I like taking the time to make personal gifts. In the past I had a chance to make a letterpress poster for a friend and I find myself in the hands on processes that I use.Read More
Towards the end of 2017 I've sacrificed my battered Fujifilm x100 and got it converted to 720nm infra red.
Here's me testing the camera and learning few things about post processing. I must admit though, the files straight out of the camera are pretty neat too.
My first attempt at taking the images with the new IR eye was on the way and along the Clyde as one of the December days welcomed Glasgow to wonderful foggy sights.
The images with the red cast are straight out of camera. I've played with the files a little bit trying out various processes, including black and white and channel swap. The results are very interesting.
I also tried to press the shutter few times in the Queens Park in Glasgow.
I have a feeling that the temperature of the light, the temperature of the environment have a very significant impact on the colours recorded by the camera's sensor.
What are your thoughts on infra red photography?
Is this something you've tried before?
Do you think that infra red can present a more revealing image of the landscape or a cityscape?
Tell me what you think!
For the last book, in my Intimacy is complex series for GSA, I executed a little experiment. I set an account on a hook up website and I simply logged on now and then to check if anyone would think of me anything.
Soon enough I started getting messages inviting me to join couples, single rendezvous and some more odd requests.
For the next book I used the sexual uglyness that tortures populations of many cultures through religious repressions and political standings.
The images on the pages of this, like all the other ones, hand stitched series get sticky and upleasant. Underlining the sinful and fearful side of the condom and therefore sexual act.
The use of quotes from some of the books I was reading while researching for this project, leave a lot to question. Not tying directly with the feel of the images, but merely suggesting a direction of thought they allow the viewer to make their own suggestions and ask the questions that spine from their own experiences.
Following on my Intimacy is complex project I decided to look even deeper under the sheets and explore...the condom.
In the art school there is this freedom that you would be foolish not to use to your own advantage, or just sheer satisfaction. Perhaps it's an opportunity to make a personal point too.
This book focuses on the sensuality and proposes the look out on sex as an individual freedom yet taking it into account as a healthy balance to life.
For this series I played with condoms. Something we think of only in terms of necessity or a barrier, be it good or unpleasant. I played with various samples, scrutinising the sensory elements in them by extending, stretching as well as freezing and thawing.
One of the very first project at Glasgow School of Art was a RESEARCH.
We were all given an object, mostly cheap, easy to get to item. Mine was DENTAL FLOSS.
While it was hard for me to decipher how to create something worthy of my future portfolio, I understood that, in order to develop as an artist and benefit from my time in this creative environment, I had to let go of my ego wanting to do my best and simply try out new techniques, new medium of expression.
In order to make the transition easier on my pride, I decided, after taking loads of photos - obviously, to prepare a hand made book. It was stitched with dental floss and includes answers to three of the questions I asked random audience. I collated their thoughts on relationships, their perception of themselves in their environment as well as little deviation on their secrets in respect to others, in a form of simply printed words that transform the photographs and give them their meaning.
Hand made - copy of one only.
I also made a little video.
As a new student it took some tears to get on my feet. Friends who already study at GSA came with a helping hand explaining that it is a time for experimentation and creating crappy stuff. That's the only way to get better.
I nevertheless felt quite worthless and wanted to literally throw up my whole existence, my whole being, reverse my every step, my birth and so on. I'm still uncertain of the outcomes of my studies but I now know that it's only up to me to use this time to be joyful about expressing my creativity. All I have to do is do what I love. What could be better?