giovedì 27 aprile 2017

RIMALDAS VIKSRAITIS | PHOTOGRAPHER



Rimaldas Viksraitis was born in 1954 in Sunkariai, Lithuania, and grew up “between marshes and clay” in the secluded Šakiai district: “You couldn’t get out to the world without a large pair of wellingtons.” His passion for photography started at 17, when he bought an old Soviet Smena 8 camera for 15 roubles and began photographing friends and neighbours in his native village. After studying photography at the Vilnius Technical School No. 47, he worked as a commercial photographer for a decade in the region, mainly doing wedding portraits. Viksraitis then began capturing village life, travelling across the country with his camera tied to his bicycle. His stark, painful and often humorous take on reality has been compared to that of British photographer Richard Billingham.
Viksraitis’s images of deepest rural Lithuania mix reportage and voyeurism to surreal and disturbing effect. His studies of drunkenness and dereliction are depressing but strangely beautiful: a farmer bends over a dead pig with a blowtorch, a chicken perched on his back; a young girl stares out of a window over the decapitated head of a goat; a drunk bites the ear of another drunk who is biting the ear of a pig´s head on a plate. Viksraitis’s world is by turns a frightening and darkly comic place.
Since 1985, Viksraitis has been a member of the Union of Lithunanian Art Photographers and was awarded the title of PhotoArtist (AFIAP) by the International Federation of Art Photography (FIAP) in 1997. He received state grants from the Ministry of Culture of the Lithuanian Republic between 2001 and 20114. In 2009, he won the prestigious Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles, having been nominated by Martin Parr. Major photographic series include Slaughter (1982-86), Nude in a Desolate Farm (1991), A Meadow at 11.00 (1995), This Crazy World (1995), Grimaces of the Weary Village (1998-2006), Farmstead Children (2000-), Farmstead Dreams (2000-). whitespacegallery


























All images © Rimaldas Viksraitis

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lunedì 24 aprile 2017

JASON LOWRY | PHOTOGRAPHER


I have a horrible habit of wasting so much of my present moment time constantly thinking about everything and everyone!  If you are like me, it can be so difficult to focus on what I’m doing right now at this exact moment (just caught myself thinking about something I need to do as I write this article).  I’m constantly distracted by thoughts and most of the time these distractions running through my head are about what has already happened or what may happen in the future.
So, what does this have to do with photography? Everything!
Clear those distracting thoughts 
Try to lose yourself in the present moment by focusing and concentrating  on what you  are doing at that moment as you engage your subject.  Being completely present will allow you to be fully engaged and to see your subject with a new and exciting perspective.  How do you do this?  It takes constant practice, but it can be done!  You must first be aware of all those distractions in your head.  Importantly, try not to stop those thoughts from flowing, just be aware of them and notice them and as you watch them, they will simply fade.  With practice, it does work!  The key is to be aware that you are distracted and that you are not focused.
Don’t over think or try not to think at all 
I admit this was difficult for me to understand at first.  We have a greater intelligence than all those thoughts racing through our head.  For example, have you ever encountered a situation where you just reacted in the moment, you knew what to do without obsessively thinking about your next move?  Well, imagine yourself in front of a subject (I know this requires thinking : ), your head is clear, no distracting thoughts, you are fully engaged and you know it’s the right opportunity to capture or you instinctively adapt to what you know will be a better opportunity.  We are more than our thoughts and those distracting ones get in our way and fog our ability to see clearly.
It’s not necessarily about the product 
I think it’s important to clarify my philosophy on photography.  For me, it is a life experience and it’s not necessarily about the final outcome although I certainly enjoy sharing and viewing the work of so many wonderful artists.  Our goal as artists should be to get lost in the process of creating, not worrying about making money or whether our art will fit a certain mold or get a certain number of comments.  These thoughts are distractions and keep us from our full potential.   I have not mastered what is written in this article, but I practice as much as possible and I do think it has made a difference in my personal style and I hope you will find this article of value.  
Jason Lowry is from Eastern North Carolina and is obsessed with moody and dramatic black and white art.  Jason Lowry   digital-photography-school






















All images © Jason Lowry photographer

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domenica 23 aprile 2017

JEANNE LORIOZ | ART



Jeanne Lorioz was born in France in 1954 and studied at the ‘Ecole Superieurs des Arts Appliques’ in Paris.
In these delightful works, the artist seems to frankly laugh at the notion of magazine beauty, capturing her magnificently over-exaggerated female figures in moments of supremely feminine contemplation, dressing or lounging or dancing; alone, in groups or accompanied by their pets, and occasionally by somewhat diminuitive male companions. While much of her work is playful, many pieces also have a gently nostalgic feeling that borders on melancholy. 



























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