Mixing photography with illustration Tanya creates scenes that enter a realm of infinity, consciousness and mysticism; scenes beyond the intellect. Her work gives me feelings of peace and silence.
HYPNOTIST Stare into the eyes of a Loretta Lux portrait long enough, and you’re bound to feel both completely mesmerized and completely spooked. Lux’s starkly pale, prepubescent subjects haunt the viewer from inside the image as if they were hiding some terrible secret. Remarkably captivating yet exceedingly eerie–the formula has turned the German photographer into an art-world phenom, earned her the coveted Infinity Award for Art from the International Center of Photography and made her a millionaire.
A former painter, Lux, 38, brings her images to life with the attention to form, shape and color that she learned at the easel. The artistry begins at the photo shoot, but her signature style–the brushstrokes of her new medium–comes later, at the computer. First she strips out the background and replaces it with a quiet setting–a grassy field, an abandoned building–from her personal stash of paintings and pictures. Then she erases any object that crowds the picture, like a tree or toy, so the child appears to be part of a dream. “I don’t care about traditional photography,” Lux says. “I want more control.”
Lux started taking children’s portraits nearly eight years ago, when she shot a couple of rolls of film of her nephew. It took her only one day with that little boy to realize what comes across so vividly in her work: children are the perfect subjects to photograph. “They have no reservations,” she says. “They are the most honest models.”
But exactly what her portraits are supposed to mean remains a mystery, and Lux doesn’t offer many clues, saying only that the images, which can take up to a year to complete, are less about the subjects than they are a metaphor for the idea of childhood. “I want people to decide what to see,” she says. Whatever they do decide, they’re not likely to forget it.
by Carolyn Sayre, Time Magazine
Obama & McCain 2008: Art & Politics
How much influence did art, the politicians brand and exposure thereof have in the 2008 American elections?
Is there an integral role between art and politics which can guide us in discovering truth or does art and design in politics walk dangerously close to propaganda?
How much does art and design influence the way people think and act? Or is art an embodiment of people’s perceptions implying that the art is in-fact preordained? The logo of a political brand is then a personification of a symbol or in other words the embodiment of the person it represents – similar comments in the video at the end of this post.
To what degree has art and design influenced the way Americans voted in 2008?
With these questions in mind please take a look at the collection of illustrations, caricatures, logos and video’s relating to the 2008 American Elections. You will notice there is more material on Obama which has nothing to do with my personal views. There was simply more of it. For example there were no real variations of the McCain logo like there was for Obama nor where there video’s talking about McCains brand development.
Enjoy: (Click on the images to see fully)
Obama Brand & Logo Development:
An interview with Sol Sender about the Obama logo and the brand that was built.
Sol Sender – Obama Logo Design Part 1 of 2
Sol Sender – Obama Logo Design Part 1 of 2
This is a video compilation of varies political expressions
Obama And Pop Culture – CBS News
HipHop Scratching Video
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed!
Two weeks back I was in Berlin and managed to go to an exhibition of this talented and legendary photographer. He was a pioneer for artistic photo nudes and fashion photography. Many photographers and even advertisers now model their photos around his style. Although known for his more provocative work he also loved photographing architecture and landscapes.
Born in Berlin October 1920 and died in a car accident January 2004.
It was a massive exhibition and covered a lot of his work. To much to included in just one post. I have included some general photos and will probably add more as I rediscover particularly good ones.
Above: Here there is a massive mirror on the roof. So Helmut Newton is taking pictures through the mirror.
Above: One of his more famous photos.
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