After listening to David Oates’ presentation on what inspired him, I then decided to keep a diary of things that I found particularly creative:
Selfies by Paul Zizka
Zizka has combined incredible landscape shots with self portraiture and the result is incredible. Attaching a torch light to his head has enabled him to remain an important part of the shot during long exposures, the torch also gives the photographs a futuristic feel.
Self portraits by Kyle Thompson
Kyle Thompson became interested in photography at college but unfortunately, his anxiety prevented him from talking to people. This forced him to opt for self-portraiture:He would spend hours, even days, walking alone through forests and exploring abandoned houses.These two mystical self portraits were created using flour.Those are not headlights. Kyle clamped two desk lights to a chair and used a fog machine.His photographs were captured with a Canon 60D, a 50mm 1.8 lens, a tripod, and a timer.After taking hundreds of photos, he posted some of his best to Reddit, they got over 4 million views. Kyle has now quit his job delivering pizzas and has dedicated his life to photography.
Over the last couple years, an increasingly popular trend online has been to create and share colourised photos from history. Artists such as Jordan Lloyd, Dana Keller and Sanna Dullaway take intriguing old black and white photographs and bring them to life making them relatable to a modern audience.Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation happened in 1963 and was part of a protest demanding that the Diem government fulfill its its promises of religious equality. The colour in this photograph makes a dramatic difference due to the impact that a roaring, orange fire has on its audience.
This photograph shows British troops boarding their train for the Front in 1939. Due to the realistic added colour, the viewer is able to compare these young lads to close friends or relatives who could have been or could be in the future on their way to the front line.Albert Einstein is the epitome of all geniuses; when we think of Einstein we think of a superhuman. This colour photograph destroys that illusion and reminds the viewer that Einstein was just a ‘normal’ man who wore ‘normal’ clothes and enjoyed ‘normal’ activities like visiting the coast. It also acts as an inspiration for ‘normal’ people who wish to achieve something great.
The Battle We Didn’t Choose by Angelo Merendino
Just five months into married life, Merendino’s wife was diagnosed with cancer. This began a challenging four-year journey of remission and relapse, an emotional roller coaster which completely changed their lives. In an effort to cope with the reality of the disease and show others what it’s like to struggle day to day, Merendino documented his wife’s battle with cancer and the effect she had on others.
I Turn Myself Inside Out by Luke Evans and Joshua Lake
In an unusual attempt to explore their own digestive tracts, student artists Luke Evans and Joshua Lake swallowed single frames of 35mm film, folding each piece in a brightly coloured capsule that allowed for the acids and bodily fluids to process the film with minimal risk of colon damage. Once excreted, the negatives were recovered, cleaned, and studied in detail by an electron microscope; ultimately, they were printed into giant black and white works.