Daniel Adams

Link to Daniel Adams’ project: Why is your English so good?

Racism in the United Kingdom & Ireland is a widespread problem. This series is based upon fellow Malaysians experiences with racism and ignorance who are either living or studying in the United Kingdom & Ireland. (Adams, 2017)

An inspiring series of photos. The stories of people captured in a photo. I like the pictures very much, but I’m also interested in the process behind the pictures. From a story to a punchline, from an idea to a concept and then the planning and execution. His other projects on his homepage are thought through as well. Not just beautiful pictures. In a series they tell a story, or the same story over and over with different subjects. That repetition of sensuality gives for example strenght to Daniel’s project book i.

Every aspect of why is your English so good looks thought through, not only the story the picture tells, but also composition, use of colour, use of props and models. Every picture is a piece of art in its own.

What I learn from it that a well thought through concept can add to the beauty of a series.

Bibliography

British Journal of Photography – Invisible World

Adams, D. (2017), At: http://danieladams.format.com/2877308-why-is-your-english-so-good (last visited 12/10/2017)

Adams, D. (2017), At: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/jun/07/young-malaysians-witness-racism-daniel-adams-why-is-your-english-so-good-in-pictures (last visited 12/10/2017)

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Sanne De Wilde

Link to homepage: Sanne de Wilde

‘Born in Antwerp (Belgium) on the 15th of April 1987. Graduated as Master of Fine Arts, Photography at KASK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Ghent with great honours, June 2012. Currently working as freelancer for ‘De Volkskrant’ and living in Amsterdam, Netherlands.’, Wilde (2017)

The Island of the Colour Blind

‘In Pingelap and Pohnpei, two islands in Micronesia, an extremely high percentage of the population suffers from the rare genetic abnormality achromatopsy, or total color blindness‘, Kannibaal (2017). Sanne experimented with black and white and infrared photography portretting the people and the islands. Some B&W pictures were hand-painted by people with achromatopsy.

Besides the book also an interactive installation has been produced by IDFA and Brakke Grond. It’s on view in the Phi Centre in Montreal . ‘The Island of the Colorblind is an interactive installation that invites the viewer to explore a shift in colour perception.’, Phi centre (2017)

What grabbed me is the concept, the research that must have gone into the project and the creativity in developing the book with its deviations from the expected. It must me amazing to fulfill such a project from idea to book for sale in a shop. It’s inspirational.

For me it’s on the border of pictures and images with definitely photography at its base.

The images become surreal, a dream world. That might be something to try in my own photography, to look beyond what I see.

Bibliography

British Journal of Photography – Invisible World (2017), Radlett, Herts: Media ltd

Wilde, S. de (2017), At: http://www.sannedewilde.com (last visited 14-09-2017)

Phi centre (2017), At: https://phi-centre.com/en/event/lucid-realities-en/ (last visited 14-09-2017)

Kannibaal (2017), At: http://www.uitgeverijkannibaal.be/the-island-of-the-colorblind (last visited 14-09-2017)

Malala Andrialavidrazana

Link to Malala’s homepage: Malala Andrialavidrazana

‘Born a traveller, Malala Andrialavidrazana is a visual artist with a background in architecture. Her research is interested by notion of barriers and interactions within cross-cultural contexts.’, Tempé  (2017)

Link to the images I first got attracted to: Figures

‘Malala Andrialavidrazana’s Figures employs the potential of intersecting information and transforming support material. By associating diverse elements such as regional and world atlases, bank notes, and the album covers that marked her generation, Andrialavidrazana’s compositions reframe the knowledge we think we have of the world.’, Chatap (2015)

After seeing her ongoing series Figures, constructs of cut up world maps, bank notes, pictures, etc. I started doing research on her. Malala has some other interesting (ongoing) projects. I like her way of composing and use of colour. But the pictures are much more than just beautiful shots, they tell stories. She’s original, stays away from cliches, avoids stereotyping and presents the world see sees as unbiased as possible.

Bibliography

Aperture #227 Platform Africa (2017), New York City: Aperture Foundation

Tempé, A. (2017), At: http://www.andrialavidrazana.com/biography/ (last visited 9-9-2017)

Chatap, Y. (2015), At: http://www.andrialavidrazana.com/figures (last visited 9-9-2017)

mimi cherono ng ́ok

Link to picture: mimi cherono ng ́ok

‘Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (b. 1983) is a young Kenyan photographer who lives and works in Nairobi. Educated from the University of Cape Town in 2006 she has a number of exhibition and projects behind her.’, Bling (2014)

‘My work now consists of collecting memory, of the places I encounter, documenting the familiar, the everyday, and the mundane. The encounters are always different, almost like new lovers. I bookmark geographical locations with landmarks of affect: I was here when my friend passed away, this is where I have a home: a family. This is the place I longed to be and couldn’t stay. The photographs are not about one country, one city or one place, but are an emotional cartography of where I have been.’, Mimi Cherono ng ́ok (2017)

Looking at her pictures I didn’t understand until I read her statement. The pictures started making sense. In my opinion her pictures are not to be seen separate, but only in series. This actually fits the project I’m currently working on myself. This project has for now the working title “The Hike”. This artist is inspirational to me not because of her pictures, but because her conceptual way of working.

Bibliography

Aperture #227 Platform Africa (2017), New York City: Aperture Foundation

Bling, K. (2014) At: http://africasacountry.com/2014/01/the-work-of-kenyan-photographer-mimi-cherono-ngok/ (last visited 9-9-2017)

mimi cherono ng ́ok (2017), At: http://residencyunlimited.org/residencies/mimi-cherono-ngok/ (last visited 9-9-2017)

 

Graspop Metal Meeting

Graspop Metal Meeting is an annual metal festival in Dessel, Belgium that has taken place each year since 1996. Per metal and hard-rock genre nostalgic, new and the world’s biggest bands are scheduled. Over the years I have visited the festival many times almost on a yearly base. Besides the usual reasons to visit a music festival: music, relaxation, fun, escape from daily life, etc. I added a couple in recent years.

I admire the creativity and energy of the metal bands. They motivate and inspire me.

The line up of 2017:

Thursday June 15
Marquee Metal Dome Jupiler Stage
Brides Of Lucifer
Slayensemble
The Covering
Thurisaz
King Hiss
Wolves Scream
Hexa Mera
Born From Pain
Off The Cross
Bear
Carnation
Friday June 16
Main Stage 01 Main Stage 02 Marquee Metal Dome Jupiler Stage
Rammstein
Europe
Dee Snider
Black Star Riders
Blue Öyster Cult
Battle Beast
Slydigs
Emperor
Epica
Sepultura
Metal Church
Comeback Kid
Evil Invaders
Brides Of Lucifer
Tarja
Amenra
Sólstafir
Rotting Christ
Melechesh
Decapitated
Tribulation
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Alcest
Prong
Psychotic Waltz
King’s X
Sinistro
MaYaN
The Devil Wears Prada
Motionless In White
Northlane
Every Time I Die
As It Is
Shvpes
Saturday June 17
Main Stage 01 Main Stage 02 Marquee Metal Dome Jupiler Stage
Deep Purple
Alter Bridge
Gojira
Danko Jones
Rhapsody
Axel Rudi Pell
In Flames
Five Finger Death Punch
A Day To Remember
Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots
Architects
Devildriver
Avatar
Ministry
Amorphis
Mayhem
Devin Townsend Project
Sanctuary
Subrosa
Helmet
Monster Magnet
Clutch
Red Fang
Coheed And Cambria
Baroness
Toseland
Of Mice & Men
While She Sleeps
Code Orange
Crown The Empire
As Lions
Sunday June 18
Main Stage 01 Main Stage 02 Marquee Metal Dome Jupiler Stage
Scorpions
Evanescence
Steel Panther
Airbourne
Ugly Kid Joe
The Raven Age
Sabaton
Rob Zombie
Mastodon
Hatebreed
Alestorm
The Charm The Fury
Primus
Opeth
Anathema
Graveyard
Kvelertak
The Black Dahlia Murder
Memoriam
The Monolith Deathcult
Queensrÿche
Gotthard
The Dead Daisies
Hardline
Grave Digger
Like A Storm
Inglorious
Sum 41
Suicidal Tendencies
Suicide Silence
Chelsea Grin
Touché Amoré
Hacktivist

Bibliography

Graspop website, At: https://www.graspop.be/nl/ (last visited 09-09-2017)

Graspop, At: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graspop_Metal_Meeting (last visited 09-09-2017)

U2 – The Joshua Tree

I’ve seen multiple shows of U2. Their shows always have the same elements: Good music, new technology and a political message. At moments the political message hinders the musical experience, a show stopper.

This show had all elements again, but it had also something extra: a brilliant concept! Besides the build up of the setlist, with as act 2 the integral and in sequence playing of the Joshua Tree album, there was the art work of Anton Corbijn. Since the 80’s the famous Dutch photographer and movie director has been involved in the development of the visual image of U2. He is the one responsible for the album cover art of the Joshua Tree.

For this tour the band let him do the development of the visuals on stage. An amazing 60 meters wide 8k video screen with brilliant videos expressing the Joshua Tree album content and political landscape. The band, the music, the stage, the message it all became one.

Setlist

Act 1
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year’s Day
A Sort Of Homecoming
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Act 2
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
With Or Without You
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God’s Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Exit
Mothers of the Disappeared
Act 3
Miss Sarajevo
Beautiful Day
Elevation
Vertigo
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
One
I Will Follow

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)