Thursday, October 14, 2010

Paper problems

My little moleskine journals are ripping because the paper isn't thick enough... so i think i may try digital printing. Most of my work is digital & image based so I guess it makes sense. I'm also a painfully slow writer/annotator so hopefully it'll be ok. Hope it isn't too late in the day for such a decision...

This looks cool and in reality it was probably caused by a bug walking across the screen of the camera

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ouija - Spirits and demons fill shotglasses.



Left: Collection of antique boards Right: Internet Parody by Jeffry Rowland
This first video is especially interesting. Mentions 'serious' paranormal societies. (This isn't the first I've heard of this, I know folks who'll actually wince if you slip up and mention terms like 'new-age') Anyway, I especially like the mention of the term 'high end' divination tools as opposed to these Boards that can actually be purchased at Toys R Us. "Sorry, your Ouija Board is from the diffusion line and I only purchase mainline". But really, I'm fascinated by the prevalence of paranormal/divination services and products in modern-day society. One of the guys interviewed below is 'the lead investigator at Big Bend Ghost Trackers'. Yes, a ghost tracker. Presumedly a bit like Bill Murray in Ghost Busters. I hope.

To be honest, I don't think these beliefs are founded on anything less concrete than those of other religions.

Great graphic sensibilities: The mystery of basic editing software:
What interests me here is how the spirit fills or enters the pointer/glass. I remember a family friend who claimed she had caught an evil spirit living in her house and she had managed to trap it in a golden box sealed with masking tape. Needless to say this person isn't a family friend anymore. Attempting to rip off Drop Dead Fred is disingenuous to say the least:

The 'mud pie' reminds me a little bit of my 'spontaneous alternatives' method :P

I remember using an Ouija board as a kid but I don't really remember much except that you're not meant to think about when you're going to die. Naturally everyone thinks about when they're going to die. Reminds me of 'the game' or maybe some kind of thinking on the ocd spectrum? haha

Christian man terrified about Ouija boards after reading a book about them. In the book spiritualists encourage a christian to use the board. The main character in this book sounds like he suffering from schizophrenia, er, sorry, I mean demonic possession.

There are many weird parts about this...

but the weirdest part is probably where one of the 'models' attacks a tree with a guitar and then bust out Bowie's Jean Genie. (???)
I should warn you that you wont get these 5 minutes back.

Example of post-production/photoshopping


I just thought I should post an example of the kind of post-production I am using on images - just some simple photoshopping. On this one i could have been a bit more careful regarding the shadow on the bottom left hand side but oh well. I can be more careful on my finals. I just sort of worked out how to do this myself, I'm not sure if there's an easier way, but it doesn't seem to take very long which is a plus. And hopefully it's going to be useful for editing out fishing-wire on installation photos. I'm no 'tech wiz' but i sure love puters + cameras.

People as spaces

I like this -something that can not be seen (ie. immaterial?) as a space:


Does this contrast to creating a space for the immaterial?

Embroidery by Iviva Olenick

Influences/ Capturing inbetween bits.

Continuing with the task of tracking influences for the folio. I'm looking at people who capture spaces in garments - 'the in-between bits'. Because documentation and presentation interests me most at this stage - especially photography and styling - I am trying to included a range of photographers and stylists too.

Here is a small selection:
Phillip Toledano (Photographer)

Victor & Rolf (Designers)

Jatine Van Peski (Designer) Structures and space.

Mariel Manuel (Designer) - via. Mr.Linde

Tim Walker (photographer)

Tim Walker (again) Are these garments like a trap? I can imagine them filling up with moths.

Or ghosts. I wonder if they are easy to trap?
Do you think I can trap some?


For anyone struggling to source images, I recommend the reverse image-search engine Tin Eye. It isn't all perfect, but it often works.