Process #1

My absence on the blog lately can be explained by attempting to pass my degree (haven’t yet, so posting might still be a bit sporadic). I’m starting a new series, looking at what I’m reading at the moment, which also ties into my current research interests and writing so I suppose I’ll just combine all that into one series – reading, researching and writing in one!

I’ve been researching and working on my graduate project which is titled “Is e Eire mo Bhaile”, which means “Ireland is my home”, in Irish. To that end, this post is about what I’m doing to research this project.

Books:

Rodinsky’s Room – Rachel Lichtenstein & Iain Sinclair

Lichtenstien and Sinclair take a very upbeat stance on the disappearance of David Rodinsky and trace this through the archive of ephemera left behind in his room in Whitechapel. The book traces Lichtenstien’s research of Rodinksy through writing and photography and gives a good example of a book using both photography and writing to illustrate.

The Photograph – Graham Clarke

Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma – Ulrich Baer

The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning – James Young

The Painter of Modern Life – Charles Baudelaire

On the Natural History of Destruction – WG Sebald

The Pivot of the World: Photography and it’s Nation – Blake Stimson

The Burden of Representation: Essays on Photographies and Histories – John Tagg

Photography Degree Zero: Reflections on Roland Barthes Camera Lucida – Geoffery Bachen

These books deal with the photographic image as carrier of memory, the memorialisation of the journey, the journey itself, the ontology of the image and photographic archives.

Images of the final book and project itself to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summertime Madness (Photoshoots I’ve loved #24)

This week it’s an editorial entitled “Summertime Madness”, which was styled by David Nyiri. Nyiri is stylist extraordinaire, he has styled shoots for everyone from Marie Claire to Vodafone. This shoot looks like the pages of a fashion editor‘s sketchbook, with annotations in the corners of each page. This creates a juxtaposition with the toughness of the model, her clothes and the childish writing at the top of each photo. It celebrates youth and urban culture with vibrant colours and young models with youthful energy in each photograph.

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All images from Trendhunter, click the images to go to the webpage.

What do you think of these? Are they too gaudy?

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Corpus – Alejandra Figueroa – Photoshoots I’ve loved #22

This week it’s “Corpus” by Alejandra Figueroa. I was given this book for my birthday and I’m absolutely in love with it.

Alejandra Figueroa was born in Mexico but moved to Paris in 1992. Her work is mainly concerned with sculpture, stained glass and architecture. She was commissioned to photograph the statues of the world’s greatest musuems.
This almost-A3-sized hardback book is a study of the human form. It is the fruit of several years of labour. It features abstract imagery of the beauty of the nude figure; parts of bodies: hands, feet, parts of faces. The images are presented in such a way that the viewer thinks they are viewing real nudes, flesh doesn’t look like stone. In this way, Figeroa acts as sort of an “anti” Medusa figure with her camera: instead of turning people to stone with it, she is turning stone, human. This book is a beautiful monograph of fine-art abstract imagery.

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All images from Alejandra Figueroa.fr. Click on the image to go to the webpage

What do you think of them? Are they “too abstract”?

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Unless You Will issue 24

Unless You Will issue 24

Blogging about this today, it’s an Australian online photo magazine. This issue is concerned with landscape photography and how artists connect to the land and photograph it.

The issue features 10 photographer’s practices on landscape photography and a really nice quote from Seneca in “Letters From A Stoic” –

“Are you telling me

not to investigate

the natural world?

Are you trying to bar
me from the whole
of it and restrict me
to a part of it?
Am I not to inquire
into the identity of
the artist who created
that universe?
Or the process by
which the huge mass
became subject to
law and order?
Or the nature of the
one who collected
the things that were
scattered apart, sorted
apart the things that
were commingled,
and when all things
lay in formless chaos
allotted them their
individual shapes?
Or the source of the
light (is it fire or is it
something brighter?)
Am I supposed not
to inquire into this
sort of thing?”

Broken Flowers by Jon Shireman (Photoshoots I’ve loved #20)

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These photos are from Jon Shireman’s “Broken Flowers“. He soaked the flowers in liquid nitrogen and then shattered them for his 2010 series.

What do you think of them? Is it too weird a concept?

All photos from Laughing Squid, click on the photo to go to the webpage

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And now we return to regularly scheduled posting… Bucket list post #12

The absence over the last few weeks is due to it being the end of the semester and having a million and one things to do. I’ll be back to regular posting next week. (And have a few more images to show, too). This time it’s “Attend Tornoto Internatonal Film Festival“. This takes place every year in September and looks incredible. I’m trying to convince myself that going next summer is a good idea…  The films that won awards at this year’s festival are here. Their Youtube channel page is here, where you can watch trailers and previews.

Have you ever been? Did you like it? Would you go again?

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Geraldine Lamanna – Powder Dance (Photoshoots I’ve loved #19)

I’ve been so behind on my blogging schedule at the moment, I’ve been so busy. *Regularly scheduled posting will resume shortly* (haha). Anyway, apologies and bad jokes aside, this week I’m going to talk about “Powder Dance” by Geraldine Lamanna. This series of photographs is amazing. She photographed dancers and used powder to accentuate the power and movement of the dance itself. Lamanna coated a dance instructor and her students with powder and let them show their moves to the camera. The resulting photographs are supposed to show “echoes” of movement. Compositionally, these photographs are perfect, the composition draws you in to the middle of the frame, to the dancer’s face. The lighting is great, spotlights illuminate the dancers and the powder separately so the viewer can see both equally well.ImageImageImageImageImage

What do you think of these?

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Birthday Girls (photoshoots I’ve loved #18)

Apologies for not posting on Friday, I was mega busy over the weekend and just completely forgot. This week in this series, it’s an editorial from “W” magazine in Korea entitled “Birthday Girls.” Photographed by Hong Jang Hyun, the girls all wear colourful wigs and pastel dresses from Louis Vuitton’s spring 2012 collection. The set designs are reminiscent of Tim Walker or David LeCappelle. (which is probably why I liked this so much!)ImageImageImageImageImageImage

What do you think of this? Is all the colour “too much”?

All images from Fashion Gone Rogue, click on the image to go to the webpage

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Moon Games (Photoshoot’s I’ve loved #17)

This week it’s Laurent Lavader’s playful, creative images of a person “playing” with the moon, entitled “Moon Games”. These are awesome. I’ve never seen anything like them before. They show the moon as the main focal point in the images, with a silhouette of a person in various poses, using the moon as prop. ImageImageImageImageImage

All images from Peta Pixel, click on the image to go to the webpage.

What do you think of these?

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