Archive for March, 2010

Instant

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Last week a couple of Dutch fanatics have succesfully re-launched instant film as it was produced by Polaroid up until 2008. It is now called PX and the price still forces you to consider: is this shot really worth €2,25? But the fact that instant film for Polaroid cameras isn’t going extinct is reassuring. I just discovered the gem that is instant photography a couple of months ago, and the re-birth of the film, just moments before the original supply produced by Polaroid was about to run out, seems like a good opportunity to post some more results.

I bought two cameras off Marktplaats (Dutch version of Craigslist and ebay): an Impulse – retro looking, with a flash that can’t be switched off and a firm rubber grip – and a slightly newer 600 Close Up (looking a bit like this) – big, expandible and with a cheaper feel but with focusing starting at 60cm.  The Impulse is switched on by pushing on the flash, which then pops up, and this happens easily when the camera is carried around in a bag for example. That’s how my first pack of film was ruined because the internal battery of the film pack had run out before I had even shot half of it. The 600 Close Up doesn’t have this problem, so I’m glad I bought two camera’s to experiment with.

What I like at the end of Q3 (in school time units)

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Some imagery I’m into these days. I don’t feel I have get my inspiration from a single art form, or even from art itself (I get a lot of inspiration from conversations between strangers for example), so this is just a tiny little hint of what I like, with the focus on stuff that’s not too old.

Cliff - Anna Bjerger

Cliff - Anna Bjerger

All tv's are on - Justin Wijers

All tv's are on - Justin Wijers

Lil Kim by Dana Lixenberg

Li'l Kim by Dana Lixenberg

Puberty - Takashi Iwasaki

Puberty - Takashi Iwasaki

Man en schuur (?) - Alex van Warmerdam

Man en schuur (?) - Alex van Warmerdam

Beach house, Shellness, Isle of Sheppey, England

Beach house, Shellness, Isle of Sheppey, England - by plasticfantastic on Flickr

My fascination for pictures by William Eggleston is fading away. So I didn’t include one of his photos. In pursuit of some nice shots of my own I visited a small patch of allotments (had to look up that word, never heard of it before but I guess it is the correct translation of ‘volkstuintjes’, though I think sites like that are very region specific) and within five minutes one of the owners wanted to know ‘who I worked for’. I noticed people don’t trust you when you’re carrying a camera around in public. I don’t like that, but I guess it’s not their fault, or mine either.

Void

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Voiding my theory of last Friday, here is a work I actually made TODAY. I love proving myself wrong.

Territorial

Territorial

The griddyness will dissappear in full size, just clickity clack!

Friday, March 12th, 2010
Salt of the earth

Salt of the earth

Boxes

Boxes

Never am I really up to date with what I made during the day when I post here. It’s mostly stuff of the weeks before, not stuff I made that very day. Today is no exception. I think it’s because when I make something, I am in ‘creating mode’, and blogging about what I make feels like ‘observation mode’.  Apparently they exclude each other within the limits of at least one day.

Drawing naked people: I love it. I thought it would be an awkward peeping sensation, but instead there is no feeling whatsoever that anyone in the room is embarrassed. At all. It feels very clinical, and I think that’s good. It means that we are all focused on just looking and conveying what we see onto whatever it is we are drawing on.

Pink Orange Lady

Pink Orange Lady

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