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Runaway Bridal Shoot and Other Tales of Mystery

August 28th, 2013 No Comments

Our weekly roundup of weird, strange and ‘surreal’ news from the realms of photography is kicked off today by an article with the word ‘surreal’ in its title—

Bleak and Surreal

That’s what DPReview calls the photographs of Mishka Henner, and they’re on the mark.  His ‘Feedlots’ project is photographic abstract art.  Henner did not photograph the images but composed or ‘stitched’ them from discrete elements from numerous satellite images. 

Henner’s composite images possess their own aesthetic, specially in terms of balance and tonal range.  However, they are so ambiguous that each viewer will (almost necessarily) impart his/her own interpretation to them – and that’s where the fun begins.

Rotten and Wrong

Someone else who ‘borrowed’ an image and manipulated it is one ‘bogdhan’ but this matter is absolutely unambiguous.  He lifted an atmospheric photograph by Hengki Koentjoro, did some Photoshopping on it, and submitted it to Samsung Camera’s photo contest – and won it!

Heikerost has the lowdown on Image and View.  The good news is that the cheat was disqualified and lambasted, Koentjoro’s authorship was recognized, and Samsung apologized.

The ‘strange’ part of this saga is that the thief expressed outrage and launched a counterattack on Instagram against his critics, calling them names and defending his misconduct.  Evidently, he doesn’t ‘get it.’

Oh, well.  Billy the Kid and Al Capone didn’t ‘get it’ either.

Lost and Found

You’ve heard of Runaway Bride.  Now here’s the ‘Runaway Bridal Shoot.’  The director of this ten terabyte epic is Chad Koerber and it’s brought to you by ‘Urbane Wedding Company’ Studio. 

Briefly, Urbane, Koerber, and crew shot countless dozens of weddings, at least 170.  Then, one fine day, they got caught in the Bermuda Triangle, retreated to an ashram high in the Himalayas – no-one knows what happened exactly; however, they were never heard of again, to the hysterical horror of several wedding-video-less wives.  

Nothing to cry about though; this Made-in-Hollywood script also has a Hollywood-like happy ending:– Cue a couple of knights in shining armour who arose out of the Mists of Avalon, carrying ten terabytes on three hard drives, chock-full of presumed-lost wedding videos!  As Don King would say, “Only in America!”

DL Cade has a review of ‘Runaway Bridal Shoot’ on Petapixel.

Hungry for more wacky news?  Allow Popular Photography to be your knight in shining armour.

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