Barnaby Sax

Being a descendant of a family of filmmakers, Barnaby Sax grew up on and around films sets all of his life. All that exposure has without a doubt motivated his compositional and observational style. He starts by meticulously arranging and photographing scenes, which are then uploaded and extensively edited. Finally being perfected in several maquette stages of painting and coloration in preparation for the full size oil painted version, in all of its glory. His tendency to use valiant slabs of colour could also be traced back in much the same manner, to a life in Africa as a British kid. Although now, Barnaby is very much rooted in London, citing the city’s calculated and clinical personality as finding expression in quite a bit of his work.

As a collective Barnaby’s work could be considered inconsiderate, but upon further inspection there is an uncomfortable sensation derived from the inability to label or categorise what we see. This is particularly relevant in a current society where we seek to classify everything in order to deduce and comprehend it. A lot of his work has its foundations in the photo-realism of the late 20th century, yet here he deliberately skews the sense of realism to jar the viewer’s perception. Barnaby compares his own work in essence to an artistic elaboration on Sigmund Freud’s “The Uncanny”. Which for those of you who don’t know, details an instance of where something can be familiar yet foreign at the same time, resulting in a feeling of being uncomfortably strange.

His work is almost a wunderkammer (a cabernet of curiosities); you never quite know what’s going to pop up next. The motif of masking something tangible, plays with the idea of creating an additional exterior to something identifiable versus decoration as a craft, all of which Barnaby tests in his explorations of art.

You can also check out Barnaby’s work on-

http://www.emergegallery.co.uk/barnaby-sax.php

 

Leon Eckert

Munich born Photographer Leon Eckert is studying design at Goldsmiths College London, a place where thought and intention is exalted over simple cosmetic. At sea on the east coast of Spain one moment, witnessing riots with fire bombers the next, wherever or whatever Leon always has his trusty camera on hand ready to capture. He has travelled through China, worked in advertising production in Barcelona, flown into Tokyo and strolled the harbour of Hong Kong to name but a few; It’s this awareness, an understanding of the culture he has experienced, that permeates the very purpose of his work. Leon believes that every time he puts his finger down to press the shutter, he is advancing his “eye” for imagery, whilst fulfilling his need to document his endeavours.

For one of his enquiries, Leon explored the notion of public transportation, questioning the experience gained in return for the price of a ticket. In this instance a day ticket was purchased, which enables the purchaser to a full 24 hours of transport, yet rarely is this ever fully exploited. Riding 60 different buses continuously over 1460 minutes, Leon nearing exhaustion managed to capture a couple embracing in front of the bus during the latter of his journey. This couples stolen moment of affection suddenly becomes a public event, much like the transport itself.

Leon’s photographs are determinedly direct; a gritty state that comes from examining the root of a situation. They’re hearty intention is tied with a vastness and stillness that becomes vibrant in its celebration. The focus on the events impact over their visual state is beauteous in design and admirable in content. Leon’s work emphasises the relevance of communal experience in the advent of social media living.

 

You can also check out Leon’s Website, Blog and Facebook page at the links below!

http://www.leoneckert.com/

http://leoneckert.blogspot.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/leoneckertphotographer

Beauty and Soul Brought to London: One to Watch: Kenzie May

Boston-born, yet Britain-bred, Kenzie May is one of London’s young talented musicians using her experiences in the city as both her backdrop and inspiration. With admirable amounts of experience under her belt, Kenzie’s beats are organic in that they flow freely,  consisting of tongue-in-cheek wordplay and fluid, honest lyrics.

With songs such as the raw, moving “Say Nothing” which is almost reminiscent of ballads of the early nineties, to the upcoming single “Hide & Seek”, her word play based on love, with the twist of childhood games, memories, and nursery rhymes are honest and right on point for the more literary, thinking crowd.

Moved by  art and creativity, the mesmerising Kenzie May is both beautiful and talented. Her writing style and composition are one of the most relevant pieces of work for someone so in touch with our generation. The rawness in her synthesized and digital sounds  break the mold from the forgettable radio releases we hear constantly.

Having collaborated with favourites and pros, such as Sub Focus in their tune “Falling Down” ad well as BeatauCue “Slow Down” and Bastille & F Stokes “Bad Blood”, Kenzie May is hard working and experimental with different techniques.

Writing in a flow which makes the surface of your skin chill, as well as your body to rock form side to side, is a rare talent which Kenzie May possesses, as each song is haunting in a way to lead to an afterthought and reflection – pop music for the thinking set, if you will.

 Kenzie’s single “Hide & Seek” produced by Jocke Åhlund of Teddybears, is set to have its video release by the end of the month, done by De La Muerte Films.

For some pop with honesty and edge, check out more on https://soundcloud.com/kenziemay or check out her most recent collaboration with FTSE, “Float” on Soundcloud.

http://soundcloud.com/ftse-1/float-ft-kenzie-may

 Images via: http://kenziemay.com

Follow Kenzie May on Tumblr and Twitter:

http://kenziemay.tumblr.com 

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