Archive for the 'Art, design and photography' Category

Leica

I came across this wonderful article about the cult of Leica today, which reminded me of my dad’s obsession with the German camera manufacturer.

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He took up photography a few years back to the extent that he turned the cupboard under our stairs into a dark room.

Books about Henri Cartier-Bresson and the history of Leica started appearing in the house, as did some admittedly excellent shots that he had taken and had had blown up.

I remember coming home from university one year with my new girlfriend for the first time only to be confronted by my dad wielding a new camera and snapping away like David Bailey. The poor girl was a bit bemused at first but one of the shots my dad got of us ended up framed and on our wall for the next few years.

My trusty Panasonic DMC-FZ10 has a 12x Leica lens and, while the camera is as old as the hills and is only 4 mega-pixels, I doubt I could find a better lens now for less than a few hundred pounds.

Anyway, anyone who has more than a passing interest in photography will get a lot out of the article. Some famous Leica enthusiasts? Cartier-Bresson, Lee Friedlander, Queen Elizabeth II, Diane Arbus, Spike Jonze, Albert Korda, Nan Goldin.

Availabot

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Availabot is a customizable model that plugs into your computer through USB. You can sync it with a friend of your choice on your Instant Messenging client and when that person logs on, the model stands up. When they log off, the model collapses in a heap.

Availabot is the brainchild of Schulze and Webb, a London-based design consultancy. It’s still in development though, so you can’t get your grubby little mitts on it just yet.

(Found at It’s Nice That)

Who watches over me?

Today I went to Louisiana and saw the Richard Avedon exhibition. I thought his portraits were amazing.

There, I saw a brief snippet of a documentary where Avedon talks about the extraordinary intimacy of the photographer-subject relationship. . . how every nuance is revealing, how every action has subtle consequences.

I don’t take portraits, and most of my shots are, like the one above (today in Louisiana’s amazing grounds), shot without the subject’s knowledge.

But Avedon’s portraiture is so powerful, so candid, and so much more revealing of the subject’s humanity.

In the documentary he reveals that he rarely stood behind his camera, preferring instead to stand to the side to better enable him to interact with the subject.

I think it is the quality of this interaction that takes the photographer from technician to artist.

Copenhagen street style

Is a cool street photography blog I just discovered.

Quite why I haven’t found it before, i’m not sure.

Anyway, check it out by clicking on this word right here.

Incidentally, ages ago I started a Flickr group called Copenhagen Street Style but it’s only got about 40 members and no-one posts any pics in there anymore.

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Such talented boys

My lovely friends over at Spoiled Milk are men of many talents. Not only do they have the finest beards in Christendom, every now and then they produce actual work. Work that clients pay them for. With money!

For instance up-and-coming Dansk rock dudes Marvel Hill asked them to design a record cover. And so they did.

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bicyle in the street

The Flickr universe is exhilarating and addictive.

Every day I discover the work of wonderfully talented photographers. The latest – and one cycle culture fans will definitely want to check out – is Arunas Kulikauskas.

I’ve linked to his bicycles set but be sure to check out the rest of his stuff.

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Permission to shoot?

As some of you may have seen, I contribute to the photographic blog Copenhagen girls on bikes.

In recent weeks, some friends have questioned whether what I am doing is ethically sound and I would be interested to gain some more perspectives.

Have a look at the blog and let me know your thoughts.

In researching street photography techniques, I came across this thread on Flickr which raises some interesting points. It seems that the majority of photographers on there feel that asking for permission first makes it impossible to get truly candid shots.

Me? I just shoot, shoot, shoot. Deal with questions later. Or in my case, ride off fast. 😉

Incidentally, while roaming round the Flickr universe I came across the work of Gary Isaac. Check it out, you won’t regret it.