Monday, April 15, 2013

Two Way Lens and Julie Blackmon

Two Way Lens proudly presents Julie Blackmon.

I am happy that I can continue the interviews on Two Way Lens with another exceptional photographer and artist.

Julie Blackmon was born in Springfield, Missouri where she still lives with her husband and three children. Her work is inspired by her experience of growing up in a large family, her role as a mother and the timelessness of family dynamics. A big source of inspiration is her love for dutch and flemish genre paintings by artists like jan Steen and others.

Julie Blackmon's photographs are wonderful staged fantasies, perfectly composed with a painterly eye for color and tableau like arrangements.

Her work is represented by major galleries in America and Europe and included in many public and private collections worldwide.

More of Julie Blackmon's work can be found on her website.

Her interview with Two Way Lens can be found here.

 Homegrown Food

 Loading Zone


all images © copyright Julie Blackmon, all rights reserved.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Capricious Magazine No. 13 - WATER goes to Sweden

Capricious Magazine Issue 13 - WATER goes to Sweden.

THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT HOW IT FLOWS is an event by Capricious Magazine dedicated to their WATER issue.

The event will take place on April 20 at the Platform, Färgkontoret, Lövholmsgränd 12, Stockholm, Sweden with readings, performance and the photographs of the artists who are included in the WATER Issue are getting projected in the gallery. I am very excited being a part of it.

More info can be found here

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Close to Heaven

I am working on the edit of my new series called Close to Heaven.

When I was a child, my parents and I drove every summer to Austria for our two weeks of holidays. For me it was the happiest time of my life. I felt so great and full of life and joy in this landscape.

The mountains were the most amazing thing I have ever seen and climbing up a mountain was just like being in heaven for me. When the end of our two weeks came and we had to go back, I sat in the car and the only thing I wanted, was staying near my beloved mountains. The closer we came to Munich and the landscape got flatter I had to cry because I couldn't see any mountains anymore.

A couple of years ago, I went back to Austria and the feelings were still as strong and intense as in my childhood. With this series I want to keep my memories forever, my feelings of being "Close to Heaven"

© copyright all images Michael Werner

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Crusade for Collecting

Crusade for Collecting is the newest project of Atlanta gallery owner Jennifer Schwartz 

The campaign will be kicking off a 10,000 mile road trip around America this month, stopping in major cities to set up curbside pop-up galleries featuring national and local photography.

These events are meant as a grassroots campaign to engage communities, introducing people to the artists working in their hometowns, and drawing attention to the need to support emerging artists.

The photographs on display will not be sold, but instead given away to those who connect with them, for many their first opportunity at owning original art.

Lady Blue, The Tour Bus

About the Tour
The campaign will be undertaken in “Lady Blue,” a 1977 VW bus funded through Kickstarter, who
will serve as mascot, transportation and exhibition space.
At each destination city, the bus will park in a busy public space and open for “business.” Meant to attract not only fans of the project, who can follow the tour and find locations through a variety of social media outlets, but also unknowing passers by.

This guerrilla style exhibition is meant to reach the core of the nation’s public, allowing for spontaneous and genuine reactions to the available work and engaging people outside the normal art world audience.

Crusade For Collecting recognizes the skilled work of artists. The gesture of giving away art for
free is meant to incite a payitforward response and encourage future collecting by recipients.

It is not a statement on the value of the available work, but rather an act of art awareness and empowerment.

About the Participating Artists
Art available will include work from The Ten, an earlier project developed by Schwartz as a
monthly curated online exhibit of limited release, fine art photography.

Artists include: Chloe Aftel, Tami Bone, David Bram, Laura Burlton, Elizabeth Fleming, Laura Griffin, Warren Harold, Kat Kiernan, Heidi Lender, Clay Lipsky, Sarah Moore, Ryan Nabulsi, Jeff Rich, and Aline Smithson, Lori Vrba.

This group of internationally collected and widely exhibited photographers represent a
range of work meant to capture attention and inspire artistic connection amongst the diversity of
the American public.

Additionally, To Be Announced local emerging artists of each participating city will be included in
the pop up gallery space, and often be onsite themselves, allowing The Crusade to introduce
locals to the art and artists homegrown in their own communities.

More Information, a list of the cities and even more can be found here:

Twitter: Jennifer Schwartz @Crusade4Art
Facebook: Crusade For Collecting
Instagram: crusade4art
YouTube: Crusade4Art
Website: Crusade for Art
Blog: Crusade for Collecting

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Someone I Know - Michael Werner

Yesterday I did a blog post about Stuart Pilkington's latest project Someone I Know.

I am honoured to be included in this incredible collection, together with so many outstanding photographers.

Here is my contribution to the project:

Dad and Blinky Bill, 2013

© copyright Michael Werner

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Someone I Know

Stuart Pilkington, photographer and fine-art photography curator, based in the United Kingdom has just  published his newest project called Someone I Know.

He invited some of the best known emerged and emerging photographers from across the globe.

The brief for the photographers was to take a portrait of someone they know, no matter how loosely.

The project is conscious of the fact that just like plumbers not having finished bathrooms and dentists having bad teeth, photographers don't often apply their trade to people closer to home.  It's a chance for the people taking part to see if they can express their relationship with someone through means of a photograph.

The result is an incredible collection of outstanding portraits and a resource for everyone interested in contemporary photography.

Please take your time to look through the site and enjoy the photographs.

(I am honoured to be included in Stuart's project as well)


Stuart has curated a number of other projects before.

Please visit the following sites and look trough his previous projects as well. Behind every single one stands a great idea and concept and the quality is just amazing.

 12 Faces

 The 50 States Project

 What Is England?

 The Chain

Monday, April 01, 2013

Inspirations - The Work II

Here is another piece from my series Trans-Tableaus. Inspired by Impressionistic paintings as I wrote in my post 2 days ago.

Afternoon in the park, Place de la République, Strasbourg,

© copyright Michael Werner, all rights reserved.