Archive for February, 2010

Diary 7

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Hi there, it’s time for photos! This semester I have to hone my photography skills on my own, because photography class is not on the schedule until somewhere in April. I’m using the Minolta X-300 that my grandfather (rather reluctantly) passed down to me a while ago. It has the most wonderful and most tiny DOF. So when you use maximum aperture (and I always do, unless there really is a lot of bright sunlight) there’s only a very limited section of your frame that’s actually in focus, and the rest is blurry. I like that, sometimes.

But this post doesn’t have pictures from that camera, I’m not completely satisfied with what I produced with it. If you want to check it out anyway, click HERE.

This series down here is the first assignment I did for photography, and because I’m running low on actual creative photography inspiration I’m recycling this collection here. For this assignment I made/selected 7 pictures for 7 days, like a diary. They all turned out like still lives, even though I didn’t do this on purpose. Also I seem to have a knack for not putting faces in my pictures. I think it’s because I don’t want an overpowering element like a face to take over the entire photo. I love all the small and defenceless things in pictures, and they can’t compete for attention with a face.

Can’t see it? Watch the individual pictures here, for a slideshow click here

Moving construction

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Swirving bones

Swerving bones

Donate your body to science and you might end up on some aspiring artist’s canvas. Yesterday we drew skeletons. I have always found bones and skulls very uninspiring, mainly because I looked at them as worn out symbols of commercialised punk and all that.

But now that I had two real skeletons in front of me hanging by wires and threads I suddenly saw the beauty. I was quite taken by all those swirling lines and and organic shapes, and the fact that we all carry such a genius maze-like construction inside of us. Or more accurate: that it actually carries us. It can even move in most ways imaginable. All in all I now think that skeletons are pretty awesome, and I hope you could tell from the drawings.

This man I drew (we concluded it was man because his hips were quite narrow and high up) gave his body to science after he died. I keep thinking he probably hasn’t been watched as closely and carefully during his entire lifetime as after his death, now that he’s an art school model.

Play with your emulsion

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

A Polaroid camera takes cassettes that not only have 10 instant pictures inside, ready to roll, but also a pair of batteries that power the whole camera. I had the luck that the batteries in my first cassette went dead after 4 shots. It was kind of a bummer because those shots cost a lot of money (more than the camera) and now I wasted 6 out of 10. But then I discovered that even unexposed instant photos can be great fun, and even beautiful when processed by my finger and the back of a paintbrush.

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The colours that develop after you push the emulsion out of the pocket at the bottom of the ‘picture’ are amazing, and the structures, especially when viewed large, resemble the stuff you see on Google maps around the northern shore of Russia, only in pink and and grey hues!

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Check out the other ones here.