"Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself. The anticipation of discovering
new possibilities becomes my greatest joy."--Jerry Uelsmann
To find out which famous photographer's style best fits you, take this
quiz at: www.youthink.com/quiz.cfm?action=go_detail&sub_action=take
&obj_id=164. Besides being fun, the site goes on to suggest that "maybe
it'll introduce you to some new art you can enjoy." I took the test
and after answering all of the questions--there's just seven--as
honestly as possible, the result suggested I was most like Jerry Uelsmann, who's
known for his multiple imagery and surrealism. Nobody who's seen any of
my photographs would compare them to Mr. Uelsmann's masterworks, but I've
been a huge fan of his imagery for many years and am flattered by the suggestion.
Mary tested as Helmut Newton but I'm still waiting for her to photograph
her first nude. So maybe the test isn't 100 percent accurate but it sure
is fun. Take the test and see what you think.
For more than 25 years Phil Borges has documented indigenous and tribal cultures
around the world with photographs that are an interesting mixture of craft,
compassion, and anthropology. "I want the viewer to see these people as
individuals," Borges says, "to know their names and a bit of their
history, not just to view them as an anonymous part of some remote ethnic or
tribal group." He accomplishes this goal using toned monochromatic images
and his meticulous craftsmanship makes you feel as if you are there.
Borges' five Collections are, given the obvious language barrier under
these situations, a testament to his ability to directly engage his subjects
and capture the inherent dignity of those subjects in compositions that soar
above typical photojournalistic conceits. His occasional use of the panoramic
and diptych formats enlarges the image's scope to include landscape or,
in the case of a portrait of three Indonesian boys in the "Enduring Spirit"
collection, add a touch of wonder. Closer to home his portraits of Mexican and
North American tribal peoples show faces that are dramatic, sad, introspective,
and even cute, as in the image of Alan Slickpoo, an 18-month-old Native American
dancer. His "Women Empowered" collection transports you to locations
such as Afghanistan and is illustrated with photographs of women who celebrate
their struggles and achievements. Stylistically the images contain echoes of
Borges' other work but achieve an advocacy previously seen only as subtext.
I met Borges during FOTOfusion (www.fotofusion.org)
and experiencing his images in person was a deeply moving experience. You can
see them for yourself because there's a list of upcoming exhibitions in
the Calendar section of the site. I think Borges is one of the most important
photographers of this century and after you see his work, you'll understand
2007, Phil Borges, All Rights Reserved
Bernhard Kristinn Ingimundarson is a commercial photographer and graphic designer
in Iceland. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was not Icelandic but his "less is
more" philosophy permeates this site; the "less" is in basic
design surprises while the "more" is in the images and hidden elements.
Clicking the Main Menu shows galleries for People, Nature, Lomo, Cars, and Architecture.
"People" includes monochrome and color as well as vertical and panoramic
images you can scan back and forth (or up and down) using a thumbnail browser
window. The two collections could not be more different with the more confrontational
monochrome photographs portraying contemporary Icelandic society while the eye-popping
color portraits are fanciful in nature and offer an idealized view into the
psyche of today's Iceland. The "Lomo" galleries include images
made with Lomo and Holga cameras, with the 35mm Holga images of special interest.
"Cars" are obviously made for commercial clients with the Hyundai
collection notable for a view of the vehicles in the Icelandic landscape, and
overall creativity. "Architecture" shines with its beautifully stark
color images of gas stations at night. "Nature" includes four collections
offering Ingimundarson's widescreen view of Iceland that can be green
and lush or snow covered, all captured with a poet's eye blending foreground
and background with subtle strokes that serve as a welcome to us armchair travelers
who may never be lucky enough to make the physical journey. The "At Night"
collection includes color photographs of the aurora borealis interacting with
the snowy landscape to create magical images, demonstrating how Iceland is one
of Earth's beautiful mysteries. Ingimundarson's talent and skills
make it available to us all.
© 2008, Bernhard Kristinn Ingimundarson, All Rights Reserved