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Dear people,

I'm participating in a photo challenge and I need many votes to make it to the top 20. I could really use the award money for my future photography projects. If you are on Facebook, you can vote by clicking on the link below and then click on 'Stem'.

www.facebook.com/Fotoacademie?…

Thank you so much!

Also, here's a flip through video of my first photo book:
 
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I'm sorry for the silence surrounding my photography lately. Since a short time ago I study photography at the Utrecht School of the Arts. This will take a lot of my time and energy in the future, so unfortunately I can't make as many 'free work' as I used to do. The good thing is that I will learn many new things and hopefully get better at photographing. I will post some of the school assignments on this page. Thanks for sticking around. (-:

Jan-Pieter
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Introducing an artist #18: Daisuke Yokota

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 18, 2014, 8:47 AM
I recently saw his work in Photography Museum Amsterdam (Foam), and it took my breath away. Such a refreshing style and working method (as can be read below). I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

From the website of Foam:

'Yokota has created a small image-making factory in his apartment, which he uses to create his haunting, distorted black-and-white images. Using a compact digital camera to create prints that can be considered as his raw material, Yokota endlessly rephotographed each image with a 6x7 film camera. The developing process and the potential of analogue image-making are pushed to the extreme to create imperfections and visual noise. Experimenting and trying to avoid doing anything the same way twice is essential to Daisuke Yokota's method. To produce a large number of variations in the final image, he sometimes re-photographed it ten or more times. By doing so he not only tries to incorporate a sensation of time into his images but to increase the distance between the original and the final image, stressing photography's inability to represent events from the past truthfully and factually. Recollections, memories and dreams are never far away in Yokota's haunting work.'

'Introducing an artist' is a journal series in which I feature my favourite visual artists, not necessarily active on deviantART: photographers, painters, digital artists, and so on. Some are established and well-known, some are upcoming or underground. 





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Introducing an artist #17: Yamamoto Masao

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 7, 2014, 10:29 AM
From the artists' website:

'Most of his photographic works are in monochrome and its aged texture reminds us of “memories dropping out of someone’s drawers”. Snapshot sized, yet speechlessly beautiful pictures have been exhibited in groups of ten to several hundred spread across the wall, or sometimes placed in a small box. Tranquility around each photograph filled the entire space. Strangely, the existence of a single piece of art and a whole installation seemed to be equal. It recalls oriental and Japanese ideas about the relationships between the world and self. Western audiences pick up those essences and are the reason why his work is widely appreciated in the western world.'


 





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Dirk Braeckman
Tekla McInerney




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Introducing an artist #16: Dirk Braeckman

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 16, 2014, 1:08 PM
Dirk Braeckman (born in 1958 in Eeklo, Belgium) is a Belgian photographer who lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.

From ideabooks.nl:

'Dirk Braeckman is one of Belgium’s leading artistic photographers. In each of his monumental photographic works, he creates an enclosed, isolated world that appears endless in its tactility, while at the same time gives short shrift to the illusions of the medium. These images do not aim to convey anything and yet they are suggestive of complete narratives.'

 







'Introducing an artist' is a journal series in which I feature my favourite visual artists, not necessarily active on deviantART: photographers, painters, digital artists, and so on. Some are established and well-known, some are upcoming or underground. 

PREVIOUSLY INTRODUCED:
Tekla McInerney




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Inexpensive prints for sale!

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 6, 2014, 12:18 PM
If I could, I would make photos, ask for nothing in return and give away prints for free. Unfortunately, that doesn't work very well: equipment and printing photos for exhibitions costs money. At the moment, I have 24 photos printed. They have been exhibited and are now in search of a new home. Below you'll find a link to all the available prints. I don't charge a lot of money (15-22 Euro). I hope some of you will be interested in purchasing a print, they're much better off on your wall than in my closet. Send me a message or e-mail me if you're interested. Thanks!

info@jpthart.com
www.jpthart.com/printsforsale



 


Jan-Pieter


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Feature #169

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 2, 2014, 12:33 PM






Asleep In Frozen Bed by Anguis-IX a quiet rest by partiallyHere

Thief Of Souls by Birgit-Zartl-Art

Untitled by MenervaTau Fading Memories by Acrymat



gg by shapovalov What's Your Number by Poromaa

Fairy Forest by AlexandruCrisan

A Deeper Look by JillAuville 3011 by donmezerm 

Untitled II by MarijaBrasnic

Book II Empty Walls by lien Transient State (homage to Twombly) by thergothon  

  the passage of time by doodler89 

Fare by ebbing-gale




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Feature #168

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 14, 2014, 11:00 AM



DREAMS 9 by w34a
the hunger artists by hclay The Ancient by JillAuville
Over by HellYesArt
entwined forever by manuelestheim ... by deepinswim
"Wallflower" by broadstreetstudio

 Angels by niavaah

c'est la nuit by partiallyHere 114211 by laflaneuse
Solargraphy 10 by kutas
___ by Gankevich Tabula rasa # 4 by hoodoo78
Black seasons by bwiti



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My top 15 albums (and more) of 2013

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 12, 2013, 12:45 PM
I've been doing this yearlist kind of thing for a while now, and I think it's loads of fun, so here is my list of musical favourites of the year 2013. This year I couldn't choose what albums to feature, so I highlighted fifteen albums, and when you scroll down, you will find quite a few more. 
If you want to listen to the music, click on the album title and it will bring you to one of my favourite album tracks. 
Enjoy!


This is on top of the list because I ordered it alphabetically, but it also deserves a first place because it might be my favourite album of the year. Cult of Luna is a Swedish band, they play a style that is often classified as post-metal and sludge. The concept of this album is the 1927 film Metropolis. Sonic themes include 'machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures', which makes it a dark, industrial sounding album, but it still contains beautiful melodies and build-ups. Cult of Luna´s plans were to release a double album, but they didn´t want any ´fillers´ on the album, so they released one full length and an EP. I had the pleasure of seeing them live not so long ago, which was a great experience. 


This album frequently appears on yearlists of well-known (e-)magazines, which surprised me, because Deafheaven is a black metal(ish) band. One look at the album cover is enough to conclude that this isn't your average kvlt black metal band. They are heavily influenced by shoegaze and post-rock. The world of black metal isn't very open to influences and experimentation, apart from a couple of great examples (Agalloch, Alcest, etc.), so Deafheaven receives a lot of crap from close-minded black metal purists. Falsely. Their music is emotional, intelligent and has the perfect balance between rawness and beauty.


This Swedish band has released four solid LPs, and this is their last efford. EF blends the typical post-rock sound with (male and female) vocals. Unlike many other bands in this genre, their music often cheers me up, with their crescendos and (almost) melodic guitarwork. Simply a very solid and fun release. 

Jazzy, chaotic, brilliant and absurd. Loud noise brought with technicality and intelligence. The tracks on this album are quite short, which increases the intensity even more. Seeing them live a couple of months ago was a lunatic experience, because of both the audience and the band's performance. Great music to accompany the feeling of being pissed off, I know from personal experience.


Ihsahn used to be the creative mind behind metal outfit Emperor. His latest solo records can still be classified as metal, but tend to be more sonically progressive and experimental. This album contains a few easily listenable tracks with simple song structures, but also some of his most avant-garde work to date. Admittedly, I don't think this release is as good as 'After' and 'Eremita', but it's still very good. 


I came across the music of Light Bearer not so long ago. Born out of the remains of Fall of Efrafa, they play an atmospheric kind of sludgecore. They aren't afraid of lengthy tracks, with some almost 20 minute long 'songs' on this album. The album itself is twice the length of many other releases. Their lyrics are activistic. In the band's own words: 'It is an allegorical tale which directly deconstructs and derails monotheistic mythology, attacking religious ideology which has created oppressive cultural norms around gender, sexuality, race, species and progressive thought.'


I'm so happy I came across the work of this young pianist and composer. In my opinion, this is his best release to date. It starts out beautifully with the room-filling, synth based track called 'Says'. The power of this album is in its diversity: piano improvisations, experimental sounds and electronics. His collaborations with artists such as Peter Broderick and Ólafur Arnalds are great as well. 

Ólafur Arnalds - For Now I Am Winter

Ólafur Arnalds is a label colleague of Nils Frahm, both are signed on the great record label Erased Tapes. This Icelandic composer combines classical music with contemporary, electronic sounds, and does it very well. On this album, some tracks contain vocals by Arnór Dan (Agent Fresco, great release in 2010). I'm very eager to see Arnalds live februari next year, complete with vocalist and a philharmonic orchestra. 


I don't know how they do it, but their music sounds both juvenile and sophisticated. Sometimes vulgar (in a good way), sometimes simply beautiful. Their previous album, 'All Is Chaos', was decent, but this one is excellent. I have to admit, knowing that these guys are only a couple of years older than I am makes me slightly jealous. This album was released on Indie Recordings. I presume these musicians will have a pretty good future doing what they do.



Does Steven Wilson need an introduction? He is the musical genius behind Porcupine Tree, and is involved in projects such as No-Man, Blackfield and Storm Corrosion. With this album comes 'a 128 page hardback book containing lyrics and ghost stories, illustrated by Hajo Mueller'. The music is wonderful: a rich instrumentation and intimate sounds. Some pretty awesome animation videos are made for a couple of the songs. 


I have a weak spot for loud music, when it's done intelligently. That is the case with The Ocean. The concept of this album is a journey from the surface to the bottom fo the ocean, from a rather light instrumentation to doomy and heavy guitarwork. Concerning the lyrical content, mastermind Robin Staps described this aspect of Pelagial as a movement "towards the essence and origins of our desires, wishes, dreams, and all the fucked up attributes inside of our own inner selves that generate and shape them". For those who don't like the vocals, there is an instrumental version available as well.

Touché Amoré makes screamo. The right way. Hardcore music with melodic guitars and emotional, storytelling lyrics. Their songs are compact, but with a lot of power and impact. Every song gives you material to think about. I just want to share some of the lyrics here: '...so I’ll just exist. It’s all I can do. So much to consider and too much to grasp. To swallow mortality is enough of a task and leaving your mark is just too much to ask. I’ll just bow my head and leave out the back.'


The first three albums of this Norwegian quartet were black metal albums. There's not much left of that in their later albums, except the dark atmosphere. Ulver have played a wide variety of styles: trip hop, ambient, electronic, and this album contains some tracks that could be considered neo-classical. This album is very diverse, and mostly instrumental. A recommendation for those who like their music dark and moody.


I love it when musicians combine classical and contemporary music. Woodkid started his career as a video director for many mainstream pop artists, but now makes his own music as well. Chamber pop is a great name for his music: indie pop with a lot of classical influences, for example the orchestral layers. Also: his music videos are pieces of art. 

65daysofstatic has been in the business of making music for quite a long time, but I've stumbled across their music only a while ago. They play an instrumental kind of (math)rock, some of their work is almost fully electronic ('We Were Exploding Anyway'), while for example 'The Destruction of Small Ideas' is almost free of electronics. This album has the perfect balance between computer generated and analogue sounds. This album would be a great soundtrack to a sci-fi movie.


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Introducing an artist #15: Tekla McInerney

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 10, 2013, 9:52 AM
Tekla McInerney is an American artist, specialised in monotypes. 

From the artists' website:

"Each of my monotypes [unique and worked spontaneously] most often yields a landscape with water — moving, still, or frozen. The prints are not direct translations of named locations. They are moments I recall — from the coast of New England to the Antarctic peninsula."


"Tekla McInerney‘s monotypes are striking images and bring to mind everything from traditional Japanese prints to Anton Corbijn’s photographs of Joy Division. These are beautifully composed monotypes with their stark contrasts, use of negative space, the focussed energy, the balance and least of all the meditative qualities each print brings to bear on you.
Yet under this tranquility is a torrent of natural violence; winds shake up forests, blizzards blot out horizons, mountains disappear, beaches are desolate and freezing. They are not places suitable for habitation."



 

 





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Background information of some of my works

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 27, 2013, 12:42 PM
Here is some background information of some of my works. More will be added later in a second version of this journal. 

Small scenes on the fragility of life
'This project is born out of my fascination for the fragility and temporariness of life. The idea was pretty simple: to make six still life photos of fragile subjects, such as dried flowers and a dead bird, and then print it on creased, recycled paper. Finding the right kind of paper was a bit of a challenge. Ironically, I found out that wrapping paper for fragile items was the best to print on.'

Small scenes on the fragility of life, part one by JPtHart Small scenes on the fragility of life, part two by JPtHart Small scenes on the fragility of life, part three by JPtHart Small scenes on the fragility of life, part four by JPtHart Small scenes on the fragility of life, part five by JPtHart Small scenes on the fragility of life, part six by JPtHart

Spaces
'This photo series is in the first place based upon accidence, which only later I gave the shape to that it has now. I made these photographs in a cold, but beautiful, night. The moon was very bright, and there were layers of  thin, fast-moving clouds. The sky was different every ten seconds. I made about twenty different photos, not necessarily knowing what the purpose of it would be. Later, while reviewing what I made that night, I was a bit disappointed. It didn't look authentic enough, not like I captured a special moment in time. I mean, thousands and thousands of people have made photos of a night sky before I did it. 
The photos layed around untouched for a couple of weeks, until I got the idea of reversing the order of dark and light areas, using the negative image. This way, darkness was used to create light, and vice versa. I liked the negative versions much better, especially because I used intentional camera movement in some of the photos. The moon was now an unrecognizable black brush stroke.'

Spaces, part one by JPtHart Spaces, part two by JPtHart Spaces, part three by JPtHart

Frames
'These four photographs have one thing in common: they play with the idea that there is something behind what's visible on the photos. What it is, the viewer doesn't know. At first I didn't have any plans to put the photos together, but it kind of made sense to me as a four-piece. All four photos are made on a to-be construction site in Amsterdam.'

Frames by JPtHart

Horror vacui
'One of my biggest fears is the fear of nothingness. Not necessarily death, but not being around anymore, and also the fear of being and possessing (not just in a material sense) nothing while I'm still around. I have struggled to visualise this fear, but this is one of my attempts. For some reason I kept thinking about photographing smoke as a representation of nothingness. Horror vacui means 'fear of the void'.'

Horror vacui by JPtHart


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Introducing an artist #14: Katrien de Blauwer

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 21, 2013, 10:25 AM
From the artists' website:

"Emotions have always been the driving force and main consideration in what I do and make. I am also strongly drawn to the uncomfortable in human emotion, like pain, sorrow, loss, desire. It’s about life and death, what we are, what we signify, how we are loved.
I like the directness of pictures and their presence. With my idiosyncratic, condensed cuts and pastes I try to relate a story of my own. In doing so, I find, often unwittingly, new meanings and associations, which also has a therapeutic effect on me. It’s a process of finding my own language and listening to it."



  




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Feature #167

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 3, 2013, 9:00 AM




Selfportrait6. Dad by VICTORSKELET Soda Girl (quick painting) by jacintojc
Into the Mist by Markus43
.Missing Your Touch. by Psychosomaticc
The Buddha Board Experiment - Untitled Print 2 by Flutingspirit monotype 1 by afifaery1189
Fingerprint - Child On The Rock by nicolasjolly 
3 10 to Yuma by carrex
 a fine line by BlauBeerKuchen Sea by StudioUndertheMoon 
Antares triptych canvas acrilyc painting by escafan

Agustin Andreu Rodriguez by irenealfarostuffCalm VIrtual by kvila
'' The black room '' by kamalky resort by Enaston
Resting Before Crossing The River by Bibire




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Update + thanks

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 2, 2013, 8:45 AM
First of all, yesterday I noticed that my deviantART-page hit 150.000 views. Many thanks to everyone who is interested in my artistic endeavours and to everyone who supports me one way or another. It is very much appreciated! Here is an update on my life, for those who are interested. 
I'm currently in my last year of secundary school. Next year I hope to go to an art school, I will be applying for two art schools very soon (which is extremely scary). You might have noticed that my latest photographs are more unconventional and experimental than the ones I made some time ago. This is for two reasons: for myself and for a more diverse portfolio (which increases my chances to go to art school). 

Soon I will go to my uncle for some painting lessons. This way I hope to expand my horizons and learn to use other artistic media. I very much look forward to this, and I hope I can soon show you the results of it.

Love,
Jan-Pieter 



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Introducing an artist #13: Dan Estabrook

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 19, 2013, 11:11 AM
From the artists' website:

"For over twenty years Dan Estabrook has been making contemporary art using a variety of 19th-century photographic techniques. Recently he has focused on the earliest paper photographs – calotype negatives and salted paper prints – as sources for hand manipulation with paint and pencil. He balances his interests in photography with forays into sculpture, painting, drawing and other works on paper.

Dan has exhibited widely and has received several awards, including an Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1994. He is also the subject of a recent documentary by Anthropy Arts. He is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York and Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York."


  




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Feature #166

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 12, 2013, 8:49 AM



I forgot how to paint I by nomenondisponibile  He Was There, Don't You Remember? by jacintojc



 Ingravity by Rebeca-Cygnus  Silent # 1001 by hoodoo78 

iatwd by iamthewoodendoor

 be the line by hladikova  

Discovery: Dragonfly.The Birth by KatjaFaith

 the wall that pretended to be an aquarium by BlauBeerKuchen Tall cities, and dreams of a Terrace garden by Image-heart

 You Look Amazing While Screaming Your Lungs Out 4 by jacintojc united colours by davespertine

rest to live. by Sea-of-Ice

the return by alone-man    


 


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Feature #165

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 19, 2013, 11:23 AM



The exitement of monotony by MaliusOrbit
Stage Fright by gottfriedhelnwein
Grass and water by MissUmlaut
Contemplation by RotFront 
Muddy Sound by EmiNguyenthe land of undead consciousness by floralsky
Schatten by Weissglut 
Open Enclosure by thergothondouble Exposure 05 by rawimage
Silence by LeslieAnnODell
Wolf by eugeneshishkin
Self-portraits - triptych by funeral-cry


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Feature #164

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 28, 2013, 7:37 AM



blown sand by grevys   Petit Menhir by iso6400 

Silence by MarcinBera Doesn't look like spring by rosaarvensis

Betsy by danstep This Is My Blood by Gerry-And-Me B - 41 by shapovalov 

under the fog, we rest. by martasmarta

rainy days by anjelicek Athletic (Part 1) by Einsilbig Square One by Poromaa

Conflict by r-lilie Dance of death in oil by r-lilie

 
<da:thumb id="59182585"/> Dreamscape Project 8 by Dreamy-MegIn-Between by draweverywhere

stalk by MiZh Recurring. by theskyisempty

dechirure by laflaneuse the hiding of the inner self by JoanLlado Last Night - midnight by Jazochromatic

Esence of Escape by Marmy Cold Girl. by beyondimpression

Somewhen by eugeneshishkin


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See you in two weeks

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 11, 2013, 12:27 PM
I'm off to Scandinavia tomorrow morning (Denmark, Sweden, perhaps Norway as well), so I won't be active for two weeks. Hopefully I'll return with some new photographs. :)

Love,


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Introducing an artist #12: Zdzislaw Beksinski

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 5, 2013, 12:50 PM
Zdzisław Beksiński was a renowned Polish painter, photographer and sculptor. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a 'Baroque' or a 'Gothic' manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his fantastic realism period when he painted disturbing images of a surr, nightmarish environment. The second style is more abstract, being dominated by form, and is typified by Beksiński's later paintings.

Beksiński had no formal training as an artist. His paintings were mainly created using oil paint on hardboard panels which he personally prepared, although he also experimented with acrylic paints. He abhorred silence, and always listened to classical music while painting. 

Beksiński was murdered in 2005.

From: Wikipedia. Official website: www.beksinski.pl/

 
 


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