Archive for June 2010

Untitled- Aaron Dunn

June 9, 2010

This image, by Aaron Dunn embodies a kind of absurdism that really appeals to me, and that I’d like to express through my photos. The question, upon viewing this image, has to be; “why?” – the post modern answer is “of course”.

While there is some resonance between rabbits and the woods – nothing else about the image makes much sense, but when you deconstruct it, you can see that it doesn’t have to.

The rabbits head has a particular aesthetic to it that reminds the viewer of cartoons in the early 1980’s- this is enhanced by the retro feel of the processing and the rainbow socks- it’s a very nostalgic photo and the nakedness of the model serves to subvert that nostalgia by introducing a sexual element.

June 9, 2010

I pinched this from this blog and while it’s not strictly speaking, a mask, I decided to include it because I really like Mexican Day of the Dead imagery & intend to also include something similar in my folio.

Photographically speaking, this shot is mediocre- the shadow on the wall behind him doesn’t add anything to the image and the reflection of the plate on his torso is distracting- both reasonably easy things to fix.

Mask- Ellen Von Unwerth

June 9, 2010

As previously mentioned, I intend to make masks a broad concept for my portfolio, so I’m going to post a few masks here now.

This shot, by Ellen Von Unwerth appeals because it exudes a timelessness that I’d generally associate with silver screen stars, yet, the presence of the mask brings a subversiveness to the image.

The extremely shallow DoF works well here- the back of the model’s face is out of focus leaving just the eyes, mouth and some lacework crisp- it lends further mystery to the picture, which in part is counteracted by what we can see; we can tell her eyes are hooded slightly and her lips are parted, suggesting lust and sensuality.

Xteriors VIII – Desiree Dolron

June 7, 2010

Desiree Dolron is a Dutch photographer who creates dream-like images- this particular shot stood out to me as especially striking- a young boy lies in state surrounded by concerned looking women in strange, black uniform dress. For me the photograph invokes images of Roswell autopsies- the presence of the three women is quite frankly, creepy. The design of their dresses is at once conservative and revealing, and the uniformity suggests some kind of cult, or unknown society.

The tones in the image are subdued & it is divisible between very light and very dark. The young boy’s red hair provides a visual point of interest.