Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lise Sarfati


Lise Sarfati has lived and worked in the United States since 2003. She has realised six important series of photographs there. They have been followed by exhibitions and publications. Each of her works makes clear the identity of an approach focused on the intensity of the rapport established with the person photographed, and of that person with the context. A vision in which the individual is environment, a map outlining a perilous cultural geography. The richness of perception is constructed without effects. The compositions are flawless in the simplicity and unity of the image - the style tends to be elementary and clean, avoiding all qualifications, but the traits of each thing and each person trace a hundred thousand folds. The dimension of the interplay of postures is that of a solemn immaturity: the scenery formed by the people and places is the silent crumpling of a dream in which each risks his or her skin. A feminine seduction tinged with fateful coincidences; the beauty of the adolescents looks like a magic spell. Their solitude and strangeness in the world turn the image into an echo chamber inhabited by the photographer, her subject and the viewer.

The earlier period of a photographic work carried out in Russia (continuously from 1989 to 1999) confirms the tendency of this research. She identifies a very precise and endless psychological spectrum. The projections, the ambitions associated with the immense space, the way in which they compose these figures, play an essential role: the supporting roles are incandescent. A determinism of the heroic, inevitably tragic figure, as if not even we really have another choice.



Monday, September 3, 2012

Computer Game Design At Priestley

Maybe a reason for not posting lately has been the inpending launch of the Computer Game Design course that i have been involved in these past few months. Or maybe just laziness, but with a new term starting i suppose there will be an influx of posts.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bertil Nilsson

Bertil Nilsson is a Swedish photographer based in London, he creates his images for commercial, editorial and for his personal artistic projects.  Its primarly  a medium of expression, but also involves moving image. Bertil takes his inspiration from movement and the human form and collaborates extensively with dancers and circus artist. Check out his web site, i found this here another awesome website that never lets me down when it comes to photography.

Ten Minute Project

I had a conversation yesterday with a photography student about getting motivated to shoot some images. It got me thinking and i remembered reading about The Ten Minute Project over on Lightpulse Blog. Basicly the Ten Minutes Series project is a self motivating project in which you shoot for ten minutes trying to get some interesting results. It seems to work well so give it a blast and also check hes blog out.


"Take a dark journey into the forgotten, where time stands still. The paint has peeled off the walls and the only occupants are the souls of those left behind. This is the Asylum."
If your like me and love walking round old wrecked buildings with a camer then your gonna love this.....Nice find Oliver.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Holi Festival of Colour

Virtual Lighting Studio

I came across this the other week and for those that want to play around with portraits and lighting its a great way to experiment without setting up or getting you camera out and best of all its free and works off you web browser... what would be good is if it works on smart phones too, ill get back to you on that one. check it out and have a play.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

For Use / Numen

Numen/For Use is a Croatian-Austrian design collective working in the fields of scenography, industrial and spatial design and conceptual art. A particular piece of work that has caught my attention is their use of tape to create architectural forms within a structure.

The tape concept developed further towards a more sculptural architectonic form. It was practically "found" through the act of chaotic wrapping, where a one-dimensional line (“tape”), slowly turned into two-dimensional plane, which then finally curved into volume.
The installation was envisaged as a site specific, parasitical structure invading an arbitrary location. The straight lines of main trajectories are stretched across a given area and these tendons are then wrapped diagonally with layers of elastic tape, giving shape to a complex organic form through a process similar to the emergence of such structures in nature.
With the further layering of the tape, the figure becomes more and more corporeal as it picks up on the slow increase of the curvature. The interior of the structure is supple, elastic, and pliable while the form itself is statically perfect, as it ideally follows the trajectories of forces, being literally defined by them. In the moment when the audience enters the installation, what started off as a sculpture
seamlessly morphs into architecture.

Josh Ritter

A little stop frame animation but the kind of twist i really like. Josh Ritter created a stop frame animation using 12000 laser cut pieces of colour paper. You could be mistaken for think that just makes it that much easier, however each one of the 12000 shots need to have been drawn on the computer and then sent to the machine for cutting just as time consuming as doing it by hand. The final effect though is pretty damn good.

Josh Ritter - Love Is Making Its Way Back Home from Josh Ritter on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Little Look At Portraits

I have chosen to post these portrait examples because of the intensity of the colour and the full frame effect. This first guy Georgs Kamelakis is a young ish photography starting out but his main inspirations are those below him you can clearly see. 

George Kamelakis. Born in the USA and living in Heraklion Crete since 1992

Peter Hapak, 1973, Hungary, is a versatile photographer based in the US. He works for commercial and editorial clients, but his main focus lies on portraiture and the human body.

Martin Schoeller

Born Munich Germany 1968, works in New York.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Martin Klimas

I don't have any info on this guy so check his images and website, this seems relevant to some of my students.

Stefano Bonazzi

Born in Ferrara in 1983, Stefano Bonazzi is self-taught, and a fan of modern art, video art, digital graphics, architectural design. Stefano tends to use charcoal drawings, photo editing and digital photography. check out his site here. His best work is through digital photography and photo manipulation and i finf his smoke photos some of his best.


Drinking Fountains

The latest work from Luzinteruptus is a piece on drinking fountains in Madrid, or the lack of. In Madrid, in less than 30 years, more than 50% of the public fountains in service have been lost, which now are seen to be dismantled, broken, without a tap to drink from or simply dry.
Check out thee site for more info listed on the right, some great images though yet again, their work with light is stupendous and highly effective.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Willis Elkins

Some objects get disregarded without notice and others people have now idea they carry them let alone throw them away. But when 2 and half billion people smoke in the world the lighter is an object that probable outs sells most disposable item. Willis Elkins is an artist from outer Brooklyn that collected lighters washed up on the shore and photographed the spectrum. simple but effective.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Aaron Moran

Aaron Moran received his BFA from Emily Carr in 2007, and further supplemented his visual language with two years studying film at SFU. His practice incorporates sculpture, assemblage, drawing, and print media. Aside from his traditional work, he is also involved in an array of self-published projects ranging from zines, to artist books, and everything in between. He is the current artist in residence at the Ranger Station Art Gallery through the Kent / Harrison Arts Council in Harrison Hot Springs, BC.
via Artsy Dartsy

I have come across Aarons work before and just not out it up on the blog, check out his Tumblr for a wide range of works, i really like the selected work iv posted but to be honest i beginning to be a fan of all his stuff. Seeing some of the students do something similar in the past i have real appreciation for his work and style.

Altar To The Space Man
16 x 22 x 7
Found wood, concrete, acrylic, house paint, magazines, metal, pencil, copy transfer

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pop Up brought to life

A cool little animation using a range of different methods.

a second a day

There are some things that i find really naff, one of these are light paintings. It seems that everyone is doing it and when i see them i often just think that's so cheap and nasty looking. The other thing is the self portrait each day of my life montage crap, so tired of seeing it and who cares.
However i do quite like this film i found on Petapixel of a second footage each day of 2011, its well put together and for that many individual clips it flows really well and must have been extremely laborious. The end result is a great watch and interesting to say the least.

2011 from hey_rabbit on Vimeo.

Quentin Arnaud

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i had been meaning to post these portraits since i found them months ago, I'm not sure why iv left it until now but they have certainly been on my mind since i saw them. Eery is a word to describe them but i find myself wondering about the face, its expression, its emotion and can this be classed as a portrait if there is no face? Quenin Arnaud certainly captures the shape of the face and its depth.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012


Check it out, one of our ex students worked on the special effects on this movie most of which is in the trailer. Makes me want to go back to uni and have a career change.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christopher Bucklow's Pinhole

Bucklow begins by projecting the shadow of his sitter on a large sheet of aluminum foil and tracing its outline. He then makes about twenty thousand small pinholes in the foil silhouette (one for each day of the average human lifespan). Using a contraption of his own device that places the foil over a large sheet of photographic paper, Bucklow wheels his homemade 'camera' out into daylight and pulls the 'shutter' to briefly expose the paper to direct sunlight. Thus each finished picture becomes a kind of photogram silhouette composed of thousands of pinhole photographs of the sun. The intensity of light on a given day and the length of exposure create unique color variations on how the resulting piece appears. via Danziger Gallery:

Buckow's cast of characters are drawn from his circle of acquaintances and, unlike conventional photography, each image is unique and unrepeatable.