The Collector's Guide to Blockchain Photography
Murmurs from the Photoverse
Community and competition in the NFT photo world
Failure, Patience, and Perseverence
The Photographer’s Eye by John Szarkowski
Ella Barnes - Beyond the Veil
NY-based photographer Ella Barnes released her cyanotype collection Beyond the Veil on Quantum this week. The work, described as a “simultaneous melding of mediums as a means to sculpt with light,” casts a spiritual spell via interwoven threads of light and form. While produced via analog processes, the work appears rendered perfectly for the screen, seemingly existing with an inner glow and often feeling as if they were produced with AI, a suiting resemblance within the field of blockchain art.
As we explore the pictures we find ghostly forms, spheres, halo-like forms, and wave patterns; types of archetypal visual structures that lend to an aesthetic of godliness and visual purity. The ambiguities of these pictures provide viewers a great deal of liberty for interpretation and reflection, and work as types of portals that cast us into a realm of feeling. As the title of the work suggests, in all these pictures it feels as if something is being hidden from us, a witholding of sorts that allows us to see the shroud but not what it conceals.
Beyond the Veil follows Barnes’ previous sold out collection, Soul Shapes
View Beyond the Veil here
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96 Studio just announced its next curated drop with LA-based photographer Mimi Haddon, who collaborated with her subject, dancer Kolby Keene for an eponymously titled collection, Mimi Haddon x Kolby Keene. The work is a series of costumed and performative portraits that often blend into an exposition of surrealist fashion. The drop is set to go live at the end of August.
Fellowship’s recently released series of collections by legacy photographers has so far seen rocketing sales. Works by photographic luminaries such as Gregory Crewdson, Guy Bourdin, and Pieter Hugo. have together combined to achieve over 280 ETH worth of sales so far.
The series of collections is a major initiative from Fellowship that seeks to onboard legacy photographers while building bridges to span the worlds of NFTs and the traditional photography market.
This week Monolith dropped the news that it’s moving into print publishing with a new book initiative that will spotlight projects shared in its curated virtual galleries. The books will be made available for pre-order via NFT, and the platform has just opened registration for early access to the drop.
Murmurs from the Photoverse
Vincent Schnabi shares his perspective on how the NFT photography community.
Alejandro Cartagena reflects on the one-year anniversary of selling out his Carpoolers collection, and discusses the importance of perseverance.
In the competitive atmosphere that artists are striving to make sales in, it can be hard for many to even get attention on their work, let alone a collector who takes the plunge to pick up a piece or two.
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