OPEN CALL ‘FAUNA’ BEATRICE JENSEN ‘Nature Illusions’
«The environment of the animals gets formed through the city dweller to something abstract and surrealistic. We build the animals an environment, which is really only for the benefit of us and not for the animal. So that we can enjoy looking at them . Or we train the animals to an attraction, which is converted to natural attitude to an abnormal, more interesting one for us. Man has the upper hand of the animal world and let it grow more and more into his own fantasy world.
In my series “Nature Illusions”, I show how surreal our “natural” surrounding is created today. We destroy original nature in the cities because of our consumption needs. We try with creating fake landscapes to fix the damage. We all long for nature and we do our best to get it back into the city with creations of illusions. I call it illusions, becauce this nature what we creating has nothing to do with original nature or with the feeling you get from it».
‘FAUNA’ is a call open to any suggestions on photographic series related to animals. Urbanautica handled this call for two weeks. Some hundreds of photographers have participated in less than 15 days! On this page a list of favorite series. One project selected from among those submitted will be published and printed on the 4th issue 4 of “Stand Quarterly” magazine together with the works of Alec Soth, Céline Clanet, Vincent Fournier and Trine Søndergaard. Stand is an advertisement-free photographic journal showcasing the work and thoughts of various contemporary photographers from all areas of the world. Stay tuned for the next call…!
I generally prefer Tim Barber’s work to Ryan Mcginley’s. I think commercially Tim is so on point. His work for Urban Outfitters is somehow slick and eye catching whilst remaning candid and relaxed. But no one quite causes a stir like Ryan, and seeing this new campaign for Edun was another ‘dayum!’ moment for me.