Hedi Slimane

I thought these editorials by Hedi Slimane, a French photographer and designer, had a really intriguing environment. They’re also in B&W and seem like they could serve as inspiration for future Body Shot projects. Interesting menswear fashion photography.

http://www.hedislimane.com/fashiondiary/index.php?id=7 for more from this set and Hedi’s photo “Diary”

Holga Response

This handout was pretty short but I liked reading it as an overview of Paul’s lecture. I thought it was interesting that Holga’s are special and used so much because of their relative simplicity and their quirks – things that make it a “lemon”. I have a SuperHeadz.Tokyo toy camera and love using it for the same reason. It’s nice to have something light that you can always carry with you. The handout also says to try and take pictures in bright sunlight. This will be difficult in Bellingham unless we keep getting random days/hours of sun.

Light and Shadow Reading Response

Plato’s “Cave” is mentioned right away in this reading, which was also brought up recently in my English class while we were discussing Reality versus/and Illusion. I like the multifacetedness of shadows, and the reading highlights the idea of ignorance and hiding (negative connotations) whereas they can also be mysterious and intriguing. The text also described film noir as revealing truth, not hiding it. I look forward to using meaningful shadows as graphic elements.

I thought it was interesting that “color temperature has to do with the actual temperature of the physical process taking place”. I never thought of it that way and just assumed that this aspect was purely visual. This interaction of physical environment on what we see in a color photo would be an interesting idea/concept to explore further.

I’m also very interested in film making, so I was glad there were so many references to movies and film styles (like film noir). Hopefully I’ll get to explore some of the characteristics of these styles in future projects in this class.

I would like to try back lighting or overhead-lighting a subject. They aren’t very conventional for everyday photography (advertisements etc). The rest of the technical information about equipment will be a good reference for the light room project.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s (1908–2004) “inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography, and his uncanny ability to capture life on the run made his work synonymous with “the decisive moment”—the title of his first major book.”

MoMa has some online exhibitions of Cartier-Bresson and an interactive gallery (this one is of his USSR photos).

“Cartier-Bresson was the first Western photographer to be admitted to the Soviet Union after the death of Josef Stalin, in 1953. The pictures he made in the summer of 1954 were news in themselves, and several magazines reproduced quite a few of them. When he returned to the U.S.S.R. nearly two decades later, in 1972 and 1973, his image of Soviet life developed a new dimension—grim, barren, and bleak.”

I’ve been wanting to post about a street photographer, but wanted to find one who was more inspirational/less pretentious than The Sartorialist (pretty much the only contemporary one I’m really familiar with). So I wikipedia’d ‘street photography’ and came across this guy. He seems pretty awesome, so I plan on learning more about his work!

Reading Assignment: Practice 1

I enjoyed the eye anatomy which served as a refresher for what I knew from psychology classes. Seeing the parallels between a camera’s workings and our own vision was interesting. The next time I get a huge cardboard box, I will be making it into a camera obscura. In one of the next sections, I thought it was kind of strange to have such lengthy explanations about how cell phone cameras and images work, but I suppose it might be necessary in twenty or more years when everything has completely changed. I enjoyed the real life examples (like the watermelon camera or Garth’s water bottle lens) over the manual-like explanations of camera basics (possibly because a lot of it was review).

The Topographic Projections and Implied Geometries Series

By Jim Sanborn, found on Today and Tomorrow. These are large format, long exposures taken at night. The light is produced by a projector. Check out Sanborn’s website for a bunch more photos. I think it’s interesting how much time and effort he took to create these beautiful works, especially in an age where one could simply photoshop these designs onto images.