Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Raymundo Torres Presents-Patricia Aridjis

The taboo of prision life cached my eyes attention by shining a light on "The Black Hours"
Black hours is a photographic essay about women in prison. Loneliness, lesbianism as a way of satisfying affective needs; self punishment and suicide attempts are like gaping wounds in the wrists that cry for help. Drugs to escape reality, maternity, solidarity. Life is limited by watching towers, guards, gates and schedules.''
Very strong and sensitive are the works by Patricia Aridjis. I enjoy her the use of journalistic photography and the crude subject matter.

Raymundo Torres presents- Cesilia Paredes

I was in the quick conference she gave.

Raymundo Torres Presents- livia Corona

The photographic works by Livia Corona attracted my interest because of childhood memories. In her collection "Enanitos Toreros" she depicts the daily life of these small entertainers.
Also, I am attracted to the "Taboo" aspect of the subject matter. where we
don't particularly pay attention she forces us to look.,,Enanitos_Toreros

Katy Schmader presents Brenton Hamilton.

On his website Brenton Hamilton states that a lot of his work is influenced by Renaissance painting, human anatomy, astronomy, and botanical. He picks and pulls to created layered images, in this case on top of cyanotypes.

His images are elegant and well thought out. There seems to be a lot of attention put toward how the image is laid out. Each piece is considered. I enjoy the variety of tones that Hamilton brings to his image with the medium.

Hamilton says that he aims to achieve a dream-like image, which he accomplishes well. they are very enjoyable.


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Stephanie Price presents Tina Modotti

Tina Modotti was an italian photographer who lived in mexico most of her adult life. She was the lover of edward weston for a while starting out as his model she learned from him and you can see parallels in their works. The reason i like Tina Modotti so much is her subtle use of lighting and compostition. I can feel a passion from every photograph. For example the first photograph shows the struggle of the everyday woman and her labor. She shows this woman not from the front but shows mostly the full jug on top of this woman shoulders allowing us to imagine the struggle of carrying it. And when she depicts mother and child she crops the mothers face and shows the back of a naked child. These photographs challenge me to take a second look at my own compositions for my personal project.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christy Campbell presents Ruth Thorne Thomsen

Ruth Thorne Thomsen uses the pinhole camera to create these soft looking photographs. She overlays many images to create her pieces. They are mostly shot in the environment with people or objects included over. Thomsen uses miniature props that she makes to use for her photographs. In some of her works she gets ideas from 20th century surrealism. Her images are very captivating, making you think about a different world where these images could actually exist in real life.


Modern cowpokes, vintage portraits: at the Bar B ranch in Oklahoma.

ROBB KENDRICK’S Photography regularly in National Geographic. But his ture passion has become wet- plate photography, a historic photo technique used during the mid-19the century. The tintype photos mad with the wet-plate process are each one of a kind, as they are all handmade from start to finish.

When I looking for tin type photographer I found out him about it. Very interesting tin type photography he has been taken and he also working on title “ Object “ it is very interesting work , please check out.



Lola Alvarez Bravo (1907–1993) was one of Mexico’s most important photographers.
She traveled throughout Mexico photographing people in everyday circumstances with honesty and respect. Her assured formal aesthetic, which often bordered on the abstract, included strong compositional elements, crisp details, and the play of light and shadow on surfaces.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christy Campbell presents Bihn Danh

Bihn Danh uses found photographs from the Vietnman war and prints them on leaves using photosynthesis! His concept is to connect the past and present through this process. Danh has many different works but his most compelling are these of the leaves. They are so beautiful and delicate!

Christy Campbell presents Rocky Shenck

“I love to go out wandering with my camera, sometimes with no specific agenda planned for myself,” Schenck said in an interview with author John Berendt. “I always stumble across something or someone that intrigues me – whether it’s a hypnotic landscape or a perfect stranger going about their day unaware of my eavesdropping on their reality. I simply take my camera with me wherever I go and try to remain open to whatever life shoves – or gently places – in front of me.”

Rocky Shenck said this about how he likes to create his photographs. These quotes describes his photographs so well. They are dark and mysterious, yet simple and beautiful. He also works with a lot musicians to film their music videos.

Christy Campbell presents Grete Stern

Grete Stern moved to Argentina after fleeing from the Nazis in her home country. In Argentina is where she made the majority of her work. She works a lot with advertisement collages and still lives but in a very different way than usual. Her work has a lot of overlaying imagery and playing with the "otherworldy" idea. Stern did a project where she would try to recreate peoples' dreams and photograph them.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rebecca Villarreal presents Lisa M. Robinson

Lisa Robinson is a Landscape photographer and her specialty seems to be these barren photos of snow. Looking at her work for too long and you get this really lonely, "There's no one left on earth," feeling. She reminds me a little bit of Sara Frantz...yes the drawing and painting professor...her photos look a lot like Sara's drawings in that all you see are these man made objects in a sea of white. Its such a stark contrast to what most are use to seeing in landscape work. If you looked at it conceptually her work has this theme of scenery devoid of life and human contact. It works for many of the images. I won't lie and say some of the photos of this barren land she's taken are a little boring, but most of the work is really neat to look at. My favorites are Valhalla and Veil, the waves frozen in time like that its just crazy to believe nature sometimes just stops...with out the help of photography. The other thing that is really working for me in her work, are the bits of color that just pop against the white snow. If some of those pictures were taken in the spring time things like the park bench and the basketball hoop would be lost. Her work looks at the world in a slightly different way, in many ways its one of those things we never notice.

Ray Perez likes to Cross Process

Cross processing color film is a fun and unpredictable process that can offer very colorful and dynamic results. You could probably achieve something similar in photoshop, but without the experience of shooting and experimenting using your technical photographic skills.

Cross Processing

These are some informative links on the effects using certain types and brands of film. There are also some exposure compensations to consider in the process of exposing different types of film. Now, with the access to high quality film scanners, it is possible to produce beautiful abnormal colored images. Try it, you'll love it!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rebecca Villarreal presents Don Gergorio Anton

Wow! is about all I could intially say when I found his work. He's a perfect photographer to look at for this class because he works with an alternative process. He prints transparent images on copper if I remember right. His work is incredible, he seems to pull inspiration from a little bit of everything. Many seem describe his work as not catching a moment in time, but as catching that emotion or essance of life in time. Conceptually his work is spot on with his ideas of catching the soul. The process he's working with gives all of his images that etheral look. Some of his work reminds me of Mexican exvotos with the combination of text and image. All of it seems to have diementionality, nothing is flat with what looks like many layers of imagery. It translates well from computer to magazine prints, nothing is lost it would seem from the original. I would really love to see his work in person.
He's done an artist residency at Light Work and has shown work from coast to coast and everywhere in between.

Rebecca Villarreal presents Abigail Hadeed

Okay so I found Abigail Hadeed in one of the many photo magazines that are scattered about the Darkroom, her work is pretty cool. She is a Caribbean photojournalist who tells stories about the people and places she photographs through her photography. Looking at her work strictly for the darkroom techniques her contrast is a little high and I love it. I tend to gravitate towards photos that have more contrast so I'm a little bias.She's done an artist in Residence at Light Work in 2006, where she appropriately enough learned how to create Cyanotypes and platinum printing. She's shown work in a few places and has a few books out. I hope that she will soon have a website with all of her work in one place, because I would love to see more of it

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ray Perez submits Best blush light

This are good links that describes the different temperatures of light and the colors they cast. In the case of our tintypes, bluish light may be our best option for exposing our tintypes directly. I wish everyone my best on this endeavour. It's perfect weather to be shooting outside in the open shade.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ray Perez presents Michael Ticcino!__surreal

There is such a vast opportunity to create beautiful surreal art work when we understand the effects and values of light. I appreciate the dynamics and control of the visual elements embraced by Mr. Ticcino. I ponder the presences of color in these images and how they would affect the compositions. Lighting is and has always been one of the key components in the evolution of art throughout its history. The nature of light is to guide us on a certain path. It is our nature to follow visually, if not subconsciously, to observe light in certain natural directional patterns. Light.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ray Perez presents Todd Hido

Todd Hido captures a feeling of solitude in the function and structure that we consider our homes. We don't really take the time to observe the atmosphere created by natural and artificial lighting. The elements of fog and snow add more visual stimulation to the image. The glowing interior lights provoke our imagination about the lives that exist inside these lonely structures.
I appreciate his series of barren interior spaces. It forces us to look around the space to try to locate objects other then the walls or doors. The ambient light, again, contribute to the strangeness of seeing or being in an empty room. I am also affected by the color of the light in combination with the color of the interiors. These images are good examples of photographing a mundane subject matter and capturing an intriguing observation.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tillman Crane is a photographer who uses 5x7, 8x10, and pinhole cameras in his work. He mainly just documents places and objects but the way he does it is intriguing. The photographs above are from his "Olson House" portfolio. With this project Crane simply photographed the empty house and the few objects that were left inside. Normally this type of photography could get a little boring, but I think that the way Crane composes his images creates interesting photographs. Crane places everyday objects in the beautiful lighting that naturally occurs in the house. These items are transformed into important objects that create a kind of narrative in his work.

Rebecca Villarreal presents Ellioutt Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt is a photographer who has shot almost everything. He's mostly known as a photojournalist but much of his work goes beyond that. His work and achievements have transcended decades. He won the Life Time Achievement award in 2011 from the International Center of Photography's Infinity Awards.

His photography is all about observation of ordinary places, which to some maybe a little conceptually simple...but that just maybe the beauty in them. His idea is so simple, but his images are complex and emotion provoking. Which is one of many reasons why much of his work has become iconic over time. His most famous photo is of Jacqueline Kennedy at JFK's funeral clutching his flag. Its obviously a charged image emotionally, but stepping back from the enormity of the situation he the images transforms Jacqueline from the first lady to a woman grieving for the loss of her husband.

All of him images are snapshots in life moments that can be funny to serious, I can't completely explain it all they just resonate. He's got a good eye and part of that reason I think is because he doesn't try to make something happen, he just lets life take its course. His portraits are the same way, its as if with many of them the people sitting for him were having a conversation with him completely forgetting there was even a camera in the room. You are looking at snap shots of who the person is not the celebrity or character they play.