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Distorted Self-image

Every artist will create a self-portrait once in a while. Whether it’s a study to try out some new ideas or a piece of remembrance for history’s sake. Rembrandt did it. Picasso did it. Cindy Sherman became famous with it. And today it seems that Photoshop gives photographers the same freedom every painter enjoys when creating something. Yet there are still artists out there who create everything without that useful digital tool.

And that makes the work of Laurence Demaison, French artist, even more wonderful and special. She’s an artist who shoots on film. The photographs are not manipulated afterwards. Sometimes she does play around with the chemicals a bit, but that’s it. Her work consists out of self-portraits that give me a sense of deepness and seriousness. The distortion of herself seem to resonate a deeper meaning. A meaning that go further than only her self-image. Often the finished images shows us a figure, not immediately recognizable to be Laurence herself. Her work brings me in a melancholic state of mind. What it does with you? I don’t know. Visit her website and see for yourself.

Laurence Demaison’s website: www.laurencedemaison.com

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Flower Power

Karl Blossfeldt photographed flowers and plants early in the 1900s. Documenting them as study subjects for his textbooks and later photo books. The study of things is a thankful and very important subject in photography and art. How better to describe something then by showing it in full detail. And thus creating a typology like the famous works  of Bernd and Hilla Becher.

Brendan Fitzpatrick has taken the works of Blossfeldt to a whole new level. He photographs the same study subject Blossfeldt did, only he did it with an x-ray camera. Showing things Blossfeldt could only dream about. The beauty of nature captured in electromagnetic radiation.

Brendan Fitzpatrick’s website: www.brendanfitzpatrick.com

Top Photography Tips

Many websites about photography take it upon themselves to teach the amateur. Giving handy and useful tips to improve their photography skills. PforPHOTO is a blog about the art of photography. We like to inspire and share the works of great and upcoming photographers. So you can be inspired and create something wonderful yourself.

But because PforPHOTO is a blog. And because giving tips on photography is as expected on a blog as a photography student is to take the “See, Hear and Speak no Evil-photograph”, or the “Last supper-group photo” we like to present you 77 photography tips by Ivars Gravlejs. Tips that are as useful as they are funny for any photographer out there. So before you go out with your camera this weekend, click on the link below and get ready to be inspired!

The 77 tips by Ivars Graveljs

Ivars Gravlejs’ website: www.ivarsgravlejs.com

McDonalds and Photography

Okay, I know PforPHOTO is about the Art of Photography. So a post about McDonalds doesn’t seem to fit in the premise of this website. But really understanding product photography and using it in such a way that people really are getting hungry when looking at them, is an art in its self. So above a video about the way McDonalds photographs their hamburgers. This goes to show what a good photo can do for any product.

Iconic Black & Whites

Belgium photographer Stephan van Fleteren is a true master in portrait photography. With an analog camera and black and white film he portrays the Belgium and Dutch famous ones. The high contrast he puts in the photos creates some true iconic mages. The grainy and high contrasts delivers a high impact and focusses the attention to the person in the photograph. And by his style it is almost like telling a story with just one image. What that story is, is up to the viewer. He manages to capture the people in such a way that his presence seems of no influence. Resulting in very wonderful and pure photographs.

Stephan van Fleteren’s website: www.stephanvanfleteren.com

Cloudy

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde puts clouds indoor. I came across his work and was fascinated by the photos of this surreal images of clouds. A wonderful mix of the ordinary, clouds and a room, put together in a situation that could never exist.

Berndnaut Smilde’s website: www.berndnaut.nl

Breaking Bad

Next month the amazing TV-series “Breaking Bad” starts its 5th season. I know this has nothing to do with photography. Well, not entirely. “Breaking Bad” is shot on 35mm by Michael Slovis, an Emmy Award-winning director of photography. The way he approaches the telling of a story through a lens is just amazing. The many wide-angle slow-moving scenes are so wonderfully lit that they remind me of the works of photographer Gregory Grewdson and painter Edward Hopper. As a photographer I truly draw great inspiration from Slovis’ way  of filming “Breaking Bad”. His usage if light, shadows and color. It goes to show that being able to match the story with a specific, and daring I must say, style of photography really can do a series great justice. Whether it are moving or still images. Now a new season is on the horizon, I can’t wait to see Michael Slovis’ work once again.

Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), with the aim of securing his family’s financial future before he dies. (source: Wikipedia.org)

Joey Lawrence and the Mentawai

Capturing History

The UEFA Euro 2012 tournament is about to kick off. This time it takes place in Poland and Ukraine. Many squads visit different historic places before or during the tournament. One of the major ones: Auschwitz. One of the concentration camps where many people have lost their lives during World War II. And I think it’s a good thing to educate many people about this horrible chapter in our  history through their national squads.

Roger Cremers, Dutch photographer, made a remarkable photo series about the concentration camp and its visitors. The tourists of today. One might look at the photos and see some kind of joke or mass tourism as a contradiction on what has taken place at that very same location so many years ago. But Cremers doesn’t necessarily take a position on the reason for the visitors to be there. He merely shows the visitors and their way of trying to document and remember this place.

Roger Cremers’ website: www.rogercremers.nl

Constructed Landscapes

Photography has long surpassed the field of merely capturing reality. Ever since Man Ray, artist have used the camera like a painter uses his brush. What we see is never truly what is really going on. Take the work of Edwin Zwakman. This Dutch visual artist creates scenes, inspired by real life, and reconstructs them by memory in his studio. Landscape photography with the control of studio photography. The result is amazing. Life like scenes of what seems to be ordinary Dutch places. Perhaps a take on Dutch constructed landscapes. Every inch of it designed and thought of in an office. Controlled like Edwin does in his studio. Manipulation on a wide scale.

Edwin Zwakman’s website: www.edwinzwakman.nl

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