One day all too soon, we’ll look back at the styles that fashioned photography (both still and moving) in and around ‘The Noughties’.
It’s my guess that the phenomenon known as drop-focus, tilt and shift or perspective control will be seen as one of the main signifiers of the current era.
The Waterfall Project by Olivo Barbieri is a classic contemporary example.
Implemented well, this is an approach I happen to like; I enjoy the feel of the model village often achieved with this method of capture.
For me, at least, it tugs at the childhood heartstrings and seems to instil utopian, feel-good emotions.
So, I thought you might like to share in this particularly fine example—a French ad made to celebrate their improvements and progress on the railways over recent years:
If you fancy seeing big cameras strapped to the front of trains, a bit of green screening (and your French is up to scratch), you might like to see this ‘making of’ video too…
Whilst in the analogue vein, here are some more slooshing chemicals for you, found on the excellent blog of Rod Klukas…
I can thoroughly recommend making the time to see George Shaw’s The Sly and Unseen Day exhibition at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
Stunning paintings made with good ol’ Humbrol (yes, Humbrol!). Over to the man himself…
As the accompanying article describes:
“A gladiatorial incarnation of track cycling that dates back to 1948, the Japanese sporting phenomenon operates by an intricate set of rules that sees competitors jostling for position on steeply banked tracks at lightning fast speeds, all but encouraging spectacular crashes…
The state-run industry amasses tens of billions of dollars in gambling revenue each year.”
Although this clip has recently appeared at the end of my Alternative Negative post, I feel it deserves a more prominent position as a ‘Weekend Video’.
Regular visitors will perhaps have noticed my appreciation for the paraphernalia of photography along with its processes, old and new.
So, another example to savour over a Sunday morning coffee, “The Dying Art of the Photographic Darkroom” (followed by a question mark in my post title as I happen to feel there’s actually an emerging renaissance knocking at the door).
Very little compares to the gentle sound of slooshing chemicals in a peaceful darkroom…