Sunday, 23 August 2009

10 images

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Provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment. The image was taken by the Expedition 16 crew, and is provided by the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center.

This image shows a satellite photo of Tokyo with the brightest area showing the heart of the city.
When I first saw this image I immediately thought of a computer chip because of the green lights and the way the white lights seem to separate it into sections.

'The March of the Guards to Finchley' by William Hogarth

(Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 101.5 x 133.3cm)


For the past few months I've been volunteering at the Foundling Museum which commemorates The Foundling Hospital founded by Thomas Coram a retired shipwright with support from George Friedric Handel and William Hogarth. Original 18th century interiors from various rooms of the hospital have been installed so it's like taking a step back into the past.

The painting above can be seen in the Committee Room where mothers intending to leave their children were interviewed by the governors on why their child/children would be suitable to stay at The Foundling Hospital.

The calm and controlled soldiers in line in the far background can only highlight the chaotic and disorderly scene in the foreground. There is so much happening which is why I like it. The soldier on the bottom right refusing water for alcohol (his hand reaching for the beverage in the ladies hand), a couple kissing in the bottom centre, just to the left is a women selling newspaper, further left is a soldier with his pregnant wife presumably. While towards the left in the background there seems to be fight occurring.

The madness of London during war seems strangely beautiful.

Stephen Walter "Swamp Hoodie"
 (2008 Archival ink jet and screen print on hand torn fine art paper60 x 60 cm)
I came across this piece at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. I liked the detail of the trees and how they make the figure look so out of place. I wasn't expecting it to be a work of Stephen Walter as I have only come across his map works.

I also liked Stephen Chambers Screenprints:

"Venture to the Exterior"
"Ones Company"
What stood out was the patterns which make up the main images in the print, it lures you in. I also like the colour and think they look beautiful.

I love these photos of space because of how magical and colourful they look. These individual events were captured by the Hubble space telescope. They remind me of sci fi comic book illustrations because of the way the colour blends and how it is so vivid against the black space it looks surreal as if they are just paintings. Each individual image has its own characteristics, the first photo has a gaseous silhouette of a fairy. The second is a photo of the Crab Nebula you can see how it got its name. The third looks like a dragon to me. (Images below were taken from:

The last image above looked familiar but I couldn't work out where I'd seen it until just now.
It was used as a background in a postcard I bought from the Hayward Gallery during the Psycho Building exhibition last year. Artists had been chosen to use the Hayward Gallery building and turn it into a "Psycho Building".

Technique used in photography

   taken by Hanna Maria and Arnar

taken by Automatt

Both the movie and the above photo was taken using tilt-shift photography.
More can be seen here

I first came across Keith Loutit's work on vimeo and had been meaning post this for some time. I really like how they look so much like miniature sets but surprisingly aren't.

Gerhard Richter's "Cloud Study (Contrejour)" Oil painting (80cm x 100cm) 1970

I love looking at the sky and if there is beautiful sunset I have to take a photo (I'm lucky my bedroom is converted loft so I can see many but not necessarily take great photos of them unfortunately). I like this painting because IT IS a painting and not a photograph, but it looks so realistic. Sometimes when I'm in the car (passenger seat) I often try and see if I can make out people or objects in the clouds. :)

Cloud spotting:

Jason Munn

I came across his work during my A-levels, I like how he uses a single image to illustrate something, the images themselves are imaginative and playful. He wasn't afraid to centre the image and leave white space and it works so well.

Henry Vandyke Carter(illustrator/anatomist) and Henry Gray (anatomist/surgeon)

I visited the Wellcome Collection to see the Exquisite Bodies exhibition. It was a good exhibition but not for the faint hearted as the waxwork on display were very realistic in showing diseases and deformalities which can occur. At the end there was a selection of books on display for visitors to have a look at and I looked through "Gray's Anatomy". The book is essential for medical students as its a directory of the human body. I really liked the line drawings which show the striated muscles and the veins and arteries with some detail.

"Girl and Apples"

I've always loved Quentin Blakes illustrations and like most people my age have grown up reading Roald Dahl and that's how we've come across his work. His drawings look like they have been created quickly with energy, but they manage to look sweet. The above image was shown at an exhibition called "In The Picture".

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Peter Funch

Peter Funch- Babel Tales

Informing Informers

Juvenile Bliss

Enforcing Enforce

Secure Sanctury

Posing Posers

Memory Lane

These made me smile, especially the last two as they look like as if people have just frozen to the spot. The first one is also a favourite, paranoia springs to mind- why are they carrying the same colour envelopes?