Are you afraid of the Dark?

Richard began to understand darkness: darkness as something solid and real, so much more than a simple absence of light. He felt it touch his skin, questing, moving, exploring: gliding through his mind. It slipped into his lungs, behind his eyes, into his mouth…
― Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

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It is said, we all have our dark side. And most of us are afraid of it. They hide or deny it, and think that no one will ever notice anything if it’s buried deep enough. They become chained by the Darkness instead of using it by learning to controll. They equal Darkness with all the bad things and feel ok with it.

The darkness is simply a piece of the whole, neither good nor evil unless you make it so.
― Jenna Maclaine, Bound By Sin

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 Personally, I prefer to consider Light and Darkness as two parts of the whole. Not as the representation of good and evil, but rather as day and night, Sun and Moon.

There’s something about Darkness that truly fascinates me. Looking into it leaves me speechless. Freedom, emotions, beauty, mystery, temptation. It’s pure magic!

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Imagine looking into someone’s eyes and getting goosebumps when you start drowning in the blackholes of his or her pupils, because you notice a glimpse of that irresistible Darkness inside. Domination? Punishment? Yes, please.

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.
― Mary Oliver

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I was thinking a lot about such things lately. The only conclusion I came to is that I would never ever give up or refuse this gift. I would be proud and would never hide or try to bury it again, as I did almost my whole life.

Oh, la la la vie en rose… Uhm… No, thanks.

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Gregory Crewdson’s Photography

Gregory Crewdson is an american photographer known for his cinematic and surreal scenes of American homes and neighborhoods.

This interesting video by Reserve Channel shows the process of constructing his extremely detailed photographs, that look like Stephen Spielberg or David Lynch movies put into single frame.

 

Paris, I love you!

It’s been almost two weeks since I finally moved to Paris. A beautiful and inspiring city, full of light and dreams. This is a magical lieu that has always taken a special place in my heart. And now I know why.

I dreamed of living in Paris since I first saw Romeo et Juliette, a musical by Gerard Presgurvic. I was 14 years old, and in love with french musicals.

Now I’m 25, and I live in Paris. I have a list of comédies musicales I want to visit and people I want to meet; I have the opportunity to spend the whole day in a beautiful studio in the heart of a culinary school (oh, those tartes de citron…) and learn from a very talented french photographer Mathilde de l’Ecotais.

I’ve been told that Paris only accepts those who come here and say: bitch, I’m your master! So… the master’s here, bitch! 😉

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Photography of Denis Brihat

Denis Brihat was born 16 September 1928 in Paris. He works with both form and color. Denis started taking photographs at the age of 15. In 1948, he went to the Rue de Vaugirard photography school. During 1952-1955, encouraged by Robert Doisneau, he started working with the RAPHO agency.

In 1955-1956 Denis Brihat spent a year in India, producing work that won him the Prix Niepce and an exhibition at the Société Française de Photographie. In 1958, Denis moved to Provence, where he settled at Bonnieux to concentrate on his personal research and on the themes of nature. He looks for the inner beauty in nature and shows it to his audience.

In 1968, Brihat started his experiments in color by using metal toning and etching process of the gelatin surface, techniques he tirelessly pursued and perfected ever since.

Denis Brihat’s works are minimalistic, conrtasting, terse, and meditative at the same time.

In 1970 at the request of his friend the American painter Bernard Pfriem, he creates the photography course at the American School of the Arts at Lacoste (Vaucluse). In 1977 he participates in the creation of a photography study group at the University of Provence-Marseille.

In 1987 Denis Brihat is awarded the Grand Prix Photographie de la Ville de Paris.

Since 1988 he stopped any form of teaching to devote himself entirely to his work.

Denis Brihat is famous for the intensity and sensuality of his works and his world view. His photographs are delicate, beautiful and rich. They show the Nature as a living organism, and create an emotional connection, a bond betweet the natural world and the spectator.

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LIGHT AND SHADOW

Light is a form of expression, form of storytelling. Light is pretty much life.

– Janusz Kaminski

Have you ever thought about what Light is? Apart from physics and other sciences I think that basically light is the life itself. It’s that energy, the ultimate force, that gives life to the Universe. Light and Darkness, their balance and harmony, are the basics of every creative process. The play of highlights and shadows is pretty much the art itself. In photography and cinimatography light is a vital, defining element, that creates a picture we can see.

A photographer is a visual storyteller; we speak through light & shadow. – Janusz Kaminski

Cinematographer is an enterpreter who uses light and composition to affect an audience as perception of what’s going on in that story. – Michael Negrin

Cinematography is about defining light and space. – Francis Kenny

I want to share with you my latest discovery, a brilliant and inspiring documentary “Light and shadow” by Steve Weiss, where legendary cinematographers talk about their personal perspectives on creativity, vision and life.

Light painting in the City of Light

Some people may disagree with me, but I really think Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s known as Ville Lumière (the City of Light). It was one of the first cities to adopt street lighting, and it kind of marked the beginning of modern urban life. And as photography was once described as “painting with light”, I think, Paris and photography are a perfect match.

Probably, the most beautiful, magical and dreamlike photos of light in Paris were made by Brassaї. His friend, the author Henry Miller, nicknamed him “The Eye of Paris” for his devotion to the city.

Brassaї (1899–1984) was a leading member of French “school” photography, but he was born as Gyula Halász in Brașov, Transylvania, Romania, and took his pseudonym from his birthplace. He moved to Paris in 1924, where he took a job as a journalist. He wrote that he used photography “in order to capture the beauty of streets and gardens in the rain and fog, and to capture Paris by night.”

His first photo-book, published in 1933 and entitled Paris de nuit (Paris After Dark), remains the most famous exploration of the city’s hidden underbelly, and is considered a classic of early street photography. It was also a great technical achievement, as photographers of that era rarely took photos at night. But Brassaї invented ingenious tricks, like gauging extended exposure times by how long it took for him to smoke a Gauloises, to help him take those marvelous photos, he wanted. He called his prints his “little boxes of night” because of the richness and depth of the darkness and light in them.

Brassai also portrayed scenes from the life of the city’s high society, its intellectuals, its ballet, and the grand operas.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s he was shooting commercial assignments for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar.

He cited Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as his artistic influence, and was close to many artists: Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jean Genet etc.

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