Recent projects, observations and musings

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Lulu II by Bill Henson, 2009

Lulu II by Bill Henson, 2009

Lulu by Bill Henson, 2009. This photo of my daughter is stunning when seen at 1 meter high, absolutely love it.

Lulu by Bill Henson, 2009. This photo of my daughter is stunning when seen at 1 meter high, absolutely love it.

I think that’s probably one of my biggest strengths, that I don’t fear failing. So many people don’t achieve what they want to achieve because they are too precious about losing face in the short term. And so, for example, with photography as a medium, you have to be embarrassed sometimes. When you ask someone to sit for you, that moment always includes the potential for rejection. If you can’t handle rejection at all costs, you are not taking the risks that make good pictures.
Interview with Wolfgang Tillmans in Fantastic Man Nr 11
On the street: Melbourne CBD
Camera: Hipstamatic 
Lens: John S
Film: Ina’s 1969

On the street: Melbourne CBD Camera: Hipstamatic Lens: John S Film: Ina’s 1969

Polaroid shooters have been suffering clinical depression since Polaroid stopped making, Polaroid film, in 2008. A dutch company, the-impossible-project.com, has been working on some impressive alternatives. 
The instructions for use are somewhat more involved than taking a snap shot with an iPhone: 1. Choose the right film and put it into your camera: Polaroid SX-70 camera? - Choose PX 100 Silver Shade or use ND filter with PX 600 Silver Shade - Polaroid 600 camera model? - Choose PX 600 Silver Shade; 2. For your first shots, we recommend to shoot at 17-24°C / 63-75°F as the PX Silver Shade film is very sensitive to temperature; 3. Set the camera’s lighten/darken wheel to middle setting; 4. Hold camera stable, especially at low light levels; 5. Make the first magic shot; 6. Shield picture from light immediately (cover with your hand); 7. Develop the picture upside down for 60 - 90 seconds; 8. Take a deep breath, turn the picture over and inhale your FIRST PX SILVER SHADE SHOT; 9. Let your images dry properly before storing them cool and protected from light to preserve their original state after exposure longest.

Polaroid shooters have been suffering clinical depression since Polaroid stopped making, Polaroid film, in 2008. A dutch company, the-impossible-project.com, has been working on some impressive alternatives.

The instructions for use are somewhat more involved than taking a snap shot with an iPhone: 1. Choose the right film and put it into your camera: Polaroid SX-70 camera? - Choose PX 100 Silver Shade or use ND filter with PX 600 Silver Shade - Polaroid 600 camera model? - Choose PX 600 Silver Shade; 2. For your first shots, we recommend to shoot at 17-24°C / 63-75°F as the PX Silver Shade film is very sensitive to temperature; 3. Set the camera’s lighten/darken wheel to middle setting; 4. Hold camera stable, especially at low light levels; 5. Make the first magic shot; 6. Shield picture from light immediately (cover with your hand); 7. Develop the picture upside down for 60 - 90 seconds; 8. Take a deep breath, turn the picture over and inhale your FIRST PX SILVER SHADE SHOT; 9. Let your images dry properly before storing them cool and protected from light to preserve their original state after exposure longest.

Design is the synthesis of form and content, the manipulation of form and content and it’s relationship, or the management of form and content. Don’t try and be original, just try and be good. That sounds kind of naive, but that’s true. It’s damn hard to be good.
Paul Rand

Paul Rand on aesthetics, art & design

"Aesthetics is the study of art, or the study of the interaction and the fusion of form and contents. So the distinction between esthetics and art is that esthetics is the study of art.

Art is an idea that has found its perfect form. Doesn’t make any difference what the source is:advertising, paintings, sculpture or architecture – the formal problems are the same. Art is a by product, not a goal, you don’t say: i’m gonna do art.

You just say i’m gonna do whatever you’re gonna do, but you never call it art, art is if you’re lucky. Without content there is no form, and without form there is no content. A work of art is realised when form and content fuse.

When form predominates, meaning is blunted.
When content predominates, interest lags.

To realise a work of art, certain conflicts must be resolved, between ends and means, between form and function, form and content, form and expression. It is the merging of these conflicts that determines the aesthetic quality of a painting, a design, a sculpture, a building.

The vocabulary of the language of art, or aesthetics: order, unity, variety, contrast, symmetry, a-symmetry, colour, rhythm, harmony, dissonant, rhyme, interval, regularity, coherence, tention, balance, proportion, scale, weight, texture, line, mass, space, shape, light, shade and colour (and many others)

This is the language of form. The idea of proportion is the same in all forms of art.

Graphic design is one of those phrases that doesn’t mean anything, because anything that is graphic, is graphic. Painting or dancing if you see it, writing if you see it, is graphic.

Painting is no different from graphic design in terms of art, they are both forms of art. One uses painting or water colour, and the other uses whatever he uses.”

Transcribed from “Conversations with Paul Rand”, and “Conversation with Paul Rand”.

Steve Jobs briefs Paul Rand, on the logo design for NEXT computers logo design (80's)

  • Steve Jobs: Will you come up with a few options for my logo?
  • Paul Rand: No, I will solve your problem for you, and you will pay me. You don’t have to use the solution, if you want options, go talk to other people, but I’ll solve your problem for you the best way I know how, and you use it or not, that’s up to you, you’re the client, but you will pay me.
The Biggest Shift Since The Industrial Revolution
Perhaps the most interesting statistic is the increase of twitter uses by 300.000 per day, as well as a the fact that 65 million users access facebook on their mobile, up 100% from 6 months ago. All these stats are about 6 months old, as facebook now has 400 million users, not 300 million…  Great info graphic by Derri Hasmi

The Biggest Shift Since The Industrial Revolution

Perhaps the most interesting statistic is the increase of twitter uses by 300.000 per day, as well as a the fact that 65 million users access facebook on their mobile, up 100% from 6 months ago. All these stats are about 6 months old, as facebook now has 400 million users, not 300 million…  Great info graphic by Derri Hasmi