Archive for December, 2010

Artist Feature: Daniel George

Monday, December 20th, 2010

by Daniel George

This image is part of a rephotographic project of Lewis Baltz’s The new Industrial Parks near Irvine, California. Instead of visiting the sites in person, I have done it via Google Street View. I chose Baltz’s industrial parks project because it was a documentation of lifeless, man-altered landscape. Google Street View has become a common way that individuals explore places they have never been. However, the images they are seeing have been created by a machine, devoid of feeling and response to form–much like Baltz’s detached, deadpan photographs. The rephotographic project’s final output is 6×9 gelatin silver prints, presented in a grid of 51 images (exactly like Baltz’s presentation).

Daniel George is a Savannah, GA based artist and graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, he divides his time between his schoolwork and teaching introductory black/white and digital photography courses at St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah. He has exhibited work in galleries across the United States and has recently had worked purchased into the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. You can see more of his work on his website.

Artist Feature: Jan-Philip Kopka

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Untitled, by Jan-Philip Kopka

I took this picture during a holiday camp I attended during the Fall holidays in Germany. This particular image was shot in Gleidorf, in the Sauerland, a region with many hills and forests in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The tree is the only one on this hill that survived the storm “Kyrill” in January 2007. “Kyrill” caused severe damage to many areas all over Europe, and changed the appearance of the Sauerland, because many forests were affected by the storm.

Jan-Philip Kopka was born in January 1987 and grew up in the Ruhr district in Germany. He currently studies logistics at the Technical University of Dortmund. He has always been fascinated by photography, and bought his first DSLR back in 2005. Since then, he continually works on the improvement of his skills. You can see more of his work on his Flickr page.

Artist Feature: David Ingraham

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The blog was experiencing technical difficulties yesterday, so Monday had to be Tuesday this week. Sorry to those of you who visit regularly! But, without any further delay, your Monday Morning Artist Feature, David Ingraham:

by David Ingraham

My girlfriend, Gretchen, has been going to Long Beach State for the last few years.
We were outside her house on a warm Southern California afternoon, and as she picked up “Snuggles”, one of her neighbor’s cats, I quickly grabbed this shot. At the time I was doing a lot of experimenting with the technique of exposing for the background light while using flash on the subject. I’ve always liked the look you get when combining ambient and artificial light. (The shot was originally in color, but I converted it via Silver Efex.)

I’m a Los Angeles-based musician by trade (drummer) who is passionate about photography, spending much of my free time trying to capture a good image. The main challenge for me at this stage is really zeroing in on a particular style and focusing on building a body of work within that style. I’m a fan of so many genres of photography–black & white, color, street, portraiture, etc.– I feel as though I’m still trying to find my true photographic identity. But in the mean time, I’m just enjoying the simple pleasures and creative outlet of taking pictures.

You can view more of David’s work on his flickr site.