:: maroesjka lavigne - Ísland ::

Maroesjka Lavigne (b.1989, Belgium) gained her masters in Photography at Ghent University
in the summer of 2012. Her work was exhibited at the Foam Talent exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Photoacademy award in Den Haag, Netherlands and 44 gallery in Bruges, Belgium. For ‘ísland’, the project Lavigne made in 2012, she spent four months in Iceland, driving on her own through the desolate snow-covered and blossoming landscapes of winter and spring, looking for those moments when colour, light and the subject merge into the perfect image. She self-published this work as a book (200 copies) called ‘ísland’. She is currently living and working in Ghent, Belgium.

maroesjka lavigne


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“I make my photographs with a Mamiya 7II. Shooting medium format film allows for not only exceptional print quality, but also forces me to consider the making of images more carefully. I have to slow down, and this allows for a much more conscious photograph. I’ve tried other ways of making (both digital and large format), but have found medium format to offer the perfect balance of flexibility and intentionality.”

“With the camera I explore my personal and complex relationship to place and identity as a white woman living in an African-American community.
I wasn’t until the age of 5 or so when I finally realized I wasn’t black. My freckles had come and neighbors no longer laughed and called me “light skinned”. I was different.  Yet, this was and is still my home and my community. Photography allows me to investigate and to navigate these surroundings, my relationships and my identity.
Each photograph represents a conscious exchange between subject and photographer. Photography’s “Othering” gaze is balanced with my personal relationship to the sitter. The resulting photographs strike a delicate balance between intimacy and distance, giving and taking.
Navigating between the record and the metaphor, these images of my personal landscape consider issues of culture, race, belonging and self-image.”


•–• Vera Saltzman •–•

Sigmund Freud believed the uncanny to be something which leads us back to what is old and familiar but is at the same time "unheimlich" or uncomfortable. This series explores the idea of the uncanny as it manifests in a longing for youth, and a recognition of mortality. 

Driven by the nostalgia of our lost childhood, many of us have kept our dolls: sitting on a shelf, buried in a box in a closet, locked in an attic. In these portraits, women over 40 are posed with their childhood dolls. Each doll serves as an entry point into the history of our life which is both strange and familiar. In my photographic survey I consider the rediscovery of these doll-mementos, which lead these women to recall a past of comfort and security. It's hard to imagine a time and place when we would have played with these dolls. As young girls we spent hours with them. Our friend and confident, they kept us safe at bedtime, while comforting us during stressful times. Those days are gone forever, yet eternally present as evidenced by the doll: an assurance of a past. These images are tinged with a sense of 'memento mori' - 'remember that you are mortal.' As I age, I am constantly reminded of life's uncertainty. This series helps me reflect on the human condition: the transience of life and the inevitability of death.


Born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, moved Canada's arctic territory of Nunavut. Struggling to fit in, she turned to her photography to build a bridge between herself and the Inuit, a friendship of sorts - a visual record of an intangible exchange. After living in Nunavut for 5 years, Vera returned south to work in Ottawa where she sought out opportunities to develop her photographic skills. She eventually left her place of work to study full time at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). In her final year of studies she focused her attention on issues of identity, the fragility of life and the passage of time. In 2012, Vera's series Sue and Winnie won an Applied Arts Award for creative excellence. Vera currently resides in Fort Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan.


*** David Chancellor_ Safari club ***

David Chancellor, born London England, works and lives in South Africa. 
He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, exhibited in major galleries and museums, and published Worldwide.
Named Nikon photographer of the year three times, he received a World Press Photo Award in 2010, for 'elephant story' from the series 'hunters'.
Chancellor has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery London (2009), where the following year he won the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.
In 2011 he was a nominee for the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup, his work was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Organization Award, and the Freedom to Create Prize.
In 2012 he received a Sony World Photography Award (Nature and Wildlife) and Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.

Chancellor has increasingly turned his focus on area's of human-wildlife conflict, and in 2012 he released his first monograph 'hunters', in which he explores the complex relationship that exists between man and animal, the hunter and the hunted.
He is represented by INSTITUTE (Institute for Artist Management)  http://www.instituteartist.com