I have been using Tumblr for some time now as a way of posting a mobile photography project, that seems to keep morphing via the use of my Canon G range of cameras.
The initial project was to utilise a workflow of shoot , process and publish, purely using mobile phones or devices. Mainly influenced by a Format PhotoForum talk by Australian Olly Lang ( Oggsie ). This now involves the use of settting a Canon G15 to a fixed focal range and shooting “from the hip” . Similar to Walker Evans Subway Photographs he made in the period 1938 to 1941. By setting a focus distance and keeping the camera in his coat he managed to make several stunning candid portraits.
In December 2012 I went to the Seduced by Art exhibition at the National Gallery. The exhibition explores early photography from the mid-19th century and the most exciting contemporary photographs, alongside historical painting. It takes a look at how photographers use fine art traditions, including Old Master painting, to explore and justify the possibilities of their art. The comparisons were quite strikingly accurate even considering modern styles and techniques. I have two main interest in life photography and motorcycles and there are a lot of us out there , based on the number of blogs I find that are about this pairing. So today I found a blog showcasing a photographer combining not only photography and motorcycles but adding into the mix “Old Master” style paintings – have a look here and some more work of Madrid based photographer Kristina Fender.
My local independent newsagent in the market carries an eclectic mix of arts magazines one of which is Juxtapoz. It carries a good mix of contemporary and outsider art. I like the way it covers a lot more mixed media artists than most other periodicals.
The Luminous Landscape is a site to dip in and out of for gear reviews, tutorials and of course stunning landscape photography. It’s a great study resource and a way to lose a rainy afternoon on-line but needs a wait between visits.
Strobist.com blog is a fantastic resource for anyone using portable strobes (your camera flash guns or speedlights if you own a posher camera) as their primary light source, or wants to explore their creative use.
They maintain a fantastic beginners resource document called Lighting 101 which has now been updated and is available to download from this link.
The site is very US-centric in a lot of the products they advertise or recommend , but the basic knowledge base and contributed examples make up for this. The How-To’s of lighting layout and techniques are worth the effort and the numerous examples provide endless inspiration.
Not strictly a photographic exhibition, more mixed media. While the artists was in Norway studying prefabricated structures when she met a man with a rare condition genetic mosaicism . This normally manifests itself as a person having eyes of different colours, usually one blue and one brown.
The installation was a tin shack , and inside there was a projection of a short film.The unamed man above was the subject of the film , the main theme being how he deals with issues he feels are due to having a half British and half Norwegian cultural heritage and identity coupled with a belief that inside him was a twin and as the story unfolds he loses an eye which transforms his inner dialogue with his “twin”.
As an addition there were also a series of portraits of other people with the condition taken by the artist during research for the piece . All images taken in portrait format with the face being the main subject. The eyes were all aligned with the top third which reinforced the feeling that the subjects were all staring straight at you. Also this meant that all the eyes are aligned when the prints are displayed.
Interestingly there was not a common theme to how the subjects were posed, some were clearly laying on their backs, others standing or sitting, the backgrounds were invariably neutral.
It clearly shows the optimum and acceptable crop limits for different portrait shots both landscape and portrait formats. I will try and experiment with this in the coming weeks and post the results here.