Ravi Deepres Wades into the World of Ballet

Art is essential. The heart of artistic expression is to tell a story or communicated ideas within a form that is as visceral as it is direct. But each discipline has its limits, and can only express a slice of the human experience, whether it be contemporary or historical. In “Woolf Works,” a production of the Royal Ballet, they work to create an all-encompassing expression of Virginia Woolf’s experience by engaging dance, music, and video to immerse the audience in the stories of this American artist. Presented as a triptych centered on each of three of her landmark novels, ‘Mrs. Dalloway,’ ‘Orlando,’ and ‘The Waves,’ they also include inspiration from collected works like letters, essays, and pieces from her diaries. Wayne McGregor choreographs this narrative compilation with music by Max Richter, and videos by Gallery Stock photographer Ravi Deepres. Ravi’s video work adds elements that are emotional and metaphorical, like


The Future Calls to the Present: “I Used To Be You”

If time is a human construct, then why can’t we play with it? In Kyoko Hamada’s “I Used To Be You,” the photographer has compiled a collection of self-portraits dressed up as a woman far her senior. The 42 year-old Japanese photographer has costumed herself to look in her 70s and places herself in private and public spaces that highlight how we interact with our worlds differently as we get older. What’s most remarkable to her, though, it how differently the world acted towards her. “I think you are ignored and invisible,” she told ABC News in an interview about the project. She presents this evident invisibility without comment, instead we must dissect it ourselves. In many ways, the title of the series, “I Used To Be You,” seems to be a call from her older character to herself. Kikuchiyo-san, as Kyoko calls herself in the confines of this collection,


Guitars Hidden in Plain Sight

The relationship between a musician and their guitar cannot be understood. Communication through a physical language expresses itself musically; a collaboration between flesh, wood, and string. Each guitar has a unique sound, gifted to it by the perfections and imperfections built into each instrument by the hands that crafted it, warped, changed, and molded by each hand that plays it. The sound of a guitar is as much influenced by the passage of time as it is by the craftsman who made it, and that history is painted across time, traceable through the efforts of the people who touch it. In Jay Blakesberg’s ‘Guitars That Jam,’ he tracks some of the most famous guitars through history. Filled with information even the most studied fan may have missed, ‘Guitars That Jam’ pairs photos of the world’s most beloved instruments with information vital to understanding them. We see these guitars in their


Time is a Scrambled Puzzle in Vincent Fournier’s “Brasila”

For Vincent Fournier, the city of Brasilia is something of a jumbled puzzle, mixing the past and future in mismatched architecture and impossible ideals. He says, in his introduction to his series of the city aptly named “Brasilia,” that the city, “presents a particular interest in its relationship with time and fiction.” Using those ideas as a jumping off point, Vincent composes his images around the stoic and sometimes falsely manufactured settings. Neon colors reflect off one another, the shells of UFOs rust in the open air, carved busts stand sentinel in expansive and hollow marble corridors. Each image was an uneasy pale of false creation. Vincent describes this element referring to Brasilia as an “impossible place.” When these images are considered together, along with their periodic human intrusions, they start to crystalize the relationship between potential and outcome. They make clear the contrast between what the designers of these


Josef Hoflehner Redefines “Landscape” in Latest Exhibition

The word “Landscape” calls up traditional images of broad plains and sharp mountains brushing across a flat sky, skirted by the rays of a hot or hidden sun, displaying expanse and nature. But that’s not all that word needs to mean. As Josef Hoflehner proves in his latest exhibition “American Landscapes,” the word can mean much more. Through Josef’s eyes we can interpret these ideas in another way. Instead of looking at landscapes as a catalogue of natural force, we see that anything can be regarded with the same awe and contemplation. The industrial open space of a bus stop takes on the regality of the Mongolia Steppes. A payphone stands on adjacent to salt flats like a lone pine lording over an empty tundra kingdom. Josef’s “American Landscapes” begs us to notice how we’ve touched our world and what we’re doing to it. He shows us our new and


MC Kennedy’s Gangst*r’s Paradise

When MC Kennedy was seven and a half months pregnant she moved to Cape Town, South Africa to photograph the most brutal gangs in the world. The decision was not a light one. In many ways, the choice that she threw herself into was a gesture against convention, but it was carefully chosen and potentially impactful. As MC told Planet Magazine, “I firmly believe a woman should work to show self worth to make your children proud and to keep your marriage alive. Many told me things were going to change once I became a mother – that my career would suffer. To prove them wrong I decided to photograph the world’s most dangerous gangsters.” MC is originally from South Africa, so in one way this project, later entitled Gangst*rs, was a homecoming. She was returning to her home country but photographing a community that was new to her. When


Stephen Gill’s Interactive Photography

Stephen Gill approaches photography in an interactive way. Instead of merely taking negative to print, Stephen explores how else photographs come in contact with the world they inhabit. Between 2004 and 2012, Stephen shot five different series in service to his exploration. In “Buried,” Stephen interred photographs underground and allowed them to ripen in that environment. “Hackney Flowers” shows images of flowers and seeds laid over the original photographs, interacting and giving an extra layer of depth. Dipping both the camera and prints into the water offered surreal images for “Coexistence.” The interaction between object and photograph is thrown into stark contrast in “Talking to Ants,” where Stephen placed objects in the camera to physically affect the film. In “A Series of Disappointments,” Stephen photographed discarded betting slips from around Hackney, each of them representing a loss. A selection from each of these series will be included in “Buried Flowers


Jeoen Hofman Finds Homemade Horror

For the last two years Jeroen Hofman has delved into the world of criminal forensics where he’s finding how science and technology converge to recreate horrible scenes and solve crimes. For “Forensics,” the photographer shadowed police academy students at the Netherland Forensics Institute while they make their way through the mess of studying these topics. Exploring simulated crime scenes constructed by their professors, these students find actors laid out like corpses and fully furnished rooms that have been unceremoniously burned in the pursuit of accuracy. “Finding the truth in forensic science is a fascination I’ve had since I was a little boy,” says Jeroen. “Television and series like CSI dragged me into the subject.” These images are now familiar to him stepping into these scenes and becoming familiar with the world that surrounds them. His images show the clinical nature of this study, creating an internal tension provided by the


David Leventi Finds Divinity at the Opera

In many ways opera is the most heightened art form we have today. On par with Greek Tragedy, operas investigate the edges of human experience with emotions and events as dramatic as can be. The stages and sets are a flurry of passions and beauty but sometimes, as our attention is brought to the movements on stage, we miss the beauty that surrounds them. Photographer David Leventi’s “Opera,” is the result of eight years chasing the beauty that surrounds the stages of opera houses all around the world. Photographing dozens of opera houses in nearly 20 countries, David was looking for a way to collect and understand everything that goes into opera. The project strives to compose and understand what David calls “the spectacle of opera.” From luxuriously draped curtains, to impossibly ornate carvings and majestic paintings. “I experience an almost religious feeling walking into a grand space such as


Giovanna Griffo Brings the Universe Within Reach

Few experiences are as ethereally renowned as the Northern Lights display. With a very narrow area of viewability (from late November to March within latitudes 65 to 72 degrees – weather permitting), to too many it is an experience of legend. They have reached the level of myth, injected into stories both epic and fantastic. But they are very real. Italian photographer Giovanna Griffo brought a group of studios to southern Iceland where they could watch the convergence of space particles as they smash into the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetospheres. The colors play across the sky, painting configurations guided by astrophysics with a whisper of divine grace. The night sky is no stranger to Giovanna, who finds a universe of compositions in the ceiling of our world. “You can find amazing nightscapes almost everywhere, I started collecting night scenes near my home town and went always further and further trying

Gallery Stock at Fotofringe London This Week

Fotofringe is a different kind of trade show. Shirking the pamphlet heavy booths and wild, distracting displays, Fotofringe creates an intimate and conversational environment. The key people at each attending agency are ready to sit down at the table to forge new connections and discuss what everyone has to offer. This year, GalleryStock will be one of the more than 75 picture libraries present at Fotofringe in the Waterside Battlebridge Room, Table BB/19. We look forward to sitting down with you and showing you everything you’ve come to expect from GalleryStock – as well as a few surprises. Fotofringe is this Thursday, April 23. Doors open at 9:30am at Kings Place in London. 90 York Way, N1 9AG​


The Republic of Gabon: Where the Dust Settles

Dust is the enemy of the conservationist. It is powdered death, the ruinous remains of environmental havoc. For Sasha Bezzubov’s “The Republic of Dust” he traveled to the Republic of Gabon in Central Africa, investigating the region with his camera. The home to mind-bending cultural and biological diversity, Gabon is almost entirely covered in rainforest. As a densely forested area it is considered one of the world’s most precious ecosystems; all in the face of deforestation. Logging roads and tree felling have cut large swaths of bare earth, and when that earth is baked in the sun the soil turns to dust. Passing trucks send up plumes that settle on every flat surface, natural and manmade. It suffocates growing flora and coats the citizenry of the land. Sasha’s photographs show us not only the choking plants, but also dancing dust clouds, and the faces of those who must cut through