The transition from adolescence to adulthood in the Hamer tribes (Ethiopia) is marked by an ancient ritual:the Bull Jumping Ceremony. The day of the ceremony Hamer boys,called Ukuli,must run above ten bulls,back and forth four times,to test their bravery and strength.They are partially shaved,stripped naked and rubbed with sand to wash away their sins.
Today we are fighting one of the most difficult battles of our time against an enemy that appears invisible - The 2020 coronavirus pandemic was first confirmed to have spread to Belgium on 4 February 2020
Kumbh Mela is the largest religious gathering in the world where Hindus come to bathe to atone their sins. Many are sadhu's (wandering priests) like the man in this image. We watched him step into the Ganga and let his long hair and matted dreadlocks fall free. Dreadlocks are considered a matter of pride and are said to provide deep spiritual connection to God. After the dip, he swung them around and ceremoniously secured them back into a top-knot. We all felt the spiritual connection.
The Old City of Jerusalem is fascinating- and not just because the walls are 500 years old. Children play in the streets, commerce happens everywhere and people are always coming or going to their places of worship. You get the sense that it’s not a lot different than here– just possibly more immediate, more historic, and with a little more life being lived on every street.
An Armenian Orthodox Priest waits at the entrance to the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday Morning
Easter in Jerusalem is a solemn, intense occasion. On Good Friday, when Jesus is said to have been crucified, thousands of pilgrims march in the procession along the Via Dolorosa in the Old City. Many of the pilgrims carry wooden crosses Jesus was said to have done as he marched to his crucifixion. The centrepiece of the Easter celebrations takes place in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus is marked by Orthodox and Catholic christians.
My series “Losing our minds” was taken at the beginning of the corona crisis 2020: a bizarre, but extremely fascinating period. Man loses his mind because a stormy situation presents itself that is new and challenging for him. Fear tries to overpower him, he freezes, starts to reflect on the world and on the punishment that Nature seems to sends us. These are photos of ultra-Orthodox Jews who can enjoy their freedom in an unorthodox way in the storm (of their lives) and escape the lockdown.
The volunteer mobile dental clinic moves from town to town in rural Southern Uganda, setting up at schools, churches, etc. During class breaks, as none of the children had ever been to a dentist and as most of them could not be treated, due to limited time and staff, they would clamor at the open windows and watch with great curiosity.
Iris Brito Stevens
003_Life and Death - Mexican Rhapsody
In Mexico sacred and profane touch each other, to coincide. Mourning is exhibited with sounds, colors but also with disquieting masks and presences almost as if to make fear and restlessness familiar and friendly. Tradition has it that, in the Dìa de los muertos, the dead return from the afterlife for embrace friends and relatives.
In this series (multiexpo) I show analog multiple exposures of european cities sightseeing hotspots photographed from several positions on one frame. The buildings, structures and sculptures are taken from different perspectives, as well as the different visitors they look. The multiplication and intensification of positions and fields of view appears to distort the structures and reduce them to their core. They literally vibrate under the attempt to capture the time even in the pictures.
Photogravure on Japanese Kozo paper, 6"x12" Flood State is about weather anxieties and the precarious act of making a home on vulnerable land. In Louisiana, we face one of the highest rates of sea-level rise in the world, compounded by coastal erosion and increasingly frequent and intense rainfall. I consider heading for higher ground. But with weather calamities unfurling across the globe, is any place truly safe? And so I imagine a future where we adjust and adapt to survive the rising tides.
From my series "LIFE-LINES THROUGHOUT THE US"
In 2017, when I decided to relocate my studio to a different part of Rochester, NY, colleagues immediately questioned my choice of locations, making comments along the lines of: “...that area's a war zone.” My experience with my new neighborhood had been consistently positive, so I wondered what gave them the impression that this neighborhood was especially dangerous.
"Saint Pauls" taken in London with my 120mm film camera applying the double exposure technique using a 100 ISO Black & White film is part of my four year ECLECTIC series of double exposure photographs of Street Environments of different cities, countryside and beaches from around the world. Where each city has its own distinctive pace of elements, circumstances, colours; an array of miscellanea that shape what we call memory; a human quality as ephemeral as ever-changing.
"One Armed Bandits" - and the Like"
Glamour, Color, Music, Noise, Chatter and lots of Distraction - that’s the world inside Las Vegas’ casinos, in particular in the slot machine sections.
All designed to lure the customers to spend their money in the - unrealistic - hope to hit the big money, the Jackpot.
What’s left if you take away all these elements ?
Machines - or parts of it - which all of a sudden have a beauty of its own; distinguished forms and shapes with a simple message: Money !
Maybe the rarest image I have ever taken. This male hippo was out grazing early one morning, and tolerated our respectful presence, just long enough for this image to be taken. They may have the largest canine teeth of all mammals and a bite that could snap a human in two but hippos out of the water are very shy. They are out of the comfort zones and hard to observe.
From the series
A Long History Of Dark Sleep:
Anxiety and insomnia self-portraits during the pandemic of COVID-19
In this time of Covid-19, I sleep alone but fear is my lover. We embrace fretfully and stare at the ceiling. The camera comes to bed with me and a flashlight is my light-source. Coming face to face with potential death carried on the breeze by an invisible agent has the power to propel me to self-examination in spite of distress.
When it rains he cannot climb into the coconut palms cut the coconuts, it slips too much and it is dangerous ... barefoot and unprotected, he risks his life. How do people dare to send him to the top of the coconut trees, knowing that he is putting his life on the line for a coconut? Does their life have more value than life? Certainly not
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.
An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss, Frank Horvat, Elizabeth Avedon and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Gomma Photography Grant, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. & N.Y. Photo Curator, Emerge UK Prize, The PhotoPlace Gallery, Praxis Gallery, The Young Photographer's Award and others.
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel's work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.
While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the new AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.