Ansel Adams

15 07 2013

Last night I watched a DVD from the library. A biography of Ansel Adams.

It had lots of his wonderful photographs from Yosemite and explained how he came to take them. I know his images of Half Dome would appeal to climbers out there.

Ansel Adams Gallery: Moon and Half Dome

Not as much of the photographic technique as I’d expected, but an interesting insight into his life never the less. I was a little disappointed how they kept trying to make out he was driven as a true patriot and how his work was especially American, rather than simply celebrating his skill, determination and love of nature. He happened to be American.

Anyway, the purpose of the blog entry is a quote from Adams of his friend Alfred Stieglitz‘s intended epitaph. I thought it was witty. Almost Oscar Wilde so.

“Here lies Alfred Stieglitz. He lived for better or for worse, but he’s dead for good.”

The entire programme’s transcript can be read here… unfortunately without the wonderful photographs: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ansel/filmmore/pt.html





A Hilltop Solarium Made with Sugar by William Lamson

7 06 2013

As a small kid, I remember having 3-4 sugars in my tea. In fact the tea was just an excuse to have the sugar. By the time I hit my teens I’d left that behind and rarely use sugar now. Just as well given my pre-diabetic status at the moment!

Anyway, I spotted this piece on Colossal today – using the various hues possible from caramelized sugar to form an art installation. The range of tints is amazing. As a kid, my mum used to make “cinder toffee” for us on bonfire night. Now I’m older, I realise she likely just burned it.  :)

The imperfections add to the overall effect I think.

A Hilltop Solarium Made with Panels of Caramelized Sugar by William Lamson | Colossal.

There’s a video where Mr Lamson explains his earlier work and the concept. Kudos!





Experiment. Fail. Learn. Repeat.

27 05 2013

 

Great posters for small startups… or large companies that have lost their way.

Poster “Experiment. Fail. Lear. Repeat.” Startup Vitamins by Startup Vitamins on The Bazaar. Buy creative products by Startup Vitamins online!.





It’s cool an’ all, but…

12 05 2013

… it totally creeps me out!

I couldn’t imagine trying to sleep in a room with THOSE shadows!

A Chandelier that Projects Tree Shadows | Colossal.





Social Benches by Jeppe Hein | 123 Inspiration

7 05 2013

Love it, love it, love it!

A whole page of absurdly impractical yet somehow attractive none-the-less public benches.

So delightfully off-kilter.

Social Benches by Jeppe Hein | 123 Inspiration.

 





Things Come Apart

6 05 2013

One of my earliest memories is as a 4 year old proudly presenting my still-sleeping father with a freshly disassembled clockwork motor from his own beloved childhood Meccano set. By my calculation he’d have been 28 then. We were living in the house I found on google maps, if you recall. I was quite proud of myself, using a screwdriver and all at such a tender age. Not quite old enough to own a rifle though. I recall my dad seemed a little less impressed with the collection of screws, springs and various odds and sods that I’d found cunningly hiding within the motor’s two steel plates.

I was totally mortified when he declared that putting it all back together was beyond his abilities. I think it was then that I learnt that my dad was mortal, and not the superhero we’d all like our parents to be. In a similar vein, a colleague many years ago surprised a fellow worker who had just deftly executed a wasp on his keyboard by challenging him to put it back together. To this day I’m not sure whether his religious beliefs had been assaulted or he was being a smart arse engineer.

Source: Meccanopedia

Fast forward a few decades, and it seems that Todd McLellan does the same thing for a living. Well – for art anyway. Shades of Ursus Wehrli, I thought. What do you think, dear reader?

Things Come Apart, 50 Disassembled Objects in 21,959 Individual Parts by Todd McLellan | Colossal.





Photo Manipulations by Erik Johansson

1 05 2013

So I’ve recently started to muck about with GIMP – a freeware tool that gives most of the features of PhotoShop… legal and for free.

I used to be firmly of the opinion that if it came out of the camera “bad”, it was just tough. I still think one should be more careful about the image capture itself, and would like to think (with the help of some way more talented friends) I’ve got much better at making the camera do what I want.

However, I have also come to appreciate that there is a whole world of creativity that can begin with those captured images. They are not photographs per se, but are images, in the way a painting is a representation of an idea in the artists head, not necessarily a literal representation of what’s in front of her/him.

I saw “Go Your Own Road” a couple of years ago, but today I discovered more of the work by self-taught Erik Johansson. A couple of his pieces I think look really contrived, but most of the 18 here look very well executed indeed. See what you think.

18 Brilliant Photo Manipulations by Erik Johansson | Bored Panda.

Just to get an appreciation of the amount of effort involved, here’s a time lapse of the creation of “Cut and Fold”








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