I’ve just finished watching Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor: This Is Not Photography. a documentary released by Lynda.com
and I can’t believe that I’ve never come across Jerry Uelsmann’s work before.
During the 1960s at a time when most photographers were focused on documenting reality, Uelsmann began exploring creative compositions in the darkroom with his photographs. Unlike Cartier-Bressons view, Jerry Uelsman’s decisive moment doesn’t occur at the click of the shutter, they happen in the darkroom. By using multiple enlargers, combining multi exposures and sandwiching negatives together he began making dreamscape compositions that got him his own one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1967.
The fixed image on a piece of paper is an antique photographic process which he has managed to keep fresh even in todays modern digital age. I love the way he describes the magic moment when the developer reveals the image in the liquid bath. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to experience that when I studied photography at Uni. It makes me wonder how many students if any have that chance now that we have the convenience of digital cameras.
Whilst his images pre date photoshop, his partner Maggie Taylor embraced photoshop back in the early Adobe days and also creates surrealist images that are oddly bizarre and magical. She scans items and he photographs items on a light table. And together but separately they lean on each other for advice and inspire each other to work in their own mediums. He in the darkroom and she on the computer. A Lovely partnership or art, love and companionship.
Here is the preview:
Journey by illustrator Aaron Becker is a charming and empowering wordless story about a lonely little girl who finds herself in an imaginary world and learns to bend it to her own imagination by drawing with a magical red marker. Take a look at this lovely short film about his creative process.
Janet Echelman creates interactive artworks that are breathtaking and inspiring, watch the TED talk by Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously.
Excerpt from Ted Blog:
These were some of the comments heard at TED2014 about Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks, a collaboration between sculptor Janet Echelman and data artist Aaron Koblin. This monumental sculpture stretched 745 feet, from the Vancouver Convention Centre where TED was held, over an open-air plaza on the edge of Vancouver Harbor and up to the top of the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. Every night while the temporary sculpture was installed, from March 15-22, 2014, dozens of people could be seen across the street setting up cameras and tripods to capture the glowing spectacle. Meanwhile, underneath the sculpture, even greater numbers of people gathered, most of them with their phones out. Using a phone, they could draw lines, squiggles, webs, and water drop rings onto the sculpture’s lush purples, blues, pinks and oranges.
Aaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves … with crowd-sourced dataAaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves … with crowd-sourced dataKoblin, of Google’s Data Arts Team, told us a little about how it worked.
This is a short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. It is based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp, and was shot in Iceland.
Despite their great size and age, their lives pan out in much the same way that a living creature’s does: They have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and as such, the life of a mountain mimics our own — it is a life that carries the weight of being and anticipation of sadness that one day things will change.
“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”
~Alain De Botton, A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
“if you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, and music, you will automatically explode every morning like old faithful. I have never had a dry period in my life because I feed myself well.”
Roboearth is an internet for robots which enables robots to communicate and learn from one another. Part of me is excited by this notion and I whilst I wholeheartedly appreciate the benefits that all the bots have already contributed to our lives, part of me is increasingly fearsome of what may happen in the future!
Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve watched the entire Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator movies and way too many science fiction movies and TV shows. But handing over that much power to highly intelligent contraptions that lack human emotions kind of makes my brain boggle. Anyway, read this article & ponder…
I’m really looking forward to playing around with the new app that Facebook have released ‘Paper’. In fact I would be using it right now if they allowed Australian users to download it! There are after all 9 millions users in Australia (40% of the population) who already use Facebook. I guess we are still a small piece of the pie when compared to the rest of the world. If you are at all interested in Facebook followers stats click here.
I do love this promo video that they’ve come up with…very nice, very emotive…