Netflix has launched a new original documentary TV series every creative can watch to get inspired. Abstract: The Art of Design follows some of the most innovative designers in different disciplines: graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and architects. It follows their art, creative process and all the challenges they face in through their work. Also, it helps the viewers discover how the innovative designs of these creatives have affected our everyday lives.
Using hidden cameras to capture video and photographs of wildlife has been going on for years. There’s been a change over the last few years, though. Moving cameras capture more interest. As does being able to get right into the thick of it with the animals, rather than simply hoping they walk by your camera. Pioneered by companies the BBC, the practise of disguising cameras to make them interactive allows footage not previously possible.
The technology has come a long way in the last few years, too. It started off as radio controlled car mounted cameras covered in bits of fur or undergrowth. Then a couple of years ago, the BBC went a bit further with the TunaCam; An fish-like underwater camera that could swim with other fishes. Then there was the VultureCam. Essentially a radio controlled fixed wing aircraft which vaguely resembled a vulture. It does look a little like the Borg have started to take over the animal kingdom, though.
If there’s one “triumphant underdog” story that’s been popular this week, it’s this one. The footage from BBC’s Planet Earth 2 series of the young marine iguana escaping the snakes on the beach. If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry, I’ve embedded it below. Shot in the Galapagos Islands, it’s an incredible sequence of events, shot beautifully.
They say filming in the Galapagos is, in some respects easier than elsewhere in the world. This is because the animals have not had much exposure to humans so have not yet learned to be afraid of us. A concept that would probably feel pretty strange for most of us.
Joey Lawrence has been photographing the tribes of Ethiopia since 2008. Drawn by the aesthetic of the country itself and its residents, it’s a place he’s returned to many times since. In 2013, Joey started a kickstarter to raise funds for a cinematic narrative film. The film was to be shot in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, and star the members of the tribes he found there.
The film has toured the festival circuit, picking up a number of very respectable awards. Now, the film is online, available to watch for anybody with an Internet connection. Joey has also released several behind the scenes videos to accompany the piece. You will want to sit back with a good amount of time spare to watch through it all, but it’s well worth it.
When it comes to art, I’m very much in the “but I know what I like” camp. I just don’t really do “art”, but I was immediately drawn to William Wegman’s work when I first discovered it a number of years ago.
In this video from The Art of Photography’s Artist Series, Wegman talks about his photography, his paintings, his work with video, and discovering the joy of 20×24 Polaroids.
Ten years ago, the name Vivian Maier wouldn’t ring a bell in anyones’ mind. Today, the name Vivian Maier is almost as well known as some of the pioneers of photography.
This all changed when a box of negatives captured by the unknown street photographer were found in 2007. Since then, much fanfare has been made and, naturally, a documentary into the life of Maier has been produced. [Read more…]
American photographer David Alan Harvey has travelled all across the world, capturing life as he sees it through the camera. One of his favorite places seems to be Cuba, considering much of his portfolio consists of the Caribbean island and that he has out a book appropriately titled, Cuba. [Read more…]
Like it or not, Peter Lik is one of the most financially successful photographers of all time. His ways might be burdened with controversy, most notably rumors that he artificially inflates the value of his images, but there’s little denying he’s made his mark in the industry.
As interesting as his work is though, such as his iconic image Phantom, which he claims sold for $6.5 million, the life of the man behind the camera also has its place in the conversation. Now, thanks to a new 12-minute documentary, we get to see just that; the making of a man who’s become somewhat of a legend in the photography world. [Read more…]
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Documentary photography has been one of my foremost artistic influences and fascinations since I was a child. Telling stories about real people and real moments that can never be recreated.
Sebastião Salgado is a fascinating photographer and has amassed a body of work that would take a whole team of photographers a lifetime to create. Now, his story is being told in the documentary The Salt of the Earth, a film that Rotten Tomatoes calls “a shattering, thought-provoking testament to Sebastião Salgado’s career.”
Roger Ballen, talented New York based photographer, has dedicated many years of his life travelling to some of the most interesting fringes to explore South African culture and lifestyle. Ballen has hand selected 45 of the most powerful images from his journey to include in his new photo essay titled “Outland“.
During an interview with Ballen, he explained his approach to the photographs was not documentary photography in it’s traditional form, rather, the photographer said:
“I started to work with the subjects in a theatrical, performative way. I was there to transform reality.”