A photographer’s miscellany

Swan reflection, River Trent, NewarkSwan on the River Trent

Another collection of interesting links I’ve come across lately.  No linking theme, not all photography – just anything that caught my interest or my eye.

On Being an Unemployed Arts GraduateThe unemployment of arts graduates is shameful and unnecessary because culture has answers and highly useful consolations to the urgent dilemmas of real people. We just need to get these insights out, package them properly, and commercialise them adequately, so that the armies of people currently serving coffee can put their minds to proper use.” The humanities are a ‘a storehouse of vitally important knowledge about how to lead our lives‘ and instead of universities consisting of departments like History or Literature, they should have instead ‘a Department for Relationships, an Institute of Dying and a Centre for Self-Knowledge’.  An interesting take on how the arts should be put to use to benefit society.

The Book Barge – one of my recurring daydreams has been to kit out a narrowboat as a bookshop and spend my life touring round the canals selling books.  This lady has actually done it.

Michael Pederson’s street art – humorous signs that make you think.

Embracing the night – Jeanette Winterson, writing in the Guardian on why winter darkness is to be welcomed rather than dreaded.

Creative photography ideas – a lot of these are mixed media and most are very ‘studenty’, but for all that there are some very fresh and interesting ideas here that could be taken and adapted.

Technicolour landscape paintings – just roads and telegraph poles, but the colours are wonderful.  Impossible not to smile when you look at these.

Natural media – the rise of ecologically sound advertising that uses natural materials like water, sand, snow, moss, grass, chalk, and milk paint to communicate its message.

Living under a rock – the astonishing Spanish town of  Setenil de las Bodegas, where the buildings huddle underneath huge slabs of overhanging rock.

The Art of Homemaking in a Dugout – a different take on life in the trenches during WW1.  Photos showing how soldiers (although just the officers, I should think) domesticated and decorated their dugouts.

Philip J Brittan – some very unusual and colourful landscape photography.  Won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but it shows how there’s still plenty of room for a different take on landscape.

6 Photographers Invited to Photograph One Man – In an experiment carried out by Canon, half a dozen photographers were invited to capture a portrait of a man called Michael.  “On the day of the photoshoot, each artist was told something different about this man. Each photographer was given a different backstory for Michael, being told he’s one of the following: a commercial fisherman, a self-made millionaire, a recovering alcoholic, a man who’s saved a life, an ex-inmate, or a self-proclaimed psychic. In reality, Michael is an actor who took on each of these roles in alignment with what was told to the respective photographer.”  The resulting images are fascinating and show just how much a photograph is shaped by the person behind the camera, as well as by what’s in front of it.

More ‘little people’ photos from Tatsuya Tanaka – some highlights from the miniature worlds created for Tanaka’s Miniature Calendar project.

Finally, just for fun and to bring a smile:

A trip to the spa