Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jens Olof Lasthein

Nowadays it's hardly the trying feat finding good pictures and good photographers on the internet. But as always, it's a rare find stumbling upon those whose work truly bowls one over. My latest is Jens Olof Lasthein, one gifted photographer and master of the panoramic (see White Sea/Black Sea and Moments In Between). Talk about making it look easy- add yet another that makes one embarrassed to be seen with camera in hand!

Boris Mihailov forcibly submerges us into panchromatic, panoramic hell, even if for our own good, and Jens Olof assuredly leads us back into the promise of light (and the rest of his work is far from shabby)... via F Blog.


Aaron said...

great find. thanks for posting. It's always so hard to find panoramic photographers.

Here is the true "master" of pano w/ people IMO...and my earliest inspiration. An awarding winning director as well.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Stan B. said...

Thanks so much for posting Nuri Bilge Ceylan's site! Have not been there in some time since mentioning him back in the first inception of this blog- it's great seeing all the new images.

PS- As big a fan of his work as I am, I sometimes feel just a tad manipulated because of his extensive post processing.

Aaron said...

I think I disagree about the extensive post processing comment.

Every review I've ever read about his photographs says he achieves his painterly technique "partly by printing unconventionally on a highly absorbent cotton rag canvas then coating the prints with archival varnish resulting in colors and texture that are extraordinarily rich"...and truer blacks to boot.

These reviews are predominantly from art critics and not photo critics, so who's to say for sure what they are seeing? I've yet to see his work in person, so I can't be sure either.

But with that being the case, I imagine he has to manipulate his online jpegs to match the final printed pieces, resulting in what comes across as highly manipulated photographs (another case of the internet not doing justice for photographers). Even if they were, it's still amazing art, just depends on your preferences and beliefs on how art should or shouldn't be created...but that's an entirely different topic.

p.s. I am going to purchase one of his movies soon. Seems like I should see what he does with film, since I adore his images so much. I'll let you know how it turns out.


Stan B. said...

Aaron- All good points, particularly since I haven't seen his actual prints. And checking out his films seems a great idea- how are some people blessed with so much talent?

Aaron said...

I was able to spend more time looking at Jens images this morning... found a very interesting similarity between his work and that of Hilliard's. Posted about it with image examples here...