Friday, April 22, 2011

Pouring, squeezing, caressing: How Ink is Made


Who would have thought that the manufacturing of the ink that goes into printing our artwork is a work of art itself?

How Ink is Madedirected by Tate Young, written & produced by Ian Daffern with photography by Tony Edgar is set to Alfred Brendel playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major. Peter Welfare, president & Chief Ink Maker of The Printing Ink Company talks passionately about the process and different stages involved in producing the perfect ink.

"The ultimate ink would have the best gloss, the best running ability, the best set speed, the best rub resistance" Welfare says. "I may never find that ink, but every day I'm looking for the next piece to get me there".

Throughout the process the pigment is caressed, poured and squeezed through rollers, mixers and quality control. A lot of time, effort and creativity goes into making ink, who knew.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Logoramaramarama


Whilst clearing out my bookmarks I came across this little gem from 2009. Logorama, an animated short directed by the French animation collective H5 - François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain. Screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and having opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival it won 'Best Animated Short' at the 2010 Oscars.

The use of the different logos is ingenious and the pace is almost overwhelming as you are given a tour throughout the branding of modern society by the means of the original and thought provoking storyline.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Disney 50: Cinderella

Watching films on a TV screen - no matter if it's HD and got surround sound - just doesn't compare to watching them in the cinema on the big screen. So I was over the moon when we found out that the BFI Southbank was to screen every single Disney animated feature film this year. 

The Disney 50 screens one film each weekend, it started in January with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937),  Pinocchio (1940) and Fantasia (1940) which sold out almost immediately. We found out which films we wanted to see early on and watched eagerly for the tickets we wanted to be released.

Last weekend it was the time for Cinderella (1950), one of our favourites. Disney films are just around in your childhood, you don't realise that the majority of the classics were made before you were even born. It was great to see on the big screen, it brought all of the sweeping ballroom scenes and cat & mouse chases to life and the colours & sound were brilliantly restored.

We didn't really calculate that there would be small children there - seeing Cinderella for the first time and most dressed as Disney princesses - but they didn't disturb the film as there weren't many screaming babies. And as it's the BFI adults get provided with a fact sheet detailing the history and critical acclaim of the film.

In May my favourite Disney film, Sleeping Beauty is to be screened; we've already got our tickets.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Martin Parr and Summer


David Birkitt of DMB Media came up in my Twitter feed this morning with this photograph by Martin Parr. Photographed for Urban Outfitters this image has Parr written all over it: the eye-poppingly bright colours, the colour yellow and the extreme closeup with just hints of the location squeezing in at the edges. A great way to start the day.

See more from the campaign on DMB Media's blog.

Image sourced dmbmedia.co.uk

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

This is Tim

Last night was the London launch of this year's Guernsey Photography Festival. With major international photographers such as Martin Parr and Richard Billingham and newcomers like Jocelyn Allen it looks to build on the great success of the last years inaugural event.

One exhibition at the festival that caught my eye is Tim Andrews' project Over the Hill - in his own words "A photographic project involving a guy with Parkinson's Disease who has been photographed over the last four years by 129 different photographers".

You may have heard of him, he was featured in the Guardian recently and I first came across the project through Chris Floyd, a photographer who has recently been part of Andrews' project. Floyd describes his part in Over the Hill on his blog, you can also find Floyd's short film This is Tim.

The second Guernsey Photography Festival 2011 takes place this June and includes exhibitions by renowned international photographers Richard Billingham, Carolyn Drake, Samuel Fosso, Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones.

You can follow Chris Floyd on Twitter

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Are there too many good/bad images? (delete as applicable)


You may have noticed that my posts have recently been a little thin on the ground. It may be thought that I have not found anything to write about and have become disinterested, or it could be put forward that there may be too many good things to write about that nothing can stand above the rest and be noticed. Or perhaps it could be that everything is mediocre at the moment and once the sunshine comes and puts everyone in a better mood we'll have an onslaught of good things to contend with.

Whichever way you want to put it, it did get me thinking about how many images we see every day.  The story is even more true for people who deal with images as part of their job. The picture people, the people who are at the picture desks of the worlds news teams.

Phil Coomes, Picture Editor for the BBC website said in a recent blog post that "at times we might feel that we have seen it all before and on some days the photos seem to blur into each other and are little more than illustrations of the text".

Whatever my reasons for not posting on here, I'm sure they will pass when something extraordinary stands out.

In the meantime I was cleaning out my hardrive and found some scans of family photos I did for a project at university. The image of my Nan above is a particular favourite of mine.
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