While Bobby has been leading a terrifically exciting existence in New York, I have had to make do with travels of the virtual kind and have immersed myself in Where They Create, a creative environments project by Australian photographer Paul Barbera.
Barbera, who predominantly specialises in the photography of interior spaces, provides access into the private and cloistered sites inhabited by a diverse selection of creative types. The series features artists, graphic designers, film collectives, jewellers and fashion designers from a variety of locations, ranging from Australia to Hong Kong to the Netherlands.
There is a lovely intimacy captured in Barbera’s photographs that highlights the beauty of the artistic process, as opposed to the final result. I particularly admire the manner in which his series produces the wonderfully voyeuristic sensation of peering undisturbed into another person’s personal space. Overall, it makes for very inspiring viewing and is a great way to counteract unfulfilled desires of wanderlust.
The Land Between Here and Mountains is a photographic blog collaboration between Jess Gough and Hannah Davies that collates images which capture “journeys rather than destinations; the inbetween.” Creating small wandering narratives, each image is accompanied by a sentence that must include the word “between” to provide an insight into the photograph’s context.
Gough and Davies have curated a project that is unassuming in its beauty and serves as a visual documentation of ephemeral and fleeting experiences. The photographs distill intangible moments, small pauses and instances of ambiguous emotion – private episodes that are not generally privileged and could otherwise pass by unnoticed. As the destination of the photographs is completely irrelevant, the project establishes its own liminal geography that resides in the margins, on thresholds and in motion. What is consistent is a sense of expectancy and hope that is gestated in each photograph; you could seriously get lost in this project.
If you find the central concept of the blog appealing and have photographic work that you would like considered for inclusion, you can submit your images to the project’s flickr pool.
I’ve got a black and white vibe going on with my posts today, I guess that’s just how it goes sometimes. The photos above were taken by a guy named Zoltán Vancsó, a Hungarian photographer who’s sense of light and mood is incredible. His photos remind me of a contemporary Hitchcock film but with a bit of a surreal edge to them. I would love to see this guy direct a film in fact, I think it would be one of the most intense pieces of cinema ever. He has a ton of great work so be sure to visit his site if you enjoy these photos.
Alan Jaras is a rather unorthodox photographer who takes some rather extraordinary photos. A lot of his works deal with capturing light, which technically is all photography is, but I mean streaks of abstract, colored light. What really caught my eye though was this series he’s created called MicroWorld.
Using a scanning electron microscope he’s able to capture some of the smallest details of our world, which end up looking like tiny, strange worlds. This certainly isn’t new but he’s quite consistent with uploading new images, and well, they’re just rad to look at.
As much as I love an old movie poster, I’m usually a little suspicious of things Photoshopped to look similarly old. Not so much because I don’t have a capacity for nostalgia, but because I think it’s kind of cheap, no matter how lovely or well-executed. For instance: if someone you worked with complemented the way you dress, you’d probably be flattered. But, if the same person started spray painting their clothing to match you every day… you’d probably be a little nauseated. And now you have to agree with me: it’s okay to like something without trying to clone it.
The images above would be really hard to clone. For starters, they’re much older than Dolly, anywhere from 110-120 years. The character they have is a direct result of the technology gap that produced them: a process invented in the 1880′s by a Swiss Chemist named Hans Jakob Schmid. They aren’t color photographs, but rather are photochroms, which involve transferring glass negatives onto lithographic plates and then printing these with colored inks. Although color photography was around at the time, it was only around the labs of researchers; it wasn’t until 1907, almost 20 years after some of these photochroms were probably taken, that color photographic plates became commercially available. In the meantime, demand for approximations of color photographs was high.
Maybe that’s why the colors in these images are so stunning. I ran across them while perusing the Library of Congress’ flickr site. All three of the moody landscapes above are from around Scandinavia… although folks who have spent time there will wonder why it isn’t raining in any of them (hint: they photoshopped it out). Imagine the skill and concentration it took just to color these images… and then imagine Carol Channing clumsily tinkering with hue and saturation in Photoshop while belting songs from Hello, Dolly!
This is what happens when nostalgia gets the best of you.