Local photographer Laurent Kronental has created ‘Souvenir d’un Futur’ since 2011. A series of stunning photographs documenting these neglected communities and capturing what he calls ‘the poetry of ageing environments’. He also explores the idea of the aspirational ‘utopia’ design contrasted with the neglected state they are in today, by consciously conveying the impression of towns that have been left almost empty.
Tobias Hägg is a photographer/filmmaker born and based in Eskilstuna, Sweden. He's passionate about adventures and to explore new places from a unique perspective. He started his Instagram journey under the name of @airpixels close to 1 year ago and it has really taken off. You can see one of his videos here.
Maria Svarbova is a Slovakian photographer who has developed a distinctive style departing from traditional portraits to focus on experimentation with space, colour and atmosphere. Her interest in architecture and public spaces, usually build in the Socialist era, led her to create unique sceneries.
The human body in Maria's photographs is more or less a prop, without individuality or emotions. As part of careful composition, beautifully alien figures create still, dream-like scenes with ordinary objects. There is a silent tension, the drama is hidden under clean, smooth surface. Even in her more ornamental, nostalgic works there is a sense of cold detachment. Everyday actions such as sports or doctors visit are frozen in a moment and through Maria's eyes, given a new meaning. Soothing pastels, geometry and visual purity give a sense of otherworldly order, undisturbed visual pleasure that is unattainable in real life.
Through her photographs, Maria stops the time and shares her vision: she is not afraid to address the loneliness and isolation, nevertheless she chooses to celebrate its still, calm beauty.
Still life photographer working in Paris, France
Victoria Ling is a photography and art direction studio based in London, UK.
Gregory Thielker uses painting and drawing to investigate the conception of site through observation and memory. His hyper-realistic work connects to specific places and calls into question the way recognition and narrative can often sway understanding and perception. He employs graphic materials, such as oil paint and graphite, which are often married with conceptual methods to bring the artist’s role into relief.
Lars Focke is a freelance designer and photographer based in Hamburg, Germany. Mixing his background in design with his passion in photography, Lars took truly stunning shots from the BSU (Behörde für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt) in Hamburg and digitalized them.
"I see in my photographic work a strong inspiration from science fiction topics like the visual language of Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott or motifs such as the feeling of abandonment and orientation in a suddenly unfamiliar desolate environment. I am looking for designs that stand out from their surroundings as strange or unnatural to reduce them to their minimum form."
Italian architect and photographer Laurent Rosset turns his dreams into fragments of reality. through photography and post-production manipulation, Rosset creates surreal landscapes that hover between fantasy and tangibility.
Collins is a brand consultancy for the Convergence Era. They call it the Convergence Era because while this era reaches far beyond brands, it’s forever altered how we build them. What was once siloed is now integrated and seamless. What were once passive experiences are now controlled by customers themselves.