This is a personal project culminated from years of shooting IR stills and never really being satisfied with the results. Shot primarily in Albemarle County, Virginia, the movie was captured using a Canon 5D mark II converted with a 720nm IR filter over the sensor. The sensor filter allows normal camera operation but shoots only IR images. I used a rail from Dynamic Perception to create the moving images and processed everything in Adode Premiere/After Effects.
Check out my website andrewshurtleff.com to see some cool IR stills under the fine arts section.
In cleaning out old files I came across a mountain of great images. They are in no particular order and have no links to their origins (sorry). So I will be posting 100 at a time. 151 this time. Enjoy.
Take the 83 images from Robert Frank’s 1958 classic, Les Américains. Use Photoshop to erase half the content. Leave some hats and chairs and jukeboxes. Add an “s” to the title and you have Less Américains, Mishka Henner’s latest book project, and the most striking example of his ongoing use of new technologies to illuminate the past and invigorate the present.
Bold, strong, powerful, classic, black black’s, strong lines, good texture. All great descriptions of Michael Schlegel‘s photography from his sets Iceland and Iceland II. See more at his portfolio site or on Behance.
Next in the series of album cover design is Burt Goldblatt.
Burt Goldblatt was an instrumental force in shaping the style and sensibility of the cool jazz era, employing film noir-influenced photography, expressionistic portraits, and abstract imagery to capture the late-night, neon-lit atmosphere of the jazz world. Born in Dorchester, MA, in 1924, Goldblatt served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and after returning from duty he studied at the Massachusetts College of Art. Upon graduating he worked in a printing plant, an experience that afforded him the opportunity to learn all aspects of the business from negative-stripping to plate-making. In his spare time, Goldblatt also taught himself photography, eventually relocating to Boston to pursue a career as a freelance artist, and in 1950 created his first LP cover, a Billie Holiday bootleg sleeve for the Jolly Roger label. In 1953 Goldblatt settled in New York City, accepting a job with CBS Television and designing promotional campaigns and broadcast credit sequences for the series Rawhide and Bachelor Father. He also expanded his album cover portfolio via efforts for Decca and Atlantic, designing more than 200 sleeves in 1955 alone. Goldblatt’s distinctive approach eschewed song titles and other textual clutter in favor of abstract caricatures, idiosyncratic perspectives, and expressive typography. A habitué of jazz clubs and recording studios, he also shot myriad photographs, employing many for subsequent cover art projects. Jazz artists revered Goldblatt and his interpretations of their personas, and the great pianist Bud Powell even wrote a song in his honor. The majority of the artist’s work dates to the mid- to late ’50s and small labels like Savoy and Bethlehem. The emergence of rock & roll and its accompanying visual aesthetics brought his career in music to an end, but Goldblatt made a successful transition into writing, co-authoring 17 books including Starring Fred Astaire and Baseball’s Best. He died of congestive heart failure in Boston on August 30, 2006.
This is a pretty neat trick for the owners of such equipment, for everyone else it’s a nice little movie that really exemplifies how good editing and music can take a technical subject and make it interesting for everyone.