Paradise Wavering

Alice Q. Hargrave explores
the melancholic side of paradise

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Paradise. The word itself elicits a myriad of images and sensations – perfection, bliss, timelessness. However there is also an immediate fragility associated with the word, as the human experience has proven throughout history that paradise doesn’t exist, or otherwise it is a fleeting myth, come and gone before one can even understand what it meant. Alice Q. Hargrave’s photo book, ‘Paradise Wavering,’ which will be released in May, 2016, explores the melancholy side of paradise and the perils of a future pervaded by environmental catastrophes, amalgamating newly captured work with re-photographed vintage images, colored and printed in the attempt to create a space and time that, like paradise, does not exist in an actual reality.

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Glacier from ‘Paradise Wavering’

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Shade from ‘Paradise Wavering’

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Cattails from ‘Paradise Wavering’

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Lichen from ‘Paradise Wavering’

 

 

Photography: Alice Q. Hargrave’s ‘Paradise Wavering,’ published by Daylight Books

 

Feature Image: LEFT: Coupled Palms (1982/2015) | RIGHT: Spray  

Coexisting
Continents, Pt. I

Two Become One with
Photog Petros Koublis

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A basic principle of the surrealist movement of the early 20th century relied on the exploration of the subconscious as inspired by dreams. So what happens when these dream-like settings don’t live in the subconscious, but in a physical and accessible reality? For photographer Petros Koublis, “the approach of the landscape gradually unfolded through the narrative of…different layers,” converting it into “one, solid impression.”

 

Through exploring the duality of calling both New York and Athens home, Koublis amalgamated images from Capers Island, South Carolina, and Marathon, Greece to create a unique environment, that, while based off of real places, becomes mythical through their mergence – a coalescence of a Dalí painting and the setting for the birth of theatre through Dionysus. “I used these references in order to create an imaginary place where the two different places coexist, the same way that the two continents, America and Europe, coexist in my own life,” Koublis told us. “It’s a landscape that although is divided by 5.500 miles of ocean, through this sequence becomes one.”

 

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Photography: Petros Koublis for NeueJournal

Prosaic Proximity

Kimmo Metsäranta's Helsinki

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Having a routine we abide by means we become used to seeing the same places and same faces daily. Because of the proximity we have with these habits, sometimes we fail to see things with different eyes or through a different perspective – and in a way the magic of these things becomes neglected, unless you make an active decision to see things through a different lens. For photographer Kimmo Metsäranta, his lens paved the way to see the 500 yard environment surrounding his apartment in Helsinki, Finland with a different mindset. “The spots are mundane views I notice every time I pass them, [which] I have reduced into formalist abstractions,” the photographer tells us, proving that the possibility of art lives even in the most prosaic of places.

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Photography: Kimmo Metsäranta, Notes on a Place Pt. II for NeueJournal

Natural Elements

Gastronomical styling with
Laila Gohar & Chaunté Vaughn

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Laila Gohar, who moved from Cairo, Egypt to various cities in the U.S. before adopting New York City as her home, began cooking for friends, which quickly evolved into cooking for larger occasions. However, the gastronome wouldn’t call herself a chef, and in reality it’s a title that wouldn’t particularly fit, as Gohar uses food as an artistic – and edible – medium to build architectural creations and installations. In a collaboration with us and photographer Chaunté Vaughn, Laila styled comestible creations meant to represent the natural elements: air, water, fire, and earth.

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Photography: Chaunté Vaughn for NeueJournal 

Special thanks to ROOT Studios

 

A Journey Into Sound:
The Integratron

An Unassuming Road

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This is a story about a man who lived under a giant rock and was visited by aliens: eccentric visionary George Van Tassel. As legend goes, Van Tassel was paid a visit one night by a Venusian, who telepathically communicated a plan—instructions to build a machine that could time travel, defy gravity, and extend human life. The Integratron is Van Tassel’s realization of those plans, a blinding white beacon located off of an unassuming road in the Mojave desert. With a circular foundation and domed-roof, the structure sits atop powerful geomagnetic forces that Van Tassel believed the building’s specific geometry could channel, and ultimately, use to amplify the earth’s magnetic field. It was designed to be “an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel,” according to the Integratron’s website.

 

Van Tassel died in 1978, and in recent years his peculiar apparatus has become an unexpected destination. In 2000, three sisters bought the Integratron and have since opened it to the public for the first time, transforming Van Tassel’s mystic construction into a venue of rejuvenation and spirituality—not so very far from its original intention. The Sound Bath they offer is a metaphysical sonic experience that utilizes the structure’s unique architecture and interior acoustics—its mythic geographic magnetic location, a vaulted wooden ceiling—to optimal potential. A sequence of quartz crystal singing bowls —”each one keyed to the energy centers or chakras of the body”—resonates and reverberates within the space, creating a sensation of suspended time, as the awesome sounds wash over and drown out all other noises, both in your own mind and outside it.

 

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Photography: Brendan Burdzinski for NeueJournal (Burdzinski’s Polaroids document a surreal journey through the desert to the Integratron. These Polaroids are for Edward.)