Posts Tagged ‘dreams

10
Jul
12

Reiko Imoto : ‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series (Photography)

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Reiko has a unique eye and her works look mysterious and surreal, yet the subject matter that she captures are from her everyday life. Inspired by her own inner reality, subconscious world, dreams, childhood memories, psychology, Surrealist paintings and films, fairytales, music, poetry, and every single ordinary thing she sees that give her many perspectives. She is mostly interested in things which we only can see when our eyes are closed, such as dreams, memories, imagination, and so on. [Profile]

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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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This body of work is about my feeling of forgetting. Sometimes I cannot remember my dream after waking up, even though I know I had a dream and I try to recall it very much. What I remember is only a feeling or mood from the dream without visual evidence. I try to imagine things, or people’s faces as the keywords that might have been in the dream. However, there is only a mood of mystery, melancholia, nostalgia, or happiness remaining in my mind; as if I remember the smell of a particular food, but I do not remember what the food could be at all. In such occasions, I feel as if my memories and dreams are trapped in a “drawer” of my subconscious mind and I cannot find a “key” to open it and to see inside, where there would be something important for myself. I imagine that people who have amnesia must feel something like that all the time. I once had a chance to ask a question to a psychologist who studies dreams, “Do amnesiacs have dreams of their old memories?” The psychologist answered me, “Yes. They have such dreams, but they never remember what they dreamt about.” Throughout this project, I have tried to express my own feelings of a forgotten, unknown memory, imagining an atmosphere of dream visions that would never have remained in an amnesiac’s memory. Exploring the feeling of forgetting might not be as valuable as focusing on exploring the feeling of remembering in our lives. However, recognizing the existence of forgetting, as a part of the workings of the mind, might set us free from our own “mind drawers”. – Reiko Imoto : Artists Statement

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Reiko Imoto : Website

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28
Jan
12

Ernst Haas : Colour Photography

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“I never really wanted to be a photographer. It slowly grew out of the compromise of a boy who desired to combine two goals — explorer or painter. I wanted to travel, see and experience. What better profession could there be than the one of a photographer, almost a painter in a hurry, overwhelmed by too many constantly changing impressions? But all my inspirational influences came much more from all the arts than from photo magazines.” – Ernst Haas

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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1981’
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1961’
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘America, 1962’
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1975’
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1975’
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘America, 1956’
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1952’
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘Utah, 1969’
Colour Photography
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Haas’s frustration with the limitations of technology pushed him at every turn to be slightly ahead of his time. He was a technological pioneer with the eye of a painter and the soul of a poet. It has been written that before Haas there was no color photography, only colored photographs. Haas’s first color essay was on New York, the city he would ultimately make his home. When the editors of LIFE magazine saw it, they gave it an unheard-of layout of 24 pages and called it “Magic Images of a City”.

Essays on Paris and Venice followed. Ten years later, when the Museum of Modern Art held their first color retrospective, it was the work of Haas they chose to feature. Though a Magnum photographer in the heyday of photojournalism, Haas was not interested in color as reportage. He was interested in the super-reality of dreams. To achieve this he gave commonplace objects and silhouettes new meaning. A reflection brought home the hidden depths underlying a conventional urban storefront; torn posters peeling off buildings shaped themselves into an art gallery. In his quest to produce feelings, he introduced hues and tones never before seen in printed color. And at all times his work was informed and enlightened by a guiding intelligence capable of great and quizzical humor. – [Essay by Inge Bondi]

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Ernst Haas : Website

Ernst Haas : Getty Images

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11
Dec
11

Rocky Schenck : Photography

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‘Daydream’
gelatin silver print
30 x 40 in
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‘Time Off’
gelatin silver print
30 x 40 in
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‘The Art Movers’
gelatin silver print
30 x 40 in
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‘Guns And Clowns’
gelatin silver print
30 x 40 in
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‘Coffee Break’
gelatin silver print
30 x 40 in
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‘Savannah’
gelatin silver print
30 x 40 in
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“My approach is rather simple: I record on film what I see and what I feel as I travel through life. Although my photographs have been taken all over the world, there is a consistency to the imagery due to the manipulation of both the film’s negative and of the print’s surface. I consider my images to be illustrations of my conscious (and perhaps subconscious) dreams, emotions, and longings. Many of the images explore positive and negative realities that inhabit dreamlike settings. When I shoot these images, they are usually not premeditated or contrived. I simply take my camera with me wherever I go and try to remain open to whatever life shoves or gently places in front of me. When I’m shooting, I look for images which tell a story, or provide some element of a dramatic narrative. Of course, sometimes it’s a matter of being swept away by the haunting beauty of nature, which provides constant inspiration and solace. If I’m sad or melancholy, I can wander somewhere with my camera and usually turn my mood around by stumbling upon something unexpected and wonderful.” Rocky Schenck

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Rocky Schenck : Website

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12
Mar
11

Peikwen Cheng : “Lost & Found” (Photography)

“doors of perception”
lost and found series
peikwen cheng
2000-2010

“searching for lost horizons”
lost and found series
peikwen cheng
2000-2010

“launching out of oblivion”
lost and found series
peikwen cheng
2000-2010

“deep in thought”
lost and found series
peikwen cheng
2000-2010

“lamp mobile”
lost and found series
peikwen cheng
2000-2010

“5 star ride”
lost and found series
peikwen cheng
2000-2010

“In 2000, I journeyed to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to a pre-historic lake bed, ringed by mountains. It’s at a strikingly beautiful place, yet incredibly inhospitable place plagued by alkaline dust storms. Each year a spontaneous community gathers for one week to share, build, participate and then disappear. Creativity is abound and caution is tossed to the wind. People realize their dreams and whims, no matter how nonsensical they may be in the real world. It’s this idea of realising dreams that’s been incredibly inspiring to me and has propelled me to tackle challenging projects, including this series Lost and Found (2000-2010).” Peikwen Cheng

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Peikwen Cheng : Website

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04
Oct
10

Rocky Schenck : Photography

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30 x 40 inches
toned gelatin silver print

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Picnic
30 x 40 inches
toned gelatin silver print

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Cemetery Screening
30 x 40 inches
toned gelatin silver print

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Utopia
30 x 40 inches
toned gelatin silver print

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The Appointment
30 x 40 inches
toned gelatin silver print

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Peeping Tom
30 x 40 inches
toned gelatin silver print

“my approach is rather simple: I record on film what I see and feel as I travel through life. Although my photographs have been taken all over the world, theres a consistency to the imagery due to the manipulation of both the film’s negative and of the prints surface. I consider my images to be illustrations of my conscious (and perhaps subconscious) dreams, emotions, and longings. Many of the images explore positive and negative realities that inhabit dreamlike settings. When I shoot these images, they’re usually not premeditated or contrived, I simply take my camera with me wherever I go and try to remain open to whatever life shoves, or gently places in front of me. When I’m shooting, I look for images which tell a story, or provide some element of a dramatic narrative. Of course, sometimes it’s a matter of being swept away by the haunting beauty of nature, which provides constant inspiration and solace. If I am sad or depressed or melancholy, I can wander somewhere with my camera and usually turn my mood around by stumbling upon something unexpected and wonderful.” Rocky Schenck

Rocky Schenck : Website

Rocky Schenck : Kopeikin Gallery

Rocky Schenck : Jackson Fine Art

Rocky Schenck : M + B, Los Angeles




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