January 7, 2012
Outside of the PDC on Melrose (where I’ve been spending a lot of time lately), there’s a collection of strange yet totally awesome sculptures. I took a photo of a few of them a few days ago. I researched the random pieces of public art and found out they were created by Miranda July.
I love her “Eleven Heavy Things” project (the sculptures outside the PDC), as they were designed for interaction and photography. There are basically 11 witty photo opportunities. You should totally check out the front lawn of the PDC if you are in the area.
From July’s website:
“…Though the work begins as sculpture, it becomes a performance that is only complete when these tourist photos are uploaded onto personal blogs and sent in emails — at which point the audience changes, and the subject clearly becomes the participants, revealing themselves through the work.”
Production of this work has been supported by Deitch Projects
March 14, 2011
I own this beauty!
March 5, 2011
September 6, 2010
*iphone photo by Carrie Kravetz
August 12, 2010
Today I stumbled upon this cool website, where photographer Danny Santos II posts his portraits of complete strangers taken in Orchard Road, Singapore. Some of the photos are candid, which I tend to gravitate towards–since this is how I like to shoot. I like capturing moments that are not posed in anyway. Santos also shoots staged portraits of strangers, which are quite nice, as well.
“One of the reasons I love shooting in Orchard Road is that it’s teeming with good-looking people frequently walking around, almost strutting… especially on the weekends. Even with relatively modest getups, the air of confidence is often noticeable from their head-turning allure down to their subtle swagger. Early on in my candid shooting exploits, it was this crowd that I wanted to capture.”
Check out some of his photos below:
Stranger #7*All Photos Copyright Danny Santos II
February 17, 2010
Yeondoo Jung, a South Korean photographer created a series called Wonderland in 2005. He gathered artwork from children and tried to recreate their vision through his photographs.
From the Gallery that hosted the Wonderland Exhibition:
“For four months, Jung oversaw art classes in four kindergartens in Seoul and collected 1,200 drawings by children between the ages of five and seven. After pouring through them, he carefully selected 17 drawings and interpreted their meanings. Then he recruited 60 high school students by passing out handbills at their schools in which he invited them to act out the scenarios in the children’s drawings. In order to recreate faithfully drawing details such as dresses with uneven sleeves or buttons of different sizes, he convinced five fashion designers to custom make the clothing for the photo shoot. He also made props unlike any scale found in reality but similar to those in the drawings.”
See more of the drawings/photos below–so inspiring!
The project reminds me of something Brian Singer (creator of the 1,000 Journals project) said about how we lose our creativity as adults. As kids, we don’t feel criticism or rejection, and we express whatever comes into our heads. I love that Jung was able to capture the uncensored visions of children through his own photography.
I browsed Jung’s website to read more about him as a photographer and an artist. I came across his Super Rule #6, which I thought was worth sharing: ” If you belief in magic, you will find it everywhere”.