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Why I love space

InspirationPosted by Beata Tue, August 20, 2013 16:34:06
"Universe"

I don´t see myself as a religious person, but I certainly believe in the universe. I believe in imagination, I believe in the power of hopes and dreams, I believe in our ability to create a better world together. That´s what I think about when I think about universe. Our universe is magical to me, because it contains so much that we will never know about. It contains so many possible realities, so many different worlds. That´s why I love to turn my eyes upwards on a winters night, to see the never-ending possibilities of life in the glowing stars. Sometimes, I take a blanket and lay down in the snow to watch the amazing night sky. If it wasn´t for the cold, I could lay down for the whole night, hoping for the stars to fall, planning for my wishes, imagination what it would be like to escape gravity, break free from earth and just fall endlessly out into space.

"Conspiracy"

What we love depends on how we relate to different things and what we put into those things. I love the universe because, in my world, it´s filled with so much magic and hope. The universe represents the holistic perspective that I miss so many times in our world. In a world where people start wars, bully each other and grow hate that passes from generation to generation, to think about the universe for me is to think about a parallell world where everyone is loved and no one feels the need to grow thick skin in order to survive in a world full of economical crisis and bitter people. I also have a part of me that relies on the universe. Sometimes when things go wrong in my life, when the sparkling doors are shut right in front of my nose, and I can´t seem to find any way to go on with my life, I tend to let my mind sail away into the universe and I try to remind myself that there are many other roads to walk on, that the universe is so big, and so is life. Maybe we´re not always aware of what we could really achieve, if we just had the courage to jump out of our comfort zone for a little while. I´m not trying to say that something else controls our lives, because I believe that we have the control of our lives, but it can be a comforting thought sometimes to remind yourself of how extremely big this world and the whole universe is. If there is another planet out there with some cool space people on it, I can promise you that they don´t care about your latest failure. Life is so much bigger than your career or your social status. Life is life and it´s filled with so much magic! This is why I create pictures with stars in them. To me, these pictures are my tiny little revolution in a world where the human values are so easily forgotten. Keep dreaming!

"Far away"

"Self portrait"

"Longing for stars"

"Own atmosphere"

"Somewhere else"







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International Womens Day. Part Four: Brooke Shaden.

InspirationPosted by Beata Fri, March 08, 2013 12:51:02

Today, March 8, is the International Women´s Day. Because of this, I wanted to take the occasion to show you some of my biggest inspirations when it comes to Fine Art Photography.

This week I have been writing about women who have influenced me in my photographic art. One artist every day of this week, until March 8. Today I present the fourth artist, and later I will present the fifth artist as well.

These artists teached me what photography could really be, and made me see beyond the documentary side of photography that I was used to see. The photographic medium has a strength that goes beyond the truth. To me, the truth isn´t of interest when I create a photograph. Maybe the inner truth, but not the obvious world of objects around us. These artists opened up my eyes and showed me the endless possibilities that the photographic medium can possess.

Part Four: BROOKE SHADEN.

Brooke Shaden was born in March of 1987 in Lancester, PA, USA. She studied film and English at Temple University for two years before she went into Fine Art Photography full-time. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.

Brooke calls herself a self-portrait artist, and she says she creates self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images. But she also works with models, as in the picture above. Brooke Shaden has a goal with her photography:

"To question what it means to be alive, and to create new worlds."

I discovered Brooke Shadens work through Flickr, an online community for photographers (amateurs and professionals) to share their work. I am totally honest when I say that I had never seen anything similar. I was amazed. The square photographs, that looked like paintings, with the strong colors and expressive models in them. At first, I couldn´t define what was special with the pictures, except that I had never seen anything like it.

Something changed inside of me the day I saw Brookes work for the first time. I had to redefine what photography was. I had to redefine what the photographic medium could do. I discovered that photography could do much more than I ever thought was possible. And I discovered that I could do more with photography than I ever thought was possible.

"I believe that confidence is the best thing you can find when it comes to being successful in any part of life. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to believe in you?"

After being amazed by Brookes work, I learned that she was two years younger than me, that she didn´t have any exam from a School of photography (except from film), and that many of her photographs were self-portraits. This made me realize that you don´t need anyones permission to do what you want to do. I understood that I didn´t have to get accepted at a certain school in order to pursue photography. I understood that I didn´t need a big studio, lots of gear, or an assistant in order to create my work. I didn´t even need a model! I could do it all by myself. Brooke made me take my camera out in the woods, all by myself, and shoot self-portraits.

"Without persistence, dreams are forgotten too easily. When I started photography full time I knocked on the doors of roughly 100 art galleries before one said yes. Had I quit after 50, I might never have had a career in photography."

Quotes from Brooke Shadens blog.

To see Brooke Shadens work, head over to her website.

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International Womens Day. Part Three: Vee Speers.

InspirationPosted by Beata Thu, March 07, 2013 14:25:20
"Thirteen #5"


On friday, March 8, it is the International Women´s Day. Because of this, I wanted to take the occasion to show you some of my biggest inspirations when it comes to Fine Art Photography.

I´m going to write about five women who have influenced me in my photographic art. One artist every day of this week, until March 8. These artists teached me what photography could really be, and made me see beyond the documentary side of photography that I was used to see. The photographic medium has a strength that goes beyond the truth. To me, the truth isn´t of interest when I create a photograph. Maybe the inner truth, but not the obvious world of objects around us. These artists opened up my eyes and showed me the endless possibilities that the photographic medium can possess.


Part Three: VEE SPEERS.


"Immortal #7"

Vee Speers was born in Australia but has lived in Paris since 1990. She says that Paris is a place with "unlimited potential and endless creative inspiration."

Vee Speers has been exhibited world wide.

"Untitled #3, The Birthday Party"

It was the photographs from the series "The Birthday Party" that made me like Vee Speers very much. The photography is quite simple, it´s the same composition in all the photographs and the children are photographed in front of the same wall. The focus isn´t on the environment, but on the people she portrays. The children are wearing different costumes, and they look into the camera with a severe eye.

"Untitled #5, The Birthday Party"

I´ve always liked the way that Vee Speers uses color in her photographs. She edits them in a way that reminds me of painting rather than photographing. She stages her photographs in an obvious way, with models that are put in front of the camera, posing in various ways. Though the obvious modeling, her images feels real and honest to me.

"Untitled #16, The Birthday Party"


"Immortal #12"

Vee Speers inspires me to explore photographing even further, to look behind the obvious ways of doing things, to see the possibilities of manipulating your models and putting them into different environments.

Se more of Vee Speers work on her website.

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International Womens Day. Part Two: Lovisa Ringborg.

InspirationPosted by Beata Wed, March 06, 2013 10:03:10

"Cocoons" (from the Limbo series)

On friday, March 8, it is the International Women´s Day. Because of this, I wanted to take the occasion to show you some of my biggest inspirations when it comes to Fine Art Photography.

I´m going to write about five women who have influenced me in my photographic art. One artist every day of this week, until March 8. These artists teached me what photography could really be, and made me see beyond the documentary side of photography that I was used to see. The photographic medium has a strength that goes beyond the truth. To me, the truth isn´t of interest when I create a photograph. Maybe the inner truth, but not the obvious world of objects around us. These artists opened up my eyes and showed me the endless possibilities that the photographic medium can possess.

Part Two: LOVISA RINGBORG.

"Piñata" (from the Limbo series)

Lovisa Ringborg was born in 1979 in Linköping, Sweden. She finished her MA in Photography in 2008. Lovisa is inspired by painting when she creates, and she has said herself:

"In all of my pictures, I have worked in a painterly way, with texture and colours in the photographs. Coming from painting, that’s a natural way for me to work, it's only the media that have changed..."


"Solitary Act 1- Compulsion" (from the Limbo series)

I discovered Lovisa Ringborgs work when I saw her exhibition at Kulturhuset, Stockholm, in 2009. She exhibited her Limbo series (above). The photographs in the series are dark and full of mystery. I was so amazed by what she had created. The blackness that filled up most of the canvas was so intense. And it was something special with all the models. Everyone had a certain look. As if they were all focused on something far away, beyond what we could see.

Lovisa Ringborg inspired me to use the darkness in my photographs. The reason that I started to turn day into night in some of my photographs, was because I was so inspired by her vast areas of black in her photographs. I created my photograph "The Gardener" with this darkness in mind. I believe that Lovisa Rinborg´s photographs possess a unique feeling, they have a certain emotion to them that makes them special. An emotion that makes me stay in front of every picture, looking very carefully at all the details, the surrounding, the dark, the eyes of the model (opened or closed). Lovisa Ringborg inspires me to go search for those inner worlds.

"if your secret was an animal what animal would it be"


"Holding breath"

Lovisa works with models and stages her photographs. About the process she sais:

"...I'm not interested in working with portraits. I work with my models, change them until they become something else, become my own… I want them to evolve into symbols or signs rather than individuals."


"Haunted"

"I think the children in my work are vulnerable and fearless in the same time. I don't see a clear difference between the adult and the child though… I believe the childhood is always present in the adult and the integrity, pride and other feelings that are supposed to be reserved for the adult, are very present in the child even if not always respected. I think that's what I'm trying to show in a sense."

(Quotes from: http://www.photoicon.com/online_features/40/)

See more of Lovisa Ringborgs work on her website.

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International Women´s Day. Part One: Loretta Lux

InspirationPosted by Beata Mon, March 04, 2013 23:50:20

"Girl with Marbles"

On friday, March 8, it is the International Women´s Day. Because of this, I wanted to take the occasion to show you some of my biggest inspirations when it comes to Fine Art Photography.

I´m going to write about five women who have influenced me in my photographic art. One artist every day of this week, until March 8. These artists teached me what photography could really be, and made me see beyond the documentary side of photography that I was used to see. The photographic medium has a strength that goes beyond the truth. To me, the truth isn´t of interest when I create a photograph. Maybe the inner truth, but not the obvious world of objects around us. These artists opened up my eyes and showed me the endless possibilities that the photographic medium can possess.


Part One: LORETTA LUX


"The Fish"


Loretta Lux was born in Dresden, in 1969. She studied painting at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, between 1990-96. In 2005 she got the Infinity Award for Art from the International Center of Photography.

I first saw the work of Loretta when I was looking at the cover of the Eyemazing (2005, #6). The image of a child, beating the drum with an intense look, got stuck in my memory. Loretta uses a combination of photography, painting and photoshop to create her images. She uses children of her friends as models, and dresses them in clothes that she chooses herself.

She has said about the children models:

"I never allow them to wear their own clothes. My work isn´t about these children. You can recognise them, but they are alienated from their real appearance." (The Daily Telegraph, March 12, 2005)


"The Drummer". Cover of Eyemazing (2005, #6).

In an interview in "American Photo (2005, #3)" Loretta says:

"I don´t think I could make these images if I hadn´t been a painter. I structure my pictures carefully, organizing forms and colors like a painter does on a canvas".



"Self-portrait"


"Isabella"

This photo influenced me when I created my photograph "What if?". You can see it on the colors and the clouds. Loretta Lux has inspired me to experiment with putting an object into another background. When I discovered her work, I really liked the idea of creating a different world, an obvious unreality.

"The Wanderer"

I saw this image in a magazine a couple of years ago. I love the title of the photograph, and the vast landscape spreading out behind the girl. Her open eyes makes me wonder about the story, where she´s going and why she´s laying on the ground.

"At the Window"

See more of Loretta Lux´s work on her website.

Thank you for reading! I will share another inspiration tomorrow!

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