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Current work

Sorry it’s been so long between posts.  The final year of my degree has kept me very busy and I’ve had little time for blogging pursuits.  I just wanted to let you know what I’ve been working on.  I need to shoot a series of images for assessment and to exhibit by the end of October.  I am currently documenting the life of a person close to me who has very little time left…I began this series by photographing his home and belongings as a way of documenting the person without photographing him personally.  I see it as a documented biography shown through the comfort of home.

These images are only a starting point for further exploration.  I hope to further delve into his past and uncover what he believes have been the standout experiences of his long life.  Although I have been currently shooting digitally, I hope to produce the final selection of images using monochrome film.

excerpt from artists statement:

Gaston Bachelard discusses the virtue of the shelter in his book ‘The Poetics of Space’ and it’s this philosophy that has been adapted for this series of images, based around the home of a dear family friend.  Childhood memories of visiting this place as a child are vivid.  It’s only returning as an adult that many of the objects that were naively dismissed in the past are revealed to have intimate stories behind them.  A well-worn chair, a painting of a raging sea or a well trodden garden path come together to form a narrative of both the house and its occupant.

But what becomes of this place once the owner has left?  If a person knows that they have little time left on this earth, what becomes of the objects left behind?  What began as a series about childhood memory and space resulted in a documentary about home and the objects within.  The images become a preservation of the now, the capture of the still-life behind a beating heart.  Once this heart stops, only the images left behind will remind us of what there once was.

I was also lucky enough to have one of these images selected to exhibit in a group show during SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival during August.  I hope to post more of my images as the series progresses.

All images by Kylie Macey.

 

 

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Contemporary Chinese Photography – Chen Zhuo & Huang Keyi

Last year the White Rabbit Gallery exhibited a selection of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Samstag Museum in Adelaide.  The White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art.  Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, it focuses on works produced after 2000.

Apart from installation, painting and sculpture I was drawn to the photographic work of Chen Zhuo and Huang Keyi.  Based in Beijing, they find digital photography and Photoshop the perfect marriage of media for their exuberant view of the new China.  Taking up to a month to complete each picture, they integrate real and virtual images, duplicating here and erasing there. In the process, they say, “some of our works have become more real than reality, while others convert reality into fiction.”

The China Carnival series (2007) portrays the country as a frenzied fun park where Chairman Mao gives his blessing to roller-coaster riders, romantic love merges happily with shopping, and the sky is too blue to be true. But there’s a grim subtext to these pictures, seen in the identical faces and robotic poses of the crowds, and in the red balloons that resemble spatters of blood. Other photos in the series (which includes a short video) show black limousines surrounded by dead female bodies, and a missile silo in which a line of saluting soldiers recreates a multi-armed kuanyin goddess.

China Carnival No.1, Tiananmen, 2007

China Carnival No.2, Wedding, 2007

Exhibited as c-prints 1.2 x 1.8m they draw the viewer in to consider the detail in each work.  Although there are only 2 of the artist’s work in this collection, more of their work can be viewed from the Yang Gallery site here.

Artist info and images courtesy of the White Rabbit Gallery. Additional information and viewing of the complete collection can be viewed here.

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Abstract Photography

I absolutely love artists that think outside the box by using the  photographic medium to produce interesting and often random results.

Burak Arikan has photographed a computer screen up close – the resolution of the computer screen paired with the limited focus ability of his zoom lens has produced these blurry results.

Leanne Eisen uses a cameraless method to produce her images.  She selects objects with interesting surface characteristics and moves them during the scanning process, producing complete randomness in the results.

Stephan Tillman captures tube televisions in the moment they are switched off. The television picture breaks down and creates a structure of light.

These artists are only a few of the many that are using digital mediums in new and interesting ways.  Experimenting is the key to producing a great outcome.  Ideas are endless.

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2011…the year ahead

This year will be a busy one…I will be finally graduating from Art College.  I am currently undecided on the direction of my graduation exhibition images but I plan to keep you all updated on my blog, with any feedback appreciated.

I currently have a journal of ideas with black and white imagery featuring highly.  I think the satisfaction of taking the images and printing them myself is currently outweighing anything I could produce either digitally or with colour film.  Then again, I have a habit of changing my mind at the last minute.

Recently, I have been researching tilt-shift photography both in-camera and digitally manipulated imagery in Photoshop.  I gave this technique a go late last year during an assignment and was pretty happy with the result considering it was my first attempt.

This photograph was taken from the top of a carpark then manipulated in Photoshop for the result that you see here.  There are many photographers working today that use this technique and there are many ways to get similar results using many different methods.  The Photoshop method is possibly the cheapest and easiest way but there are lenses that when attached to a camera, give similar results.  Purpose built lenses are very expensive though.  However, I came across a publication through the Magcloud website that gives photographers DIY guides on how to build their own tilt-shift lenses using regular lenses and a few other materials at much less cost than the real thing.

I don’t have to come up with my final photo series until later in the year, so in the meantime I plan to experiment with a few different techniques and concepts for the next few months and see what happens…stay tuned!

Here are some more examples of tilt-shift photography from other photographers courtesy of Smashing Magazine.

 

Christopher Chan - Sydney Apple Store

 

 

London Bus

 

 

NYC Central Station

 

 

Timmy Toucan

More examples of tilt-shift photography can be found here.  Information about Magcloud can be found here.

 

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Cody Hamilton

Cody could be described as being a cross between a photographer, a photo-retoucher and an illustrator.  He uses situations, framing and digital editing to create works of art that are truly awe-inspiring.

The following images are from his series ‘Relics’ in which he has played off the idea that the white Greek statues that we see now were once bright and vibrantly painted.  He has taken this idea and brought it to the most colourful decade of last century…the 80’s.

Atari 2600 - 1982

Atari 2600 joystick - 1982

Motorola 8000x - 1983

Rubicks Cube - 1980

VHS Tape - 1980

more of Cody’s work can be found here

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Client Work

I recently had the opportunity to work with an interior designer friend of mine on a shoot for her business.  Not only does she design interiors but she has designed furniture for her own home.  She needed some images for her web page and advertising material.  It was a great experience working with her and as I’m only new to this style of photography, I think the results turned out quite well. This is definitely an area of photography I wish to pursue going forward as it brings my love of photography and design together into a possible future career.

lounge designed by Jodie Russian – Jodie Russian Interior Design

Her home is a mid century modern heritage listed residence by the sea (so jealous).

The new kitchen blends well with the existing decor and I love the chandelier in the heritage 1950′s bathroom with original sanitary ware and wall tiles.

original corner seat with bespoke cushion and curtains.  Note the original ceiling beams and floorboards.

All photos by Kylie Macey.  Info for Jodie Russian Interior Design can be found here.

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