Category Archives: Photographic Art

What is art?

A good and eternal question. A very talented artist, Ernst Billgren, has written two books about it. A great, funny and interesting read. In one of the articles he writes “that many things can maybe be considered art, but perhaps not a wrench”. Note! He does NOT say that it isn´t art, and that is about the wrench itself. How, if you use a wrench in your art? Then perhaps the wrench becomes art. Or part of.

I realise that over the years I have photographed many wrenches in many different ways. Art or not, that was nothing that I have ever given a thought. Here is a small selection of images, and perhaps I can produce an exhibition with just wrenches in the near future.

My father had a garage and that was where I grew up around cars, tractors, lorries and lots of tools. I did not become a mechanics like my father and brother but I have always kept en interest in and love to, especially, old tools. I have also taken care of the tools after my father in law. They often becomes items in my photographed still lifes. I am sure my background has something to do with this.

More tool and wrench art is to come.

If it becomes an exhibition I will be happy to write to Ernst Billgren about it…😉 Pelle

Now I have also started painting them. This is made with watercolors.
From a calendar project in 2000. No. Vlll = 8

right or wrong

Recently I had the above image from Paris accepted by yourdailyphotograph.com. All very well and I feel really happy about it. However, I always do series. It is very rare that I just do one photograph of a subject or composition when I am walking the streets with a camera . Same thing here in Paris with The Eiffel Tower. Below I present the other photographs from the series. Photographed through a curtain while I had a cup of coffee with my friend and colleague Ilian. Now I like the other two images just as much. How about you? What is your opinion? Should I have sent one of the other images? It was a good day for photographing in Paris, and now I would just love to go there soon again for more photography and culture. Wine and coffee.

😊 Pelle

Paris 2019
Paris 2019
Paris 2019

More Polaroids

8×10″ Emulsion Transfer

I promised to show more Polaroids, and here is another selection.

You could also lift the emulsion from the Polaroid and transfer that to another material. Like here. It was tricky, using warm water and soft brushes. You had to be VERY careful not to destroy the emulsion because it is so very thin.

I became a digital photographer very early. It was not planned, but circumstances had it that way. I never regret that, but I sometimes miss the analog days. Like when I see these images. These are all 8×10″ made with my Sinar camera and lots of patience.

😊 Pelle

polaroids, big and small

Stille life with old postcards

Polaroid used to be a material photographers used to secure the exposure, but it also gave us an opportunity to use it more artistically.

It came in 3 1/4×4 1/4″, 4×5″ and 8×10″ size. But also in 20×24″ built for very special Polaroid cameras. I used Polaroids frequently and also made Polaroid transfers. The image was then transferred on to other papers, films etc. I held workshops at Photokina in Cologne and various other places to show how to do.

My images with the 20×24″ camera were made in Stockholm using one of the very few Polaroid cameras that were traveling the world. It never went anywhere without an assistant. To be prepared for the event I made my sketches in 8×10″ on my studio floor. However, the Polaroid camera was huge and I had to nail and glue all my still lifes on a board leaning it to a wall. I just couldn´t tilt it as much as my 8×10″ camera. When you see the camera you will understand. I think the transfers I made with this camera are rare.

That was many years ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. During a day I made a total of 4 images. The image above with a selection of postcards after my grandmother. Original image size 20×24″ is 52×62 cm!

I will be back to show some more Polaroid images in other formats and styles that I made.

Polaroid also produced the SX-70 camera, but that is another story.

😊 Pelle

The team from Polaroid and me in the middle.
Me and the assistant working on a transfer. I am so sorry I don´t remember his name.
Still life with old school books and film stars

Footography.

New York, Manhattan

Hi,

In my aim to get this blog up and running again I have decided to start with this image. A well known landmark from New York. The Empire State Building. During frequent visits many years ago that was my main subject for my photography. This is one of the images I like the most. It was not made in an ordinary way, let me tell you. It is no secret. I tripped my small camera, a Minox 35, on my foot. Like this illustration below. It was late afternoon and I needed to steady my camera. People passing by was looking at me wondering what I was doing, though this was NY. Nothing surprises. This was the result from four exposures, I think. I think I could not have made it better aiming with my hands and eyes. Or, what do you think? Without metadata on my film I think it was during the late 70´ or early 80´s.

: ) greetings Pelle

Your Image has been selected

It has been SO long since I last wrote something here on my blog. Now is a good day to start all over again. This image just got selected by YourDailyPhotograph.com
Last time I published some images was november 2019, from Paris. The year and the visit when this image was made…

Dear Per Erik,

Congratulations. We are pleased to announce our curators have chosen your image for inclusion into YourDailyPhotograph.com. We select a very small percentage of photographs submitted.

We expect your image to post in two days.

You’re in good company — in the recent past images from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Andre Kertesz, Edward Burtynsky and other photography legends have appeared in YDP.




A picture a day…

Perhaps it keeps the doctor away. His wife will know.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/lifestyle/magazine/amp-stories/capturing-washington-city-life-through-street-photography/?hpid=hp_hp-visual-stories-desktop_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Great images by and a fine story about Robert Miller.

Skärmavbild 2018-10-08 kl. 10.48.54

“a man with the camera of an artist, the pen of a poet and a genius for the impossible”

Said by Harrison Salisbury about David Douglas Duncan. A life in photography. This is fantastic reading from Washington Post with many great links for more interesting material.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/david-douglas-duncan-photo-nomad-who-captured-war-and-picasso-dies-at-102/2018/06/07/8b8fb84e-6a93-11e8-9e38-24e693b38637_story.html?utm_term=.bbec8af2b344

Top image, Marine Capt. Ike Fenton during a Korean War battle in 1950.                                (© David Douglas Duncan/Harry Ransom Center)

😊  Pelle

It is not always as you think it is…

How a Galway Pub Led to a Skyscraper

A friend just sent me this article about another classic image many thought, for good reasons, was made by Hine. A great story. He found it in The New York Times.

🙂  Pelle

I admit

That I don´t often get too impressed by photography that I see. But this is just wonderful. I think! 😀  Pelle

 From Washington Post

Timeless tintypes of the world’s most photographed subjects

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2017/12/19/timeless-tintypes-of-the-worlds-most-photographed-subjects/?hpid=hp_hp-visual-stories-desktop_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.854c17288b1e

At Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will had just minutes with some of Hollywood’s most famous actors and directors — arguably, some of the most photographed people in the world — but she chose a process that at its core is imperfect: tintype.

The 19th century wet-plate photography process predates film. There are no negatives, no large digital files or multiple frames, and no do-overs. Each image is one of a kind.

It starts in the darkroom, where each plate must be coated by hand with light sensitive emulsion. The exposure starts with a comically blinding amount of light, which is reflected off the subject into the camera lens and onto the aluminum plate still wet with emulsion. Any dry patches will remain undeveloped. It is an unforgiving medium. It also makes each image undeniably unique.

“I love that when you make a tintype you are making a thing, a physical photographic object — one that you can hold and experience in a different way,” Will told In Sight. “But I also love the finicky nature of the chemistry. Each plate is one of a kind. In the digital age these two aspects of the medium really inspire me.”

On one of the last pages of the book is a quote from Walker Evans: “The eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.” When asked, Will said it sums up what she loves and why she is so drawn to photography. “A successful image for me is one that makes you feel. It needs to touch you in some way,” she said. “I think unconsciously, and clearly articulated by Evans here, photographers are moved by emotion. That’s what is actually pushing the shutter.”

Skärmavbild 2017-12-20 kl. 11.26.39