Bienese photographer Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou incorporates a technique very traditional of African portraiture. With this method he captures the body-builders of Porto Novo, showcasing the current generation of Africans caught between tradition and what would be seen as more ‘modern’ practices. Body-builders are nothing new within Africa, but Leonce has them bearing plastic flowers; a beautiful contrast to their masculinity all tied together with various traditional prints surrounding them. Find out more here. - Yagazie
The stalks of these flowers are already dried up, but their blossoms are preserved and kept fresh by the medical infusion bags. The life-span of every living creature is limited. The infusion bags stand for the progress in medicine and the prolongation of human life. They somehow carry an ambivalent message as they refer to both death and life the same time. To preserve the beauty of the flowers artificially with the help of the infusion bags points out man’s inclination to repress the fact that he has to die and to postpone death.
Dreams in Blue
Each year these blossoming blue fields attract thousands of tourists. Hitachi Park is located in the Ibaraki Prefecture on Honsyu in Japan. Its a beautiful spectacle during the flowering of the nemophila. Nemophilas are annual flowers. The word is a combination of the Greek words “nemos” (small forest) and “phileo” (love). The Japanese word “hitachi” translates to dawn. Taken together: “small forest love in dawn.” A blue heaven on Earth.