‘Color Games’ by Julius Lse

Julius Lse‘s series ‘Color Games’ is a triptych of colour and contrast, combining paint, light and the camera to create these surreal deadpan portraits. Very creative and beautiful.

Airbrush: Heiko Weiß
Models: Anni Fast/ Micky Kurz/ Franziska Hiltl

See more here.

Exactitude

Exactitude is a collection of work from Photographer Ari Versluis and stylist Ellie Uyttenbroek which portrays the inhabitants of key sub cultures within Rotterdam & other cities over the last 16 years.

www.exactitudes.com

Gabberbitches – Rotterdam 1996

The pairs presentation of their subjects makes us feel as though this is almost a scientific observation, the same styling, poses and colours are used to not only make us notice the profound similarities but also the minute differences.

Every individual is profoundly different yet so similar, especially when you are first presented with the project online. It’s like getting a mass overload of information, and whilst this project does explore sub cultures I feel as though it’s more about the subjects image in relation to others than the individuals story and personal relationship with their culture. An amazing project non the less.

A screen shot form the website

Anime and Manga fan culture

I’ve always been fascinated by specific characters within Anime and Manga, as a fan of Japanese pop culture (or as wikipedia would call me a Japanophile) I spend hours searching for wallpapers, quotes, clothing and anything else Anime based that isn’t actually the Anime. I often know about an Anime through a character first, for example, I know of Vocaloid even though I have never watched it, yet I know Miku Hatsune by name and sight, and that she has become a world renowned pop start, having just done her first tour in the US (bearing in mind she is an Anime character, and not real) If you are interested to see what I mean watch this video.

The difference between Japanese pop culture and Western pop culture is the relationship between consumerism and art. In the west artists like Andy Warhol and Banksy take consumerism and turn it into art. But Japanese artists like Takashi Murakami use art and turn it into consumerism.

Andy Warhol – Consumerism products -> His art

 

Takashi Murakami – His art -> Consumerism products

 

This is something which makes most Manga a form of Transmedia. A project starts out as a drawing it then becomes an anime, then a plushie, then a costume, then trading cards and so it goes on. I am yet to find a Manga that isn’t an Anime or vice versa.

What would be interesting to explore is the multiple platforms used by Japanese Anime and Manga.

I started a project a while ago which has been out of my mind for a couple of weeks. I wanted to create Anime characters without creating the Anime. Cutting out what people expect to be the original source and going straight to the other platforms. However I was limited to photography, as this is my skill set. If I collaborated with artists to create the characters, actors to create the voices, musicians to create the theme song this could be a really interesting project.

I had a go at attempting a character  a while ago, he was called bird, but I left it as it was underdeveloped and I didn’t have time to give the character life. One thing this project will help me with is not trying to do everything alone, let other people in and work with them to make the project better.

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In brief terms it’s creating the fan base without having the ‘typical’ origin. I could create cosplay images of people impersonating the fictional characters, and other people could use their skills to create art relevant to that, and we would all work as a collaboration. As a team we could come up with a story line which always lingers but is never written down, a brand, colours and the rest of the products.

Thinking about transmedia

Although my theme for my final piece is becoming more clear, how I engage with my audience and community isn’t something I’ve begun to consider, but I need to ASAP. The importance of involving people in your work is not just at the end, but through your whole project, creating a journey for them to go on with you. I wanted to brain storm the way I could do this, and then focus down my research area and come up with a serious project I can begin and evolve over the next 8 weeks.

Voting – Poll’s
Creating online discussions around the world
Making a specific brand
Video diary – allow people to see your flaws and creates a more human approach
Collaborating with other fans who either write, paint, draw, create music, photograph, make clothes etc.

I want to try and think of a project I can combine as many of these thing if not all of them. Collaborating is the one that most interests me, I would love to collaborate with a different Genre Practitioner to create a transmedia project. Once I have found people to collaborate with it would be really good to do these things together. Each to a video diary which we post to each other or record skype sessions.

I think my net move is going to be to focus my theme for the project down and then begin researching people who work in this area that inspire me so much I would love to work with them.

Bird.

For a while i’ve been wanting to do a series on my own characters. 2 years ago i did a portrait project based on peter pan, I enjoyed making it so much and since then have had this idea in my head. I want to produce some fantasy images of my own, with characters I have made stories for and designed.

There are 2 ways I want to photograph the characters. firstly standing in the studio, placing a super hero in a studio, no poses, I want to see how this will turn out. Also I want to do a fully context shot, use the features of a comic/manga to produce a frame from a the characters comic book.

The first character I thought about was Bird. An androgynous character whos look is a cross between shiro form deadman wonderland and Casshern.

The name Bird is taken from Peter Pan, Bird is my interpretation of the never bird.

 

I haven’t developed much of a story for bird yet, but this will be a long time running project so i don’t need to rush that aspect. As for now, this is what I have…

We Heart It

We Heart It is a great research site, it’s basically a place you can heart any image from any website, the problem with it is, most images are hearted on tumblr which makes it hard to trace the original creator, so these images are the ones i found when searching kaleidoscope on We Heart It.

These images are really inspiring, and i’m guessing that most of them were made with a kaleidoscope filter on the camera, this is something i thought about but I don’t want to distract from the garment itself and make the image too arty.

Ego books and posters

Nicolas Cazagou has taken Facebook, our public diary format and put it back into traditional book form. EgoBook is a Facebook app that makes you facebook into a year book style paperback.

This then progressed into EgoPoster’s much like the collage style twitter portrait i posted about before, but it creates you profile picture out of images from your facebook.

Kunst Buzz: Twitter Portrait

Kunst Buzz (Art Buzz in english) are a Netherlands based company who convert Twitter profile pictures into art pieces. They take your twitter feed and you profile pictures to create huge portraits like these, which you can buy…

Anyone can have a go by going to this site Kunst Buzz they also now offer the same service for facebook portraits too. You can read and interview with the CEO of Kunst Buzz here.