May 9, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Out of focus images

Back when I started photographing one of the main rules or critiques I kept hearing and seeing on the photography forums or the places where people would give feedback to your work was for the images to be sharp and clear. 

 

But as it happens with any advice, it's very much contextual and dependent on the photograph (and here you can replace it with painting, drawing, writing etc.). Sometimes what you need or want to express follows no rules or needs new ones. That is why you might hear you need to learn the rules so you can break them. But successfully breaking the rules usually comes with intention and with the knowledge of why you're doing it. 

 

When it comes to out of focus images, I enjoy them quite a lot. They can convey certain moods and feelings that are far more expressive than a clear image. They tell more by hiding things. And sometimes I feel a bit out of focus too, so I put it in my photographs. 

 

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May 7, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Notes on a walk

It's been bank holiday here, which meant a three day weekend.
On Saturday we took advantage of the windy weather and the lukewarm sun and went for a walk. 
Some things I noticed:
  • for almost every beautiful thing on the way there was an equality ugly one. Lots of trash in green areas, beautiful graffiti art covered in tags, or a dad playing with his kid and kicking a ball to the walls of an ancient ruin.
  • Dave seems to be a popular name for dogs.
  • some dog owners like to talk a lot about their companions. 
  • we don't need to go too far from the house to see beautiful places.
  • a new selling tactic discovered - this woman who was selling clothes at the bottom of the woods brought a small tent with her for people to try them on. 

May 5, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Sunday video 3

"Glenda fell for Lauree at a time when both women felt societal pressure to pursue traditional paths. Though fate interfered with their plans to enjoy a late-in-life reunion, Glenda never forgot what it felt like to be loved by Lauree."

 

May 1, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Pups on 35mm

Today just some pups portraits made with the Chupa Chups camera.

35mm photography Ioana Birdu

35mm photography Ioana Birdu

35mm photography Ioana Birdu

35mm photography Ioana Birdu

35mm photography Ioana Birdu

April 28, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Sunday video 2

WALK_ is an audiovisual photography series created by Derek Beck. 

"Each video is completed by shooting one roll of 35mm film (about 36 frames) while recording ambient audio over the course of about two hours. After the film is developed, the images and audio are matched up to create a short story of a neighborhood or city." 

Read more about the project and see more WALK images on their Patreon page. 

April 27, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Fun children portraits

From time to time I go back through my V&A photos just to smile and get a feel good mood. Below some fun portraits from past events I covered for the museum.

Children photography Ioana Birdu

Children photography Ioana Birdu

Children photography Ioana Birdu

Children photography Ioana Birdu

Children photography Ioana Birdu

Children photography Ioana Birdu

Children photography Ioana Birdu

Children photography Ioana Birdu

April 23, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Fuji Instax

The past few days have been nice and warm, so I used the opportunity to pick up my Fuji Instax from the shelf and take it for a walk. Below some of my latest and not so recent favourite Fuji Instax photos:

ioana birdu fuji instax

ioana birdu fuji instax

ioana birdu fuji instax

ioana birdu fuji instax

ioana birdu fuji instax

ioana birdu fuji instax

ioana birdu fuji instax

April 21, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Sunday video 1

Daniel Arnold - Odds and Ends

"Brooklyn-based filmmakers Mika Altskan and Matvey Fiks follow street photographer Daniel Arnold over three days and across the five boroughs as the photographer homes in on his subjects—teenagers lifting weights in an alleyway, grandmothers gossiping on a boardwalk bench, a father who pantomimes throwing his son in a trash can—depicting the diverse, chaotic energy of the city, and Arnold’s method of capturing the moments that can slip past others in all of their humanity-revealing glory."

Read the accompanying story on Vogue.

April 20, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Down the rabbit hole

I really enjoy Prisma. I could spend hours playing with it. The plan is to one day do a comic book project with it. In the meantime some experiments.