Friday, December 26, 2014

Sting like a bee

Manipulating Glen Luchford's boxing kate image this Dec.26th:
"The man who has no imagination has no wings" Muhammad Ali

Observe. Slow Down. Shoot. Submit.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

From 58 images to 100 posts

To mark our 100th blog post we thought we would revisit the 58 selected images that launched the ishotkatemoss collage.
Zev Jonas' 58 images installed in his studio
These images were captured on film as in-camera montages of layered media we are surrounded by in public spaces.
"I am interested in how we exhibit, view and mass-produce images of each other and how these often carbon copied representations become individualized - by the effects of time and location - and interpreted. Looking towards the decay of a romantic portrayal of ourselves, I find a fascination with the distinct lack of control we have over what happens to images over time. As the human visage is constantly repeated, systemized and codified I believe that our perception is altered.
My vision regarding the presentation of these photographs was in a moving, changing and ever-growing collage – allowing for constant movement and change based on the speed of our interaction. I believe that if we slow down, particularly in today's fast-paced world of constant bombardment, we will experience and see the image, the change and the impact on ourselves so much more clearly. We experience one face in so many different forms and shapes that we become desensitized. As a result we stop seeing the transformation to who we are, beyond the superficial layers.

Some of Mr.Phomer's contributions
It was deemed that kate moss was the perfect subject to explore this theme given that her image is one of the most reproduced representations, used to market and commercialize the idea of beauty and now ‘art’, in modern history.

After being bombarded by the deteriorating wheat-paste posters and learning of the Christie’s auction I felt haunted and stalked by kate’s image. It became overbearing and I couldn’t stop seeing her ever-changing face. As I explored sources to express myself, I felt a frustration that there was not a coherent forum in which to discuss such a dialogue on the array of topics I believed relevant.

I felt that my own art was not, unto itself, a satisfactory outlet in which to address these issues as I wanted to, and feel as though I am being successful, in creating a conversation amongst and between the artist, the consumer and the viewer in all of us.
Am I a pretty girl? SpongeBob

The impact of societal expectations regarding celebrity, privacy, sexuality and commercialization I hope makes this blog’s dialogue relevant to all. Such a discussion is readily available given kate is the most recognizable model on the planet. The fact that she has been turned into an object of/for ‘art’ allows us to turn the conversation towards appropriation, copyright and artistic interpretation – thereby allowing art photography to respond to commercial photography. We are therefore writing about, while fostering, the practice of image making and the visual impact of the pictures on all of us." Zev Jonas

Observe. Slow Down. Shoot. Submit.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


A found crinkle kate:
Observe. Slow Down. Shoot. Submit.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A supreme cult of personality

How hard do you need to try to get a submission into ishotkatemoss? We count more than 500 photos being taken in less than a minute:

Please note that the person in this video is not kate but someone apparently of great importance i.e. a celebrity who is, according to the providers of our news, a pal of kate and who "regularly parties in the same circles in London".

To be clear, it is our belief that all of the people were clamoring over themselves to get an image included in the iskm collage ... so without any further ado, and after all of that effort, here is the selected submission:

Congratulations paparazzi #3 for being chosen for your artistic efforts!

Of course paparazzi's want to Shoot.
Now, if we could just get them to SLOW DOWN and Observe something of relevance before Submitting.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Obstinate, like a moss

Sent to iskm yesterday - originally from Phomer via The Poularde:
A brilliant intake and outtake from "habitual masticatory exercises"!

Observe. Slow down. Shoot. Submit.

Friday, December 5, 2014


During an interview with a fashion magazine in 2009 when answering the question: "Do you have any mottos?" kate answered “Nothing tastes as good skinny feels”. Her response - quite rightly - spawned a slew of complaints from body image campaigners, who claimed that such a statement encouraged eating disorders.

While walking through the streets of NY last night, observing just protestors, something out-of-place was observed in a trash can.
Walking towards the trash can ...
At first it was the red mask that caught our attention. Then something else ...

Upon closer inspection it appeared to be a student’s art project that had been abandoned. 

This is probably iskm’s most disheartening submission to the project. Not only have we always been offended by the idea of kate and her language promoting negative body image, but given that 5 years on her words still resonate is so problematic.

The fact that this student decided to give up on such an effort is disconcerting. iskm’s hope is that this artist not only has the opportunity to have a forum through this project to explore more deeply this topic but also that they have the strength of conviction to find their voice.

We are going to see if we can find the creator of this work given the trash can's proximity to a nearby college … in the meantime, all iskm can do is point you towards Thin, a powerful project by Lauren Greenfield.
Observe. Slow Down. Shoot. Submit.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Buy Buy

A wonderful submission received today, apparently taken in a physical store (don't you know it is Cyber Monday and you are supposed to be shopping from your computers people!?!)
Observe. Slow Down. Shoot. Submit.