The Universe Is Mine!

My pal Andrea is a very talented photographer. She took a photo of me holding The Moon and wearing a Tunnock’s Teacake wrapper…

Al

…And then she made me King Of The Universe!…

all the planets

You can see and even hear more of what Andrea gets up to on her website HERE.

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Published in: on September 25, 2014 at 16:17  Leave a Comment  
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Carl Werner’s Otherscapes.

Remember Carl Werner’s wonderful Foodscapes? Well, he’s only gone and done it again! Except this time, he’s made landscapes out of human bodies…

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You can see more of these on Carl’s website HERE.

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The Fantastic Photography Of Erik Johansson.

I discovered Erik Johansson’s fantastically imaginative photography completely by chance a few days ago which is probably the best way you can discover anything. Erik’s from Sweden and here is what he does with his time…

fisk

setthemfree

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last-fall

cutandfold

expectingwinter

Carrot

vasen

Feast

About Erik Johansson:
My name is Erik Johansson, I’m a full time photographer and retoucher from Sweden based in Berlin, Germany. I work on both personal- and commissioned projects and sometimes I create street illusions. I don’t capture moments, I capture ideas. To me photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind. I get inspired by things around me in my daily life and all kinds of things I see. Although one photo can consist hundreds of layers I always want it to look like it could have been captured. Every new project is a new challenge and my goal is to realize it as realistic as possible.”

View more of Erik’s amazing work on his website which is HERE.

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Published in: on December 27, 2013 at 16:25  Leave a Comment  
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Book Cover Photograph: “The Red Road” By Denise Mina.

Hi folks, did I mention that one of my photographs has been chosen for the front cover of the paperback edition of “The Red Road” by Scottish crime author, Denise Mina? I don’t think I did, did I? Well anyway, it has, and the other day I bumped into Denise at The World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green and let me tell you this! She has the sparkliest eyes I’ve ever seen!

The paperback edition of “The Red Road” doesn’t come out until sometime in February 2014 but Denise was nice enough to send me a photo of how the cover currently looks just now…

Denise Mina

Authors usually never deal with the images which will front their books and there ain’t no exception here my friends! The Orion Publishing Group were the ones who bought my photo and although I think the cover looks great, I couldn’t help but notice that they have tinkered with my photo just a little bit. – Which they are completely entitled to do for the next 3 years 🙂 …

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Please buy the book when it comes out and until then, you can keep up to date with things on Denise Mina’s amazingly designed website which is right HERE.

See you on the book shelves!

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“Midnight, And The Stars And…Who?”

Here’s an interesting little piece of movie trivia from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining“:

“The 1921 photograph at the end of the film was a genuine 1920’s photo, with Jack Nicholson’s head airbrushed onto the body of another man. Stanley Kubrick originally planned to use extras and shoot the photo himself, but he realized he couldn’t make it look any better than the real thing.”

I’ve always (ALWAYS) known that a real photo was used for the film and I’ve always been fascinated with it and the faces in it for that very reason. As a matter of fact, I even have a framed copy of it in my living room which is always good for creeping visitors out.

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But who was removed from the photograph as Jack Nicholson was airbrushed in and what did he look like? Whose arm and body is that doubling for Ol’ Jacky Boy there?

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Well, so far as I can tell, history doesn’t seem to have recorded his name but here’s the elusive devil right here:

Shining

I’ve spent YEARS trying to track this photo down and it was only recently that I found it on a very informative website dedicated to all things SHINING…

Courtesy of  The Overlook Hotel

The original, unaltered period photo into which actor Jack Nicholson was composited to create the iconic photograph seen in the final shots of The Shining.

These images were found in a book entitled The Complete Airbrush and Photo-Retouching Manual, which was originally published in 1985. The book also identifies the retouching artist responsible for this work, Joan Honour Smith.

The original photographs of Jack Nicholson are located in the Stanley Kubrick Archive in London, and inspection of them reveals that only Nicholson’s head, collar, and bowtie were used; the rest of the figure is the anonymous man in the original 1923 photograph.

Interestingly, close examination of images from the film reveals that two different photo-composites were used: one for the long tracking shot which pushes down the hall towards the photo, and a different one for the extreme close-up. Nicholson’s composited head rotates from one photo to the next, and his shoulder shifts, partially obscuring the woman holding the cigarette behind him.

Retouching

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