Monday, April 19, 2010

Photograph as an Ingredient in Mixed Media

Photography is now becoming the prominent favorite hobby. Thanks to digital technology, which made everything easier. Aspiring photographers and shutterbugs are everywhere. Professional photographers might actually get pissed how some kids carry their DSLRs around their neck, as if their cameras are the new blings.

The pictures that these cameras produce can tell the purpose of the people behind the lenses. They may take photos for the sake of art, for the sake of money, and even for the sake of having a good profile picture in facebook. But some artists do not just take good photos for the sake of putting them in frames for their exhibit. They have bigger plans that can you make you utter the word: AWESOME.

Here are some of the artists who use pictures for their masterpieces, which I found online:

Francois Marie Banier Painted Photography

This multi-disciplinary French artist doesn't need the wonders of photoshop to craft his photographs. He uses vibrant colors of paint to give a wonderful effect on his masterpieces.

Annette Messager Art Installation

Annette Messager, another talented French artist, uses photographs alongside with other materials for her final sculptural project.

Nikki Farquharson Mixed Media Illustrations

This young London based artist chooses to create kaleidoscopic collages and illustrations on pictures.

A picture paints a thousand words. The statement's a cliche yet we know very well what photos do - they store memories and show precious captured moments that you would surely keep forever. And it seems that these artists just gave another perspective to the statement - a picture doesn't just paint a thousand words, it also gives a thousand more beautiful ideas to enhance one's work of art.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Dive and swim deeper. Witness the depth of life.

Fantasy sounds sweeter than reality when told.

This is what I concluded after I finished watching Tim Burton’s Big Fish (Yeah, I just watched it after seven years) and I find the movie moving, in spite of the fact that the main character Ed Bloom (played by Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney, junior and senior respectively) shares fabricated stories of his life. At first, I thought that he does this to make it sound exciting, because he loves telling tales to everyone. And sadly, his passion of sharing the extraordinary encounters created a gap between his only child, Will Bloom (Billy Crudup) and himself.

The dying storyteller continues to share the chronicles of his life but his Will doesn’t know what to believe anymore since he knew that the peculiar accounts that his father tells only sound interesting and convincing when he was a kid.

Though the struggle of finding out the line that separates reality from fantasy is only shown during the last 30 minutes of the two-hour film, the movie made me love the father’s character because of his exquisite will power that makes him succeed as a person. The movie is conceptual, so does the characters that Burton had in this movie. The witch with mirror eyes, the giant, the circus leader, the failed poet, the Japanese twins -- every persona has its own uniqueness that gives depth that makes the film really inspirational.

Personally, if I were his child, I would realize the reason why he adds flavor to the already-flavored fact: It is his style to make people realize that hardships in life are just pieces of cakes. If we are really determined to achieve what we wanted finding the way out can be as easy and as joyful as sharing your stories to your kids.

Fantasy sounds sweeter than reality when told. But nothing beats the real flavors of life that we share with the ones we loved.
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