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ixxi

19 Jul
Don’t you wish you’d thought of this?  The Dutch guys behind ixxi are veritable graphic design MAGICIANS.  They have the secret technology to transform a photo, design, or digital image into a giant art feature for your trendy, Scando-inspired apartment.
 
Pixels become individual coloured squares of high-grade synthetic matte paper, which you can then arrange and hang as you please.  So swish.  So Dutch.
Co-captain ixxi himself*, Roel Vaessen, was even cool enough to answer some ixxi and food-related questions.  See?

What did you have for breakfast?

Yoghurt and strawberries. And fresh orange juice. There is plenty to do today!

How did the idea for ixxi come about?
Ixxi grew out of the project ‘The Brabant House’. This project consists out of around 20.000 postcards. We found out that there was no system to connect postcards. The system got fantastic reviews (we were nominated for the Dutch Design Awards) so we decided to develop the system to a consumer product. ixxi was born a year later.


What was the biggest challenge in setting ixxi up?
To make choices. You can do so much with a small cross. One thousand ideas come up, but you cannot develop all of them at once.
 
What has been your favourite ixxi project so far?

The Brabant House, the start of ixxi.


Ultimate Christmas in July gift?
An ixxi of course!
 
Eggs, bacon, chips or cheese?**
Eggs and bacon in the morning (only on the weekend), chips, cheese and wine in the evening!
 
All images from ixxi.
* Disappointingly, not actually a pixie.
** Does anyone else remember playing this?

Hugh Peachey

23 Jun

Hugh Peachey is the best and best-mannered photographer in Melbourne.  Don’t believe me? Well just LOOK at these pictures, and HEAR THIS: he even agreed to answer some questions!

Told you. Polite.


Me: What did you have for breakfast?

Hugh: Avocado, tomato and cheese on sourdough toast, and a strong latte from our studio coffee machine.

Has it always been photography?  How did you get started?

No actually, I did a sports science degree.  It was good fun but it wasn’t for me. I then went traveling for three years — saw Europe, Canada and America and realised I wanted to be a photographer.

I started a part time course just to see if it was really what I wanted, and after the first class I knew that I was going to be a professional photographer. I went on to study a full time photography degree at RMIT and eleven years later I have a successful photography business and am loving every minute of it.

Best shoot ever?  (Real or imagined…)

It’s hard to pinpoint one particular shoot, there have been so many. My test shoots are probably my favourite, no client getting in the way of creativity… So favourite test shoots: Red Army, Girl with green apples, Fish jumping out of can.

Your studio is glorious!  What’s the story behind it?

I was looking for a place to rent so I could set it up as my studio and fill it with designers to help cover the cost. After looking for a while I realised I would be better off buying a place. So yes, I bought an empty shell.

I had a mezzanine built, electricity, gas, kitchen, new windows, gas heaters…the list goes on. I had everything put in and designed it myself. Sounds easy? No, it was the hardest thing I have ever done.

Dealing with councils and tradies is stressful to put it mildly. Trying to imagine a space that hasn’t been built yet is harder than it looks and I changed my mind many times before it was built. Of course every time you change your mind it costs and it costs a lot — the plans have to be redrawn, engineers reports changed and council approval reassessed.

But now I have it as a fully functional studio with designers renting the space.  I’m glad I did it — I have my dream place but now it’s not a dream.

There’s another Hugh Peachey who restores gypsy caravans in the UK.  Would you swap?

Yeah that’s a pretty cool job.  I love caravans, even Gypsy Caravans. Maybe we can do a collaboration – they’d make a great location for a photoshoot.

Would I swap? No way, I’ve tried living in the UK and the weather sucks, it gets you down after a while.

All of these lovely pictures are by Hugh from his super flash website.  You should hire him.  Or get him to redesign your studio or something.

Joni Sternbach

13 Jun

Joni Sternbach’s portraits of the ocean are definitely the most beautiful things I’ve seen all week.

These are tintype photos created by using the old-school wet plate collodion process.  It involves glass plates and scary chemical potion-mixing – but the images can be rendered within minutes… which means Joni produces all these right there on the beach.  With wet feet.  And wetsuited, handlebar-moustached subjects watching.

She uses a large-format camera which is apparently like a sweet-studded gingerbread house.  The surfers are so curious about her contraption that they’re easy to ensnare.

Dreher-style, Joni returned year after year to the same location and if you look hard, I’m sure you can see the evolution of her relationship to the ocean and its surfers.  (Ok if you look REALLY hard.)

If you’re into this awesome combination of nineteenth century formality and chilled out beachness, she’ll even take your photo.  Helps if you look like this though.
All images from Joni Sternbach.  Thanks Lost at E Minor for introducing me to her.