Words by James Watkins
 

Bored of digital photography never-be's? Experiencing eye-phone-four-fauxtography-fatigue? Not overly excited by photos of your friends in grainy photos, yellow stained to create the illusion of bohemian artistry?

Fret not, we have a reassuring elixir of digital goodness.

Issue 5 sees T-Squat showcasing five photographers who proudly wave the photography-as-a-true-art-form flag vigorously over their accomplished heads. The very same head that houses their developed visual sense and is the protective home of their insatiable and inexplicable need to hunt out and relay beautiful things to the world.

A consistently strong showcase of photographs from all over the globe, featuring some of our T-Squat regulars and some new, high-achieving, highly-recognised image-makers that we are welcoming into our ever expanding T-Squat family with open arms.

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International man of history, Yvan Rodic (perhaps more popularly known as the Facehunter), is a photographer who uses the malleable spectrum of photography to his full advantage. Refusing to restrict himself to any particular style or subject matter, Yvan amalgamates a combination of photo-documentary, portraiture, humour, social commentary, architecture, fine art and candour into his relentlessly expanding portfolio.

With a seemingly inexhaustible supply of beautiful, nubile young women to roam the romantic streets of the world’s fashion capitals with, Yvan makes the most of the opportunities that present themselves to him. With a distinctive style of environmental portraiture, the models appear relaxed, confident and natural, giving the viewer a vicarious insight into his empowering style of art.

Against the tide of most people’s perceptions of the fashion world, Yvan's images appear earnest, possibly because they don't take themselves too seriously. They are playful (some alcohol may have been consumed), there is no feeling of self importance, just a feeling that he's successfully doing what feels most natural to him, relaying beautiful images to his large and ever-growing audience.

Every photographer wears a demon on their shoulder that points out every missed opportunity, a perfectionist beast that notices every living nuance in a face and is constantly nagging you about the fading light. Yvan has successfully tamed and trained said beast to become his artistic, loyal compadre.  His lens acts as a filter for his life, distilling only what he deems worthy of sharing, casting away the superfluous into the digital backwater of his recycle bin.

I think I speak for all image apprecionados when I say that we are all pretty grateful and inspired by the likes of Yvan Rodic, who has the confidence and the amiable approach mechanisms to engage strangers in the street and make images of them. It's not as easy as he makes it look.

Here T-Squat features a series of images from a recent trip Yvan made to Melbourne. He's done a great job capturing the feel of the city and its slightly left-of-conservative and right-of-liberal inhabitants.

To keep up with Yvan's international image-making exploits, add the following sites into your bookmarks and check back regularly as he keeps them all freshly stocked with new images on a weekly basis.

facehunter.blogspot.com

yvanrodic.blogspot.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mark's timely acquisition of a new 7D as he confronted the imperial walls of a new continent, Asia, has resulted in an incredibly broad and beautiful collection of imagery. From the Great Wall to other remote regions of subterranean China, to the technicolour wonderland of Shanghai's underground train system, to the downtown quirks of Tokyo, Mark’s image-making is like an artistic version of Lonely Planet (minus the drunk, sunburnt British tourists and without the poxy travel tips).

T-Squat has benefited from his ever-growing photography prowess in every issue thus far. Comfortable in any number of situations with a myriad of lighting conditions, Mark's intuition, sense of timing and sensitivity to light are of the highest calibre, and he can truly wear the badge of an artist with a sense of accomplished pride.

Mark has now returned to his much-loved homeland, New Zealand, allowing the experiences of the past year to settle in whilst he puts the finishing touches on his excellent blog: rarkmussell.blogspot.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kris Corvino achieves something incredibly difficult with his photography. Whilst shooting subject matter that could fall off into the abyss of kitsch, cheap hairdresser calendar photography, Kris expertly balances on the finest of lines, using his macro extension tube as a counter-weight allowing him to walk towards the light, of perfectly (or as close as you can get) executed imagery.

Operating with the patience of a saint and the systematic accuracy of a technician, each image is the result of timing, thought and the motivation to walk out the front door with photography as his number one priority.

Images like these don't make themselves, you have to get on your hands and knees, wear holes in your jeans, get cramp in your arms, know when the light is perfect to traipse the streets and be aware of the much unnoticed beautiful natural phenomena that surrounds us in our day-to-day lives.

These shots serve as a reminder for all of us to stop and smell the roses (or angel trumpets if you prefer), to gaze at the stars in wonderment and most importantly, that a lego ninja ain't got nothing on a snail with attitude.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Andy Conlan makes full use of his habitual insomnia by getting out in the wee hours of the morning with his camera, lens and tripod in tow. Exploring the dark, lonely corners of the Auckland CBD whilst dodging late night city crawlers - he has given himself the time and space to create this darkly evocative series of white and black photographs.

The lack of colour, the damp mist in the middle of winter and the complete absence of human life (with the exception of a lone figure in the first photograph) creates an eery, almost Burton-esque post-apocalyptic feeling throughout. Andy creates images for a reason – composed by the eye of his considered lens, each image serves a purpose and plays an important role in the collection.

To view Andy's impressive portfolio of architectural photography check out aucklandcityphotos.com and visit the home of his other photographic styles, illustrations and musings here: andyconlan.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Conrad Bizjak has made himself a deserved home in both our art and photography sections this issue. The following fine examples of architectural imagery were all made on a whirlwind trip to Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane recently (the same trip this series of street art was made on), an example of how easily Conrad slips from one photographic style to another.

As a visual artist, Conrad has an inescapable interest in lines, tones, textures, reflections, colours and perspective. This heightened aesthetic awareness holds him in good stead whilst wandering cites, albeit at the expense of anyone in any kind of a rush who chooses to walk with him.

Conrad has an ability to see the sublime in the ordinary, the beauty in the banal and is a graphic example of how much of our cities we miss out on by never actually pointing our eyes at the sky.