“And then we pulled the words apart” is an exhibition we will be putting together in Gallery 1 at the Arnolfini from the 2nd till the 5th of July. As part of it we are putting together an allotment/embassy and here is some of the research to give you a behind the scenes look into what we have planned.
Video games are fun. Video games are also beautiful, especially when you get a dedicated team of enthusiast moding (modifying) their favourite game. In this case, as the title suggests, I am using Skyrim as an example.
Skyrim, released in November 2011, is the fifth instalment in the Elder Scrolls series. I played a heck of a lot of this game when it came out, admittedly it came close to an obsession for me. One of the things I loved about this game was the way it looked, here is an example screen shot of the un-moded game.
Now here is a screenshot of Skyrim in 2014, nearly 3 years later; spliced,changed and edited by some of the more fanatical about this game.
People have gone to extraneous lengths, changing the way light shines through the leaves, changing the textures of the leaves. The result is a completely reinvigorated version of the original game. Here are a few more screen shots for your eyes.
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The beauty is truly simplicity in these works. Taking a modern twist on the ancient art of origami, Nishimura creates stunning paper sculptures.
Don’t talk, just stare.
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With the rise of Social Media and mobile phones we are seeing real serge in the amount of photos that exist. This is a rather weird statement to make but the database of photographs that document anything and everything is being created by everyone at an astounding rate, roughly 300 million photos are uploaded to facebook alone, daily, thus creating a revolution of photographers using their smart phones.
iPhoneography is one of the most popular and talked about forms of camera phone photography. I personally put this down to 2 things; Apple’s incredible PR department and the quality of the camera on an iPhone. It’s become so big that pictures from iPhones have been finalists in prestigious photography awards such as Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize,
And they even have their own award ceremony in which you can win a bar of gold for coming first! IPPAward
The first place winner in each category will be awarded a Gold Bar from the most recognizable private gold mint in the world.
This saturation of cameras into the world has been both heralded as a blessing for public interest and creativity as well as being a blessing in disguise destroying jobs for photographers. I don’t want to get too deep into this subject; I just want to give my own views on it.
I believe fundamentally the more cameras people have, and the more photos people take, the better. We live in an age of fast information where you can find anything, anywhere and anytime at the press of a button. If this was controlled strictly by people in power we would only be able to see what they want us to. Now everyone can blog and take photos we are free to choose the point of view we want to listen to.
Smart phones are also now just as manually controlled as most basic digital cameras so when people say there is no skill and it’s just happy snapping, there is some truth in that, but you can choose how involved you are with the photos.
I myself tend to shoot mainly on 35mm film but I do like to use my digital SLR when I’m doing events photography or taking test images. If I don’t then my phone becomes perfect for test images and even in some cases for candid event photography.
I would say personally I can’t say I’ve been affected by the negatives of smartphone photography but I do know they exist. I have to say as a general I think that it is great to get everyone indulging in something creative. So everyone go out and take photos, but also think about the photos you take.
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As with many events I go and see at the Arnolfini, I went to go and see Deborah Pearson’s The Future Show with very little idea of what it may be. I think the best description I got beforehand was simply the title; The Future Show.
During the performance Deborah Pearson read from a folder in front of her like a soothsayer revealing her predictions for near, not so distant and far off futures. Some of which didn’t happened, and some of which did,
“You will clap. Even those of you who were a bit bored will clap because it’s a comfortable way to signal an ending.”
It’s really quite a hard show to summarise because of its simplicity, but that is where it shines most. I found her calm American tone very disarming which lead me to believe even some of her more absurd predictions, of which include a seagull in a pocket.
As a whole I would suggest to anyone to go and see The Future Show whether they were interested in performance or not, because at the very basis of the performance is something we all seek, comfort in knowing or guessing what the future may hold.
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Today I stumbled across an interesting photography contest comprised of only photos taken from an iPhone. For many photographers the idea of using a camera phone to capture professional grade images is a bit of a touchy subject. Many people call it not proper photography and say in some ways it’s cheating. I have to say though from looking at some of the winning submissions to the IPPAWARDS these arguments sound silly.
However you do have to question to what lengths these people went to to capture these stunning photographs. With the add-ons and extras you can get for your iPhone camera is it really much different from using a normal camera?
Regardless of the camera that was used I think that everyone can agree that the photos in the IPPAWARDS are beautiful!
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“There’s something wrong here” is a new project I have just started. I originally created the first image after coming back from holiday in portugal. I was looking though my holiday photos and one of a car park jumped out at me. There was nothing wrong with it, compleetly the opposite, it was utterly unasuming. I decided to test my photoshop skills in seeing if I could alter something about the image but still keep the original feeling of nothing being changed. If you look closely at all of the photos there is something slightly wrong with each of them yet they all look posatively normal at first glance. “Hang on there’s something wrong here”.
I have been working the past couple of weeks on a photography project in which my aim is to try and capture the passing of time. I was initially interested in video and the crucial difference between it and photography being time. I don’t want to say much more about the photographs be cause I want you to make your own mind up about them. If you have any constructive criticism please comment on the post.
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– Charlie CT
I have been watching the channel 4 coverage this weekend of the international space station. I have been watching in awe and enjoying the footage. Watching this made revisit a website that I used to look at a lot and that is the gallerys for the NASA apollo missions. I think these images really speak for themselves and act as a memory as well as a precognition for all the awesome things we have done as a species and will do. Here are some of my favourites.
Crew of Apollo 11
Apollo 12 on the pad at night
Hopefully you find this as interesting as I do.
I spent the last weekend up in london and had a free day, so I did what I always do when I have a free day in London, I went to visit some galleries. I decided to start at the Saatci Gallery because I liked the look of their new exhibition, Body Language.
On arriving to the Saatchi I was annoyed by the usual things, having to pay for a guide, strange layout of the building etc… All was forgotten quickly though. The exhibition itself seems to centre on the ways people are portrayed and the ways in which we like to portray ourselves.
Going from gallery to gallery I was confronted by the eclectic mix of styles I have come to expect from the Saatchi Gallery; ranging from humorous sculptures to vibrant paintings and haunting wooden gravestones. The thing with what’s shown at the Saachi is that, at the same time as covering a massive spectrum of ideas and processes, it still manages to hold classic roots. Painting, sculpture and photography.
Starting in gallery one and slowly trying to make my way numerically though the exhibition spaces, however difficult it may be, I found that the exhibition started somewhat lacklustre. Walls of paintings on paintings in a loose style which try to grasp as much meaning as possible. However, there were some interesting images. I came upon the work of the Japanese painter Makiko Kudo. Surreal colourful landscapes with manga style characters painted into and across them. As I looked at the images it started to remind me of being a child and loosing myself in comics and video games. Creating a fantasy world in which you can be whoever you wish. Your image is yours to create.
I think for me the star of the show was the work of Denis Tarasov, a Russian photographer who takes images of gravestones with pictures of the deceased carved onto them. What I found so interesting about this is, when looking at each person you can get an idea of who they might have been, or at least who they wanted you to think they were. Clearly the people immortalised in expensive stones were of a certain wealth. Some graves boasted this with gold inlays and pictures of their cars and castles, and some played it down. A humble looking woman standing in front of a landscape doesn’t her wealth but rather her power as she appears taller than even mountains. All of these graves acted as a strange neo-egyptican burial tradition, leaving this world with all the things that you believe make you strong and impressive, on a plaque for everyone to see.
Tarasov’s work there was in the gallery with the installation work by Marianne Vitale which echos the photos as well as juxtaposing them. The wooden graves taken from lumberyards act as a physical memories of the factories or warehouses the wood was reclaimed from. The scarring, knocks and cuts across the timber show as battle scars and time marks from their previous lives. The humble wooden graves symbolising the previous jobs and lives offset the high quality prints of egotistical burial markers.
All in all I would say that I definitely enjoyed my visit to the Saatchi Gallery and want to thank the stewards for giving me invaluable insight to the work.
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