I will preface this post with a warning of sorts, because it’s going to be all over the place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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 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.
…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).
Finally, check out everything Jonathan Lewis has ever done.
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.
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: