Road Tripping in the USA

And I’m back. Visited the United States of America. Well, not all of it. Started off in New York city. Then went more south and ended in Atlanta. Also visited the cities of country, Nashville, and the city of blues, Memphis.

After days of preparation beforehand, I can now have some fun with all the photographs I took during the trip.

I did already posted some on my Instagram. But I’ll be posting more soon right here on PforPHOTO.


Washington D.C.
Perfect alignment. This trooper looks straight at the Lincoln Memorial. Face to face with history. A lucky shot. Just happened to spot it when I was walking past the fountains.


Washington D.C.
A look the other way. Somewhere in front of the Washington Monument a trooper is looking back at us. To capture the feel of this place I used a long exposure. To emphasize the busyness of this tourist attraction.


Hot Dogs – Coney Island Brooklyn New York


Fun at the Pool in Atlanta
Just an easy-going day. A tiny pool at a cheap hotel. Every place can be a good place to take some fun photos.

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Hyper-collages by Jim Kazanjian


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

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Absurd Structures by Filip Dujardin


If you still think photography has something to do with depicting reality, you really should look at Filip Dujardin’s project (Dis)location. In this series he explores the concept of absurd structures. We all know that models in magazines are manipulated to become more suiting and perfect. Well Filip manages to become an architect who is not bothered by laws, both building as physics. Perhaps he got bored photographing buildings which seem too normal, being an architectural photographer.

In the series he used photographs of buildings in Deauville, France and Guimaraes, Portugal. These photo manipulations are almost an homage to surrealism. And have a strong link to certain types of architecture. The color and softness in the photographs makes that surreal feeling even stronger. This could well have been buildings designed by Disney’s Pixar.

Filip Dujardin’s website: www.filipdujardin.be

EDIT: The main picture and the first and third ones below the article are not from (dis)location but from his previous series, Fictions. You can find more information on Highlight Gallery’s page http://highlightgallery.com/ex… The exhibition will be on until March 29 at Highlight in San Francisco.

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Impossible Photography

Creating something impossible is what many artists like to do. When it comes to painting or drawing a piece of art, it seems that the artist is free to create anything. In photography this seems harder to do, mainly because of the photorealism that is a big part of our understanding of photography. But with a little manipulation and with some wonderful ideas one can be as free a painter. Erik Johansson is someone who really goes the extra mile when it comes to creating an impossible photograph. And with the photorealism still intact , he manages to create weird, funny and amazingly creative photographs. Watch his TED talk and be amazed by his work.

Erik Johansson’s website: www.erikjohanssonphoto.com

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In Full Swing

The Olympics are in full swing. And of course the media is trying to capture all the events in the best and most beautiful way possible. But still images lack a certain something compared to video when it comes to sports. Mike Blake is trying to give photography back that certain something. He is senior photographer for Reuters and trying to achieve something special with the medium we all love. With a system build by Fabrizio Bensch and Pawel Kopczynski, he gives us something video can’t.

For Reuters they developed this system to shoot multiple exposures in one frame. This isn’t new in the world of analog photography or even in digital photography. With Photoshop and all. But cameras are getting better and better, today they allow you to shoot multiple exposures in one frame directly within the camera. No need for expensive and time-consuming software tools. And with the system created by the two gentlemen they are able to stream the photographs into Reuters’ remote editing system. And so the photos can be sent off to clients just minutes later.

Now you can enjoy all the movements an athlete makes within just one single image.

See all the wonderful Multiple exposures here: Reuters.com/…

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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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