These guys do some nice works. It really inspires me for my first project for uni. Here’s some examples of what they do:
We had a great opportunity to look deeper into magazines and their anatomy today. Magazines industry is really interesting once you start to understand how it work. There’s so many different and really interesting magazines I found in the journal section in library, but probably the best one I’ve found was “Foam”. I will definitely have to put my fingertips on it again!
In the afternoon we had a grid workshop and we were designing the articles using grid. That’s my experiments:
- Theo Gosselin
O.K! Let’s start from one of my most favourite photographers ever – Theo Gosselin! His work is just perfect! OK we can move on to another one.
There’s just so much to say about Theos work, that I don’t even know where to start from, even though I want to keep it short and clear.
He is one of those people who has changed my point of view and gave me ideas and inspired to experiment more. Most of his photographs has been taken in the nature or just people he was taking pictures of rooms. His work just breathes freedom and happiness. I don’t know about you, but for me his work is like Woodstock: you can see in the pictures, but you can’t experience it. I adore the main colours in his pictures also, ‘couse it makes scenarios look much older than they actually are. His work is just full of love, freedom, happiness, youth and beauty. It just can’t be any more perfect!
2. Robert Frank
Totally opposite from Theo is Robert Frank and his work. His work is black and grey and really depressing looking, even though it has some kind of charm! It kind of represents the period of time he was living at and the emotions people there living back then. I think Robert is a really good documentary photographer, but I prefer work that gives me good emotions. It is way to conservative for me, as a young generation person.
3. Eugene Meatyard
Eugenes work is so weird and different, that is just so brilliant! I like weird things also. 🙂 His work is really unique, because most of the time he includes interesting looking masks on people’s faces. Also he uses lots of silhouettes and shadows, old toys, weird-looking clothing etc. that makes photographs look mysterious and scary. I have never saw such a good horror photography before. So good I’ve found it!
4. Michael Lundgren
I find Michaels work really disturbing. Majority of his photos show dead animals he found when he was traveling. Even though he takes a lot of pictures of the landscape, they somehow doesn’t look as pleasing as they should do. Also he uses a really high contrast so all of his pictures looks more dramatic than they actually are.
5. Thomas Joshua Cooper
A great landscape photographer! I like how Thomas uses dark and grey colors and high contrast to show more drama in his work. Also, he mainly photographs mountains and water, but in every picture each of them look so different. Using camera he shows the characteristics of each thing. Also I like the way he uses shutter speed while taking pictures of running water. It gives his pictures more of the ‘flow’ feeling.
6. Nicholas Nixon
Another black and grey photography artist is Nicholas Nixon. The difference from T. J. Cooper is that Nixon is documenting portraits. I really like his photographs he took of the same sisters during years. It is really interesting to see how they have changed. Also majority of his work is family relating, that I found really interesting.
7. John Coplans
Such a great abstract photography artist. The way he documents humans body is not really common. People usually don’t see bodies in the way J. Coplans records it. He mainly chooses to record old men bodies that usually doesn’t look really esthetic, but the way Coplans presents it makes them look beautiful and really interesting in the same way. After scrolling through his pictures I had a deeper thought about human bodies, and in the end however it would look like, I still found it beautiful. It just depends in which way it has been presented.
8. Lucas Samaras
What a creepy and stunning work! I like the way Lucas is using different kind of layers, that don’t usually go well together and montages a really interesting and kind of messy, but in the organized way, pictures. It is interesting how he makes such a mysterious and kind of disturbing pictures!
9. Philippe Halsman
What a legend! I have never heard his name, but I know most of the pictures he took! Probably because he took so many good pictures of S. Dali, M.Monroe, M. Ali, A. Einstein etc.. I think the most interesting thing about this photographer is the way he organizes scenarios for the models while he’s taking pictures. Each of them are different and really challenging.
10. Annie Leibovitz
I have always really respected this woman, since I get to know more about photography. I think she’s like Philippe Halsman, but ten times better. It is not just because she’s well know, because she’s a celebrity photographer, but the way she captures emotions is just brilliant. Each of her photographs has a really interesting and different scenario from each other. Also I like that she’s not sticking only with black and grey, but also she experiments a lot with the colors.
We’ve started a day from a boring introduction to cameras and photography. There’s not much to tell about it… Followed by a game: we were making stories, not knowing what about. That’s mine:
“Muscular Jacob and beautiful Alexis met in the cathedral, he was wearing skirt and she was wearing lingerie. He said: “the music’s loud and awesome”, she said: “your turtle escaped”. They’ve started to dance. Ohhhh how lovely!”
After this we’ve played a bit with cameras and finished our lecture.
In between screen printing and photography core rotations we ha a bit of the break with one day game – we’ve been drawing 100 things, in 1.5 min each. Some of them didn’t even make sence, but it made me think a bit more openly! Here’s some of the things we had to doodle:
And here’s few of my interpretations:
One of those days when it’s so hard to get out of the warm bed…. but I’m so happy I did and I went to Victoria and Albert museum to se exhibition called “You Said You Want A Revolution?”.
It has been probably a first time when I just didn’t want to leave it! There’s so much I’d like to say about it, but the best I guess is just to go there and experience it yourself.
After it I’ve went to the Design Museum, just because it was close to the V&A, but to be fair I left quite quickly, because it wasn’t that interesting. I guess I was still too emotional about the previous exhibition.
Whoop whoop! Such a great and interesting day! Time passed so quickly and in the end of the day I’ve still wanted to stay longer and print few more bits!
So we finally got to do all screen printing, from A to Z, ourselves. I’ve been working with Vivian and Urszula all day and we were and awesome team! 🙂
So we’ve started with preparation, that, to be fair takes longest. Luckily we’ve found a clean screen, so we’ve saved like a good half an hour, because we didn’t have to clean it. Straight away we’ve covered it with photo emulsion, dried ir, exposed it, washed it, dried it again and it was finally good to go!
We did quite a few experiments with different colours and different paper, that made it so interesting.
I’m happy with our results. Plus we had a good fun that day!
I definitely need to come back to screen printing studio soon and do some more prints, because the feeling when you see your work printed on the paper and when you do everything from beginning to the end, is great!
Screen print, love and rock’n’roll!
Stanley Donwood – a great painter, graphic designer, writer…. ummm.. And just an awesome artist! Stanley is mostly known as a sixth member in the band Radiohead, because he’s been designing album covers and posters for them since 1994.
In my opinion he’s such a good artist, who’s got his own, unique style, although some of his work looks really eclectic and different from each one.
Most of all I like his black and white screen prints. I really like the idea of how optically messy they are from a close distance, but they look great from far away.
Also, Stanleys art is really inspiring. I can’t wait to try some of his style layering myself!