Mixing Black – Sun City Poms by Todd Antony

Often photographers and editors have a hard time choosing the black shade of black they want for an image, like painters some photographers avoid using absolute blacks due to the contrast and unrealistic feel, obviously this technique is only applied to relevant projects, some are enhanced by using absolute black. We rarely as people experience the colour black unless it’s man made, even our shadows aren’t absolute black.

Rather than simply hinting towards a colour Todd Antony completely changes his dark areas in this project Sun City Poms, when this technique is applied in the right circumstances it can make a photograph, this is one of those times making the images soft and quite flat, almost like sports cards and complimenting the bright colours.

Little Boy: ‘The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture’

I have written before about ‘Little Boy’ an exhibition compiled by Takashi Murakami in which a number of artists explore how the Atmoic Bomb made Japan take on the role of a child, hence their Kawaii culture, obsessing over Hello Kitty and anything cute.

On reading the book I have managed to find the original quote which Mirukami suggests this…

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the American-made constitution prevented the nation from taking an aggressive stance… it cast Japan in the role of a “child” obliged to follow America’s “adult” guidance, and the nation willingly complied.

pp08 “Little Boy” by Takashi Murakami

 

Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott’s website doesn’t provide any information on his work or whats it about which is slightly annoying. However it does allow me to read his images without being positioned by the text. (It’s interesting how lost I feel without any information)

www.joshuascottphoto.com

Locker Notes

 

Locker notes is a very kitsche series, saturating us with colour and aesthetics, unrealistically portraying the contents of an American (we asume from the style of lockers) teenagers locker, but the over done use of objects and colour makes a comment on the mass consumption of popular culture and modern society.

 

Other Still Life

 

 

These pieces by Joshua Scott remind me of Andy Warhols work on marilyn. Representing the less pretty, more destructive side to celebrity and the ageing and death of icons which are considered modern day gods.

Andy Warhols reaction to Marilyn Monroe’s death

 

 

Brian Finke, square framing & medium format

For a while I have wanted to get back into shooting medium format film. I love the idea that I could produce stunning cosplay pieces in the future in medium format, the extra detail and rang it gives you is phenomenal and although I am a digital lover as my work starts to mature I feel the right move for me is into medium format film.

For the Photography for your ears Phonar task I looked at the Work of Brian Finke, a photographer who only shoots in medium format.

Briane Finke

 

Square framing has become a tabboo within “professional” photographers over the last few years, Instagram being the main reason. Most people now relate square framing with repetitive generic images and cliche filters. So I think now is a better time than any to use medium format and break away from the modern conventions associated with square framing.

Brian Finkes use of medium format compliments the conventions of square framing. Finke’s use of subject reflect on pop culture in America reinforces the reputation of a square that CD covers and Andy Warhol helped established. My cosplay work is about pop culture in Japan and medium format is something I want to use in the future with this, not only because of it’s detail as i mentioned before but also because of the square framing it inherits.

I also prefer the grain and depth of film and the chromogenic print, especially when viewed in a large scale, gallery environment.

 

 

 

Twitter goes #SOPA crazy

My twitter feed has been #SOPA crazy, so i thought why not blog some of these tweets, get a view from people who use the online world. Some posts are eye opening.

The Michael Moran tweet made me confused, until i found this…

This demonstrates how hard it would be to make sure every image you use was copyrighted, he couldn’t do it. On with the tweets…

Do not question Fry!!!!!

TED videos are always a great source at understanding things we cant get our head round. This video reveals all the weaknesses of SOPA & PIPA, the idea it was created before the internet just shows how irrelevant it is.

Taken from The Pirate Bay
INTERNETS, 18th of January 2012.
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would "do for the eye what the phonograph does for
the ear". He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the first to record video, he was also the first person
to own the copyright to a motion picture.

Because of Edisons patents for the motion pictures it was close to financially impossible to create motion pictures
in the North american east coast. The movie studios therefor relocated to California, and founded what we today call
Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent.
There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old stories and make movies out of them - like
Fantasia, one of Disneys biggest hits ever.

So, the whole basis of this industry, that today is screaming about losing control over immaterial rights, is that they
circumvented immaterial rights. They copied (or put in their terminology: "stole") other peoples creative works,
without paying for it. They did it in order to make a huge profit. Today, they're all successful and most of the
studios are on the Fortune 500 list of the richest companies in the world. Congratulations - it's all based on being
able to re-use other peoples creative works. And today they hold the rights to what other people create.
If you want to get something released, you have to abide to their rules. The ones they created after circumventing
other peoples rules.

The reason they are always complainting about "pirates" today is simple. We've done what they did. We circumvented the
rules they created and created our own. We crushed their monopoly by giving people something more efficient. We allow
people to have direct communication between eachother, circumventing the profitable middle man, that in some cases take
over 107% of the profits (yes, you pay to work for them).
It's all based on the fact that we're competition.
We've proven that their existance in their current form is no longer needed. We're just better than they are.

And the funny part is that our rules are very similar to the founding ideas of the USA. We fight for freedom of speech.
We see all people as equal. We believe that the public, not the elite, should rule the nation. We believe that laws
should be created to serve the public, not the rich corporations.

The Pirate Bay is truly an international community. The team is spread all over the globe - but we've stayed out of the
USA. We have Swedish roots and a swedish friend said this:
The word SOPA means "trash" in Swedish. The word PIPA means "a pipe" in Swedish. This is of course not a coincidence.
They want to make the internet inte a one way pipe, with them at the top, shoving trash through the pipe down to the
rest of us obedient consumers. 
The public opinion on this matter is clear. Ask anyone on the street and you'll learn that noone wants to be fed with
trash. Why the US government want the american people to be fed with trash is beyond our imagination but we hope that
you will stop them, before we all drown.

SOPA can't do anything to stop TPB. Worst case we'll change top level domain from our current .org to one of the
hundreds of other names that we already also use. In countries where TPB is blocked, China and Saudi Arabia springs to
mind, they block hundreds of our domain names. And did it work? Not really.
To fix the "problem of piracy" one should go to the source of the problem. The entertainment industry say they're
creating "culture" but what they really do is stuff like selling overpriced plushy dolls and making 11 year old girls
become anorexic. Either from working in the factories that creates the dolls for basically no salary or by watching
movies and tv shows that make them think that they're fat.

In the great Sid Meiers computer game Civilization you can build Wonders of the world. One of the most powerful ones
is Hollywood. With that you control all culture and media in the world. Rupert Murdoch was happy with MySpace and had
no problems with their own piracy until it failed. Now he's complainting that Google is the biggest source of piracy
in the world - because he's jealous. He wants to retain his mind control over people and clearly you'd get a more
honest view of things on Wikipedia and Google than on Fox News.

Some facts (years, dates) are probably wrong in this press release. The reason is that we can't access this information
when Wikipedia is blacked out. Because of pressure from our failing competitors. We're sorry for that.

THE PIRATE BAY, (K)2012

Wikipedia Blackout

Wikipedia’s blackout protest home page 18/1/2012. If you visited wikipedia on the 18th wou will recognise this page. The quickly becoming iconic page which is gaining awareness about the legislation being processed in America.

And today you can see Wikipedias thank you page today…

I personally feel really scared by the fact that my freedom of speech will be taking away. All my work and effort on my blog could be taken away because i didn’t spend hours finding the copyright on images, we have all taken photos of google images, this law if passed will radically change the internet and how we use it. Government are trying to get control of the one thing they have no control over.

I feel this subject is starting to go off digital rest. But i really want to do it, its exciting a current an will allow me to learn more about the internet. I will keep researching this legislation and the try and recreate the link to digital rest.

David LaChapelle ‘American Jesus’

American Jesus is a series entitled by LaChapelle in relation to  Walt Witman’s Poetry, in the one versions introduction chapter to ‘leaves of grass’ there is a reference to him as the American Jesus, because he didn’t see the body as sinful thing and he found god in nature, as LaChapelle explains in this video interview. In this series LaChapelle explore religion and modern day, Sets of images like ‘Jesus is my home boy’ play on the well know phrase used as a joke, the images bring biblical scenarios and imagery together with modern day culture, creating Pop Art out of the Christian Faith. Some people have strong opinions about this, (you can read Elisabeth Kay’s review here on artnet.com which expresses a negative response) they believe it is sacrilegious and sexualising religion, I see it as a unique insight, all the references are correct and are realistic as a modern day scenario. The Images with michael Jackson Caused the most controversy, they were realised after his death and picture him as a martyr.

‘Anointing’ 2003
‘last supper’ 2003
‘hold me, carry me boldly’

Video explaining the Michael Jackson Images…
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‘Awakened Jesse’ 2003
‘The deluge’
‘Pieta with Courtney Love’

 Video explaining courtney love shoot…