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  •  I like Nick Knights site (3+ / 0-)
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    It's very pretentious if you think fashion is pretentious.

    SHOWstudio.com

    But I've been a fan of his for years. He often does 'group' projects with reader submissions.

    If you let yourself get passed the "fashion" aspect of the site you'll find a lot of great art in the archives. From film, to photography, to illustration, to design, to installations.

    This is a crisis I knew had to come, Destroying the balance I'd kept. Doubting, unsettling and turning around, Wondering what will come next.
    --Ian Curtis

    by jethrock on Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 07:29:48 PM PST

    •  Agree (2+ / 0-)
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      I should have added that one and also love fashion photography -especially  high key black and white work

      Seriously I think that a lot of the techniques adopted in general photography originate in the fashion houses and the catwalks.

      •  p.s.s. POLITICAL FASHION (1+ / 0-)
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        This was another great project at SHOWstudio:

        POLITICAL FASHION

        This is a crisis I knew had to come, Destroying the balance I'd kept. Doubting, unsettling and turning around, Wondering what will come next.
        --Ian Curtis

        by jethrock on Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 08:02:10 PM PST

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      •  One of the original projects that attracted me (1+ / 0-)
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        to Nick Knight was Angel with Alexander McQueen [RIP] and Bjork:

        The concept is quintessential Knight/McQueen. Create the face of an angel and place it, pride of place, in a church in the southern French town of Avignon. Nothing much new about that, you might think, except that instead of using stained glass or any other such obvious and/or widely deemed appropriate materials, the pair constructed the piece entirely out of dyed maggots - 80 gallons of dyed maggots, to be precise. It's a frankly horrifying thought, which is, of course, the point. The designer and photographer have by now collaborated on more than one idea that subverts our preconceptions of what is and isn't beautiful. Ideas that, on the face of it, may rile the more politically correct among us and appear to be no more than sensational...

        This is a crisis I knew had to come, Destroying the balance I'd kept. Doubting, unsettling and turning around, Wondering what will come next.
        --Ian Curtis

        by jethrock on Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 10:23:17 PM PST

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    •  p.s. Here are some examples of my favorite (2+ / 0-)
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      projects.

      PERROQUET

      Born out of a lifelong fascination with science photography and nature documentaries, Parroquet showcases a body of work by fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø, comprising eight film shorts and a selection of photographs. Keen to produce imagery that didn’t fall into the traditional genres of photography, this project’s central focus is the parroquet, a type of small, slender, long-tailed parrot.

      The films are super slow-mo and gorgeous. The still photography is as well. The colors are amazing.

      Antony  is another project I liked a lot. It included a lot of reader submissions.

      View the still gallery for the project here.

      This is a crisis I knew had to come, Destroying the balance I'd kept. Doubting, unsettling and turning around, Wondering what will come next.
      --Ian Curtis

      by jethrock on Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 07:46:26 PM PST

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      •  Perroquet is Hypnotizing (2+ / 0-)
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        I really enjoy seeing what people do when they step outside their own niche.

        I will look at Antony later.

        •  I love the shadows. Incredible. (2+ / 0-)
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          I work a lot in post-production (some live-action) for film... and as far as I can tell there wasn't much if any color-correction or manipulation.

          Lot's of really good lighting though.

          This is a crisis I knew had to come, Destroying the balance I'd kept. Doubting, unsettling and turning around, Wondering what will come next.
          --Ian Curtis

          by jethrock on Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 08:59:23 PM PST

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          •  Was the film (0+ / 0-)

            shot at normal speed or would the frame rate have been upped to get that degree of smoothness?

            The color saturation in the photographs especially is great - it goes right to the edge without looking artificial. Accurate color saturation is always problematic, especially when outputting to screen which is of course backlit so acts very differently from real life where our retinas are receiving reflected light. I am not convinced that there can ever be an objectivly correct value. Same goes for luminosity.

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