Tag Archives: photography

Sleepy Hollow

31 Oct

Some personal photos for a change. Taken on a short journey up the Hudson with a dear friend. Thank you, Autumn. Continue reading

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A Bubblegum Palette

4 Aug

I really like these photographs from Eastern Congo by Richard Mosse. There’s something other-worldly about them. They are not photoshopped. Mosse used Aerochrome Kodak Infrared film, an obsolete technology, to create the effect of purpleness.

The film, designed in connection with the United States military during the Cold War, reveals a spectrum of light beyond what the human eye can perceive. According to The New Yorker, Mosse aims “to shock the viewer with this surprising bubblegum palette, and provoke questions about how we tend to see, and don’t see, this conflict.”

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On Edge

24 Jun

Some pieces from photographer Ren Hang out of China. I love the danger in them:

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Deep Blue Scene

18 May

Some underwater photos from Jill Greenberg‘s studio. I wasn’t over-the-moon about these at first, but something about the colors being so crisp and luscious, I just enjoy looking at them. And wanted to share.

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Lightscaping

2 Dec

Cleveland Institute of Art professor and photographer, Barry Underwood, creates these surreal and amazing natural portraits using light; divulging what Summit Fine Art calls “a secret unnatural moment in the natural world”. I sort of love them.

Underwood writes beautifully of his own work:

My work is an intersection between static and performing art. I search for and create landscapes that contain a mysterious element around which a narrative can be developed. The photographs imply a documentation of phenomenon, a secret supernatural or extraordinary event in the natural world. Ubiquitous features within an environment such as trees, earth, and bodies of water are isolated and altered.

In actuality an act, a fiction, is being created with light, color, and framing, pulling the viewer into a new, somewhat mythical narrative. I approach my work with a theatrical sensibility, using light and color subjectively as tools to transform the perception of space in the images.

By de-familiarizing common objects , the photographs transform the ordinary into the hyper-real, a banal landscape into a singular sensation. Dimensional objects appear to be flat, areas understood to be flat imply deep space. Lines between reality and imagination shift. The mundane and the seemingly familiar become significant, and act as semiotic informers.

Some of my favorites to follow:

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People of the Thread

4 Nov

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Some Maurizio Anzeri to go ’round. Working with photography & embroidery he creates a madly textured, in some cases, creepy evocation from the photos he uses. I like them.

‘I work with sewing, embroidery and drawing to explore the essence of signs in their physical manifestation. I take inspiration from my own personal experience and observation of how, in other cultures, bodies themselves are treated as living graphic symbols. I then use sewing and embroidery in a further attempt to re-signify, and mark the space with a man-made sign, a trace. I am interested in people’s stories and histories, and the relation between intimacy and the outer world. I have been working with hair for the past few years. I stitch and sew hair together until it becomes a sculpture. I see hair as a metaphorical medium to represent bodily boundaries, the embodiment of space.’ Maurizio Anzeri

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Light Boxing

3 Sep

 

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A new post on Today & Tomorrow hipped me to Swiss artist Daniele Buitti and her work using perforated photographic prints on aluminium lightboxes. Often she uses text over photographs, I prefer her work without text, but there are some really beautiful combinations:

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for more of Daniele’s work visit Aeroplastics Contemporary

Spine Unseen

24 Aug
Torso (Rorschach), 2007

Cara Barer: Torso (Rorschach), 2007

It is becoming more and more tempting to judge books by their covers. Publishers are looking to artists for their cover designs, the aesthetic becoming, in itself, a purpose for owning the book.

Among some of my favorites, photographer Cara Barer has been using books as the subjects of her photography and sculpture, and these photos have become the covers of books themselves <via GalleyCat>:

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Barer says of her work:

A random encounter on Drew Street with the Houston Yellow Pages was the primary inspiration for this project. After that chance meeting, I began the search for more books, and more methods to change their appearance.

I realized I owned many books that were no longer of use to me, or for that matter, anyone else. Would I ever need “Windows 95?” After soaking it in the bathtub for a few hours, it had a new shape and purpose. Half Price Books became a regular haunt, and an abandoned house gave me a set of outdated reference books, complete with mold and neglect. Each book tells me how to begin according to its size, type of paper, and sometimes contents.

…With the discarded books that I have acquired, I am attempting to blur the line between objects, sculpture, and photography. This project has become a journey that continues to evolve.

Some of my favorite Cara Barer photos to follow:

Shitake, 2007

Shitake, 2007

Blue Labyrinth, 2007

Blue Labyrinth, 2007

Piece of Cake, 2007

Piece of Cake, 2007

Roget's, 2006

Roget's, 2006

For more info on the work of Cara Barer, visit her website here.

originally hip : photography of malick sidibé

8 Jul
from "Malick Sidibe: Chemises" by Malick Sidibe

from "Malick Sidibe: Chemises" by Malick Sidibe

Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, best known for his black-and-whites of pop culture in 1960’s Bamako, captured black hipsters before there was a stitch of plaid in Williamsburg. One day I will gaze at an artful Sidibé photograph on my apartment wall, for now, some of my favorites:

Nuit de Noël, 1963

Nuit de Noël, 1963

Miss Kanté Sira, 1965

Miss Kanté Sira, 1965

Avec mon nouveau sac, ma bague et mon bracelet, 1975

Avec mon nouveau sac, ma bague et mon bracelet, 1975

Nous deux en mobylette, 1973

Nous deux en mobylette, 1973

une fleur, 1965

fleur, 1965

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A New Fold

19 Jun

Photographer Bela Borsodi & his latest project “Fashion Faces” for Yalook:

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Mantel von DRYKORN

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In an interview with Tokyo’s Ping Mag, Borsodi answers questions about his still life personas:

For you, one kind of beauty seems to lie in still life – why?

In still life photography, every thing can be investigated in so many more and different ways. There are endless possibilities and each one of them has the potential to eventually change our perspective.

to read the full interview, click here.