Throughout High School I thrived in the darkroom. Not that every shot was perfect, but I felt that among the stress of being a high schooler nothing felt like home away from home like that creative space. It was a place which images would appear, memories given a second life.
While I have taken portrait shots, I am truly attached to the still life. With objects you have all the time in the world to stylize and think about composition, something that matters to me even if it is simple. This is probably why I am so attached to Uta Barth’s photography, the erie soft focus is captivating and the power Barth gives to ordinary objects is astounding. Her photographs almost look like a visual depiction of the memory, fuzzy around the edges, but quite impressionable all the while. I posted one picture above, but please check out this link to look through an entire portfolio of her work.
I wish I could say I discovered him on my own, but I can’t.
What I can say is that I love Brandt’s prints too much to just leave them on my computer. They would be perfect all lined up on a white wall, no? I think I just found the artwork that is going to go up on my dorm room wall. I have a whole collection of yellow frames filled with images from artists I admire and I am working on what I call my “collection” wall filled with objects I horde from the year, but there is one spot that is needing some love. I think a bunch of these prints would add some colorful “serenity”.
Brandt has many series but “Lakes and Reservoirs” is my personal favorite. He captures color photographs of different lakes and reservoirs and uses the water that is in the location to develop the print. Instead of the typical gorgeous landscape this work goes further. The subject itself contributes to the medium, blurring the lines between the medium and the message. What results is the character of the space, the speckles and blurred images add life to what would otherwise be static prints.
Visit http://www.matthewbrandt.com/photographs/lakes-and-reservoirs/ to see more, but as usual check out my favorites below!
Photography. The Circus. And most importantly, Elephants.
Can’t really contain how much I love these photographs from Kristian Schuller. His use of light and space is spectacular. Each shot is almost like a scene within a scene, taking the viewer into a specific perspective. It updates what a circus conceptually is, but with a high fashion taste in mind. I especially love those elephants! What a gorgeous animal that adds so much character to each photograph.
For more fashion shots, visit http://www.kristianschuller.com/portfolio.php?pid=45.
Back to school means back to dorm living, dining hall food and responsibilities. The biggest one of all? Classes of course. But while class might be a chore for some, I find I actually like being in a classroom. It might be the aspect of mystery, you never know if this class is going to be a game changer. But I think it is mostly because they get me thinking. Sometimes I think some of my best ideas come when I’m in class. I am currently a media studies major (well, declaring as soon as I can possibly do so) so I kind of spend my days thinking critically of all things from mediums to the media.
Photography is one of my favorite mediums, and I especially love when an artist is able to transcend the medium and get a little creative. Anyone can take a nice picture of a rose in a vase, but can everyone physically make the subject that they want to photograph?
I was so inspired by Thomas Allen’s work that this past summer I made my own versions of his book cutout shots. (See my photo collections!) Allen uses vintage book covers and photographs the cut out shapes from the covers with keen importance given to the focus, placement and lighting of his subjects. The result brings the drawn images of a book cover to realism, just like reading the words on the pages can do. I especially love the varying depth to each photograph, and the colors are so rich thanks to the lighting and the detail of the drawn figures. They almost look like scenes from a movie!
Too bad I’m back at school, this makes me want to shop the flea markets and find some vintage literature. For now, look at my favorites below and start thinking creative with your photography.
For more on Thomas Allen:
//Allen’s personal website//
I recently went to the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met, and while it was a great show I was not really impressed with how it was curated. Yes, the outfits are gorgeous and each room of the exhibit set a mood that matched the designs perfectly, but it was not built to accommodate the amount of people that wanted to take a look. If I am going to have to wait almost two hours in line to then be jammed against people to just see the descriptions of each outfit, I would rather wait for a table at Carmine’s. Members were able to skip the line, but not the awful crowd of people that never seemed to move. Props to McQueen, it was a great way to remember his work, but I am sorry it had to be a frustrating event rather than pure beauty.
What did impress me while at the Met? A photograph from American artist and photographer James Casebere. It only took one of his digital chromogenic prints from one of his latest series, “Landscape with Houses” to pique my interest. I love that he constructs spaces to then photograph them. This past summer I took a course at Pratt in the city and I dedicated the entire summer to photographing images I organized in a black shoebox. I think it takes a very special and creative mind to be able to actually create what they want to photograph rather than luckily finding the perfect subject matter. His suburban landscapes have a stillness to them, but with dramatic lighting the details come through. I am a total fan of the work he does on a large scale, with such intimate attention to detail. Below are my favorite shots but also check out his other work at his website: http://jamescasebere.net/
Landscape with Houses, (Dutchess County, NY) #1, 2009, digital chromogenic print
Landscape with Houses, (Dutchess County, NY) #3, 2009, Digital Chromogenic Print
Landscape with Houses, (Dutchess County, NY) #2, 2009, Digital Chromogenic Print
Martin Schoeller is a German photographer whose work has been praised endlessly. His photography is so interesting because of his range. He can capture the everyday person with as much life and spirit as he can any glamorous celebrity. At the same time he is able to capture his subjects in the most outrageous ways or in such a casual but appropriate manner. Yes, yes his work has been in great publications and he has a string of awards to boast about, but let’s just focus on the work. It’s that great. Below are my favorites, there are too many so I decided to include several.