Photography: Canada’s Lindsay Siu, Brandon Titaro, and Stacey Brandford Bring Socially Conscious Work

Graphis is proud to showcase these Canadian artists in this week’s Graphis Photography spotlight

With anything else in our daily existence, photography has changed. It’s evolved over time, changing the paradigms of what we see and what we expect to challenge our preconceived notions. As is the case with any humanities-based field, nothing stands still. And that is showcased in extreme detail in this week’s Graphis photography feature.
Stacey Brandford‘s work for House and Home Media, entitled Going Coastal (ABOVE, LEFT), showcases beautiful seafood that is presented in an anachronistic fashion that combines both old and new. With a rustic presentation reminiscent of centuries-old cooking styles, the presentation of the food is one that has tilted from eye-level shots to overhead ones, denoting a near god-like gaze at the satiating food. It is in this way that presentation becomes key, a quality that has become increasingly more important in the growing artistry of food.
More presently showcasing the continued expansion of photographic subject matter is Brandon Titaro‘s project for Design Campaign, entitled Beautiful Nail (ABOVE, RIGHT). Showing an array of millennial-cum-90’s love affairs, Titaro utilizes a series of objects that are more familiar and comfortable to today’s generations than past ones. From Nintendo 64 controllers and faux marijuana leaves to Tinder swipes and glow-in-the-dark ceiling stars (we all had them, right?), Titaro is able to capture the quintessential 21st century 20-something attitude, all while showcasing the nails that demonstrate that same sentiment.

Lindsay Siu‘s socially-conscious series, Public Transit, 1957 and 2017 (ABOVE) is perhaps the most urgent one in the entire feature. Showcasing the differences in life between 60 years, while life seemed more upbeat and glowing during the 1950s, that was all a veneer. In reality, life was oppressive, with individuals maligned into subservient places and roles. The truth is that 2017, while dark and gloomy in appearance is a much more comfortable and accepting of the myriad of people that we truly are. There is no right, and there is no wrong. We are all just us.
Be sure to submit your work to Graphis’ Annual Photography Competition before time runs out! The deadline is August 28. Winners will have the opportunity to see their work published on our website, blog, newsletter, and social media platforms.

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