You know, I just can't walk past a mirror without taking a self portrait.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Hipstamatic is a great photo app for the iphone that renders an analog effect to the digital images. There is the initial app and plenty of add ons, these put the mystery back into photography. The framing is not precise and output is not very controllable, if at all. But the end result is always a pleasant surprise. It is like shooting with a Lomo but with instant results. I've just started playing around with it in the last few days. here are some of my results.

The above images were all taken w/ the John S lens & Ina's 69 film setting. Below are 2 images taken with the same lens and Salvador Dream Canvas Film setting. In addition I have posted 3 images with with Blackeys B&W film setting. Various other film setting are available, all very very inexpensive.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Foggy Morning

A short portion of yesterday morning's drive to work was through an eerie fog, the neighborhood streets take on a totally different dimension. Although shot in color I converted the images to black & white using NIK Silver Efex Pro.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

LACMA - Fashioning Fashion

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915, currently on view in the Resnick Pavilion at LACMA. Past experiences with this type of historical exhibit had left me cold. Usually a regimented and dry. This exhibit has a different tone, set in a monochromatic environment consisting of a serpentine arrangement of what appear to be shipping crates. The crates create not just a neutral backdrop for the costumes but also act as a frame around them. Giving each costume its own space while not interrupting the flow. The mannequins themselves have a porcelain white appearance, conveying  a uniformity if not a fragility. In contrast running along the walls of the gallery space in bold red letters is the name of the exhibit.
The combination of all of these elements made for an interesting photographic experience. Several mirrors were incorporated into the environment which made it even more interesting for me.

The exhibit runs through March 6, 2011.

As always all images copyright Peter Politanoff

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Resnick Pavilion - Eye for the Sensual

Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection, is one of three exhibits currently on view in the Resnick Pavilion at LACMA. Sensual it is: The gallery rooms are not painted white, rather they are decorated. Decorated with dark paint or wallpaper with contrasting moulding. Mirrors are artfully used to allow the viewer to see all sides or sculptures resulting an illusion of even bigger spaces. The art blends into the environment rather jumping off the walls. The entire experience not just the art is 'sensual'.
Mirrors of course adding another dimension for myself. If you are a follower of my blog you are certainly aware of my penchant for self portraits.

There you have it , an pictorial overview of the gallery rooms with me in every shot.

All images copyright Peter Politanoff