April 18, 2015

Black Britain - Various pictures

Listening a lot to John Lee Hooker (who was welcomed as a hero in the sixties in UK during the blues-boom) and The Groundhogs (who backed him in many dates of his English tour), I post some great pictures of black people in UK dating from this era. A book as issued in 2012 (here). Don't really know whether all of the above pictures where driven from it but I think most of them are. 

April 16, 2015

Kate T Parker - Children

For a visual relief among the daily horrors, some pictures of children by Kate T Parker, a photographer from Atlanta (ex-athlete it seems). Of course this is not Sally Mann and children are wonderful models that would give talent to anybody, except that most pictures featuring children are paradoxically embarrassing, being treated like kitties more than like human beings. Not here. It's their fantastic strenght of life, contrasted, not faking, totally in what they're doing (being happy or sad, playing or being contemplative) that the woman shows here, a faculty we lose with years. Her site here. Not everything is in the vein of my selection above but you'll find maybe images more to your taste. Yes, a little relief and tonight a specific "pensée" for Chloé, a 9 years little girl kidnapped, raped and slaughtered last wednesday in Calais (more about it here) by what I would hesitate to call "a man", even monster would be too kind for him. 

April 9, 2015

Laura Makabresku - Various works

Don't know much about this photographer except she's born in 1987, she's polish and affectionates the ghosthic (a neologism I invent for this post) genre, not a one I appreciate above everything else (too much artificial sophistication for me) but she succeeds in some of her series to provide a strong imagery and these are some examples of these successes. She says that her pictures "are like screenshots from beautiful but cruel fairy tales". A little too much adolescent for me (I'm too old for that, life is beautiful and cruel enough not to create fairy tales to compete with it). She probably will change in the further years. Her blog here

April 6, 2015

Billie Holiday - Colour pictures

100 years ago, the great Billie Holiday came on earth to provide the most moving voice of the history to humanity. I'm a little pompous but how not to be so with such an artist who epitomizes the human and more specifically the female and black conditions across ages. In our subconscious, Billie Holiday images are always in black and white. It's true that most of them are but there are some in colour, of course all from the late years of the singer (the fifties). In the first ones of this post, she seems to be next to us, it's like she could be reconforted, taken in arms, kissed. Listening to her voice while looking at these images is a way to celebrate this anniversary. Below, some more as illustrations of one of the rare (and one of the best) songs she composed. Don't take notice of the stupid and vulgar text that appears on the screen.

April 4, 2015

Steven F. Arnold - Various works

Born in 1943 and deceased in 1994, there's not a great necessity to present Steven F. Arnold since he's a quite notorious American polystylistic controversial artist who is often associated with the late Salvador Dali. But here is a selection of his photographic work. A little bit too precious and posed for me but there's enough transgression to escape the narrow decorative side of his work. An archive site here