American photographer J Bennett Fitts (b. 1977) analyses the topography of landscape. Throughout his dynamic collections, facets of life are captured with an attention to form and placement. In Industrial Landscap[ing] all the images display interesting contrasts between urbanity and nature; deeply saturated blues are placed against the muted palettes of utopian structures. Geometric balance is equally of undeniable importance; the straight lines of undefined buildings are juxtaposed with sprawling branches and attentively shaped hedges. Organic matter is in strict conflict with the unpopulated locations: verdant leaves provide colour and tonal relief from concrete backdrops whilst raising questions about their ironic presence. Accolades for this series include selection for the 25th American Photography Annual and an honourable mention in the NY Photo Awards. www.jbennettfitts.com.
Building up an intimate relationship between individuals and their surroundings, Hideaki Hamada creates a softly-list conceptual playground.
Aesthetica Art Prize Judge: Karin Askham
The judges for this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, currently open for entries, include Karin Askham, Dean of the school of Media, London College of Communication who established the UK’s first BA and MA courses in fashion photography.