Izima Kaoru

Izima Kaoru is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo, his ‘Landscape with a corpse’ series which spread over 13 years explores themes of death and beauty via depicting the fantasies and fears actresses and models have about death and then bringing that situation to a photograph. What makes the images so powerful is the juxtaposition between these beautiful women, their perfect appearances and the unusual surroundings.

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Kaoru discusses how fear of death is one thing we all have in common and is a fear that he has too. His work is a visual exploration into this fear. What’s interesting is that in exploring death and subsequently religion Kaoru was unsatisfied with what the world had to offer, so turned to nature and produced the series ‘one sun’.

After fifteen years of exploring the macabre in his ongoing series Landscapes with a Corpse, Izima Kaoru looked to spirituality to ease his fear of death. Dissatisfied with what organized religion had to offer, he found his comfort in the natural world. The sun and its constancy in our existence proved to be his solace and inspiration.
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‘One sun’ is a beautiful series, however ‘Landscape with a Corpse’ is more relevant to my project. By taking elements of reality and fantasies Kaoru creates a character and places them in a relatable scene, then positions the character so they resemble a corpse. This is something I need to start thinking about, I am always talking about how I will show consumerism as a poison so how will I do this? Without being cliche?

Here are some more images from Kaoru’s ‘Landscape with a corpse’ series.

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Brad Fulton: Science Fiction

A graduate of USC Film, brad fulton is concerned with creating atmospheric and memorable images within a single frame. brad fulton’s concept of “single frame cinema” first began as a personal challenge numerous years ago in order to incorporate the emotional and atmospheric depth found in a cinematic masterpiece within the photographic frame lines of his leica camera. over the years this obsession has been responsible for creating countless images forever branded on the brain of modern culture by avenue of numerous advertisements, imaging campaigns, and most recently in KILL YOURSELF – a 180 page book of brad’s iconic images.

 http://bradsamuelfulton.com/

On searching fiction photography I came across Brad Fulton. Who openly expresses his want to tell a fictional story within one image. I was particularly drawn to his science-fiction series as his love and understanding of sci-fi comes through. I really want to learn more about them, and about how he tackles telling a story with one image. Creating an alternate reality through photography/

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©Brad Fulton
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©Brad Fulton

I am going to contact Brian via email and explain my intentions and ask for his advice.

Document my Journey to school…

I wanted to talk a bit about the lighting before you see the pictures. I made a conscious decision to have more faith in my abilities and set up the lighting prior to taking any photos. I knew I wanted a soft light because it would compliment the fold in the paper well, for this reason I used my bed side tabled lamp. Fearing it would still be to aggressive on the delicate and intricate origami I decided I would reflect the light onto the paper by using a mirror. All set up and I was ready to go, and to my delight the lighting turned out just how I imagined it, strong enough to create interesting shadows and make the origami have depth, whilst not being so harsh the images become agressive.

Time for the images…

Origami Me

This project looks at my journey to where I am now in my school life. My last year. I have always loved being in the education system, this series is a visual story of how school and university has helped me to grow and become more confident. Daisy.

At the current point in my education this is where I am. A nearly fully bloomed flowers. Hoping the next year will push me to become this…

Photographer Hal – Flesh Love

Photographer Hal‘s series ‘Couple Jame’ & ‘Flesh Love’ both explore relationships and love in very unique and unusual ways. 

He writes that his work is a comment on relationships and love, exploring intimacy. Whilst this is obviously true there has to be something else to explain why they are shrink wrapped together in ‘Flesh Love’ and why did this seem like the natural progression from the bath tubs used in ‘Couple Jam’?

Couple Jam (2009)

Flesh Love (2011)

The harsh light and reflective plastic in ‘Flesh Love’ remind me of strange exotic meats you see in the markets. The lack of context plays on the viewer’s sense of proportion, we know these are real humans, but we almost feel as though we could pick them up off a shelf and take them home. Is this a comment on how love is commercialised? How two people become one mushed up person? Or something completely different, I guess it has a different meaning for everyone (which is one of the best things about a good photo series).

When I see a couple of interest I will begin to negotiate. I’m sure that many people initially think of my proposal as unusual or even look through me like I am completely invisible, but I always push forward with my challenge to them. The models appear from all walks of life and individually have included musicians, dancers, strippers, laborers, restaurant and bar managers, photographers, businessmen and women, unsettled and unemployed.
– Photographer Hal

You can see all of Photographer Hals work here.

polaroids

I recently acquired a polaroid camera, and since i have got it, I have wanted to produce a polaroid series. However I don’t want to do the hipster thing and use it to document how “awesome” my life is.

This polaroid camera got put to the back of my mind until today, when I found 10 polaroid sheets for 1.50. I saw this as a sign, I must do this project.

But what do i photograph? what series of images would benefit the effects of a polaroid camera?

For a while in my head I have though about a series which I have yet to name, this is a series of people in wigs, I want to produce close up images of people in wigs that make them anonymous. When I went to my first Anime Con it fascinated me how normal everyone was under their costumes, most had office jobs and brown hair, this was their escape and hobby. in my mind i picture 10 polaroids, each with a different person wearing one of their wigs, but all thats in the frame is the hair that might have been missed when putting on the wig. No identity or context just a hair line which is being desperately hidden by the wig.

The reason I want to take these images on polaroid is because its disposable, just like their identities they consume at the weekend.

Lets begin the nameless series…

Re-think, let’s begin the series called…

Weekend Heroes

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Joseph Ford

Surrealist Photographer Joseph Ford‘s work takes iconic games consoles and transforms them into real life building structures. This pieces are ridiculously clever, I just wish the series was longer because they are so good. The structures at first seem to be quite normal and then you click that they are game consoles.

Dead End Thrills

Whilst researching digital gaming photographers I came across the work of Duncan Harris AKA Dead End Thrills. Duncan Harris uses real life photography skills in the digital world. He uses his hacking skills to take away users and characters in games. His work is beautiful and he is definitely the leading digital gaming photographer. These are some of his images, as you can see they are beautiful and capture the beauty of the digital world.

Peter Lippman

Lippmans campaign for  Christian Louboutin caught my eye when researching still life photography, he obviously has influence from 17th Century fine art. Perhaps this was just for this campaign, to make the shoes seem like works of art. Objects like skulls and quills wich are common in Pieter Claesz work help to anchor this association between art and high society and the shoes. This si a good way to show an object which is close to you. Glorifying it’s meaning.

texture and colour are all huge pieces of his work, it’s obvious that nothing is a mistake, creating work in this style would help with my pre-visualisation technique.