Photographers have been exposing negatives to corrosive chemicals for ages, but as far we know, Seung-Hwan Oh is the first to use live bacteria in his experiments.
Using homegrown cultures that feed on the light-sensitive chemicals you use to develop film, Seung-Hwan Oh ends up with these distorted photos that are strangely beautiful.
via Beautiful Decay
I saw this exhibition in Paris this summer. It’s the first time I’ve seen a show where all the work was arranged on the walls using a computer algorithm. Since Year 13 are thinking about the ways in which chance can be incorporated into the creative process, this is a useful reference point.
In today’s lesson 13B will be accompanied by the music of John Cage as they set about creating collages according to the role of dice.
Albert Renger-Patzsch presentation for Year 12.
A manual of artists’ instructions for the creation of art works. Which are your favourites?
This week, Year 13 are thinking about the role of chance in the creation of works of art. Chance processes (or automatism) were embraced enthusiastically by both the Dadaists and Surrealists as a strategy for disrupting the conventional means of making art which emphasised the craft and control of the artist. Subsequently, the balance between chance and structure has been one of the dominant dialogues in modern and contemporary art. The examples above hint at this legacy.
Another strategy we are experimenting with this week is the concept of the instruction. We are asking Year 13 students to do the following:
On Monday 12D/Pg1 will be working collaboratively to explore the formal elements of various photographs. They will be considering the importance of each of the following elements:
To what extent are these elements useful in helping us to understand how photographic images work?
Canadian photographer Christopher Moloney has an ongoing art project that bridges cinema and photography in a nifty way.
Moloney matches up scenes from movies with their real-life, present day-locations.
via SLR Lounge
I’ve been doing some more experimenting with my Lubitel 2 TLR medium format camera. This time I used some positive film (made for creating slides) but asked the lab to cross-process them. I also decided to experiment with some double exposures, deliberately not winding on the camera after an exposure to take another shot. I’m really pleased with the results of both experiments.
The cross-processing produces a greeny-blue tint to the images and increases the contrast and grain, giving them quite a gritty, urban quality. The double exposures worked best when one of the images was an all over texture with lots of negative space and the other contained a dominant subject. Of course, it’s really hard to predict how they will turn out and that’s why it’s so much fun. Chance can sometimes be your best ally as a photographer.
A great story about the young women immortalised in Garry Winogrand’s famous photograph “World’s Fair, New York City” from 1964.
Congratulations to our AS and A2 photography students for a wonderful set of results. Those of you who are leaving us to pursue your life adventures, please stay in touch (and remember to invite us to see your various exhibitions). Those of you who are beginning the A2 course in September, enjoy what remains of your holiday. We’ll want to see your summer pictures.
Finally, those Year 11 students hoping to begin the AS course in September, you’ve got some big boots to fill. Take inspiration from your fellow students. Ask for help and guidance. Work hard and, like them, you too will have the pleasure of looking at your results in a year’s time.
A short video on the exhibition Jeff Wall - Tableaux Pictures Photographs 1996 - 2013, which ran 1st March - 3rd August 2014 at the Stedelijk Museum.
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