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October 23, 2009 10:58 AM   Subscribe

Something vivid and sweet for Friday:
Liz Wolfe takes beautiful photographs.
Cool Hunting interviews Liz.
posted by isopraxis (30 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Sweet and sometimes sinister. I like.
posted by futureisunwritten at 11:28 AM on October 23, 2009


Sometimes sinister?
posted by Richard Daly at 11:30 AM on October 23, 2009


Terrible lighting, poor styling, no concepts, flagged for being blindingly amateur.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 11:34 AM on October 23, 2009


I actually like some of these. Like the first commenter said: cute but kinda creepy.

I don't feel up to the Disturbing Effects of Pollution in China right now (maybe later, after it is dark). I'll be fine with the shocking pink and purple shots of cupcakes and bunnies for now.
posted by marxchivist at 11:44 AM on October 23, 2009


Terrible lighting, poor styling, no concepts, flagged for being blindingly amateur.

You tell'em, man.
posted by kbanas at 11:44 AM on October 23, 2009


I'm blind! I'm BLIND!

No, wait. I want candy...
posted by longsleeves at 11:49 AM on October 23, 2009


I think he was kidding, kbanas. I hope so.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 11:56 AM on October 23, 2009


Here are a few of the best still life shooters right now: Scott + Zoe, Tom Schierlitz, Nigel Cox, Stephen Lewis, and Jeff Harris.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 11:57 AM on October 23, 2009 [5 favorites]


Oh yeah, also amazing is Jamie Chung, who graduated from school in 2007 and is already shooting at the highest level.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 12:06 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Uninspiring photos. Website template quality.
posted by the cuban at 12:10 PM on October 23, 2009


Your favorite still-life photographer sucks.
posted by brain_drain at 12:14 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Loved the ones with tentacles. Very creepy.
posted by infinitewindow at 12:19 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hey infinitefloatingbrains, how about you make your own FPPs about those other photographers instead of shitting in this one, which is about Liz Wolfe?

I found most of Wolfe's photos surprising and interesting. Thanks for posting this, isopraxis.
posted by applemeat at 12:22 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


I like them too. Thanks for posting.
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 12:34 PM on October 23, 2009


This is missing some boners and kissing.
posted by clarknova at 12:40 PM on October 23, 2009


I like the colors, "candlebearers descending into cake" is exactly my style
posted by kathrineg at 12:44 PM on October 23, 2009


Here are a few of the best still life shooters right now: Scott + Zoe, Tom Schierlitz, Nigel Cox, Stephen Lewis, and Jeff Harris.

They seem to be doing something radically different.
posted by kathrineg at 12:50 PM on October 23, 2009


Your haiku has too many syllables.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:56 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Many of the photos in the links posted by infinitefloatingbrains made me go, So?

Many of Liz Wolfe's photos made me laugh, or go "ew" or drew some other reaction.

You know what this means? This means we like, or respond to, different things, infinitefloatingbrains and I.
posted by rtha at 12:57 PM on October 23, 2009


They seem to be doing something radically different.

As in, using a light meter?
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 12:58 PM on October 23, 2009


And your's, Horace, has too few.
posted by isopraxis at 12:59 PM on October 23, 2009


*Anxiously awaiting proper apostrophe usage pedantry.
posted by isopraxis at 1:03 PM on October 23, 2009


Woah, that's what a light meter is? I had no idea! Thanks for the link! You're adding so much to this post!
posted by kathrineg at 1:03 PM on October 23, 2009


I was really hoping to like these more. I like the ideas of them, and I imagine they took a lot of work to make, but I guess the photography itself left me a little dead and bored inside. The subjects/scenes were creative, the photography not so much. I think the scenes she creates could actually look even more interesting if everything wasn't always in perfect flat focus. If I had to pick one, my favorite would have to be the roses with the tentacles.
posted by rozziland at 1:25 PM on October 23, 2009


kathrineg you missed out on a nice HAMBURGER opportunity there.

I, for one, like the photos. Like the post.
posted by mannequito at 1:25 PM on October 23, 2009


infinitefloatingbrains, it would have been entirely possible to make the points you're making without being jerky about it.
posted by oneirodynia at 2:06 PM on October 23, 2009


I was really hoping to like these more. I like the ideas of them, and I imagine they took a lot of work to make, but I guess the photography itself left me a little dead and bored inside. The subjects/scenes were creative, the photography not so much. I think the scenes she creates could actually look even more interesting if everything wasn't always in perfect flat focus. If I had to pick one, my favorite would have to be the roses with the tentacles.

For reference, this is an example of not-snarky criticism backed with a little humanity which not only informs the reader, but could potentially help and encourage the artist.

Notice the criticism is not trivial: "dead and bored inside" - but credit is still given for the concept, the detail, and the amount of work and skill required.

Note also, the criticism is followed by a constructive observation: "look even more interesting if everything wasn't always in perfect flat focus"
posted by device55 at 2:19 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Some of these were pretty good but I agree.. not really FPP worthy. I feel like I've seen every single one of these photographs before, done better by someone else. A lot of the styling is really sloppy for this kind of work.

infinitefloatingbrain's is being kind of dick but his recommendations were good. Jamie Chung is a personal favorite of mine and it's crazy how young he is.
posted by bradbane at 2:28 PM on October 23, 2009


I apologize for being jerky. Blame it on a high threshold for quality photography and the flu.

I do wish Liz success in her career, but she has a long way to go in terms of lighting her work professionally as well as coming up with a coherent vision. The portfolio is haphazard and needs to be edited so as not to show her inexperience with the medium.

One day I'll get around to doing a post on the most amazing commercial photographers, who in many respects are at the forefront of the medium today (compared to fine art photographers). In the meantime I'll call it like I see it.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 2:35 PM on October 23, 2009


Wow, it's creepy to put dead animals in flowers. Who knew?

/defensive of octopi
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 6:00 PM on October 23, 2009


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