Shot with a 1960s vintage Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm lens.
What happened to the glorious days of the 70s and 80s when Funk and Jazz and soul groups would release vinyl records with gloriously colourful sci-fi and fantasy album sleeves?
I have a pretty big vinyl collection (over 1000 records) and it is always a great source of inspiration for me to just browse an check out the sleeves. Especially fold out ones.
I’m always looking for more stuff like this so if anybody has any tips?
Pete Turner is probably my favourite photographer of all time. His work has been a huge influence on various aspects of my work, from game design to photography to film. I think it is the combination of amazing colour and minimal design.
There is an otherworldly sense about his images that talks directly to my love of sci-fi and fantasy, Indeed, he himself is clearly influenced by 2001 a Space Odyssey, specifically the surreal Stargate sequence. Have a look at this image to see for yourself:
His “Night train” photo (see above) could have easily been a hard sci-fi book cover…
I added some of my own images in this post to show how I try to deal with similar aesthetic choices. Not that I would place myself anywhere near the level of this master, but simply to show that the influence is there.
I don’t always realise it myself, but Pete Turner’s images continue to whisper in my ear. Not a bad thing I think…
(You can see more of my photos on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rudolf.kremers/photos_albums )
"I was facing a wall of malice. Angry spikes and leaves, dripping with venom, acid, who knows what else…
Not for the first time I was ready to give up. What kind of life was this? To face pain and misery, loneliness and fear, without knowing when it would end…
My journal is now my shield. Writing down my thoughts, photographing these extraordinary places… It’s the only thing that keeps me sane.”
Read more here: Floran Traveller
I am hereby re-opening my Tumblr account. I will keep posting about stuff that inspires me but also post photos and videos that I create.
Hopefully I can get back up to my old posting frequency.
So, who likes this mysterious underground bazaar with beautifully diverse lifeforms?
I missed you all. Sorry I have been quiet.
(Image taken from an upcoming unannounced game by Caspar Sawyer)
It may come as no surprise that I rather enjoy certain aspects of retro sci-fi culture, considering the type of posts I have written so far.
Films like Tron, or The Last Starfighter have for ever warped my mind to enjoy a certain look and style.
There is a nostalgic element at work there, but I actually think it goes deeper than that. So, I am going to focus a bit on “classical “ computer graphics this time to make a specific point:
I honestly believe that the aesthetic of a lot of early computer/video game graphics, is extraordinarily powerful.
And it has been like this for longer than you may think… Yes, initially the visuals were created in the context of limited technological means…
Yes sometimes this led to a certain crudeness…
But ultimately it informed a unique aesthetic that turned constraints into strengths. It developed it’s own grammar and style that is direct and effective. many classic CG images and animations can be seen as exuberant and innovative, rather than primitive or artless.
The lack of processing power led to clarity of design. (which is often sorely lacking in pointless and soulless photorealism that we often see today)
I actually think we should do more to SERIOUSLY celebrate classical computer graphics. Why deride it? We don’t laugh at the crudeness in a lot of constructivist art, or the simplicity of “de Stijl” or the lack of detail in minimalism. So why then does early CG gets dismissed as cheap retro cool? Personally I would like to see more serious analysis, curated exhibitions, and writing on the subject.
Some people are aware of Classical CG’s intrinsic value and create new work that celebrates this. (See Caspar’s image at the top of the page).
It is entirely possible to employ a classic style without creating something derivative. Let’s have more of that. :-)
A lot of people have fond memories of their younger years reading comics, and I am no different. I have blogged about this before wrt to European Sci-Fi.
Just as influential however were American superhero comics. I just devoured them with an ever increasing voracity, partially because they just offered such grand scale ideas! (Which is part of the fun of Sci-Fi for me)
John Byrne worked on all the greats; Fantastic Four, X-Men, Avengers, Spiderman… you name it, and often gave them new life with seminal issues. His work with Chris Claremont on the X-Men or his superb Fantastic Four run defined the era for me.
He could easily compete with the less formulaic European scen though, if given the freedom. Check out this rare example (Critical Error) couresy of the Space in Text blog:
Ultimately what really makes his work stand out is that it is always inventive, full of colour and ideas, without being overly shouty or pin-up influenced. Somehow it feels both iconic and modern.
I am not sure if anybody produces superhero comics quite like that anymore, but I would love to find some.
For me Sci-Fi art was at its best in the 70/80s. You could see a step change in production design on films like Alien, Star Trek, Blade Runner and Tron (and others). You could see it on 1000s of sci-fi book covers, (often better than the books themselves). You could even see it on record sleeves.
I will likely do a seperate detailed blog post one day about the virtues of Sci-Fi art in this era, vs the largely bland, militairistic, and worse uniform efforts we see so much in modern concepts. But for now I am going to do some quick posts on a few of my favourite artists.
Today it’s John Harris, one of my favourite Sci-Fi artist. Not famous by name, but famous through his work. Browsing his portfolio is an excercise of AHAAA-so-HE-did-that-cover moments. Many people’s favourite sci-fi books bear his work on the cover. Have a look here, at his official site.
I am lucky enough to have this original on my office wall:
We need more of this I think.