Mysterons

van1blogShot on Velvia 100F, 120mm.

The title is a tribute to a Portishead’s song, with that name.

You can listen to it here

(copyright – Micael Nussbaumer)

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Mannequin

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These 3 are part of my first “serious” photographic projects, while attending the first year of my degree in Photography (time flies). I could say a lot about it, from its inception to its execution, all the things that casually happened to be at the school studio that helped creating the narrative (like the package used as the backdrop in the 3rd one, that has just arrived the same day I went to shoot this project, which I had no clue would be there), to the fact that I didn’t have a proper stand for the mannequin, nor did it fit very well together, but I’ll leave that out.

(copyright – Micael Nussbaumer)

Rectilinear

film-linhasrectasbThis image was shot on T-MAX 400 ISO film at night with a polarizing filter (so that I could make the reflection on the water pop). I really like how the straight lines kind of dissolve in the water.

I haven’t had time to prepare the next tutorial yet, much due to work, so I would like to know about what you would prefer it to be. It could be a deep review of Camera Raw (it’s useful even if you use Lightroom instead as many of the options are the same) or something more particular like retouching or creative editing. Let me know what you would find more useful.

(copyright – Micael Nussbaumer)

 

A small visit #1 – Park Güell, Barcelona

Hi everyone, today’s post is going to be a little different.

Have you ever been to Barcelona? You may haven’t visited it yet, but probably you have heard about it because nowadays the city has become a well known touristic place. I’m from there and every day I see more tourists wandering through its streets and monuments, but if I have to talk about one of its most famous sites, it has to be no other than the Park Güell.

Detail of the bench in Nature Square

Detail of the bench in Nature Square

If you’ve answered affirmatively the first question I’m pretty sure that you have walked through its dirt roads, sat in its curvy benches, stroked the coloured dragon and enjoyed its great panoramics of the city. Continue reading

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IMG_7357Sometimes I depart from the frenetic necessity that photography has to capture and show reality (real concrete things I mean, even if totally photoshopped) and I dive into a more abstract framework.

I enjoy most of photography, from analog B&W, to diapositives, digital, alternative processes, as well as different styles and approaches to the act of photographing.

I work with several mediums for my own personal work and I really like it that way, I’ve never been a purist nor anything of sorts. After all, the reality we experience could be said to be just a huge construction of points of view, or in other words, just a convention in a general level and a big construction (through the immanent subjectivity of being conscious) in a personal level. Sometimes I like to break free from all of this and I do it by exploring abstractions.

(image copyright Micael Nussbaumer, 2009, Portugal)

Ultimate Square-Head

Ultima Square HeadThis photograph was made in Santa Maria dos Olivais church, in Tomar. It’s a plain church, without much glamor, but full of symbolism. It was the main church of the Order of the Templars in Portugal (or so it is said officially). Tomar was the last place in Europe where the order of the Temple was, after their persecution in France and remaining Europe they settled in Portugal and changed their name to “Ordem de Cristo” (Order of Christ). The Order of Christ was religious and military and deeply influenced the role of Portugal in the world, it was behind the Portuguese age of Discovery, which can be said to be the beginning of true world-wide globalization. There’s tombs of some of the Masters of the Temple, a window with a pentagram and some other interesting symbolism. And there’s this skull.

(image copyright Micael Nussbaumer, 2011, Tomar, Portugal)