Archive for July, 2009

Carl Warner Foodscapes

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Photographer Carl Warner painstakingly captures all forms of food in a series of still life’s with edible ingredients he raided from his kitchen cupboards to design a series of dreamy landscapes and homey domestic scenes that appear scrumptiously good enough to eat.  Take a close look at this dusk scene and you’ll discover it’s good enough to eat — the pebbles and rocks are potatoes and soda bread, while the red sky at night and sea are entirely formed of strips of salmon.

The resourceful and ingenious series requires numerous shots — Carl first sketches out a traditional landscape scene before introducing the food. Each scene is then captured in separate layers to prevent the food from wilting. He then uses computer technology to combine them into a single final print.

To give a realistic 3-D feel to the photos, each still life is composed on an 8 foot by 4 foot table. The foreground is only about 2 feet across.

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An Eye for the Everyday

090625_BB_dollsTNLike Al Gore and the Internet, William Eggleston is sometimes credited with having “invented” color photography.  Yes, a little more than 30 years ago, it was still uncommon to consider any photography other than black-and-white art.

Shopping center parking lots. Bags of trash. A half-empty bottle of red Nehi soda on the hood of a car. “I had this notion of what I call a democratic way of looking around,” said Eggleston, in a quote that inspired the show’s title. “That nothing was more important or less important.” There’s a random, snapshot aesthetic to Eggleston’s art that makes a lot of people think, “I can do that.” Several groups on the photo-sharing Web site Flickr are dedicated to pictures that imitate Eggleston’s beauty-in-the-mundane style.

But it isn’t so easy. Nor is it easy to explain what it is about Eggleston that is exceptional. Spend time with the show, and you may start to feel a growing strangeness just below the surface of the ordinary, a perspective both alien and familiar.

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Back to Nature, in Pictures and Action

31fink4_650For “Genesis,” an eight-year project now more than half completed, he is piecing together a visual story about the effects of modern development on the environment. Yet rather than document the effects of, say, pollution or global warming directly, he is photographing natural subjects that he believes have somehow “escaped or recovered from” such changes: landscapes, seascapes, animals and indigenous tribes that represent an earlier, purer — “pristine” is a favorite word — state of nature.

In this way “Genesis” is a grand, romantic back-to-nature project, combining elements of both the literary pastoral and the sublime. Mr. Salgado also describes it as a return to childhood, as he was raised on a farm in the Rio Doce Valley of southeastern Brazil — then about 60 percent rain forest — that suffered from terrible erosion and deforestation.

In short, while the Instituto Terra is the locally rooted arm of his environmental activism, “Genesis” is its globally minded, photo-driven counterpart. Since undertaking the series in 2004, he has visited some 20 different sites across 5 continents.

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