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07/16/2017 03:37:50 AM · #1
When I saw this project by Belgian photographer Jan Pypers, I thought of 21.gif GeorgesBogaert and his recent miniature & photograph of van Gough's bedroom.

There's been recent mention of flaccid forums here, so maybe this is a lively topic?

Jan Pypers uses photographic post-processing techniques (in particular perspective tweaking) to give his miniatures an otherworldly character that they do not have in reality.

Here the photograph isn't a mere 'capture' of the subject, it's a transformative expression of the subject. For me, this work is an inspirational demonstration of the transformative capacity that elevates photography to art.
07/16/2017 11:31:29 AM · #2
True. It is transformative expression that adds the element of art to a photograph. Easy enough to say. The act of aiming the camera at something, though, turns the person into a camera-holder & into a bystander. Most of the time, it's the camera that takes the picture. It's easy enough to be content with that. Having a point of view & expressing it thru photography is either going to be something a person can't do or something a person can't stop doing.

I was not very impressed with Jan Pyper's work, from your link. To me, it looked like illustration, not transformative expression, because when I looked at each one...nothing happened. As if the process of turning real life into a diorama removed all the air. Light & shadow turned into light & darkness (& darkness need not always be just the color black). I prefer Georges Bogaert's photo of his diorama for the lively light & shadow.

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Thanks for your post Paul!

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07/16/2017 02:43:40 PM · #3
Originally posted by pixelpig:


... I was not very impressed with Jan Pyper's work, from your link ...


I don't much care for it myself. My interest in it is that he uses the photograph to depict something that never existed at all, and without much use of what we think of now as digital manipulation. That's what I find inspiring. It's a passing fancy, and I'll get over it as soon as I come across another blurry elephant.
07/16/2017 03:46:06 PM · #4
Originally posted by ubique:

It's a passing fancy, and I'll get over it as soon as I come across another blurry elephant.


Hahahaha! I actually spewed on my keyboard.

You owe me.

07/16/2017 06:04:46 PM · #5
I had such mixed feelings. First I wanted to classify it... Almost always a bad reaction. And then I became annoyed because it seemed, from an art standpoint, highly derivative and vaguely reminiscent of a truly delightful artist, Michael Sowa. So then I spent some happy time looking at his work. So keep 'em coming, elephant guy. I guess.
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