Monthly Archives: August 2011
Along with more than two hundred fellow photographer-artists, I participated in Kat’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. I sent Kat five postcards with my own photos on the front, and got back postcards from five other swap participants as well as one from Kat. I really enjoyed this, not only because I love finding things in my mailbox that are neither advertising nor bills, but also because I love that sense of being part of a huge web of people spread all over the world.
Let me share the six postcards I got:
This is the one from Kat herself. Would you look at those gorgeous colours and textures! Unfortunately someone somewhere in the postal system fastened a white sticker down one side on the front.
Having more or less grown up by the sea, I absolutely adore this amazing image of a crab:
I can’t make out the signature on this card – do speak up if it is from you! I did manage to make out the quote on the card – an interesting piece of thought by René Descartes:
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
Then a fascinating collage from Lui in the Phillipines:
And finally this one from April Cole, showing a ‘perfect pear’ that appears to be made from the pages of a book. How awesome is that?!
Funfairs are visually very fascinating. They can be charming, vintage, childlike, dreamy and old-fashioned, but also sinister and creepy. Fee’s wonderful image captures many of these things.
I’m particularly in love with the strings of little lights and the red tones, produced by shooting with redscale film. Redscale is on my list of photography-related things to try, though I’m not at all sure which subjects will suit it. I’ve experimented a bit with the redscale effect in one of my camera phone apps, and more or less the only successful image is this one, showing – unsurprisingly – a scene from a funfair. Good thing I rarely get to a funfair at all, or I should have had no incentive to shoot anywhere else once I get my cameras loaded with redscale 🙂
While the Mortal Muses theme was ‘Two’, I kept seeing pairs of things everywhere when I was out shooting. No big surprise really; when you stop to think about it, the notion of two, a pair, is a very basic concept of human thinking.
First, there are the equal pairs. Partners. Friends. Twin siblings. My own two hands and my own two feet.
Or, like in my images, two pairs of hearts left behind for the victims of the Oslo terror attacks on July 22nd.
Second, and perhaps more interestingly – the opposite pairs. Male and female. Hot and cold. Old and young. Tied in with this is the notion of the liminal that I find so fascinating, the between state – when there are two polar opposites, there is usually also something between them. The doorstep between the safe indoors and the scary outside. The horizon where the sea and the sky meet and merge. Middle age.
I shot and put together the following two images during the week after the terror attacks, when the sadness they express was further augmented by the contrast between the child-like balloon and the dying rose.