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.
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.
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.
Tim Lisko’s images are photographic abstractions – he removes the object from the equation and what is left is a presence of what once was. His Shinkansen series of photographs were taken as he travelled on the Bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka, leaving the shutter open and thus presenting a series of abstract landscapes or colour studies of the view outside of the train window. A simple technique beautifully executed.
A couple of years ago, I adapted this technique for a series of images called ‘Night-time Suburbia’. I kept the shutter open at 2 second intervals to capture the view from a moving commuter train from Adelaide to Elizabeth at night. I’ve included a selection below.
The best reason to use this technique is the total randomness of the results…shoot digitally to build up confidence and then switch to film if you can afford to do so. There are endless possibilites with this technique so go on, get out there and have fun with it.
More examples of Tim’s work can be found here.
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
I’ve decided that I’m going to take a leaf out of Chase Jarvis‘ book and take photos every day. His philosophy is that the best camera is the one you have with you and for most of us, this is the camera in our phones.
So…starting next week, I plan to take at least one photograph every day for the next year and post the results on my blog. Some images may not be exciting, others may be captivating or mesmerising but whatever the outcome I will post at the end of each week. So come and join me for the ride!
Here are some images to start off with…these were taken with my Nokia N95.
check out Chase Jarvis’ blog here