Archive for January, 2011

Artist Feature: Hengki Koentjoro

Monday, January 31st, 2011

'Bromo', by Hengki Koentjoro

Indonesia is blessed with breathtaking and enchanting natural treasures and Mount Bromo is simply one of them. It is certainly one of the most famous and most photographed highlands in Indonesia.
Of all places, Bromo is without a doubt my favorite place to photograph, specially to capture the mystery and mysticism of the Indonesian landscape.

For this purpose, we woke up early at 4 am and with a 4 WD we went to the world’s most famous viewpoint at Mt. Pananjakan on the rim of the Tengger caldera to see the sunrise. With a sturdy tripod I mounted my DSLR camera and set the speed on Bulb and took a couple of exposures around one to three minutes of exposure.

I love Surrealism and the long exposure will give that effect as the moving smoke from the caldera become a smooth-velvety haze covering the mountain creating a mystical atmosphere. I came from the old school. I believe what Ansel Adam said, that you should ‘make photograph instead of duplicating it’. B&W in particular gives me more flexibility for personal interpretation. It is rich in mysteries and evokes stronger emotion.

Born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, on March 24, 1963, Hengki Koentjoro is an accomplished black and white photographer. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, where he majored in video production and minored in the fine art of photography.

Hengki returned to Indonesia to become a freelance videographer/editor, specializing in nature documentaries and corporate profiles, and now lives in Jakarta with his wife Lana and their three children. Hengki is a part time practitioner of the art of black and white photography, which he believes to be his true purpose in life’s journey of expression. You can see more of his work on DeviantArt and his portfolio on Art Limited.

Artist Feature: Felix Lupa

Monday, January 24th, 2011

a photo by Felix Lupa

This photo is part of a larger documentary project which documented a homeless couple living in an abandoned car in central Tel Aviv. This story is about Old Gennady and blind Boris, and was documented during six months. During that time I was able to save the sight of Boris and remove both from the street and return them to a normative life. If you have time, I’ve included a file that tells the whole story as I experienced it. Please visit it here

This series won a “series of the year” at the press photography contest at 2008.

Felix Lupa was born in Ukraine in 1972 and immigrated to Israel at age 6. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. In recent years, he has specialized in documentary street photography, working on long-term social projects. He is an independent photographer / journalist working with leading media as well for television. He has presented his works in major exhibitions in Israel and Belgium, and taught street photography at four leading schools in Tel Aviv as well as led photography workshops in Israel and abroad. You can see more of his work on his website,facebook., or flickr.

Artist Feature: Lee Jeffries

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Untitled by Lee Jeffries

Met the subject on my way back from the office. I saw him trying to cross the road with heavy shopping bags so i pulled over and jumped out to help him. Of course, he refused at first…. saying he was strong enough! Anyway, he conceded and we got back to his place and had a cup of tea. Talked some stuff too. Ex Navy… seen the world. 89 years old. It took me 30 minutes to leave once i announced i had to go…..bless him. The shot itself was taken in his kitchen and I like to think its not only a portrait of a man, but also of his home and of politics( the “hope” referencing Obama) and of religion and of every day bills and just everything, everything.

Lee Jeffries is an accountant based in Manchester, England. You find more of his work on his flickr page.

Artist Feature: Les Lengyel

Monday, January 10th, 2011

We’re back! We hope everyone had family-filled holidays and have embarked on a promising New Year. We’ve lined up some pretty incredible and diverse artists for the Monday morning feature, and are excited to start the year showcasing so much talent. As usual, we’re always looking to line up artists in advance. If you or someone you know is interested in being featured, send a photo and a short information piece about said photo to [info] [at] [duckrabbitdigital] [dot] [com]. We get together every few weeks to consider the submissions. Without further ado, today’s feature, Les Lengyel.

Artist Feature: Les Lengyel

'Tidal' by Les Lengyel

This shot, Tidal, comes from a continuing series I have been working on entitled Shorelines. The series started as a documentary of unusual finds that have washed ashore and has expanded. Living close to a number of Great Lakes in Canada gives me the opportunity to not only enjoy the beauty of the many fresh water lakes surrounding me, it also gives me a great opportunity to use these shorelines for recreation and to fuel my love of photography.

The images in this series were all shot with analog cameras which I collect. This particular shot was taken with a “Diana” plastic-bodied camera utilizing 120 roll film which I developed myself. The dreamy image quality that the plastic lens of the Diana creates was exactly the mood I was looking for in this image.

The majority of my images are still recorded on film as I personally feel that digital photography does not convey the mood that I am looking for. I do own and shoot digital however, the digital image looks somehow too “clean” to my eye so I usually reserve digital photography for sports or for my commercial shoots.

There is also something about holding a beautiful old camera in your hands, the camera itself is a piece of art. The 50 year old Leica or 30 year old Hasselbad, the chrome, the workmanship that went into these cameras is something I really appreciate. Much like admiring the workmanship and thought that someone puts into creating a great image.

My workflow consists of 90% analog photography, my film is usually developed in Kodak HC-110 or Rodinal. I scan my negatives on an Epson V500 scanner and the only editing I do takes place in photoshop where I remove dust spots. My new years resolution is to extend my workflow in the darkroom and make my own prints as I recently acquired an enlarger.

Les Lengyel resides just outside of Toronto, Canada. His main body of work focuses on certain ongoing series such as Shorelines, Treasures Lost, In the Shadow of the Greenbelt and ShitCams. He has exhibited a number of these series and his work is also available as limited edition prints. You can view more of his work on flickr, and he can be contacted at [at] gmail [dot] com