The House of Love2021-06-01T15:50:48+02:00

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by Leo Adef

LOVE OF THE MONTH

#LOVESICK

OUR TIME TOGETHER, OUR TIME APART

Every time when we look at Shane Reynold’s photos, there is some mystery to them. It’s like getting only a glimpse of something unknown, something desirable. We want to know more, we want to know a story, any story that could have possibly led to the creation of the picture. The New York based photographer’s new series is no exception: we are stuck in time, we are losing the grip on reality, we are lovesick for someone who may not even exist.

SLIPPING UNDER YOUR SKIN

The most wonderful thing about collages is that they are never a whole. They make us imagine the picture behind the picture, instead of revealing it. As one of our favorite German artists, Stefan Gunnesch has a unique vision: his works may be pleasing to the eye, yet they do carry the uneasiness of something unspoken. With his new series, he went even further, opening a door to a dangerous place entirely built out of memories.

#LOVESTORIES

A LOVE LETTER IN POLAROIDS

Russian-american multimedia artist Slava Mogutin’s POLAROID RAGE is greatly influenced by his bicultural dissident and refugee experience. His new series is an excellent selection of a wide variety of portraits that he took in New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, creating these compact memories of displacement and identity, pride and shame, devotion and disaffection, love and hate.

FEEDING CURIOSITY

"I take photos to understand better" – having a history in fashion, Tokyo-based photographer Keisuke Morizawa is the one who observes instead of interfering. Finding both peace and passion behind the camera, he works on the border between reality and daydreaming.

FUTURE WORLD

Armando Terrero, a fashion photographer from the Dominican Republic but living in Barcelona, studied and worked in advertising, graphic design and the illustration industry and it shows in the concepts, compositions and simplicity of his photography. In his sessions he combines analog and digital photography.

ROOM TAIPEI

Jaihang is a photographer and graphic designer, born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and now living in Taipei. His photos are a mix of self portraits and depictions of couples in every day life. His longterm project ROOM TAIPEI, shot over a period of eight years between Taipei and Shenzhen, was published as a book in early 2021.

IN A FRAGILE SPACE

What is inspiration? Mexican American photographer Agustin Hernandez answer to that question was "I like travelling and spending time in new cities to find inspiration. But a lot of my inspiration comes from my childhood and my catholic mother." Agustin, we love your inspiration. And we like to visit you in your fragile space.

THE JOURNEY OF FARADA AKLUM

There is always a story behind the pictures. This one is about a long journey through the desert, about hardships, danger and persecution. But it is also about pride and strength, about pioneering spirit, about challenges and arriving. Photographer Yarden Amsalem from Tel Aviv takes us on this journey into the desert and tells us that story. The name of the project is THE JOURNEY OF FARADA AKLUM. So, how might this story end?

#PRINTEDLOVE

NO TEARS FOR LOVERS

Facing genuine intimacy is always a different experience and going through renowned british photographer Stuart Sandford’s new photobook is no exception. THE BEST WAY TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS IN BED is erotic, yet gentle, carefully composed yet absolutely natural. By demystifying nudity he creates a world in which emotions are running wild, making us feel free at last but also reminding us: we all are vulnerable to the elements of love.

BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! GOES MAGAZINE

BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! goes magazine. And we love it! We had a little chat with founder and director Ghislain Pascal from THE LITTLE BLACK GALLERY and asked him to tell us a little more about the project. Get a first glimpse at the magazine here. And then go get it! 

THE QUIET NEXT TO THE LOUD

If you google the keyword honesty, it describes a quality of always telling the truth. Or in other words, not telling the untruth in any form. One who shows us how to capture this quality and what it feels like to be true and not hide is photographer Spyros Rennt. We had a little interview with him and talked about his new book LUST SURRENDER.

#PAINTEDLOVE

LOVING WITHOUT FEAR

Loving without fear – the essence of columbian painter Daniel Marin Medina’s work is undoubtedly simple, yet as wonderful as it gets. Mapping sexuality while identifying himself as someone who is far from being a perfectionist: his philosophy of love truly shines through every brush stroke he makes.

I PAINT TO NEVER DIE

Born in Abarán, Murcia (Spain), Bran Sólo defines himself as a “Good person, painter, illustrator, designer and photographer, as well as many other things I never wanted to be“. In 2012 he decided to abandon his work as a computer scientist and lifestyle to devote himself fully to drawing and enrolled in the Murcia School of Art.

CURATING MOMENTS OF DAILY LIFE

Santiago Mora is a Mexican visual artist and art director who defines his work as a curatorship of everyday life moments. He captures ephemeral energy, exploring the possibilities of the pictorial medium through the use of technologies such as digital images that he uses as a reference. His work reflects about contemporaneity, addressing issues such as communication, identity, consumerism, and sexuality.

#TALKABOUTLOVE

BOYS MAKE ME SAD SOMETIMES

"Boys make me sad sometimes so I paint about it" – painter Wojciech Wos likes to describe his work as love-orientated. The polish artist told us about the magic of the last brushstrokes, moving to Berlin in the middle of a pandemic and how not to lose our ability to share our warmth as we get older and more experienced.

LOVE IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL

"Love for me is the powerful, relentless, terrifying letting go of fear" – painter Daniel Marin Medina doesn’t seek perfection, but enlightenment and happiness through his art. In conversation with Container Love, the colombian artist told us about his enthusiasm for the human body and how he keeps mapping sexuality through his work.

NORMALISING REALNESS

"I photograph the unposed, the raw. Flaws and all. All walks of life’’ – photographer Zeno Spyropoulos catches the sacred moments of intimacy like no one else does. In conversation with the Berlin-based photographer, he told us about his recently released photobook, the thin red line between seeking love and seeking acceptance and why we are hiding from reality on both sides of the camera.

#LOVEBRANDS

DECOLONIZING FASHION

For designer Buki Akomolafe sustainable fashion equals timelessness. Thanks to her upbringing in the nigerian countryside, her Berlin-based label has an unique understanding not only of next-generation design, but eco-friendly sourcing as well. Her collections - limited editions or not -  are like a breath of fresh air, making her one of our favorite new fashion designers.

A DEPARTURE FROM THE EVERYDAY

We're in love with the designs and silhouettes of MAX THOMAS SANDERSON, dedicated to contemporary, artisanal tailoring for all genders. Each garment bears a distinctive signature resulting from formal training in bespoke tailoring, and is designed, cut and made in-house. We had a little chat with Max Thomas Sanderson about creativity, inspiration, and of course love.

WITH GREAT ATTENTION TO DETAIL

FRAU TONIS PARFUM stands for high-quality manufactured perfumes and has been letting fragrances speak for themselves since 2011 - without sex sells campaigns, gender bias or decorative celebrities. 36 niche perfumes from green to floral, citric or oriental open the olfactory memory of their wearers and bring magical memories back to the present. We had a little chat with founder Stefanie Hanssen.

#NARCISSISM

EACH SHOOT HOLDS A MEMORY

Shane Reynolds is a photographer based in New York City. He began taking photos at 17, using his grandmas garage as a “studio”. After attending Ithaca College he spent the past few years living in New York and London. Shane now works primarily with film, which all of these pictures are on. And we are completely in love.

YOUNG AND RENEGADE

We're in love with the work of Zeno Spyropoulos, a Berlin-based photographer, who has just published his first photography book, YOUNG AND RENEGADE. "Showing raw moments of intimacy, and creative or sexual expression as they naturally occur, pictures that normalise a culture of sexual and bodily freedom, regardless of sexuality and background."

CODE BLUE

Leo Maki is a photographer and video maker based in Warsaw, Poland, with an eye for colorful light and beautiful portraits. Lucky Container, there's a series with its favorite color: CODE BLUE. The series is about a phrase used in hospitals in exceptional situations when the patient needs immediate attention and help - because his heart has stopped.

#SAFESPACE

DON’T TELL ANYONE I WAS HERE

Ian M is a photographer currently based in Barcelona working in both film and digital photography. His exclusive series DON'T TELL ANYONE I WAS HERE explores the ideas of voyeurism and pleasure by exploring the border between loving to be observed and forgetting that someone is looking at us.

BOY COMFORT ZOOM

Yan Yufeng, born and raised in Chengdu, China, is an artist based in Milan and Shanghai. In his ongoing long-term project BOY COMFORT ZOOM, observing and exploring modern masculinity, he portraits boys and men from all over the world in places familiar to them - the models themselves pick the location for the shoot.

ALMOST NAKED

“I had just arrived in the States, I had culture shock. I was not brave enough to explore myself, so I explored myself through other people,” Shen Wei once said in an interview. The Shanghai-born, New York-based photographer created the series ALMOST NAKED by taking portraits of strangers in America. So let’s see if we are able to explore the photographer’s mind.

#CHOSENFAMILY

GENDER ROLES ARE DEAD

Anne-Sophie Guillet, Brussels based photographer, shows what it means to make gender roles fluid, or better: to make gender roles obsolete. In fashion editorials and photo series for magazines she claims that the age of stereotypes is over. It‘s all about what‘s in between.

SERES / BEINGS

Today we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with Arden and their wonderful photo series, SERES / BEINGS. It's about the visibility and the beauty of each individual and the diversity that God has brought to this earth… or some other wacky alien.

CHOSEN FAMILY

Welcome to Daurismo – the world of Daura, a freelance film and instant film photographer. Their greatest passion is the conjugation of documentary and portrait photography to represent contrasting realities, the different paths of womanhood and the ever-expanding gender spectrum. CHOSEN FAMILY, Container Love’s main theme this autumn and title of this wonderful story.

#SUMMEROFLOVE

SUMMER HOLIDAY

Asaf Einy is a photographer and video artist based in Tel-aviv. We invited him to celebrate our Summer of Love with us. Absolutely perfect for the times when not everyone has the chance to just get on the plane and fly to the beach.

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

The Summer of Love continues with Kostis Fokas' latest feature on our website, CALIFORNIA DREAMING. The series was shot in California in 2019. Celebrate the sun, the colors and the California sky with us. And then let's all get naked and jump into that swimming pool together! 

KISS ME I’M GOLDEN PT. 2

The Summer of Love continues with Pt. 2 of this lovely series by Annika Weertz. She joined the band Pacific Swell on their summer tour through the Basque Country, creating an authentic portrayal of a band. Jump on the tour bus with them and join the ride!

#PASTEXHIBITIONS

INTERZUM POP-UP GALLERY 2019

When it comes to sustainability, individualization and personalized interactions, we are definitely on board – that was our first thought when we were invited to Interzum 2019, the world's largest trade fair for furniture production and interior design.

EXHIBITION AT REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL

Container Love Art project at Reeperbahn festival 2017. Four days surrounded by wonderful artworks of powerful artists. Four days of love and diversity. And four days of fantastic singer-songwriter music, framed by artist talks, a book presentation, a movie demonstration and an amazing reading.

THE RIVER ISSUE

For this fabulous event, the Container Love 4 left its container at the MS Dockville area, which was its comfortable home for more than three years, and hacked the night at Riverkasematten next to Hamburg’s infamous Reeperbahn.

#FROMTHEARCHIVES

A BOOK CALLED ZWEI

The new monograph ZWEI by Berlin/L.A. based photographer Florian Hetz presents a cross-section of his work and his unmistakable visual world. In ZWEI he presents more than 200 photographs from both sides of the Atlantic facing each other and creating a dialogue between seemingly unrelated images and situations.

THE MUXES OF OAXACA

This project by Mexican photographer Nelson Morales is about the Muxe community of Oaxaca, which they are also a part of. Muxes are considered the third genre in Mexico and are quite accepted in society, however, it is not widely accepted that they have lovers publicly. In this series they enter the deepest desires and fantasies in the company of their friends and lovers.

HELLO SHERMAN

Christopher Sherman is a photographer and creative director living in Toronto and New York. We thank God that she created the Internet to bring Christopher's work to us. We have shown some of his analog works at the Container Love exhibition at the Reeperbahn festival 2017 in Hamburg.