Kris Provoost (b. 1987) is a Belgian-born photographer, currently designing and documenting buildings in order to better understand the world. After graduating in 2010, he relocated to Beijing, working for Zaha Hadid and Buro Ole Scheeren, before moving over to Shanghai for GMP Architekten. Complementing a knowledge in architectural infrastructure, Provoost’s images merge the analytical with the creative – surveying glassy monuments with an eye for anatomic detail. The following pages provide a sea of manmade textures and lines, following the curvature of city icons and the angles of office blocks. Featured projects include the 632-metre-high Shanghai Tower and Heatherwick Studio’s UK Pavilion, which was themed around the future of cities and their relation to nature in busy spaces. Beautifying dissected forms, Provoost draws attention to the pavilion’s intriguing surface – where 250,000 seeds are implanted into acrylic hairs – merging the organic with the engineered. www.krisprovoost.com.
Restaging the Past
Stan Douglas builds his staged images around recognisable themes from literature and cinema, borrowing from such genres as the Wild West or murder mystery, or the work of Beckett and Kafka.
Brooke DiDonato creates rich, palpable images that document a new kind of reality – taking figures from the realms of the everyday into a state of flux.