jonathan pearlman

jonathan pearlman

FINE ART Photography

OF WILLY WEATHER, CALOTYPES, YANKEE TYPES AND ZEISSGEIST.....

 

A strange week, dear listener. 

Two massive tomes arrived - I picture them here for your viewing pleasure.

I downloaded an essential weather app for my iphone

We (Birdseye people) received a commission to shoot one of Brisbane's oldest buildings.

I also loaded the most wonderfully small 1936 Zeiss Ikonta with my favourite film and have snapped away, deliriously, 15 frames of all manner of subjects in and around Marcoola beach.

All these things I received are as a result of my desires; I only really need one on this list. The remainder are what my dreams are made of.

The unfortunately named Willy Weather (is it just me?) is a most incredible little app; since we are so reliant on weather conditions, especially of the changeable type, it seems only fitting that we count Willy Weather amongst our most treasured possessions. Rather like carrying a barometer in your back pocket, Willy alerts us to pending weather waiting around the corner: wind speed, rain radar on a real satellite map, dew-points, extreme alerts etc etc. We've tried so many weather apps, but this is by far the most comprehensive one so far.

How did we live without it?

Which brings me to the two books: Robert Frank's 'The Americans' is considered one of the most influential book of images ever published. Frank travelled some 10,000 miles through the USA during the mid-1950's, ostensibly to capture the 'real' America. Excoriated by critics when the book first appeared in 1958, it is now regarded as a classic piece of art, one which has excited and inspired generations of photographers. The edition you see above is a publication of the Museum of Modern Art, NY and was produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first published volume of 'The Americans.' The book not only contains all of the original plates but provides the reader with unpublished photographs, contact sheets, notes and maps associated with Frank's sojourn.

'Impressed by Light' - another publication from the Museum of Modern Art - is a treasure trove of early British photography: or, the 'Calotype' process. The Calotype was a British invention dating back to the mid 1840s and competed against the, then, widely used French process known as 'Daguerrotype.' Stepping back into mid-Victorian Britain by way of photographs is a most bizarre journey; the audacity of the art of photographers, the stars of the book, is truly wondrous and awe-inspiring.

Which brings me to the historic building shoot: we attend to the shoot this Sunday. It will all be exterior by digital camera and my desire now is to return, with permission, and conduct an interior shoot with three antique bellows cameras and attempt to emulate the work of those photographers who appear in the above-mentioned book.

So happy my desires outweigh my needs.

 

 

 

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