Your Guide to Photography in the Metaverse
Photographer of the Week
Are you Zigging or Zagging?
Samia Bohorquez - ‘ALIVE’ a comeback journey
Bogotá, Colombia-based photographer Samia Bohorquez photographs on the street to examine the “culture in public spaces and in the fragility and harshness of humans in our day by day life.” Equipped with an eye for exquisite and vibrant color relationships, Bohorquez’s work elevates the ordinary into lyrical arrangements of narrative and visual play.
Quintavius Oliver - Black Like Me
Atlanta-based photographer Quntavius Oliver has spent much of his career documenting community protests against police brutality, and his work expresses his own generational traumas as a Black American. His most recent drop, Black Like Me, offers a mix of street photographs and portraits as a means to search through his own memories and experiences growing up in Atlanta’s West Side. The mix of b&W and color work reads as a mix tape that blends intimacy, celebration, and introspection toward the lives and cultures of Black experience in Atlanta.
Assembly’s next drop is a collection titled Knit Club by celebrated fine art and documentary photographer Carolyn Drake. Drake, who is also a member of Magnum, participated in a multi-year collaboration with a group of women who are presented as a mysterious and ambiguous social club with shared secrets unrevealed to viewers. The results manifest in a multi-genre exploration of what it means to be a woman via performative, layered, and shifting visual symbolisms inspired by William Faulkner’s 1930 Southern Gothic novel, As I Lay Dying.
Obscura announced the latest release from its Curated series, a project by Todd Hido titled The Black Mechanism. In this work, Hido tries to “express a subtle disquiet, and suggest an ambient darkness that is as much literal as it is metaphorical.” Throughout the collection viewers sink into dark and stormy landscapes blurred by fog and rain while Hido brings us on a psychological and often foreboding visual journey. In line with the photographer’s broader oeuvre, The Black Mechanism broods upon unknown thoughts, inviting audiences to place themselves within his frames.
Quantum’s most recent drop is by Israeli-American photographer Elinor Carucci, whose work has been exhibited extensively and collected by institutions such as Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others. Her collection, Closer, is a sensual and intimate portrayal of the photographer’s immediate family that brings viewers deeply into moments of their private lives.
Speaking of Elinor Carucci, Fellowship just announced that it has acquired 10 pieces from the Closer collection for its own permanent collection, Fellowship Trust. The acquisition spawned from something of a bear-market opportunity, as the recent downturn slowed the normally rabid market for Quantum drops. While Fellowship’s collecting activity as slowed down in recent weeks, it seems they don’t shy away from good old fashion deals.
RawDAO announced it has acquired 4 works from Obscura’s Carousel Curated collection, a group of images compiled from an open call for slide photographs as a means to reclaim images from the old medium for preservation on the blockchain. The collection is ongoing, and aims to become the “world’s largest archive of found slide film.”
Photographer of the Week
Lisa Bukreyeva is a documentary photographer based in Kiev whose work explores the fabrics of Ukranian life and youth culture. Her recently minted series, Where I was Born, tours Kiev and its surroundings to cataloge places and activities that have shaped her own upbringing. Begun in 2020, the work has taken on vastly new contexts amid the destructive aftermaths of Russia’s war.
While having only begun her photographic practice three years ago, Bukreyeva has earned several awards and distinctions, including international group exhibitions and features in publications such as Eyeshot Magazine, Bird in Flight, and Perimeto.
PhotoVerso: Can you tell us about your background as a photographer?
I was born in 1993 and am based in Kyiv, Ukraine, and I started photography in 2019. When I was a kid, I’ve dreaming of a superpower, I just wanted take pictures when I blinking. That way, everything I’m seeing in that moment would be in a picture. I never had this superpower, so I bought camera instead.
PhotoVerso: What inspires you as a photographer and what do you hope audiences take away from your work?
Lisa Bukreyeva: I mostly do street and documentary photography. Important to me to establish a connection between people and the environment in which we are. And if, in the end, a photo like this reflects the time which author lives, and the mood, then it’s especially valuable to me. The thing that inspires me in street photography, is that you never know what to expect. What people you meet and where you’ll be tonight. I think a good street photo is the one you want to consider it. Such a photograph often tells not only about the visible, but also about the author.
PhotoVerso: What's the scoop with your latest NFT drop?
Lisa Bukreyeva: I’ve been working on this project for almost two years. It’s a pretty personal project that shows my perception of where I was born. I was not limited to Kyiv, because we are formed not only by our immediate surroundings, but also by the country as a whole. Now I’m even more sensitive to this project because many of these places could be destroyed forever. And now it not just a series, but a thread to my past and my memories.
Are you Zigging or Zagging?
The recent and sudden crypto downturn has shaken up the NFT market this week. For those who’ve been in the crypto space for awhile, drops like this aren’t too surprising, however the current uncertainty has some in the NFT space a little on edge in the thought that the epic NFT bull run we’ve seen over the past year could potentially be coming to an end. Pullbacks are healthy, necessary even to shake out weaknesses in the market and to consolidate the strengths. While on paper, things don’t look great for most of us, long-term thinking can help to assuage short-term fear.
In the photography market, Quantum’s recent drop of Elinor Carucci’s Closer (covered above) stands as a great case study in the state of collecting this week. Quantum’s history of immediate sell outs has provided a bellwether indicator for overall sentiment in the market for NFT photography, and because Closer is the first Quantum drop that hasn’t immediately sold out, we find evidence that photography collectors have entered into fear mode amid the current crypto conditions.
Like all bear markets, opportunities for good investments always present themselves. For collectors, the question arises: Do you zig with the overall market momentum, or do you zag to look for opportunity amid the fear?
For Closer, the Dutch auction has reached its floor at .25 ETH, and at current prices the works from this collection can be had for ~$500 USD. This isn’t financial advice, Anon, and we can’t predict if crypto is in for another plunge. But when valuations for NFT photographs sink lower than their print counterparts, it’s hard to say no to a deal like that.