The three blogs that I found extremely well put together, in no particular order, are Michael Sutliff, Anthony Coleman, and Aaron Katzen.
I found Michael’s blog particularly interesting because you are first greeted with his video that is on a freeze frame of a saw with brilliant sparks coming off it, and if you scroll down you find extremely energetic photos from his final works.
Anthony’s blog caught my eye because the first scroll you are bombarded with fluorescent photo’s from his grid and triptych. They really catch your attention and make you want to stop and examine the pictures. Not only does he have shots from his final, but he has a series of photos from a “campus shoot” that are just as attention grabbing below.
The final blog that really captured my attention was Aaron Katzen. For starters he has a super cool layout that I haven’t seen on anyone else’s blog. He has photos mixed with videos and the colors really make me stop and look to see what’s going on on his blog.
The MOPA exhibit in San Diego is absolutely breathtaking. The photographs deal with a big problem that is affecting our world today. It was great to see an exhibit about the environment because we have seen many things about that in class while watching various documentaries. I did not know so much photography was connected to the environment and it has made me much more aware of my surroundings and what I can do to help.
There are a couple images that stuck out in my mind from the show, one being a Chris Jordan photo and the other an Edgar Martins. The Chris Jordan is a picture of a dead bird with brightly colored trash spilling out and interlaced to its mid-section. At first glance it almost looks as if the trash is part of the bird and it some kind of crazy feathers or ornaments decorating the bird. It takes a moment to stare at it and realize that it is not supposed to be there and is in fact extremely harmful to the bird.
The Edgar Martin picture is of a foggy forest scene. It is so peaceful and simple that I have a hard time getting it out of my head. It is interesting to see such a contrast of bright, sharp colors next to a soft, ethereal picture.
Sally Mann got recognition through her book she published of pictures of her children. She documented her two daughters and son throughout ten years. Much controversy was raised about her book because many of the pictures her children are not wearing clothes. I honestly do not think it is that big of a deal because children never wear clothes. It is not as if she posed her children in provocative ways, she just captured their personality and innocence in everyday activities. I especially loved the old camera she used and the old look it gave the pictures. It is a rare form today to find photographers who are not using digital prints. Using negative prints and an actual dark room exhibit an authentic look to her pictures. The series she is in the middle of working on deals with everyday life of a married couple. From showering, to sex, to clipping toenails, this series captures the ins and outs of married life. She uses her husband and herself as the subjects, and again, nudity is a common thread running through the photos.
Her most recent series deals with death, and she went to a forensic lab where they are experimenting on the decaying rates of humans out in the open. She took photos of actual dead bodies, all in various stages of decaying. To try and lighten up the exhibit in the end, she put a huge table filled with super close up shots of her children’s faces. These pictures were pretty ethereal, because she used a long exposure so if they moved their face that part of their features is a little blurred and softer. I think those prints are absolutely stunning and would love to see a series out of that.
Annie Liebovitz. Every one seems to know that name. Most well known for her work of shooting celebrities, Annie also shoots breath taking landscapes and is an equally enthusiastic mother of three. She has made a huge name for herself as daring, incredibly innovative, and authoritative. Annie was the third oldest of six siblings, giving to the fact that her mother always had a camera on the children to capture their youth. In turn, growing up with a camera made it part of the family, another extension of her. It only seems natural that she would pick up on it so effortlessly. Getting her start at Rolling Stone Magazine, Annie quickly became a force to be reckoned with. Before Annie, Rolling Stone was mainly focused on the story, rightfully so. But when she came along, and captured such moving and brilliant photographs of the artists, they couldn’t be ignored. She became the “go to” girl for rock and roll portraits. From that stemmed her long list of famous clientele she has shot today.
I am absolutely blown away by Annie’s work. Some of her pictures have stuck with me for years. I love her earlier work of candid shots. I think it is so essential for photographers to be able to capture candid moments so eloquently. It makes me want to see more and more and more of her work because you feel as though you are in the room with these utterly fascinating people. Her later work of more staged shots are indescribable as well. They are so quirky and captivating that you can’t help but stare at them longer than you would most other photographs.
Mary Ellen Mark is a world-renowned photography who is today recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. She has photographed everything from brothels in Bombay to a long list of celebrities. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Her images of our world’s diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography.
The list of awards she has received it too long to fit on one page, and has added producer and book author to her resume as well.
An amazing photographer who inspires me is Eve Arnold. I was always captivated by a certain photo she took of Marilyn Monroe, and when I started researching her I was amazed by the portrait work she has done. Her portraits of Marilyn are breathtaking and capture her in a way different than any other photographs she took, which is difficult to do with someone who was photographed as often as Ms. Monroe.
There is no denying the power of eyes in Steve McCurry’s portraits. I have never seen work where the eyes are so piercing in so many photos. His work is striking and motivational to capture so much emotion and feeling in just the eyes.
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An artist who isn’t afraid to take risks is Mary Ellen Mark. So many of her works carry the “who gives a damn” attitude but each evoke a completely different emotion. She pushes the envelope and creates amazing photos that are so unique and odd they could never be recreated.
Most everyone in Irving Penn’s portraits look slightly mad. I love it. There is a hint of insanity in a lot of his subject’s eyes. It takes a skillful person to bring out the madness of people on camera, and I am always extremely impressed when I see his work that he can bring out and capture the crazy and sometimes slightly creepy side of people.