The life of a professional sumo wrestler ("rishiki") is highly regimented and hierarchical. The junior athletes are responsible for many chores including cooking, cleaning, preparing the bath for the senior wrestlers and, of course, tidying up the ring following daily practice. Following the morning practice session, this junior "rikishi" at a Sumo training facility in central Tokyo must sweep the ring to exacting standards before he can bathe and have breakfast.
For the past few years I’ve produced the works with a motif of bamboo, which can be associated with Japan.
The soaring stalks and regular joints are really beautiful. Moreover, bamboo is considered to be an auspicious plant because it grows very fast and straight upwards. So it has been the traditional subject of paintings in Japan.
In my series “pole vault” I’ve tried to show these images as something other than regular sports photography. This highly aesthetical sport deserves to be portrayed in an artistic way. I ‘ve done this in a minimalist way to stimulate the viewer’s imagination.
Early Onset of Winter, Albulapass, Switzerland, 2016
Black World - D.R.Congo illegal mineral extraction
Democratic Republic of Congo, North Kivu, Rubaya, 2013: Nyatura’s militias prepare to escort a convoy full of coltan,'s mineral from Rubaya to the close coutry of Rwanda.
Black World is a long term project, started in 2012 and still in progress, focuses on realities in several countries with different kind of illegally extracted minerals.
The theme of this project, entitled: … bypassed … focuses on “traces” of vintage roads found in an earlier era of Roadside America. They were built on a human scale allowing for encounters with small town businesses, a regional cultural atmosphere and a social landscape that all but vanishes when the local roadways are “bypassed” with modern highways.
The heavens acknowledge the plains of the Maasai Mara, where wildebeest graze as far as the eye can see.
Preeti & Prashant Chacko
United Arab Emirates
X-ray using linear accelerator
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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.