April 20, 2006

Learning a new medium.

I soon will have an opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do. I am now the proud co-owner of an old Yashicaflex medium format twin lens reflex camera, the sort of camera that can be used for portrature and detailed large prints, and I will have the chance to learn to translate what I see in my head onto the negative.

As a result, I have been looking at the work of photographers, particularly those who did work that I consider art and not merely porn, and studying what set them apart from the schlock that passes as artistic expression. Some has been good, some has been plain, and some has been downright dreadful.

And a few have been like epiphanies in black and white.

George Platt Lynes is one of those.
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He photographed the famous, the infamous, the talented and the lucky few.

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Clearer and more concise than anything Maplethorpe ever dreamed of printing, his photos amaze me more with every viewing.

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He even photographed Yul Brynner nude, something I don't believe anyone else can claim.

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No, not just this pic. This deliciously masculine one as well. How on earth did he get his lighting to look like that?

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If I could be one tenth as good as this, I'd die a happy Mistress.

Anyway, Lord Spatula, if you'd like to pose, let me know. I'll even let you keep your clothes on... Maybe.

Posted by Mamamontezz at April 20, 2006 09:03 PM | TrackBack

You will love taking pictures with a TLR. Mine is a Rollei Magic II that I found at a yard sale 10 years ago. I mostly shoot landscapes but have done some portraits with mine. 120 film is amazing stuff in both black/white and color. Post some of your shots when you get something you like. And tell Delftsman to get posting again as well.

Posted by: Rey B at April 21, 2006 01:19 PM

Thanks, Mama, for the beautiful photos. You're right, Platt's lighting is stunning, his models are like Michelangelo's statues come to life. It's sad that simply because there's skin it's assumed to be porn, those photos are not and never will be porn they are Art. Hope you have a lot of fun with the camera and you'll let us see some of your work. All the best.

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