Archive for March, 2010

30
Mar
10

i miss holding album art

 

some of my most favourite cover art from my digital music.

24
Mar
10

Photo museam

i am in the midst of my internship at the Photography museum which i am throughly enjoying!

Today i spent time watching one of the staff making prints from old glass slides. It was very interesting to learn about the process and how technology and materials have improved.
I am mainly re stocking archive photos in a new updated format, but in such a creative enviroment, the ideas are flowing out of me.

i look forward to use new materials and some ideas i have made whilst here. i find the accessibility of materials such as film eg.polaroid and even 35mm is hard to buy. In the uk i would have no problem picking up cheap film to mess around with.
Also i have learnt how to convert my Polaroid cameras to take more accessable batteries and film so i will do that when im back. Although i think i might try the SX-70 if the photographers gallery still have some in stock-expired and expensive as it may be.
making a pinhole from my auto 100 land camera, seems challenging but a great idea. or even making pinhole from charity shop cameras.
cyanotype prints from lace collars, gloves and maybe blueprints of boats/houses etc.

i opened up my Diana mini to check the film was rotating as it should, as working with plastic cameras is always temperamental, as expected. It seems the roll has gone on longer much longer than before.
I hope to get on the Lomo workshop when im home-borrowing instant back and leaning about light leaks.

im enjoying my hair now its grown out into a bob, well not as defined as id like. I hope to obtain a nice 20/30s bob, with maybe some fingerwaves. Ive dyed out the green streak, and thinking about changing my ‘look, i want to try more vintage rather than overgrown punk kid. im 25 and need to grow up a bit, if i expect to be taken seriously.

im really enjoying http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaliachimera photo stream, it’s mainly using various Polaroid formats heavily expired to create a dreamy look, which is where i want to go.
i still need to get the séance project fin before i go, i have enlisted Karen as a model, but she’s going back to the uk for easter, and i have only 1 1/2 days before i leave when she comes back.

i have set up an etsy account as im thinking of selling some photographic prints. i hav yet to work out the price i will sell them at, and indeed process the back pile of footage i have shot out here-i am worried that alot of it wont turn out, as using 50 iso alot of the times without a flash.

i will also scan alot of the instant images also to just maybe put on Flickr. i like Instant gratification to see what ive taken, some rolls ive waited 3 months and counting to get processed, since being here after Xmas.

-listning to Interpol

-watching carnivalle last few eppisodes

15
Mar
10

open casket photography in america

The Open Casket Photograph

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Open casket photos remain popular in parts of the U.S. Open casket photos remain popular in parts of the U.S. 

In Victorian times after photography was invented and before it became common for anyone to own a camera, a photograph of a corpse was a common occurrence. Even today, at some funeral homes, it isn’t uncommon for the family members to photograph Uncle Joe or Aunt Margaret as they lay in repose upon white silk. But, the practice is far less common now then it was in the early twentieth century, simply because it seems everyone today owns a camera.

You often can find open-casket photographs at auctions or even on eBay. These photographs were not Photoshop products, as that software did not exist. Old tintypes of dead babies sitting on their mother’s lap were favorites, especially if that mother never had a photograph taken of the baby while he or she was alive.

This was the reason behind the open-casket corpse photograph – photographs of family members often were rare treats in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and if family members traveled a distance to view the deceased and to see family members for the first time in a long time, the casket photo might prove to be the only photo that some family members had of a person. There have been stories about families that took the deceased from the casket so the corpse could sit with family members in a group photograph.

The ’strangeness’ of a casket photo has increased with the proliferation of cameras and, especially, with digital cameras. However, digital cameras often provide the viewer at a wake with an opportunity to capture a photograph of the deceased with very little notice from other mourners. In other cases, such as a recent funeral near Appomattox, Virginia, little was thought about a cousin who snapped photos of the deceased and mourners so distant relatives could share in the death rituals.

With that said, in many cases, photographing the deceased in the casket often is frowned upon today, and this practice often is seen as macabre. If you never have seen an open-casket photo, you can find one at Dr. Fong’s House of Mystery Web site (a situation that may provide a clue as to how some people now feel about this historic practice).

http://www.deathcare.com/category/funeral-arrangements/funeral-basics

12
Mar
10

fara heim

right, ive basically decided im going home.

as much as i have enjoyed myself here, i feel my time here has come to an end, as ive not been able to find any permanent paid work.
to be honest also, feel slightly stuck in small Reykjavik, as its so expensive to leave and hire a car.
i would have liked to explore the rest of the country, but perhaps another time.

i hope to travel elsewhere in Scandinavia with the money i have left.  If thats possible? Reindeer herding in Lapland, beekeeping in finalnd….maybe if i can find a cheaper way of going to the Faeroe islands, tho its sooo expensive!

i have a few art projects to finish before i depart-karen séance photography, painting, tea bag painting?
i also want to see out my internships.

i know i will miss it greatly and knowing me i will question why i left as soon as the ‘living with parents’ kicks in!

there are art projects i wish to start when at home, and reading there are lomo diana workshops in april which i have to do!

looking forward to going to a club in town and pub by the river + i miss england

well this isnt a great idea up in the wee hours when i should be sleeping in preparation for my day at the culture centre tomorrow!

listing to – pj harvey ‘perfect day elise’ and cab calloway ‘minnie the moocher’

watching series II carnivalle

12
Mar
10

Siberian tribe and carnivale screen shots

09
Mar
10

Sid in Snow

07
Mar
10

…Back (to black)

im back after a considerable amount of absence.

went on a little trip around the south of Iceland whilst my Sister and her Friend came to visit. I managed to take quite a lot of photos, but as the situation with money is more or less still little disposable, i try to keep developing to a minimum.

I havent been inspired for quite a while, but this weekend, and my imminent return to Internshiping, i have started to make again. I’ve started on my coffin jumper painting, but as always working with cheap paints limits you to using unmixed colours, so over the next week i will splash out and buy some new decent materials. i have also started to construct my turf house, from pvc tape and milk cartons. tho as of course i don’t think these things through, and i need a skeleton to built around, as its too heavy to hold a shape other than flat on the ground! i would like to build one so its big enuf to house 2 + people, maybe more? to grow grass onto which will take 2 weeks, if using cat grass.
this is all assuming i will do a residency, or at least stay here. i am starting to re look at my life here, as much as i enjoy it, i feel i still need to open my eyes and use the time wisely. i would like to get more into the nature aspect of ‘traveling’.
looking at a help exchange website has given me many more options-reindeer herding in Lapland, bee-keeping in finland, helping on farms by the sea in Irealnd…..i feel a bit trapped here, in such a small city, with no affordable option to see more of it. perhaps i will leave and come back to finish the rest of my exploration here.

i think seeing my sister, and talking with her, made me less scared to go home for a while, if only just to get some more money to go off again. i would like to buy some more photography equipment. pinhole camera, battery for my pola’ 100, film  and a camera that takes macro shots.
i got some scans back from Hans Petersen which were expensive for what was done. most of them were blurred and over exposed, due to bd choice of film speed. but its a learning curve, so im not too pissed off.

watching-Carnival series 1

listening – 30s music




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