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This is not a new release. Actually this book has been around for quite a while. I think I purchased it in 2005, but even then it wasn’t new.
I had already written about Sally Mann two months ago. She is an outstanding photographer, being famous for the outdoor nude images of her children. “Immediate Family” is probably her most famous publication and sparked a lot of controversy, especially in times when the public had become very sensitive towards topics like pedophile child abuse etc.

The images shown in this book are taken with a large format camera and beautifully crafted. They show Sally Mann’s children in and around their home. The pictures are strikingly open and natural, very much in the nudist tradition. The set up is similar to Jock Sturges’ images of nude colonies in France and the United States. They are in no way pornographic or indecent (whatever that word means). They are just beautiful!

The book can be purchased here

This is from one of her exhibitions in Jackson Fine Art.

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going to work

January 29, 2009

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Seoul, November 2008. Early in the morning I walked around the area of my hotel. It was cold but the atmosphere and the light were just beautiful.

the square and the sea

January 23, 2009

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This is a picture taken on a Malaysian beach in October 2008 where we spent a long weekend scuba diving. I was trying out the potential of my new HOLGA and was amazed by the amount of nice motives that you can find on a beach. And the light was just beautiful.

This is also another example of the square as such a simple but perfect frame for composition. I am always struggling with rectangles, especially the 3:2 ration that is standard on a 35mm camera. How do you fill a longish wide rectangle, making use of the whole length? Not easy!
With the square I never have problems. It just comes naturally, like a natural way of putting things in place. Maybe that’s why the Old Chinese used to see the world as a square?

thomas-stoffaneller

Thomas Stoffaneller is a photographer from Innsbruck/Austria. His images show beautiful street scenes from Asia and Africa , landscapes in b/w, all on film and beautifully executed. This is classic darkroom work and a good example that there are still things which cannot be achieved with a multi automatic multi megapixel DSLR.
To be able to craft this kind of images you must have a feeling for what you see and then be able to translate that into images and onto the paper.

Thomas and his partner Stefanie Klaunzer share a wonderful website which can be found here!
They are moving to Malaysia this year and I am very much looking forward to meet them.

East Coast

January 21, 2009

reaching-for-the-leafMy daughter Maya, Singapore East Coast Beach, Jan. 2009…

masters of photography

January 19, 2009

Working in Projects

January 15, 2009

If there is one thing that I have learned during the past years, then it is that the quality of my work becomes much better when I work in projects. Like most people my photography used to be rather spontaneous. It’s like when people tell you they never leave home without a camera, or they walk out onto the streets to shoot what comes intotheir way. This seems to be the “Henry Cartier-Bresson” way.

Well, to be honest, I don’t think that any of the street masters of the 20th century ever worked that way. Random shooting, in my experience, usually leads to random photography with over 90% of rubbish. From my experience I can tell that my results become much better if I have at least some kind of theme in my mind before I take my camera out. Then I know what to look for with much better results.
For the last four years, I have mainly been working in projects. That means I spend a big time of thinking about topics, set ups, perspectives etc. before I start to fill out what has been an idea and now becomes reality. When there is an idea, a plan, a structure, the results become much more consistent, much more thought through. Planning usually includes decision about the theme, the perspective (i.e. the camera), the film used, light and picture format. Usually I have a list (in my head) about all the things I want to have covered so that there is nothing missing.
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An example of a rather formal street project in Shanghai is this image. I took my Mamiya onto the street, placed it on a tripod and asked the bypassing people to pose for a portrait, on a stool against the wall. The plan was to get a good overview of ordinary people in Shanghai (urban China) at the beginning of the 21st century. I chose a fixed camera position, neutral daylight (Spring and Autumn mornings) and always the same Color slide and/or b/w film. The project went on through the years 2005 and 2006 until I had the feeling that I had covered a good range of different characters.

Today this project alone means more to me and shows more about the place than hundreds of random street images I took during my first few years in China. It just makes more sense and is simply more thorough and complete than anything I could have done without a project theme. A good lesson about photography and the creative process!