Posts Tagged ‘square

06
Jul
12

Masako Miyazaki : ‘The Other Side’ Series (Photography)

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“What is
On the other side
In the forest
draped in uncertainty
I am alone,
gazing in admiration”

Masako Miyazaki

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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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Masako Miyazaki’s book The Other Side, was published in late 2011 by Tosei-sha. On viewing it feels like you’re being taken by the hand on a journey into different places. That is not just physical locations, but places in the mind. On studying the images closely, they were taken in a variety of locations, there are images of Japan and elsewhere, yet despite the variety, the image content, texture and style allows them to be presented together whilst maintaining a common theme between them. Location or subject is not what strings them together. On a depictive level, a commonality between the images soon becomes apparent: as the square black and white images almost all seem to be focused on the very remote distance, irrespective of whether the near distance contains any subject of interest.

Additionally, a very close distance object is often obscuring our view slightly – a wall, high-grown grass, a tree, bushy vegetation or similar. We’re often peering over or around those obstructions with a sense of safety as if guarding us from the scene from waist level (possibly due to the use of a medium format camera with waist level finder), like a child who stumbled upon a scene accidentally while running after a ball or a butterfly. Now we find ourselves slightly outside our comfort zone, exactly on the thin line of being equally thrilled and curious to move further while at the same time frightened and wanting to go back to familiar grounds. Here we stand still now, hearing only our own breath and the sounds of nature, frozen in time by our minds and in turn by the capture of the photograph. We’ve become one with the scene, with the environment, except that unlike the trees or bushes around us we have a gaze into the scene and our view is set on the horizon, the infinite distance. – [Extract : J.E.]

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Masako Miyazaki : Website

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23
Apr
12

Azurebumble : ‘AI : Series’ (Photography Book)

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Recently, I’ve curated a number of image series by photographers from ‘Flickr’ on my blog ‘Aesthetic Investigations’. Subsequently, I thought it would be interesting to document these works in a book. Therefore, i’ve arranged a collection of ’39’ abstract and minimal photographic series by these ’32’ artists. A selection of pages from the book can be viewed below, a full book preview can be seen: HERE

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Thank you to everyone who contributed their images to this project.

All graphic content and curations by : Alan Wilson ( azurebumble )

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Book Cover
Front & Back Pages
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Introductory Pages
Copyright & Contents
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Introductory Pages
Tags, Artists & Series Thumbnails
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Photography Series
Gianni Galassi
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Photography Series
Teresa (Colourful Life) & roB_meL
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Photography Series
Camilo Todemann & Olli Kekäläinen
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Photography Series
Brancolina & Barbara Stumm
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Photography Series
Françoise Lucas & Leonie Polah
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Photography Series
Julian Gomez & Tom Mclaughlan
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Artists

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Alec Cheer……………………Annemie Hiele……………………..Azurebumble……………………Barbara Stumm

Brancolina………………….Camilo Todemann…………………..Daniel Molina…………………….Fernandoprats

Françoise Lucas…………….Gianni Galassi…………………….James Withey……………….John Kosmopoulos

Julian Gomez……………Krystina Stimakovits…………………Leonie Polah………………………….Lillykeeper

Lord Jezzer…………………..Lucie Bourassa…………………..Mark Valentine…………………..Olli Kekäläinen

Peter Moons…………………..Phédia Mazuc……………………..Rita Vita Finzi…………………………….roB_meL

Shari Baker……………………Steffen Tuck………………..Teresa (Colourful life)…………..Tom McLaughlan

Visualisarium…………………..Wilma Eras……………………Wouter Hogendorp……………………….Zel Nunes

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VIEW FULL BOOK PREVIEW AND PURCHASE HERE

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23
Jan
12

Osheen Harruthoonyan: ‘Black Garden’ Series (Photography)

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“It’s easy to lose sight of exactly who you are while passing through the ‘Black Garden’. At the start, things are clear, there’s you and there’s the land, you each have your names and the division is simple.

Yet even from a peak within Nagorno-Karabakh you’re lost in the panorama. Mountain after mountain begets valley upon valley. A singular road runs through it all and though the end is too far to make out, you trust there’s an end. In your immediate vicinity at any given time you lose yourself in the intimacy of the trees, the overgrown foliage, the tombstones of an abandoned graveyard like fossilised crevices disintegrating in the wind. Voices buried beneath the moss, and cumulative silence, whisper about war.

There are small signs of life, a singular bird, a crucifix like a question mark that would cease to be seen if not for a blinking flame between the dripping walls of a crumbling cave. As night falls, shadows cannot be deciphered from leaves. Something floats by your eye, mouches volontes, a schism in the visual fabric, produced by your mind or the air, it does not matter. Your heart beats out what colour is left of the fading day and at once you are included and excluded from the landscape…” – Amy Pagnotta

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‘Black Garden’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Black Mirror’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Swan’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
28 x 35 inches
2011
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‘Wave’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Schism’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Tree of Garni’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Mercury’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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Born in Persia and raised in Athens, Greece and Vancouver B.C., Osheen Harruthoonyan is a Toronto based photographer and filmmaker. Drawing upon his rich experiences living in such diverse cities, he employs a multi-faceted approach towards his artistic practice, investigating memory, history and the deconstructive process of time. Osheen’s work has been featured on Bravo! Arts Channel and his exhibitions in Toronto have consistently been noted as a top show not to miss. Harruthoonyan has also worked as a cinematographer on numerous short films, music videos, and experimental films.

Osheen Harruthoonyan’s sumptuous photographic prints evoke the uncertain, fledgling flashes encountered at the threshold of a dream. Combining traditional large-format photography with a variety of analog photo-manipulation techniques, Harruthoonyan skillfully renders his subjects within ethereally illusive environments. The fastidious striations and cracks of his altered film negatives become esoteric anomalies that hearken to a unique and singular “subterranean realm”.

Harruthoonyan’s willingness to take risks within the confines of the traditional photographic process makes this representational capacity possible. Altering each negative by hand, his works crystallize midway between the calculable and the spontaneous, addressing both the systematic and the chaotic. His careful yet playful inventiveness unravels the mysteries of our collective irreconcilable reverie. Harruthoonyan’s creations conjure the lifetimes that exist within moments, and the glimmers of strangeness that give pause to our ever-evolving subconscious states. Within his work, we witness not only the captured image, but the very process of image-making laid bare. – [Ex : La Petite Mort Gallery]

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Osheen Harruthoonyan : Website

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25
Nov
11

Laurent Millet : ‘Les Monolithes’ Series (Photography)

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‘Les Monolithes’
chromogenic dye print
20 x 24 in
2002
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‘Les Monolithes’
chromogenic dye print
20 x 24 in
2002
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‘Les Monolithes’
chromogenic dye print
20 x 24 in
2002
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‘Les Monolithes’
chromogenic dye print
20 x 24 in
2002
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‘Les Monolithes’
chromogenic dye print
20 x 24 in
2002
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‘Les Monolithes’
chromogenic dye print
20 x 24 in
2002
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‘Les Monolithes’
chromogenic dye print
20 x 24 in
2002
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The 2002 photography series ‘Les Monolithes’ is dark and imposing. To create it, Millet returned to the shoreline with pitch-black squarish shapes resting in the water. “I was looking for very minimalistic shapes,” he says, “that could be seen, on the one hand, as almost three-dimensional, and on the other hand, like a black hole in the picture.” The images were inspired by Richard Serra’s engravings, but he also had in mind the history of the beaches at Normandy, where the Canadians tried to disembark during World War II but were killed because their boats couldn’t land on the rocky shore.

“In my imagination,” says Millet, “I was seeing these engines, half-covered by the water, like geometric shapes.” It’s not necessary to know what he was thinking when he made these pictures to feel they have a somber quality. And yet there is a delicacy about them too, in the irregularity of their outside lines, and in the flimsiness of the shapes themselves. “I have a strong necessity to build things,” he says, “but now my constructions have become faster and lighter.” [Extract : Robert Mann Gallery]

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Laurent Millet : Photography

Laurent Millet : Cargo

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23
Nov
11

roB_meL : Photography (Architecture)

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_An uncertain outcome!

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‘_An uncertain outcome!
photograph
roB_meL
2011
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_INclinations - A creative universe

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‘_INclinations – A creative universe’
photograph
roB_meL
2010
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_sTRUCtural constellation

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‘_sTRUCtural constellation’
photograph
roB_meL
2010
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deep shadows, dimensionality

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‘deep shadows, dimensionality’
photograph
roB_meL
2011
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_ AnaTOme - institutional communication

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‘_AnaTOme – institutional communication’
photograph
roB_meL
2011
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_The last Outposts...No escape…AND nowhere to go.

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‘_The last Outposts…No escape…AND nowhere to go’
photograph
roB_meL
2011
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First and foremost, I wish to thank Alan for allowing me to feature in Azurebumble, for his patience and dedication in collecting the photographs that are featured here, in this gallery.

“Urban photography” is not only about urbanism in its contextualism. When one captures the essence of architecture in the so called ” battlefield” of contemporary environment, it is necessary to explore — or exploit the possibilities to travel the roads; several roads that cause expectations. Architecture, in my eyes, then, tends to become totally divorced from its ordinary function. Architecture is for me – a bearer of visual messages and consist in a poetical form, a means by which to intervene in a territory and the consequence of technical precision.

Architecture is part of a continuum and reflect the needs of those who have to inhabit its dimension. The urban nature of the cities we live in, is sometimes occasional, precarious, fragile and unrepeatable. It allows us to embark on a photojournalistic journey that is not only creative but also inspirational; from art to science fiction, from fantasy to visual abstracts. Pursuing an approach that is both documentary and conceptual, urbanism tends toward an ideal, where the eternal search for balance between beauty and functionality, reality and fiction, pervades.

Personally, I think that contemporary architecture has given rise to a new vision of dialogues in urbanism, a sort of “RE – interpretation” of its artistic rhythm of progress – whether it be deconstructionist, brutalist, fantastic or expressionist or clearly visionary or even flowing and introverted.

Architectural photography for me is characterised not by its established concepts, although I perceive it as textual and photographic reporting – but by the abstract geometrical materiality of its forms. It is a means of expressing the form of ethics of repetition, scale, perception and composition on the basis of “not that desire for universality, but transcendentalism, and the abstract relationship with the site”, as so aptly described by Mies van der Rohe.

In an attempt to transform the mundane, photography has become deeply meditative, emotional and increasingly abstracted in a world devised by both myself and the viewers imagination.

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roB_meL : More Works

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23
Nov
11

Wouter Hogendorp : Photography (Architecture)

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Light as light should be

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‘Light as light should be’
wouter hogendorp
photograph
2011
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FoMu

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‘FoMu’
wouter hogendorp
photograph
2011
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FOMU III

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‘FOMU III’
wouter hogendorp
photograph
2011
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Up and down

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‘Up and down’
wouter hogendorp
photograph
2011
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Railing

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‘Railing’
wouter hogendorp
photograph
2011
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No title

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‘No title’
wouter hogendorp
photograph
2011
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Wouter and Canon

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