** Elisa Ferrari - The Sami Way **

The work of Argentine/American photographer Elisa Ferrari explores minority cultures and their environments, including issues of oppression, migration and climate change. Her fascination with telling these stories comes to life in images that imbue not only a sense of place and landscape, but also a feeling for daily life, ritual, and community.
Ferrari’s work has been featured in several online and print publications, including PBS, Lenscratch, Sony World Photography Organization, Fotovisura, the Austin-American Statesman, Austin Woman and Man Magazine, Animatic Media, Chevrolet, Gramophone, Moholy Ground, Road and Track, New Music Box, and New Music Coop, among others. Her photographs have been displayed at the Los Angeles Center for Photography and the Kiernan Gallery.

°° TadaoCern - Comfort Zone °°

While spending a weekend at the seaside, I've decided to visit a public beach that I haven't seen since I was a little boy. There I saw a possibility to recite a lot of stories only from looking at the things that people bring with them. I’ve got so inspired that I had to quit what I was doing at the time and indulge into a new project. I came back the very next week with all my equipment needed for a photoshoot.

I started this series because I was surprised how a certain place or surrounding can affect people's behavior. During our everyday life we attempt to hide our deficiencies, both physical and psychological. However, once we find ourselves on a beach – we forget about everything and start acting in an absolutely different manner. Is that because everyone else around you is doing the same? If yes, I would love that the same rules were applied beyond the borders of the beach – people would care less about what others may think about them. I believe that this in turn would show how different, interesting and beautiful we truly are. The deeper you dig, the greater possibilities arise. And the more you think – the more you question and ponder.

These photos are not staged and people did not suspect that they were photographed by me. I chose to capture images of sleeping vacationers because it accurately represents the name of the project ‘Comfort Zone’. It is only about the seaside, sunbathing and holiday somnolence that is free from a world surrounding you. I chose to showcase only the photos with hidden faces not by an accident, but to grant an observer with an opportunity to calmly scrutinize each and every detail without being distracted. It also helps to avoid empathy or connection between people in the photos and the observers. It really does not matter who they are - the details not only reveal their stories, but make us face ourselves as well.

My favorite piece is the one with the two ladies - it was my first shot and from the moment I saw it, I was convinced that I must finish this project no matter what. Even though the process was stressful and frustrating, today I can finally say that I am really happy with the end result that turned into a collection of 24 large scale prints. Images that can be seen on the internet is only a part of it and I hope that a chance will present itself for everyone to discover all of them during the exhibitions.

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High quality prints are signed and for sale in limited edition. For more information contact via info@tadaocern.com


*** andy_rudak ***

Initially influenced by the aesthetic of dilapidated East end buildings, Andy Rudak began to imagine these as scaled down models made entirely from cardboard. He wanted to combine this idea with the surreal, dream-like feel that runs throughout his personal work.

Andy Rudak first set out on the path of photography at the Age of 18, when he attended college to grasp a greater understanding of photography and filmmaking. After specialising in photography he went on to study at Blackpool College of Art where he became obsessed with lighting techniques. Moving to London at the age of 23 Andy began assisting photographers and building up his own portfolio. Eventually setting up his own studio in East London, he has now shot for many top agencies and clients. One of Andys main loves has always been shooting his own personal work, these projects help keep his creative drive and also help showcase his abilities.


°°_ andrew miksys - bingo _°°

Andrew Miksys is the Seattle-based photographer behind these almost anthropological photographic studies of Bingo players. The portraits have the stillness to them that remind me of museum dioramas with all of the subjects looking inanimate and slightly depressed. I think it’s a really great series of interesting characters with mundane recreational pursuits.

andrew miksys