Reflection dd170524

Activities done

day 190 15 May 2017

  • Post reflection 170515
  • Prepare Botswana trip
  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p230-256
  • Photo:Box chapter Still life

day 191 16 May 2017

  • Read the photographer’s eye by john szarkowski p1-69
  • Prepare various posts visual research
  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p257-259

day 192 17 May 2017

  • Post doubts (10)
  • Post Nick Knight
  • Post Giovanni Gastel
  • Read the photographer’s eye by john szarkowski p70-99

day 193 18 May 2017

  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p260-288
  • Re-work pictures into B&W

day 194 19 May 2017

  • Re-Read gardner’s art through the ages by F. S. Kleiner chapter 3
  • Prepare Botswana trip
  • Re-work pictures in b&w

day 195 20 May 2017

  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p289-342

day 196 21 May 2017

  • Re-work pictures in b&w
  • Read the photographer’s eye by john szarkowski p100-end

Reflection

The photographer’s eye by john szarkowski is interesting, little text, but lot the comment on. I might write a seperate post about the book.

Looking forward to my vacation. In last months I did a lot of preparation work for a Botswana trip. It will be the first time I experiment with video. The main goal stays photography, but I want to make a videoclip of the solo-selfdrive-photography-safari I planned. Also I want to experiment with some photography techniques.

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Nick Knight

Look for pictures at http://www.nickknight.com.

‘Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential and visionary photographers, and founder and director of award-winning fashion website SHOWstudio.com. As a fashion photographer, he has consistently challenged conventional notions of beauty ‘, (Knight, 2017).

His pictures have a bit of absurdism or sci-fi or fantasy-elements in them, are very stylish. Nick experiments continuously with new technologies. He is a progressive image maker. I’m glad he uses the word ‘image’, as in my opinion some images are no longer pictures because of extensive digital manipulation. I like his work best when the digital manipulation isn’t too obvious (to me).

I like his use of dark and desaturated colors very much. The thoughtful use of colors is something I’d like to implement in my own photography when I start photographing more studio or still life work.

Bibliography

Knight, K. (2017), At: http://www.nickknight.com (last visited 17-05-2017)

Giovanni Gastel

Giovanni Gastel is an Italian photographer, famous for his fashion and still life photography. His pictures are very balanced, structured, a bit formal, sometimes complex. Perfect selection & composition.

On his website there is a series of pictures (http://www.giovannigastel.it/portfolio/elle-decor-destinazione-filicudi/) where he searches for that balance in his surroundings. All of Giovanni’s fashion and still life pictures are organised, but in these pictures the picture elements seem random. These pictures are more spontaneous.

I like it very much when his pictures become more complex, but still show a clear order, a clean & tight composition. I like to include that in my pictures, the tightness.

Bibliography

Gastel, G. (2017), At: http://www.giovannigastel.it (last visited 17-05-2017).

Doubts (10)

While reading and thinking about photography questions come up. Questions I don’t have answers to yet. For now theorizing on photography equals doubt to me. The thoughts are random and incoherent.

The supposed classical aesthetic of white marble turns out not true (www.trackingcolour.com). Does that change perception of art history!

Interesting questions from Charlotte Jansen: can selfies be feminist? Is Instagram a valid art form? Do women photograph women differently to men?

Cultural context and art.

It’s about the love and dediction for what your doing. The photograph is just the end result.

John szarkowski – the photographer’s eye – not too much text, but a lot to think about. Looking at the first pages with pictures I don’t understand the selection criteria, but slowly the chosen pictures start making sense.

The valley of the shadow of death – war photograph by Roger Fenton. Song lyrics?, not psalm 23:4, but cavalera conspiracy song ‘killing inside’ which used psalm lyrics.

Reflection dd170515

Activities done

day 176 1 May 2017
  • Re-work pictures in B&W
  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p161-187
day 177 2 May 2017
  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p188-199
  • Prepare various posts visual research
  • Re-work pictures in B&W
  • Convert course raw pictures into jpeg
  • Read magazine digital photographer
day 178 3 May 2017
  • Various Posts visual research
  • Post exercise 3.1
  • Work on post Magnum controversies
  • Post Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Re-Read gardner’s art through the ages by F. S. Kleiner Chapter 1
  • Update flickr
  • Re-work pictures in B&W
day 179 4 May 2017
  • Various Posts visual research
  • Post Ion B
  • Re-Read gardner’s art through the ages by F. S. Kleiner Chapter 1 & 2
  • Read magazine digital photographer
  • Re-work pictures in B&W
day 180 5 May 2017
  • Re-Read gardner’s art through the ages by F. S. Kleiner Chapter 2
day 181 6 May 2017
  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p200-220
  • Post scribbles about books (1)
  • Re-re-re-read The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman
day 182 7 May 2017
  • Read magazine digital photographer
  • Watch Podium Witteman – live music program, ensembles and soloists in classical, pop-, jazz- and word music
  • Watch kunstuur (art hour) – documentary Swedish portrait painter Larsson
  • Watch documentary – the surreal live of Brian Griffin
  • Re-work pictures in B&W
day 183 8 May 2017
  • Re-Read gardner’s art through the ages by F. S. Kleiner Chapter 3
  • Look at Brian Griffin pictures
  • Prepare Botswana trip
  • Read magazine digital photographer
  • Read magazine british journal of photography
day 184 9 May 2017
  • Read magazine british journal of photography
day 185 10 May 2017
  • Read magazine british journal of photography
day 186 11 May 2017
  • Preparation Botswana trip
  • Analyses own wildlife & bird pictures on shutter-speed
  • Re-Read gardner’s art through the ages by F. S. Kleiner Chapter 3
  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p221-
day 187 12 May 2017
  • Read various tutorials
  • Prepare Botswana trip
day 188 13 May 2017
  • Prepare Botswana trip
  • Check on famous vloggers
  • Practise GoPro
  • Practise Imovie
day 189 14 May 2017
  • Watch documentary Miriam Beerman. American artist

Reflection

I’m impressed by the work of Brian Griffin. He is certainly an inspiration. Sometimes I think the props he uses and the results are a bit too uncreative.

Miriam Beerman impressed me also. The dark nature off her work is fascinating.

 

Scribbles about books (1) – Culture & Design

Art history is about investigating the circumstances surrounding an artwork. Under which conditions was it made? Which factors attribute to the end result of an artwork? Art history is about establishing the context of an art work. In order to do this art historians look at: the age of an art work, style, subject, artist, patron, etc.

When we look at the vocabulary of describing art and architecture we see many words that are relevant in other disciplines as well, not only in scientific disciplines, but also f.e. in commerce:

  • form and composition
  • material and technique
  • line & shape
  • colour & value
  • pattern & texture
  • space, mass and volume
  • perspective and foreshortening
  • proportion and scale
  • unity & balance
  • emphasis and focal point
  • rhythm & motion

Art works can be analysed from many viewpoints: social, political, philosophical, historical, and technical. Different people might come to different conclusions as cultural background and education will have an influence.

Photography

Some words more specific to photography, although related to/can be categorised under above mentioned vocabulary as well, are:

  • frame shape and dynamics
  • light & exposure
  • intent & post-production

There are many accounts on the social history of photography and there is just as many debate on those as well.

‘A great deal goes on the process of making an exposure that is not at all obvious to someone else seeing the result later. This will never prevent art critics and historians from supplying their own interpretations, which may be extremely interesting but not necessarily have anything to do with the circumstances and intentions of the photographer’, (Freeman, 2007:6)

Conclusion

For me if we talk art, everything can be summarised in two intermingled words: culture & design.

 

Bibliography

Kleiner, F.S. (2014), Gardner’s Art through the Ages 14th edition. Wadsworth: Cengage Learning

Lauer, D.A., Pentak, S. (2012), Design Basics 8th edition. Wadsworth: Cengage Learning

Freeman, M. (2007), The Photographer’s Eye. Lewes, East-Sussex: Ilex

Ion Barladeanu

The sixty-year-old wanderer, Ion Barladeanu, lives in the Romanian capital Bucharest, where he survives by cleaning up garbage. When a gallery owner finds that Barladeanu has a collection of fascinating social critique collages that he made when the dictator Ceausescu  was in charge, Ion B. becomes a celebrity‘, (Close Up, 2017)

Ion balances between genius and madness. Between being an artist and a drunk. His social commentary collages are fascinating, sharp, humorous & cynical.

Bibliography

Alexander Nanau (2010), The World According to Ion B.,

Close up (2017), At: https://www.npo.nl/avro-close-up/21-12-2010/AVRO_1416695 last visited (4 May 2017)