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Polaroids

Posted in Family, Found Items, Photography with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2011 by michaelchernoff

In my previous post I found a photograph at the rummage sale at the First Methodist Church in Delmar NY. Another neat item was a Polaroid Flashgun with all the booklets and box included. I got the equipment simply because finding old photo and video equipment is a mini hobby of mine and stuff like this is finite so there’s no telling if demand will grow. After taking the item home and reviewing it’s contents I found a suprise inside.

Polaroids of strangers…dated December 1965. I guess the prints were forgotten and left in the box carelessly. Judging by the weather and architecture I could imagine the home being in Delmar or somewhere in the Northeast. It’s a modest lower middle class home and the prints seem forced or time catalysts. I imagine this man and his companion were waiting for something to happen and were just fooling around with the camera. There seems to be no purpose for this picture except that it is made. Suprisingly I think the details could pass for being from the last decade let alone 50 years. But then there was another photo that was even more unexpected…and maybe racey for these people.

 

 

 

A woman…middle aged…in a bed…in her underwear…in a private room…which looks identical to the decor of people I knew over the age 0f 65. 65…why that number too?

Anyway I figure the woman’s husband snapped this…I guess new technology demands some erotic exploitation. The woman in this photo maybe dead or very frail and weathered. There’s something abound the orange blanket and the lamp that makes me feel fuzzy and warm with nostalgia of the smell of my grandfathers former home. This picture reads as a reflection on the old times of the senior citizens I met as a child. This was modern living for them and they lie around in underwear and let photos capture them exposed in a setting I consider tacky and cozy. It’s like a pin up for old fashioned interior design. Based on the next photo I found I’m guessing the woman is on vacation in Florida.

If the person who owned these pictures wants them back lets negotiate a price since the content is above average. If not I’ll cherish the pictures…in a platonic way for the bedroom shot. I think I’ll keep looking for photos left behind in time and see if I learn anything.

New Documenting Interest

Posted in Found Items, Photography with tags , , , , on November 11, 2011 by michaelchernoff

Lately I haven’t contributed much to my BlogAlong but I think I may have found a gem to restart the passion. At a church rummage sale last weekend I bought a lot of great art books and some one of kind images. The photograph above is a portrait of a man whose name is unknown. There is no name or date written on it and it came framed printed on a Kodak color paper. The location looks like Nepal or India. When I found this picture it was among many bland posters, old folksy paintings, and empty picture frames. Certainly this wasn’t the most crafted item the art section of the sale had to offer but the photo had a very serious and intimate nature. This man is posing for the photographer and the men in the truck watch the photo shoot with smiles. I can’t tell if the smile is based on recognition of the man and his photographer or if they are being doted on for tourists? The area feels rural maybe a truck stop. There is so little information and attractiveness contained in this image which makes it attractive.

The picture was priced at 50 cents. When I purchased it I asked the cashier ladies if they knew anything about the picture. They didn’t know the man or who had donated it to the sale. So this items history is completely unknown to me. It’s strange that such a photo could be left and then adopted by me and I have no personal connection to it. If I saw this in a gallery I would probably pass over it or maybe dispise it and the photographer. But here the idea of this abandoned treasure which shouldn’t have been accessible to me became mine through fate and a cheap value.

If anyone knows this man or recognizes the location please share a story as I have here…because more stories are for the best.

Artificial History is Frightening

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on March 30, 2011 by michaelchernoff

Last night I was looking at an art photography book in the university photo dept for maybe the 10th time. Usually when I flip through the book the Fae Richards photography series comes to my attention. The handling, composition, acting, and printing of the photos all are convincing of a Black Lesbian actress who never really existed outside the story of her snap shots. The authenticity of her smile and accurate fashion of early 20th century urban America gives me mixed feelings. Many reviewers of the work note its message of a lesbian being successful instead of dying unknown and sad.

But the series does not bring up LGBT history to mind, instead it haunts me that the these photos are forged and can easily be accepted at first view as factual. Even before digital photo, analog photos have had the ability to document and finalize history even if fabricated. The best known to me is Trotsky being pasted out of Soviet historical images…later the same would happen to Stalin after his death. I even entertain ideas about Stanley Kubrick staging photos for the apollo moon landing. Words and accounts don’t hold up to photographs in terms of evidence because a photo is a time based item. Light that was captured but without sound or movement of a sequential frame is forever a glimpse into a past moment in time. There can be nothing more true than a fragment of time but it is the thoughts and assumptions tied to images that decide what history it has. For the Fae Richards photos…it’s Fae Richards that make these photos what they are, other than that you’d only think it’s a young woman from another era. Maybe even less that these are just snap shots and not even set manipulated events. It’s scary that people will base their history more upon image than text I guess that’s why the phrase a picture is worth a thousand words derives from.

MOMA rates odd beauties

Posted in Art Industry, Photography with tags , , , on November 24, 2010 by michaelchernoff

For an art history paper due next week I’m going to research and write about Marina Abramovic. I’ve been struck lately by her great performances, ideas, and beauty…and beauty is what is coming into play here. Through a google search I found a tumblr page that documented some starers from Abramovic’s performance “The Artist is Present”. What made these visitors to the museum so notable is that they have been rated by the MoMA staff as attractive. Handsome or pretty, men and women. I agree that some of the faces are pleasing to the eye but for some reason the whether it’s the positioning of the head with the camera or the lighting some of the people just look strange.

The jawline and skull and of the pictured man above I found to be the strangest of the men. The photos were shot by a Marco Anelli an Italian who seems to have limited info about himself on the web. The photos themselves do have a powerful aura and compliment the crying shots of starers who broke into tears from Abramovic’s unceasing gaze. But why have a grouping of the pretty? Along with that bizzare complexions. Wide faces, pointy chins, almond shaped eyes, square heads, and cheek bones stand out the most to me.

I can’t tell if this tilting is a sign of vanity and self-definition of beauty in the performance among Anelli or MoMA. Maybe it just has to do with coupling Marina’s prettiness with her opposing companions in the artwork. It just seems strange to treat the event like a runway show for desirable faces instead of the face of some man who literally went everyday to the MoMA for Abramovic’s performance. The museum seems to get weirder to me all the time?

Double Take

Posted in Image Discovery!, Photography with tags , , , on October 2, 2010 by michaelchernoff

At a first glance I mistook this infant for dead. Maybe his chest exploded from accidental gunshot or he combusted? Of course I saw he was just smeared with cake frosting. His look of stupor was from his young observations and sense of bloatedness and maybe some sugar rush. Then again maybe this child has a mental illness. The photo is manipulating all my questions and assumptions of the subject matter simultaneously.

The New Advent of Religous Erotica

Posted in Comedy, Photography, website, Women with tags , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2010 by michaelchernoff

OF COURSE… I was browsing /b/ when I found this site and it is a real red alert. I had illusions that this was some sort of feminist art internet collection…but it’s just European erotic nudes. It’s the time of the female Jesus…Regina? I don’t know what her name would be in this case.

I found the site since the web address since it’s plastered on all the pictures. They present a real fixation for me and probably for many men. It puts into the air the pleasure of seeing suffering on a woman being violated and tortured. It’s undeniable when you place with the story Christ. So then what does this mean for our fantasies? Is this just another scenario for fantasies or is it going against the Holiness of the scene? These women aren’t being groped or fondled only their bodies are extenuated. The photos seem to be for a righteous exploration since some of the selections have bad photoshop painted pixels for creating goofy halos. Yet you have to pay when logging on…a cause for art or a cause for an art for fapping? I chuckled at its attempt for porn. I haven’t made a post like this for a while and had distanced myself from posting this kind of content less for more refined research. But the black and white shots are really exciting.

I suppose there is enough naiveté here for me to approve this venture.

Here is the link to the site…http://www.passionofagoddess.com/

Maybe there are more religious pictures like this out there? I’d really like to see the videos for this site too. But I’m not paying ten Euro.

Yevgeniy Yufit

Posted in Artist, Film, Movie, Photography with tags , , , , , on August 9, 2010 by michaelchernoff

Yevgeniy Yufit is the creator of the genre necro-realism and a long sought after artist whose name I had forgotten. He was one of the entry’s that impressed in the Ice Cream publication that I wrote about some months ago. His work was first established in the 1980’s in the Soviet Union. His mediums are photo and film making and I have seen his short film Vesna on youtube. There is no sound and little explanation for it in the description box.

Vesna is a strange is experiment with lots of torture and celebratory scenes with a chimp on top of it all. It’s hard to make complete heads or tails of it but it seemed to be a tale of the abused becoming abusers and injustice between the life of rural and urban Russia. My favorite parts are the processions of the chimp and the forced gnawing of a wooden stick by a man who at the start of the film dragged men on train tracks with blood on his beard. The film ends with a woman who had been writing the time of the events in a notebook, resting her eyes leaning back with the book closed. She was old.

But it is hard to get any viewing chances of complete Yufit works. Yet it was his photographs that impressed me more than his silent films. The idea of zombified Russians was captivating since the idea was not flesh-eating creatures but caricatures more fitting to the intro of Shawn of The Dead. Ordinary workers trudging through snowy fields and woods with defeated and tired faces. It’s a fitting statement to the last years of the Soviet Union, a nation of people weary from being cut of from the advantages of capitalism and state oppression. The living dead idea just calls out to the dark memories of Communist Totalitarianism.

Unfortunately none of the great full paged photos I saw in the book pages of Yufit are on google searches so he is little published on American data searches. He is still active into the 2000’s and has influenced a lot punk rock imagery and icons. Maybe also goth culture but I can’t tell how far-reaching his influence is abroad. If I ever see a publication of his I will snatch it up immediately.