Monday, 26 November 2012

A Photographic Diary: Sally

"I've been taking photos for as long as I can remember, but the first time I truly fell in love with photography was when I travelled to Colombia in 2007 with the charity I worked for at the time. We were training human rights defenders to document the abuses occurring in their communities.

Not only were the Colombian people a delight to work with, but their features were exceptionally beautiful. Capturing not only their aesthetical beauty but also the trauma carved into their faces was a privilege, and a turning point in my relationship with photography.

One particular photo always stands out: it was of a 22-year-old girl called Yuri who told me how she had witnessed a massacre in her village, where men, women and children had been butchered with chainsaws. As an added cross to bear, people like Yuri who have indigenous indian features are considered to be unattractive, because in Colombia, beauty is determined by how light your skin is and effectively how 'European' looking you are. I thought she was beautiful."

A self-portrait...



Meet Sally

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

I link with love, do you?


"LINKwithlove is the idea that we, the internet, can teach and learn respect when dealing with intellectual property online. It is our dream that art, music, photography, words, design, ideas, etc - be shared in a way that is ethical, respectful, educated and kind.
This site is a collection of links to information, resources and communities that can help encourage the discussion that will help us spread the word about sharing intellectual property online in a better way. If you believe in sharing with respect, proper credit and understanding, we encourage you to display one of our badges on your site or social network to show the world that you respect and LINKwithlove.
By teaching and supporting the proper ways to share intellectual property - we will make a difference."

Visit LINKwithlove and share the love!

Monday, 19 November 2012

A Portrait of a Tintype Portrait Photographer

"A tintype is a unique, physical, one-of-a-kind object. It doesn’t sit on your hard drive, and it’s not a negative that you can print as many copies as you want from. These are heirlooms, meant to be taken care of and passed down generations. Each one is filled with personal significance - we spent about 5 hours with Harry and wound up with 11 tintypes. If your head wanders a little too much during the 15 second exposure, you have to do it again. The process took about 20 minutes per photo. There are issues on Harry’s end as well- exposure times, chemical balances. Once you get it right, you’re thrilled. It really makes you appreciate how accessible photography is now, and also has made me take a little more time taking photos."

- Matt Morris.

Found via PetaPixel - read more here

Friday, 16 November 2012

How to turn a white table into a triangle maze.

If you've been following this blog for a while, then you've seen this table before. Two years ago, I turned it into a rainbow, remember? However, when I moved flats in August, it didn't really fit in my new (and empty) living room. The magic of washing tapes is that it took me about 40 seconds to get back to a white canvas. And here we go again! 

We still have to find a couch but this table sure looks pretty.  

Monday, 12 November 2012

[Oh Hello Oslo] Design Without Borders at DOGA

Why don't wheelchairs produced for Western countries necessarily work well in Guatemala?
How can juice packaging bolster Ugandan agriculture?
And what in the world do UNICEF and Norwegian People's Aid need designers for?

The interactive exhibition Design Without Borders - Creating Change presents both the products and the work methods of the programme and illustrates how fruitful the connection between design and development aid can be.

Read more about Design Without Borders here
And if you happen to be in Oslo, pay DogA a visit!

Friday, 9 November 2012

London Tattoos - by Alex MacNaughton.

"Why have blank, uninteresting skin when you can adorn it with color and pattern?" 
- Hayley Hayes.

"It's like reading a diary you kept as a child, years after you have written the words." 
-  Amanda Burzio.

"I am a PhD-educated art historian. My doctoral thesis was on tattoos as art. I find the very concept of tattoos having 'meaning' a problematic one. The framing of this question - which presumes tattoos do have a meaning - encourages the construction of a plausible narrative even for tattoos which might 'mean' very little in simple, direct terms. Also, asking the question this way negates the fact that even when a tattoo does have a meaning, that meaning can change over time, or be obscure even to the person upon whose body it is tattooed. Some of them are, almost literally, meaningless as far as I'm concerned - the tattooists who produced them had more at stake in their symbolic message than I did. A better question, perhaps, is 'What does being tattooed mean to you?'. Being tattooed is an expression of my own history, my passion for tattoos and my commitment to and love for the art form. I'm a collector."
- Dr Matthew Lodder.

Monday, 5 November 2012

[Oh Hello Oslo] Grass Roots Square

Grass Roots Square by the Korean artist Do Ho Suh.

If it hadn't been for Twitter, I wouldn't have heard of this installation. As Aurélie was visiting me for a few days, I thought it was the perfect occasion to go on a photo safari and find out what it really looked like. The installation consists of 50.000 bronze figures symbolizing diversity and solidarity but also that people are stronger when standing together.

Address: Teatergata 9, Oslo.