I inaugurate today a new section of this blog – with a new category “At the movies“. It takes a lot to make a movie: great actors, strong plot, a tailored soundtrack and good photography.
In “In the Mood for Love/花樣年華“, director Wong Kar-Wai (王家衛) did not lack any of the ingredients and next to the magnificent Maggie Cheung and an award-ready Tony Leung, he aligned Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-Bing for photography. It is said the former was replaced by the latter but I could not find confirmation of this. Together they made for some of the most interesting cinematography I have seen in a long long time.
In photography, one has a relatively large range of orientation: portrait, landscape, crooked, upside-down, etc. Movies however, limits this creative component to one, flat and common option: horizontal.
Wong Kar-Wai manages to counter this limitation with 2 distinctive techniques: first, and to me the most noticeable graphical characteristic, is the permanent sense of verticality the movie has. In the example above and the 2 stills below, notice how the frame is divided into action space, in focus, and the rest, out of focus, empty of story-telling interest, yet essential. The telephone, the walls, the window grid and the corridor, each play a part in the visual presence of each scene. Read the rest of this entry »
Prestel Editions present this true coffee table book, a mere 1.36kg on the scale, a heavy-weight bot in terms of contents and container. Printed on thick paper and wrapped in linen, built to last, this is one piece every photography connoisseur must have.
New York Sleeps Cover
The 77 images present the viewer with an empty city. New York City is probably one of the most crowded place on Earth, yet German photographer Christopher Thomas present it to us completely emptied of its inhabitants. It then emerges a post-apocalyptic feeling blending with the timeless and nostalgic touch of black and white photography.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2009
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These are just a few pictures from a trip to Hong Kong early 2007. I have re-processed them recently, and thought it may be worthwhile to post them… Read the rest of this entry »
I was recently going around the Web, taking a look at my blog(s), at Flickr and a couple of other websites.
On Flickr, I went through my groups and noticed one I’ve always liked : “Diptychs – two is better than one!” But in its ‘Pool’, I found a lot of inconsistency (in terms of visual impact) between the proposed works. On the same thought, I have noticed the Web is packed with “how-to” for Photoshop and the like, but not much words on the recipe that makes a great image, and in our particular case the diptych. So, here I expose some thoughts on what makes diptychs to work or not. It is just an attempt give some ideas and eventually inspire the readers. By no means I am in true science here, all come from personal observations.
Two Little Rides (by tubes. on Flickr)