As if Dennis Hopper wasn’t already practically the epitome of the word “cool”, here is a gallery of his photographic work to enjoy. Dennis’ “counterculture cred” allowed him to get into some unique situations for a photographer. He perfectly captured images of all aspects of life – fairly straightforward street scenes, bullfighting, and lots of Hippie acitivities, but most notable are his photos of people like Andy Warhol, Ike and Tina, The Grateful Dead, etc. His work behind the lens rivals the work he did in front of it.
Adam Magyar is a Hungarian born artist with an unusual technique of capturing instants in time. Using gear that he built himself from high speed scanners, he records images from the vantage point of a subway train passing through a station that are unique in that they produce prints that can be as large as eight feet. I can’t even begin to explain the different ways in which he produces his unusual images. Go read the amazing article at Medium.
The SX-70 is a fascinating little camera made by Polaroid back in the early 70’s. One of the things that makes this camera interesting is that the film it uses, Time-Zero, can be manipulated after the picture is taken using your fingers or other things like pencils or toothbrushes. Even without the manipulation, the film has a unique look to it – strangely tinted skies and color-cast subjects, with a hazy, unfocused look combine for an overall effect – dark, ethereal and morose, almost archaic. Today, there are still people using the SX-70 to create these heavily artistic images that take you back to a time when the world was a little more innocent, yet much much stranger and exotic, with shadowed mysteries around every corner and things you wonder about all around.
Here is a shot by tobysx70 on flickr that demonstrates the photo manipulation technique.
Here’s a nice shot of London done with Time Zero film.
It really is amazing to me how creative you can get when the technology in your hands is limited; would I get a shot that conveys as much emotion and feeling as the above if I was using my crystal clear Canon EOS? I wonder what would happen if I took the shot with an SX-70, with its dirty rollers and its inclination to distort and discolor the image as it develops. I have an SX-70 with one pack of Time-Zero film. That’s ten exposures. I wonder what I should shoot with them.
See the Time Zero Collective group on flickr.com for more.
I found an app called ascii cam that takes a picture and converts it ascii art. Pretty cool. Hmm, for some reason though, the pic is sideways.
A few years ago, there was a person (or a couple of people) that did stenciled graffiti all over the alleys of downtown Wilmington. Some of these were very interesting, so I set out with my camera to capture as many as I could before ‘the man’ came along with his bucket of gray paint to censor the artists expression. Fascists!