Google Glass will do something for everyone. People will love it or hate it, at first. Like we first did with the mobile phone. When those became widely available, early adopters went with it. Others said they didn’t need one. Look around you now. I see this happen too with Google Glass. It will certainly become more easy to take photos. But will this be a good thing for photographers? Watch the clip and see for yourself!
In the Playroom is a series by Canadian and award-winning photographer Jonathan Hobin. The photographs show us children playing out events that we all recognize. From the tragedy of 9/11, the torture at Guantanamo bay to the devastating tsunami on boxing day 2004. At fist glance we see a scene of children playing. But quickly we notice that what we see isn’t all that innocent or cheerful.
Jonathan Hobin created this series to comment on what it means to live in a world with the constant presents of media. The shift from the consumption of media to generating it as well. And on top of that Johanathan’s work also depicts the darker side of childhood. That it’s not all that normal that childhood is a happy and innocent time for many of us.
What ever you feel by seeing the images I do believe this artist really knows how to push buttons and therefore make you stand still by reflecting on how we go about media and news in this time and age.
Jonathan Hobin’s website: www.jhobin.com
Jonathan Hobin’s website: www.jhobin.com
South Korean artist Myoung Ho Lee has created some very unusual photographs focussing on trees. Myoung Ho Lee photographed trees like it were a studio portrait. The idea is quite simple; get a white background behind the subject and take the picture. But doing this with trees is something totally different. He separates the tree from its natural habitat by using the large white background. It makes you look different at trees and their surroundings. He lifts them out of their comfort zone in a way and let tree speak for its self. Without the help of the rest of nature.
All I can say is Wow! What an amazing set of portraits by Alessandro Venier. The series is called Modern portraits of ancient crafts. Portraits of men and women who manage to work with their hands in this modern-day and age. A series of photographs that reminds us of different times. Especially when technology has become so common in our daily lives. These men and woman stay true to their craft. Perhaps Alessandro Venier visit a dying generation of craftsmen. Time will tell.
Alessandro Venier’s website: www.alessandrovenier.com
Some call him the M.C. Escher of photography. I’m talking about photographer and visual artist Jim Kazanjian. He constructs ‘Hyper-collages” as he calls it himself. These collages consists out of multiple images found on the internet. Some collages are made with a stunning 50 different photographs. He creates places that could come straight from a fairytale without even touching a camera. It seems that some photographers don’t let the reality stop their imagination of what can be ‘photographed’. Just like the absurd structures by Filip Dujardin, Jim Kazanjian manages to amaze and makes architectural photography the next subject when it comes to manipulating reality.
Jim Kazanjian’s website: www.kazanjian.net
One of the great photographers of the 20th century, and it’s a shame he hasn’t been mentioned on PforPHOTO before, is Richard Avedon. He was famous for both his fashion as his portrait photography. His photos were published in different magazines. E.g. Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Life. But before I get lost in all of his work for magazines, I like to focus on his portraiture work. And especially his series In the American West.
In the American West came about during 1979 till 1984. He portrayed the working people of the west. Such as miners and oil field workers. But also unemployed drifters and the teenagers who grew up in the West. He photographed each individual on a plain white background. By using a large format camera the details of the photographs are just amazing. You really get to see the people of the American West, up close and personal. This series really shows the power of photography. With only a white background and a camera Avedon shows us a simple yet effective way of portrait photography.