LIGHT ATTACK – Susan Bein

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Light Attack – Susan Bein – Portland, Oregon, Usa

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I took it while waiting in an ugly office. The only thing that was nice was this stream of light, and I wanted to capture its beauty, so my solution was to blur it to reduce it to its essence. It made my wait worthwhile, and allowed me to be ‘in the moment’ and creative in a very non-creative environment while doing a very pedestrian thing, waiting for a bureaucrat to shuffle papers. For me it’s about finding a speck of beauty in the quotidian.

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Out of focus can be such a nuisance for the eye that sometimes photographer’s intentions get as blurred as the image, this is not the case. Susan goes straight to the point and steals light it’s essence: a beautifully painted bright ray. The idea, and the result, is definitely in focus.

OPENING – Aurélien Foucault

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Opening – Aurélien Foucault a.k.a. Фуко – Beijing, China

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My family and I have just moved to China and this picture was taken during our apartment hunting in Beijing. We had visited so many places and started to feel desperate. During one of these visits, we walked past that little ray of sunshine and the contrast between it’s softness and the decaying wire fence just hit me.
So I took out my phone and snapped that picture with the Hipstamatic App.
I don’t often take my heavy camera gear with me when I’ve got things to do in the city, so my phone has become the “on the spot” camera.
My “serious” photography work is done with medium-format cameras (Arax & Mamiya) and a digital Nikon.
I never edit pictures coming out of the phone because the resolution is just too low.

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See, imagine, shoot is the usual photographers’ protocol, which hasn’t changed since. When technology gave us good enough cameras in mobile smart phones and editing dedicated applications, creative photographers began to drop bulky equipment for iPhones or similar, not as an alternative, but as a new fun and catch-the-emotions gadgets. iPhoneography is called the photography made with the iPhone; the cons: low resolution, minimal editing mainly done by choosing apps presets; the pros: creative freedom, easy sharing.

Here, the trained eye of Фуко transforms a dull cut in the fence into a message of hope.

your HAND is so soft

Buenos Aires: sharing affection in a café.

iPhone / camera+ / fx sepia

 

a new LIGHT in town

Buenos Aires: Facultad de Ciencias Economicas along Avenida Cordoba.

iPhone, app: PhotoStudio, fxstudio / napa

hanging TIGHT

Buenos Aires: riding colectivo 101, people hold on bars.

app: camera+ / fx effect: xpro C-41 / border: round black

many many BOOKS

Buenos Aires: inside Ateneo bookstore on Avenida Santa Fe.

app: camera+ / fx effects: xpro c-41 / border: instant

looking UP

Buenos Aires: intersection in the sky above the Museo de Bellas Arte.

app: cameramatic / filter: hdr / frame: round white

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