Archive for November, 2010

Duane Michals

November 18, 2010

Duane Michals merges writing and photography into highly distinct and original bodies of work. Fed by literature, poetry, philosophy, film and art history, Michals moves between a melancholic gravity and a fanciful humor. Born in Pennsylvania in 1932, Michals settled in New York in the late 1950s. With no formal training, he recognized his artistic aptitude while touring the U.S.S.R. in 1958. By 1960 he was earning his living through commercial fashion and portraiture photography. His first exhibition was held at the Underground Gallery in 1963; and in 1970, his works were presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He continues to exhibit in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe.

I like in Duane Michals work how he adds text to each image, making a photograph to make sense and to add a feeling of what he wants to show, in with this text he uses poetry and thoughts. I am going to use text to tell stories to each of my photographs that I am going to capture but I am also thinking of using text with in the photograph but I will have to wait and see which one works better, but I do relly like how Duane sets his layout of the text to go well with the photograph.


250MC Research: Nigel Tomm

November 18, 2010

The photography of Nigel Tomm is rather captivating. Within his collection there are moments of ingenuity where the crumpled photograph is positioned cleverly with a live model.

I particularly enjoy this type of photography as it distorts the look of celebrities and unbelievably good looking models and brings them down to realistic level of beauty.
As the photographs are distrupted you can not see the real identity of these people as the distortion focuses on the human body. Nigel Tomm takes famous photographers photographs and makes them in to his on style as he corrupts the image giving it a totally different style to the original.Nigel Tomm creates the photographs by using a programme caled art installation.

250MC Research: Anni Leppälä

November 17, 2010

My interest towards photography is closely related to time in the past tense, to the possibility of being able to make a moment motionless, to make something stand still. That something has existed, and has now been set in static state. There is a certain aspect of lost moments and a feeling of letting go when looking at photographs. They exist at the intersection of the momentary and the constant, between the fleeting feeling of being alive and consciousness of the moments passing by.

In my pictures, attempts in recognising and lighting of obscure and vague movements, are made visible. I want to approach the momentariness of living through constancy. The paradox is that when you try to conserve or protect a moment by stopping it, by photographing it, you inevitably lose it at the same time. I am interested in exploring these contradictions and borderlines between things, how distance relates to closeness.

Symbolic meanings are essential in my works. I am interested in how the concrete surface of reality and photographs relate to metaphorical things that can be found underneath. I try to trace those kinds of occasions of seeing when words dissolve and scatter apart, objects and incidents intensify into symbolic language, silent information and intuitive interpretation. What fills the room behind the picture, allows one to step closer. Thoughts of incompleteness and insecurity are also important to my works.

Objects and spaces can occur to be like transparent routes between the inside and the outside, between the seen surface and unconscious content. Museums and miniature rooms become entrances to each other. Balance and its fragility, delicacy are present simultaneously.

How to stop a feeling, a memory? By binding it to visible objects, facades of material things, attaching it to a room´s walls, the surface of photographs. Like translucent skin with unforeseen memories beneath.

The photographs look emotional as the people that have been photographed are not captured looking straight in to the camera, there is a sense of lost, feeling of emotion and hurt. The time stops and the memorys go through the mind, you cant tell what these people are feeling but the way that there is no direct look to the camera, there is feel of sadness and it adds dullness to the feel of these photographs as these people look like they are lost in hurt.
The style of the photographs is similar to Jeff Sheng that I have shown in my research as he photographs people as they look away from the camera, you cant feel the emotion that they are feeling as you can not see their expression but you know they cant show their real identity because for some it is a hidden secret that they are gay, lesbian or bi sexual and they feel they cant let others know, as they look away to not showing their face you know there is hurt and emotion straight away, it makes the photograph feel very sad to me but it lets you want to find out more.

250MC Research: Petrina Hicks

November 17, 2010

I like in Petrina Hicks work how she has photographed these women beautifully, each of the photographs shows this porcelian look of skin but the way in which I think it would reflect my project as in each of the photographs Petrina hides the identity of the woman as he covers the face with a piece of material, all you can see is the body but not the real identity of this woman as she hides behind of the material.

250 MC Research: Erin and her transgender life

November 17, 2010

A documentary about what it’s like to be transgender. The documentary covers what it’s like to grow up in the wrong gender and eventually transition. It also discusses the youtube transgender community and how that has affected my life in a positive way.

I found after watching all of these videos it relates to my subject that I am photographing for my project as I will be telling the secret life of a crossdresser but this man hides it as a secret, he will be opening up to me on his past, the life that he has had. Erin relates with that as she opens up to feelings that he has felt, family problems and the life that he has had but his secret and the confession of his life he only likes to tell online when he produces his videos as he feels it is not something you can just tell people. From watching the videos I think that my project and the guy I will be photographing there will be alot more feelings than Erin has right now as I will be photographing a man that has felt the feeling he has wanted to be a woman for many many years, I think the stories he will tell me will be very emotional and upseting to hear, but I really want to know exactly what he has felt.

250MC Research: Rupaul’s Drag Race

November 17, 2010

RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, as the host, mentor and judge for season two of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Logo’s hit reality series which will be the ultimate in drag queen competitions.

The race is back with an all new season. The top 9 drag queens in the U.S. will vie for drag stardom as RuPaul, in full glamazon drag, will reign supreme in all judging and eliminations, while the debonair Mr. RuPaul will help guide the contestants as they prepare for each challenge. Contestants include the nation’s hottest most glamorous drag queens, including one voted in by you online!

Each week, joining RuPaul on the judges panel, are fashion journalist and best-selling author Merle Ginsberg and Project Runway breakout star and designer Santino Rice, plus a bevy of celebrity guest judges including: Bob Mackie (Designer), Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Lucy Lawless (actress), Maria Conchita Alonso (actress/singer), Robin Antin (creator of The Pussycat Dolls), Debra Wilson (Mad TV), Jenny Shimizu (model/actress), Tori Spelling (actress), Dean McDermott (actor), Howard Bragman (Author of “Where’s My Fifteen Minutes?”) and Frank Gatson (choreographer).

Each cast member must embody the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent that made RuPaul an international drag superstar. The judges will determine the bottom two contestants of the week. Those contestants then compete in a show-stopping battle-royal “lip-synch for your life” performance that will determine if they will “shante” and stay and who will “sashay” away until one is crowned America’s next Drag Queen Superstar!

This programme has now come to the UK and it really is an interesting programme to watch, the programme really documents each Drag Queen, it is showing the life of a Drag Queen on a new media level, showing it on the television in the UK to me makes others that have not seen Drag Queens a very new experience for them, they get to see the lives of the men, the men as they wished they were always a woman. Throughout the programme the men are very confident with in themeselves when in drag and not in drag but you really find out abouts these mens lives as they talk about the confession to familys, how they find it as they change their gender and they discuss their past, watching the programme tells you more about each of the Drag Queens intermatley as they are documented as they talk in confidence to each other but also it is telling the world, the feelings that are held in and how those feelings feel to each of them. This programme is also showing the older generation the change that is going on in the future, but the feelings that they talk about shows that these men are not to be judged, because they are just wanting what they have always dreamed to be.

250MC Research: Karim Sadli

November 16, 2010

Karim Sadli photographs a lot of the male gender, more gay men, he captures men with feeling of confidence as they are someone else they are not but in the Candy magazine the photographs below Karim Sadli has captured the men as they are look like men, not changing the models appearance to a female, keeping the model as a male gender in the fashion styles that are more likely to be worn by women adds character and makes the photograph look attractive, it makes you look in to the image more, the male figure in the fashion style photographs stands strong and poses strong with confidence.

250MC Research: Brett Lloyds book The Quieter Poster Boys

November 16, 2010

The book called The Quieter Poster Boys by Brett Lloyd I find the images have emotion holding in with in these boys in each photograph, the book captures 15 portrait images on the boys that is in the style of posters that would go on bedroom walls. Brett Lloyd got these contacts through the network myspace and met with each lad while travelling through Europe, each person he meets, each of the portrait photographs tell a storie as it documents the lads, he feels there is an instant connection and friendships have built from just capturing each of the guys. Capturing the guys as he documents each one in just one final portrait photograph, the look in their face looks so confident but also like there is a hidden feeling, a feeling of sadness from the expression each guy gives. Brett Lloyd says that each guy gave their soul in each photograph so basically they show all the feeling and all the emotion in each photograph.

I find that this book and the images do kind of link to my own project I will be doing as I will be going in to the subjects home, I have built a friendship with this person and the further shoot I tell a storie, the life of this person and the feelings this person has. When looking at these images it makes me feel like I would like to get to know these guys to know exactly the way in which they feel as each character shows a different look of emotion but they stand in confidence.

250 MC Research: Model Luke Worrall

November 16, 2010

I am adding Luke Worrall to my research as he was the main model for the Candy Magazine, he is a model that was discovered in London after coming from work as an electrician. He is well known for his fashion modelling, being a model for top brands in the fashion industry. Enough about Luke himself but I like how this model Luke he is straight and he took the courage to model for the magazine as a main model and he changed his gender for the public to see him as a woman, he never thought what others may think and he did it in respect for transgenders, using Luke as a model, a straight guy may take the fear away for some guys that do want to change their gender as he shows confidence in how he is modelling for each of the photograph, showing others to be confident in themeselves.

250 MC Research : Jeff Sheng

November 15, 2010

Jeff Sheng (born 1980, Santa Barbara, California) is a U.S. artist, activist and photographer based in Los Angeles. He teaches photography and Asian American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His artwork is represented by Kaycee Olsen Gallery in Los Angeles.

Sheng is most notable for his photographic series “Fearless”, which are portraits of athletes on high school and college sports teams who also openly identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. He began photographing the series in 2003, and in 2006, began exhibiting the work at colleges across the United States as part of, a self-made endeavor to widely exhibit these photographs in nontraditional art venues such as student centres and collegiate gymnasiums so that large groups of college students could see the activist project and think about the way misurany adversely affects society, particularly in sports.

From 2006-2009, “Fearless” was seen at over thirty colleges across the United States including Yale University, Columbia University, Rice University, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Florida, Indiana University, and Dartmouth College. In 2008, he had his first exhibitions located in high schools. In October 2008, the sports media network ESPN invited Sheng to exhibit “Fearless” at their headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, and in July 2009, Sheng had his first international solo exhibition of his work at the L.G.B.T. Human Rights Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. In October 2009, Sheng was awarded a grant by the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in British Columbia to expand the photographic series to include athletes from Canada, and “Fearless” will be exhibited at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Sheng’s other continuing art projects include “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and “Revolutions of Memory.”

In 2009, Sheng began photographing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, a series of portraits of undisclosed people still serving in the United States military who are affected by the controversial Don’t ask, don’t tell policy banning homosexual people from openly serving in the U.S. armed forces. In January 2010, Sheng published the first photography book on the issue, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Volume 1” coincidentally days before President Barack Obama gave the 2010 State of the Union Address.

“Revolutions of Memory” is a series of large panoramic digitally constructed images, that deal with history, identity, location and trauma. One of the pieces includes a forty foot wide by six feet high image, taken from the spot and vantage point where the misuranistic hate crime/murder victim Matthew Shepard was found on a fence post outside Laramie, Wyoming.

In August 2008, Sheng collaborated with former N.B.A. basket-ball player and fellow activist John Amaechi in Beijing, China during the 2008 Summer Olympics, on a blog in partnership with Amnesty International. Amaechi utilized Sheng’s knowledge of Mandarin and experience in Beijing to get behind the scenes in many situations and to gather candid interviews with local people and Olympic athletes.

In September 2009, Sheng created an award winning multi-national gallery tour entitled “Hipsters In The US of A”. This intriguing and thought provoking gallery provided insight into the phenomena of Hipster culture in America. Sheng has since been a guest lecturer at Boston College Law School on the topic of intellectual property law as it relates to photography.

Sheng attended Harvard University and studied under the mentorship of British photographer and Harvard professor Chris Killip in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department. “Thesis Album”, a small photo album consisting of sixty 4″ by 6″ photographs and half a page of writing, was his summa cum laude undergraduate thesis that Sheng submitted to Harvard in 2002 for his BA degree. In 2002 and 2003, Sheng interned for gallery owner and art collector Bill Hunt in New York City, and then briefly assisted for the celebrity/fashion photographer Greg Gorman in Los Angeles. In 2004, he photographed Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto for The New York Times Magazine’ for an in-depth article written by David J. Garrow about the struggle over the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and the United States.

While at first influenced by the snapshot technique of personal documentary portraiture found in the work of Nan Goldin, Sheng’s photography has been noted to have a “distinctively Los Angelean flair – think warm colors, sprays of light and blue skies – and an aesthetic that looks to find beauty in the intimate and personal.” Others have also compared his work to Richard Avedon and Bruce Weber, and more recently, August Sander and Rineke Dijkstra. In the credits for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Volume 1”, Sheng cites the influence of Larry Sultan and Josef Koudelka.

Sheng received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine in 2007. He was a recipient of a Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship in 2004 and a Paul and Daisy Soros New Americans Fellowship in 2005. He was also part of m LA 25, a group of L.A.-based young artists collected and curated by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Jeff Sheng’s work really interests me, all his images that I enjoy are from when he photographs the genders, he really shows emotion in to each photograph from the way in which the people have been photographed, the lighting that has been used to photograph capture the people, also it makes you wonder more about the photograph as some of the people look away as they do not want to be indentified in the photographs, from the job they do they don’t want others to know. This hidden emotion makes each photograph more interesting to look at as you never know the interesting way in which the person has been photographed or whether they desire their identity to be shown for the world to see, the way in which they say how they feels adds more of an attraction to the photograph. It does make me sad looking at the photographs though, because these people should be who they way to be and not be judged by others.