cari ann wayman, a.k.a yyellowbird, is one of the most amazing young female photographers around. i am completely in awe of her intuitive talent for taking photographs of such exquisite beauty and mystery. hers is the photostream on flickr that i am forever returning to, and every time i do i fall in love with another one of her powerful images.
she has an uncanny ability to find beauty in the most unexpected places, turning deteriorating landscapes into urban dreamscapes and making ramshackle buildings look breathtakingly beautiful. she also takes the most incredible self-portraits, which project such a strong sense of her identity as someone who is unafraid to confront, and share, her emotions.
there are a series of portraits that cari ann took last november lying beside a dead coyote she found by the roadside. the images caused a lot of controversy in flickr-land, and i’m going to leave it up to you whether you want to view these images for yourself as they are quite gruesome, but if you do wish to see them, then please click here. personally i found these photographs to be profoundly honest and raw with emotion. it must have taken a great amount of courage to see the photographic opportunity at that moment, and to capture the death of this animal in a manner which is both thought-provoking and yet strangely peaceful.
if you live in winnipeg, manitoba, then you simply must check out cari ann’s photography exhibition at outworks gallery, which opens next friday, 12th february.