Simen Johan

Born in Norway and raised in Sweden, Simen Johan earned his B.F.A at the School of Visual Arts, in New York, where he currently resides. Johan’s work has been widely exhibited internationally. He also has permanent collections housed at several prominent American galleries and museums.

Merging traditional and modern digital photographic techniques, Johan creates each of his images from as many as one hundred negatives. The viewer is urged to ponder the relationship between the real and the artificial or imagined within Johan’s crafted alternate realities.

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Lee Jeffries

Manchester-based photographer Lee Jeffries started out by photographing sporting events. After a chance meeting on the streets of London with a homeless girl, Jeffries reconsidered his artistic approach. Having initially stolen a photograph of the young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag, he became aware that the girl had seen him taking a picture. His initial reaction had been to leave, however he reconsidered and took the time to discuss her situation with her.

Based on this meeting, his perception about the homeless completely changed and they become the subject of his art. For the past few years he’s traveled around the world, particularly Europe and the US, photographing people he encounters on the streets. Jeffries takes the time to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to take their portrait. The gritty portraits suggest the individuals emotion, taking a hard unflinching look at their personal condition. His photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.

Jeffries was just announced as the 2011 winner of Future Publishings – Digital Camera Magazine’s Photographer of the Year, of which Jeffries was selected from tens of thousands of entries. The judges said “Lee’s remarkable image is simultaneously moving and troubling. By peeling away the superficial veneer of modern British society, it forces the viewer to evaluate their own position in the social hierarchy of the age and confront some uncomfortable truths.”

In an interview with Digital Camera Magazine on his win, Lee commented: “I’m incredibly honoured and surprised as the kind of shots I take don’t usually win competitions. I took this shot last November – I was walking around Manchester when I noticed something about this guy’s eyes. There was something wrong with them, obviously, but there was a quality about them too… I try to get an almost religious feel to my shots and I think it comes through in this image, with the way the light falls on his face. Anyway, winning this prize is a huge honour.”

You can view the full competition line-up of winning and shortlisted images here. To view more of Lee Jeffries work, check out his Flickr page

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The Bigger Picture

I’m a total sucker for magnified photography. I stumbled across these images earlier this week and loved even more that there is no label for what they are. It feeds the imagination.

For further viewing, I found the images on But Does It Float which is a wicked online gallery worth viewing. You can also see more magnified photography from FEI on their Flickr page. Happy guessing….

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Considering the amount of times we look at the human eye in a single day, it’s surprising how little I myself have contemplated the anatomy of it. That is until I saw the stunning work of Suren Manvelyan. You can see the full portfolio Your Beautiful Eyes on Suren’s Behance page.

Vintage Disassembly

I came across the work of Todd McLellan on the Telegraph website recently. I love the concept and execution. I also think it is reminiscent of the work of Cornelia Parker in 1991 for the Tate Turner Prize, where she had a garden shed blown up by the British Army and suspended the fragments as if suspending the explosion process in time. In the centre was a light which cast the shadows of the wood dramatically on the walls of the room. Work titled Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View.



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