Posted on September 18, 2013
As part of my present job at Henry Sotheran Ltd, the longest established antiquarian booksellers in the world (York 1761), I get to design the catalogues. In this particular occasion we had a beautiful collection of engraved books of Wagner’s operas for the Performing Arts catalogue. A colleague as a challenge said: I dare you include Wagner and the Beatles as a cover design.
I came up with the above design: Siegfried and the iconic representation of the Beatles by Richard Avedon in the form of a postcard.
Posted on September 12, 2013
It was suggested that for the cover of a large collection of pop memorabilia I should reproduce a version of the album cover for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars. I went around the narrow streets around Brewer Street in central London taking pictures of walls, street lamps and rubbish bags. I found the image of David Bowie in a newspaper…
Posted on September 11, 2013
When I took this photographs I had seen some wonderful, dark and moody carbon prints.
I have also attempted to capture the contours of the Andean landscape with this in mind. You can find some of them here: Landscapes.
Posted on September 10, 2013
It is difficult to imagine a cultural event such as the festival represented in this book if one has not previously witnessed a similar Andean religious/folkloric manifestation. What catches the eye is the abundance of vivid colour as the groups dance their way down from the streets on the hillside to the commercial centre of the city of La Paz in an organised and relentless fashion, singing to the sound of wind instruments, cymbals and large bass drums. The parade begins early in the morning, at about 6:30 with the votive offering to the Ancestors to end past midnight. There were about 40,000 participants representing 16 types of dances when I witnessed this event.
The origin of the celebration of Jesus of The Great Power dates back to December 8, 1663, with the foundation of the convent of the Immaculate Conception and sister Genoveva Carrión who brought the image of the three-faced Jesus representing the Holy Trinity. Interestingly enough Pope Benedict VI banned this image in the XVIII century.
There is much to be said about this cultural event: the modality of Andean faith, community spirit, the Ayllu concept, etc. etc. but perhaps this is not the place to expand.
This e-book can be found at: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47368164/granpoder/index.html (the reader might take a little time to load…. please be patient)
Posted on September 6, 2013
Para los hispano-parlantes (English text below) : el libro recientemente publicado de Imágenes paceñas en su tercera edición.
Esta edición está siendo entregada a cada alumno de secundaria en La Paz, gratis, por la Alcaldía paceña.
Esta version es en forma de libro digital (e-book):
For those that appreciate a bit of Latin American literature and culture, this book: Imágenes Paceñas refers to the city of La Paz it’s traditional places and people. The text was written by an outstanding author and luminary of Latin American literature: Jaime Saenz. (This Wikipedia article is not complete but will give you an idea of his character).
This third edition was sponsored by the municipality of La Paz and is being given to every high school student for free to enhance their appreciation of their city.
This link will take you to the book in an e-book form. There is no present English translation I am afraid, but at least you can look at the pictures:
Posted on September 5, 2013
Posted on September 4, 2013
Posted on September 4, 2013
Allá por el 1974 cuando el Jaime y yo preparábamos la publicación de Imágenes Paceñas y después de una mano de cacho, (siendo él Jurjizada y yo Moiferquín, no recuerdo quien ganó) mirábamos las estrellas con un viejo telescopio. Se me ocurrió quitar el lente de mi Nikon y acoplarlo al telescopio, apuntándolo a los cerros de Bologna con la ceja del Alto en la distancia. Más o menos a eso de la medianoche.
Pienso yo que es una de mis mejores fotos. Claro está que muchos dicen que esta fuera de foco… Y yo digo: por supuesto! Y además que el grano es intencional.
Back in 1974 when Jaime Saenz and myself were preparing the first edition of Imágenes Paceñas and after a swift game of cacho (his pseudonym was Jurjizada and mine Moiferquín) we experimented with an old telescope. I replaced the lens of my Nikon with it and pointed at the far distance.
The result is one of the best photographs I’ve ever taken. Some say that it is out of focus. My reply is: of course! Furthermore the grain is intentional.
Posted on September 2, 2013
I saw a similar idea somewhere, but what caught my eye was the structure itself. It was Alice in wonderland when she meets the worm smoking a water pipe: there is a path to follow with a castle at one end.
The path is in fact a rampart turned on its side, Oxford and Cambridge in one image below and a palace taken on a visit to Venice. I bought the image of a waterfall from Dreamstime (www.dreamstime.com).
It is an unfinished idea because what is needed is the picture of Alice looking at the waterfall.
Posted on August 31, 2013
This image manipulation originated in a fresco by Andrea Mantegna, a section of the Camera degli Sposi: The Meeting Scene.
I used a picture of Notre Dame from my collection, a Thames tugboat, Westminster in profile and a number of textures, brushes, layers and masks.
The characters in front will be substituted at some point by real people.
You can view more of these Photoshop manipulations here: https://molinabarrios.wordpress.com/photos/ideas/