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Arshdeep Matharu – New Zealand Fine Art Photographer.. of sorts.

This Week’s Photo – Boy with Pistol – Elliot Erwitt

I think the last image I shared from Elliot Erwitt was humorous. This one, on the surface, is humorous but something gnaws at me and tells me that there is a darker theme to this image. Perhaps it is the tragic juxtaposition of a young, playful kid holding, what I assume is a toy gun to his temple. I mean, what would prompt a young kid to pose with a gun to his forehead? Perhaps being an African American in […]

Collecting Dots

Collecting the dots is the basic tenant from which all creativity begins. Collecting dots basically means being exposed to a large and diverse variety of inputs. These inputs then in their own time, connect in unpredictable ways to produce something unique. Put simply, collecting dots is gathering raw materials for creativity. As far as the photographer is concerned, there are almost no limits on how we can collect dots. Collect dots from other visual fields like painting. Studying composition in […]

This Week’s Photo – Snow – Saul Leiter

This week’s photo that I have chosen is a Saul Leiter classic from 1960. It is worth remembering that in 1960, colour photography was not that common among photographers and seen as a bit of a gimmick among “real” photographers. Saul Leiter, with his colour work that he did in his personal time, played a major role in bringing colour photography to the mainstream. This particular photograph, of a man standing on snow shot through a glass, has become synonymous […]

Three Things I Learnt From Abstract: The Art of Design – Episode 4

Episode 4 of Abstract: The Art of Design is about a Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels. Bjarke is one of the world’s premier architect and one of the youngest too, to have achieved such prominence in the field. He runs his own architectural firm, called BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and can be found online at www.big.dk (yes, that’s really their website). Here are three things that I learnt from it. Experimenting Bjarke and later his group of architects broke the traditions […]