Marta Del Mar’s Black and White Portraits

For this week’s Monochrome Monday I’d like to showcase some of Marta’s captivating black and white portraits. The first image caught my eye because of its incoherent quality.

One of the things I admire the most in some photographers is their ability to displace things or people and re-contextualize them in an entirely new and different way. This is exactly the way I see Marta’s shot of a fashion model sitting on this balcony.

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“The Weekend” by Isabel M. Martinez

The Weekend is a project created by Chilean photographer Isabel Martinez. I’m really captivated by the concept Isabel was following in the making of this series. As she explains, these pictures are visual confrontations with the unstoppable: Time.

Don’t we all wish there was a way of changing the timely order of some things? Maybe even reconstruct it for out personal preference?

The reconstruction of time for her personal preference is exactly what Isabel beautifully depicted in these pictures. She edited out those long, tiring weekdays and merged the much more enjoyable Saturdays and Sundays into one shot.

“Time and space are dissected and spliced.

Cut and pasted, a new image of time emerges; dual, parallel, bi-lateral.”

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Fwd: State Of The Photography Industry 2011

You might have caught my last Fwd: Friday article referring to a few basic rules to achieving success as a creative freelancer, two weeks ago. If not, this series is going to be a (hopefully) weekly post where I suggest a great article I’ve read somewhere. Today’s article is particularly relevant and very interesting:

Rob Haggart, the editor of A Photo Editor, hosts a series of posts where former Art Buyers and current photography consultants Amanda Sosa Stone and Suzanne Sease take anonymous questions from photographers and gather answers from a wide range of photographers, reps and art buyers.

As you can imagine, the results are awesome, these articles provide a great source for information on working as a professional photographer in this fast-paced, swiftly changing digital world.

Most recently, a group of professionals took the time to answer a question on the current state of the photography industry in 2011. I found the answer to be highly intriguing, and was particularly encouraged by the way the broad consensus was that there is lots of substance for work as professional photographer in today’s world.

The questioner correctly brought to attention the well-known dramatic shifts that have happened in this domain over the last few years. Notably the insane amount of people who pick up a camera and after hardly anytime start getting paid to take high quality pictures (I rarely seek to get paid for my photography, but on occasion have done so and found that it’s as easy as posting an ad on Craigslist).

Concerning this, both photographers who answered explained that there actually is lots of opportunity in this new form of market.

“I’ve personally chosen to embrace these changes and focus on what is rather than what once was. To be honest I only see opportunity.”

The question also brought up the use of Facebook, Twitter and other online-gallery/social networking services, and how these might result in the loss of a “personal” aspect to the photographer’s work.

Personally I understand this point of view, but my own opinion is that these services provide awesome platforms for visual artists to create great connections and hopefully find loads of opportunities.

This was also reflected in one of the answers:

“I see it every day, those with huge twitter followings have a great career. They understand how to brand and market themselves in the social networking sphere.”

In summary:

“new possibilities are also opening up to those who have the courage and stamina to continue”

“ …focus on what is rather than what once was”

Eugene Plotnikov

I’m totally blown away by Eugene’s work. In fact, there’s so much going on in this artwork; I feel better giving you his own description of his work, from this interview:

“My work is a dark, twisted reflection of self, each individual piece mirrors a part of me. My emotions and deep subconscious are cosmically distorted resulting in an inter-dimensional glimpse at who I am through pen and paper.

My creations also narrate the words I know not to exist, to describe how I feel, my interactions with other people and often questioning perception, morality, fear and death. Recently I’ve been exploring themes of emotional connection, isolation and dependence.

My past artwork intends to make commentaries on various issues in the world, such as government and religion. I aim to revert to these ideas in the future as right now my work is fueled by the inner-self, rather than my perception of humanity.”

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“Signal Lost” by Tyler Goldman

Have a close look at Tyler’s project Signal Lost. There’s a great sense of discovery and quest running through all these pictures. In this project, Tyler is trying to capture those places were “balance between digital and tangible dimensions have become lost.”

Although at first glance these pictures don’t seem to portray any unusual spaces, that’s the very beauty of it. These people are photographed between walls, in a forest or on top of a building, and various other spots where one would most likely feel out-of-touch with the “information super highway” as Tyler calls it.

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