De laatste tijd maak ik eigenlijk weinig creatieve foto’s meer. Naast mijn werk heb ik wat weinig tijd en ik had/heb nog zoveel andere dingen op mijn todo lijstje staan dat ik er maar niet aan toe kom. Niet dat het erg is want ik doe veel andere dingen die ik ook erg leuk vind zoals wandelen (daarbij maak ik wel weer veel foto’s), knutselen, documentaires en films kijken, biologie geschiedenis leren (omdat ik dat ook nog steeds erg interessant vind), ons huis leuk stylen (nieuwe spullen kopen & zelf maken), etc.
Niet dat ik er helemaal niks meer mee doe hoor. In de trein of thuis op de bank ben ik vaak op pinterest te vinden waar ik ook veel fotografie inspiratie opsla maar ook illustraties en andere dingen die ik mooi en interessant vind.
Neem eens een kijkje: https://pinterest.com/jorindephoto/
Arthur Tress make still life photos which are not as normal as most still life photos are. He doesn’t just arrange the objects in a nice way but makes them come to life as they were part of a play. During the making of his series ‘Fish Tank Sonata’ Arthur Tress was staying in a small cottage filled with collectibles and vintage items from the forties and fifties. These items fascinated Arthur and I wanted to make some still life photos with them. He wanted to use some sort of container as a setting for the items but he couldn’t find one. He went to some antique shops and eventually found a fish tank that belonges to the mother of the owner of one of the shops. This is how the series Fish Tank Sonata started. He published these photos in a book together with poems to accompany the images.
Besides ‘Fish Tank Sonata’ Arthur Tress has some other interesting still life projects like ‘Tea Pot Opera’ and ‘Hospital Constructions’. Have a look on his website.
Fish Tank Sonata:
Tea Pot Opera:
In this new category I want to tell about things that fascinate me in life. This could be anything, from fascinating books to random things I notice while I’m taking a walk outside.
All my life I have lived near the dunes which I often visit. I think that started my interest in nature and biology. Sometimes I wonder whether I should have studied Biology instead of Photography. Not that I don’t like photography but sometimes I wish I knew a bit more about different sorts of plants, trees and animals. During biology lessons in high school I always was fascinated by the drawings of plants and their anatomy. Plants and flowers are a bit of art themselves. So many things happen in such a small thing. In my photography I also often use nature because the diversity keeps interesting me. When I was working on the iaminspired project I started to look for old drawings of plants because I wanted to use them in the publication of the series. These drawings started to fascinate me because they gave a realistic but still artistic insight into a plant. Last week I went to the second-hand store and found a book (‘Wat bloeit daar?’) from the 30’s about plants which included lots of drawings. In some way vintage botanical drawings interest me more than recent ones. I don’t really know why, maybe it’s the yellowed paper that fascinates me, maybe the faded colors.. Lately I saw a wonderful old book in the archives of a library which included lots of wonderful full colour prints that were glued in because at that time it was to expensive to print all the pages in colour itself. I hope one day I’ll find such a book in a second-hand store. Until then I have to do look for botanical images in my ‘wat bloeit daar’ book or on pinterest…
One of the artists that inspire me the most is graphic designer and photographer Storm Thorgerson. Storm makes images for album covers in a surrealistic way. What I like about his style is that the ideas are very original and you have to look at a photo a little bit longer too see all the small references and the idea behind it. In the introduction of the book “Taken by Storm” Storm says “We like to think of ourselves as translators. The main objective is to translate an audio event, the music, into a visual event, the cover design. Our hope is to represent visually the music in its many diverse aspects and as faithfully as we can, although not always in a very straightforward manner. We invariably listen to the music in question, read and re-read the lyrics and talk in depth to the musicians about their work”.
In my own music photography I also this philosophy. A lot of bands are very happy when they finally release their first album. They put a lot of time, effort and money in the process of getting good quality recordings but a lot of them forget that the album also has a cover that has to be of good quality as well. A lot of bands just use a photo of themselves (mostly an old one that is of low quality) or a design that’s similar to the design of another band they like. But especially nowadays , when the music industry is changing a lot, not just the music but also the cover of the album should stand out to become successful as a band. I like to work together with a band to create more than just another generic band photo and dive deeper into the music to get an original image that fits the band.
In his work Storm Thorgerson uses all kinds of objects to translate his ideas and what I most like about that is that he tries to do as much as possible for real. “Doing it for real is our avowed philosophy – rather the computer in the head than the one on the desk” Storm says. So he doesn’t use photoshop to put a giant pig between four towers, he really lets somebody make a giant pig and put it between the towers. (funny detail: the wind was too strong and the pig broke lose and they even had to interrupt the the plain flights into Heathrow for a while until the pig was caught).
I really like that philosophy because it is the same thing I like to achieve in my photography. I also combine music and photography and also try to find an original idea and translate that in a somewhat surreal setting. The only thing I unfortunately don’t have already is a budget to create objects myself. Sometimes I have this wonderful idea in my head but I don’t have the means or money to translate it into a photo. So I have to think in more affordable and simpler ways to communicate my ideas in a photo but still keep it interesting and surprising. But who knows, maybe in the future I can start some bigger projects. But besides that, creating interesting photos with limited resources is also challenging and something that makes me think in creative ways.
In this post are some of my favourite works made my Storm. If you like it, have a look on his website for more: stormthorgerson.com/ And if you really like it buy one of his books to get a better view at the photos and read all the stories about how they were made. I’ve got “Taken by Storm” and “Mind over Matter – the images of pink floyd” on my bookshelve but they’re not available on his website any more. But the new book “The Raging Storm” should be just as good.
I found this weblog via pinterest and I really like it: http://whothefuckismickjagger.tumblr.com/
It’s an image-only weblog which gives you a feeling you’re somewhere in the 70s hanging out with rock stars in the middle of a mystical forest.
One of my favourite boards on my pinterest account is the one where I collect photos that makes you think you are in a dream.
by Michal Mozolewski
by Kim Høltermand
by Marcelo F de Abreu
Have a look at the whole collection here.