A selection of images from the Monday evening beginners photography group.
Richard Avedon was a 20th century giant of fashion and portrait photography who effortlessly straddled the line between commercial and personal work, sustaining his unique vision throughout. This documentary gives a great account of his work and the restless charisma of the man behind it.
For ABC students and anyone else with a remote interest in still life, this comprehensive account of the genres history covers everything from the Renaissance, right up to today’s photography/video offerings. Expires on Iplayer on Sunday 12/01/14 so catch it while you can!
Earlier this year, Indie Film Lab, a lab dedicated to film shooters, decided to take a road trip. It was from Montgomery, Alabama to Las Vegas, Nevada. During that time they made a documentary about it. It is called “Long Live Film” on the trip they talked about why they shoot film. They talked with other photographers about how they feel about film photography. In essence its about their love of film photography.
Gaia, The Birth of an End © Kirsty Mitchell
Part tribute, part conceptual photography, part exploration of costume and set design, Wonderland is an ongoing series of portraits by UK photographer Kirsty Mitchell. After the loss of her mother in 2008, Mitchell found herself in need of a creative outlet to grapple with the emptiness that often follows the death of a loved one. To fill the vacuum, Mitchell began to revisit fragments of fairy tales her mother would share with her as a child and decided to use them as a starting point for a series of elaborate portraits that would make use of her background in fashion design and costume making. The resulting images would form a storybook without words, a sort of visual narrative that people might project their own stories onto.
Everything you see in Mitchell’s photos from the costumes to the sets have been sewn, painted, glued, and assembled completely by hand, requiring up to five months of preparation. By the time of each photoshoot, which generally happens in the woodlands around her home, an elaborate scene has been constructed that the photographer says is akin to a miniature movie set, complete with lighting and assistants, let alone her absurdly patient models.
Gammelyn’s Daughter © Kirsty Mitchell
Gammelyn’s Daughter a Waking Dream © Kirsty Mitchell
The Ghost Swift © Kirsty Mitchell
The Last Door of Autumn © Kirsty Mitchell
The Guidance of Stray Souls © Kirsty Mitchell
The Faraway Tree © Kirsty Mitchell
The Storyteller © Kirsty Mitchell
The Queen’s Armada © Kirsty Mitchell
A Floral Birth © Kirsty Mitchell
Now five years later the Wonderland project has practically consumed Mitchell’s life. The photos, which total 69 pictures, have gone thoroughly viral around the web and have opened up entirely new avenues in her artistic career. Mitchell has just announced a collaboration with FX Media, who is helping to shoot a full-length documentary about the final 10 photos in the series, including a 5-minute behind-the-scenes clip detailing the preparation for each image, the first of which, Gaia, you can watch above. Mitchell also recently exhibited with Italian Vogue and was made Nikon UK’s Ambassador of Fine Art Photography in July of this year. You can learn more about her work via her website and get info on limited edition prints here.
Lastly, please do not use Mitchell’s Wonderland images on your billboard, t-shirt, coffee mug or shower curtain without her permission. Seriously. She’s an exceptionally kind person to speak with and will be thrilled to hear all about your amazing ideas for her work. All images above courtesy Kirsty Mitchell. (via PetaPixel)
The popular gadget website ‘Engadget’ has recently produced a series of videos that show some of the countries leading street photographers in action. The photographers give us some good tips on how they shoot street photography and also an insight into why they choose to shoot street photography.
See below for the videos…