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Upside Down Exhibition at PH21

Laurie says:

Ph21 in Budapest is doing an exhibition which is irresistible to me, called appropriately “Upside down.” In putting together my submissions I found one image that I love from Pandemic Shadows that worked even better permanently upside down. It’s here.

The image that was chosen from my Pandemic Shadows project was far more obviously upside down, which I expect was at least partially their point — “Flamingo”. Please click on photo to get best result.

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​You can see the exhibition here.

While photographs are valued for their depictive potential and representative content, the non-depictive, non-representational aspects of photographic works are also strongly related to their aesthetic significance. In this spirit, art photography has always aimed for the unity of form and content. Abstract photography has gone even further, celebrating abstract compositions for their own sake, without the need for appreciating or even recognising depictive content in the images. Turning a photograph upside down tends to strip it from its representative function, because the depicted scene and objects are difficult if not impossible to recognise when the image is turned to its side or upside down. However, the formal, compositional aspects of photographs become more pronounced that way, as our attention is steered away from scene and object recognition. In our Upside down exhibition, we would like to show photographs that are indeed turned upside down. Any photograph is eligible if the artist is willing to show it in this unusual way. Abstract photographs might be considered to be the most suitable candidates for this experimental exhibiting method, but there are many depictive works as well whose compositional qualities might also be appreciated in novel ways when turning them upside down, thus liberating us from studying and concentrating on their representational content. Landscapes, bodyscapes, symmetrical compositions, or even architectural and street photography may be good candidates for turning images upside down...

The exhibition is curated by Zsolt Bátori, PhD, director and Borbála Jász, PhD, vice-director.

The exhibition runs from today, March 9th to April 1st.

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Junko Fukazawa’s Photo in Motion @ Rome

Laurie says:

My photo of Junko Fukazawa was in the exhibit Motion @ Rome, curated by Zsolt Bátori and Borbála Jász. I don’t have a lot of images with motion, but this photo of Junko Fukizawa from Women of Japan is one of my very best. It’s a good portrait and it works beautifully as an abstract as well.

I went to the Zoom/Live opening in Rome this morning, and the conversation about the images was excellent. There were photographers there in person and also many on Zoom.

Photography is a medium of still images; it cannot create the illusion of motion the way in which moving images such as film, video or cartoons can. The static nature of the image itself, however, has never prevented photographers from putting motion in the centre of their endeavours. Instead of freezing the moment they often strive for capturing movement and the passing of time in a variety of ways. The fragile moment might be broken by showing the sweeping power of motion. Capturing motion is never a mere given in photography because it is not a default option of the medium. Depicting or expressing motion is a welcome challenge for photographers; it is also the source of some of the most creative images in diverse photographic genres. – PH21

This exhibition will be presented in Rome, Italy, in collaboration with KromArt Gallery and Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia Adams, a renowned Italian center for photography, in collaboration with PH21 Gallery.

I really liked both of the images below and they also made me thoughtful.

Very early photography emulated painting (sometimes very successfully) and then a kind of photorealism was established. That became what fine art photography was for a long time. Now with all the possibilities of photography computer programs, fine art creative manipulations are both very available and very accepted.

I was very impressed by this photo, Flying Formations, was created by Rajan Dosai. It is his vision – not one that existed visually before he created it. I work mostly in the camera and do very little manipulation in my work, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate other forms of photographic art. He described what he did as technically simple. I think the vision he established was complex and quite stunning.

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This image of Aspen Grove Variations by Debbie McCullis was created by moving the camera, making a surreal image of floating trees. The technique fascinated me and I loved the photo.

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It’s wonderful when other people’s work gets you thinking about your own in useful ways.

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