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Bergen from up top

This is Bergen from Mount Fløyen. As some cautious *cough* paranoid *cough*  photographers, we were there quite early before the sunset, hoping to get a good spot. It was quite relaxed, only 1-2 people with tripods and everything needed and a few others waiting for a good sunset (which didn’t actually happen). A bunch of Japanese people stared at our cameras (especially Carmen’s) and probably our filters for few good minutes and then we were just alone, freezing and waiting for the blue hour. Unfortunately , as we didn’t get a decent sunset, we also didn’t get a decent sky for blue hour. The clouds were a bit messy, with dark patches floating out at high speed, but when the city lights were on, we got quite decent shots.

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How on earth do you create photographs without a camera? Believe it or not, it’s actually rather simple. Photograms are made when you place an object directly on photo-sensitive paper and expose the arrangement.

Tatiana Gulenkina’s created a series of photograms in a slightly different way by suspending the object above the photo-sensitive paper, creating some psychedelic effects.

Cameraless Photography With Psychedelic Effets

via Wired

Man Ray, Ma Dernière Photographe, 1929 - with thanks to Susan Laxton for sharing this with us.

On April 20, http://greg.org/ reposted the above photo with the following interesting addition:

I’m always a sucker for a monochrome, and this imposing Man Ray photo posted at grupa ok a little while ago is no exception. Their title for it is Ma Dernière Photographe, which gives it some added gravitas. Even though it is tiny, 20x13.7cm, (8x5.5 inches).

But the date is 1929, and Man Ray definitely kept on working after that. So if he once thought it was his last photo, it wasn’t. Maybe it was just his latest at the time.

When she showed it at Basel and in a monotone group show last fall, though, the Paris dealer Natalie Seroussi listed the title as ma dernière photographie, which syncs with the inscription. It turns out to be similar to a title Man Ray gave to another 1929 photo, both Rayographs, actually, which sold at Sotheby’s in 2009. According to Man Ray scholar Steven Manford, that image was published in 1938 with the caption, “La Dernière Photo de Man Ray.”

Rayographs, or photograms, are unique camera-less prints, where objects placed on photosensitive paper appear in negative. Except in this case, where Man Ray put nothing on it. So it’s either a picture of nothing, or, more accurately, of everything.