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December 7, 2010

Tumblr Woes, to Blog or not to Blog?

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About 3 or 4 weeks ago, I started another blog, this one hosted by tumblr. Which was in essence a resurrected blog from a different phone, same idea different platform and different phone.

Things were trundling quite nicely thank you, when after an announced outage for planned maintenance, the site has failed to come back online?

I chose tumblr, because it had a lively community of posters, who who share all sorts of strange and wonderful work, plus it and posterous were the only two that allowed direct uploads from my new iPhone 4.

Now I'm currently stuck in between a rock and a hard place and am not sure how to proceed, I want to keep the blog going as it, allows me to flex my creative muscle on a daily basis, the flow was happening quite well too; I felt.

Stay tuned.

December 5, 2010

New Blogs

Having had an unusual outburst of creativity this week, I've managed to keep the ball rolling.

I've been mulling this idea over for a while now and today seemed the perfect day to put them into place. I had 2 small galleries originally a subset of s2art.posterous.com, but after realising that the layout/setup wasn't doing my ideas any justice, I decided to create whole new blogs for each idea, then upload directly to each.

This I have done.

One blog is called Facing North, the other, Work Zone.

My blog called facing north was inspired by the way the light sweeps across our backyard, and while I could use film, film doesn't allow for the spontaneity that digital allows.

The Work Zone idea was borne out of the way posterous so easily allowed me to upload images from my iPhone, again the layout/settings got in the way once I got over 20 or so images in a 'gallery'. So another blog was born.

So add these two sites to your favourite newsreader, hang on it's going to be a long, but hopefully smooth ride

December 7, 2010

Question Answered

I posed a question earlier today, it has been answered, my daily lo-rez iPhone photography blog is back

December 8, 2010

Currently Reading, and Recent Exhibitions

Books

I am currently reading this book.

"The Pleasures of Good Photographs (Aperture Ideas)" (Gerry Badger)

One particular chapter has been very refreshing, apart from discovering a couple of names I'd not heard of before, elsewhere in the book. The chapter or rather essay entitled, 'From Here to Eternity: The Expeditionary Artworks of Thomas Joshua Cooper', has been very refreshing. In this essay, Badger, loos at Thomas Joshua Cooper, his work and some of his large ongoing projects, all made on a 5x7 film camera and made as exquisite contact prints. It is an intersting insight inot a photographer I'd never heard of, but who sounds deliciously interesting.

He rounds off this essay of Thomas Joshua Cooper's life & work. A photographer I'd never heard of but am suitably interested in to see more of his work. The essay covers a lot of ground, from Aperture, the Magazine, to Minor White, Zen & Transcendental Photography, Modernism and back. A great read indeed, I might even go so far as to say, as good as John Szarkowski, and Robert Adams' writings.

Another essay; entitled It's 'Art, But is it Photography? Some Thoughts on Photoshop', was really inspiring as Badger talks about the highjacking of the art scene and the value placed on a piece of Photographic Art work by large scaled and or staged works. He talks about how art and photography dance a lurid dance over ideas about objects, veracity, connoisseurship, the art market and galleries all have produced a 'look' quite common in art circles these days, one, that is the large scaled staged and often highly manipulated prints. Compared to to say the more understated; 11x14 or 16x20 that is the trademark of some older photographers, whose contribution has been as long lasting and more profound than some of the newer players on the market.

Mr. Badger very adroitly argues that, somewhere in the whole art market, connoisseurship, object d'art game; photography; has kind of lost some of it's power. He talks about using digital tools to make cosmetic and aesthetic changes in a manner that reminds me of the story Goliath and his hair.

For those of you unfamiliar, the story goes something like this.

You back, now? Good.

I think it is awfully brave of him to do things like announce the perfect size print, being about 20 x24 inches, and uses Cézanne, as a spring board for his argument.

A great Sunday morning page turner indeed.

Photography Exhibition

On Friday the 3rd of December, I visited ARI King's Gallery. There are 3 shows on there at the moment, I was particularly drawn to John Billan's work. It was a real refreshing sight to behold, such an elegantly crafted body of work presented in a manner that was aesthetically pleasing while still holding a little mystrey.

Here are my notes jotted down on the day I was there.

Beautiful yet eclectic mix of images on the wall from classic landscapes to obscure objects / still lives, and re-photographed etchings, circa 1800s ? Strange yet evocative video sound piece as well. But the Frederick Sommer traditions live on. Just beautiful is all I can say, gorgeous prints superb installation and, mystery to boot.

The gallery itself is small and intimate, good for a single person show, there are three in total. Odd location though, with traffic noise factoring in as I sit here typing. I can however faintly hear John's piece in the background a haunting piece e it is. I wonder how long it took John to collate the images they seem to have come from all over the world! One is a strange half dome possibly a cold war radar left over? Which suggests Europe, and one reminds me of New Zealand, the caravan image. A cone repeats throughout the wall in several incarnations, combined with the video sound piece I'm reminded of space and maps, and ideas like quantum mechanics, or something like that?

Beautiful, just beautiful, in a deep resonating kind of way.

The image above was made at the gallery on the day, and emailed to the artist from the spot.

December 13, 2010

A.D. Coleman Quote

Currently reading up on the "discovered" Ansel Adams negatives debacle from earlier this year.

Actually scrub that, I am in the process of tidying up loose ends here at work, when I 're-discovered' A.D. Coleman's blog, Photocritic International. He writes extensively about the issue and I'm only 1/8 the way though his writings on the matter. This quote however had me guffawing out loudly, at last some one has the balls to say it.

The recent Polaroid Collection auction at Sotheby's in New York, in which some 400 Adams pieces went on the block, demonstrated that there's an insatiable appetite for Adams prints, but a few dozen "new" Adams images from his early days won't force any serious reconsideration of his already exhaustively over-considered and vastly overestimated oeuvre. The thought of yet another Adams book and show makes me cringe reflexively.

From this the first article, in the series

I am pleased to hear someone articulate, what many have refused to say out loud for such a long time.

For those of you who may not know, A.D. Coleman is a writer and critic, whose work I have long admired, and whose blog I read occasionally.

December 28, 2010

Research Proposals?

In my recent cyber readings I stumbled on this site, thesip.org. They are calling for research proposals on Photography. More specifically:-

"With the proliferation of cameras and other image-capturing devices, there is a pressing need to conceptualize the human experience as immersed in and shaped by photographic images. Arguably, the long dominance of written culture has given way to a visual culture dominated by photography-based images and their technologies. Yet the profusion of theories and systems that analyze and interpret languages and literatures has not seen an equivalent production of theories and systems that help to interpret and theorize our contemporary culture of photo-based images and their history" source

If I wasn't contemplating a PhD, myself I'd write something, because they have a very interesting list of themes to explore

  • Theme 1: Photography and the Body
  • Theme 2: Photography and Other Media
  • Theme 3: Photography and Privacy
  • Theme 4: Album, Archive, Database, Flickr
  • Theme 5: Pre-history of photography
  • Theme 6: Open

Please forward this on if any one you know might be interested?

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