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Here are 16 photographers who feed our dreams and kiss the sun

Vivid color palettes, disruptive charm, surreal landscapes, intimacy that flirts with desperation — these are just a few of the threads connecting this collection of photography, curated by our photo editor, Cheryl Georgette Arent. A dreaminess permeates throughout, eliciting contemplative pause:  how did I get here, am I allowed, what happens next? These questions are never answered (nor could they ever be), but therein lies the beauty; as viewers, we stumble into worlds which playfully refuse understanding, and it’s up to you accept their surreal terms or wake up into the familiar. So, take some time to explore these precious moments, because like our wildest, most beautiful dreams, the figures and scenery feel fleeting. Embrace the mystery while it’s here, breathing.

I’ve known both misery and happiness, lived in so many different skins it is impossible for one skin to claim me. And I have felt like a wayfarer on an alien planet at times — walking, running, wondering about what brought me to this particular place, and why. But once I was here the dreams started moving in, and I went about devouring them as they devoured me. – Gordon Parks

1. Mike Bailey Gates

Photo credit: Mike Bailey Gates

Photo credit: Mike Bailey

Photo credit: Mike Bailey Gates

Photo credit: Mike Bailey Gates

wwwmikebaileygates.com
instagram: @michaelbaileygates

“For me the noise of Time is not sad: I love bells, clocks, watches — and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras, in short, were clocks for seeing, and perhaps in me someone very old still hears in the photographic mechanism the living sound of the wood.”― Roland Barthes

2. Brigette Bloom 

Photo credit: Bridget Bloom

Photo credit: Bridget Bloom

Photo credit: Bridget Bloom

Photo credit: Bridget Bloom

www.brigettebloom.com
instagram: @brigettebloom

“When we define the Photograph as a motionless image, this does not mean only that the figures it represents do not move; it means that they do not emerge, do not leave: they are anesthetized and fastened down, like butterflies.”  Roland Barthes

3.  Angelina Dreem 

Photo credit: Angelina Dreem

Photo credit: Angelina Dreem

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Photo credit: Angelina Dreem

www.angelinadreem.net
instagram: @simulacraycray

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”― Henri Cartier-Bresson

4.  Samantha West

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Photo credit: Samantha West

Photo credit: Samantha West

Photo credit: Samantha West

www.samanthawest.net
instagram: @samantha_west

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

5. Charlotte Rutherford

Photo credit: Charlotte Rutherford

Photo credit: Charlotte Rutherford

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www.charlotterutherford.com

“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” ― Joan Miró


6. Geordie Wood

Photo credit: Geordie Wood

Photo credit: Geordie Wood

Photo credit: Geordie Wood

Photo credit: Geordie Wood

www.geordiewood.com
instagram: @geordiewood

“It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.” 
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

7. Jeff Bark 

Photo credit: Jeff Bark

Photo credit: Jeff Bark

Photo credit: Jeff Bark

Photo credit: Jeff Bark

www.jeffbark.com

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”― Ansel Adams

8. Martha Colburn (polaroid/paintings)

Photo credit: Martha Colburn

Photo credit: Martha Colburn

Photo credit: Martha Colburn

Photo credit: Martha Colburn

www.marthacolburn.com

“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”― Edward Weston

9. Adarsha Benjamin

Photo credit: Adarsha Benjamin

Photo credit: Adarsha Benjamin

Photo credit: Adarsha Benjamin

Photo credit: Adarsha Benjamin

www.analogdreamscape.tumblr.com/

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”― Henri Cartier-Bresson


10. Socrates Mitsios

Photo credit: Socrates Mitsios

Photo credit: Socrates Mitsios

Photo credit: Socrates Mitsios

Photo credit: Socrates Mitsios

www.socratesmitsios.com
instagram: @socratesmitisios

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” ― Robert Frank

 

11. Shae Acopian Detar
Photo credit: Shae Acopian Detar

Photo credit: Shae Acopian Detar

Photo credit: Shae Acopian Detar

Photo credit: Shae Acopian Detar

www.shaedetar.com
instagram: @shaedetar“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”― Elliott Erwitt

12. Viktor Vaughn

Photo credit: Viktor Vaughn

Photo credit: Viktor Vaughn

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Photo credit: Viktor Vaughn

http://viktor-vaughn.tumblr.com

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls” ― Ted Grant

13. Amanda Charchian

Photo credit: Amanda Charchian

Photo credit: Amanda Charchian

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Photo credit: Amanda Charchian

www.amandacharchian.com

“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference” ― Robert Frank

14. Brittany Markert 

Photo credit: Brittany Markert

Photo credit: Brittany Markert

Photo credit: Brittany Markert

Photo credit: Brittany Markert

www.inrooms.4ormat.com

“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.” – Man Ray

15. Ryan McGinley

Photo credit: Ryan McGinley

Photo credit: Ryan McGinley

Photo credit: Ryan McGinley

Photo credit: Ryan McGinley

www.ryanmcginley.com

“Photography is a love affair with life.” – Burk Uzzle

16. Michael Pudelka

Photo credit: Michael Podelka

Photo credit: Michael Podelka

Photo credit: Michael Podelka

Photo credit: Michael Podelka

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” ― Diane Arbus

Curated by Cheryl Georgette Arent. She is also a photographer, learn more about her @bohemianforest



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