Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lauren Pai Submits Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz depicts images of her daughter, Amelia, as a memory of thier adventures and as "evidence" of her daughter's evolving emotions and personality as a human. She documents her daughter's exploration and imaginative events with animals. Animals are an integral part of her work because they represent life in another form and because they are simply a part of her everyday life already.

I really appreciate the natural lighting of each environment that they are in and also the "world" that she has created for her and her daughter. The images entice you to enter into their world and discover new things. Her work is very playful and light, but it also comes across heavy because the imagination and "new worlds" are all fleeting with age.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Lauren Pai Submits Chris McCaw

In 2003, Chris McCaw went on a camping trip to shoot long-exposure night photography with a large format camera and by using the platinum/ palladium process. He fell asleep one night and woke up late realizing that he had not closed the shutter in time, but he discovered something much better.

" The rising sun was so focused and powerful that it physically changed the film. The sun burns its path onto the negative creating an effect called solarization, a natural reversal of tonality due to over-exposure. The negative literally has a burnt hole in it with the surrounding landscape in complete reversal. He then started experimenting and perfecting his technique using the sun as an active participant in his images"

Even without knowing the process of these images, you can sense that something more powerful out there had disrupted what was supposed to be a landscape and formed it into a ghostly remnant of where the sun had rose and fallen. He has truly captured light.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

4- Amanda Schweizer submits Ashot Gevorkyan & Yaryshev Evgeny

   Two nutty Russian photographers, Ashot Gevorkyan and Yaryshev Evgeny, created a series of photographs of people "In Da Car."  This hilarious set of single-frame stories say so much in each instant they tripped the shutter. The expressions on the subjects faces are priceless, which is a nod to the photographers who had the instinct of when the exact moment arrived. Kudos also go to the necessary talent and creativity when setting up each scene.

   I have been drawn to humorous and unexpected situation photographs lately, and these are a great representation of that mood. As you study each one carefully, you'll find details you had not noticed before, which makes you want to look for more. The tight frames force you to pay attention to what is happening in the car, regardless of the surrounding world.

   From what little information I was able to gather about these talented photographers, they are from St. Petersburg, Russia.  They used four different cars and about thirty people to create this fun series of photographs.

The red light emitting from the back window sets the mood for a hot passionate romp
in the back seat.  The driver appears to be either surprised or shocked by what he sees.
It reminds me of what might happen in the back seat of a cab in New York City.

Framing the photo with the woman's legs is creative and perfect for
setting the scene. These guys are enjoying the view, as if they are
sightseeing.  There are probably a lot of groans and lots of
head-bobbing going on in that car.

This tough duo is heading into the woods, which you see in the windshield,
to get rid of the body in the back seat. It's as if it's no big deal,
because they're just doing their job.

This is why you should wear a seat belt... The driver hit the brakes too hard and
they ended up like a bunch of bugs splattered on the inside of the windshield.

This is my favorite scene of the series... the expression on the guy's face is perfect!
He finally found a way to shut up his annoying girlfriend and he is one happy dude.

I cannot find their original website, so this is the closest I can find:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lauren Pai Submits Joni Sternbach

Joni Sternbach is an alternative processes photographer who mainly works with wet plate collodion tin types to create landscapes and seascapes. Her solo exhibition, SurfLand, is a series of portraits of surfers in tintype. She is drawn by the way sea and land effect us and aims to capture what draws people to the same spots every season. 

This series was photographed is an on-going project still and it aims to capture contemporary surfers on the west coast of North America and Australia. All of these images are coated and shot with a large format camera, then developed on the spot, which draws a lot of attention on the beach, and also entices new subjects for her series. Hence, every image is truly unique and has a mysterious character all its own. 

Even though this series of images are all contemporary, they still feel like memories of loved ones from decades ago. I am especially drawn to these images because they remind me of my background and my family in Hawaii. It makes me think of when I found pictures of my Dad surfing in Hawaii in the 70's. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

This is delicious!

This made me happy today.  The people in these photos and how well they sell their role as models.  
Plus this collaborative pair of photographers, Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth, are producing photos that are just plain color beautifulness.  These are landscape and nature photos I can really get behind!!!
Check out their website to see posts on the production of their work during a residency at Redhook.

Thanks Joy Gates for posting this on Facebook this am!
original blog finding