Tokyo Special 2/10 – Sakura by phantastic420

For every day I spent in the greatest city last year I will be writing a post on either a Tokyo based photographer or a series set in the metropolis. An ode to the city.

This is part 2 – Sakura by phantastic420 – Exactly one year ago I had just woken up in Shibuya, ready to take on Tokyo. The smell of Sakura wafted through the city streets and in through my hotel window, it’s a smell that will forever remind me the great city.

phantastic420‘s instagram feed is one of my favourites, abundant with beauty and colour – every day allowing us to escape to the nature of Japan, travelling through the seasons and weather from snow to sunshine. Make sure to follow! 

Phantastic420 on Instagram

Phantastic420 is an Instagramer based in Shizuoka Pref, Japan. With images focused on Japanese scenery around the Mount Fuji area. A lot of the shots are taken at night and I am particularly interested in the reent uploads of the Sakura in Japan which I will be around soon. I love the lighting and colours in the images, it’s making me second guess my time of shooting. In Coventry the images were coming out too dark even at twilight but i think there are so many City lights in Tokyo I might be better off shooting at night and choosing well lit areas. This is something I will have to experiment with on my digital camera whilst i’m there.

You can see Phantastic420’s instagram feed here.

All images ©Phantastic420

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Christine Carrelo – Flowers

When I think about Flowers within photography I find no inspiration  it’s been done 100 times before in the same way and will continue to be done by everyone.

However with my Journey to school project I hope to break this assumption in my head, I am trying to depict my primary school journey through the flowers I interacted with on my way. As a young girl I was fascinated with flowers, like most little girls, however myself and my best friend having names of flowers has followed me around forever. On my confirmation the Vicar spoke of how having the name of a flower was a blessing because I will always follow the sun, and on my 18th birthday I had 2 flowers tattooed onto my body to represent a friendship. This journey concerning flowers started from the age of 4 when I used to walk to school with Rosie, I passed the falling plants I called “fairy wings”, the primroses which I chose as my cats name at age 4 and the Roses and Daisies which symbolise not only a childhood friendship but a life long connection.

Christine Carrelo

Christine Carrelo is a photographer that I have found that photographs flowers in a way I have never seen before. Her work is helping to break that assumption in my head that all flowers photography is the same.

   

http://www.christinecarrelo.co.uk/art_photography_gallery.htm

More of Peter Lippmans work

so to gather a better knowledge of Lippmann’s intentions in his advertising work and strong fine art influence i thought its probably best to look at all of his work to see wether paintings are an influence that is restricted to his work for Louboutin or not.

Personal Work

    

  

I can’t help but to think of Edward Weston When i see these images, partly because he’s one of the only floral photographers i’ve seen but because of the concentration on tone, texture and shape which give these and Westons image depth and beauty.

A combination of the Angle, colours and lighting makes me think that Lippmann may have been making a reference between the cigarette and pollution.

More Comercial Work

-CARTIER ART MAGAZINE – when i think of what influences this series had, one word comes to mind, surrealism, wether it be Mc Escher’s reflections, Salvador Dali’s melting clocks or Alice in wonderland, there is no doubt these images are surreal and show how yet again Lippmann has taken a strong influence from fine art.

Landscapes

Wether it was on purpose or not, these landscapes reflect the textures and movements of Romanticism. I’m not sure if Lippmanns usage of art is conscious or not, or wether i am being selective in the way i think, and applying my love for painting onto his images, but either way Lippmann is using conventions of different art movements very well.

People

After Looking at so much of Lippmann’s work i cannot help but fall in love with his work and approach more. He literally photographs what he wants, he openly photographs what he loves and doesn’t try to overuse a specific lighting technique or colour code to create an individual iconic look that so many photographers crave ownership of. It’s a breath of fresh air to find a successful photographer who you can tell just through there images they live and breathe, and love making images, his work is not limited because he has to specify one area, or because one piece might look completely different to the last. Peter Lippmann has become a massive inspiration to me over the last few days and i’m sure he will continue too over my career.