Maria Bleda (1969) and Jose Maria Rosa (1970) are two Spanish photographers who have been working in collaboration since 1989. They became famous for their series Campos de Futbol (1992-1995). It includes pictures of football pitches that are rethought by photographers. They try to think of those pitches as of “spaces of daily routine, spaces for play and possibly low-level competition, spaces open to appropriation, empty spaces, abandoned and in disuse, peripheral and occasionally indeterminate spaces whose purpose is shaped by the very use that is made of them”. So the series consists of 21 pictures of abandoned football pitches. Previously those spaces were accepted in a absolutely different way but nowadays they are forgotten and neglected. Bleda and Rosa are not going to document these places or to make a research of the pitches. It seems like they want to provoke our feelings and memories. They want us to rethink of these pitches and their former purposes. “The intention with this project was to reflect upon the passage of time in relation to the geographical space and to bring about discussion on a type of place rather than a particular place in question”, say the photographers.
Brooke Shaden is an American photographer who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Shaden creates surreal images full of mystery and mystique using painterly techniques. Sometimes it seems like she depicts fairy tale beings who grew up but they still live in a fairy tale. Disappointed and frustrated, overwhelmed and fascinated. They live according to their own rules which we can hardly understand.
I would like to devote my today’s post to remarkable personality of Jewish and Hungarian born photographer Eva Besnyö. She was born in the capital of Hungary in 1910 in the family of Jewish lawyer Bernat Besnyö who was tortured to death in 1944 in Auschwitz concentration camp during the World War II.
Despite her father’s willing Eva wanted to be a photographer after graduating from high school. When she was 18-years-old she started to attend Advertising and Architecture Studio in Budapest. Later in 1930 she decided to move to the European center of arts, avant-garde, liberalism and freedom that at the time was Berlin. Eva wanted to leave her home also because of Horthy regime. Eva Besnyö admitted her staying in Berlin as the most important period in all her life. It is not surprising at all. Berlin of the 1920s and early 1930s was really sophisticated and innovative center of arts and culture. Love, freedom, independence, lust and even lewdness were in the air. Simply try to remember and immerse yourself into the world of everlasting joy and melancholy brilliantly depicted by Bob Fosse in Cabaret (1972) musical film then you would understand what I’m talking about.
Landscape photography is a kind of art though it does not require the skill of recreating the world using the power of your imagination. However, another skill is needed – you should be able to capture the moment of the ultimate beauty of the nature. To become a good landscape photographer you should use several professional tips which will help you to make your best shot.
- Use the weather for your purposes. Some beginners think that landscape which is lit by bright day light is a perfect image to capture. However, unstable weather conditions can provide you with more opportunities of taking a shot with real mood and emotional concept. Make mist, dark clouds and the sun beams shining through them, storms and rainbows, sunset and wind your allies in the process of creating a perfect image. Work with variations of natural events, as still weather bears no character of its own.