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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:13 am    Post subject: Interesting Contax photographer Reply with quote

While browsing Contax galleries I found the work of this guy. He uses Contax stuff extensively (albeit not exclusively). He uses a lot the G2.
He has a very strong visual sense and a real creativity.
His photos don't look like those of someone else, he's very personal.
But what admire the most, is that he doesn't have to fake the force. He's really strong from the start, he sees and takes strong images, he doesn't need to make an image strong by faking it in photoshop.
This is his gallery:
http://www.photosight.ru/users/23534/

And these are selected images that really hit me:

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2847699/?from_member
This one is incredible don't need much comment

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2767875/?from_member
the image is reversed but the shadows look straight

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2702571/?from_member
another strong contrast

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2740954/?from_member
an interesting corageous nude where you don't see the face but don't miss it

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2296083/?from_member
another shocker, no comment

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2191743/?from_member
This is a masterpiece, look how the "cartoons" and her childish expression fit!

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2164521/?from_member
one of the best and most sensitive child portraits I have seen in a while

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1790668/?from_member
the road to Hollywood...

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1312263/?from_member
he's able to photograph people and make the viewer feel like if he always knew them...

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1937884/?from_member
and to finish, the strangest family portrait that I ever saw !!!

Note that he does not indulge in any photographer's common affectation/tricks, such as to rely on DOF effect to get a photo home, or to oversaturate, let alone things like partial desaturation, he uses superwides now and then but he never overdoes them, and very rarely he uses superteles. He stays away from all the common gimmicks, yet he's able to take home photos that are strong and stay in the memory.
I really admire him and wish I had half of his visual talent and force.


PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent find.
I have been cruising his gallery for an hour now and it is truly remarkable.
The photos all well, most do have a signature that he seems to have developed.
The silky close focus bokeh shots are not here. Nor are contrived perspectives.
Most of the views are very natural and familiar and one can identify them as believable.
Of course he has some serendipity working for him as well.

like this light and perspective Shocked http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1730755/?from_member

And here some PP that is obvious but very imposing with the composure http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1661314/?from_member

The first you posted is my favorite for the obvious reasons. I'm happy you have met my future wife Laughing

But this one is the most interesting to me. It is like two shots in one.
If you use your hand and cover the child on the left.
It becomes very solemn but somehow also sensual. This mysterious body that could be young or old, contemplative and at rest or broken in sadness.
Then if you cover the character on the right side. You have just the pure joy of a child. Together and as the shot is whole it is for me a very contrasty scene in emotion as well as light.

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1245546/?from_member


PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, he's full of these contrasts, it's obvious he seeks for them, and the good thing is, he manages to be original in his style and compositions at least 70-80% of the times. Which is not easy in today's photography!


PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to say this ---

no message has been found on these pics...

tf


PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trifox wrote:
I have to say this ---
no message has been found on these pics...
tf


The postal service is supposed to carry messages, these are photos. Rolling Eyes


PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK ,,, I would say KEY MESSAGE Smile ---
these people are slightly OVEREXPOSED in their KEY messages ...

they think that they participate on the art --- no..

some examples are good but this is really bad Sad
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2847699/?from_member

this is a simple shot..
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2839496/?from_member

I can't see anything on this:
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2767875/?from_member

this is good
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2740954/?from_member

nothing:
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2296083/?from_member

nothing:
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2191743/?from_member

this is good:
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2164521/?from_member

50 per cent:
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1790668/?from_member

Smile
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1312263/?from_member

definitely - a pose (the key message is like a pose not the man on the picture Smile
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1937884/?from_member

I have been to Russia --
I have to say that these people have a sense for art. This gallery - I don't know ....

anyway -- Orio, honestly -- you would do a similar job, wouldn't you -- or better -- trust me..

What about Cosmin? This guy doesn't make a pose...

tf


PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

trifox wrote:
OK ,,, I would say KEY MESSAGE Smile ---


What does it mean? I don't understand.

Quote:
definitely - a pose (the key message is like a pose not the man on the picture Smile
http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1937884/?from_member


Posing is not a fault, when it's creative and not just the reproposal of a stereotype - I think that picture is for photograph what Jean-Luc Godard is for cinema. Irony and parody through the contrast of extremes, mixing eterogeneous styles... The pride of a father who becomes a Napoleon with his foot on the toy world... It's a provocation, of course. I don't know how to explain better but if you have seen his movies of the period of Je Vous Salue Marie, Detective etc. you should understand what I mean.

Quote:
What about Cosmin? This guy doesn't make a pose...


Cosmin makes a different genre.

I understand that you can not like this photographer, but I don't understand this thing of "the message". Can you tell me what message carry artworks like the Mona Lisa or the sewing dame by Vermeer or the Nympheas by Monet?

I see the "cute" paintings of Gauguin in his early stage of his painting career and I get the message "I need to pay my rent". Then I see the painting of the tahitian ghost riders on the beach, and I get the message "I don't give a damn about paying a rent anymore!"
That's as far as my art message reading can get Wink


PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
[quote="Orio"]
trifox wrote:
OK ,,, I would say KEY MESSAGE Smile ---


What does it mean? I don't understand.


Good morning Orio...

well --
KEY MESSAGE (KM) equals STORY..

KEY MESSAGE is common word used in advertising industry or MARKETING COMMUNICATION
and I agree that 'KM' does not really fit to this talk...Smile

aarrghh Orio Smile Vermeer? That's a DIFFERENT story! Smile

MONA LISA ? - That's a message that's a MESSAGE Smile with capital 'M'

GAUGIN? You are closer a bit, Orio Smile

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coming back to this picture:

http://www.photosight.ru/photos/1937884/?from_member

The title says:
молодой красивый Заиц снова свободен!

simple translation --
Young lovely 'Rabbit' is 'free' again --- Smile

rabbit -- young man without any responsibility for his life Smile

When he gets married, his life is going to be changed --- He usually has to give some things up Smile etc..

Anyway reading and understanding 50 per cent comments approx.
I have to say that was just a fun Smile sometimes a joke is followed by joke Smile
I am laughing with them together -- some of them sent really nice comments --- Smile

So this picture is more for fun than for any other purpose Smile definitely is not strange Smile and nothing special is not on this Smile

tf