Saturday, 12 May 2012

Hovering swarms - Thomas Jackson

I was introduced to the work of Thomas Jackson by one of my friends at a different university. I’m fascinated by Jackson's work, about the concept, how it was created and his ideas behind them. The originality of this work makes it more appealing like the work of David Spero which I discussed earlier.
Jackson has an ongoing project titled "Emergent Behaviour" which presents ideas of surrealism where he photographs various random objects in swarms and clusters - eg. Things like leaves, plastic cups, ping pong balls which are photographed in various locations often in natured environments. The large scale of the environment and the objects which he shoots in I feel makes the images more powerful because they're obviously very thought about and planned, taking every aspect into consideration.
Originally I thought these photos were computer generated however I later read into how they aren't computer generated just a composition of various images sandwiched together.

All images sourced from Thomas Jackson's website

These photographs fascinate me however many times I look at them. I will be referring to the work of Thomas Jackson hopefully in later projects and will be using him in my own personal photography as inspiration.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

'Transmission: New Remote Earth Views', Dan Holdsworth, Brancolini Grimaldi

"Transmission: New Remote Earth Views" is Dan Holdsworth latest exhibition showing at the Brancolini Grimaldi gallery in London. Holdsworth uses technology to create digital representations of the American West. In his images of the Grand Canyon, Mount Shasta, Mount st Helens and Salt Lake City we see uneven, interpreted terrains which is created by taking what is absent into account. What appears to be a natural representation of white snowy mountains is actually a digital laser scan of the earth using geological survey data. A 'Terrain Model' is used to measure climate and land change measuring the impact of mans effect on earth.
Each image is very realistic to the point where the audience presume it’s a real representation. The idea of looking at the impact of mans presence I feel creates two concepts behind the idea. One where we look for evidence and create a sense of presence and the other where we understand the idea of absence.
At first, I wasn't really fascinated by these images as I felt they all became quite repetitive. However, once Id discovered the concept behind these images I found them really interesting because it didn’t cross my mind that they weren’t just ordinary photographs beforehand. So once I understood the concept I became a lot more interested in the photographs.


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Lenscratch submission

We were informed in a lecture about competitions we could take part in. Lenscratch had an online exhibition which I thought was a good opportunity to enter. All work that is entered is submitted onto an online gallery.
The theme which I entered was "Fathers" Which is due to run on Father’s day June 17th. I submitted a photograph taken for my representation project of my dad.