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baccaruda
Jan 10, 2008


I'm really annoyed at her photo of the Obama family. Barack is slightly blurry, I don't like the density of the shadows in Michelle's hair and torso, and the background is overly informal feels sloppy to me. There's some lights right over Malia's head, and a painting growing out of Sasha's head, and what looks like a chair behind them trying to squeeze into the middle of the shot. It looks like someone sat them down, shoved a camera into Leibovitz's hands, and maybe even pushed the button for her. If she was going for "informal," well, she certainly got it.

I DO, however, think it clever to have posed Sasha next to her dad, and Malia next to her mom, as they respectively share resemblances.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...ly_portrait.jpg


gently caress you aurora posted:

They not that great, I don't know why but Leibovitz's photos never really gripped me. Maybe they're just technically great, but they don't always draw me in like some of the other photos posted in the thread. The tilted expression of Bush is really annoying me.

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baccaruda
Jan 10, 2008


http://www.life.com/image/first/in-...lls-angels-1965

my favorite from the set:

baccaruda
Jan 10, 2008


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RBFp_5q7bY

My friend Josh's winning submission for the NxNW 48-hr film festival here in SpoVegas.

baccaruda
Jan 10, 2008


My friend Dean told me of a conversation he'd had with an older dude at the bar; they were talking about art and the OD said something leading into "Corporations are art."
Dean's an artist (Dean Reiner in Portland FWIW) and a fairly anarchic, anti-corporate person, so this shocked him. OD explained that the people running corporations have dedicated their lives to the pursuance of instinctive excellence at what they do - never mind that some of it is some pretty evil poo poo. They make it look easy while it's impenetrable to the average person.
Later I was talking with my artist friend Rhonda. She knows Dean and I was telling her of the same exchange. I told her I'd realized it was the same thing athletes describe about being in The Zone - when they literally *can't* drop the ball/miss the shot, when baseball players say that the ball looked absolutely huge headed toward them because they had Zone Tunnel Vision... This had the same "holy poo poo" effect on her as OD's remark to Dean because neither she nor I are sports people.
If you've read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, then the confluence of subjective Quality and Zen is speaking of the same thing.

If a visual artist makes something with sincere artistic intent, and has legitimate faith in what they do, then the art is really in the creative process; the output - be it a photo, sculpture, painting, music, whatever - is really just an artifact of that creative process, for which the artist holds copyright and potential commercial value.
When someone observes something arty, their interpretation of it is a unique and separate incident of art itself - but with no physical form, and of course no copyrights. Everyone who's contemplated the Mona Lisa has "created" a separate Mona Lisa-esque piece of art that exists only in their head.
A new photographer who knows they are not operating at the level to which they aspire may not be able to create the art they want - yet - but someone observing their output might see something that the photographer doesn't see, and that observance / interpretation could be more "art" than the photographer's own effort.
Of course greater credit is given to the originator of the art - the copyright holder of the artifact of the process. It's the way it works and the way that it should work.

baccaruda
Jan 10, 2008


http://www.theatlantic.com/technolo...otograph/70675/

baccaruda
Jan 10, 2008


That portrait of Fred Rogers is amazing. Making me think about who *I* am as a person. Heh... my dreams tonight should be interesting. I'll tell King Friday hi for everyone :p

baccaruda fucked around with this message at Feb 8, 2011 around 07:19

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baccaruda
Jan 10, 2008


http://youtu.be/NQ0rkkbmgXQ
"[National Geographic] Photographer Mattias Klum experiences a face-to-face encounter with a lioness... a little too close for comfort."

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