Saturday, November 29, 2008

15 for Week of November 24

Nick Brandt

Nick Veasey

10 Classical Paintings

Eugene Delacroix "Liberty Leading the People" 1830

Raphael "St George and the Dragon" 1506

Giuseppe Arcimboldo "Vertumnus"

"Summer" Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1573

"Medusa" Caravaggio 1598

"Hunters in the Snow" Peiter Brueghel 1556

"Birth of Venus" Botecelli 1485

"Children's Games" Peiter Brueghel 1560

"The Three Ages of Man" Han Baldung 1539

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mapping: Cemetery

Maintenance of Decay and Decay of Maintenance

Cemeteries are a means by which we attempt to reserve and eternalize a natural process of decay. Our bodies, which should normally dissolve back into the nondescript, are forever marked and live on in the form of headstones and rock art. These images, photographed at the Oberlin Cemetery, take this tradition and map what happens when this maintenance itself begins to fall apart. Documenting the displaced headstones and decrepit maintenance houses, these images attempt to maps the intermingling of two contradicting processes.


Persona: A Rural life

A Rural Life

Much of my vision of the future, for both myself and greater society, is centered around a more rural and agrarian lifestyle. I embrace this future and look forward to its challenges and rewards very much. While I foresee a difficult process of transition and much hard toil, I also anticipate a beneficial return to the land. Through our modern consumerist culture we have become disconnected with the land and each other. As we are forced to live more locally and simply we have the opportunity rebuild and relearn what it is to be a part of a community and the land.

Shooting this project with my dad became a very personal process and in the end, the images are mostly for ourselves. Unavoidably, they explore our father-son relationship and our relationship as peers, while exhibiting the hope, hard work, and strength in family and community that I believe a return to the land can bring.


Emulation: Fontcuberta

These photographs attempt to emulate Joan Fontcuberta’s “Herbarium” and “Historia Artificial” works (1982-85). Fontcuberta is interested in testing our assumptions of photography as an objective medium that captures the world as it is. With humor and trickery he creates a fantastic world of fictional specimens that make us question what we see, know, and believe. Fontcuberta draws strongly from his German predecessor Carlo Blossfeldt, highlighting the beauty of the natural word, while using the formal setting to emphasizing the “objectiveness” and scientific aspects of the photography.
I closely followed Fontcuberta’s example of attempting to create believable work from the construction of the specimens to the destruction of the prints to make them appear truly documented in another time. All specimens are hybrids of two or more elements, mostly plant based. Photographs were taken in open shade in front of white paper and prints were toned with coffee.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

15 for Week November 17

Bernhard Quade

David S. Allee

Floraine de Lassee

Karel Fonteyne