Lovely short film about the story behind this famous image taken in collaboration with Salvador Dali. The Photograph was taken by Phillipe Halsman who worked closely with Dali constructing many “outrageous” images. It’s title is Dali Atomicus and his idea was to celebrate Dali’s painting, Leda Atomica (seen on the right) take the word atomicus in its literal meaning, putting everything in suspension. So after hanging certain elements from invisible wires it was decided that three cats and a bucket of water needed to be added to complete the composition. It took 26 takes before Halsman was satisfied.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any photographs of Liverpool, so I’ve put together a small collection of some of my favourites. I have made these availble for sale in the shop if you would like to take a closer look.
Other interesting art work in Liverpool, in its biennial, can also be found here.
I’m starting to build up a new Photography section and have started with cityscapes of London.
Had the most glorious, crisp evening walking down from Trafalgar Square down to Waterloo Bridge. The Forth Plinth was playing resident to a piece called ‘Powerless Structures Fig. 101’ by Elmgreen and Dragset. Cast in bronze it mirrors the more traditional statues but as its subject is a young boy playing on his rocking horse, the gallantry depicted here is of a potential one in the future, not of past conquests. The warm colour as the sun was setting and the sky’s violet made a fabulous contrast. Continue reading Sharp Art Photography
Crosby Beach, 11.30 ish? Sunday 20th May – beautiful. Quiet, warm, very gentle breeze. Just had to take my shoes off and walk along the water’s edge. Often call by to see how the Iron Men are doing (Antony Gormley’s Another Place) and it’s generally more interesting with strong clouds and weather. Today, however, was bright and hazy. Couldn’t see Wales at all. But lovely. A wonderful opportunity for some photography. Here are some shots.
When looking back at this photograph of my feet, I liked the play with light – is it coming from the right or left?
I liked the more abstract elements in the picture with the steps- strong diagonals contrasted with the softer, more flowing tones of the waves.
This image reminded me of Lowry and his silhouetted figures. Each figure seems to be in an isolated state. I loved the little boy pondering the water moving around him – it’s so calm you can’t even call them waves.
I wasn’t looking to focus on the Iron Men, but you can just see some of them emerging from the water in the distance.
Being Stuck in Customs is not such a bad thing, really. Especially when there is a new product being released – their HDR (High Dynamic Range ) tutorial DVD containing over 6 hours of instructional workshops specially edited to teach anyone of any skill level how to create amazing images with HDR.
Just spent the morning devouring articles from this site. Was blown away by the dynamic header and the amount of valuable desktop space it took up. Trey Ratcliff is heavily into HDR or High Dynamic Range photography. How to create that memory of a scene the way you remember it and yet your photographs so often disappoint after. As Mr. Ratcliff says in his tutorial…
“Cameras, by their basic-machine-nature, are very good at capturing “images”, lines, shadows, shapes — but they are not good at capturing a scene the way the mind remembers and maps it. When you are actually there on the scene, your eye travels back and forth, letting in more light in some areas, less light in others, and you create a “patchwork-quilt” of the scene. Furthermore, you will tie in many emotions and feelings into the imagery as well, and those get associated right there beside the scene. Now, you will find that as you explore the HDR process, that photos can start to evoke those deep memories and emotions in a more tangible way. It’s really a wonderful way of “tricking” your brain into experiencing much more than a normal photograph.”
Trey has range of cameras he recommends for this sort of work. He’s a bit of a Nikon man. He starts with the Canon G11 and then works up through an increasingly more expensive but beautiful selection of Nikons, ending with the model he uses. If you want to see the full article and why he likes them, click here. The cameras themselves can be seen below if you fancy buying one.