The joys of colour proofing an Art book – which is the right one?!? It will be well worth the time and effort of researching, colour correcting in photoshop and re-proofing to get it right. The joys of print.
p.s. the next book in the series, “Modern Art In Detail: 75 Masterpieces” by Susie Hodge, which I’ve almost just finished working on this week, will be out in the UK & US later this year…
A snap I took quite some time back while on holiday in Tenerife over Christmas with the rents one year. It was a refreshing change to experience the sun at that time of year, as back home it would have been freezing. I remember just about thawing out during out stay there, which was blissful, only to have to re-adjust again quickly to the harsh reality of winter in the UK once we returned. This photo reminds me of absolute warmth, feeling 100 % fully satisfied and comfortable, even late at night when the sun was setting it was still gloriously pleasant and the weather in the UK at the moment has been just like that, even thought it’s only April. It makes life so much nicer. Mainly I’m just ever so happy in the knowledge that it’s going to get better still – bring on Summer!!
A sneaky snap I took just on my iPhone at my sister’s house late one evening after work and during a surprise visits from my brother (left). I like the photo as you can tell it’s an action shot, caught in the moment, it has a natural cosy, casual & relaxed vibe, oh and it showcases the fabulous new gallery wall Maz and Ben had just put up, see more about that DIY here. It was a fun evening, we were planning the details of our next holiday, a skiing trip that was to take place in France the following week. Much excitement and comical trying on of old and extremely out of date skiing gear was involved. We hadn’t been on such a winter holiday together as siblings for over 10 years or so. Tryst initially taught us to snowboard, way back in the day, and I was looking forward to carving up the slopes ensemble once again.
A rather dark, moody and atmospheric photo I took inside the CAPC (Centre of Contemporary Visual Arts) Modern Art Museum in Bordeaux back during a short holiday over there towards the end of summer 2014.
It is beautiful building, an old depot/warehouse that used to store exotic products way back in the early 19th century. It’s full of history but feels contemporary due to the combination of old and new architecture and I love the semi-symmetrical element of these walkways, both structurally and decoratively, it feels planned, organised, purposeful and orderly.
It is however thrown into disarray due to the one malfunctioning lamp that allows an archway segment to fall into darkness disrupting the flow and continuity. I imagine it wasn’t intentional, shame! How important is symmetry for us and in our everyday life, or particularly for me I’m thinking about things in the world of visual communication, why do we prefer symmetry over unbalanced/out a place/off centre design. I wonder whether I’d like this photo more of less if it was perfectly symmetrical… I did a very quick photoshop job and I interestingly definitely don’t prefer either of these:
They feel fake, forced, unnatural, unrealistic, but then symmetry is a naturally occurring phenomenon no? The idea of perfection/order/composition within a 2d space has been a research topic of mine before, but I’ll have to look into the idea of symmetry more.
I also want try using the original photo to create a poster that playing with type and symmetry…
Today after finishing work at 4 I cycled home and stopped off on my way back at the Whitechapel gallery, no idea what was on but in desperate need of some creative inspiration to get my juices flowing…
There was a John Stezaker exhibition (which I just found out finished the day after so I was luck to see it) and I was quite keen on his work.
Here are a few of my favourites:
He is “fascinated by the lure of images. Taking classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, Stezaker makes collages to give old images a new meaning. By adjusting, inverting and slicing separate pictures together to create unique new works of art, Stezaker explores the subversive force of found images….”
He “turns publicity portraits into cut-out silhouettes, creating an ambiguous presence in the place of the absent celebrity. His way of giving old images a new context reaches its height in the found images of his Third Person Archive: the artist has removed delicate, haunting figures from the margins of obsolete travel illustrations. Presented as images on their own, they now take the centre stage of our attention…”
I was keen on the simple but effective nature of his work, it is maybe a simple initial concept but when the various variations are all shown together it’s a lovely collection of delicate but powerful work. Some worked better than others, sometime you saw it instantly others took time to understand. I can’t find an image of it but one of my favourites was an image of a male and female body coming together as one (half and half), they were strangely similiar, both beautiful, it was hard to tell the difference!