The RPS International Photobook Exhibition Private View

 

 

RPS International Photobook Exhibition Private Viewing shown at the Espacio Gallery, London Bethnal Green.

 

A fantastic event,  organised by the RPS and some of its members. It was truly inspirational with a huge variety of works and a lot of talent.  I  felt priviliged to have my prints and book on display.  

 

 

National Treasure

National Treasure

 

I have only seen the first episode of the Chanel 4 four-part 2016 British Television drama, written by Jack Thorne, directed by Marc Munden, with Caleb Deschanel as director of photography etc. and starring Robbie Coltrane, Andrea Riseborough and Julie Walters.  Not only is the acting excellent, but the filming is ingenious. The play with depth of field and angles of the shots are so clever. The use of colour, shadows and lighting is captivating. I wanted to freeze each frame,  just to marvel at the images.  It really is worth seeing. 

Torment

I wanted my image to be accompanied by an extract from Sylvia Plath´s poem - Insomniac:

¨His head is a little interior of grey mirrors.

Each gesture flees immediately down an alley

Of diminishing perspectives, and its significance

Drains like water out the hole at the far end.

He lives without privacy in a lidless room,

The bald slots of his eyes stiffened wide-open

On the incessant heat-lightning flicker of situations¨

 

Image @Antoinette Castro

Image @Antoinette Castro

Thomas Ruff Jpegs

From Thomas Ruff´s Jpegs series

From Thomas Ruff´s Jpegs series

 

Thomas Ruff´s JPEGS Series

In his Jpegs series,  Ruff downloaded archived images as well as his own, mainly of untouched landscapes, war scenes or scenes depicting man´s atrocities.  He would blow these images up, so that at a distance of 10-15 metres,  these images appear as a photograph,  but close up,  they appear as thousands of pixelated squares, which ugly as these squares  may seem, in the right context, can create a beautiful or disturbing image - like man´s impact on earth.

Colberg and Campany wrote differing reviews, although both  acknowledged and appreciated the beauty of the JPEG images in Ruff´s book. 

Colberg, in his   Conscientious´review,  is   sceptical and appears to struggle in coming to some kind of understanding of the idea behind Ruff´s JPEGS work,  but acknowledges  that Ruff has tried to create some significance to the pixelation in an image and thus a new form of Art.  He credits him for being avante garde. But Colberg feels it has no significance, except to state the obvious technical aspect of digital imaging, in other words, if an image is beautiful, it just is, but no more so by fomenting the idea that pixelation adds a new dimension and beauty to the way an image is seen. 

Campany on the other hand,  highlights in his ´Aesthetic of the Pixel´ review,  how Ruff has brought awareness to the hugeness and importance of the archival grid.  Because of the very nature and availability of digital images on the internet, whether originally analogue or digital, the sheer availability makes it easier for these images to be used individually, commercially or globally and when transformed by sheer manipulation,  which Ruff has done,  impacts us even more.   Pixels and their sequencing create an image, which he sees as mirroring our world today:

 .  close up - abstract, but not random

 .  at a distance - an image. 

However we view Ruff´s JPEGS series, it certainly makes us think - check it out¡¡¡¡

Absence

Her life in his hands – they both need help¡

 

She begins, with her identity almost intact. A woman who still has self –respect, hope and joy in her life, but already the veil of suffering has started to form around her and the beginning of doubt has set in.

 

With time, the veil of abuse with all its destruction, loathing and pain covers her, she becomes deformed inside. Her identity eventually severed off and removed completely. She is no longer a person, but an object of psychological abuse.

Image and Text @Antoinette Castro  

Image and Text @Antoinette Castro

 

´Finding Vivian Maier´

¨Finding Vivian Maier¨ if you get a chance to see this extraordinary and compelling documentary, do it¡ 

Vivian Maier, a quirky and militant nanny, was a compulsive and obsessive street photographer. With no formal training but an incredible eye,  took over 100,000 fantastic images.  They were hidden away in storage lockers,  only to be discovered years after her death by John Maloof, in a local auction house. 

Maybe it was chance or maybe fate that brought him to the treasure box in 2007, but thanks to John Maloof, her work lives on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cindy Sherman´s work in the me Collectors Room

 A fantastic exhibition of Cindy Sherman´s work,  over three decades, showing at the ´me Collectors Room´ in Berlin, featuring 65 images. 

It is a must if you have a chance. I loved it¡  It gets you thinking.  Some of the images disturbing and even haunting.  A great postmodern art photographer. If I have to describe her work in a nutshell, I would say, as stated in the Photographers A-Z Hans-Michael Koetrzle guide: ¨Her narrative self-staging,  serves as a criticism of media and culture,  from a feminist perspective¨.  From my point of view,  it is a pretty good description of Sherman´s work.