Monthly Archives: February 2015

Influencing creative talent

Influencing creative talent

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.

The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.

Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today’s pop culture.

Selfies a new craze….no

Self-portraits or selfies have been around since photography became an affordable hobby for millions in the mid 19th century. For some privileged folks, the craze began even earlier, predating Paul McCartney’s recent claim to have invented the art form. “Most people don’t know that I invented the selfie,” the rock legend told Jimmy Fallon. what a load of crap Paul, I remember seeing selfies from my grandad when he was in the second world war, just like selfies today, done in a mirror. Solets give you some evidence. Read more

Photographing Corpses

Should Photographing Corpses Be Illegal?

Photographing dead people isn’t anything new, the Victorians used to photograph relatives with the dearly departed which was called Memento Mori.

To some, the very idea of Victorian Post Mortem Photography can be chilling and somewhat disrespectful. Especially when you see these images where a deceased loved one appears to be alive. Sitting with family, standing and posing… like they did in life.

There is a lot of misunderstanding going on about antique post mortem photos showing the deceased standing upright and the use of the posing stand. 

The purpose of the posing stand was to stop the deceased from moving because the exposure time took anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 minutes. 

On a personal note… to me as a photographer… I find the post mortem photos to bring a full life circle, so I’m not freaked out about it. We should photograph from birth to death and document entire lives. It’s not creepy or morbid… it’s life, which people do forget about.

I’m a staunch follower of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki and his style of photography. He photographed his wife (Yoko) relentlessly right up to her death in 1990. From those photographs taken, he composed three books entitled Sentimental Journey (1971), Winter Journey (1991) and Spring Journey (2011).

These works are intensely autobiographical. In the series chronicling his wife’s illness, there is a photograph of the artist wearing a medical mask in a hospital room, raising his eyebrows. 

Mawkish and affecting, the image of humour in the face of death is abruptly interrupted as you turn the corner and see Yoko’s face, framed in a silk-lined coffin, under a layer of white orchids. 

Her cremated bones on a steel table are accompanied by similar images of their deceased cat. 

 

Yet with the new craze of selfies, has this gone too far?

He may be trying to show his wishes for his grandmother to rest in peace, but doesn’t taking this picture seem a little…off? 

I mean, come on, when you’re attending a funeral, you may want to be a little courteous to others who may be there as well. Could this be a way of showing respect and moaning her, who are we to judge!

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon, I have to admire the guy, working with so many high rate and demanding fashion models, Avedon was considered a maverick photographer, his attitude and the models attitude worked in perfect harmony and this showed in his work. I truly loved his photograph of Dovima (Dorothy Horan) with the elephants, so outrages in 1955 and I don’t know what Dior fashion house had said about it, but your instantly drawn to the dress rather than the elephants because of the huge contrast.

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Unusual Bus Stops Of The Soviet Era

Unusual Bus Stops Of The Soviet Era

This feature caught my eye -Roadside temples – unusual bus stops of the soviet era photographed by Christopher Herwig. What a bloody great subject, during Herwig travels throughout the former Soviet Union, he discovered that the region’s bus stops constitute an unexplored world of Soviet-era public art. The relative insignificance of these structures allowed Soviet authorities to give free rein to the local administrators, architects, and artists tasked with designing them. The result was a wide variety of creative expression in the unlikeliest of locales.

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