I have long had an appreciation of Misha Gordin as a photographic artist. To me his images are rife with symbolism. What are your thoughts of these images?
Donald, my friend, I'm not clever enough.
I like his work, but I think he leaves very little to the imagination of the viewer, but you are right, rife with symbolism.
These are the kind of "images" that make me think that how can we now ever know what is really a "photograph"?
Before PS these images would have been very intriguing - now - maybe they are just PS tricks?
Sorry - too "slick" and "gimmickry" for my taste....
He does seem to like "tiny moons" though - is that a "symbol"?
I think he takes photography to a different level.
He uses the medium as an illustrator would. He would be what I'd call an artist/photographer, where more mainstream work is perhaps
I like his work but it is too contrived/slickly produced/concept oriented for my taste. But I do think it is important work.
He is more an Art Director than a Photographer. There is no doubt that they are well produced. I'm not into this concept but it would be perfect for someone who is.
Misha is a great friend and has an incredible mind. Although he moved from Detroit several years ago, it is wonderful when he comes "home" to visit. He came late to the digital side and although digi would be an obvious choice for making his images easier, he rejects Photoshop as a means to create his work. All is still done via enlargements, cutting, pasting and reconstruction. The man in no way considers himself a photographer and is somewhat insulted when considered one.
I find his work interesting in weird sort of way but I agree I find them too contrived.
His work shows great technical proficiency, but it is of no interest to me. Not being an artist myself, I would be hard to convince that there is no "PS" involved. Somehow everything is too perfect. I would call it different, but feel he is right to be upset when called a "photographer" Perhaps "Graphic Artist" may better describe his works in my eye.
My knowledge of Misha's work methods parallels that of Bill Shwab. Misha uses a pin registered easel in his work. I personally don't find any fault with his proficiency simply because it is more precise than my efforts.