We’re a week behind so you get a bonus feature this week. And what a feature. Roxie Sunderlund is a singer/ songwriter who suggests that she is still learning photography. A quick trip through her IG portfolio and one would think a heckuvalot different – you’d easily think that it is she who could be teaching others! Her images are a sharp and humorous record of life – with some classic references to original Family of Man material albeit somewhat updated. There exists a bit of a Parr-esque lens which she looks through, spotting the excess, the cluttered, all the brilliant and explicit that slaps us in the face in a day to day manner and of which many of us have become numb to. These small explosions of the obvious make for some great “aha” moments when viewing. Her finds and compositional arrangement prove for a good mix and make photography entertaining to look at. Check her out @roxiesunderland.
Well well well. What can one say about Elizabeth Huey. She has a way of capturing life and the everyday from angles and intersections of sight that is reminiscent of that old master – Henri Cartier-Bresson. Maybe it’s this painter as photographer or photographer as painter aspect which produces such a fresh orientation and manner of witness to the life around us. The beautiful collisions that serendipity can cause and then having the reflex to not only observe it but capture it at its apex. Instagrammers must visit her portfolio @elizabeth_huey for a true wonder into the contemporary view of this Belle Époque-esque artist. For more of her musings please see www.elizabethhuey.com.
Our pick of the week for lucky number 13 is this great post by Bart @keepleftunlessovertaking. We love his POV on life, a hint of the humorous in a too often take- life- too- seriously type of world. If you visit his IG feed or his tumblr site you’ll see his images tend to play between the melancholic and the ironic, the deep in thought and the laugh out loud situations that one can conjure up only through a Quick Hand Luke sharp shooting and a keen eye. Pay him a visit – http://www.keepleftunlessovertaking.tumblr.com. he’s got some great stuff.
ABSOLUTELY luvin’ this image from Dylan Nolte’s Instagram portfolio. This picture is a contemporary classic featuring young, free-spirited and beautiful kids hangin’ out in the lazy heat of a summer’s eve along London’s Serpentine. It’s just a priceless shot and really worthy of thehashtagofman’s Shot of the Week. If you are an Instagrammer check out Dylan’s amazing candid photography on the streets of London at @dylan_nolte.
In 1954-55 Edward Steichen team received almost 2 million images that were edited down into his curatorial masterpiece entitled The Family of Man. Shown first in New York’s MoMA it travelled to 38 countries offering audiences a rich photographic tapestry of what it meant to be human. From birth, love, and joy, to war, deprivation, illness and death it was the global snapshot of humanity for its day.
Today, through our smartphone cameras and apps like Instagram, we are producing images and exhibiting at an unprecedented global scale. Instagram alone reports receiving 40 million images PER DAY. However our images divide off as they are catalogued through the use of the always expanding hashtag language. Unlike Steichen’s project, they miss bringing all aspects of being human into one “gallery”.
#thehashtagofman invites photographers of all levels to participate in a project which, while paying homage to the concept of Steichen’s original creation, brings it up to date, not just in pictures but through the technology. Utilizing how we now photograph in combination with the internet and the use of the single hashtag to form communities this organic collection will shape the unfolding kaleidoscope of life and define what it means to be human now.