23 February 2010
22 February 2010
Maciek Stępiński, Sans Titre, 2007, lambda, dibond plexi, 80x80cm
I’m much influenced by Duchamp’s theory, which underlined the important part of chance as a decisive factor in the creative process. And this is photographic thinking. You might even be tempted to make the assertion that to take pictures is to deal with ready-mades. The very important part played by chance and error you may find also in my “Sclerosis” project, some sort of a ready-mades collection. The neon – “Idea” was the opening object of the exhibition in the Leto Gallery, Warsaw. The work consists of a single word “ideal, but the last letter was “broken” and didn’t come on properly.
Maciek Stępiński, Sclerosis, LETO gallery, Warsaw (installation view) 2009
Fblog: You keep interfering in the photograph, the film or the canvas. In photography you act like a pictorialist – in the terms of Jan Bulhak, but maybe also in the terms of Alfred Stieglitz. You attach great importance to the print, and before showing it of to the world you keep working with it “post factum”.
But techniques and technologies (their pros and cons) that’s the final touch. A cibachrome print will look good only if the chrome is well exposed. It’s not as much of a change as, for example, in HDR where the final outcome differs substantially from the original. In the case of “Warsaw City Tennis Clubs” it’s rather the reverse.
As far as comparison is concerned, I can’t make one regarding education, because I have never studied photography in Poland. Regarding the level photographic education in our country, I get information from friends who teach in Lodz in the “Filmschool” or from students from Lodz, Poznan, or from my students from the Academy of Photography in Warsaw and Cracow. The level of lectures and the equipement used during workshops unquestionably matches that of the top european schools. The difference I see, might lie in the motivation for undertaking such studies.
"As an ongoing project of mine I present Postcards from Sweden. The theme of the pictures are that they are taken with a plastic camera and with film. The beauty of rough raw nature with a lot of black and white tones."
photographer: Johan Margulis
the Postcard-serie in an exhibition in Uppsala, Sweden at current. They are at display there until the 10th of March, opening hours Saturdays 13-16, Wednesdays 18-20 at Uppsala Photographic Association at Övre Slottsgatan 14 in Uppsala, Sweden.
20 February 2010
In my own work I combine fact and fiction to create a new reality. My pictorial content is staged photography and I find inspiration for it in everyday life. The objects I am using are either made props or objects that I have found in flea markets and secondhand shops. The people that I use as models in my staged photographic scenes are often people that I have found in everyday situations. Their body language and facial expressions trigger my imagination to combine the real with fiction. I deliberately stage a scene in front of the camera where a photographic fictional reality is being created. I am the director and costume designer. I create a "narrative tableaux" The human body in conjunction with the prop is placed in an open space. The space is often chosen with the light in mind and I am looking for large windows and openings for the light to travel through and within. The space is well researched before setting the scene and when I have found a space, I will visit the space several times to study the light and to prepare the scene. Props will be laid out and chosen with the space and the human body in mind. The light acts as another layer in the photographic narrative. Within the space I move the scene spontaneously along with the movement of the light. Without the light the scene won't come to life. The light gives the scene character. It's like a light play, where the light falls and shapes the space and the human body and the prop is transformed yet again into another layer of meaning. The light shapes the scene and the human body becomes the actor and with the prop and the light the photographic narrative takes on another dimension. I bring these elements together and try to instigate an interaction and choreograph the scene as it unfolds.
Many of these photographs are lith printed, a photographic darkroom process I have worked with a great deal. The characteristics of the lith print is the pink/brown tone. To see more examples: www.bodilfrendberg.com
18 February 2010
by Pablo Allison
After several years of not hearing anything certain from “Angel”, I eventually managed to get in touch with him at the beginning of 2007. The last thing I had heard about him was that he had tried to cross the border into the United States, but American border patrol officers –under the presumption that he was affiliated to a well-known Salvadorian gang –detained him and deported him to El Salvador. Another myth that circulated among friends was that he had been incarcerated in L.A. over some gang issues. I also heard that he had been murdered some time ago.
Luckily none of this was true. In fact, he had managed to enter the United States and was living in the State of Florida for some years, where he worked very hard to support his family back home.
At the end of 2007, I was able to meet up with him at his home just on the outskirts of Mexico City. Although most of his life was followed by tragedies and misfortunes surrounded by violence, it was very surprising for me to see him still alive. For the next two and a half years I embarked on this project, which seeks to document Angel’s experiences –his life as an ex-gang member in Mexico City, the journey across the Mexican-American desert and his future in the United States.
11 February 2010
2010 is a year of Fryderyk Chopin. it's 200 anniversary of his birth. in Poland people got mad about it. you can find Chopin on every corner - in magazine, on poster, in his name are held concerts (of course) and contest of drawing for kids. our newborn son, Tadeusz got a gift from the Warsaw's president: body with Chopin!
so stay tuned to see Tadeusz in it! :)
ooooh, well, Tadeusz says 'hello' to the Fblog! :)
10 February 2010
I am an artist based in Manchester England, currently completing a BA in photography at Manchester School of Art.
Through photography, artist books and creative writing I work with the construction of narratives and lives. Often born from personal experience, this is a way for me to document the changes within my own life, playing with the realms of reality and un-reality.
Within Élise I paint a fragile portrait of a female character through photography and text. Opening the door to private fragments of a life that does not really exist. Text and image come together, when a fractured narrative takes the form of a screen play within the book piece which accompanies the images.
Élise grapples with the expectation of disappointment in a world where she exists, apparently, only for herself.
09 February 2010
06 February 2010
Today I'm heading to Fotokompaniet to see Joakim Ahnfelts exhibition Isle of Skye. If you're in Gothenburg someday between today and the 4th of march I suggest you go and have a look. Judging by the photos Joakim sent us it'll be great!
Joakim writes: "Welcome to an exhibition of b&w pictures of the magical landscapes of Isle of Skye. Shot with large format, in sheer contempt of the rain and the wind."