One of my favorite ideas from this summer was the 'bikers/banners' plot. This was a truly ambitious plan to take a photo of a group of bikers with encouraging banners flying behind their bikes. It was inspired by a Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher project called "Learning to Love You More". The project involved a website where art assignments were posted, the resulting work was compiled on the site and in a book of the same name. I highly recommend checking them out. Here I will post a couple examples of the assignment that inspired us: Assignment #63 Make an encouraging banner.
R:Wheat Wurtzburger and Anna Kerlin, Orlando, Florida USA L: Claire and Tim, Winchester, ENGLAND
R: Ashley Valverde, Kansas City, Missouri USA L: Ashley, Washington, D.C. USA
The four by fives did not come out, however we did get some cool shots with digital cameras and had a lot of fun. Abby posted a couple of pics of the event on her blog (abbybanks.blogspot.com) find them here: Abby Banks: the gang's all here.
Photo credits: Abby Banks, Raina Carter, Kia Ladd-Griffin, Aiden O'Donell, Helen Jones, Sarah Rice, Josh Steele
Thanks, especially to the riders... KiaLadd-Griffin, AidenO'Donell, and Josh Steele.
It seems that the summer has flown past. We had some grand ideas of pictures to take this summer, some which worked out and some which didn't. We had a great time with the process even when they didn't work out. I thought we would share some of our attempts with you today!
When making this picture our inspirations were as diverse as: old paintings of planters and farmers, growing interest in urban farming, and our generations – serious - love of looking everything up on the internet. Somehow, the light was amazing as we were setting up, but did not come out so well in the negative. In addition, we had many little details set up that did not come thorough, such as a copy of ‘gardening for dummies’ lying around. Ah well, here is the picture all the same.
"Beta Gardening" Photo credits: Abby Banks, Ashley Carey, Henry Dunn, Helen Jones
And here are some examples of the types of paintings we were referencing.
Last week we rented canoes and set out to take pictures with then. This was difficult as it was very windy and our subjects were being blown around quite a bit. Nonetheless we did get some neat looking shots and here they are...
"No more cell phones series"
Photo credits: Eva Becker, Ashley Carey, Henry Dunn, Helen Jones,Ruston Mitchell, Josh Steele, Sara Rice
photo credits: Ashley Carey, Henry Dunn, Helen Jones
We took another stab at a still life the other day. We used window light this time and came up with nice results! I am pleased with the odd angle of the glass in the front -- it looks like its floating or something and I love the little strawberry in the corner of the bottom one. We had the dead flowers and butterfly as a centerpiece on our kitchen table for a couple of weeks, I'm glad they made it into the pictures too. We looked at old still life paintings as inspiration (for examples see my earlier still life post). The twisted lemon peel and skull motifs were taken from these paintings. On a more contemporary note, the images are very reminiscent of Laura Letinsky's work. Especially the slightly skewed angles, she works with large format cameras and often uses interesting angles to give her images of everyday objects on table-tops a more interesting and dynamic feel.
Lara Letinski, L: Untitled, #54, R: Untitled, #23, Hardly More Than Ever series, 1999
The Large Format Group is a collaborative photography project based in Brattleboro, Vermont and Portland, Oregon. Our idea is that making large-format staged pictures with others is a fun way to stay involved with photography, share ideas, costs, different talents, and motivate each other. We hope that creating art, as a community, will fuel our own individual work; as well as producing unique cooperative results. Our photographs are often whimsical, mysteries, playful, and have a sense of a shared adventure. Our influences include: Jeff Wall, Gregory Crewdson, Tom Hunter, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Justine Kurland, Sally Mann, and more. Because we work in a group participating in the LFG does not necessarily mean being behind (or in front) of the camera, there are many ways to contribute.