Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Terry Boarder [Contemporary Artist]

I came across this artist, Terry Boarder, and I couldn't help but blog about it. His art is unique and funny. I know it isn't photography, but I think I can learn from this guy. He has learned to express himself in a different way.

Fruit with Experience
Cereal Killer
He uses everyday objects, ordinary things that someone would think twice about. He turns them into art.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lee Friedlander [Contemporary Photographer]

Lee Friedlander, born in Washington state in 1934, had, like most good photographers, an obsession for the camera. Friedlander avoids fancy post processing and photography tricks. He likes to let the picture speak for itself. How is he able to photograph everyday things, avoid fancy edditing, and still create an interesting photograph?

Fridlander works in black and white photographing things such as street and city scapes, landscapes, portraits and self-portraits. Walker Evans has a significant influence on his work, as you can tell. He experiences a lot with reflections and opacity.

Washington, D.C. 1999

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Walker Evans: Historical Photographer

Walker Evans (1903-1975) was an American photographer who wanted to capture aspects of what makes America American. He studied literature and had a passion for writing, however photography became a hobby and a new way to express himself. Evans began working as an advertisement photographer to earn some money. He soon moved on to a more documentary style photography. The photographs he took were a real America. He did not try and show the clean, upper class parts. Nor did he photograph only the beautiful nature. He captured what he saw around him. Evans was probably best known for his documentation of the Great Depression. Philippe de Montebello, the director of the Metropolitan Museum, said, "Walker Evan's compelling images of Americans and American life convey masterfully the poetic resonance of the ordinary as transformed by a personal artistic vision. With keen intellect, astounding visual acuity, and superb technical skill, he captured for us the very text and texture of 20th-century America."

Subway Passenger, New York. 1938

This is similar to my project of photographing everyday things and transforming them. Montebello described Evan's photographs well and I would like my art to bring about similar feelings. He mentioned three things that Evans had which helped him to achieve these images:

1. Keen intellect. He had a will to learn and discover in terms of the camera and the subject.

2. Astounding visual acuity. Oh gosh...I don't even know what that means, much less have it. Turns out it is a sharpness or precision. He pursued perfection.

3. Superb technical skills. I'm working on it..

I think you have to have the keen intellect before the skills. You have to be willing to explore, learn, fail, and discover before you can really achieve successful art.

I'll leave you with another one of his images. This one is called Shop Front, New Orleans. 1935.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


We were all created differently. We all have something different to offer that no one else has. This inspires me to embrace my differences and create something new.