Archive for March, 2008

Shoot Now, Focus Later

March 31, 2008

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Adobe has built a prototype lens with 19 ‘eyes’ that can see and capture data from multiple perspectives and with various depths of field.

The lens produces 19 different frames that can then be put together in Photoshop. Using the software one could theoretically choose where you want to focus after the shot was taken.

Read more about it here and here.

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Photograph #6

March 31, 2008

Untitled, New York, NY, 2008
Untitled, New York, NY, 2008

To request the above photograph:

Send an email (subject: photograph #6) to horses [at] horsesthink.com with your name and address.

If you are the sixth person to respond after the posting, you will receive the photograph in the mail.

* This photograph is no longer available.

Ingmar Bergman

March 31, 2008

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A BBC interview with Ingmar Bergman can now be seen online.

Insightful and absorbing, it’s well worth the time to watch it.

Start here.

Something Funny…

March 31, 2008

and extremely stupid not to mention totally childish but still worth checking out is this Muxtape.

(via stereogum)

Richard Learoyd

March 31, 2008

Agnes B, 2007 by Richard Learoyd
Agnes B, 2007 by Richard Learoyd

Richard Learoyd’s photographs were another great find at the Pulse Art Fair this past weekend.

Looking at the images online doesn’t do them justice. I spotted two portraits from across the room and couldn’t help but want to get closer. They have to be seen in person to experience the full effect.

From what I gather, Learoyd sets up a large camera obscura in a studio. He has the subject seated outside against a backdrop while he fiddles with the instrument from the inside. Once he is ready and the focus is set, an extremely powerful strobe is used which exposes the image onto large sheets of Cibachrome paper.

The results are absolutely stunning and crisp. Learoyd’s depth of field is quite shallow but the parts in focus offer a clarity unlike anything I have ever seen before.

The end result is an incredibly penetrating portrait.

Philip Gurrey

March 31, 2008

Aperture, 2008 by Philip Gurrey
Aperture, 2008 by Philip Gurrey

I was very impressed by the beautifully painted yet deranged portrait painting of Philip Gurrey at the Pulse Art Fair this weekend in New York.

Gurrey is a very young painter (born in 1984) from Glasgow, Scotland. Some of his paintings remind me of Hannah Hoch’s portrait collages. Gurrey is certainly collaging albeit in a more surgical way piecing together parts of paintings as well as images that he finds from the Age of Enlightenment.

Viscount Castlereagh, 2008 & Face, 2007 by Philip Gurrey
Viscount Castlereagh, 2008 & Face, 2007

He is supposedly also known to grab body parts from contemporary painters like Jenny Saville. Part of me feels that he’s stealing parts from American politicians like Dick Cheney and Madeleine Albright.

The Fall, 2008 & Lost and Found, 2008
The Fall, 2008 & Lost and Found, 2008

I wasn’t the only one impressed as he was awarded with the 2008 Pulse Prize on Sunday.

See a bit more of his work here.

Photograph #5

March 28, 2008

Untitled, Near Big Sur, CA, 2008
Untitled, Near Big Sur, CA, 2008

To request the above photograph:

Send an email (subject: photograph #5) to horses [at] horsesthink.com with your name and address.

If you are the fifth person to respond after the posting, you will receive the photograph in the mail.

* This photograph is no longer available.

Another Painting By Saul Lishinsky

March 27, 2008

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I couldn’t help myself, so I went back to the antique market and found a small watercolor drawing by Saul Lishinsky from 1952.

Website Design

March 27, 2008

Much has been written about this topic before and yet poor inefficient web design continues to be prevalent throughout the photo world. Here are just a few design do’s and don’ts.

1. Don’t use flash unless you know what you’re doing and know how to get it to load properly and quickly in the background.

2. Don’t save your Jpegs using the progessive option in Photoshop.

3. Do make your images big enough so someone can actually see them.

4. Don’t hijack someone’s computer by resizing their browser window or using pop-ups.

5. Don’t use a scrolling thumbnail navigation.

6. Don’t use abstract symbols for your navigation icons unless they are absolutely and unmistakably readable.

7. Don’t use an introductory animation unless it actually contains something photographic to look at.

8. Do keep the design simple and straightforward, focus on the photography.

Andrew Andrew

March 26, 2008

Andrew Andrew
Andrew Andrew

According to their site:

Andrew Andrew is a interdisciplinary Creativity Team. Founded in 1999 when Andrew met Andrew and agreed “There is no point in putting Art in museums and galleries, people completely expect that now-adays.”

A friend sent a link to a short article about Andrew Andrew who appear to be something like a strange twist on Gilbert & George. I did a quick web search and found that they are artists of some sort but I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is that they do.

Their crazy and confusing site is so random and difficult that they even keep an “easy” version. They also have a blog.

The whole thing seems pretty ridiculous but they sure go out of their way to do what they do which makes it interesting somehow. I wonder if they always agree on what to do and what to wear.

(Thanks Rigo)