Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Surrealism: Beauty Convulsed.

"Surrealism lies at the heart of the photographic enterprise: in the very creation of a duplicate world, of a reality in the second degree, narrower but more dramatic than that perceived by natural vision."
— Susan Sontag, ‘Melancholy Objects’ in On Photography, 1972.

Surrealist photography interests me alot. The idea of double-exposure features predominately in the work of many surrealist photographers. Distorting facial features and emphasising imperfections are techniques employed both through the shooting of the film and the manipulation of the image afterwards.I recently purchased a book from the Eperimental Arts foundation entitles "Surrealist Photography" by Thomas & Hudson publishing, and it has some beautiful images and descriptions.

"Paris in the early nineteen twenties saw the growth of a new art form called surrealism. both a formal movement and a spiritual orientation, surrealism embraced ethics and politics as well as the arts. Surrealists sought to create a medium that liberated the subconscious mind."

Some artists you should check out are: Man ray, Jindrich Styrysky, Lee Miller and Dora Maar.
Also a great website to check out is here

Monday, August 16, 2010

P is for Photo.

Well since i've been studying manal photography at uni this semester, i've been on the internet lots recently looking up photographers, and boy have i found some gems !! They're not all using manual methods, and it seems that the artists i like most are very strong in using Photoshop or another means of photographic image manipulation.

Oleg Oprisco is a photographer from the Ukraine. His work in absolutely fantastic; so ethereal and haunting. Love the use of light and an apparent innocence in his work.....the sunbeams and lends flares are great and i love the slightly sepia-toned colouring.

You can find more of his work here and also here.

hey all, it's been a while and i have to keep this brief because i have been suuuuuper busy.......

i have been working on an assignment for my New Media in Art course entitles "Monsters and Demons", great stuff! looking at demonic versus angelic tendencies and characterisations. Some really interesting stuff out there concerning this topic, and i've done some really interesting reading on the work of Carl Jung.....he's really influenced my direction here and the basis of my concepts.

Here are some great images i've been collecting these past weeks, both for this project and for inspiration with my own art..........