By Cristina Álvarez Cañas. October 29, 2012


What could an American porn star have in common with the football childhood memories of a photographer? And with a series of portraits of languid teenager models? Apparently, nothing. In fact, everything. All three are an example of the six photo-essays included in the latest project by the Australian The Pool Collective. After their celebrated and awarded print magazine, Blow Up, its authors have decided to launch a digital appendix. The first issue on this new format, titled just like them, is ready to be downloaded to your iPad, for free.

Although the word “collective” normally answers an anonymous need, in The Pool Collective's case it gathers prestigious and experienced photographers. They have all taken part in well-known advertising campaigns and creative agencies for brands such as Sony, Siemens, Schweppes, Levi's or WWF.

Simon HarsentChristopher IrelandDanny EastwoodIngvar Kenne y Sean Izzard –permanent members of the collective– contribute with their work (in this order): The Beautiful Game, Skin on Wood, Weeds, The Hedgehog And The Foxes and Another Place, Another Time. Or, in other words, childhood memories associated with afternoons playing football, the facial qualities of ten extremely young mannequins, a delicate still life collection, the wild party thrown for the visit of the famous porn actor Jeremy Ray to Australia and, last, the artist's evocation of childhood through spaces inhabited as a kid.

This publication ends with a special collaboration, Unseen, signed by Brodie Standen, who was also awarded the Pool Grant in 2011. In his pictures, he exposes a physical reflection of the young and contemporary Australian, with his differences and oddities as enriching elements.

The collective, specialised in social, environmental and digital issues, will also bet on these kind of contributions by emergent talents within an edition that aims to be published quarterly. Also, to the photographic contents they have added other visual and interactive features such as videos and introductions to the photo-essays.

Regarding their venture into the digital format, Barnaby Harsent, London-based Pool Collective's editor, highlights the importance of the “first times” in life. “First step, first word, first kiss, first love...”. This time it is their turn and the virtual community cannot be more grateful. We welcome their “first time” in the digital universe.

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