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04/30/2010

I will preface this post with a warning of sorts, because it’s going to be all over the place.

First.

With New Orleans/ the South continuously on mind and my restless feet aching to get out, I was pleasantly surprised when I found a preview of Ned Sublette’s book The Year Before The Flood. Ned moved to New Orleans a little over a year before hurricane Katrina hit and actually moved away just weeks before it all happened. From the preview it seems like it is going to be a mix of narrative, essay, and photographs; with a lot of focus on the local music and people. He paints such a vivid picture of his drive south and of the culture of the road trip. It will be interesting to see if the book holds up to the preview.

Second.

In keep with New Orleans, I found a video of a 1956 Mardi Gras parade and a collection of photos from that same years parade.

Third.

When first seeing David S. Allee’s work, I thought of Pavlos’s work and Will Knipshers’s. I don’t know how to express why I like his photographs so much, other than how pleasing they are both color and composition wise.

Last.

I seem to have a knack for rediscovering work that I have previously viewed and liked, as is the case with Doug Aitken’s Blow Debris.The video evokes a sense of wanderlust and travel, while also a discomfort. The video being twenty videos, I suggest watching the whole thing, but if you do not have the time just skip ahead to fifteen minutes and watch from there.

night portraits

04/30/2010

What I have been working on for the final. The color balance is a little weird, I color balanced for each photo I took but they still came out inconsistent, I think I will see how they look when they have the same values.

home stretch

04/29/2010

By way of Will Knipscher I came to see the work of Stephen Chalmers’ series Dump Sites as well as Joel Sternfeld’s On This Site.

From the Stephen Chalmers series "Dump Sites"

From the Stephen Chalmers series "Dump Sites"

Both reflect the sense of place and truth in a way I’m trying to, as well as the quality of light they are able to capture.

Also, in an interview about his new series Out There, Christian Patterson discusses the idea of the phantom event, something heavily considered in my image making process:

I have long been fascinated with and inspired by phantom events—events that have little or no physical presence in a place or an image but have a very strong relationship with the place that is photographed. The resulting images focus on the quiet, spatial context and emotional energy of a place. I feel that these images exhibit a certain otherness—a sense of what was, or what could have been.

From Christian Patterson's series "Out There"

From Christian Patterson's series "Out There"

Attention to Moments

04/27/2010

With the photographic approach of visual journaling in mind, it seems important to reference Rinko Kawauchi.   Kawauchi is a contemporary Japanese photographer that has gained international attention from her beautifully captured and sequenced photographic books.  Her palette and subject matter evoke feelings and reactions to the quirks of ordinary life that are often overlooked and hardly photographed for later reflection.

Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled, from the series, Utatane, 2001

Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled, from the series "Aila", 2004

she interweaves sensitized ways of perceiving the world
around her, with the fleeting conflations of forms that make
you wonder how one photographer mangaged to be present,
attuned and ready to photograph so many pungent
observations. once rinko kawauchi said:
‘for a photographer, it’s a necessity that you can shoot stuff
magically. accidents are necessary, but after I take a
photograph, it is not all done. I continue to work on it.’

I also have a similar reaction to work of some fellow Corcoran students, soon to be alumni, Michelle Yo and Justine Tobiasz, by means of their Senior thesis work:

Michelle Yo, from the series, Everything's Coming up Roses, 2010

Justine Tobiasz, from the series, In Limbo, 2010

So, as I anxiously await my film to be ready for pickup tomorrow, I consider others that make whimsical photographs in this style of personal documentation.

LINKS – 666 AND BEEF AND BARLEY

04/27/2010

The links I posted the other day, while meant for everyone’s general benefit, were primarily focused in response to Cortland, Diana and Sara’s projects.  I’ve dug up a few other things for some others in the class…

…for Jordan, the books of Chad Muthard, particularly You Might Not Need Talent, which begins, “Any fool can take a picture with a camera like that…”

Chad Muthard, from the artist book You Might Not Need Talent

…for our tattooed friend Rob, who is shooting tattoos, see Inkcorporated by Bjorn Abelin, featured at the Lens Culture blog

and Bonus Bonus Bonus, Rob: look at this, the creepiest black metal photo portfolio I’ve ever seen (not to mention the only black metal photography portfolio I’ve ever seen): Alexander Binder, who was born on Halloween and grew up in the Black Forest.  Don’t forget your Scooby snacks before looking at this work.

Alexander Binder, selections from TRAUM I and MALEFICIUM II

…for Dan, a bunch of photos about photos.  And other stuff.  First, Bryan Graf‘s Color Movements and Wildlife Analysis portfolios (also but unrelated to abstract/photograms, is his knock-out body of work, A Garden State, which is a must see).

Bryan Graf, from the series Wildlife Analysis

Next up is of course is Walead Beshty, who we have discussed previously here on the blog and has a nice video from his 2008 Whitney Biennial appearance.

Walead Beshty, Six Color Curl

Finally, check out everything Jonathan Lewis has ever done.

Jonathan Lewis, Beef with Vegetable and Barley, fts Business Art

And then there were none.

04/26/2010

Each roll is different..

Between color and B&W, I want both.

Decisions…need to hurry up.

“I’ve been running that odometer tryin’ to get back at zero.”

LINKS – SHOOTING THE MUSE IN COLOR, AND IN B/W

04/25/2010

Bertrand Fleuret, from Landmasses and Railways

For ya’lls who are shooting the muse wherever she may lead, particularly that black and white lady, for your final project please see Bertrand Fleuret‘s book Landmasses and Railways, which you can download in its wonderful entirety by clicking HERE.  Also check out his 2004 book, The Risk of an Early Spring, which is also available as a download.

Jason Fulford

Landmasses is published by the great J&L Books, led by Jason Fulford, whose work you shootin’ shooters should also look at.  Check out an interview with Fulford featured at TOO MUCH CHOCOLATE.

David La Spina, from the series We Have Only Just Begun

Also, there is David La Spina, who combines color and black&white within sequences in his portfolio Neighborhood Goes There (which we looked at back in the beginning of the Fall semester).  Also to see is La Spina’s We Have Only Just Begun, a very peculiar series of color pictures.

Lastly, I’ve been recently taken by Lina Scheynius‘ work – particularly in her combination of b/w and color images within really evocative sequences.  Recommended are the Diary 2007 and Sarajevo portfolios.  Below are some image combinations and sequences from her site:

Lina Scheynius, from the series Diary - 2007

Lina Scheynius, from the series Sarajevo

Lina Scheynius, from the series Sarajevo

Lina Scheynius, from the series Sarajevo