” I can express myself freely. I have almost no constraints”

It is the season to be jolly, and I am so excited to be unwrapping the creative and original work of Antonio Iacobelli . Antonio refers to himself as a “user ” of the camera rather than a photographer or artist. I have tried to think of a photographer or artist to compare his work to but can not think of anyone else who is quite like him.

 

 

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Antonio’s unique images are very creative in so many different ways………..  they skilfully capture bold  colours and textures of different forms whether it be liquids gases etc. and they tend to be shown from a macro perspective. It was this that first drew me to Antonio’s stunning images. This is a too simplistic description because as you will see, his work also has an air of witty humour, with a generous portion of Surrealism. Antonio is also like an inventor/magician creating clever illusions by the way he constructs the composition and forces you to take a closer look at what you are actually seeing.

Enjoy and be beguiled …………

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How to make music Antonio Iacobelli

A few words from the Inventor

I do not like to call myself a photographer. I do not think of it. I would say more of a “user” of cameras. In fact, using the medium of photography to realize visually some ideas that (I still wonder), magically arise in my mind. Most of the time from the simple observation of the world around me. TV, newspapers, advertising, internet, music, images, readings .. Very often I jot down the by drawing on a piece of paper and making it almost the projects, already imagining the result. It notes also the means of implementation and possible solutions to technical barriers. To overcome them, I invent empirical spectacular machines made of cotton thread, paper, glue, scissors, rubber bands, stands, pumps … Also, to achieve dynamic shots, I’ve got traps and other electronic gizmos (acoustic trigger, infrared and laser). The prodromal to click I love it. Invent the how to do, I also find it exciting in some ways ..

I love the colours. In its physical form. It is solid or liquid, gaseous or powder. Probably, indeed certainly, cultural heritage of my life spent among canvases, easels, brushes, pencils and colors. Activities that still does not neglect. I say that I have integrated those “old” and historical painting tools, with the photograph. I found and improved my world and expressive. I’m very well. I can express myself freely. I have almost no constraints.
Perhaps the key to this “well-being” expressive, is given above all in wanting to remain an amateur. An amateur very passionate, no “artistic” pretensions and professional.

 

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Acqua 1  Antonio Iacobelli

 

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Clockwork Orange Antonio Iacobelli

 

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LSD Antonio Iacobelli

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Color Ball Antonio Iacobelli

I hope you have enjoyed Antonio’s work and can see more of at https://www.flickr.com/photos/jacoboson/

Thanks again to Antonio for sharing his work and Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017 to everyone who has been following my blog, and to all the other amazing artists/photographers who have kindly agreed to share there amazing work.

 

All these images are copyright to Antonio Iacobelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Ordinary Meets Extradordinary”

This months chosen is artist is the really creative and talented Steve Taylor, who has kindly agreed to share his favourite photographs. I started following Steve on Flickr as I was struck by his exciting use of bold colours, and humour which transforms the Ordinary into the Extraordinary, (This is also the title of one of Steve’s albums on Flickr ).

Steve’s images remind of the work by the colour-revolutionary photographer William Eggleston,  Andy Warhol and Martin Parr. His art starts off as pure photography, but he then uses post-processing to enhance the images so they can look more like paintings or prints. He does this to give his images more meaning…see Steve’s comments to read  more about this.

 

 

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“Happy Days  : In the original photo you could still make out the features of the family group, so increased the contrast so that the joy of walking/running on the beach was emphasised rather than seeing the actual people.” – Steve Taylor

 

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” The Measure of a Man   I took the picture to show the line of the shadow pointing at the man sitting on the wall. After increasing the contrast the shadow of the wall looked like the markings on a ruler; thus the title The Measure of a Man.” – Steve Taylor

A few words from the Artist himself :

“I started off as most people did using black and white negative film which I could develop and print myself. I then moved on to colour transparency for the wonderful vivid colours. When I had kids the photography slowed down and it was all colour negative that you took to the chemist to print. Film was a lot harder than today. You had to visualise the result in your mind. One of the ways of doing this was to squint your eyes. The more you squinted the more contrast you could see. So the faster the film the more contrast. Also we used to press the aperture (depth of field preview) button to see what would be in focus. There was a lot of looking at the lens to see if the aperture was set to a particular aperture can I bring the focus closer and still have distant objects (clouds) still in focus. Also back in the film days the aim was to get a perfectly clear picture with little not in focus, blur or bokeh.”

 

Steve’s Art features a wide range of everyday subjects such as street art, quirky decorated buildings, objects, nature, landscapes etc. which tend to feature bold colours and contrast, ironic juxtapositions, and humour. It is these characteristics which I really love. He also   creatively and skilfully  uses digital manipulation to emphasise meaning, and also create some really interesting   abstract images.

 

All Alone illustrates his creative use of instead of increasing colour saturation he  reduces the  colour and details . This   emphasises  atmosphere, and the  juxtaposition of the sofa   which to me conjures up images of people socialising but the reality is,  the loneliness of the virtually empty house.

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“All Alone  : When I was in real estate I was selling a house with a sleep out and the only thing in the room was this small couch. I put it in the corner and took this picture. In the processing I reduced any details and emphasised just the couch and carpet.”- Steve Taylor

 

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“How white is your underwear: I took this picture with a bright winter sun coming through the door. I processed it to get the most contrast on the washing basket and to have the feel of the glow of the super white washing is causing the shadow of the basket. ” – Steve Taylor

I love the contrast which highlight the patterns of the washing basket and that the object is an everyday house item.Also it reminds me of the subjects featured in Andy Warhol’s images.

 

 

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Leadership: The Art of Mending Fences: I loved the look of this broken fence, but on it’s own it looked a bit everyday. I ran the picture through DAP http://www.mediachance.com/dap/ and combined the DAP picture with the original. I would recommend trying out DAP and look forward to the version 5 coming in the near future. – Steve Taylor

Thanks to Steve for sharing his vivid, intriguing and thought provoking art. It has been an honour to showcase it and if you are curious to see more of his amazing photography   see:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevetaylors/