M&M: Photoshoot

So, a couple of weeks ago I decided to shoot my object.  I did it in my room, mainly in my bathroom.

I wanted to have all the time in the world, therefore, no studio. I took around 300 photos in one evening and one morning. From all that work, I would say…I’m positive about 50 photos. ( I haven’t got through them all yet, I’m missing the ones I shoot on really high ISO. They are very grainy and light….). I’ll probably make another blog post with very experimental photos..where I moved the camera, or played around with the settings like crazy).

I really enjoy photographing things. That’s the reflection for this post. It’s my favourite thing to do, ever ❤ !

A big thanks to Sara, for choosing such an interesting object for me.( not furniture…) I guess If I had gotten any other thing I wouldn’t spent so much time on it…. shooting in a dark bathroom. 🙂

It was very physically demanding work, I couldn’t use the tripod, because I wanted really close shots, so I held the camera in the weirdest poses and hold my breath for long expositions.

My room looked like I was performing a ritual, with fiery, flickering shadows….but so far I haven’t noticed any unusual phantasmagoric manifestations around. So, cool.

I’ve edited them on Light room, and now I’ll share a few.

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M&M: Photogram research 3

The third part of the research is about contemporary practitioners that do photogram. I’m glad I found this page with interviews, it really helped to contextualise the photogram today. It features 5 artists and although the photogram is such a straight forward technique, their images are incredibly different.

M&M: Photogram research 2

I guess that Man Ray is the big name in photograms, because his photograms are called Rayographs ? ….after writing this last phrase I got a feeling that I had to research him a bit more…. 

‘ Man Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself. ‘ Tate.co.uk

haha!

He did cool photograms, took cool photographs, indeed, but the attitude?
Oh well, I’m starting to be very cynical (even more, yes)  about everything that’s too hyped.

 

I think that the work of Moholy-Nagy is way more interesting. The composition is intriguing and balanced. There’s clearly a great understanding of the process itself, it’s noticeable in the way he uses movement, opacity, reflection, distance, shadows…  and honestly very simple objects that by themselves would sit very boringly in the photographic paper.

After looking at this website, the LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY FOUNDATION, it’s also clear that he developed a language, or style, across all media he worked on, from canvas and oil, photography, print, letterpress… It is inspiring and rewarding to have a look.

 

M&M: Photogram research 1

According to Wikipedia (haha) the first photography images made where photograms.

Looking for more sources, I found photograms.org, and metmuseum.org ( this one specially, have a LOT of info… the texts are very detailed, and tell us about the technological developments, who did what, when, where, why… It’s very cool. )
William Henry Fox Talbot started the development of the photo paper, and made a lot of experimentations using plants an thin fabrics exposed to the sun-light. I believe the main goal for creating these images was scientific record until early XX century, although the work of Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon looks very decorative to me.

The next big change on the photogram happens on the XX century with Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy (link to his art data base page)!

|to be continued…|

M&M: Photo tests

So, last Friday we had a workshop? Core lesson? … in the photography studio.
Overall, most of the images look the same. They were shot on a grey background with 1 main source of light and without a candle inside.
Over the weekend I kinda freaked out because I would be able to shoot them with the candle inside, because it would burn. So..I got LED tea cup candles. (hah I don’t know why it took me so long to come up with this solution). The result is quite Halloween-like.
This morning at breakfast I wanted to shoot then in the sunlight with something woody…its too pale and boring. I think that I need to bring my A game to the photogram workshop, or else

M&M: Research Lane & Associates

Looking into the references on the brief, I looked into David Lane & Agnes Lloyd Platt.
David Lane and Marina Tweed founded the creative consultancy and content agency called Lane & Associates, and I looked into their website and I really like it. They work with big brands and budgets, their work has the ‘luxury’ industry standards, I would call it like that, for lack of a better way of saying it, it’s clean, but its not boring. They make it just a bit unexpected and I enjoyed it.

The Alli Capellino photoshoot is not my favourite work. I have to find the reason why models have that typical empty gaze, specially in luxury or ‘design’ stuff. Then I can understand why it bothers me so much.

 

M&M: Research Tord Boontje

My designer is Krishma, and she created a shade for tea candles.  On the left side, the white pattern is made on the final material, Tivek paper, on the right side, is a prototype made out of craft paper.

Her brief was to create a piece in 4 days, inspired by a vegetable or fruit. She used the Runner Bean, and based on that, built a nice 2D pattern on paper.
Today I got to confirm that  Krishma was inspired and really likes the work of Tord Boontje. So. I researched and found out that this artist gets a lot of his inspiration and themes from nature. He works across many fields, from lights, all kinds of furniture, ceramics, installations…And the funny thing is that, although he has a more conceptual/artsy side to his work, he is also very commercial, and I mean that in a positive way.

 

As I talked to Krishma about him, we both agreed that the project called ‘Enchanted Forest’ ( see lamp above ) stands out from the other ones, and we both liked the colours used, and the nature theme. This can be a bit slippery for me, as I can end up with one of the proposals being too ‘cute’ and flowery…but being aware of my tendencies and confessing them here might help.

 

 

The (Winter) Blues

Blog Post by my dear friend Gesa! It’s been so much fun to be her ‘designer on call’…I made illustrations, patterns, lettering, now this abstract work using dry pastels dust and an ink roller. Her requests made me adventure and design just for fun…pressure off.
But, I also learn something about myself…I would love to work with other creatives and develop work for them… ( check her blog post ‘Where are the Artists’)…Where can I get a job like this? Anyone? …
Can’t wait for my next assignment ❤

Sasspunch

A Short Contemplation // 

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