Thursday, September 18, 2014

Women are Beautiful by Garry Winogrand

Hailed as a pioneer of the "snapshot aesthetic," Garry Winogrand used a wide-angle lens on his Leica M4 camera to produce spontaneous images emphasizing how everyday subjects, like people, dogs, or crowds, interact with the landscape around them. His work features oblique perspectives, often resulting in awkwardly composed photographs made by the stealthy eye of a private investigator. However, Winogrand is also routinely criticized for exploiting the subjects of his work. In particular, his 1975 publication Women are Beautiful features eighty-five photographs of young adult women. The pictures taken mainly around the streets and parks of New York. At the same time, in their obsession with—and helpless lust for—the female form and spirit, the pictures are also an uninhibited confession. The grinning title of the work, and the camera's shameless focus on tightly wrapped girlish bodies, with an emphasis on breasts and crotches, seemed designed to incite feminists. Many of them have been glad to oblige him.

Winogrand wrote in his book, “Whenever I’ve seen an attractive woman, I’ve done my best to photograph her. I don’t know if all the women in the photographs are beautiful, but I do know that the women are beautiful in the photographs. By the term ‘attractive woman,’ I mean a woman I react to, positively… I do not mean as a man getting to know a woman, but as a photographer photographing.

(via Worcester Art Museum)

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Wonderful Film Photography by Nami Nakamura

Nami Nakamura, a 38 year-old Japanese photographer, is also a graphic designer based-in the country side of the end in Osaka. She first got into photography in 2007 under the influence of her boyfriend (her husband now) and since then she has shoot on film only. "He used digital but my first camera is Seagull TLR. I want to take double exposure and square format. I was not interested in the digital camera. because I am a graphic designer. I use photoshop at work. Photography is not job, so I don't want to use digital." She says.

Nami, also known as 73。 on Flickr, uses a Kiev 88 as her favourite camera and loves to shoot everythings in her life, especially double exposure photography. "My photography is all of my favorite things: art, nature, colour, flower, music, film, meal, fashion…and me! I think the way of the life appears in photograph, It's so important and a wonderful photograph can not be taken only by expensive equipment and skills." She adds.

See more of her work at her photostream on Flickr.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lady in Black

"Lady in Black" is a song by the rock band Uriah Heep. It is the fourth track of their 1971 album Salisbury. The song is credited to Ken Hensley. "It tells the story of a man wandering through war-torn darkness and encountering a goddess-like entity who consoles him."

The song is Uriah Heep's most "listened to" song on with more than 15,000 hits and also a source of inspiration for us to feature some beautiful analogue photos of "lady in black" below.

Girl in the forest by Oleh Slobodeniuk

Untitled by alison scarpulla

valse funèbre by the ghosts I summoned

frozen heart by the69th

Untitled by Mariam Sitchinava.

Untitled by Dennis Auburn

Untitled by Maria Kazvan

Mirror vi by Can Dagarslani

Untitled by Aëla Labbé

Strolling Through the Forest by Anna Marcell

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Scott Levine - 5 things I love about Film

Scott Levine is an American photographer, based-in New York. He started photographing when he was a kid and since then he has shot mostly on film. He often uses a Minolta X-700 (with a 50mm f/1.4), an Olympus XA2, and a Yashica-Mat 124 as his favourite cameras.

Scott who was featured on our website once about half a year ago would like to share main reasons that make him always love shooting film.

1. Most important is the way it looks. I love the grain, the way the shades and colours, black and white work together to create an image. They blend smoothly, not abruptly, and carry with them an experience that led to that final image. It's not the interaction between light and a computer. It's light working with the chemistry of the film to make something new. I also love the fact that if you don't like the way your photos look, all you have to do is try a different film.

2. The entire photography process from the time I put the roll of film into the camera until the time I hold a print is a work of love. It's incredibly sensory and visceral. The way the film feels in your hands, the act of loading it into the camera, the photography itself, the rhythm of developing. When you have a thing, not just a file, but a thing that you made using tools, that you're involved with from start to finish, even if you have a lab do your developing and printing. There's simply nothing like that moment when you pull a roll of negatives from the tank, or a print from the tray and you can see the whole line of work that you did behind it. Also, because you only have a limited number of frames to work with, it's offer a matter of it not being what you shoot, but what you don't. I've had some long walks through amazing places where I've come very close but didn't take a single photo.

3. The cameras. I have a small collection of about 50 or 60 cameras, of all different ages, styles, and formats, and nearly all of them mean something to me. They feel sturdy in my hands, and take patience and time to learn to use correctly. You can't argue with the cost, either. I got a pro-quality Bronica SQ-A 6x6 SLR with three lenses for about $500 US a couple of years ago, and I think my entire collection cost me less than the cost of a new DSLR.

4. The connection to the past, and the connection to the future. A couple of years ago my father-in-law gave me an old Kodak from the early 1900s. It uses 122 film, and took some work, but I was able get some perfectly good photos with it, over a hundred years after it was made. When I look at it, I wonder where that camera has been, and what it's seen. Whose lives have been photographed with it? Also, my uncle gave me an old negative that he had from when he was in the army, a photo he shot but never printed of a young Elvis Presley. I was able to hand him a print of that all those years later. Years from now, those cameras will still work, and negatives will still be negatives. They'll still be printable.

5. The passion. I don't think there's a photographer using film today who doesn't do it out of love. There are other options, so why would you put the effort in -- and there's no question there is some extra work needed -- if you didn't love to? That connection to the work, not just pressing a button, shows through right away.

6. (A bonus) The smell of fixer on my hands. I'm not fortunate to have a job I love, but after a night spent working on my photography, that smell of fixer on my hands is a way to remind myself of everything that I put into each photo I take, and the path I went down to get there.

See more of his work at:

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