Some more experiments, some aspects of the type will change after today. Specifically in “Earth”. I’ll be posting updates and my progress on this project more frequently from now on.
And the sky is filled with light
Can you see it?
All the black is really white
If you believe it
As your time is running out
Let me take away your doubt
You can find a better a place
In this twilight
– Nine Inch Nails “In this Twilight”
To pick three of my own favorite designs is a difficult choice to make, not because I have a lot of favorites, but quite the opposite. I’m a pretty harsh critic when it comes to my own creations, this is even true with my photography, so picking three for this post was quite difficult. My first choice was the lowercase “h” I created for my font (H is for Hoax), my favorite part of the h is the details, specifically the ascender and head serif, I’d like to believe that we’re seeing “inside”, like an x-ray.
The second design I chose to show is a poster design that I’m still working on, the title (a work in progress) is “Fall of Reach”, its a tribute to the videogame Halo. I like the simplicity of it and the focus on the center of the poster, it could possibly make the viewer contemplate what they’re looking at and that’s usually a good thing.
The third and final design is also a poster, done for a course in university, we had various choices of posters to design, I chose to create a fictional movie poster based on Year Zero, the Nine Inch Nails album. I had decided from the start to take my own photo for the background and I think that’s why I have a soft spot for this poster.
This is a photograph I took near the port of Byblos, I noticed that the reflection of the sky was quite amazing against the calm water and once my friend started walking on the rocks near the water I just had to capture it. When I got home and took a look at the shot, I realized that the photo looked even better upside down and even then, people have a difficult time telling if they’re looking at a reflection or not, until they realize rocks don’t exist in the sky.
This is another one of my favorite shots and I really love it because its difficult to tell what it really is and many people analyze it differently. This is actually a shot of a puddle of water on the ground, but instead of focusing on the puddle, I focused on the ground next to it, causing this reflection to blur, the final step I took was to flip the photo to the side, which added to the confusion of what the picture is really of.
I have another favorite photographer, Thomas Joshua Cooper, he’s probably one of the most respected photographers in the world at the moment. He lives in Glasgow, UK and thats where he founded the Fine Art Photography Department at the Glasgow School of Art in 1982. I personally love his photos because they have a hauntingly dreamlike feel to them which I admire.
Rob Sheridans name is forever intertwined with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, but putting aside his extensive work for NIN you will find that R. Sheridan is quite a talented photographer, illustrator and designer. He attended an art school at New York’s Pratt Institute for just a year before being hired at the age of 19 by Trent Reznor in 1999, based on a Nine Inch Nails fansite he created in high school. He was originally hired to maintain the official NIN website but since then he has become the art director for the band working on the photography, album covers, the music videos, web design, also works on the live tour visuals and also worked on two live concert films [dvds].
Taking photographs during a live concert is a difficult task and personally I haven’t seen better live photos of a band performing, Rob Sheridan is able to maintain a certain distinct style of photography while taking shots of the band performing on stage.
It was difficult to just pick one photo that Rob Sheridan has taken, so I chose four, which was still quite difficult to pull off. The first shot is of the present NIN band backstage right before a show in Philadelphia, the second and third photo were taken during the actual concert. What I like about these photos in particular is that you feel as though you’re right there on stage with the performers and they’re quite dynamic, you can there some form of movement going on. The fourth photo I chose was taken at a Scientology protest and I just really love how he composed this photo with the masked protesters. “How Many More Must Die?”.
Rob Sheridans Flickr Account.
Rob Sheridans NIN’s Flickr Account.