Since its inception, photography has been revered for illuminating aspects of daily life that exist outside human perception. The Modernist photography movement based much of its authenticity on this very principle, challenging the conventions of artistic consciousness in favor of new ways of viewing the world. This is reminiscent of how I feel about the photographs of Ben Safdie. They depict objects and places that are familiar yet unseen, commonplace yet imaginative. These juxtapositions are what give Safdie's photographs the deadpan humor and vibrancy they possess. You can see more of Ben's photographs here.
Safdie is also a talented filmmaker who works closely with the film collective Red Bucket Films. Their newest film The Pleasure of Being Robbed just recently premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. I was lucky enough to see a screening of it and was truly overwhelmed by how good it was. Stay tuned to their website for updates on future screenings. In the meantime you can see the trailer here.
From Top To Bottom:
Booth on the Rocks , 2006
A Holiday Window , 2006
A Bleached Curtain , 2006
A Rock Exhibit at the Zoo , 2006
All Images © Ben Safdie