Sunday, 08 February 2004
Pix Of The Day: Images Stand Out From The Crowd
CREDIT: © Misha Gordin/bSimple.com
WHAT: 'conceptual' photographic image manipulation by traditional methods.
Thumbnail click pops-up larger image on source page.
In an age when image manipulation may be practised by anyone with access to a personal computer running Adobe Photoshop, we are reminded of the presumably apocryphal critic who sighed, 'This book could have been written by anybody, and probably was!' All the images on the Misha Gordin bSimple.com web site have been assembled and printed in a traditional darkroom.
Perhaps if learning 'analog' manipulation was a requirement for being let loose to perform digital manipulation, we might see fewer of the visual travesties that presently masquerade as art at all levels of attainment.
Many of the pictures we regularly feature here are straightforward representations of place; we would hardly even describe them as landscapes, at least not in the same way that works by such luminaries of the genre as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, or Michael Fatali, are photographic landscapes. When we were pointed to photographic resources different from our usual offerings, we wondered if we had fallen into a comfortable rut of complacency in our selections. Perhaps our readers would like something a little more piquant, thought provoking, or even downright challenging?
The house of photography holds many mansions: Misha Gordin explores what he calls 'conceptual' photography. The image we chose for the thumbnail that acts as a visual introduction is Crowd 51 from the '1990-2000' gallery, one of four available from The New Crowd section of the web site. Much of Misha's work has the edgy quality seen in the work of Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton*, or Robert Mapplethorpe*. If you would like to try really edgy, we recommend the Doubt gallery. [Thanks to Jenny Cockshull for the lead to this resource.]
*EDITOR'S NOTE: the resorce linked for Helmut Newton contains some mild nudity. Our policy is never to show anything directly on our pages that is not 'family friendly'. However, we do from time to time link to resources not in that category, though as with today's link, we try to select the 'minimum' level to make the point. We will wecome any reader response, in either direction, to help us to determine the best policy for our web site.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
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