A New Book Peels Back the Layers on Unlikely Moments of Frisson
The online universe is awash with images of titillating, air-brushed flesh, but one thing you can never have too much of is tender affection, according to Lindley Warren, founder of photography platform The Ones We Love. A space for up-and-coming photographers to share the nuances of the people they love and cherish, the project has so far attracted the work of over 170 image-makers from far-flung locations, including Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek, winner of the 2014 PDN Photo Book Award, two of whose photos in today’s extended series feature in The Ones We Love. “He has the ability to make the most mundane things appear deeply fascinating,” says the Iowa-based curator of the breezy images, a selection of which are included in a forthcoming book and touring gallery show. Paying due to the power of the written word, she encourages the site’s participants to pen a valentine to accompany their loved-up portfolio. “When I curate, I focus on emotion,” says Warren, who was in part drawn to web-based ventures due to the immediacy of the internet. “This project was a way for me to peek into the lives of talented photographers and see the people that they love and are inspired by.”
The Ones We Love Volume 1 launches at Atelier de Koekkoek, Vienna, on August 14; Viaduct Gallery, Iowa, on August 15; and Kunstler, Brisbane, on August 15. (While the three exhibitions share the same name, the work is different in each location.)
A Peek Into a Private Wonderland in the American West for this Week's Great Gardens
Nestled in a mountain canyon where Hemingway spent his summers, Queen Elizabeth II popped by to visit friends, and rodeo is still a main event, lies the cultivated oasis of Ford Ranch. Acquired by Joan F. Wallick and Robert L. Wallick Sr. in 1968, the sprawling Wyoming residence is captured by director Albert Moya for NOWNESS’s weekly Great Gardens series. “I was inspired by meeting the kind of dreamer who has, and still is, working on making her stories real,” says the filmmaker of Ms Wallick, an accomplished pilot whose obsessive passion for collecting spans insects, Christmas ornaments (32,656), and over 400 varieties of plants in 35 acres. It’s a marvel to discover radiant blue delphinium spires, hundreds of hostas and the apothecary rose Rosa gallica officinalis blooming alongside the grave of Wallick’s late wolf, Eeyore (winters dip to -30 and summers experience 100 degree heat punctuated by huge thunderstorms). “Part of the joy of gardening lies in the challenge of this environment,” explains Wallick, who has built fences to keep the mountain lions, bears and deer at bay, enabling her manicured paradise to flourish. “I’ve got the urge to plant one of everything and see what it looks like,” she adds. “But that’s for next year.”
The next Great Gardens film premieres Tuesday August 5.
A Dynamo Filmmaker Debuts an Animated Examination of Love’s Complexities
A young man opens his heart to a beautiful woman via an old-fashioned letter in the post in this clip from Terence Nance’s first full-length feature, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, an Official Selection at Sundance 2012. Raised in Dallas, Texas, Brooklyn-based Nance wrote, directed, edited and played the male lead in the film alongside his real-life object of desire, Namik Minter, taking a magnifying glass to the miscommunications and anxieties of relationships through envelope-pushing cinematography interspersed with quirky animation. The result is a swirl of romance and neurosis worthy of Woody Allen. The film grew out of How Would You Feel?, a short made while Nance was still a student at NYU in 2010, and was initially funded by Kickstarter before Jay-Z, Dream Hampton and Wyatt Cenac stepped in as executive producers. “Love comes from physiological reactions that are not necessarily explainable,” says Nance, whose dreamlike visual effects are so visceral that friends who have seen the film project their own stories on to his. “My response is always, ‘Are you me or are you her?’ and I’m always surprised at which the person is. Sometimes, it’s both.”
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty opens in New York on April 26, and goes nationwide in the US on May 17, 2013.