Pissedpoet Pics - The Blog: 2006

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Car Park 26

Here is another one from the Ripple Series, they were inspired by the construction of a multi level car park. The reason for going through the archives is that I have starting posting my work at Imagekind. A US based printing company who utilise state of the art technology (Epson 9800 with pigment inks) to produce a range (various sizes & supports) of high end (read gelcee) digital prints.
Images that are available from Imagekind have been updated with a link to the art work like the one below.

Print & frame my art at Imagekind...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

White Line

This is a bit of a blast from the past. I was working on the Ripple series, of which this is an example, a couple of years ago and searching throgh the archives I came accross this piece and I thought I would share it with you.

Print & frame my art at Imagekind...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Is the Limited Edition Print Dead?

Limited edition prints are primarily the result of a degradation of the print source, be it a silk screen, a lithograph stone or a wood cut to such an extent that a decent print can no longer be produced. After a certain number of prints the artist would decide that the representation of their ideas was not being met.

The artist would sign off on those prints that met their criteria, date them for the year of production and number them in the order they were printed. Each print was a little different from all the others with the greatest difference being between the first and last print of the series.

To a certain extent this was also true of printing from film negatives and although the number of prints being able to be pulled was greater it wasn’t infinite. And if produced by hand in the photographers darkroom there would also be slight differences between prints.

With advent of digital storage and computer printing the original artwork never comes in direct contact with the printing process. Consequently, aside from stuff ups by the printer, the same image can be reproduced a countless number of times with fidelity to its creator’s expression.

As more and more artists, working across all mediums, embrace digital storage of their creations and use those copies of their work to produce prints only prints produced by hand utilizing the old methods will need to be of a limited number. Any artist using digital technology who places a limit on the number of prints they can produce is just trying to manipulate the market with this artificially imposed barrier. When one considers the difficulty of making a living as an artist, to expect an artist who produces a popular work, that can exceed a run of 300 to 500 prints, to stop that income flow is a big ask.

That the quality and the longevity of top end digital prints exceed their hand produced counterparts is a given. The latest development in printing technology with pigment inks produce vivid colours and subtly of tones that are a match for what has gone before and if the claims of the major printer manufactures are to be believed their longevity exceeds that of their predecessors.

Where does this leave the serious collector who wants more than a mass produced artifact? Like the pre-digital artists the digital artist can check that the actual print does meet their expectations, digital printing isn’t perfect, a mismatch between the digital file and the printer interface can cause colour shifts and other strange things to happen. When the artist is satisfied they can sign off on the print by hand and date its year of production.

As with the limited edition print the collector will have a print they know has been approved by its creator and isn’t that what it is all about? That the artist may improve their income and be able to continue making their art is a win, win situation for all concerned.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Out Back Bar

If you want Aussie food and booze in Manila this is the place to go.

Print & frame my art at Imagekind...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Second Guest Gallery at Pissedpoetpics

A second guest gallery has been added to www.pissedpoetpics.com. This gallery is by Germany photographer Nora Ness, a provacative series of reavealing self portraits.

As she says in here artist's statement "Model and photographer at the same time is an uncommon kind of art that only some people are able to manage. Narcissism, a little bit exhibitionism and some table spoons of voyeurism are the absolutely necessary attributes for the extraordinary self performance which Nora Ness only creates in front of a mirror."

I know this wont be everyone's cup of tea and if nudity offends don't go near it, but it is some cutting edge art, Helmut Newton meets Quentin Tarantino with a female aesthetic.

Follow the links to the guest galleries at www.pissedpoetpics.com and look for the mirror, mirror gallery.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

New Guest Gallery at pissedpoetpics.com

French photographer Alain Bali is the latest photographer to have a guest gallery at www.pissedpoetpics.com. With a doctorate in philosophy his images are more than pretty pictures, they have a statement to make, a story to tell and with 15 years experience of working in Hollywood he tells his stories with penache.
The pic below is one of Alain's works, the rest can be seen at www.pissedpoetpics.com and follow the links to the guest galleries and to Alain's Power Play gallery.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Super Highway

Another from the new Line & Colour Gallery at www.pissepoetpics.com

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The parent web site that supports the pissedpoet pics www.pissedpoetpics.com has added a new gallery in its abstract section. Entitled Line & Colour it is collection of photographs taken in and around the Philippines where where line and colour are the dominant considerations. The two images below this post are included in this gallery along with others that have yet to grace the pages of this blog. Click on the link above to see the other works.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Is it Art?

Henri Cartier-Bresson is reported to have said after he had given up photography.

"All I care about these days is painting - photography has never been more than a way into painting,
a sort of instant drawing."

No one disagrees that painting is art, albeit the quality may vary but it is always considered art. Why isn't this the case with photography? It is agreed that there is an art to photography which means it is a craft but photography of the highest order is referred to as "photographic art". Likewise images created on or enhanced by a computer are labelled as "digital art" or "computer art". Whereas painting is just art, be it water colour, oil or acrylic.

In part the problem lies with the artist. The discussion about photography is littered knee deep with technique and coloured with technical jargon. Seldom if ever is the art discussed. I have yet to find a discussion about a painter's work where the types and sizes of the brushes scores a mention. And quite frankly who really cares? If I was to twiddle the knobs like Ansel Adams would I make an Adam's photograph? The simple answer is no, I'm not Ansel Adams.

The photographer makes the photograph with their attitudes, opinions, experience and aesthetic. The very same attributes that the painter brings to their work, as does the sculptor, the writer or the composer. Technical ability only makes technically correct work. The most interesting work is that which is out there pushing the boundaries, ignoring the rules and making it up as they go along, finding new forms of expression.

The development of the digital darkroom heralds a new age for photography. Gone are the days of mechanical drawing, now full blown paintings are as accessible as the artist's ability to imagine them. With attitude, opinion, experience and aesthetic being the guiding principles not the recipes of those who have gone before.

It is a play ground, don't worry about mistakes it is through them that we learn. As one of the greatest artist's of the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso, said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up".

Monday, November 27, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Lights, Action, Camera

The adrenalin is pumping, a thousand butterflies have taken up residence in a hundred stomachs, tonight is the night. In a few minutes the curtain will rise and the performers will strut their stuff before the assembled throng. Its show time. This is what makes live performances so appealing and what the photographer wants to capture. That magical moment when the performer and audience are as one.

Be it the end of year ballet school recital or grand opera there will be these moments in every performance. This is when every photographer becomes a street photographer because no one can predict when these moments will appear. The set up and rehearsal shots just don't cut it, these shots can't be manufactured, they just happen. The street photographer's mantra comes in to full play here, travel light and have lots of film.

When shooting live shows your film speed will become your greatest friend. If you shoot digital learn to switch between the ISO settings of your camera with a few thumb clicks, if your shooting film have several cameras each loaded with a different speed film. As a rule of thumb 400, 800 & 1600 should cover most situations, just remember the higher the speed the greater the grain. Another advantage of using a range of ISO's is you can leave the aperture and shutter settings to the camera. Which 9 times out of 10 will be quicker and more accurate than either you or I could ever hope to be. This can be fast paced stuff, so much so that at times focusing can be problematical.

Using your flash to compensate for the lack of film speed is a no, no for several reasons.

Using your flash will gain you no friends with your fellow patrons and the down right ire of the production staff. They have spent several hours getting the scene to look just right only to have it ruined by the Joe in the third row with their bloody flash. If you are close enough for your flash to actually work, the scene you wanted to capture won't be in the camera.

Using your flash is the best way I know to get the tap on the shoulder followed by a request to leave from the really big usher.

Using your flash is dangerous for the performer. A performer momentarily blinded by a flash loses concentration and orientation. Imagine a trapeze catcher momentarily blinded just before a catch. The dancer spinning on one toe, flash, wobble, wobble, crash. Could be a real show stopper, literally. Now you wouldn't want that on your conscience, would you?

Rest assured, in the majority of cases the stage lighting is more than adequate for photography purposes. It does, however tend to be uneven and the best light is when the subject is being lit by spill rather than in a direct beam of light. Taking several shots as the subject moves about the stage should produce at least one good one, remember lots of film. This is where, outside of sport, the continuous drive mode on the more expensive cameras comes in handy.

The down side to these cameras is their several auto focus points which can be a real pain in the proverbial. Never too sure which part of the scene the camera has decided to focus upon. Switch it off and just use one point, set your focus and recompose the picture as desired.

Likewise a tripod is more of a hindrance than a help. Awkward to lug about and set up. Your fellow patrons are just as likely to knock it at the crucial moment if you're in an open venue and it will cost you an extra couple of seats if you're in a seated auditorium. Better to shoot hand held and if your budget will stretch to it an IS lens is an added advantage. It is comforting to know that any motion blur is from the performers rather than the photographer.

Fortunately there are medium telephotos that come with image stabilization. This is my preferred lens for this kind of shooting, especially if static in C22. A medium telephoto will give you the greatest range of possibilities, fiddling with primes is very difficult to get right before the moment is gone. Although if you're in an open venue they can work, just remember Robert Capa's words of wisdom "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough."

In an open venue such as hall, a night club or a bar your freedom of movement will be an asset to getting that great shot. You can shoot from the side, from the front, up the lead singer's trouser leg or from the balcony. Do resist the temptation to climb on the speaker stacks. Sound engineers take a very dim view of this and more than likely will dispatch the biggest and meanest roadie in your direction with orders to kill.

In the more formal environment of a tiered auditorium you should be far enough back so you can see something of the stage floor. You don't want the performers in all your shots to be cut off at the ankles. Also get your seats as close to the centre as possible. It is usual for the production values of a show to be set from the centre of the auditorium. The director, the lighting designer and the stage designer will huddle together there making the final adjustments to the look of the show and the performers will instinctively direct their performances at them.

But before you start implementing any of the above pearls, do get permission not only from the venue and organisers but also the performers. You are photographing on private property, even if owned by the local council, and will at least require the venue manager's green light. The organisers, producer, band management, whoever will own the copyright to the show and you will need their permission. The same goes for your models, the performers. Photographing your kids is fine but Mrs Smith's could be a very different story.

If you have thoughts of anything other than the family album, even the internet, it would be best to get it in writing. Property and model releases at the very least and the more professional the show the greater the need. Getting them before the show is the best course of action, decreases the chances of embarrassing moments and trying to get them after the event is very hard work if not impossible.

Then after the curtain falls and the applause fades away, you will have some moments in your camera that will bring back fond memories of a great night. Perhaps even earn you a dollar or two if you have the paper work in place.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Took this some time ago whilst still in Australia and just got round
to working it up a few days ago.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

What’s in a Date?

I am pleased to offer the readers of this blog a range of 2007 calendars. Yep this is a plug for them.

The Jeepney Calendar 2007

12 images of the world famous Philippine Jeepney doing its stuff in a 17” x 11” Calendar with public holidays from Australia, USA or the Philippines.

The Expat Abstract Art 2007 Calendar

12 abstract art images in a 17” x 11” calendar designed with the expat in mind. The public holidays of your adopted country and your home country are included in the calendar. Currently available are the public holidays for Australia & The Philippines, The Philippines & USA and the UK and USA Holidays. More countries to come soon, if your countries are missing, contact pissedpoet pics and suggest the countries you would like to see.

Customised Calendars
A calendar with the events and dates that are important to you. Go here for more info.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Typhoon Aftermath

A new gallery featuring images taken during and after Typhoon Milenyo which hit Metro Manila on the 28 September has been added to the pissedpoet pics web site. Click here to see all the images in this new gallery.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Urban Tree 2

A new web site has risen out of the ashes of pissedpoet.com. Named after this blog www.pissedpoetpics.com is a revamped version of its parent with a lot of the dross removed and sporting a new look. If you like the pics here check it out, there is a lot more for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Thursday, August 31, 2006