Inspiration

Inspiration # 3, Olivia Bee

 I am so jealous of this girl’s photographs! Not only was she commissioned by Converse at age 14 to create an ad campaign for them, she has since gone on to work for Hermés, Fiat, Nike  Vice magazine and the New York Times.

 Now 19, she is currently working as a professional photographer in New York. Olivia started out by taking photos of her teenage friends and states Nan Goldin and Annie Leibovitz as influences. She says she uses photography as a way of recording her youth and describes photography as a personal experience.

” I make my photographs for me, it’s my diary, truly, and I want these images to document everything that is happening now, because these are memories that I know I don’t want to lose”.

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I wish I could find out more about her photography methods and whether she is solely a film photographer.The light effects she creates in her photos are incredible and I am generally just a big fan of their grainy, poetic aesthetic.

I also appreciate this quote about her own photography

“I strive to capture the ordinary, in an extraordinary way. Life is beautiful, perfect, and cinematic, if you look at the right moments. It’s not always an accurate summary of life in general, but it is those specific moments that make it worth living anyway.”

Yes.

Info taken from here, here and here.

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Digital Photography, Experimentation, Hanoi, Inspiration

Rainbow Coloured

I took most of these out the back of my friend’s house. It amazes me that you can drive out of one of the most central areas of Hanoi for about 5 minutes and all of a sudden it feels like you’re in the middle of the country side. I’ve spent the last couple of days taking photos out there and I keep discovering new and amazing things like the umbrella garden. This city will never fail to surprise me.

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All of these were taken with different sheer fabric placed over the lens. Love how it kinda looks like I used expired film and I’m definitely keen to experiment with this more. I found the photos were more successful with sheer cotton than polyester and that if you put your camera on a  high F stop, you won’t see the weave of the fabric in the photos. Changing the white balance also affects the final colour of the photo almost as much as the colour of the fabric used.

Happy experimenting!

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Digital Photography, Experimentation, Film Photography, Inspiration

A List of Fun Things to do with Cameras

I’ve been reading a lot of photography blogs recently, and as a result there are now a lot of things I want to try out, both with my current camera and by experimenting with disposable cameras. Thought I’d jot down a list before I forgot what they all were. Yes, I realise that a more normal person would just go find a piece of paper, but I’m living out of a backpack and can’t find anything at the moment!! I was also hoping this would serve as general inspiration for anyone reading this. Feel free to leave extra ideas in the comments!

The disposable cameras are going to need to wait until I get paid next month unfortunately…I do however have a sneaking suspicion that they may be something that’s hard to find in Vietnam? Also I’ve heard that getting film developed here is a bit of a nightmare. None the less I intend to persevere.

Digital

. Shooting through fabric. Was thinking of heading to the fabric market and stocking up on lots of  pieces of semi sheer fabric and then placing them over my lens. This is how I shot my featured image. I find they look the most successful if you put them on high contrast when photo editing.

. Thin coloured paper. Same idea as above.  It would also be fun to cut patterns out of the paper before putting it in front of the lens.

. Cellophane, to go both in front of the lens and the flash.

.Colour in sellotape with felt tips and then stick strips of it over the lens.

. Clear plastic transparencies to go in front of my lens, which I will colour in with felt tips, scratch up, write shit all over and so forth.

.This bokeh tutorial. Although, I was thinking of doing stars instead of hearts.

heart_bulbsPhoto taken from Globetrotter Diaries.

Film

.At some point I would love to get my hands on a Diana F + lomography camera. I don’t like my chances of getting my hands on one here in Vietnam, so this is something that may need to wait until I need to do a visa run to Bangkok.

a0dc911159bac5c31606851b3f8287093cc352I love how gloriously retro it looks as well. Image taken from Lomography.com.

. I want to try shooting double exposures by using the same roll of film twice through 2 different disposables. I realise the results of this are going to be somewhat unpredictable, so was thinking of making small sketches of what I’ve shot ( or what I think I’ve shot) from the first time I put it through the camera.

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.Light leaks. Apparently achievable by bashing holes into the side of a disposable camera with a screwdriver. Sounds like fun.

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. Ditto fucking up the lens with a hot screwdriver or fork. Things you could just never do with a camera you were going to have for longer than a roll’s worth of photos.

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I may add to this later, but this is all I can think of for now. Realistically it’s gonna take me months to try all of these ideas out. Hopefully the examples of which should start popping up on this blog soon!

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Film Photography, Inspiration

Inspiration #2 Neil Krug

 

I discovered the work of Neil Krug from the amazing blog 500 Photographers. Krug uses Polaroid film that has been expired for several years to create many of his images and is inspired by B movies from the 60s and 70s. He is also interested in a futuristic, sci-fi  aesthetic and likes to render 3D animation; an example of which is shown on the album cover for Gravity the Seducer. One of his most famous works is the Pulp Art Book, which contains a series of portraits of his supermodel wife and muse, Joni Harbeck.

He has also produced album art for My Chemical Romance, Ladytron, The Scissor Sisters and The Pierces.  I love the grainy, dreamy quality these photographs have and they make me realise how much I would like to start working with film.

Ladytron

Ladytron

Mahaulepu

Mahaulepu

Pulp Art Book: Volume 1

Bonnie

Lauren Marie Young

Lauren Marie Young

Ladytron

Ladytron

Flower Girl

Flower Girl

Mirrors

Mirrors

Reverse Skydiving

Reverse Skydiving

Ladytron

Ladytron

Mara Hoffman Aloha

Mara Hoffman Aloha

Death Valley

Death Valley

On the Road

On the Road

On the Road

On the Road

All information and images sourced from here , here and here.

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Film Photography, Inspiration, Photo journalism

Inspiration #1 Richard Mosse

I know that Richard Mosse’s Infra photos of the Congolese civil war have been floating around the internet for a while, but they still remain some of my favourite photographs and are some of the best examples of photo journalism I have ever seen.

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La Vie En Rose, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010

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Come Out (1966), North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011

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Vintage Violence, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011

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Sticky Fingers, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011

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House Of Cards V, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011

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We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010

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Triumph of the Will, 2011

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General Février, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010

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The Battle of Bambou, Ituri, Eastern Congo, 2010

Even Better Than The Real Thing, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011

Even Better Than The Real Thing, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011

Ruby Tuesday, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011

Ruby Tuesday, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011

The photos were taken using an infra red colour film called Kodak Aerochrome, that was initially used to find camouflage in surveillance photos by the US military . This film is now discontinued. Mosse explained that due to the film’s historical military use, it was the perfect medium to portray current conflict in the Congo.

Information and photos for this post were taken from here, here, here, here and here.

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