One of my absolute favourite modern photographers is the Dutchman Erwin Olaf. His eye for composition is truly outstanding, and the subtlety and delicacy of his work is breathtaking. OK, some of his stuff is not at all subtle - some of his "gay" work is right in your face and very confronting (and brilliant nonetheless). But some of his series have a very quiet maturity to them, and a subtlety that I think in uncommon in modern photography. Particularly the series Rain, Hope and now Grief. Go to his web site and check out "Grief" and the "Grief Portraits". If you haven't seen his work before, check it all out. But Grief is truly inspirational work. It's possible I'm very sensitive to this theme as my older brother went missing over a decade ago, and I have dealt with this topic at first hand, but I think it's an [...]
For some reason I've been thinking about my missing brother today. His name was Greg, and he disappeared while traveling in India in 1995. He was 36 at the time. And so I thought I'd link to a hypertext I made a few years back when I was in university. There is a bit of a sound intro, which is of course not licensed, so if you want Peter Gabriel to sue me, let him know won't you. I did actually email him asking for permission, but of course nobody never bothered to reply. And so I haven't bothered to take the music off.. Seems fair to me. Anyway, for all those people who are missing relatives, this is Greg's story. MissingMissed.