banner painting on Flickr.
suzuka holga 3 on Flickr.
December always sees the release of Creative Review’s Photography Annual issue and with it some fantastic inspiration. The guys over at CR always do a great job of collating really interesting photography from the year. What makes it most refreshing is it is not just advertising and fashion work and instead features a varied selection of work including personal projects and work not published elsewhere.
One of the series that stood out for me, and was also awarded “best in book”, was James Newton’s work shooting the patterns created by fingerprints in the dirt on the doors of white vans.
There’s a consistent framing & composition of all of the shots which makes the patterns stand out when the work is viewed as a series.
James describes the inspiration behind the work as varied from the work of abstract expressionist paintings (like Cy Twombly - and i would imagine Jose Parla aswell) and also the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi which CR explain as “imperfection & the temporary nature of all things”, and i was always explained it as “the beauty of imperfection” by Japanese friends.
CR’s article on this work is subscription only i’m afraid.
However there is a great piece on his work on Francis Hodgson’s blog here.
Over the years i’ve bought a few bits of art and this year i was lucky enough to pick up the above painting. It’s by Sainer who paints with Betz as part of the Etam Cru and is one of my favourite ever purchases and hangs proudly in our living room. I only mention it as recently i read a brief interview where he spoke about explaining what his work was about and just said:
“I don’t like to explain my works, I think that they are so illustrative that everyone could interpret it by himself, I’m giving illustrations and titles. I like the fact that people who watching my works have chance to turn on their imagination and create their own stories about them”
I love both the sentiment and the honesty. I’ve been to many exhibitions where critics have interpreted works in a particular way and often wondered if that’s what the artists actually meant. I’ve also never really been able to explain why i take the shots i do and I liked the fact that actually it’s ok not to have all the explanations and to let people make of work what they will.
Yesterday i popped into the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, as ever there were some stunning shots.
The lengths that some of these photographers go to in order to get their shots in terms of time, effort and money (in different mixes) is quite amazing and inspirational. One photographer had spent 5 months in the Russian snow to get a single sighting of an endangered Tiger.
Check out more of the images here.
It’s also really interesting to see which images get selected and then which are deemed the winners. It highlights just how subjective judging these competitions is.
I figured it had been a while since i’d posted any “inspiration” posts and seeing as a little photo book i’d ordered landed on my doormat this morning i thought i’d write a little post about it.
Sold as a ‘zine, it’s a great little photo book. A collection of photos taken by artist and furniture maker Sean Woolsey as he travelled across the states. They’re a great collection of landscape shots, macros and lifestyle shots, taken on film and printed on a nice uncoated stock which really adds to the feel of quality.
The combination of style and print reminds me of the fashion photography for polar and howies of James Bowden (i’ll get writing about him some time too). If you’re in to travel photography of the rural kind then this is well worth a look.
They’re limited to just 150 copies. Pick up your copy here if there are any left.