Jonathan Ellery’s fascination with the pre-ordained and preprogrammed lives that we have all been born into continues in his latest publication, Tribes 1. As always he’s drawn to the invisible ‘scaffolding’ that dictates how people live their lives whilst at the same time holding each life together.
Says Ellery “I’m interested in who’s in control, and why. I’m constantly trying to establish my own interpretation of the world through my own eyes and with my own brain, to develop my own narrative”. He continues “I’m always trying to decipher the code and write my own.” He concludes “I’m interested in the fight required to live outside of the ‘scaffolding’ independently. The fight is important”.
The title of his latest book, Tribes 1, suggests that it is the first of a series; and it contains photographs which he has taken or of which he himself is the subject. The photographs have mostly been taken using a mobile phone. Gender, family, art, politics, religion, drugs and race are some of the tribal influences that appear on the pages of this book.
A new ongoing project project by photographer Benedict Redgrove for NASA. As Benedict explains:
'To me, there is no other organisation in the world that is more progressive, more exciting or stands more for the betterment of mankind and peace than NASA. In my opinion its the greatest organisation in the world, it involves, science, arts, design, engineering, manufacturing, passion, belief, education, information, creation, technology, always moving forward, always seeking answers and finding them then asking more questions. They educate us, inform us not only about the universe but about our planet too, and pass down technologies into our everyday lives.
I have spent the past seven years on this project with two more before it finishes in the a timely way with the launch of SLS and Orion in 2018. As that launches into a new era, so the full collection will launch as an exhibition and book.'