(Photo credit: Alec Von Bargen, Everybody’s Gone; Juror’s Selection)
(Photo credit: Alec Von Bargen, In Mourning)
Alec Von Bargen is a low maintenance photographer. Choosing a small “point and shoot” digital camera to interpret his experiences, Alec is unfettered by delicate equipment and the perpetual fear that the lock on the trunk is going to give way and offer up your livelihood to the world while you stop for coffee. While purists may scoff, Von Bargen’s work is no less captivating for ease of capture, proving once again that it’s not “what” you shoot, it’s how you shoot it.
Von Bargen’s Everybody’s Gone is a poetic antithesis to our increasingly people saturated environments.
See more of Alec’s work online at www.alec360.c0m
(Photo credit: Chengdu Flamingos by Hugo Teixeira)
Hugo Teixeira’s photographs, Chengdu Flamingos and Xi’an Hippopotamus, were awarded the Juror’s Selections for the “Animalia” exhibition. Both images come from Teixeira’s China Zoo series, which documents how animals relate to China’s consumerism. The series portrays the distinctive manmade barriers that separate “us-from-them” and how these constructed environments are intended for animals to function as spectacle. Some of Teixeira’s photographs are distinctive of China, while others provide generalizations and commentary about zoos from around the world.
Discussing his project and working in China, Teixeira’s artist’s statement reads:
You were as likely to find a tiger in your soup as you are to find one in a cage at a zoo. And while at first I approached the subject mater in a documentary fashion, as much out of outrage as curiosity, I soon saw the resulting images as just that: a testament to the complexity of humankind’s relationship with animals.
Click [HERE] to see the entire China Zoo series.
(Photo credit: Xi’an Hippopotamus by Hugo Teixeira)
More of Hugo’s Work can be found at www.hugoteixeira.com