Hey, you know what’s not actually a new thing and that people can all stop going crazy about? Having a phone on your camera. I mean, my phone cost £11.99 and it’s got a fucking camera on it. Getting excited about having a camera on your phone is a bit like getting excited about having a takeaway coffee or playing a song off your laptop. It ain’t no thing.
Still, half the adverts I see on TV are for cameras and phones with cameras on them. There’s usually a smiling mum photographing her snowboarding child in the ultra zoom and capturing their soul in a Twitpic forever, and we’re all being told we should be doing this. We’re told that life is passing us by and that if we don’t take pictures of every banal moment in our lives – like Guy Pearce in Memento – these moments will be lost to us forever. It’s like we’re being told not to trust our own memories.Continue reading
This article is by Claire Lontis and is cross-posted from Base Magazine.
Evan Baden’s Technically Intimate seeks to convey how technology has depersonalised how we interact with our partners, including the advent of a worldwide audience.
Starting the body of work in 2008, Baden’s premise is this; to observe and display how “the Internet was changing how youth culture viewed sex, intimacy, and privacy”. It is not uncommon to have, among a circle of friends, a few who have been made a fool of after an intimate self-taken photo intended for their significant other has been circulated once the relationship turned sour. Baden stumbled across websites which paid for such photos. “I began to find many sites that trafficked in sexually charged and explicit images that had been taken by young women and sent to a second person, most presumably a boyfriend. These images then somehow ended up on the Internet for the world to see. And what’s more, the images seem to move from one site to the next, spreading like a virus across the web”.Continue reading
These will be a limited edition of 100 boxes. Each portfolio comes in a Kodak 4×5 film box which I have used for one of my projects. Inside each box is a full set of contact prints from both the Illuminati and Technically Intimate series. Each print is labeled with the title and other information. Also included are artist statements for both projects as well as installation views of each series. That is a total of 36 prints. Each box will be signed and numbered.
As a follow up to the last post, John and Julie were kind enough to send me some of the postcards from the project they had mentioned to me while visiting. These aren’t just any postcards, but palladium prints. They are really nice little objects. You almost feel bad writing on them.
Here’s a little about the project:
We started the postcard portrait project in July 2008by photographing random visitors to our downtown Manitowoc studio. The people who visited were most often students or other artists passing through the area and usually clad in t-shirts and jeans, which gave the portraits a casual off-the street quality.
I got a visit last Friday from John Shimon and Julie Lindemann, art professors at Lawrence University. They came to look and talk about the work I had been making over the last couple of years. I am hoping to be able to head up to Lawrence sometime in the near future to talk about my work with the students there. They were kind enough to bring me a book they had produced in conjunction with the Milwaukee Art Museum. The book contains portraiture from a variety of artists including John and Julie. I thought I would share a few of the pages here. Enjoy.
I was given this camera by my high school photo instructor some time ago. It was really great to use while it worked, especially since I have always been taken with the Polaroid image. The shutter locked up a while back and I hadn’t had the time or money to fix it. Also, finding someone to fix a 50 year old Polaroid camera these days just isn’t that easy. But Essex Camera out in NJ said they could do it. Just for fun, I also sent my grandfather’s light meter which needed to be repaired. They were able to fix both. I am really excited to start using this again. Most of the work that I do is slow and set up, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to just take images without thinking too much about what’s behind them.