Ode to Mann, Jim Cowan, Wet-plate collodion test plate
Finally got round to scanning the wet-plates I made down in Manchester at the workshop with John Brewer. The above is of the tutor John, made in tribute to the work of Sally Mann. And the one below which is a test to see how dark wet-plate darkness gets. They were prep for an upcoming body of work moving forward from my series L’Inconnu III.
Dark vase, Jim Cowan, Wet-plate collodion test plate
Yesterday I was at Stills Camera Club for the Scottish premiere screening of Laure Flammarion & Arnaud Uyttenhove’s Somewhere to Disappear, a documentary that follows Alec Soth as he travels across America photographing his series Broken Manual.
Mastering Bambi by Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukacs
Mastering Bambi is a recreated model of Walt Disney’s 1942 classic animation film Bambi, in which the forest is stripped of its inhabitants, and what remains is a familiar but altered reality.
An important but overlooked protagonist in the original movie is the natural environment in which the story occurs- the pristine wilderness upon which Disney structured his Bambi is one of the first virtual worlds ever created. Disney strived to be true to nature, creating a illusion of realism and harmony as a metaphor for human society - Bambi’s forest is depicted as a magical dell, rooted in European romanticism where the inhabitants peacefully exist.
The soundtrack is made by Berend Dubbe and Gwendolyn Thomas who have reconstructed the original film score, by twisting and folding the sound to evoke the dissonances in the original film.
The full 12.30 minute video can be seen at Cockburn Street Cinema, at Stills in Edinburgh, over the Christmas period.
Tom Wood’s take on the classic Madonna and child.