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Fields of Nephilim

Well........I may have said it before but if you stick to the well trodden path you always end up at the same place so at times I wander off and have a root about in the nether regions of images and pictures. Might be messy, pointless and unfulfilling but its different. Posted an Image on one of my other sites and it was compared to an Andy Warhol piss painting, had to google and find out and blow me it did look similar. Now i had no idea or, maybe recollection of that type of Warhol image, hadn't set out with a plagiaristic intent, didn't run a dedication or feel that i had replicated a masterpiece. but oddly had an image of comparable style. Now where am I off to with this one?? Oh yes its this digital age. I can look at most images and do a close or rough replication of the result,get your head inside photoshop and have a deep and meaningful relationship with your camera kit and you should be able to 'see' like someone else has, and there's the problem. What happens to the spark of individuality, the definition of ones own style, the ability to look and have a singular view when all around there are millions of images being produced by the minute. Do you define the image in your head before shooting or do you react with the uploaded file on your monitor?????

I probably wouldn't look at things the way I do if I hadn't studied the work of Diane Arbus, Brett Weston, Mary Ellen Mark,Cartier Bresson, laChappelle, Crewdson, Brandt, Parr, Cornish, Testino....but I don't set out to replicate their 'style'. They are there as a reference, much in the same way as all the peeps snaps on here, Photoblogs.org, flickr. vfxy et al are there to admire and learn from. So, before I throw my board rubber at you slackers playing brag at the back, I"ll just wrap it up and give a deep and heartfelt round of applause to those of you out there in blogland who have the ability to retain your own recognisable style whilst being able to produce images of sometimes breathtaking originality and quality. Keep walking down that well trodden path.....but never stop moving forwards.

Fields of Nephilim

Well........I may have said it before but if you stick to the well trodden path you always end up at the same place so at times I wander off and have a root about in the nether regions of images and pictures. Might be messy, pointless and unfulfilling but its different. Posted an Image on one of my other sites and it was compared to an Andy Warhol piss painting, had to google and find out and blow me it did look similar. Now i had no idea or, maybe recollection of that type of Warhol image, hadn't set out with a plagiaristic intent, didn't run a dedication or feel that i had replicated a masterpiece. but oddly had an image of comparable style. Now where am I off to with this one?? Oh yes its this digital age. I can look at most images and do a close or rough replication of the result,get your head inside photoshop and have a deep and meaningful relationship with your camera kit and you should be able to 'see' like someone else has, and there's the problem. What happens to the spark of individuality, the definition of ones own style, the ability to look and have a singular view when all around there are millions of images being produced by the minute. Do you define the image in your head before shooting or do you react with the uploaded file on your monitor?????

I probably wouldn't look at things the way I do if I hadn't studied the work of Diane Arbus, Brett Weston, Mary Ellen Mark,Cartier Bresson, laChappelle, Crewdson, Brandt, Parr, Cornish, Testino....but I don't set out to replicate their 'style'. They are there as a reference, much in the same way as all the peeps snaps on here, Photoblogs.org, flickr. vfxy et al are there to admire and learn from. So, before I throw my board rubber at you slackers playing brag at the back, I"ll just wrap it up and give a deep and heartfelt round of applause to those of you out there in blogland who have the ability to retain your own recognisable style whilst being able to produce images of sometimes breathtaking originality and quality. Keep walking down that well trodden path.....but never stop moving forwards.

comments (9)

Too tired to put my thoughts in order for a response to this but in essence I agree wholeheartedly with second paragraph - shall have to google to understand reference to Warhol for your post today though.
Doesn't matter does it which route you take to arrive at the end result does it? I do both but can't get better than good.
David Johnson: True words,I might go off on one and ramble on about the recognisable individuality, I just like the way in which photographers can express individuality through their images, in fact I find it fascinating!!!
Fascinating shot.
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2007, 07:44
Wise words David. There's a fine line between inspiration and plagiarisation.

I like the photo, I think I've broken it down into Photoshop steps. You know, it looks just like a photo by... wink
David Johnson: Arf!! As you're one who looks at things in your own way let me know if personality or mood have an affect on the way you see things,nothing deep mind you, I'm still in the 'man flu' recovery position
  • Lilith
  • carving stone
  • 24 Sep 2007, 08:00
You are among the 'greats' with this one, its beautiful. To me, art is like music... there seems to be no end of tunes composed and sometimes they sound familiar but incredibly new at the same time.
David Johnson: Dilemma of where a photograph starts and an image begins, and what constitutes your way of seeing things if you can draw on material from scanners, graphics packages..what have you! Thought I came a bit too close to moving away from this being strictly photographic, although the 2 images used in this are mine. Must go back and see what Graehame Clarke says on the matter. Had similar thoughts when I was at the YSP about the true recording of a statue in situ, like a ctalogue shot or how I would interpret the way in which it reacts with the space and light its placed in, as Shirley Bassey once said "I did it my way..". So Lilith, when you have Finished one of your sculptures, is that it..the piece itself is the only focus or does the light that falls and the space it occupies have any importance. You might guess from this I'm not a huge fan of Museum lighting!!
  • Lilith
  • carving stone
  • 24 Sep 2007, 08:12
ps..I googled your title and now know why you named it thus. Veryyyy interesting results. I love to learn new things!!
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2007, 10:27
very thought provoking, both the words and the picture. Well processed.

When I first saw the title I was immediately drawn back to my son's teenage years when the Fileds of Nephilim was one of his Goth idols, memories indeed.
David Johnson: One of the good..no great things about this virtual world is the ability to have your memory jogged by an image or passage of words. Glad you got a good one out of this Les
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2007, 13:24
Looks better here than on Flckr. Just proves I am a crusty old b*gg*r - serves me right for putting my hand up I suppose!

The wisest minds always have much to learn. Mike
David Johnson: Even on the large size option on Flckr I always find them a bit ho hum, but I love this new template on SC. My brain suddenly started working again recently, the threat of taking it off to college again was probably what I needed, may have to think more and take less...probably have a Mal 'Parthian' moment......
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Sep 2007, 13:53
hauntingly beautiful.

about 50/50. I generally have the idea more or less sorted in my mind but often post capture a new image emerges.

As regards copying! I like to call it inspiration. mal
David Johnson: Ha just talking about you and Parthian moments, find that I have a lot, in fact a mother lode of images stored in my head from places I've passed and knew I should have had a camera with me. This PP work can often 'create ' something but I usually shoot now with how I want the final image to be, so need to question it a bit more and not to cleave to the 'comfy' side. Did this lot as a way of blasting some fresh air back into my snapping its the Stockport People at the bottom http://www.flickr.com/photos/maxblack/page3/
Your photography is amazing. Innovative and thought provoking. All the best, Dave
David Johnson: Thanks Dave, you've made me blush.....

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