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Jean-Jacques André & 63 Years of Artistic Nudes

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Jean Jacques André has made a life shooting artistic nudes. Inspired by his father (a symbolist painter) and the natural environment, his career began in 1954 and continues to the present day.

Some of André’s simpler nudes are to my eye absolutely gorgeous; others (that are not represented here) are intense, surreal and to another taste entirely. However, because of that career transition over so many years he’s exactly an inspiration worthy of the photographer’s investigation. Rather than shoot a predictable static style over that period of time there is a dramatic evolution of vision and technique.

Yes, I could write all the art-speak portfolio biographic diatribe about the decades through André’s career. But I won’t. That investigation is left up to you. I’m a big fan of his earlier work and not so much the present.

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William Eggleston Portraits

Friday, June 30th, 2017

William Eggleston once told the author Mark Holborn, “I am at war with the obvious.” The obvious, or the mundane, are hallmarks of Eggleston’s contribution to the art of colour photography.

Yet, I’ve never really appreciated a lot of those pictures that Eggleston has made around his home town of Memphis, Tennessee. A well-off white privileged male making pictures of neon signs and ordinary life with expensive (to me) Leica film cameras. In that regard, I’m a bit like anybody with the uneducated taste for pictures of the mundane. I’ve always thought of most Eggleston photographs as good pictures of nothing much. And of Eggleston as “just that rich eccentric guy from Memphis” with his cliche Southern accent.

However, when Eggleston makes a good picture it can be a bloody good picture. It is difficult to appreciate a photographer’s work from the low resolution images found on blogs and gallery websites, or even reading their books – there is really no experience like going into art galleries and looking at them within the mundane environment.

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Social Media, Image Theft & Naive Cock-Jockeys

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

To share or not to share. It’s not even a question. I share a lot of erotic pictures on social media. Both contemporary and vintage. And, yes, I’ve shared a hell of a lot of images that lack the photographer/model credit.

But I’m not going to change my ways because some simple-minded cock-jockey asserts every unattributed photograph is a direct act of theft. If they think that I’m a thief then they seriously misunderstand images on the World Wide Web. And the nature of social media in general.

As an amateur photographer I do understand the desire (even need) for attribution. Intellectual Property is a serious issue. However, people also need to understand how (particularly vintage) pictures wind up online in the first instance.

Step one usually entails an unpaid entity scanning and uploading a picture to social media. If that person fails to acknowledge the publication the picture was scanned from, the photographer who made the picture, or the subject matter… it is beyond my control to easily discover that information from the image.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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