Surveillance, big data and the Transparent Man – keywords that have been popping up very often in the media in recent years.
They are often accompanied by articles on Facebook, Google & co who keep observing all our moves and collecting data in order to make profits in the best possible way. Names like NSA and Edward Snowden are also known to most of us and do not really make us feel that good.
I still remember it as if it had been yesterday. Even though I’ve never been affected myself as somebody who grew up in Austria and who had the privilege of going to the sea twice a year. To the sea in Yugoslavia. Even I feel strange writing this name although I never really came to know Yugoslavia and the war there happened at a time I can hardly remember. I was young and didn’t really have much interest in news and in wars. Yet I remember clearly how I was having breakfast with my parents and my sister in Rovinj and my parents kept discussing a bit nervously to consider returning to Austria earlier from our holiday.
“[we] come from nature.…There is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it… If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.” – Edward Burtynsky
Photo credit: Edward Burtynsky
When you think about how little a human-being is compared to the size of our planet it’s only hard to imagine what great impact we still have. For millennia human-beings have exploited the resources of nature. In the course of time mankind has developed more and more modern methods to reach even more resources. To achieve this new technologies and machines have been created. The number of the natural resources people need for their constantly changing lifestyle is also increasing. We keep changing our planet and leaving traces every day, even if we may not really be aware of it.
Architecture and desserts aren’t really two topics relating to each other at first sight. At least that’s what I’ve thought till I saw Dinara Kasko’s incredible desserts. The photos of her creations are shared all around the world, her Instagram account is booming. Some of her works may not look very appetizing in the beginning but rather nice to look at. But in her videos the artist shows you what the contents of her masterpieces actually is, making you quite hungry for some chocolate and other desserts.
There’s no doubt that drone photography and a bird’s eye view which is becoming more and more popular have been a clear trend in the world of photography for quite some time.
No wonder because they allow you a perspective that human-beings aren’t likely to experience otherwise.
It’s these new perspectives that form the work created by Johnny Miller. In his last projects the photographer has dedicated himself to drone photography and what he shoots isn’t breathtaking sceneries or spectacular images in cities. With his photos he rather highlights the striking contrasts between rich and poor.
They claim that it was him who invented top models. That may be a bit exaggerated. However, nobody can deny that the photo taken by Peter Lindbergh showing a group of stunningly beautiful young ladies strolling through the streets of New York changed the fashion world and started a new era of top models. Because these ladies weren’t any ordinary women but Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. In the early 1990s this very image appeared on the cover of the British “Vogue”. Until today it’s maintained its cult status, with Peter Lindbergh ranging among the most popular photographers of our time. For decades you can find his photos in every important fashion magazine. He’s been working for a number of famous fashion houses and his pictures have become an essential part of the fashion universe.
I Fink U Freeky – is probably the most popular video sample by US photographer Roger Ballen, who has been focusing on the remote villages of the white people since he moved to Africa in the 1970s. The dorps consist of poor houses of which he – being motivated by his studies in geology – first took pictures from the outside and from the inside. His probably best known double portrait is called Dresie and Casie.
For most of us, the thought of spending time in a place, so extremely cold and inhospitable as an ice cave is not a very pleasant one. Nevertheless, there is no denying it, eternal ice and those parts of the world where you can find it, are incredible fascinating and stunning to look at.
Photos of ice caves, icebergs and ice formations of all kinds, with their countless shades of white, grey and above all blue, are somehow magical and surreal.
One that has been especially fascinated by the wonder of eternal ice is Bernd Nicolaisen.
As all of you may certainly know already SIGMA has just extended its product range. Aiming to become more visible in the field of video technology SIGMA enters the market with a new product series of Cine lenses.
The demand for lenses processing high resolution is permanently increasing and the Japanese company is reacting to this trend. First, Sigma will release two zoom lenses for cameras with EF and E mounts. These work with 6K and 8K resolutions. In the year after more zoom lenses as well as five fixed focal lengths are assumed to follow up.
Now SIGMA wants to show the performance of these lenses in its first home-made short film!
The movie “blur” shows in a very fascinating way that humans who are deeply moved by something get inspired to take pictures. Every photo they create this way turns out as impressive as daily life itself. The short film which SIGMA has been planning for two years was produced by Yu Yamanaka with SIGMA’s new cine lenses. Those of you who’ve become curious now are invited to take a look on this website: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/blur/
You can see a making-of video and get a lot of insider information. Enjoy 🙂
Over the last couple of years I’ve often heard the name Benjamin Jaworskyj in connection with photography. Last week I had the chance to listen to one of his lectures at the Photo Festival in Zingst.
He’s a German photographer working in Berlin. In 2008 he started giving online video tutorials. His YouTube channel is called “jaworskyjpictures” – just in case you’d like to check it out yourself! 😉
He explains things in a very simple and easily understandable way, covering the basics in photography as well as topics for advanced photographers. Moreover he answers questions newcomers in photography surely often have and he gives some tips on image editing. In 2013 his channel turned out to be the biggest german photography channel on YouTube. Of course he soon began to organize workshops and by now he’s even published two books. They’re called “Fotos nach Rezept” & “Fotos nach Rezept 2”.
His special field is mainly landscape photography, however he’s also very skilled at portrait photography. But have a look for yourselves, his website and his YouTube channel will tell you more about his portfolio and his tips & tricks!