Vortogaphy experiments from others

Whilst doing my research on vorticism and vortographs I have found so photographers who have done some vortograph experiements. The images below were taken and created by a photographer and printmaker called Wilson Hurst. I like his photographs because they resemble Alvin Langdon Coburn, and it is interesting to look at a modern version of them in colour. Also this looks like the kalaedescope look/effect was done during production as opposed to post production like Kawahara Kazuhiko’s work

Another person I found is a blogger and amateur photographer who just goes by their blog name of Canoe Communications. What I like about this work is that they have experimented with nature and vortographs. I have been thinking about nature inspired photography but had been having trouble visualising how it would work and what it would look like. Therefore looking at this person’s work has provided inspiration. You can also see the pictorialist/Alfred Stieglitz inspirationin some of the images.

The third person that I looked at is Tess Wyatt who took some vortographs by creating a kaleidoscope made out of styrene glass. They took pictures of flowers, crotchet and other things that they were interested in. Looking at these there photographers works has made me start to think about whether I’d want to create my vortographs post production or during production. And if I was to do it during production which materials who I need to make my own ‘vortoscope’ and how I would take the photographs.

These three examples that I have looked at has helped me realise that vortographs don’t strictly have to look the same and so industrial like some of Coburn’s vortographs.







Helen Saunders

Helen Saunders is another artist who was part of the vorticist movement. An interesting thing about the movement is that there was a significant number of female artists, even though the group of the artists themselves was small. Saunders’ work has been hard to find because like many of the art that was created during the Vorticism movement, the art work has either been lost or destroyed. She was an active member of the movement and contributed to their magazine Blast by writing poetry and providing imagery. Like some of the women in the movement, Saunders was one of Wyndham Lewis (who was one of the founders of the vorticism movement)After 1920 she changed to a more naturalistic style. A closer look at her work shows the suggestion of arms and legs.




Edward Wadsworth

Edward Wadsworth was an English painter who was one of the artist in the vorticist movement. He raised in an industrial environment and he had an interest with the machine, which was shown through some of his work. He was also interested in the new vision of the world opened up by air travel. Most of his work during the vorticist movement has been lost, but from the woodcuts from his extended series show he often looked down on northern industrial centres from far above.





Filip Dujardin

Filip Dujardin is a photographer from Belgium who specialises in architectural photography. He takes photographs of contemporary buildings and turns them into non existent and impossible buildings. This in my opinion makes his work mesmerizing, bizarre and interesting to look at. He creates his images by creating a model on the on a computer (he uses Google SketchUp and photoshop) or with cardboard and then he goes out to find suitable buildings.

Most of the work that I have looked at so far has been heavily architectural based, I am not yet sure weather that is the direction I want photographs to go in. I think it would be interesting to present nature or landscape photography in this style. Kawahara Kazuhiko (see previous post) has done a project where he has started to do something with nature but he also incorporates buildings in those images as well.







Vanity-Inspired by: “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”- nature photography with “worldly” materialistic things. Or still life photos using fruit, flowers vegetables etc- modern pictorialist vanitas photos?

The world is a stage- street photography capturing places around Bristol and how people behave in public spaces

Theme of “beauty- Abstract or surrealist photography using nature or landscape. Or taking photos of objects or environments that would not be considered to be beautiful e.g. a place where there is a lot of waste. Iy would be interesting to use a vortograph/cubist style to make them abstract

Home away from home- Candid style photography of people who have migrated to Bristol, in places around Bristol or with items that they have which reminds them of where they are from.