Archives for the month of: September, 2013

I am a bit late looking through this body of work but I am glad I did.  I feel like Foglia does a nice job of “finding” scenarios in nature that are worth noting.  Whether or not they are staged is beside the point.  I got a general feeling of the photo “capturing a moment” in most of the photos, or capturing something that was just so unlikely to find in that space at that time.  The bathtub full of blood and meat really stood out for me, as well as the dead bear and the child sitting on the mans chest in the water.  Each of these has a very still quality but also a staged quality.  I question whether or not they are real, even though I am fairly certain they are, because they are so bizarre yet appear so common place in the photographs. 

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So there is this artist that has a similar project to Zander Olsen. It’s called Dignity and is by a Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi.

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Came across The Landscape Photography Magazine and thoughts I would share the link in honor of our latest project. http://landscapephotographymagazine.com/category/all-articles/a-guide-to-photography/ They have some cool tutorials and “how to guides”, for example, A Guide To: Infrared Photography, A Guide To Depth of Field,  A Guide To Photographing Glaciers, A Guide To Using Tilt And Shift Lenses. It even has an article on “How To Take Better Landscape Pictures” would you look at that!

This is a project by Zander Olsen that I have stumbled across before and re-discovered while doing research for our new project.  

From his site ‘This is an ongoing series of constructed photographs rooted in the forest. These works, carried out in Surrey, Hampshire and Wales, involve site specific interventions in the landscape, ‘wrapping’ trees with white material to construct a visual relationship between tree, not-tree and the line of horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint.’  

Thought I’d share.

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While looking at the images I felt very uncomfortable. The photos with the children in them where really shocking. My favorite photo was of the child drinking the goat milk straight from the utter. Though the photograph makes me superbly uncomfortable I love the idea of culture and society influencing the photograph. It seems all the other photos have a similarly native and farm society influence as well, and I love it. 

Lucas Foglia’s works are very different from the photos that I had seen before. The subject matter that Lucas focused wasn’t quite normal seen in my life which I thought was very interesting. Some of his works almost reminded me the Art History class about the Art of Pacific Islands that I took My freshman year. Some of the activities that were captured in his photos are very similar to the aborigines who live on the islands. 
The tonality of his photo is very interesting too – there is such a great contrast that was shown to us in his photo. Such as the pink dress hanging in the  farmland. I could almost have a lot imagery  beyond that. Even many of his photos have no people in there, but there are many  strong human activities were involved in the photographs, like the dead bear, or the broken watermelons…

I can’t say that I like his work or not, but his work really opened my eyes of photography.

I really like Lucas Foglia’s photos and I find Foglia’s photos to be so interesting is because of the subject matter. I did not realize that people lived off the grid like this and its cool. But even though all these people are living off the grid, they are all living in completely different ways. Whats also really nice about this series is how Foglia was able to capture these people so naturally during their lives with the use of great colors and compositions. There is a photo of a little girl in the green fairy dress laying on her back while holding a rib from a while holding a deer rib. I love this photo because because of the angle its shot from and the spring colors in the photo. I also really like the subject matter. This little girl is wearing such a common thing for kids her age to be wearing however she is eating a food (which is also on her face) most girls her age probably would not be eating. This kind of photo could not have been taken anywhere else but where Foglia was and that what I really like about his work. 

We have finalized the details of Lucas Foglia’s visit.  He is speaking on Thursday Sept. 26 at 6:30 in Binns Room C (106).  Please come if you can.

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Cole Rise is probably most well known for his work on Instagram, but beyond that, he is an incredible landscape photographer.  I really like the atmosphere and mood that he captures in his images, it almost makes them surreal.  I love the way he sees the world and how he uses his camera to show that; the vastness and emptiness of these landscapes (besides the occasional cow of course).  A lot of his work on Instagram has the same feeling, and you can tell he definitely has a particular style.  He has really embraced the technology and used it as a way to enhance his images.  

 

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I really enjoy Lucas Foglia’s photographs for two apparent reasons; the colors and titles.

I love the muted colors.  They are natural, soft and calming. The titles, for example, “Roger Weightlifting, Jonah Natural Gas Field, Boulder, Wyoming 2010” or “Cora in a Realtree Camouflage Dress, Tennessee 2008” are packed with information. This allows for a stronger connection between the viewer and the subject.

I want to pass along this blog to the class, http://www.arestlesstransplant.com/limited-space/ .  A Restless Transplant is a photo blog a man named Foster Huntington started in 2008. He travels around North America in a 1987 VW Vanagon Syncro camping and surfing. The blog has some awesome photographs that can easily connect to Lucas Foglia’s. (They’re also on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/arestlesstransplant and instagram)