a tale of a few cities

James Welling

Posted in Art, Photography by petercombe on July 12, 2010

James Welling, 6236, 2008, Inkjet print, 40 x 58.5″, Edition of 5

James Welling, 0158, 2006, Inkjet print, 40.5 x 53.5″, Edition of 5


Andrey Bogush, Rainbow

Posted in Art, digital Collage, Photography by petercombe on July 12, 2010

Andrey Bogush, Field


Andrey Bogush, Red bush


Andrey Bogush, Daffodils




Paul Herbst

Posted in Art, Photography, Zines by petercombe on June 6, 2010

Paul Herbst, Photographs, 2008 – 2009



Mark Mushet, Tweaked Conspiracies

Posted in All is not as it seems., Art, Photography by petercombe on May 24, 2010
Tweaked Conspiracies ©Mark Mushet (left to right, from top) 7, 10, 12, 5b, 9, 4b

“All images derived from data beyond the spectrum of visible light are technological illusions, tweaked conspiracies between human and instrument. Viewer beware.” – Douglas Smith, exhibition developer, Boston Museum of Science

Tweaked Conspiracies was initially inspired by NASA images of Mars, Ernst Haeckel’s radiolaria drawings, and texts on the nature and value of imagery in the service of science and research. It is an exploration of the idea that with most new visual representaions of scientific discoveries, any sense of wonder is bound to deception.

The scientific community generally views any attempt to change images or strip them of context with suspicion. Recently, a MIT research scientist’s photo of baker’s yeast flowering in a Petri dish was criticised for its lack of a visible Petri dish. Context was sacrificed for the beauty of the form—yet that form succeeded in drawing people to the research.

For my own Tweaked Conspiracies, I restricted myself to locally found materials to create a series of images evocative of viruses, planets or organs. It is my intention to pique viewer interest with pictures that are not what they first appear to be, and in which effects play and simulation are at work. – Mark Mushet

Each Tweaked Conspiracy is created from digital scans of dried kelp bulbs found on Galiano Island. The bulbs were scanned at 600 dpi on an Epsom 2450 Photo scanner.

Each image is a 16” square, archival pigment print under museum-quality non-reflective glass.



Maurizio Cattelan, W(tf?) Magazine and the Artist Matthieu Lavanchy

(Digital Collage, Peter Combe, 2010: Cattelan snooping around Lavancy’s work for inspiration)


In February of this past year I wrote a post entitled omaggio? in which two very similar photographs were placed side by side. One photograph had no author attributed to it, the other photograph was featured in Maurizio Cattelan’s portfolio (Photographed by PierPaolo Ferrari, Styled by Camilla Nickerson, Curated by Dennis Freedmanin) for the November 2009 edition of W Magazine. The similarities of the two images were striking, so striking in fact, it lead me to believe that some serious poaching had gone on. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the beautiful work of Switzerland based artist Matthieu Lavanchy and was stunned to see that he was the artist responsible for the original.

Matthieu Lavanchy is a selected finalist in the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères 2010. Mr. Schulmann or the Man in the High Castle (series) will be exhibited in Villa Noailles from April 30 to May 30, 2010. He lives and works in Switzerland.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Maurizio Cattelan’s work. Maurizio Cattelan is @MISTYGARDINER on Twitter.



Nicolas Chinardet as Grace, before the Photoshop

Posted in Art, Homage, Photography by petercombe on April 2, 2010

Jörg Holtkamp

Posted in Art, Photography by petercombe on March 29, 2010


Jörg Holtkamp, from the series Virtual Reality III


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David Niddrie, Fight (MMA Series)

Posted in Art, Photography by petercombe on March 28, 2010

David Niddrie, Too much Punch, from the Fight (MMA Series)


David Niddrie, Fight Face To Face, from the Fight (MMA Series)


David Niddrie is one of the artists that I will be exhibiting with at the Diane Farris Gallery this April.

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April 1 – May 1, 2010, Reception Thursday April 1, 2010, 6-8 pm

Diane Farris Gallery
1590 W. 7th Avenue
Vancouver, Canada

Johan Rosenmunthe

Posted in Art, Photography, Photomontage by petercombe on March 19, 2010



Johan Rosenmunthethe ‘Off’ series, 2009
.Johan Rosenmunthe, the ‘Off’ series, 2009




Posted in Photography by petercombe on March 19, 2010

left, Herb Ritts, Djimon with Octopus, 1989
right, Viviane Sassen, DNA, from the Ultraviolet series



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