16 November 2006
A friend of mine, Hansi Linderoth - explore old cameras, films, different and often expired polaroids. He have invented his own technique and has a lovely and poetic style. You can see pinhole polaroids too on the sites he post photos, and i know he build one once with unusual material. I´m happy to invite him here with some examples. You can see more on his own site here, and more here
One night in Lisboa we went to a restaurant where they played fado music. I think we were the only tourists and we ended up next to a very kind family visiting their daugher who studied. There where three ladies singing and two gentlemens accompanied them. I especially remember one lady, Berta Fernandez, who greeted us when we came. I bought her CD and it's quite nice but nothing compared to listening to her live. She's of course the lady in the first picture.
Photo: Torsten Ståhlberg
I am sending a picture of UK's best singer all time, Georgie Fame. I have listened to his music since mid 60's. He has been singing everything from R&B, Soul, Pop and Jazz through the years. This picture was taken when he was singing jazz with a big brass band in Norrköping, Sweden in November 2006.
As Fredrik said, music and photography to me also is very connected. I remember when I went to see the exhibition "On Verra Bien", Christer Strömholm, right after he had died. When I looked at the pictures, I heard music. It wasnt just like that I heard a particular song, it was music inside my head that popped up as a saw his images. I wish I had written it down... :)
Well, you asked for music Fredrik, and here it is! The song is called Broken Shadows, Ornette Coleman from the bootleg "The Belgrad Concert" and inspired me to do these 2 pictures:
At first, I had the intention of writing a longer introduction to Ben Couvillion's photographs. I easily could have, since they speak multitudes. But then I received two paragraphs from Ben himself, elaborating on his photographic practice. Reading it through, I realized that nothing I could ever write would quite match up.
Let me just say this: from the very first time I saw Ben's photographs, I fondly remember his diner booth photo (featured below). It is such a beautiful combination of carefull framing, perfect exposure, wonderful colors, and subtle meaning - easily parallelling other great explorers of things American like Jeff Brouws, William Eggleston, and Chris Verene. I imagine that you, dear reader, will will find your own personal favorite too.
In his own words:
I am easily fascinated - always have been. The bright and sometimes odd colors that exist in seemingly uninteresting environments, and the wear and tear of things. Naturally man-made compositions waiting to be sought out and photographed – places that have become an extension of someone's personality, usually someone I've known – all their things scattered about. I can't get enough of it.
Much of my time making photographs is spent hovering over potential compositions in uncomfortable positions, holding my breath, so I will not shake or startle the image. I don't notice the leg cramps or backpain as I create – just the reversed image of what I'm seeing on my camera's ground glass – continuously fine-tuning what I see until I feel the urge to release the shutter. Then I take a deep breath and start again.
You will find more of Ben's work here.