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Meet Charles Fréger, a French born Photographer. Like many photographers Fréger travels the World capturing it’s uniqueness and beauty. However, his work goes much deeper then just that, as he completely immerses himself into other cultures and continues to blur the line between photographer and subject. Staying true to this philosophy, Fréger is able to truly capture individuals in their own context; their own World. In 2011, Fréger completed the Wilder Mann project in which he traveled to 18 Countries in search of the mythical figure, the Wild Man. In this journey, he travels through Europe seeking out and documenting the half-human, half-beast creature that exists in various cultures. Not only is the subject matter mysteriously beautiful, the scenery and composition in this series is breathtaking. Three Thumbs up.


view Charles Freger x Wilder Mann as presented by: Off To See The Elephant

For those who aren’t familiar with Haroshi, allow us to introduce him to you. Haroshi is a self taught Japanese artist, based out of Tokyo. Being an avid skateboarder from his early teens, he took his passion to the arts. His sculptures are made completely from recycled skateboards. The majority of his sculptures are created by using a mosaic method by stacking many layers of skate decks. It is quite impressive, because you have to use just the right shaped deck to have them fit properly on one another. Haroshi knows his skateboards inside and out, and is able to spot out exactly what ones will work out of thousands! The other unique thing about what Haroshi does is that it is similar to the way traditional wooden Japanese Great Buddhas are built, using a wooden mosaic.


view Haroshi x Virtual Reality @ Jonathan Levine Gallery as presented by: Off To See The Elephant

There have always been those who are nomadic. Historically, it was often for necessity, following the needs of food, water and safety. But, there is also the hunger of movement, just for movement sake. It is the necessity to move and travel with few possessions, an endless appetite for new sights, sounds and experiences that drive individuals such as Mike Brodie. Brodie is one such adventurer, and lucky for us, he picked up a camera along the way and captured a rare take of the life of train hopping across America. Starting in 2004, at age seventeen, Brodie left his home in Pensacola, Florida; beginning a period of discovery and travel. He began meeting and sharing his adventures with a whole community of fellow nomads. You can see these photos at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles. The fact that Brodie was never formally trained in photography, and that his original intent was never to sell them or showcase them in a gallery, is the reason why they are so honest and intimate; raw and tough. This is the life on the road with a bunch of kids who could fall off a train and die at any moment, freeze in the cold, starve, get pregnant, or never value stability. It is the same group that may avoid frustration, apathy, and depression because they followed the restlessness inside and gave it a form and called it fun; or maybe just survival. Their tattoos speak volumes, “free rent” and “stay gold”. Their readings include Thompson’s: The Rum Diary, and short stories by Flannery O’Connor. They are definitely seekers, and Brodie makes us want to root for them.


view Mike Brodie: A Period of Juvenile Properity as presented by: Off To See The Elephant


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