Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tim Flach: Equus or the Beauty of the Horse

The last two posts have been focused on the horsemen of the Americas, but not enough has been said about the horses themselves. Portrait photographer Tim Flach is no stranger to photographing pets and animals, but in his series Equus, he not only captures images of different breed and colors of these domesticated mounts, he shows the beauty of the horse in all its wild and noble ways.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Old West as presented by The Detroit Photographic Co.

The previous post was a reminder of what an amazing and diverse culture the Horsemen of the Americas have. Through Luis Fabini's photographs, the whole world is reminded of the vanishing ways of the Old West. But is it just now that these traditional practices are in danger of being lost? Well, thanks to the early color prints of the Detroit Photographic Company, you can see for yourself just how different (or similar) the cowboys of a hundred years ago are to those of today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Luis Fabini: Horsemen of the Americas

Over the weekend, photographer Luis Fabini contacted me to share a new video he made celebrating the Horsemen of the Americas. Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with his name as he was featured a few months ago over here with his evocative photographs of cowboys, llaneros, vaqueiros and gauchos from all over North and South America.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Salvador Dali Walking His Anteater

Not much going on today, so here's a picture of surreal painter Salvador Dalí walking his anteater in Paris, 1969. Your argument is now invalid. The photographer is unknown, but there's more information on the image over here. Check out the high flying stunts of Dalí over here.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Natsumi Hayashi: The Girl Who Leapt Through Tokyo

Fifty years since Philippe Halsman's Jumpology, one might ask "What is the present state of the photographic jump shot?" Across the Atlantic from where Halsman made his jump photograph, the Levitating Girl shows that the next stage isn't just jumping, but floating in mid-air. Natsumi Hayashi, the girl who leapt through Tokyo, shows the rest of the world how jump shots are supposed to be done.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Philippe Halsman: Just Jump!

If you happen to be a bride or groom at a wedding, chances are that your photographer will try to take a "jump shot", for lack of a better term. This has been a popular wedding shot for a while now, but who started it all? And why bother with jumping in the first place? To find the answers, you'll have to travel back almost 50 years ago when portrait photographer Philippe Halsman captured Hollywood stars and A-listers in mid-air for his series, Jumpology.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ansel Adams: A Different Kind Of Landscape

Landscape photography hasn't been as prominent on this blog as portraiture or photojournalism, so it's time to remedy that with a post that's worth a dozen other posts on the subject. With a requirement like that, it should be fitting to feature someone who has made the landscape photography field what it is today. The only way then would be to present the man who made mountains and valleys look like an altogether different kind of landscape with his black-and-white images, photographer Ansel Adams.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dan Winters: A Different Kind Of Portrait

Modern portrait photography is as diverse as the number of professionals in the field, from the fantastical and ultra modern fashion photographs of Nick Knight to the stark and striking close-ups of Platon to the lavish movie-set production images of Annie Leibovitz. Creating a different kind of portrait look in this day can be a daunting task, but Dan Winters has managed to do that, and then some.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nick Knight: A Different Kind Of Fashion

Fashion photography has grown in leaps and bounds ever since photography itself was invented. The field really took off when the likes of Edward Steichen added more flavor in 1930s, and then later on with the creativity of Richard Avedon in the 1970s. Today's images would look more or less the same if it weren't for the different kind of fashion photography created by Nick Knight.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Celebrity Mash-ups: Iconatomy by George Chamoun

Is beauty subjective? Is it timeless? Within the last 100 years, the ideal beauty has changed when it comes to fashion and physical desirability, but does that mean someone from 20, 30 or 50 years ago wouldn't be able to appreciate the celebrities of today? With artist George Chamoun's Iconatomy, the answer is presented in a simple yet beautiful celebrity mash-up.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Damien Blottière: The Face As Template

Most of the feedback on the previous post leaned towards the creepier side of Ken Kitano's merged portraits, maybe due to the shadowy figures or the somewhat unsettling expression. If you're not comfortable with the idea of the human face being used as a template, then stop reading. If the idea intrigues you however, this post might make you sit up and think. While Kitano simply blurred his subjects into one portrait, fashion photographer Damien Blottière focuses on only one subject, but draws on different angles to create a multi-faceted view of the portrait.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ken Kitano: The Face Of Every Man

Last week's focus on outer space raised many questions with regards to the future of space exploration, but does anybody wonder what extraterrestrials think about Earth? How would humans look like to another species? Would faces and nations be distinct from one another, or would every face from every man look the same? Ken Kitano, takes an interesting approach to this question through his project "Our Face".

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Outerland: Outer Spaces On Earth

This week has seen an eerie image of a human face in outer space, and a not so eerie image of human face in not so outer space. This post is something in between; the images might be mistaken for the surface of the Moon or that of Mars or some other surface in outer space. In actuality, they were all taken of this very Earth. This is the Outerland as imagined by photographer Allison Davies.