Micheal Massaia’s collection of photos, Transmogrify, has been receiving mixed reactions. For some, the images are nauseating, some find them hypnotizing, while, for others, they’re simply mouthwatering. In fact, they may be some odd combination of all those things. Massaia himself describes them as “mesmerizing, disturbing, and humorous.” But, looking past the surface of things, as artists tend to do, you’ll see the images are based on something much more introspective. At the metaphorical heart of the colorful, swirling pools of liquescent dairy products sits a heaping dose of nostalgia just waiting to be recognized. [Read more…]
As an artist, it makes me really sad when I read the comments from articles like this: “How To Take Magical Family Candids” or this: Alexia Sinclair’s Breathtaking Photo Shoot in a 350-Year-Old Frozen Castle or this: Ordinary People Shot As Superheroes with so many simply whining about the level of Photoshopping involved.
I have been a photographer for a very long time – but only recently have I actually started thinking about my work as art.
And that, I think is the difference…
I am going to go out on a ledge here and say it: If you are one of those people complaining how much Photoshop editing has been used to produce what is otherwise an amazing, gripping visual work of art – you’re not an artist – you’re just a photographer.
The value of art has been at the center of many heated debates, probably ever since the first piece was sold, only being surpassed by the debate on the actual definition of art and what can be considered art.
LifeHunters decided to check what happens when a $10 print from the critically acclaimed Swedish artist Ike Andrews, known to most people as IKEA, is mixed into an art collection worth millions.
Art buffs analyzed and admired the piece; some valued it in the hundreds of thousands and even millions of Dollars, but above all they proved that art is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.
While most people got a chuckle out of this experiment, not everybody thought it was amusing. I guess serious art is no laughing matter.
Food photography is every much an art as food styling is and Russian-based artist, Tatiana Shkondina, is a master at both. In one of her recent projects, Shkondina tasked herself with recreating some of art history’s greatest hits using nothing more the contents of a refrigerator and her trusty camera. She also enlisted the help of fellow photographer, Alexander Tivanov, to pitch in with post production and her assistant, Dmitry Malutin, was also around to provide some helping hands. After looking through some of the creations, it appears the trio makes quite a team.
Not surprisingly, Shkondina has quite an impressive photography and food styling resume with a client roster that sparkles with names like Good Housekeeping, ABC Taste, Men’s Health, Tupperware, and a host of other major international companies. But, we don’t need to see a resume to understand Shkondina’s talent. Her portfolio speaks for itself.
To make the awesome images, Shkondina first comes up with the idea, typically starting with a highly recognizable painting, so she can begin sketching out her visions. She goes over a variety of combinations and possibilities while sketching, so she knows exactly what kind of foods she’ll need to reproduce the texture and colors she wants to present in the finished photographs. She then digs into her bag of food photography skills to capture the works of art. She says, depending on the complexity of the image, post production can sometimes take a few days to complete. For example, in a rendition of Andy Warhol’s “Dollar Sign“, Tivanov had to “paint in” some of the effects around the dollar signs. [Read more…]
Tyler Shields, the artist who made waves when his provocative Birkin Bag meets chainsaw project outraged fashionistas everywhere, is back at it, this time pulling at the heartstrings of luxury car lovers.
The Silver Shadow starts by showing an attractive and wealthy looking man carry a gas can across the desert to a beautiful lady standing next to an even more beautiful Rolls Royce. The shot gives the impression that the man is returning to rescue the lady by filling the swank ride up with a little gasoline, which it has appeared to perhaps run out of. But, then, no. He drops the gas can and the next thing you know the pretty lady is pouring the gasoline all over the exceptionally pretty car while the attractive guy pensively watches from the sidelines. [Read more…]
Released in the summer of last year, The Last of Us has quickly gone from one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2013 to the most awarded video game of all time. Just recently, Sony even announced plans to develop a full motion picture based off the story. Last week, The Last of Us was released as a remastered exclusive for the PlayStation 4; the game came upgraded in 60fps and 1080p HD, along with a handful of extras to offer. One of the biggest highlights to come out of them was something called Photo Mode.
Some time ago I wrote about taking art images for my mother in law. Since I don’t have my dream lens yet, I had to compromise on the lens and use the great (but not ideal for this task) Nikon 18-70 lens. (The image to the lest if one of the original paintings)
I got a few mails and comments about the issue of getting closer to the pictures to make the picture fill a wider part of the frame.
Sample Comment (by ‘Anon‘):
Kind of a newb, but why would you have used a zoom lens? And at what
distance/mm? I would think 50-70mm would be ideal, or would getting any
closer affect the “family of angles” thing?
As Norm replied, the main issue of getting further from the image was the Family of Angles constraint. Let me explain:
Painting with light is a fun technique that gives great results. It is called painting with light because this is what you are actually doing while taking the shot – painting with light.
You don’t need much to experiment with this kind of shot, just make sure you have the following items:
1. A camera capable of long exposures – film cameras will work OK, but if you really want to get the most out of the shooting session, use a digital camera. You will be able to see the results in “real time” and make corrections as you go.
2. A nice tripod. Since you will be doing some long exposures you want to make sure your camera sits still. If you don’t have a tripod you can make one in a few minutes (see this article or this one).
3. A flash light – and by flash light I do not mean flash as in a speedlight, but the flash light or what our British will call a torch.
4. A dark location. This one is tricky. If you are going to shot at home – a dark room will be OK. If you are going to shoot outside – make sure that you are not doing this under a street light, or where a car can come by and “paint its headlight” all over your shot. [Read more…]