In that one-two step, the initial rush followed by the deeper emptiness, you have everything you need to know about Koons’s merit as an artist. You have his real skill — and let’s be honest, fellow Koons-sceptics, the man is talented. His eye for effects is one of his two great talents. It’s just that a single jolt of mannered peculiarity is not quite enough to convince you that it all has much of a point. You can’t help but think that the final destiny of these meta-lawn-ornaments is to end up as actual lawn ornaments for some multi-millionaire, as all the levels of irony collapse in on themselves. And ultimately the most appropriate word to describe the accomplishment of “Gazing Ball” would be “awesome” — delivered in as flat and affectless a tone of voice as possible.
Oggl is a new player in the social photography app market.
Currently limiting its signup, its invite only at this point either via a current user or the web page.
My favourite feature; right out of the box they have cashed in on the dabacle of the instagram’s TOS, and charge a $10.00 fee per annum [$10.99 in Australia, go figure?] and can of course guarantee no buyouts in the futrure or using you the user as commodity. It is actually run and owned by Hipstamatic, so the small downside is there is no access to your camera roll, something I hope they rectify in the near future. Once they incorporate access to the camera roll, I will consider geting rid of my instagram account all together. Either way I have signed up will very very slowly add images to this service.
One other feature is curating, something that is missing from instagram. Lacking some level of curatorial control on Instagram means that popularity on the service relies on other mechanisms, not actually good smartphone photography. Well that’s my theory, I guess what I mean is that all the most popular photographs are popular for reasons that don’t mesh with my idea of a good photograph.
See the below screen grab.
Everywhere you turn, the world is filled with people snapping photos, whether it’s through the use of disposable cameras, point & shoots, digital SLRs, or even on mobile devices (yes, even tablets too). And accompanying each of these variations is a batch of software designed to help enhance the photography experience.
Three of my images have been chosen for @mobilephotonet BACKYARD exhibition as part of the @headonphotofestival! The official exhibition launch is this Sunday at 2pm, If you’re in Sydney please come along!The exhibition will be open to the public from 11am on Saturday the 18th May. The official launch (drinks and nibbles) is the day after at 2pm on Sunday (19 May). If your living locally we’d love for you to come along to the opening and please feel free to bring family and friends.The exhibition will open on weekends from 11am to 5pm and runs through to Sunday 23 June.
- The dearth of writings on photo editing is a symptom of how difficult it is to articulate. But I would maintain that it’s essential to try. Without it we’re left with photographs as dissolute fragments and photography as a totalized mass, precisely what any and every photo-sequence attempts to overcome.
It’s rare these days that I find somebody making interesting work on flickr. Tori Ukai’s work is just that, very expressive and edgy.
So; a couple of days ago I talked about some work I was submitting to a competition; for the Mobile Photographers Network and the Sydney Headon Photo Festival. At the time I was working exclusively in my own backyard trying to make an image or hopefully several images for submission. At the last minute I changed my mind and revisited a body of work I had been working on since 2010 when I first bought my iPhone.
In the end as I was never 100% happy with what I was making,it seemed forced and premature. I decided to use the older work, and uploaded it. I still however may use the second idea as the deadline has been extended giving more opportunities to watch and explore the light and in turn build upon the second idea.
This is my submission.
So; this Friday before midnight EDT in Australia, I am planning on submitting some work to the themed competition/exhibition ‘Backyard’ being run by The Mobile Photographers Network and Sydney’s HeadOn.
I discovered it with seven days to go, and thought of two approaches. One involved my own backyard, the other ‘display home backyards’. Sadly time and weather have meant I could only really focus on my own backyard and after 200+ shots I have managed to narrow it down to 5. I still have over 24 hours to go though and may find time to visit a ‘display home’ today only time will tell, or make more pictures in my own backyard. It is however a nationally significant public holiday here today and the ‘display homes’ may not even be open?
Here are a couple of screen grabs from the work so far.
This is the screen grab from aperture of the images of my backyard made using my iPhone 5 since I acquired it last year. The first ‘self imposed project parameter’ I put in place to keep the images consistent in quality, and to help me keep my editing options to a minimum.
This is the first edit of the final 5 at this stage, with more than 24 hours to go, this may change, although the light here won’t be very interesting until after 2:00pm this afternoon.
Here is my latest edit, @ 11:00 2013.04.25
Head On Photo Festival in partnership with Mobile Photo Network (MPN) is inviting photographers from all around the world to submit mobile phone photographs on the theme of Backyard.
Mobile photography has enabled us to share our once private homes and backyards with the rest of the world. Through connected technology and social media we can now invite people to come over, to join us, to see how we live.
The exhibition will be held in the Superintendent’s Residence, located in the sprawling grounds of Centennial Park – Sydney’s shared backyard.
The theme is open to interpretation. Photographers can submit up to five photos for consideration. Judges will be looking for both strong individual images and sets of photos related to the theme. Thirty photographs will be chosen for the exhibition.
Submissions will be judges by a panel of photographers and curators including:
- Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig
- MPN founders and mobile photographers Oliver Lang and Misho Baranovic
- Sydney-based fine art photographer Garry Trinh.
Head On Foundation Ltd and Oliver Lang and Misho Baranovic, together known as “Mobile Photo Network” (Organisers) invite photographers to submit images taken on a smartphone, tablet or smart camera (Mobile Devices) of backyards as part of a competition to be shown in the Backyard Exhibition at Superintendent’s Residence, Centennial Park between 17 May and 23 June 2013.