“Astronaut Suicides” by Neil Dacosta

Regardless of whether or not you were a fan of the space program, the fact the US no longer is funding the NASA program like it used to, and the fact that we recently found flowing water on Mars, the idea of space travel is a hot topic right now. With artists like Jeremy Geddes creating amazing astronaut paintings, those fans of space travel can now look to the art of Neil Dacosta. A photographer based out of Portland, OR, Neil worked on a series of photos entitled “Astronaut Suicides”. In 2010 Barack Obama stated that “I understand that some believe that we should return to the surface of the moon but I have to say this bluntly, we have been there before”, (source). So for all those with dreams of space travel, and those young at heart that wanted nothing more than to be an astronaut, check out the series below and see that others feel the sharp twinge of an era now passed.

Profiles: Ruadh DeLone

Ruadh DeLone is a photographer out of Rheden, Netherlands. He started out drawing as a child and then moved to photography in 2007. His work focuses on portraiture with a bit of surrealism. DeLone has quite a few series of works; one inspired by his inspiration from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer, and another series entitled “Vergänglichkeiten” which I believe means ‘transiency.’ This series features figures with the face slightly obscured by plastic, and a ghostly image of skulls and bones overlaid on the face. Check out his homepage and Behance portfolio for more work.

Ruadh DeLone Homepage
Delone @ Behance

Profiles: Phillip Toledano

Phillip Toledano is a photographer out of London. His work has appeared in the pages of the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Interview Magazine and more. He states that “photographs should be like unfinished sentences. There should always be space for questions.” His website ha series of works he has done, from portraits of video gamers, phone sex operators, a series of ‘new beauty’ pics featuring models with noticeable plastic surgery, and a Hope and Fear series which focuses on desires and paranoia.

Visit his site here: Phillip Toledano

Artist Profiles: Erin Mulvehill

I have been meaning to add some more photography posts to the site, and am happy to show the work of Erin Mulvehill to kick it off. Currently living in New York, Erin is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a B.S. in Photography. She states that “my work aims to explore the human connections and subtle nuances that whisper into the ear of our every day.” She has a few series of works on her site, along with some external projects she is working on such as The Camera Project. It was her “underwater” series that really got me hooked on her photography. Each one of these photos is captivating and haunting, you don’t get a clear image of the figures but the emotion they display is very clear.

Head on over to her site to see the full series and the rest of her work: Erin Mulvehill Photography