Category Archives: Photography

Still Waters Run Deep

Today I would like to derive your attention to an exceptional artist: Gregory Crewdson. Although he would firmly be considered a photographer, I call him artist intentionally. He images are all thoroughly staged and composed by the photographer himself in a Hollywood-like style; Crewdson sometimes blocks streets or areas for several days in order to be able to shoot. Truly created like this, his photographs still have nothing in them, that would be considered supernatural or abnormal. On the contrary: they seem like normal, everyday scenes that could be just across the street. What makes them so magical, so breathtaking, so ‘heartbeatstopping’ is their aura of peril, of horror. They seem like scenes from an Alfred Hitchcock movie, those, which describe the climax of attention: the calm before the storm.

What is also so very special about Crewdson’s work, is that they show one moment, a scene, that needs to have a history and a future. Each frame leaves the onlooker wondering, what happened and is a world in itself. Here, the saying: “One picture says more than a thousand words” can truly be applied. This is also, what is so wonderful about them: More than any other works of art, Crewdson’s photographs encourage people to spin stories around them, very individual stories that might tell more about the person itself, than about the picture.

All images also show the deepest fear of humans: absolute loneliness and isolation; the subjects strangely are in the center of the picture but alienated from the scene itself.

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Quirky

Amazing. Surreal. Seemingly ordinary. The very special pictures of Djuno Tomsni are hard to describe, but I believe these three points describe them quite adequately. The artist chose ordinary scenes and common compositions, such as a boat in the center of the picture  floating on a river towards the horizon. To differ from these rather dull and known photographs he created a mashup with pictures of extraterrestrial objects, galaxies, planets or stars. The result is truly amazing. At the first sight the onlooker recognizes the ordinary scene before its details and is tempted to characterize or box it in that category. The mashup is perfect, which makes it so intense: although the scene is clearly not taken from reality, the inserted photography is adapted to all elements of the original picture and therefore it is not a disturbing factor. The effect these works have is hard to put into words, so please have a look yourself.

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Momentaufnahmen [snapshots]

One picture says more than one thousand words.

Today I would like to draw your attention to Frederik Buyckx‘ art. Buyckx is a Belgium artist with an increasingly growing popularity. I discovered his series “Jesus, Make-Up and Football” in Antwerp one year ago. Buyckx travelled to Brasil to capture the country in its purest form, in contrast to the blurred image the media presents. The pictures show people living in Rio de Janeiro’s ‘no-go-areas’, however staged as if shot for a high-end fashion label. He manages to capture the air of the country and the life spirit as he brings fleeting everyday situations in the spotlight, the center of attention. The subject’s honesty give the pictures a certain charm; they convey brazilian lives with neither posed grievance nor false joy. It is hard to put the picture’s complexity each of which are rather individual stories- into words, which in my opinion is one of the most important attribute for truly good art. Art should not be pretty, it should be affecting.

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Please also take a look at Frederik Buyckx’ other work!

CREDITS TO FREDERIK BUYCKX

Psychokinesis

The power of belief is the greatest power we possess. I believe everything supernatural that goes beyond pure science give certain things so much more value and I envy all who lived before the disenchantment of the world. Brendon Bruton’s photographs master to capture this ‘special something’ that is in all of us through the visualization of light. I chose theses specific pictures not only because they show the human being in another perspective but above that because they are so extremely intense. They give you a sense of belief. No matter if it seems disconcerting to you, it makes you sense its power. In my opinion it is this intensity that sets these pictures apart from any other works of art.

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CREDITS TO BRENDON BRUTON

B/W Tensions

Dear Readers!

The series I would like to present to you today is the work of marvelous Stefani Pappas: Branko! He took photographs of the New York male model Branko and by that especially played with light and shadow effects in the individual works. In addition to that some of the photographs are rather blurry which creates an effect of movement and motion and make the pictures lively. In my view the contrast between the clear edges of black and white and vagueness gives the pictures its energy and tension, however discretely and without intimidating the original object of the picture which makes it so mysterious and eye-catching!

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CREDITS: Photography STEFANI PAPPAS
Styling KATHARINE ERWIN
Model BRANKO at Fusion Model Management NYC

 

Isolated Living

My dear fellows,

The work I would like to write about today is a series of art, produced by Johanna Walling, that depicts the style of life many people, consciously or not, chose to live. ‘People I never got to know’ is the title of this project, which initially was a side effect of a film she shot during her Asia travels in 2010. As she developed the film, she noticed, that she shot photos of several people from behind, which she apparently never got to know.

This realization is a process many people do not live through in their lives. I believe that this way of living, here represented exemplary by those people she photographed, but never got to know, is an attitude that is commonly held, but makes life much less of an experience. Just to open your eyes and experience the world consciously can make a huge difference in your every-day life. My dad once told me, to always be aware of the persons walking in front of me and behind me when I go home at night. It is all about little that make your life either richer, or in some cases safer and it is a true shame to miss them.

Now back to the art. The element that makes these pieces special is the tension it puts upon the onlooker by not exposing the subjects faces. When he looks at the picture the eye directly falls on the person and sticks with it. As the face is seen as the mirror of the soul and stands for an individual’s identity, the onlooker senses subconsciously that some elementary part of the central subject is missing and cannot find it, no matter how hard he is looking for it.

This tension makes a normal photograph a piece of art and is the reason I chose it.

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CREDS: © http://www.johannawallin.net/

We Love China (pureandreal)

My dearest Readers!

First of all, I would like to apologize for the long break of posts. I was really caught up with schoolwork during my finals.

Now back to the topic. Today I would like to present a modern photography artist to you, Louis Porter. Porter is an australian photographer who has taken several photo series on different topics. I personally like “I Love China” the best, I just couldn’t stop looking at it without at first knowing why.

Louis Porter depicts China in a way that is abnormal or even abstract to you, because it is in no way connected with the stereotype we all have in our heads. Most people- whether they have been to China, or not- combine this country automatically with crowded streets, millions of people, bright lights and of “Time is Money”. We think of metropolises and always smiling, friendly people. This all came up in my head, when I read the title “I Love China”.

In his work however, Porter shows a colourful, but quiet China, almost as if it was frozen. Everything seems at rest, all the pulsing life we imagine is nowhere to be seen. This change in perspective made me think about the stereotype and I believe that under closer observation Porter really shows us the human side of China- pure and real.

CREDS: © louisporter.com

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