Las Dos, Juan Dahlmann 2014

I have an artist friend in Buenos Aires, Juan Dahlmann, who paints in a hyper-realist sort of way. Recently he sent me some examples of his latest work which intrigued me as he borrowed the look of some of my photographs where I use a camera that is crooked inside a ring flash. The lens then “reads” the edges of the flash which appear as surrealistic waning moons.

Painters have copied from photography for years. I have seen skies in hyper-realist paintings that come from first taking a photograph of the scene with a polarizer attached to the taking lens. On the other hand in the 19th century photographers reacted to the Impressionists by consciously blurring their pictures. Alfred Stieglitz and his friend Edward Steichen took blurred (dreamy) photographs.

Note Alfred Stieglitz and Frank Sinatra were both born in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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