Untitled- Aaron Dunn

Posted June 9, 2010 by lovelysqualor
Categories: conceptual

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.

Posted June 9, 2010 by lovelysqualor
Categories: conceptual

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

Posted June 9, 2010 by lovelysqualor
Categories: conceptual

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

Posted June 7, 2010 by lovelysqualor
Categories: conceptual

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.

Calla Lilly, 1984 – Robert Mapplethorpe

Posted May 28, 2010 by lovelysqualor
Categories: still life, Still Life -written piece

As well as being notorious for his highly controversial nudes, Mapplethorpe was also renowned for his hauntingly beautiful still life shots of flowers. He generally shot orchids and calla lillies and generally in a 1:1 format.

The placement of the flowers was very deliberate and Mapplethorpe works with their lines and shadows to create images which are undeniably sensual- the stamen of the flower in many shots is exposed, proud and phallic, while in others, such as this photograph, the emphasis is on feminine curves.

I have experimented with flowers in my own folio & have tried to emulate pictures like this one- I specifically wanted to see if I could create an image with the same dramatic impact. I have concentrated on creating deep negative space and accentuating the textures and shape of the flower itself’

One aspect of still life photography that really appeals to me is the ability to really concentrate on a subject- it provides to opportunity to really manipulate what you are shooting in a way that is more difficult with other genres. It enables the photographer to devote their attention entirely to how they’d like to present the subject, how they’d like to use negative space, light and shadow.

Zoe Noir- by me

Posted May 28, 2010 by lovelysqualor
Categories: People

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This is the first time I’ve used one of my images in my visual diary – I figure that if I have shot something I am really happy with, it deserves a spot here to remind me what it is that I like about it, and so what I should be aiming towards. I haven’t been shooting as much people based photography lately & haven’t really felt that engaged with what I have been shooting.

This image was shot in January this year, with a very creative and obliging model named Zoe – we shot lots of different types of photo, but this film noir inspired image was one of my favourite from the shoot. I love the dark shadows and silvery highlights.

Cow- SpY

Posted May 28, 2010 by lovelysqualor
Categories: conceptual

SpY is a Spanish conceptual artist whose work usually occurs in the public domain.

I love the image above, the colour is fabulous and the concept is just so silly. We have a hard time taking cows seriously & they often form the noun in many pejorative metaphors, silly, stupid, stubborn, docile….the list is long.

I like the use of balloons in images where the negative space consists of organic and subdued colours- the contrast is really visually appealing & conceptually, balloons are interesting because they exist only to provide colour- they are like artificial flowers. I’ve been thinking about including balloons in some of my conceptual shots & I guess this shot is the kind of application I’d like to use them in.