GTGan’s ‘In the mood for love’

Howdy, it’s been a while…

Let’s re-start this blogging journey with a stunning 2011 series by GTGan for Harper’s Bazaar magazine Singapore called ‘In the mood for love’.

This is a typical superficial series to me, the kind that doesn’t say much about anything but it simply too beautiful to care. The first image in particular is stunning, bright colours and meticulous lighting create a Sin City meets the Simpsons vibe, a weird but undeniably wonderful combination.

‘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.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jee Young Lee (Korea)

Korean photographer Jee Young Lee is the ultimate artisan – using her small studio space she spends weeks at a time coming up with concepts, creating props, putting the scenery together and making photos. Her inspiration comes from Korean Fables and events in her own life.

The outcome are these beautifully haunting images which are not just aesthetically pleasing on the surface – they must be very special to Jee Young Lee who spends weeks on end spent immersed in/ creating one idea within a small intricate space which must then be taken down to make room for the next concept. The process of creating and replacing adds a depth and respect to the artist and her images.

Jee Young Lee fulfills my ultimate ideal – locking myself away in a room creating and experimenting.
Read more about her work here: www.opiomgallery.com

Susanna Majuri

Inspired by the hyper-reality themes in Adam Hinton’s ‘Lovin’ it’ I came across the work of Finish Susanna Majuri. In her bio Majuri says “I throw myself into a fictive reality in the shootings.” and “I want to narrate feelings like in novels.”. Albeit Majuri is speaking of different novels to the ones I have been reading, but her inspiration from literature and aspiration of fictional reality is the same as mine. What also strikes me within Majuri’s work is the openness of the images. They are not forcing ideas upon us but once we dig past the beautiful aesthetics her work makes comments on nature, beauty and human ability.

In this video Susanna Majuri talks through some of her images and her use of water.

Petros Chrisostomou

”My work is multi faceted, and is inspired by my perception of reality through mediated modes of communication. It is also much to do with ones reading of scale, as well as idealistic, and comments on class and taste also. I am interested in simulacra and make large free standing sculptures that physically exist in the real world as well as fabricated miniature constructs (or still lives) that I photograph to assume an alternate reality, these mirror the physical works that I make to form a circulatory dialogue between fact and fiction”.

www.petrosc.com

Larry Carlson

I have blogged about Larry Carlson so many times before, but he is so relevant to these sets of images I can’t resist doing it again.

Larry Carlson is a Digital Artist who uses photomontage, videos and web art to take us to his digital wonderland. Using psychedelic colours and shapes Carlsons work is visually stimulation and completely original. Not much more can be said to do justice to his work, so take a look for yourself and enjoy.

Carlson also does non-digital work which you can see on his website.

Pierre et Gilles: Directors :)

As well as photographers Pierre et Gilles ventured into the world of video, their style was wanted by artists for music videos.

Lamur – Tu Es Foutu

 Marc Almond – A Lover Spurned
 

“It’s hard to think of contemporary culture without the influence of Pierre et Gilles, from advertising to fashion photography, music video, and film. This is truly global art.” – Jeff Koons.

Pierre et Gilles handmake all their sets and edit the images themselves, it is very much their style which has made them iconic especially in the gay community. Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard are life-partners, both love art and use their skills to create what they assume to be the ultimate beauty, bright contrasting colours and strong use of glitter reflect there love for beauty.

“Pierre photographs the model and Gilles painstakingly retouches and hand-colors the print, highlighting each detail to create a vivid and colorful world of aesthetic perfection as dreamed up by the artists.” – taken from coolhunting.com

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.