I’m a huge fan of the Thin White Duke. He needs no introduction. His amazingly prolific creativity across many decades and mediums speaks for itself eloquently. The travelling exhibition of his blockbuster V&A archive show at the Philharmonie de Paris/ Cité de la Musique, Paris includes over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades. I recommend a visit. Even though photography was ‘interdit’, I still managed to capture a few snaps with my iPhone. Rebel Rebel 🙂 If you would like to see more of my mobile music photography, please visit: http://seanhayesmusicphotography.tumblr.com
Crossing © Sean Hayes
Outlaw © Sean Hayes
Suicide © Sean Hayes
Very pleased to be invited by Knox Bronson over at P1xels to take part in a year-long exhibition of iPhonic Art at the Markham Vineyards Gallery in California. Equally pleased to see some familiar names among those chosen by Knox to exhibit their work. Talented artists one and all. Like many in the iPhoneography community, I am continually impressed by Knox’s commitment and dedication to the iPhonic arts movement. Knox was the first person to post one of my iPhone photographs online, way back in 2010, and I still remember the thrill of seeing my submission posted on his site http://www.pixelsatanexhibition.com The site also introduced me to the work of fellow iphoneographers like Roger Guetta, Klaudia Cechin, Paul Moore, Clint Cline, Cindy Patrick and many, many other talented artists whose work really impressed me and continues to do so.
My submission for the exhibition is “Angel Wings” which I shot on a recent visit back to Dublin, Ireland. It was a beautiful sunny day with a low autumn light bathing the city. I only noticed the reflected “wings” when I started to process the image with a fantastic B&W app called Camera Noir. Serendipity is the lifeblood of photography. The photograph is posted below. If you are in the Napa Valley area of California during 2015, make a point of visiting the gallery in St.Helena – sixty or so artists will be on show and I’m sure you will be blown away with the quality of the work.
Link to details about the gallery and exhibition: http://www.pixelsatanexhibition.com/articles/new-iphonic-art-show-to-open-next-month-at-markham-vineyards-gallery-in-st-helena-ca/
Angel Wings © Sean Hayes
Photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 19 years. Rotterdam’s heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in many cities abroad.
They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people’s attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.
Wim van Sinderen, Senior Curator
Museum of Photography, The Hague
Link to site: Exactitudes®.
Marion © Trevor Hart
Grace © Trevor Hart
Sally © Trevor Hart
BARE is a project by photographer, Trevor Hart. It began in 2011 and explores the personal expression of 20 women ageing from 21 to 53 who volunteered to be photographed nude in Trevor’s studio. None of the images have been manipulated or retouched and celebrate the natural beauty and uniqueness of every woman’s body. The history, surgery, illness, recovery and health, all expressed in a very feminine and personal way. The lighting is directional yet gentle and soft and emulates light from a window to describe the shape of a shoulder, the neck, an arm or the breasts, not trying to draw the eye in a particular direction but creating a very private mood in which to view. This mood captures the intimacy of each of the sittings and each woman has written of her experience describing an overwhelming feeling of fear at first, then growing confidence, empowerment and happiness within themselves.
The BARE book will be launched at the RHA in Dublin on October 9 2014 and a showing of 16 large digital prints in frames will be on show there until Saturday October 11. The profits from each book sale (Min donation of €40) will go to Dress For Success http://www.dressforsuccessdublin.org/
which is an international organisation which helps women in need of help, back in to the workforce with interview and CV skills training, and the all important interview outfit. The fund-it campaign was launched yesterday to cover the cost of printing the book and there are a number of rewards. In addition to digital prints, from €25, the book (€45 inc postage in Ireland, €57 international postage) and the book plus an invite to the launch (€90) Trevor will photograph you in his studio from €500. Form an orderly queue ladies (and gents if thats what it takes!)
Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “The inner life of an artist”. The title says it all – worth 2 minutes of your time. Link: Photographer Swallows 35mm Film, Allows Digestive Fluids To Create Astounding Images – Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design.
There are very few maverick Japanese. Daido Moriyama is one of them. Famous for his black and white street photography of post-war Japan, we find him discussing his art during a visit to the colour saturated, Blade Runner metropolis, that is Hong Kong. He’s beginning to experiment with colour. I encourage you to explore the work of this most enigmatic of photographers.
Video Link: Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power – NOWNESS.
Personal website: http://www.moriyamadaido.com/english/