To Filter or Not To Filter, that is the Question

mickyates B&W, film, Painterly, Photography 0 Comments

I rarely take selfies. However, I do play around with Hipstamatic on my iPhone, experimenting with its combination of lens effects and film types.  I have always been interested in ‘vintage looks’, so decided to shoot a ‘TinType’ selfie, and posted on Facebook. I was rather surprised to see the debate that ensued. Here’s an edited and abbreviated version. My …

PROVOKE: Between PROTEST and PERFORMANCE

mickyates Art, B&W, Book, Documentary, Japan, Photography, Street photography 1 Comment

The Japanese photo magazine ‘Provoke’ only published three issues in 1968 and 1969. It was a rejection of many of the then-prevailing photographic norms. And it uniquely caught the 1960’s era of protest against American military bases on Japanese soil, Tokyo’s Narita airport extension and more. It also reflected growing Japanese confidence and self-identification after WWII. Provoke was a photographic …