Albert Renger-Patzch

Albert Renger-Patzsch was a German photographer associated with the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity). Renger-Patzsch was born in Würzburg and began making photographs by the age of 12. In the early 1920s he worked as a press photographer for the Chicago Tribune before becoming a freelancer and, in 1925, publishing a book, The choir stalls of Cappenberg. A second book followed in 1928, Die Welt ist schön (The World is Beautiful). This is his best-known book and is a collection of one hundred of his photographs in which natural forms, industrial subjects and mass-produced objects are presented with the clarity of scientific illustrations. Renger-Patzsch believed that the value of photography was in its ability to reproduce the texture of reality, and to represent the essence of an object.

He wrote: “The secret of a good photograph—which, like a work of art, can have esthetic qualities—is it’s realism … Let us therefore leave art to artists and endeavor to create, with the means peculiar to photography and without borrowing from art, photographs which will last because of their photographic qualities.” 

Schmied 1978, p. 86.

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© Albert Renger-Patzch

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© Albert Renger-Patzch

These images are reminiscent to those that were created by Bernd & Hilla Becher, in the way that they capture architecture and buildings within the landscapes. Again, these images give me more inspiration when thinking about the possible landscapes and architecture that could be included within my own set of images. These images have a lovely quality to them and seem to be rich in texture, I believe that this is due to the fact that they were shot on film.

References

Encyclopedia Britannica, (2014). Albert Renger-Patzsch (German photographer). [online] Available at: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/498113/Albert-Renger-Patzsch [Accessed 11 Jul. 2014].

Juxtapoz.com, (2014). Juxtapoz Magazine – The photography of Albert Renger-Patzsch. [online] Available at: http://www.juxtapoz.com/photography/the-photography-of-albert-renger-patzsch [Accessed 11 Jul. 2014].

Tate.org.uk, (2014). Albert Renger-Patzsch | Tate. [online] Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/display/albert-renger-patzsch [Accessed 11 Jul. 2014].

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Bernd & Hilla Becher

Bernhard “Bernd” Becher and Hilla Becher were German artists who worked as a collaborative duo, as well as being partners professionally, they were also married. They are best known for their large collection of photographic images, or typologies, of industrial buildings and structures. Sadly Bernd died in 2007.

Their work is of interest to me, since I have been looking at photographing alternative landscapes and have also done a photo shoot at Sizewell, which is home to the 2 nuclear power stations, Sizewell A & B. I hope to be doing another photo shoot in the near future at another power station, as I was pleased with the results I obtained on my last shoot. By looking at other artists and photographers who work with alternative landscapes and industrial structures, it is enabling me to look at landscapes in a whole new light and allowing me to come up with new ideas whilst producing new images for myself.

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© Bernd & Hilla Becher

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© Bernd & Hilla Becher

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© Bernd & Hilla Becher

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© Bernd & Hilla Becher

Bernd and Hilla Becher. Winding Towers, Belgium, Germany. 1971–91. Gelatin silver prints, each 15 3:4 x 12 1:8%22 (40 x 30.8 cm). Lent by Hilla Becher. Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery, New York. © Hilla Becher

Bernd and Hilla Becher. Winding Towers, Belgium, Germany. 1971–91. Gelatin silver prints, each 15 3/4 x 12 1/8″ (40 x 30.8 cm). Lent by Hilla Becher. Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery, New York. © Hilla Becher

References

B & H Becher, (2014). Winding Towers, Belgium, Germany. 1971–91. [image] Available at: http://www.moma.org/images/dynamic_content/exhibition_page/14497.jpg?1404310817 [Accessed 10 Jul. 2014].

Getty.edu, (2014). Bernd and Hilla Becher (Getty Museum). [online] Available at: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artMakerDetails?maker=1813 [Accessed 10 Jul. 2014].

Moma.org, (2014). MoMA | Bernd and Hilla Becher: Landscape/Typology. [online] Available at: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/95 [Accessed 10 Jul. 2014].

Tate.org.uk, (2014). Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher | Tate. [online] Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/bernd-becher-and-hilla-becher-718 [Accessed 10 Jul. 2014].

Sizewell

Yesterday I visited Sizewell and took some images in preparation for my Final Major Project. I was happy with the images that I obtained for my stereographic, 360º panorama but I have not had chance to work on them yet, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that the images I have are sufficient. Below are some images of the environment that I was working in.

 

Sizewell

Sizewell Tea © Richard Brochu-Williams

Sizewell Beach

Sizewell Beach © Richard Brochu-Williams

Sizewell Beach

Sizewell Beach © Richard Brochu-Williams

Sizewell A & B

Sizewell A & B © Richard Brochu-Williams

Sizewell A

Sizewell A © Richard Brochu-Williams

 

All images © Richard Brochu-Williams. All rights reserved

 

I am looking forward to working on my main image and seeing what results I can achieve. Hopefully there will be no need to revisit this site but if I have to, at least it is not too far away. I have left myself enough time for reshoots if they are necessary.

Artist Inspiration

Taking a look back at previous blog entries, I rediscovered the images of John Davies and found these to be inspiring. John attended the University of Hertfordshire back in March this year and I found his presentation to be of interest and very informative. In hindsight, I can see that by looking at his images, I am able to gain some inspiration for my upcoming shoots. The images that can be seen below are far from what I had initially set out to take but I think that these types of landscapes will work well with my stereographic projections.

The original research I undertook can be found on this link and I have found some more images of John’s that have inspired me. It has also made me think about the possibility of producing black and white imagery.

Swan Roundabout, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 2009

Swan Roundabout, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 2009 © John Davies

Agecroft Colliery, Salford 1983

Agecroft Colliery, Salford 1983 © John Davies

Slag Heap, Murton, County Durham 1983

Slag Heap, Murton, County Durham 1983 © John Davies

All images © John Davies. All rights reserved.

References

Davies, J. (2014). John Davies Photographer – home page. [online] Johndavies.uk.com. Available at: http://www.johndavies.uk.com [Accessed 5 Jul. 2014].

Artist Research – Anna Filipova

On Tuesday, the MA Photographic Media group got together and we discussed our plans for the Final Major Project. It was a good opportunity to showcase our ideas to one another and to get some feedback and comments from our peers. It has made me reassess the type of images that I want to capture. My initial plan was to capture landscapes that had a personal link, such as a place that I like to visit or escape to but I have been thinking about looking at landscapes which are unconventional and could be perceived by most people to be “ugly”. By transforming them into stereographic images, they could be made to be abstract and a thing of beauty. I undertook some research on the internet to find photographers that had photographed non conventional landscapes and made them into a thing of beauty and I found some high quality images by photographer Anna Filipova.

Here is a sample of some of Anna’s work from her Northernmost Mines” project.

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© Anna Filipova

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© Anna Filipova

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© Anna Filipova

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© Anna Filipova

All images © Anna Filipova. All rights reserved.

The images were taken in Svalbard, in a community that is traditionally based on mining. These images challenge the way that we look at a landscape and makes us ask the question “just what is it that makes a beautiful landscape?”. For me personally, I love the grittiness of these landscapes and the fact that they are in black and white adds to this and brings out the textures within the images. It is definitely a refreshing change from the rolling hills, trees and sunshine.

I have considered the types of places that I could visit, such as landfills or places which are derelict but I need to make sure that this would be feasible for me to do. I would possibly need permission to visit some of the places and I need to weigh up if it would be worth my while. In the meantime I plan to research on the internet for possible places to shoot.

References

Anfilip.com, (2014). Anna Filipova. [online] Available at: http://anfilip.com [Accessed 26 Jun. 2014].

Skidmore, M. (2013). It’s Nice That : Photographer Anna Filipova makes the ugly beautiful with her new series Geothermal Energy. [online] It’s Nice That. Available at: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/anna-filipova [Accessed 26 Jun. 2014].

Landscapes and Textures

As a slight change to my approach to landscape photography, I decided to look at what was surrounding me and look at the textures and patterns within the landscape. This was a new and interesting approach to the way that I usually photograph the landscape around me.

Here are some of the images that I came up with, most are in black and white, as I think that this shows more contrast within the images and enables you to see the textures a little easier. A few I have kept in colour as I thought that it worked better for these images.

 

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© Richard Brochu-Williams

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© Richard Brochu-Williams

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© Richard Brochu-Williams

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© Richard Brochu-Williams

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© Richard Brochu-Williams

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© Richard Brochu-Williams

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© Richard Brochu-Williams

 

All images © Richard Brochu-Williams, All rights reserved.

I particularly like the first black and white image, as I think that the contrast shows off the textures within the image well.

Landscapes

Continuing on my theme of landscape photography, I have pursued my research into various artists covering this genre. Today I came across a photographer by the name of Krzysztof Browko, who lives and works in Opole, Poland. He specialises in the area of landscape photography and I was really captivated by his elegant images. His work is of excellent quality and he seems to be very technical in his approach to image taking. I have chosen three of his images that have left me feeling inspired.

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© Krzysztof Browko

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© Krzysztof Browko

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© Krzysztof Browko

All images © Krzysztof Browko. All rights reserved.

References

Browko Photography. 2014. Krzysztof Browko – Photography. [online] Available at: http://browko-photography.pl [Accessed: 29 Mar 2014].

Landscape Inspiration

I am constantly looking to other photographers work to help inspire me in my own practice. I found an artist/photographer by the name of Dariusz Klimczak (1967), who was born in Sieradz, Poland. Since 2006 he has been living with his family in the countryside, near Leba. Klimczak is a graduate of the art school in Zduńska-Wola.

Like myself he has a real passion for photography and likes to produce black and white images in a square format. The four images that I have chosen are not in black and white but I chose these particular images as my inspiration, as they have a real beauty and quality about them. The saturation of colour within the images really draws you in for a closer look.

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© Dariusz Klimczak

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© Dariusz Klimczak

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© Dariusz Klimczak

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© Dariusz Klimczak

The thing that drew my attention to these images was that they were capturing interesting and sometimes out of place objects within the scene. I especially love the second image with the reflection of the trees and leaves in the water. It is simple in its design but it goes to show that with a bit of imagination that you can acquire a really effective and eye-catching image from what could otherwise be a very ordinary photograph. I must try and be more creative myself when I am taking my pictures.

Here are some more examples of Klimczak’s work. These are examples of the black and white, square formats and they are more surrealistic in their nature. They very much remind me of the artwork created by Salvador Dalí.

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© Dariusz Klimczak

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© Dariusz Klimczak

Dariusz Klimczak’s work can be viewed on his website on the link which can be found below.

References

Kwadrart.com. 2014. KWADRART – Dariusz Klimczak – fotografia kreatywna, fotografia artystyczna, fotomontaże | Gdańsk | Warszawa | Łódź | Poznań | Kraków. [online] Available at: http://www.kwadrart.com [Accessed: 28 Mar 2014].

John Davies – Landscape Photography Talk at the UH

John Davies

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All images © John Davies, All rights reserved.

Yesterday I attended an informative talk at the University of Hertfordshire given by the photographer John Davies. Davies is described as one of today’s most outstanding British photographers. He became famous through his research on the English industrial landscape, observed in vast and detailed views.

John Davies was born in County Durham, England, where he lived in both the coal mining and farming communities. He studied photography in Nottingham and after graduating in 1974 he became fascinated by the rural landscape during his visits to the west coast of Ireland. This work focused on the forces of nature and the interaction between sky and land.

A lot of John Davies’s work is in black and white and the images display a vastness of space inhabited by the powerful elements of nature and the contradictory ones of culture to operate in two directions. Whilst viewing his work, it reconfirmed to me that landscape imagery can be immensely striking in black and white, and that sometimes colour can be distracting, though this is not always the case. This talk was of particular interest to me, as I have been looking into and researching landscape photography because it is an area of photography that I have always had a passion for.

John Davies’s work can be viewed on his website: johndavies.uk.com

John Davies has also documented (in photographs) on the disposal and sales of public open green space across Merseyside. It tells of the loss of public open spaces through privatisation schemes for a variety of commercial developments. It shows how local authorities are continuing to sell-off public parks, playing fields, open space and public rights of way in towns and cities throughout Britain.

More details can be read via this link: www.ourground.net

References

Davies, J. 2014. John Davies Photographer. [online] Available at: http://johndavies.uk.com [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].

Davies, J. 2014. Our Ground – Loss of Public Open Space. [online] Available at: http://www.ourground.net [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].

Experimentation

Today I decided to experiment with more abstract landscape images, as this is something that I would like to take through into my final project towards the end of the year. I will also be looking at other abstract images that are not necessarily related to landscape.

Here are some images that I have been working on today.

 

Lackford Lakes

Lackford Lakes

Lackford Lakes

Lackford Lakes

Monaco

Monaco

I’m really happy with the results and look forward to more experimentation.

Here is another image that is completely unrelated to landscape photography, but another area of photography that I am interested in…Animals.

Brian

Brian