In a BBC documentary of his life and works, photographer William Klein said that everyone seems to be into photography these days. To quote loosely, he says what's really fascinating is that people are producing things that are 'avant-garde' which professional photographers do not even dream of doing.
I'm part of this community of instant snappers - with my Lumix and SLR everywhere I go just to capture pretty much 'whatever' without having a care in the world whether the picture is good enough. I am sure there are more gung-ho Instagrammers better than me who are producing more creative and quirky stuff but I still have yet to see photos that haunt, disturb or help us reflect about the world in which we live in. Thankfully, the World Press Photo Contest Read More »
After almost a year of blogging, I can honestly say how much I've enjoyed writing and owning this blog. It's my own little kingdom where I can write about anything without having to follow protocols and restrictive editorial guidelines. And in my book, that is priceless.
One of the other priceless and most touchings things I've seen during two weekends ago was the Sunday Times Magazine exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The exhibition celebrates photojournalism at its best while also looking back at the importance of print journalism in the 20th century. And although, I love all things digital, nothing can replace the act of flipping pages off a magazine or a book and seeing amazing covers of people and unforgettable moments in history. Read More »
I was lucky to be the first person to arrive for the press preview of 'Rancinan in London' at the Opera Gallery last week, because other than being the art blogger who has beaten 'real' journalists for being on time (I arrived 12 noon sharp!), I also had the opportunity to meet Gérard Rancinan himself who was still in the middle of overseeing the arrangement of his large-scale photographs with Jean-David Malat, Director of Opera Gallery and journalist Caroline Gaudriault.
Clad in denim jeans and jacket, the great Rancinan had no airs. He was simple, unassuming, accommodating and was kind enough to give this blogger time and say "you can ask me anything." This man, who has earned four World Press Awards and was on his first stop world photography tour has just told me that. I knew this was not about being a darling of the press but I like him. Read More »
Unlike other photographers, it sometimes takes Thomas Struth a few days to capture an image on camera. The celebrated German photographer's long and arduous creative process demonstrate the emphasis he puts in the art of seeing and his meticulous love for details.
Visiting his first UK survey at the Whitechapel gallery, I was overwhelmed by the range and diversity of subjects and the way they were arranged as if the pieces themselves were engaged in a visual conversation. From jungles, skyscrapers, family portraits and his much celebrated museum photographs and technical pieces, it is evident that Thomas Struth continues to search for the sublime in the mundane - things that we don't normally give a damn just because we see them everyday. Read More »
As an art form, the rise of cheap digital cameras has put photography in a more questionable position than ever before. For one, taking photos nowadays do not necessarily require any creative skills whatsoever. I´ve taken hundreds of photos myself but none necessarily could be called art. How can photography then be considered art?It´s worth taking a look at Rashid Rana´s exhibit at the Lisson gallery (ending on April 30)to see how photography can be propelled to other dimensions. I was curious to find out about Rashid after reading a post by another blogger branding Rashid as a boring contemporary artist. Rashid is a Pakistani visual artist who uses pixelated constructions of photography, sculpture and installation to explore themes of cultural identity in South Asia as it struggles between tradition and modernity. Read More »
It took me a long to decide to be blogging again. It´s really scary to write about one´s thoughts and have all the world judge you (well atleast your close friends as your first readers). I have never been confident or comfortable about my writing even though I had been writing here and there for quite some time. It´s probably the reason why I was attracted to visual arts in the first place because words do not hold the same power for me as a visual image.
Words do not easily rain from heaven for me. I dig graveyards to extract words enough to be able to tell a story. But here I am trying to blog about art just because it matters to me. And I believe blogging is literally stripping yourself naked.
I guess it´s the same for art. You have to be bold enough to put yourself out there. Read More »