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How important is a comma?

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See what difference does one comma make?

  • Rachel finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.
  • Rachel finds inspiration in cooking, her family and her dog.

Experiment


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I stumbled upon this interesting question while studying for my final exams. Here are some useful links:

This actually caught my eye recently, and I thought it might be appropriate to revive this artistic blog just a little bit. Have a look at this – an artificial cloud inside a gallery.

Work by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has been described as “turning clear sky cloudy – indoors”.

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See video here.

Today, we have more portraits in our daily life than we ever had in the history. Our hard drives, our cameras, our facebook pages overflow with snapshots, but not many people still have portraits, as in “photography purposefully arranged to depict your looks, or even your personality.”

In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, portraits were a big thing, and almost everyone had one of their portraits, either a family one, or maybe a wedding one.( These were sometimes even handed out as a sort of calling cards.) Shot in an atelier, these photos were mostly a face or bust closeup, probably with some generic background.

One of the people challenging this concept was Arnold Newman, photographer known best for his environmental portrait. His thesis, basically, is that your environment (i.e. office, your tools, your room, your favorite chair…) says a great deal about you, and therefore should be depicted in your portrait as well.

“I didn’t just want to make a photograph with some things in the background,” Newman told American Photo magazine in an interview. “The surroundings had to add to the composition and the understanding of the person. No matter who the subject was, it had to be an interesting photograph. Just to simply do a portrait of a famous person doesn’t mean a thing.”

To this day, this thesis is valid for me, and I am glad I can always, when I deliberately portrait someone, look in my mind on one of Newman’s environmental portraits, and try to break few rules to get an interesting result. Try it, it’s fun to suggest and great pleasure to see the reaction of the portrayed person.

Sources: PhotoZone, Wikipedia, Arnold Newman Archive

Business card as art

We all know what business cards are, right? Whether personal cards or cards for business, these have been around for centuries. We all have probably collected quite a few of different cards ourselves. But it never occurred to me there are actual collectors of business cards.

But of course there are. They even have an association, called International Business Card Collectors. The site seems fairly outdated, though, so not much to see there. But it got me thinking – I should definitely start collecting interesting designs. So I do – this is my take on interesting designs of cards. I hope it will keep growing 🙂

Fake your art

These are out attempts to fake famous fine art through photography. We had a lot of fun pulling these out 🙂

  • William Hogarth
  • Gerrit van Honthorst
  • James Tissot
  • Lucas van Leyden
  • Nicolas Poussin
  • William Hogarth
  • William Hogarth
  • Gerard van Honthorst