Thursday, May 19, 2011

Who knew that Bryan Adams was an accomplished photographer?

I was thinking this set of photos of Danny Trejo was pretty amazing (taken by Bryan Adams!)

But actually it can't be too hard to get a good shot of Trejo - he has a great face and demeanour.  Love the first image showing his craggy face and bright eyes.  Great textures and just the right depth of field.  With the next two I don't think Adams made the best use of the very bright light - they just don't work for me.  Love the one of the woman at the sink though.  All in all a nice set and some good narratives in there.

I had no idea that Bryan Adams was a photographer (and a good one) - seems that all the money he makes from it goes towards his foundation for education for kids.  Nice one Bry!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Kinderpostzegel Nederland stamps 2010

I received a Get Well card from a thoughtful, dear friend in The Netherlands today with the most wonderful stamps:


Gorgeous delicate images of children with soft lighting - their gaze turned away from the camera but still captured with so much expression.   I would love to know how the images were post-processed.  The link above does not do justice to the actual stamps which are more matt and muted.

The stamps are part of a campaign, (which is very successful according to my Dutch friend):

Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland (Kinderpostzegels) is a children’s charity with the slogan: 'for children, by children'. The annual Children’s Welfare Stamps Campaign is a striking example of this, forming the organisation’s showpiece. In this campaign, children help other children. Kinderpostzegels uses the proceeds to support projects focusing primarily on children.

Charity website

From what I can glean, the photographers were:

Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm

I am not very enamoured with the rest of their work to be honest - too empty and creepy, too clinical.  And the ones of the kids laying in the grass - surely these could have horrible connotations?  Maybe there is a Dutch cultural thing that I am missing here.  Interesting how I could dislike pretty much everything on their website and yet find the images on these stamps so arresting and appealing.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thoughts on inspiration

Really interesting audio clip here on the relationship between artists and their muse with some great thoughts from Mr Waits as well:

Love the idea of a gulf stream of creativity and ideas and we have to show our commitment to being portals.