Tuesday, June 29, 2010
*Large empty tin(s) can with tin lid -cookie/popcorn tins work well. (These can be found in every thrift store for around 50 cents)
*1 aluminum pie tin (cheap kind found at the grocery store)
*1 roll of black electrical tape
*1 can flat black spray paint
* 8 by 10 inch RC-(resin coated) MATTE variable contrast photo paper (you all might want to go in on a box as a group-can be purchased from Dury's. This is light sensitive, analog silver gelatin paper that will be used in the traditional darkroom. You can only open the paper in the darkroom under the safelights!!!
I enjoyed the Tokihiro images because of the mysterious qualities they have. I
loved seeing the ghosts of the people in the pinhole cameras. It made me think about
the people whose paths we cross daily, and who we are in some way connected to even
though their existence isnʼt completely realized to us. The faint trails of the people and
of Satos own movements in the images made me aware of their connection to the
images, and also aware that i will never know the whole truth about the image and what
they played in itʼs creation.
This makes his photos feel very mysterious, yet still inviting. The Shirakami series
images portray a focal point of light encircling the base of a tree. The shot was taken
with a tripod and a three hour exposure. To create the light effect, he must have
consistently held one light in a spot (possibly around 3 minutes for each ball of light?).
The lights give the image an ethereal quality, and i believe that this is because he
portrays the landscape and the natural forms in the foreground in such great detail. The
otherworldly lights contrast the naturalistic setting which generates curiosity about what
might be taking place in the photo. Almost like the entrancing lights are coaxing you
forward into the image. - co
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I think what I like the most about Sato's images is the fact that he manages to take things that people see everyday and make them extraordinary. In this photograph he takes this big, what appears to be an office building, and somehow he manages to pull your eye towards this incredible light source rather than the gigantic building that would normally draw the viewers attention. I don't think this image would have worked as well any smaller. Even though the photograph had to be in two different prints, I think it was well worth it. Also, there is just something about seeing Sato's work in person rather than just looking at his images online. Looking at the prints is a new experience all together.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Looking online I can find some works by this artist that I enjoy...but most of his works displayed at the Frist left me feeling not much of anything. I can't really appreciate whats going on in a lot of the works - seemingly random positioning of light dots, space, minimalism with no pay off. Some of the shots looked like they would be popular on flickr (hm?). I can sort of admire his use of light (in an unatural way through the eye of the camera) to show off some of the natural mysteriousness of light itself. I chose this one picture from the show because I liked it best...it has an authentic stillness whereas some others came off as cliche attempts.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Honestly, it could be a great exercise to continue with...I definitely have a blind spot. Here goes nothin