so many other beautiful, witty and imaginative projects on Middel’s website. Make sure you check it out.

http://www.lademiddel.com/
http://www.heyhotshot.com/blog/2012/01/23/second-edition-2011-hot-shot-cristina-de-middel/

I came across the work of French Artists Pierre et Gilles a very long time ago – and yet it still fascinates me. Every time I look at them, I find something new about them that I love. And although many current artists and photographer may cite Pierre et Gilles as an inspiration – no one has done it quite like them yet.

Their work can only be described as multi-disiciplinary. The actual photography is only the end result. Pierre et Gilles were experts at creating incredible mini-worlds in which to photograph their (often famous) subjects within, building their own flamboyant sets and costumes. However, I believe it is the retouching that really brings their pictures to life – helping to reinforce the narrative created within them. Although kitsch and devotional, I really don’t know what it is about them that makes them still seem so new and appropriate for today.

Upon returning from a long and incredible trip in Sri Lanka, these are a tiny corner of all of the photos I took, but perhaps some of my favourites. They were taken at a Hindu temple in Matale, which we stumbled upon unintentionally. The colour and intricacies of the building were beautiful and unexpected, and a far cry from a lot of the tourist-lures we had already visited.

I love these image’s from photographer Charlotte Lybeer’s series ‘Dubai Inc’. I recognise a lot of similarities with the work of Martin Parr, but this feels a lot fresher and more appropriate for today. Check out other great series on her website.

http://www.charlottelybeer.be/

Incredibly cool street photography from Malian Seydou Keita. Primarily a portrait photographer, and often working to commission, Keita captures a real sense of West Africa at a very interesting time, opening his own studio in 1948. I love the sense of personality in all of his portraits, and the sense of chance created from single-shot photography.

http://www.seydoukeitaphotographer.com/en/

Richard Mosse’s infrared photos taken in Congo. I love the tension and narrative that the surreal colour give them. They look almost mythical, like stills from a film. Check out more of his work. http://www.richardmosse.com/index.php

Kate and Wills pay a visit to the studio for a few workshops.

Some basic dying techniques.

A balcony wave.

I came across Stone and Spear whilst undergoing some market research for my current project. Stone and Spear was created by London illustrator and designer Simon Cook, whose illustrative style is unique and engaging. There is a sense of wit within it, through the way that he contrasts shape, colour and object.

I love the way that he has contrasted geometry and kitsch photographic imagery within these crests. Check out his website for many more like this.

http://www.stoneandspear.com/