Horsehead Nebula by photographer Matthieu Litt

Horsehead Nebula A photography project by Matthieu Litt

Belgium-based photographer Matthieu Litt series is not a visual documentary. On the contrary, this idyllic body of work remains mysterious and distant, creating a world of its own made of unidentified places and times, unspectacular details and contemplating scenes: a horse tied up in the middle of the desert, a road truck carrying a single white rock – Are these memories familiar, or foreign?

“Over there, there are so many horses
that they don’t even bother to name them.
This area of the Faristan, wild, unknown and so fantasied about, is a mix of beauty and harshness, landlocked between the trenches of the mountains.

It’s a quest for the sublime, for distance, but also for the imagery and beliefs related to its pursuit.
It’s like making a waking dream come true.

Like catching the feelings of this terrestrial paradise,
where the borders are as entangled as the mountain ranges that define them.

It’s a state between imagination and conciseness,
between the quest and the sense of already having seen
these spaces where the people are forged by their environment.

A hesitation between mirage and the reality of what is appearing on the horizon, probably because we are more open to being surprised.”

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
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2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

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