Posts Tagged ‘The Architect’s Brother’

I came across some very interesting allegorical  photos  on the PhotoBotos.com site.  They are the work of a young  photographer from Budapest, Hungary by the name of Sarolta Ban, who digitally manipulates images of basically everyday items into thought-provoking scenes.  Her work reminds me very much, in tone and substance, to that of  Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, who created the fantastic photos of the book The Architect’s Brother, which I featured here on the blog this past year. 

 The primary difference is that the ParkeHarrison work is not digitally manipulated.  They instead physically create the scenes and photograph them.  For some, especially photography purists, this is an important distinction.  But I am definitely willing to look past that and simply admire Ban’s beautiful work.  For me, it comes down to how her imagery affects me and makes me react.  And for me, her work has a dreamlike quality, filled with a quiet magic.  Peaceful but ponderous.  Just good stuff.

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I wrote a week or two ago, after seeing the film Hugo, about the work of George Melies and how wildly inventive it was at the advent of modern cinema.  He used built sets and illusion to create  images that were like scenes torn from a dream. 

The same might be said for the work of Robert and Shana Parkeharrison, contemporary photographers who create magnificent metaphorical landscapes on elaborate painted sets then photograph them.  Old school.  There is no computer generation here.  In their best known series which is captured in a book of the same title from 2000, The Architect’s Brother, they create a monochromatic, sepia tinged world that is both filled with foreboding  and trepidation as well as sheer beauty.  Each image is poetic and thought provoking on some level. 

And powerful.

I’m sure I’m not giving as much detail about this couple and their work as you may desire.  I just wanted to pass along their imagery and let you do what you may with that.  Besides, if I write much more, that means I have less time for exploring these photos further.

Here’s a slideshow of the images from the Parkeharrisons’ book, The Architect’s Brother.


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