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Saturday, 20 June 2009

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Oh boy

That is just fantastic.

Very nice. I like the graphic look afforded by the B&W approach. The triple-decker shot looks like fun to try.

Yes, I think lots of us have seen our own versions of these photographs, but lacked the ...drive... to make them.

I see in this interview comment that he used a Nikonos:
http://theclick.us/2009/06/cm-top-50-damion-berger/

The RSVP series on his website is also very interesting. Thanks for the link, Mike.

Rod S.

Good call Mike. I like these pictures. Thanks for drawing our attention to them.

Cheers,

Sean

Mike,

Please stop featuring work that cannot be criticized, on way or the other, on bokeh grounds. It's upsetting for the Lonely and Unloved.

Truly excellent slideshow, Mike, very well rounded. And the pictures by themselves are stunning!

Thanks, Mike. These are some of the most beautiful, evocative photographs I have seen in a long time.

When it hit my screen... my first thought was that it was a late-in-life WeeGee...

Greg.

Very refreshing site; I have marked it off for extended viewing later. Thank you for sharing this with the readers.

On a gear note, what kind of camera could one use for such shots?

Alex

Wonderful photographs. His web site has "On Private Walls" showing his prints in real settings. A very interesting touch. Opulance seeking opulance.
The Series Statements nicely contribute to the experience.
bd

What a wonderful Sunday morning treat - and the last shot is a hoot. Love it. Love it.

Cheers

John

Wonderful pictures! Thanks

Great picture! I bookmarked the link with the excellent set. It reminded me that there are excellent options to take pictures in the pool. I also tried it years ago when my children participated in a baby swimming course. Here is one of my my attempts:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21017948@N06/3647743458/

Marcell

Ha. It struck me immediately as a shot of Dr. Frankenstein's monster reading a magazine by a swimming pool...taken from underwater! Really terrific work by Damion Berger! Thanks for calling this out, Mike.

(Side note re: the image above. Just last week I watched an interview on TCM with the late director Billy Wilder in which he talked about how what an unexpected technical nightmare the opening shot of "Sunset Boulevard" was. This shot showed William Holden floating face-down, dead, in a swimming pool and was apparently taken from the pool's bottom. It also had to show the cops standing at the pool's edge. It all looked so simple during pre-production. But NOT! It required shooting with a mirror to get a reasonably clear simultaneous image of the cops.)

Thanks for pointing this out, Mike.

I'd like to point to another artist having worked in the same... um... arena :-)

Heidi Wexelsen Goksøyr from Norway:
http://www.heidiwexelsengoksoyr.no/dreamweaver/under_overflaten1/under_overflaten_engelsk.html

Love the pictures. Thank you for the link.

He used a Nikonos? It is hardly a discreet camera, especially when using the 85 mm lens, but it is a terrific camera. I took mine out today with a roll of Kodachrome 25 and tri-x, to take some pictures of my wife and kids.

Didn't anyone notice the pervert at the bottom of the pool?

Trying to recreate these shots in a public place would be a fast ticket to jail in the current photographic environment of the USA, sadly. I wish I could do something like this, but my country won't allow it.

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