Off Switch magazine issue two

 

I just finished reading Off Switch magazine issue two and oh wow… I’m so inspired. The magazine itself is very imagery / photographybased, which I love. The theme for photographs this month was “landscape” and the first set of images didn’t disappoint: ethereal landscapes of woods smothered in fog and sun-drenched mountain tops. The “Put Some Color In Your Spring” clothing feature had some amazing photographs to go with the text. The “Capturing The Dust” photography feature was amazing: a very dark color palette, complemented by the models dark clothes and contrasted by his light hair. Text overlay on each photo added to the overall presentation of the feature.

http://www.offswitchmagazine.com/magazine/

 

Behind the scenes on Traveller’s Chant

Well, this post is long overdue but I’ve been ridiculously busy with college and end-of-year stuff so it’s been put off til now. I headed out with my friend Chesney last week to shoot a music video on the beach for Rizzle Kicks’ “Traveler’s Chant”. We are currently fleshing out a business plan and model for our upcoming company (top secret :-P I’ll blog about it when I can. It’s majorly exciting). For now we need a show reel so we are beginning to shoot some things. These images are only day one of shooting, we are going out again on Saturday to get some more shots. I produced the shoot and Chesney directed, helped my boyfriend Ian to operate the jib crane. I got some behind-the-scenes video too, which I’ll post up once I get the finished one from Chesney. For now enjoy the photos.

Until next time,

Aisling

PS: that last one is why I love living so near the sea. <3

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Sun Should Be A Girl – Marta Streng

I came across this fashion shoot a couple of weeks ago and I’ve only had the time to blog about it now. My birthday was two weeks ago &  I’ll have a blog post up about that soon too. For now though…

“Sun Should Be A Girl” is a fashion editorial by Marta Streng. This shoot has everything that I’m obsessed with and love in photography right now: bokeh, tough clothing, heavy makeup, lens flare and a juxtaposition of the model and the interplay of light (The way the photographs are composed, you would expect to see something a lot more feminine and girly photographed), so you can understand my squeal of delight when I came across it a couple of weeks ago. The shoot is grungey: dirty streets and buildings compliment the model’s clothes, pose and makeup, while the interplay of light gives the photographs a feminine feel.

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Don’t Touch My Universe

I came across this fashion shoot the other day on the Trend Hunter blog and was completely blown away. It was shot by Frank Bayn and Steff Rosenberger-Ochs (what an amazing surname!). The images feature a model clad in couture and staring dreamily at the camera, looking for all the world a spoiled little brat. The viewer at first looks at the model’s haughty expression and suggestive pose and then notices scenes of destruction and mayhem in the windows (I think they’re mirrors and only a motif of windows… but someone correct me if I’m wrong) behind the model. It is almost as if the model is frozen in time and doesn’t notice the destruction around her. The title “Don’t Touch…” seems to say that the model doesn’t want the luxury and prestige portrayed in the photographs to go away and wants to be self-absorbed and oblivious forever. I think this is also saying that there are more important things to be worrying about than looking good, which is a breath of fresh air in this consumerist, “buy, buy, buy”, “more, more, more” culture we have.

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Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection

I had a day off from college today so I decided to visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art to see the new exhibition, Conversations. After getting lost and wandering around the trendy apartments in south quarter (and daydreaming about how we wanted to live there…), we finally found the IMMA. It was well worth the wandering around though, I was literally in awe at the images. I literally turned into “photography fan-girl”, much to my boyfriend’s dismay. I walked around going: “THEY HAVE A LANGE PHOTO! THEY HAVE A SOTH PHOTO!” and squealing when I saw photographer’s works that I admired. I loved all the photographs, some that I knew, from photographers I know and some that I’ve never seen, from photographers I didn’t know. The arrangement of the images played a big part in their meaning, they were placed in “conversation” with each-other, a photograph from the 1800’s alongside a photograph from 2003. The images complement each-other in a way you wouldn’t expect.

From the IMMA website: “Modern works are juxtaposed with older works, European with American, and staged subjects with documentary images. These conversations create unique visual groupings, including images of visitors responding to art in museums, such as Thomas Struth’s Audience 4 (2004), which shows people gazing upward at Michelangelo’s statue of David at the Academia Gallery in Florence, and Musée du Louvre 4, Paris (1989), where visitors contemplate Théodore Géricault’s famous Raft of the Medusa in a Louvre gallery.”

The stand-out images for me were:

Neeta Madahar’s image “Sustenance 104, 2003”

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Toni Schnider’s image “Switched”

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David Hillard’s image “Dad”

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Vera Lutter’s image “135 LaSalle Street, Chicago, VI”

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The exhibition is produced by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and runs til the 22nd of May at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Military Road, Kilmanham Dublin.

There’s been …

There’s been a lot of talk over the last few days in Internet-land about a video by Invisible Children (I’ve blogged about them here before). I won’t get into what they do, because I’ll leave a link to their website at the end of this post. I found it necessary to post my fews on their KONY 2012 campaign and video. The video explains how they want to make Joseph Kony “famous” and also explains what he does / did and what can be done about it. I completely agree with the organisation and their aims and methods. I think that what they do is necessary and affective. I’ve been getting a lot of criticism from people in college over the last few days over my fews on it (I’m also passionate about this and opinionated and hot tempered so that doesn’t really go my way…). I heard the people who saw the video when it was first posted on Facebook on the 5th called “hipsters”. I found and posted the video BEFORE everyone else on my Facebook friends list and I have supported Invisible Children since 2008, does that make me a hipster too? No, I didn’t think so either.

Here’s a link to the actual KONY 2012 video.

Here’s a link to a response to an article about a photograph that has people questioning IC’s practices

Here’s a link to a response by IC about all the critiques they were receiving after posting the video and it getting millions of views.

#30DaysOfArtChallenge from GOOD.is

Adding to the other post I posted today about ideas for posts: I’m going to start the GOOD.is 30 Day Art Challenge for the month of March, starting today and blogging about the effort. The first challenge is to research an artist. On that note, I’ve decided to research Alfred Eisenstaedt. I came across his name yesterday after watching this video.

Alfred Eisenstaedt was called the “photojournalist of the century” by digitaljournalist.org

He was one of the first photographers hired by Life Magazine in 1935 and contributed over 2,500 picture stories to the magazine. This is arguably his most iconic photograph.