Dive into Emotions and Imagination. A Tour of the Photography Exhibit, “Teasing Illusions”.

A photography exhibition with a literally teasing name showcases five photographers who experiment with shooting of simple and common things, such as water drops, city scapes, or manikins, to create digital paintings and provocative illusions out of film and digital photo images.

Rajmohan the “Fotograf”, as he nicknamed himself, has lived in India, Kenya and Australia, and now he calls New York his home.
As a medical doctor, surgical pathologist and cancer researcher, Rajmohan examines cells using microscopes and other imaging methods. Rajmohan’s passion is photography, which he loves for its utility as a documentary medium and for its versatility as a visual art form that can move people emotionally and spiritually.

In his images, Rajmohan aims to present unusual and unconventional perspectives of objects and events. The artist hopes that his work stimulates the senses, evokes a mood, or elicits an emotional reaction in you, the viewer!

Rajmohan’s approach is best described by Elliott Erwitt’s words:
“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place….I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Artwork by Rajmohan Fotograf

Artwork by Rajmohan Fotograf

Natalie Burlutskaya has lived in Russia, traveled around more than twenty countries, and finally became a New Yorker. Natalie is driven by her interest in people’s life in a megalopolis, in social anthropology of city inhabitants whose hectic lifestyle means a correlation between giant architecture multiplied by high speed of decision making, and unprotected souls, hidden desires, fragile moments of loneliness, fear or happiness.

Natalie had her first solo and group exhibition in New York City in Spring 2013, and later her series “Red Obscurity” was selected for the Opening and the exhibition “Creative Rising” in New York City. The series was inspired by the mystique of dolls, carrousels, and manikins when the dark is on and the people are out.  “Red Obscurity” is one of the most provocative photo series produced by Natalie.

“And even if you spoke the truth, even if your hands were really filled with pleasures, even if you should carry me to a couch of roses and offer me the dreams of Paradise, I would defend myself yet the more desperately from your embraces.” – Emile Zola

Artwork by Natalie Burlutskaya

Artwork by Natalie Burlutskaya

Aaron Smith is an artist and a philosopher type of person.  Aaron says that photography provides an extended vocabulary to explore and converse with life beyond the limiting confines of words.  Aaron’s works are a process of seeking, studying and questioning: is there something beyond the visible, just on the other side of what we see right in front of us? If life is just random chaos, why is it certain images and archetypes can captivate us so?

“My primary subject matter is the intersection of nature and man-made structures, where I can explore the space between the earthly, mental and spiritual realms. Using primary visual archetypes that are simple and direct, my hope is that one or two pieces of my work might occasionally touch and inspire a viewer in that place beyond words, where thoughts, feelings and emotion collide,” – Aaron Smith explains.

Artwork by Aaron Smith

Artwork by Aaron Smith

Shruti Kapoor presented for the current show one of her most striking series of abstracts. “Colors provoke emotions in me”, – says Shruti about her abstract series in which she has captured her emotions of happiness, enthusiasm and hope. These pictures bring out the inner joy, optimism, and vibrancy which are the essential part of Shruti’s character and life style.

Just like life has no method or no set rules to live by, lines or a methodology do not define these pictures. They are created from the heart and aim to bring joy and wonder to all those who see it. Like life, they are a mystery.  Each one can interpret these abstracts as they desire, and they will hold different meanings to different people.

Whether you understand the abstracts or not, they aim to excite you, make you curious and hopeful for all that life has to offer.

Artwork by Shruti Kapoor

Artwork by Shruti Kapoor

Rebecca Pearson surprised the exhibition viewers with her technique – film photography. She masters film camera with the great success, liberally experimenting with clicks and angles. Rebecca is drawn by the energy of the city  – the bustle of shoppers, a New Yorker hailing a cab, the traffic, the majestic Grace Church, bicycles everywhere… Her series exhibited at the current show is the second of her “Manhattan Corners” taken with her film camera and undergone no processing at all.  Masterfully done!

Artwork by Rebecca Pearson

Artwork by Rebecca Pearson

The Opening ceremony was a special night that gathered more than a hundred of guests. “I was greatly honored this past Friday night…a show of new photographic art was presented at a wonderful establishment (in the ancestral hood of some of the great artists of the past century) on Orchard St., in Manhattan. The show and production were top notch and incredibly well done,” – says NYU Professor T.Lawrence Wheatman who has been a successful exhibiting and teaching photographer for 35 years.

A new project, “Objects Reartiste” was presented by the artist representation company, re:artiste. The idea behind it is to create every day objects with a touch of real art. More information is to follow.

Natalie Burlutskaya, Maria Kordova, demonstrating Objects Reartiste

Natalie Burlutskaya, Maria Kordova, demonstrating Objects Reartiste

The opening night was spiced up by a New York based DJ and production duo, RDRG, who spins a chic, creative and sexy combination of nu disco, electro funk and retro future synth pop. Their unique sound can be described as the intersection of filtered romance with a touch of dramatic compression.

The exhibit “Teasing Illusions” is on view through October 30 at 120 Orchard Street, Manhattan.

Shruti Kapoor, Natalie Burlutskaya, Aaron Smith, Maria Kordova, Rebecca Pearson, Rajmohan Fotograf

Shruti Kapoor, Natalie Burlutskaya, Aaron Smith, Maria Kordova, Rebecca Pearson, Rajmohan Fotograf

Before the show. Rajmohan's wall and Natalie's wall.

Before the show – Rajmohan’s wall and Natalie’s wall

Before the show. Aaron Smith's wall.

Before the show – Aaron Smith’s wall

Rebecca Pearson and Rajmohan Fotograf at Rebecca's wall before the show.

Rebecca Pearson and Rajmohan Fotograf at Rebecca’s wall before the show

Shruti Kapoor presenting her artwork

Shruti Kapoor, presenting her artwork

Shruti Kapoor's artwork

Shruti Kapoor’s artwork

Aaron Smith, presenting his artwork

Aaron Smith, presenting his artwork

Rajmohan Fotograf with the first guests

Rajmohan Fotograf with the first guests

At the Opening, with the owners of Kurant Wine Bar and Kitchen

At the Opening, with the owners of Kurant Wine Bar and Kitchen

Natalie Burlutskaya and the owners of Kurant Wine Bar and Kitchen

Natalie Burlutskaya and the owners of Kurant Wine Bar and Kitchen

Aaron Smith with the guests

Aaron Smith with the guests

Professor T. Lawrence Wheatman

Professor T. Lawrence Wheatman

Maria Kordova of Re Artiste Inc. with the guests

Maria Kordova of Re Artiste Inc. with the guests

Artist Alvaro Montagna, Vice-President of Baltia Airlines Anthony Koulouris, artist Natalie Burlutskaya

Artist Alvaro Montagna, Anthony Koulouris, the Vice-President of Baltia Airlines, and artist Natalie Burlutskaya

Rebecca Pearson with the guests

Rebecca Pearson with the guests

 External links:

1. Social in New York: http://socialnnewyork.com/friday-night-tease/

2. T. Lawrence Wheatman YouTube Channel, Presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tll551qyF_s&feature=youtu.be

3. T. Lawrence Wheatman YouTube Channel, showing artwork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMda4sBhlps

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