what in the world..

March 26th, 2010 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

When i was a kid, my parents subscribed to World magazine for me and my brother, because we were smart nerdy kids and enjoyed reading about science related stuff..  On the back of each issue, there was always a grid of several square photos, close ups of some odd angle or tiny part of something and you were supposed to try and figure out what you were looking at, and then the answer was upside down on the bottom of the page..  This series of photos, which i made in february of 2008, one evening when i was bored at my desk,  reminds me a little bit of that.  Although, you can’t really guess what it is you’re looking at, because it’s nothing you’d ever come across.  I do think they’re pretty however.. just as somewhat abstract photos.. which is about as far from my ordinary work as you can get, so i figured i’d share some of them ..

For curiosities sake, here’s a list of what was used here:

Bits of clay-like stuff used to stick papers and stuff onto walls.

The nylon thread I’d used to hang pictures I’d exhibited a week earlier.

A large book, “Golf courses all over the world”, (given to me as a joke present by some friends after the opening of said exhibit), which i found a use for because it has large colorful spreads and made a great backdrop of different colors.

A magnifying glass.

Desk lamp.

5D with 100 mm f/2 lens.

And, as mentioned before, enough boredom to spend 2 hours playing around making tiny sculptures from the clay stuff and the thread ;)

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I don’t love these photo’s but I do find them somewhat thought provoking (trying to guess, I was thinking plant, paper-clip, and fishing line after a cast ;-)

the 4 first are very ..sweet and doing well the didjeridoo music i listen yet…

Rachel wrote on March 27th, 2010

I remember those photos as well on the back of the “World” magazine. I find this macro photography very interesting

Parkylondon wrote on March 27th, 2010

Smooth backgrounds, crystal clear foregrounds, what’s not to like about these abstract pieces. I can see them at A3 style in a gallery or as postcards. Whichever.

Lovely pieces, thanks for sharing.

PS was it the new Canon 100mm macro you used or the old one?

Ha! I make those close up photos of things for my kids when I go on trips without them. We call them “Guess whats.”

So cool! Just something about it that I love about it but can’t describe it.

what a beautiful use of colors. Women’s touch.

These photos are very pretty. Nice blog entry too, very sweet.

These images speak volumes about the venerable Canon 1:2.8 100mm! People could indeed use them to aid in making a decision whether or not to purchase this lens.(You reading this, Canon Corp?)

it’s the 100mm f/2.0 The 2.8 is a macro lens, mine is a portrait lens. Hence the use of magnifying glass to get a macro effect here..

Yes, but of course. I had meant to write “1:2.0″, whilst making a mental comparison to a favorite Nikkor. So much for multi-tasking. Thankfully I wasn’t chewing gum, or using power tools at the same time.

Not my kind of thing, although I do like the little “hand” on that lovely warm orange background, but there’s a big market for large prints of things like these.
Did you ever sign up with Getty or anything? These are just as good, if not better, than the “abstracts” that Ikea sells by the million to newly-wed couples who want to have “tasteful but meaningless” pictures on their walls. Not that I’m in any position to offer career advice, and I don’t care about money, but I would have thought that – with the right representation – you could make a shedload of cash by churning out things like these in your free time if you so desired.

I like them a lot – totally my kind of thing especially the first four. What is interesting the effect of the lens and magnifying glass is pretty similar to the one you can get with using some fast X-ray or TV lenses on DSLRs (like Rodenstock TV Heligon range). Following Bjørn Rørslett I did some experiments with TV-Heligon 50mm f/0.75 and it does give similar kind of feel – razor thin DOF area with background blurred out of existence. I mainly use it for floral photos (nothing worthy to compare to Rebekka’s ;) – by some reason never tried it with something as obvious as blue tack. Seeing these, I’ll definitely give it a go!

Just plain fun!

Never mind these macro shots. Can you do something about that bloody volcano in your country? Half my family and a few friends are stranded in far flung parts of the world because of all the ash in British airspace. I blame you personally. For everything! ;)

johnski wrote on April 17th, 2010

As with all true artists you have a talent to find something special in the oddest of places and bring beauty and a smile to those of us who speak a simlar but different language of colour and form.

This stuff, as ever, has a melancholy quality that makes it truly interesting.
You are a star.

how cool. i used to LOVE that magazine at doctor offices when we went there mainly for that last page. guessing with my brother. they of course had a lot of easy ones. this is really intriguing and funny how you say it is so far from your normal work. it is… but still great.


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