Choose 6 photographs you would put in a dream portfolio that inspire you or influence your work.
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Simon Norfolk – Supercomputers, IBM BlueGene L
I chose this photograph because of the subject. Since my very first interaction with computers I have been fascinated with their application one way or the other.
I stronly believe the invention of Computers and the Internet are only equivalent to the wheel, electricity and plastic. Computers though are not necessarily used in all useful and moral applications. That is the subject of Norfolk’s “The Supercomputers”. The servers depicted below are part of IBM’s BlueGene L, which spends a lot of it’s time to design America’s Nuclear weapons. The second important reason I pick this photograph is the aesthetics. I like the relation of the converging lines, with the ones that make up the frame. This photograph hopefully sums up my fascination with perfect framing of the subject and minimalism. I usually spend a lot of time compositing my frame in order to produce an absolute result. Relative some times appears better, but absolute can have a somewhat more unreal feeling.
Bart van Damme – Maasvlakte (flickr)
Bart van Damme is a Dutch artist who photographs man-made landscapes. His latest project (book) in Maasvlakte area documents the extension of the Port of Rotterdam which is built on reclaimed land. Many parts of the Netherlands are below sea level and massive engineering works have been undertaken over the years to reclaim major parts. I have particularly chosen the photograph because of my fascination with industrial buildings and nature. Bart’s framing and composition of a subject is very similar to how I would do and this is a reason for appreciating his landscapes. Most of his photographs give off a peaceful and ethereal feeling. Some times they even look like paintings, which reminds me of Pictorialism.
Matthias Heiderich “Heartbeatbox” (flickr)
I discovered Matthias on flickr and ever since I have favourited many of his photographs. I chose this lamp posts composite so I can show you in context why I like them. Again, if you take a look at the way he photographs buildings, they are distinguished by a minimalistic and almost unreal, “retro-futuristic” feel. The colour hues and saturation are quite consistent throughout his work, like if he is using a specific lookup table, or color profile. Or maybe he is?
Hugh Manon “eaubscene” – cachemash (flickr)
eaubscene creates mostly glitch aesthetics like the one below. Glitch is when a machine, computer does not operate as it should. In this this image the glitch artefacts are created with help from an old version of Photoshop where a bug is exploited to cashemash. This image is probably a mash of a still from a film and a glitched image. I chose the image because of the glitch aestetics which is a subject I have been researching for about 2 years, practicing as well. Another reason I choose this image is the pairing of the old film look signifying the mechanical age, with the new look signifying the electronic means of production. These blocky, chunky aestetics reveal the nature of digital.
Jose Irion Neto – Thoreau Glitch Portrait (Glitch Moment/ums, 2013)
This image has also glitch atefacts, although much different than above. The reason I chose is the specific aesthetics of this portrait which happens to be the Henry David Thoreau. The original is a daguerreotype from Benjamin D. Maxham taken in 1856 and appropriated in 2011. Also the fact that it’s situated in a frame hanged in gallery, shows the development and promotion of the glitch/computer aesthetics in the art world.
“The glitch makes the computer itself suddenly appear unconventionally deep, in contrast to the more banal, predictable surface-level behaviours of ‘normal’ machines and systems. In this way, glitches announce a crazy and dangerous kind of moment(um) instantiated and dictated by the machine itself.” Rosa Menkman, curator. The Glitch Moment/ums of Furtherfield Gallery happened in London, June 2013. A very interesting moment as glitch art has been mostly exhibited online which is its natural environment.
Mishka Henner – Pumped, animated gif
Pumpjacks across the United States photographed from space. Mishka Henner has spent time photographing -capturing screenshots- off Google Maps and Street View. His subjects usually depict systemic infrastructure, networks, and concentration of power using visually compelling imagery often reminiscent of the abstract expressionism movement. I consider Miska’s work profound, because of the aesthetics but also the information deriving from the data it’s based on. Unlike many art critics, I appreciate his work because it signifies the transcendence of photography into the digital domain, which has happened a long time ago, but some refuse to accept. From a different perspective, Mishka works with computer generated photographic archives. These large archives were created void of any judgement, emotional trigger and awareness of aesthetics, when “looking” at their subject through the lens(es). The lack of human interaction left space for the artist to experiment. These images have been freed up, while subversively, their meaning and purpose has been altered irreversibly. I chose the animated gif instead of a single image because it shows a common point between all the pumps. Most of them seem to be situated in beautiful fertile land, which contradicts their destructive, ugly product -oil.