I decided that with the pictures i put i have to say a few words. The blog should not be treated like a trash bin. It is not what's there for. So, today we had a fashion shoot with a second year who (i am proud to announce) has changed in a little way how i see fashion people. How do i? Badly.
Nevertheless, we got to a church in front of Fort Amherst and started shooting. In one of the "intermissions" we made friends with one of the builders who managed to get us in the church. Sadly the floor had a thick crust of pigeon exhausts and could not be used for anything really. But it was still an amazing place to be in. And without further prolonging, i give you, the series (and some other side dish stuff too)
Some days ago i went to London for the Frieze Festival. It wasn't worth the trip. There was literally shit on a canvas sold. I have to admit that some art is intelligent and worth looking at. But some of it is just plain ridiculous. Not too mention not worth a penny. But here's the good side, some random shots on the day.
Some days ago i went to London for the Frieze Festival. It wasn't worth the trip but here's the good side, some random shots on the day.
Fine. I know it's late and i know i am incredibly lazy. I said i was going to put some images from the workshop but i didn't even manage to look through them today because i always found something better to do.
So, last Friday i was invited at a workshop organized by the company at one of their studios in London. We had a bit of a delay so o i arrived maybe 20 minutes late, due to the fact that i passed the big poster saying "Hasselblad Open Day" at least three times.
I got in and spent about two hours listening to a talk about Phocus - their dedicated software. I must note at this point in time that i find software lectures dreadful and unbelievably useless. You are meant to learn it by practice, not by staring at a guy. Strangely enough, the Hasselblad guy managed to teach us almost everything with regards to the functions of the software in those hours, and made it quite fun.
It was close to 12:50 when they noticed that people are getting a bit anxious about the whole presentation. Time to bring in the hardware. Lined up behind the 8-10 present photographers (which will be addressed from here on as "us"/"the lot")were ten shiny Penguin cases containing ten even shinier pieces of kit with various extremely shiny and sharp lenses. Let the fun begin.
All cameras had their own pocket wizard - type trigger attached to a big 180 umbrella from Pro Photo. Not going to go too much into details, just enough to say that i had the chance to play with the most fun combination of kit i have ever had the honor to see - the H3D II 50 Mpx, Tilt/Shift adapter with lens correction and the 35 - 90 mm lens. That was without a doubt the peak of the day.
I started researching. Unbelievable. My room is indeed full of stuff - books, lenses, boxes and camera drawings. I am currently trying to design my own camera for this last project and no - it's not coming out right. I feel a bit like Daguerre. I still don't understand my excitement with using the most rudimentary tools instead of the normal things.
Still, my camera will be built in a very very little while and then it will be an interesting piece of kit.
Until then i researched a guy, Duchenne de Boulogne. He pioneered expressions in phoography, using electricity to stimulate individual muscles. His pictures are quite interesting and his research is odd to say the least. But his peculiar half-half portraits are worth a bit of attention.
For a good essay on him, look up "Ghost in the Shell" by Sobieszek.His book traces portrait photography over a period of 150 years, with three good essays on Duchenne, Warhol and Sherman as styles of photographing and repetitive patterns. Worth having a look.
On a similar note, i will put the Hasselblad Workshop images soon, but unforseen circumstances delayed the posting. Come Saturday will probably put them up!