The “720″ series by Andrew Phelps blends art & sport, a gentle surrealism, abandoned buildings, found objects and signage of living. All of what I believe in and what stirs me for whatever reasons. The liner notes “It is so quiet here” by Sebastien Zanella sum it up. And if you want to buy that feeling, get the series at Brunnhofer Galerie Linz or the newspaper re-edition 2012 of the self-published and sold out catalogue from 2010.
The first extensive documentation of DIY skatespots, a photo book by Richard Gilligan published by 1980 editions Paris. The limited edition of 30 (signed and with a print of the image you see above) is still available. Highly recommend though of course some interesting DIY spots are missing. Due to Richard^s “democratic editing process” of which you can read in this interview.
Down with graffiti, public transport, dogs and grime (do you remember), Will Robson-Scott.
Haley Morris Cafiero: “For my series, Wait Watchers, I set up a camera in a .. public area and take hundreds of photographs as I perform mundane, everyday tasks as people pass by me. I then examine the images to see if any of the passersby had a critical or questioning element in their face or in their body language. I consider my photographs a social experiment and I travel the world in an attempt to photograph the reactions of a diverse pool of passersby.”
I seek out places that are beautifully lit, allow for an interesting composition and, if possible, set up a scene that references ideal feminine beauty and societal expectations. I put the camera on a tripod, bench or with an assistant, in full view of the by-passing gazer, set the focus and exposure and take hundreds of photographs.
The images capture the gazer in a Cartier-Bresson, microsecond moment where the shutter, the scene, my actions and their body language align and are presented to the viewer. While I do not know what they are thinking, the gazer appears to be visually troubled that I am in front of them.”
Lesson 2: Instead of geometric patterns like Felice Varini create a supersized graffiti which can be captured in full from only one standpoint.
Watch video first.
“In an attempt to rid their subway stations and parking garages of homeless people and junkies, many big cities introduced the idea of continuously playing classical music in these places.
The theory being that the harmony of the classic pieces would mismatch with the unharmonious way of life of the homeless and drug sick, and thereby drive them away.
‘The unharmonious dome’ springs from the counter conclusion of the cities programs and is meant to serve as a refuge to recharge on the necessary dose of distress.
Within the dome the junky is provided with unpleasant imagery and disruptive music enriched with disturbing sound effects such as weeping children and fart sounds.
In addition cheap liquor can be consumed through a shared drinking straw, completing the experience.
this project has been realized by the ‘german integrations bambi’ in the framework of ‘the PLAN’. 2012″