A while ago I posted about my idol David LaChapelle. Well because of some unfortunate circumstances I was sadly unable to go to his seminar at photo expo this year. I did find out recently that he opened up a gallery in the city. Of course I went! I have to say compared to his usual work this was a lot different. His work is always very artistic, but this was a whole new level of work I have never seen from him. He still has that pop flare. These pieces were from his "Still Life" series. These pictures were so life like it was creepy. They had a presence unlike any other that I have ever felt on a picture. In the main building he had the celebrities. The pictures were taken after vandals broke into the National Wax Museum in Dublin in 2007. I really think it was interesting how he put the picecs back together and all the hidden meanings in all the pictures. There were some of the wax figures still intact that the vandals did not get to or purposely did not break. The second room was by far better than the first. A block away was a wide open room filled with all spiritual characters Jesus being one of them. In this room the last supper was brought to life through these photographs. LaChapelle has always had some religious symbolism in his work. It was what intially attracted me to his work. Also hidden in back of all of the wax pieces was a beautiful piece. It pretty much depicted where art has gone over the years and what it has now become. David LaChapelle will always be my favorite photographer and I look forward to seeing more work of his in the future.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Recently I made a trip to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My friend told me there was an exhibit there called, Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. I was really excited to see this. Manipulation of negatives has always been something I have been interested in for a while. This semester I have learned how much fun it is to play around in the dark room. And sometimes I wish film was just as popular as digital. Jerry N. Uelsmann was one of the photographers who's work was displayed in this exhibit. I have recently been fasinated by his work after seeing how his process goes. I personally want to try it out myself. For those who are not familiar with his work his process is as follows: He takes several different negatives and sets them up on different enlargers. Then he exposes the photo paper for a few seconds on each. Finally he develops the image and it comes out really cool. To me that is a true work of art, when a photographer can put different images together and it still looks good. Well needless to say there was a lot of pictures in this exhibit where there was negative manipulation.
After going to the museum I was really inspired to play around in the darkroom myself. I tried taking two negatives and putting them on top of each other and making my own picture. I will upload it soon and post it on here once my class ends for the semester.