Thursday, 30 December 2010

Keegan Gibbs, there will always be another summer.

Keegan Gibbs, A 26 year old photographer from Malibu/New York. Fantastic work both print and moving image based. You can really see a summer and beach influence in his work as he often uses soft focus and lens glares to add real flare and feeling to his practice. Gibbs has included work on skaters and graffiti artists as well as Birmingham's finest Ozzy Osbourne. When viewing his work and searching for concept, what came to mind was, he is shooting exactly how he spends his time and what is around him and making it look as beautiful as possible. Gibbs is having his first solo exhibition at the Known Gallery shortly.

Keegan Gibbs

Keegan Gibbs, skater

Keegan Gibbs beach

Keegan Gibbs NewYork

Friday, 24 December 2010

My latest image....

Chris Timothy "Mr Brainwash"

A photographic collage, only took 3 days, I am getting quicker! A dedication to Mr Brainwash unconscious work and Banksy's very conscious work about the over saturation and use of images and hype and trends in the art world. Maybe Castle Galleries would like this one, they cares less about concepts and probably wouldn't see the irony.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Exit through the gift shop

Exit through the gift shop promo

Ok, this could, I repeat COULD, be the best art based film/documentary I have seen, or it could, yes COULD, be the worse, ill let you decide. (spoilers present)


The doc follows Thierry Guetta, at first, a filmmaker, who follows street artists Shepard Farey and Space Invader around the world whilst they riskily produce their art. The strange thing about Guetta is yes, he loves street art and recording it, but he is not actually a film maker at all, he simply records hours and days and months of footage and never watches the tapes back, does not edit or cut anything. He simply puts the tapes into storage to be never looked at again. This is not told to any of the street artists, they are “apparently” expecting an epic documentary about street art.

Banksy interview

Shepard Farey and his famous Obama Print

The plot thickens when Guetta finally gets to record Bansky, who he has long admired, in a some what of a suspicious lucky domino effect situation. The film progresses and Guetta and Bansky forge a friendship, but when Bansky requests a copy of the film Guetta has to finally get his act together and produce something from his hours and hours of footage that he never intended to do.

Guetta produces something Bansky described as “shit” and Bansky states it became clear that Guetta never was a film maker and he says in a rather blasé fashion, to leave the film and go and produce some street art of his own. To cut a long story short, Guetta goes mad and obsessive and produces an inane amount of Banksy/Space Invader, clumsy style rip offs and uses Banksy friendship to help promote it and re mortages his house and sells everything he owns to finance a huge show in L.A. Due to the hype and the manipulation of the press the public go crazy for the show, Guetta who has now changed his name to Mr Brainwash, yes Mr Brainwash, tricks everyone to think he is a genius and sells over a million pounds of his work and thus gains instant fame as an artist overnight. The film then goes to show the street artists ( Banksy, Space Invader and Shepard Farey) to be bitter about Guetta’s success and stating he has ripped them off and tricked everyone, making a mockery of a serious art form.

Guetta pretending to work

The really interesting part

BUT!!!! This is the interesting view on the film. It’s a Hoax created by Banksy! Backing up that post modern theory, that everyone will or can be famous for 15 minutes that his own pop art influences preached. It is hugely ironic that the work Guetta reproduces is pop art classics that states this very message. Mr Brainwash/Guetta is a Bansky creation, to spell out the joke the art world is. Its all about hype rather than talent and concept. Some clues include:

1)    you never see Guetta create anything himself, he has never done so before in his life either.
2)    The huge sales reported by Guetta in the film are not backed up on Artnet, however after the film was shown, his sales are now huge.
3)     The doc also makes it clear Banksy is well known for counterfeits, as in a somewhat out of context section which, shows his fake £10 notes with Princess Dianna’s head on, instead of the queens on them.
4)    The constant Warhol references
5)    The name for the character, Mr Brainwash
6)    The film is co produced by Banksy and Fairey

LA Weekly catching on and promoting the show

In my opinion, if the film is a Hoax, it is an amazing piece of film that has served its purpose extremely well and has really placed Banksy at the next level and in my opinion that’s exactly what it is. I believe it has been created by Fairy and Banksy to criticise the commercialisation of street art but quite ironically in a fashion that has made it more commercial.

Madonna greatest hits cover by Guetta aka Mr Brainwash

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Stumbled across a gallery titled "Known"

known gallery

photographic montage

First off, I found this gallery as Patrick Hoelck attended Steve and Alex Olson's show "BOOM BOOM" but I had a look through their websites and it looks like a really cool place, with good shows and crowd. The gallery mainly seems to promote graffiti and urban styles of art, including some photography. The Olson show had some montage pieces along with some  pieces from paint flying off skateboards wheels as performers jumped up ramps next to canvases.

As already mentioned the show had some important guests including, Patrick Hoelck and Scott Caan so they must be doing something right! (Caan appeared in Hoelcks film "Mercy")
Scott Caan

Patrick Hoelck

Known Gallery is located in Los Angeles, US and the exciting Olson Show dates from 18 Dec till January 8th 2011

known gallery guests

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Adding a little more to a portrait

Here is an example of a portrait I took, but I could not stop messing around with it. I have added at least 40 different images to it to create the church window esc background and added a light source to the image. It ended up very "kitch" and David La Chapelle inspired! I did this by simply cutting and pasting different parisian church window photographs together using photoshop, the images were captured in the stunning iglese saint la chapelle in arrondissement 5.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

The fashion photography blog

A really good blog that could really interest and help fans of creating and viewing photography. The Fashion Photography Blog (an amazing domain to own!!) created by Melissa Rodwell, a industry practicing photographer. The site gives tips and inspiration of how to use certain lighting and cameras/lenses, right across to how to work well with models. To have this kind of informed insight into a industry like fashion photography usually costs you hundreds of pounds in seminars.

 Some interesting posts I have read and enjoyed include: How to work well with your agent: How I use speedlights, When i use a tripod: 10 movies all photographers should watch and The day before the shoot. The site also has a large forum where people can discuss related topics, very useful for "techy" problems or searching for inspiration.

There are huge amount of posts and comments/discussions, my guess is this blog gets serious traffic. A quote I found on the blog that was extremely relevant to photography and most creative areas was "My line on rules is, you need to know them in order to break them" Please take a look, you wont be disappointed.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Moving Image

An innovative way of showcasing the work of 6 prosperous new fashion design talents from the leading fashion schools, Ben Toms has created a series of moving photographs for anOther magazine, that really allow you to glimpse the fashion story of these graduates.
To see the true beauty of the film images visit

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Tell no one experiment 4

Give away everything you know and more will come back to you

London based filmmakers Luke White and Remi Weekes have decided to open up the creative process with the blog ‘Tell No One’.

Intended to be a peek into our experimental process, we hope to post our on-going ideas, inspirations and processes. Think of this as like an informal brainstorm.

Pixel Fun from Tell No One on Vimeo.

Tell no one experiment 6

Seaweed from Tell No One on Vimeo.

Tell no one experiment one

Making A Shell from Tell No One on Vimeo.