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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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.
Please also take a look at Frederik Buyckx’ other work!
CREDITS TO FREDERIK BUYCKX
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!
CREDITS: Photography STEFANI PAPPAS
Styling KATHARINE ERWIN
Model BRANKO at Fusion Model Management NYC
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Tagged art, branko, contrast, energy, light, male, model, motion, mysterious, nyc, photography, shadow, stafie pappas
vast technical progress is inevitable. New technologies became a part of our lives so strongly integrated we could not imagine anymore to live without them. Although it can be argued if one can identify a revolutionary era whilst being part of it, I do dare say: we are at the dawn of a new era. This new era, the technical revolution has just begun and its extent is surely unpredictable. Movies as “I, Robot” have shown us the worst-case scenario, on the other hand people dream of futuristic machines making life easier and more pleasant than one could ever imagine. However the central question remains: To what extent can machines imitate and even replace the human being?
This question and the difficulty of modernity occurred to me, as I came across the work of Echo Yang: ‘autonomous machines’. Surely, any person, who is only shown the finished version of the work, would call it art. What else would it be? Anyways, art is hard to define. But no matter how one might define ‘art’, it is clear that an artist created it. Whether it is created out of rationality or emotions- art must essentially be a product of a human’s creativity. No matter if its deeper meaning is very shallow, abstract or of the opposite: extremely profound, the intentional creation of a creative product defines art.
So can these works still be called art? No matter how you decide, I found them, and especially the production videos, extremely fascinating!
Photos taken from designboom.com // CREDS TO ECHO YANG
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.
CREDS: © http://www.johannawallin.net/