For some reason today seems to be the tall trees photography day on the blog – only in Samuel’s case his photography involves people hanging around tall trees. Jokes aside, these shots are rather epic to say the least; Samuel captures a timelessly charming and youthful vibe.
There’s something great about Robert Voit’s series of pictures of uber tall trees piercing through flat landscapes. It’s also kind of surreal to see trees made into electric poles or lamp-posts.
I’m one of those people who grew up completely absorbed in the digital world of music. Mp3 has always ruled over my music collection – mostly because it is unavoidable and I couldn’t live without it. But the dream of having a record collection is very familiar to me, it’s a feeling of wanting to own the music in a much more physical way – the medium is also going through an undeniable revival in the electronic music scene, which fuels my desire for vinyl as well.
Nevertheless, vinyl is still a thing of the past, and most people remember records in a similar way Paul Octavious does – his Grandpa’s collection. Being a visually creative person, Paul not only remembers sitting and listening to records with his Grandfather, but also remembers the spinning colors and patterns on the disks – the essence of which he captured in this series.
I’ve been invited to put together a editorial list of artists to be featured on The Red List – a great Paris-based website focused on creating a library of past and present artists from many different disciplines. I’m really happy to be able to do this, because I feel like archiving and finding a sense of permanency in the visual arts these days is of high importance.
There are many different theories out there on how this sudden increase in art-production through the web has affected our perception of art – some say it generates a gigantic layer of “gray goo” as so many people with no talent or skill throw their work on the web. I think it’s hard to disagree with this approach – there’s an undeniable amount of crap flowing through the net and increasingly diluting the definition of ‘fine art’. But if you keep at it long enough you begin to find ways of piercing through the goo and uncovering all the really great art resulting from the growth of web & technology.
My way of cataloguing these sweet discoveries is through blogging obviously. But even with this platform I find many limits – such as inadequate categorization, chronological postings, tedious copy-pasting… this makes it impossible for me to select, organize and archive all the worthy material I come acros.
Sites like The Red List come and fill the gap between web-curating (which stands completely apart from being a curator) and archiving – as they put it, the Red List “organizes and concentrates the wealth of images to be found online.”.
So while browsing through this vast archive I came across Claudine Doury’s beautiful photography. Appropriately listed under Existentialism.
I love this series of portraits by Katai Stienstra – although they all were taken in similarly snowy places, she captured completely different (and sometimes slightly creepy) scenes. Murder, insanity, rituals and eeriness all collide throughout this great photography series. Having also lived in Montreal myself, I’m also curious to know how Katai convinced her models to walk around barefoot or naked in the snow too :)
Tony Katai has a portfolio full of rather epic photography – whether it’s in the mountains, on the beach, in the fog or smog or whatever that haze is, or in secret beaches. He also has the greatest introductory statement to his website:
“Detroit based creative, Tony Katai, produces the highest quality product on the market.
Satisfaction is 100% guarenteed, with the creative vision to transform every occasion into something original and fresh.”
There’s something cool about the way John Opera processes these pictures of the sun.