Best of 2018 Photography Flirts with Surreal Fashion, Reality-Bending Digital Art and Minimalist Architecture Photography is ever-becoming a diffuse cultural practice: today’s global photographers continue to blur the boundaries of different media. As photography’s relationship with fashion becomes more and more intertwined, so too does its encounter with digital art. All the while, photography has stuck to its guns as one of the best ways of capturing the world around us. These are our best picks from 2018, carefully selected for you to enjoy. Study Of A Body “Our personalities are beautiful, sometimes strange and confusingly incoherent, sometimes stunningly fitting combinations of different traits and parts that we have developed in our lives. The clarity and pureness of the inner voice is something that I strive to achieve through and in my images as in my personal life.” – Elizaveta Porodina Elizaveta Porodina’s monochrome portrait series Study Of A Body plays with surrealism, double-exposure layering, light, mirroring, and slow shutter speeds to create an alternative perspective of the human body. Elizaveta captures the expression of movement and shows our anatomy in an entirely new light. OUTSIDERS “I have always been a daydreamer and imagined things to create with graphic arts. As much as I enjoy the realism of documenting landscapes, I also love to leave a trace of my individual or emotional post-production style there.” – Nydia Lilian “They’re already here,” says Nydia Lilian about her series OUTSIDERS. Who “they” refers to, however, is up to the viewer to decide. These digitally edited landscape photographs take you on a journey through Earth, with an emphasis on the metaphysical. Beautified China “For me the photographs are perhaps less about the architecture and more about the object. It allows me, as an architect, to look at the patterns, the proportions, the shapes and the colours.” – Kris Provoost Upon moving to China, photographer and architect Kris Provoost was fascinated by the flamboyant building boom preceding the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Beautified China documents China’s cityscapes through an architect’s eye. HIBERNATION IV “I believe the term ‘reality’ is always relative, like memory. The memories seem real to you, but they might still differ from the objective truth, if there actually always is one. Many times, the real world can appear more dramatic than in invented stories; truth is stranger than fiction.” – Øystein Aspelund Norwegian photographer Øystein Aspelund is one of our favourites. In his series HIBERNATION IV, Øystein explores our embodied memories and subconscious minds. Eerie and just on the edge of surreal, HIBERNATION IV takes you on a visual journey in which truth and fiction aren’t quite so opposite. The River Veins “My work can be very abstract – seemingly somewhere between photography and painting. People are not able to decode on first glance, and don’t realise the photo was taken from the sky. The River Veins series is exactly one of those topics.” – Tom Hegen The River Veins is German designer and photographer Tom Hegen’s second feature of the year – he stunned us twice with its aerial views. Photographed in Iceland, The River Veins documents the flow of freshly melted glacier water running across black volcanic sand. Tom’s unique photography offers a fresh and fascinating way to view them. Northern Landscapes “It’s also the absence of noise in some areas that really fascinated me — it is something so rare nowadays. And I’ve always tried to find my own perspectives and places that haven’t been photographed a million times before. I want to tell the story of something new — or at least offer a new visual interpretation of something.” – Jan Erik Waider Hamburg based photographer Jan Erik Waider has developed a fondness for capturing Nordic landscapes. Capturing the rawness of the landscape, Jan’s photographs communicate the silence and vast emptiness of the landscape. Designing the Digital Atmosphere “Humans have been fascinated by the sky since the beginning of recorded civilisation. They even built religions around it. I guess it depends what you believe, but, for me, looking up at the clouds or the stars can make me feel really small and insignificant, and amazed that I even exist at the same time.” – Niko Christian Niko Christian’s digitally edited photography is reaching for the stars: beams of light show the connection between humans, earth, and sky. Playing with colours and adding rays of light or geometric elements are just some of the ways in which Niko expresses the interaction between the atmosphere and the ground below. Sunrise, Sunset “Landscapes are what surrounds us, I find it normal to be interested in them. We live inside landscapes and in a way, we are part of the landscape ourselves.” – Nicolas Leconte Seasoned traveller and landscape photographer Nicolas Leconte has perfected the art of capturing soothing golden hour hues. His use of soft lighting and careful capture of landscapes ensure that his work is peaceful and serene, almost as though the viewer is watching the sunrise alongside him. Istanbul in Black and White “The next generation will read the history with the photos we take today. The mission of the photographer is the same as a historian. The photographer is a visual historian.” – Sadık Üçok Photographer Sadık Üçok has become a visual historian of the city of Istanbul. Spending everyday out on the streets with his camera, Sadık captures Istanbul’s people in all their anonymity. The Holiday You Wish You Took “The best ideas are born when you least expect them and I think that the best way of finding them is by taking pictures. I don’t enjoy constructed projects, I came from the documentary world where good pictures arise at random.” – Salva López Minimalist photographer Salva López takes you on a serene journey through Japan with this series. True to his word, Salva’s photos are not those of a typical tourist: scenes of everyday life, detail shots, images of children playing, and even abandoned soda cups feature in this enchanting documentary of his trip through Japan.