I'm proud to introduce my new commercial photography endeavor, ONI ONI STUDIO.
Born as a studio specialized in Art direction, image manipulation and commercial & editorial photography, ONI ONI strives at creating visual dreamscapes that capture people's imagination.
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I hope you like it.— Nydia Lilian
'FANCIFUL LIFE' was on Tumblr Radar yesterday. The post has already reached more than 17,000 notes! Thank you all! Tumblr is ♡
I'm giving away a new free wallpaper. The beach is at Mazunte Oaxaca, México; The view is from Punta Cometa.
I was featured in Radar on Tumblr, It's amazing!, i'm so happy, so many followers and lovely words, thank you all.. :)
So, i give you a new high-res wallpaper, it's an experiment i've been working on with bubbles. Hope you like it!.
You can download -HERE-
Thanks to the great blog Empty Kingdom for this interview. ♥
I want to share in my website because i'd never talked so much about my work.
Nydia Lilian‘s photography is cool as hell. She uses black and white like the world was meant to be that way. We featured her work July of this year and it was so ill I decided I had to interview her. She obliged. She’s smart and well spoken. I encourage you to read what she has to say:
Tell us about yourself, how did you get into graphic design and photography?
Well, since I was a child I’ve always been involved in the graphic arts, I’ve sketched since I can remember; took painting classes and got my first digital camera when I was 13. By that time I learned how to use Corel Draw and I edited my own images, painted illustrations and did photomontages. I learned HTML when I was 14 and I already had my own webpage by then. For me it was pretty obvious what to do with my life: the graphic arts is simply the only thing I know how to do; everything else is pretty complicated for me.
How do you approach the photographs in a series differently from those in a portrait?
In my latest projects I like to “design” when I’m shooting pictures, do compositions as I imagine and sort out the elements I work with. I look forward to experimenting as much as possible to create minimalistic images and give special priority to aesthetics. In the case of portraits it’s pretty much the same, but you often depend on the individual you photograph since you rely on the way the person reacts to the camera. There are also portraits that are impromptu and they do not have anything to do with the stuff I imagined and even then, you end up with good results.
Do you think that altering photographs detracts from them? Does it rob them of their truth? Or does it help you highlight the true meaning of the photo?
It’s a rather controversial topic for many, but it is highly simple for me: if photographic manipulation is going to help me to create the image exactly the way I imagined it, then it’s more than welcomed, considering how easy It would be for me to enhance a picture as a graphic designer. In my humble opinion I feel we ought to take advantage of technology in any way we can and there should be no restrictions about it. We should be allowed to resort to every single resource we have in order to express the idea we’re trying to convey; for example in my series “I saw people running and you weren’t there” I wanted to represent chaotic, exotic landscapes about the end of the world, and I did it exactly the way I imagined it, but it definitely doesn’t mean my work is usually so digitally enhanced as that one was.
I don’t think it has to be an issue; it depends on a lot of things, especially the photographer’s style. If their style is not to edit the photograph it’s because that is part of their modus operandi. I guess it’s a matter of what the picture is intended for. Retouched documentary photography is something I don’t see as ethical, but if I remove some dust from the sensor or I change the colors and contrast I don’t really feel like I was committing a crime.
Have you been caught taking photos in fragranti? How did you react? How did the person who caught you react?
Yes, I have. And to be honest I’m rather shy while shooting; what I enjoy the most is to find the essence of the person without them noticing that they’re being photographed. There’s something about how they react, no drama nor complications; I think I’m the one who overreacts and feels like fleeing the scene of a crime! LOL. A couple of times people demanded some money, but when they are street musicians I chip in some money to show appreciation for their work and then I get their portrait.
Do you prefer posed or impromptu photographs? Why?
When I do portraits I prefer them to be impromptu, not letting them know that I’m there. When it has to be posed it’s amazing when you go by unnoticed and the camera doesn’t frighten the subject anymore. Some photographers achieve this in a very natural way while it’s still a little bit difficult for me. I really enjoy to register emotions and dramatic features, or even the complete picture being a composition of all these elements.
Where were the photographs for ‘I saw people running and you weren’t there’ taken?
They are landscapes from Quebec, and some other parts of Canada and Monterrey & Oaxaca in Mexico . The last picture that looks like an exploding planet (lol) has an effect that I created from scratch using PS and the real part is the image seen of two alley walls.
Of all your work, what has been the most emotionally challenging? What has been the most rewarding?
The most emotionally difficult part is that the city I’m from -Monterrey- was extremely dangerous due to the war on drug cartels, specially between 2010 and 2011. Many of us lived in fear and panic and it really affected my work. The stress of not being able to go out and take pictures out in the open really got to me, but at the same time it was stimulating to create other type of projects; for example “Fearthers” and “I saw people running..”. We lived through very chaotic times in Mexico and I think it will eventually be reflected in a lot of artists. Also, the administrative side to photography, like production and being in touch with your network in order to promote what I’m working on is very difficult for me, but it’s something you learn to do as the time passes.
Traveling is quite rewarding for me, meeting new places and shooting pictures. Also, I just love when my work is appreciated by totally unknown people on the Internet in a selfless and honest manner; it makes me think how unbelievable the power of Internet is. The most important part is that when I feel desperate or stressed, I use photography as a means of absent-mindedness and a way to escape from daily life, disassociating entirely from reality while shooting pictures.
How do you think being a photographer has changed your perspective? How does looking through the lens change the way you see situations, people, the world?
It’s good, because I started to appreciate beauty everywhere and in many different way; registering everything you experience. Regarding my personal work, I always create ideas and compositions in my mind with different elements, and I’m always looking for angles or moments and I get obsessed. At the same time it has a negative side; you often live stressed wanting to take pictures of everything you see. Years ago I would take pictures or record video of EVERYTHING, but I used to feel I was missing the “live” part, I know it sounds weird but in music concerts I would spend the day taking pictures instead of actually enjoying the art by itself. I no longer take my camera everywhere, but sometimes I find something I want to shoot and I say “Damn! I should’ve brought my camera!”
Name an artist you have been really entranced/inspired by recently.
Impossible to mention just one of them, but recently I’m in love with the work of Tono Stano, Carsten Witte and Alexey Bednij.
Who are some of your heroes? Are they the same as when you were young? How has your view of heroes and role models changed as you have matured?
Man Ray is one of my favorites; I’d love to know how he created images, experimenting with everything he could. Just imagine what he could’ve done with Photoshop LOL. Also Malevich, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Philippe Halsman. I used to be more inspired by emotion; my role-models were musicians going from Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Yann Tiersen, Silverchair and graphic people with high sensitivity like Flor Garduño, Graciela Iturbide, Francesca Woodman in photography, and Caravaggio, Waterhouse and Klimt in painting. My heroes have increased over time, the search for more creative people in any kind of art has increased too.
Why have you chosen to shoot all of your ‘Projects’ in black and white? What is it about black and white photography that speaks to you? Why do you think there is so much allure, so much romance, associated with black and white photography?
B&W seems mysterious to me. I think it charms the viewer and forces them to wonder. At the same time it’s very neutral and it easily communicates the message regarding the composition of the picture. It has its visual limitations but it’s super amusing for me to toy with the shades and contrasts. You take the negative spaces more seriously and you only focus in the lighting. I personally like it because it’s like an alternative reality and my work is almost always about topics like that, maybe like a dream or a nightmare.
What are you working on right now? What’s in the pipeline? What’s your dream project?
I’ve got many pending sessions, I’m working on a video but I’m very impatient about the renders I have it on hold. I hope I finish it soon. I’m planning a project with reptiles and upcoming trips to Los Angeles and Oaxaca to get some landscapes. I will let you know as soon as I have it done! My dream project would be to travel all around the world.
What is the perfect ice cream sandwich?
Regular cookie, vanilla and nuts :)
New wallpaper free! :)
You can download [ here ]
Working late is better.
Ok.. I was featured on the Behance Network front page this last sunday, I'm really excited!, thank you guys. Also, tumblr users have been very kind to me and there are many posts with 500-600 notes with my pictures!
So... I'm grateful (again!) and i give you this new high resolution wallpaper (2560 px)! Here's the picture, you can download it here!. The beach is in San Marcos, Nayarit. I hope you like it.
Con Cronopios o sin ellos pero siempre en torno a su mundo de juego, a esa grave ocupación que es jugar cuando se buscan otras puertas ... otros accesos a lo no cotidiano simplemente para embellecer lo cotidiano al iluminarlo bruscamente de otra manera, sacarlo de sus casillas... definir lo de nuevo y mejor.
Preámbulo a las instrucciones para dar cuerda al reloj
Piensa en esto: cuando te regalan un reloj te regalan un pequeño infierno florido, una cadena de rosas, un calabozo de aire. No te dan solamente un reloj, que los cumplas muy felices, y esperamos que te dure porque es de buena marca, suizo con ancora de rubíes; no te regalan solamente ese menudo picapedrero que te ataras a la muñeca y pasearas contigo. Te regalan -no lo saben, lo terrible es que no lo saben-, te regalan un nuevo pedazo fragil y precario de tí mismo, algo que es tuyo, pero no es tu cuerpo, que hay que atar a tu cuerpo con su correa como un bracito desesperado colgandose de tu muñeca. Te regalan la necesidad de darle cuerda para que siga siendo un reloj; te regalan la obsesión de a atender a la hora exacta en las vitrinas de las joyerías, en el anuncio por la radio, en el servicio telefónico. Te regalan el miedo de perderlo, de que te lo roben, de que se caiga al suelo y se rompa. Te regalan su marca, y la seguridad de que es una marca mejor que las otras, te regalan la tendencia a comparar tu reloj con los demas relojes. No te regalan un reloj, tu eres el regalado, a tí te ofrecen para el cumpleaños del reloj.
Suddenly I have several new visitors, i think is because I was featured on 'photography served'. I just want to say welcome to all and thank for share my photographs, in special to behance network they're a great plataform to show all creative work.
I'm grateful, so I want to give you a wallpaper 2560 px free. Only if you want :) [Download Here]. Bye bye!
ps. usually my desktop is not clean.. but I cleaned only for you haha.. <3
Hace unos días viaje a Sayulita, Nayarit, realmente disfrute el viaje y tome muchas fotografias, hice un proyecto llamado "beach" que fueron en blanco y negro, pero pronto subire mas fotografias a color.
Some days ago I traveled to Sayulita, Nayarit. I really enjoyed the trip and i took several photographs!. I made a project called "beach" are pictures in black and white but I'll upload more pictures soon.
Por primera vez hice varios time-lapses, aquí dejo un gif de un atardecer.
For first time I made some time-lapses, here a gif of a sunset.
y mi recuerdo del viaje, una jirafa artesania huichol.
and my gift of the trip is an handicraft huichol giraffe
Meanwhile in my optic nerve. I think it's f*cked up now.
I've been working in a new series of photographs which are a little bit psychodelic. It's funny because photography is about sensations, well.. this new series provokes sensations like headache lol.
Some snapshots of Montreal, Canada, Metro/Subway
El blanco y el negro han sido ya definidos en líneas generales. En una caracterización más precisa, el blanco, que a veces se considera un no-color (gracias sobre todo a los impresionistas, que no ven el blanco en la naturaleza) (40) es el símbolo de un mundo en el que ha desaparecido el color como cualidad o sustancia material. Ese mundo está tan por encima nuestro que ninguno de sus sonidos nos alcanza, de él sólo nos llega un gran silencio que representado materialmente semeja un muro frío e infranqueable, indestructible e infinito.
Por eso el blanco actúa sobre el alma como un gran y absoluto silencio. Interiormente suena como un no-sonido equiparable a aquellas pausas musicales que sólo interrumpen temporalmente el curso de una frase o de un contenido, sin constituir el cierre definitivo de un proceso. No es un silencio muerto sino, por el contrario, lleno de posibilidades. El blanco suena como un silencio que de pronto puede comprenderse.
El sonido interior del negro es como la nada sin posibilidades, la nada muerta tras apagarse el sol, como un silencio eterno sin futuro y sin esperanza. Musicalmente sería una pausa completa y definitiva tras la que comienza otro mundo porque el que cierra está terminado y realizado para siempre: el círculo está cerrado. El negro es apagado como una hoguera quemada; algo inmóvil como un cadáver, insensible e indiferente. Es como el silencio del cuerpo después de la muerte, el final de la vida.
Exteriormente es el color más insonoro; junto a él cualquier color, incluso el de menor resonancia, suena con fuerza y precisión. No como sucede con el blanco, junto al que todos los colores pierden fuerza casi hasta disolverse, dejando un tono débil, apagado (41). Por algo el blanco es el color de la alegría pura y de la pureza inmaculada, y el negro el de la más profunda tristeza y símbolo de la muerte.
Fuente: Wassily Kandinsky de lo espiritual en el arte.
Fotografía: Malevich effect (film) Nydia Lilian
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