Corey Arnold

Directly from Austria, Martin shows me a link to an amazing site. Norse photographer Corey Alrnold's work, divided into four galleries - Animalia, Humans, The Night and Fish-Work, the first two in black & white, the other two in colour. There are some great photographies here, in every gallery - Corey manages to create images of great sensibility, never losing his sense of humour. A great discovery - I owe you one, Martin, thanks!...


Joel-Peter Witkin Gallery

Today, while talking to a friend about the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, I was reminded of Witkin's images. Cristina was talking to me about the cruelty and extreme beauty in Poe's tales, about the "horrible beauty" of his writing - and I was thinking precisely of the same characteristics in Witkin's photographs. I'm fascinated with the way he manages to join the grotesque of his themes - people with physical deficiencies or mutilations, corpses... - with inspiration from classical paintings and sculptures, building images of profound beauty. Disturbing images, yet very beautiful.


aeternus - the photography of lisa a. johnston

Aeternus is the website that shows the photographic work of lisa a. johnston. There is a gallery with a few photomontages and the rest of the work is entirely comprised of pinhole photographies, which serves well to show what so many times seems to be forgotten in the majority of the photographic websites that have "exploded" lately: that the focus of the photographic work should always be on inspiration. And never on technique.


BZK Group - Covers

(photo by Mário Pires)

And so the exhibition started. The opening was yesterday night, it will be open to the public from today until the 17th of September. In the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon, everyday except Mondays.

In the website it's possible to find information about the group, its projects and each of the members.

Nan Goldin

A website dedicated to the work of Nan Goldin. Photos taken from what is perhaps her best-known work, The Ballad Of Sexual Dependency.


Site update

A small update at the website, with new photos in the smoke and les gens galleries.
I noticed yesterday that the site (which by the way was created precisely 20 months ago) has passed the mark of 10,000 visitors (10,410 at this precise moment, according to the nedstat data). This probably isn't very interesting to you all, but to me it's one of those statistical data that feels good looking at... ;)


Jay Gumm

Jay Gumm's website, a photographer that explores the nude and erotism in a strong, sometimes almost violent way, as a means to question his own human nature. Mixing digital techniques with the physical manipulation of negatives and prints, Gumm acheives surprising effects and unique compositions. A website to enjoy in detail.


26 things - the international photographic scavenger hunt

To any photographer, one of the more serious problems is the lack of creativity. In a world completely saturated by photographic images, with photography being more and more accessible to everyone, originality is hard to find - when everything seems to have already been done, is it still possible to innovate?

The 26 things project tries to make us see things in a different way - simplify instead of complicate - if it's so hard to find new themes to photograph, why not force us to explore the "old" themes, the ones that have been used to exhaustion? The idea of the project is to take 26 simple themes - "love", "time", "colour", "little things", to name a few - and shoot one photo for each theme during the month of July. On the 1st of August each photographer submits his photos to the website, thus contributing to a big thematic gallery.

Even if one does not submit his photos, it's always an interesting idea as a means to improve one's creativity. One of the themes is "a sunset", one of the more abominable photographic themes, due to the exasperating and exhaustive way in which it has been photographed. Just for the fun of trying to photograph it in a really creative way, I think it will be worth trying to participate in this project.


Kansas City Jazz

Jazz has always been a very interesting source of photographic inspiration - the strength and the heat of the music, the sensuality of the movements, the rythm and the swing have attracted photographers since its beginning. In this website it is possible to see an exhibition about the New Orleans of today and the jazz that breathes through the city. A good photo essay to visit while listening to the best jazz (a suggestion: "At The Bohemia", Charles Mingus, precisely what I'm listening to while writing this post, and one of my favourite Mingus CDs... ;) )

Zosia Zija

A website showing the photographic work of Zosia Zija, polish photographer. The website is divided into three galleries - people, thoughts and places, showing black & white photos, portraits of people and places, always in a vision at the same time simple and strong. Check it out!

BZK Group - Covers

From the 17th of July to the 17th of September it will be held in the Cidade de Lisboa room of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Lisbon the photographic exhibition "Covers" from the BZK group.

The BZK group was created in 2002 by artists that use photography as a means of expression. With different personal background, they are united by the will to present works of collective creation that can generate aesthetics that won't overcome the individuality of each member.

For this exhibition, the group has created photographic "cover versions" of five songs. It is not, however, a mere "photo-clip", nor an illustration - it is instead the impression on photographic paper of the emotions provoked by those songs.

The BZK Group is:
António Lucas Soares
António Vieira
Bruno Espadana
Luís Farrolas
Mário Filipe Pires