What is the wavelength of black colour?

July 9, 2014

Thinking about the question why people like or even prefer black-white photography (if they do?) I was wondering about the question “what is the wavelength of black colour?”

Yahoo answers offers plenty of ideas, of which akm69‘s seemed the best explained to me, God knows if it is correct, but it sounds very interesting and it may be correct:

“In physics, a black body is an idealized object that absorbs all electromagnetic radiation that falls on it. No electromagnetic radiation passes through it and none is reflected. Because no light (visible electromagnetic radiation) is reflected or transmitted, the object appears black when it is cold. However, a black body emits a temperature-dependent spectrum of light. This thermal radiation from a black body is termed black-body radiation.

At room temperature, black bodies emit mostly infrared wavelengths, but as the temperature increases past a few hundred degrees Celsius, black bodies start to emit visible wavelengths, appearing red, orange, yellow, white, and blue with increasing temperature. By the time an object is white, it is emitting substantial ultraviolet radiation.

The visible spectrum is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to (can be detected by) the human eye. Electromagnetic radiation in this range of wavelengths is called visible light or simply light. A typical human eye will respond to wavelengths from about 380 to 750 nm”


This matches with the idea of Chinese and Japanese ink-painters that sumie (ink) being produced from charcoal contains all colors at once, there we can imagine any color when looking at a black-white image.

Hmm, if nothing more than that: a very poetic explanation!

Josiane Keller - bar six hours after owner was shot dead

Josiane Keller “bar six hours after owner was shot dead” (2014)

Josiane Keller - bar eighteen hours after owner was shot dead

Josiane Keller “bar eighteen hours after owner was shot dead” (2014)

Josiane Keller - bar seven days after owner was shot dead

Josiane Keller “bar seven days after owner was shot dead” (2014)

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Homage to my grandfather

July 6, 2014

I had the most amazing grandfather in the whole world. No less. He was also a photographer (next to about a hundred other things, most of them art- or craft- related).

Today I took some pictures he would have very much enjoyed.

So here, an homage to my wonderful, wonderful grandfather:

Josiane Keller - homage to my grandfather


Josiane Keller “homage to my grandfather” (2014)

Josiane Keller - homage to my grandfather 2

Josiane Keller “homage to my grandfather 2″ (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Daucus carota

Josiane Keller “Daucus carota” (2014)


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New pics: changing studio, a shot bar owner and a cat

July 2, 2014


Josiane Keller - changing studio


Josiane Keller “changing studio” (2014)

Josiane Keller - bar six hours after owner was shot dead

Josiane Keller “bar six hours after owner was shot dead” (2014)

Josiane Keller - bar eighteen hours after owner was shot dead

Josiane Keller “bar eighteen hours after owner was shot dead” (2014)

 Josiane Keller - cat cleaning

Josiane Keller “cat cleaning” (2014)

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Difficult picture: Dreamtime

June 29, 2014

New pic. Difficult because in one image extreme light situation from very dark to extremely bright.

Josiane Keller - dreamtime

Josiane Keller “dreamtime” (2014)

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New pictures of my trip through America

June 26, 2014

Josiane Keller - birthday cake

Josiane Keller “birthday cake” (2014)

 Josiane Keller - animal bench

Josiane Keller “animal bench” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Schutzengel crossing the road

Josiane Keller “Schutzengel crossing the road” (2014)

 Josiane Keller - meter

Josiane Keller “meter” (2014)

Josiane Keller - squirrel with mange

Josiane Keller “squirrel with mange” (2014)

Josiane Keller - photographer with paper monocle

Josiane Keller “photographer with paper monocle” (2014)

I love these guys, so fascinating:

Josiane Keller - eight ants

Josiane Keller “eight ants” (2014)

Josiane Keller - ten ants

Josiane Keller “ten ants” (2014)

Josiane Keller - twelve ants

Josiane Keller “twelve ants” (2014)

Remember this one?

Josiane Keller - dead earth worm - film still

Josiane Keller “dead earth worm – film still ‘I anyways live until I die” (2014)

so today I got the real deal:

Josiane Keller - dead earth worm 2

Josiane Keller “dead earth worm 2″ (2014)

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June 23, 2014

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Zen spam and Jan Svankmajers “Death of Stalinism in Bohemia” (1990)

June 21, 2014

Finally! I was waiting for it, and here it is: you all know how much I love a good, juicy piece of weird, totally bizarre spam, so bizarre that it actually is a great thinking-piece. Sadly enough most spam I get is for designer handbags and fake Rolex, neither is of ANY interest to me, so I generally delete it without publication.

But once and a while I get a piece of Zen spam poetry, like this one here, worth sharing with the world:

“Danke by Yourself für eine Further Exceptional posting. Wo von else may Well everybody acquire, Type details in nur these Art Of eine sought After course von composing? Ich include eine Präsentation up Coming 7 Tage, und Im bei der search für Individuals articles.”

Matching with this kind of technical despair (wait a minute, the original idea was to convince me to buy something, no?) here a wonderful film by grand-master Jan Svankmajer: “The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia” (1990). Enjoy:


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2012 LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) exhibition: Daido Moriyama

June 20, 2014

Once again writing a massive application and have no time to entertain BLOG readers with my own work, but meanwhile read the article on the Daido Moriyama exhibition from 2012 at LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art) , because it is such an interesting point he is making here.

Yes, I did write about it already on March 1st, sorry, but I like the topic, so I decided to repeat my self because it mentions his “arebureboke” (Jap. ‘grainy, blurry, out-of-focus‘) theory (really, you remember? Good BLOG reader!):

“(…) Fracture: Daido Moriyama presents a range of the artist’s black-and-white photographs, exemplifying the radical aesthetic of are, bure, boke (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus), as well as the debut of recent color work taken in Tokyo. A selection of his photo books—Moriyama has published more than forty to date—highlights the artist’s experiments with reproduction media and the transformative possibilities of the printed page.  Moriyama’s achievements convey the artist’s boldly intuitive exploration of urban mystery, memory, and photographic invention. (…)”


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Brief Interlude: Mark Sandiford “Why White People Are Funny” (2006)

June 20, 2014

The irony… Watch National Film Board of Canada, Mark Sandiford “Why White People Are Funny” (2006):


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Brief Interlude: to celebrate a very special person: Bruce Springsteen “Tougher Than The Rest” and “If I Should Fall Behind”

June 19, 2014

Today, to celebrate and incredible amazing wonderful person in my life, here to sing along, Bruce Springsteen “Tougher Than The Rest”:


to sing along lyrics here:

“Tougher Than The Rest”

Well it’s Saturday night
You’re all dressed up in blue
I been watching you awhile
Maybe you been watching me too
So somebody ran out
Left somebody’s heart in a mess
Well if you’re looking for love
Honey I’m tougher than the rest
Some girls they want a handsome Dan
Or some good-lookin’ Joe, on their arm
Some girls like a sweet-talkin’ Romeo
Well ’round here baby
I learned you get what you can get
So if you’re rough enough for love
Honey I’m tougher than the rest
The road is dark
And it’s a thin thin line
But I want you to know I’ll walk it for you any time
Maybe your other boyfriends
Couldn’t pass the test
Well if you’re rough and ready for love
Honey I’m tougher than the restWell it ain’t no secret
I’ve been around a time or two
Well I don’t know baby maybe you’ve been around too
Well there’s another dance
All you gotta do is say yes
And if you’re rough and ready for love
Honey I’m tougher than the rest
If you’re rough enough for love
Baby I’m tougher than the rest


and “If I Should Fall Behind”:


to sing along also these lyrics right here:

“If I Should Fall Behind”

We said we’d walk together baby come what may
That come the twilight should we lose our way
If as we’re walking a hand should slip free
I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for meWe swore we’d travel darlin’ side by side
We’d help each other stay in stride
But each lover’s steps fall so differently
But I’ll wait for you
And if I should fall behind
Wait for meNow everyone dreams of a love lasting and true
But you and I know what this world can do
So let’s make our steps clear that the other may see
And I’ll wait for you
If I should fall behind
Wait for meNow there’s a beautiful river in the valley ahead
There ‘neath the oak’s bough soon we will be wed
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me
Darlin’ I’ll wait for you
Should I fall behind
Wait for me


more info here: http://brucespringsteen.net/

and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Springsteen

oh, and he is already married to Patti Scialfa, sorry folks!


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Troublemakers by Henri Langlois and the Cassini Solstice Mission versus “I anyways live until I die / The Planets”

June 16, 2014

Co-founder and director of the Cinémathèque Française  http://www.cinematheque.fr/  Henri Langlois said: “An art form requires genius. People of genius are always troublemakers, meaning they start from scratch, demolish accepted norms, and rebuild a new world.”

Yeah, well. Doesn’t make things any easier, does it?

Chris Marker - La Jetee -1963

Chris Marker “La Jetee” (1963)

More info on Henri Langlois here:


Cinematheque info here:


And here, by chance, someone sent me an amazing NASA footage of the Cassini Solstice Mission:


more info here:


compare with my intro clip “The Planets” of “I anyways live until I die”:

Josiane Keller - The Planets (six stills)

Josiane Keller “The Planets – six stills” (2014)


Password:       Saturn

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Who is the doll? at Portland Art Museum (2012) by (to me) unknown photographer and current concerns summed up (thank God for Daido Moriyama!)

June 14, 2014

Josiane Keller - who is the doll

 “who is the doll?” (2014)

The above photo inclusive the reflection is mine, but the one photographed is not. I saw it in 2012 at Portland Art Museum http://www.portlandartmuseum.org/, but the I know neither the original title, nor the author of the original photograph (if you do, never hold back and share the wisdom!)

I just looked at it once more today and thought it is a very interesting image illustrating the question I was thinking about: what is the difference between a photograph of a person or a photograph of a figure of a person?

Josiane Keller - Das Riesenfräulein

Josiane Keller “Das Riesenfräulein” (2014)

I just today wrote a summary of my recent concerns to a former prof of mine, which would be these:

I am more and more thinking about the difference, a photo of a figure (of a person) or a photo of a person, and tied into this question: why look at a photo of a person versus the person?
That whilst also trying to be true to my own visual experience, which is naturally very blurry, because I am nearsighted since childhood, and anyways faceblind.
Regarding painting people went through the whole business with impressionism and then expressionism, questioning what they see and how to express it and finally reached that point that they anyways don’t bother working on what and how they physically see but are now using it more like traffic signs.
But with some very few examples in photography people stick still to it has to be this and that lens and time and we need flash to get it all crisp, well lit and by God not blurry.
These photos have very little to do with how things really looks like, and similar as in ceramic the focus seems to have gotten stuck on how to do something versus why to do something as a motivation as well as to achieve such and such reaction with it.
Thank God for Daido Moriyama.
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A photography tutorial and four new “kid’s choir” images

June 11, 2014

Besides taking some sort of a “summer break” and dealing with S.T.U.F.F. I had a tutorial with my friend Mark, the photographer, which is always very helpful when I seem to stand in front of a sort of “wall” and don’t know the next step.

Here the result, four new images from original “kid’s choir”, much happier with it now:

Josiane Keller - kid's choir

Josiane Keller “kid’s choir 1″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - kid's choir 2

Josiane Keller “kid’s choir 2″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - kid's choir 3

Josiane Keller “kid’s choir 3″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - kid's choir 4

Josiane Keller “kid’s choir 4″ (2014)


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Niels Birbaumer talks about therapie of psychopaths through neuro-feedback (in German)

June 9, 2014

Here a most interesting  talk of Austrian Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Niels Birbaumer on therapy of psychopaths through neurofeedback (in German):


Prof. Niels Birbaumer

Prof. Niels Birbaumer © N. Birbaumer

Read here what wiki has to say on Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Niels Birbaumerhttp://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_Birbaumer

and here his link at the Uni Tuebingen:


Most interesting!

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Everything I could possibly want to say about this day summed up in one photograph: turkey 2010

June 7, 2014

Everything I could possibly say about to day is perfectly summed up in this photograph here:

Josiane Keller - turkey 2010


Josiane Keller “turkey” (2010)

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Four new America photos, one of them of a funeral home director’s funeral

June 6, 2014

Josiane Keller - kid's choir

Josiane Keller “kid’s choir” (2014)

Josiane Keller - 5th grade graduation

Josiane Keller “5th grade graduation” (2014)

Josiane Keller - funeral home director's funeral

Josiane Keller “funeral home director’s funeral” (2014)

Josiane Keller - funeral home horse

Josiane Keller “funeral home horse” (2014)

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Ian Walker and a documentary about psychopath Sam Vaknin “Sam, the Psychopath / I, Psychopath”

June 2, 2014

Has anyone of you seen the movie “Gas Light” with Ingrid Bergman? It describes the kind of experience when one might frequently, whilst going through it, stops and thinks “But this can’t be really true, this ONLY happens in bad movies.”

Let me correct it then: in very good movies, actually:


George Cukor Ingrid Bergman - Gas Light - 1944

George Cukor/Ingrid Bergman / Charles Boyer “Gas Light” (1944)

watch the scene of the still above here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZMoIZPC5NA

The entertaining bit is: Charles Boyer is so beautifully blase in this movie, you’ll just love to hate him.

I came across this man, Sam Vaknin, who puts out plenty of ‘narcissists – and how to deal with them’ online advise.

It sounds all quite plausible and interesting.

But then I came across a documentary about Sam Vaknin by film maker Ian Walker.

And this is by far the scariest thing I have seen in a long time.

And for that simple reason I decided to post it here on this BLOG:


more info on the film maker here:



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American Gothic B and C, Grant Wood’s version, three graces and Samson

June 1, 2014

Josiane Keller - American Gothic B

Josiane Keller “American Gothic B” (2014)

Josiane Keller - American Gothic C

Josiane Keller “American Gothic C” (2014)

Alright, to compare: look here at Grant Wood’s original:

Grant Wood - American Gothic 1930

Grant Wood  “American Gothic” (1930)

Josiane Keller - three graces

Josiane Keller “three graces” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Samson

Josiane Keller “Samson” (2014)

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Two Dr. Maya Angelou interview clips, only to listen once more to that beautiful voice

May 28, 2014

To celebrate the beautiful voice of Maya Angelou I picked two clips (out of… xyz plenty!!!) from an interview with the NVLP (National Visionary Leadership Project) http://www.visionaryproject.org/angeloumaya/

these only to tune into that beautiful voice:



… and perhaps even more than that.

Her homepage is here: http://mayaangelou.com/


An article about “Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me” by Garth Clark in Cfile online

May 26, 2014

Hurrah, it is finally done! As you will read in Garth Clark’s introduction, this did take a while to be completed… but here it is now and I am admittedly majorly proud and very grateful!

 Josiane Keller - Kathryn painted standing by a wall

Josiane Keller “Kathryn painted standing by a wall” (2014)

Read the article in Cfile online,

part 1:


part 2:


and the commentary I wrote:


(Ahh, if only you could see me beam with pride….!)

Successful completion of stop-motion animation “I anyways live until I die” – 7 minutes 8 seconds long!

May 24, 2014

I can hardly believe it, I did manage in time to meet the Fantoche deadline: “I anyways live until I die” was completed last night, it is 7 proud minutes and 8 seconds long and if you know anything about stop motion animation you realize: that is a lot!!!

I uploaded to the festival application site, now it is all  a question of luck, taste, the constellation of the starts at the time of my birth and many other known and unknown factors.

Josiane Keller - I anyways live until I die - 6 film stills

Josiane Keller “I anyways live until I die – 6 film stills” (2014)

Here you can see six stills from the film: The Planets (origin of life), The Fetus (life prior to birth), The Swing and Work in the Rain (childhood), Galloping Horses (adult life) and The Whale (death).

Musical support came from: Aurelain Beciug, Madeline Healey, and my own stuff, voice-over Racoonmask 257, camera assistant: The Mungo and plenty of ceramic figures made by myself. Technical means: light-box, OHP and my dear old pottery wheel, of course.

I am exhausted, glad that it is finished (at last!) and thrilled, at this point whilst only hours ago I claimed “Never again!” I am thinking about new film ideas, but time will tell.

For today it’s definitely party time!

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Editing Sound for “The Planets” – three days to go! and NASA Voyager space sounds

May 21, 2014

As ever: you thought, “ahh she is soo lazy, sitting in the sun sipping Martinis!”

NOOOOOO!!! WRONG!!! Sitting in the darkness of my studio, trying to deal with the musician kid living above me who tends to record when I want to record, but none can afford soundproof room for doing so…. recording and editing the last missing clip of “I anyways live until I die” which is showing the planets in the universe turning and making hellish loud noise doing so.

You don’t believe me?

Listen to this, NASA Voyager space sounds:


I’m absolutely loving it!!!

Trying now to come up with something equivalent, which of course it totally impossibly, but still very fun, a huge salad bowl and my Japanese koto are involved, I can tell you that much and show you this for now:

Josiane Keller - editing sound for the planets

Josiane Keller “editing sound for The Planets” (2014)

Other than that no images, as this work is all about sound right now.

With some luck I can mange to complete it til Saturday, which is the deadline for FANTOCHE, wish me luck, guys!


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Eight weekend shots and five stages from the story of Snow White

May 20, 2014

Last weekend I met many girls that for some reason all looked like variations of Snow White

Snow White in the castle of her childhood: 

Josiane Keller - mask

 Josiane Keller “mask” (2014)

Snow White thinking over her fate and deciding its time to leave the castle:

Josiane Keller - untitled 3

Josiane Keller “untitled 3″ (2014)

Snow White in the house of the dwarfs, doing household chores there:

Josiane Keller - Snow White making coffee

Josiane Keller “Snow White making coffee” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Gumby

Josiane Keller “Gumby” (2014)

Josiane Keller - medusa

Josiane Keller “medusa” (2014)

Snow White being saved by the prince and riding, well, driving off to her happy wedding and ever after:

Josiane Keller - On Sunday

Josiane Keller “On Sunday” (2014)

These folks had a blast when they saw me crouching in the pavement taking pictures of that dandelion, upon which a lengthy and animated discussion about the purpose and various forms of visual art followed. Absolutely wonderful, sweet people!!

Josiane Keller - door

Josiane Keller “door” (2014)

Snow White landing a huge bestseller contract with ABRAMS writing her memoirs:

Josiane Keller - thumb

Josiane Keller “thumb” (2014)

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Another hospital visit

May 17, 2014

Well. Another hospital visit.

Josiane Keller - two toy cars

Josiane Keller “two toy cars” (2014)

Josiane Keller - white toy car

Josiane Keller “white toy car” (2014)

Josiane Keller - hands

Josiane Keller “hands” (2014)

Josiane Keller - two lines

Josiane Keller “two lines” (2014)

Josiane Keller - phone call in the hospital bed

Josiane Keller “phone call in the hospital bed” (2014)

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Shopping bag Madonna, William Holman Hunt and eye

May 15, 2014

Tricky picture, the “shopping bag Madonna”, the girl has such a strong atmosphere, but she is simply a tic to pretty. See “Anders Petersen-workshop discussion” from a couple of weeks ago…

it looks like a fashion shoot…

Josiane Keller - shopping bag Madonna

Josiane Keller “shopping bag Madonna” (2014)

Or a preraphaelite painting, one by Holman Hunt:

William Holman Hunt - The Afterglow in Egypt - 1863

William Holman Hunt “The Afterglow in Egypt” (1863)

some info, if you are new to him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Holman_Hunt

Hmmm. How to fix that static, allegoric feel of this?

Josiane Keller - shopping bag Madonna 3

Josiane Keller “shopping bag Madonna 3″ (2014)

still a bit of that composed feel, but I’m telling you: she was really just standing there, honestly!

Josiane Keller - shopping bag Madonna 4

Josiane Keller “shopping bag Madonna 4″ (2014)

Hmm. So-so. A tic better. Well, maybe not my best work, fair enough.

Instead this one came out right and was easy to do:

Josiane Keller - eye

Josiane Keller “eye” (2014)

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A Christening

May 13, 2014

I had the pleasure to be invited to attend a christening of my friend’s little boy.

These are some impressions of it.

Josiane Keller - christening

Josiane Keller “christening” (2014)

Josiane Keller - christening 2

Josiane Keller “christening 2″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - christening 3

Josiane Keller “christening 3″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - christening 4

Josiane Keller “christening 4″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - christening 5

Josiane Keller “christening 5″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - christening 6

Josiane Keller “christening 6″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - christening 7

Josiane Keller “christening 7″ (2014)

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Fritz Schumann’s : “The Valley of the Dolls” and Ayano Tsukimi’s Doll-village

May 8, 2014

If you have not seen this video by Fritz Schumann yet watch it now: Ayano Tuskimi’s (64) Doll Village in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on the Japanese island Shikoku:


Fritz Schumann - Valley of Dolls - Ayano Tsukimi

Fritz Schumann “Valley of Dolls /Ayano Tsukimi” (2013)

read more about it all in this article here: http://emptylighthouse.com/ayano-tsukimi-makes-dolls-tributes-dead-video

and here Fritz Schumann’s own website:



Finally a successful picture, but it’s sad and embarrassing

May 7, 2014

Well, I asked for it and I got it.

Finally a good photograph, although it is sad and embarrassing. It is called “crying” but I might as well call it “a weak moment”. In fact the last two weeks were a bit on the trying side, a good friend of mine, another photographer, is not doing too well. It goes a bit close to the heart and there is oh so little I can do to help. Great. Not enough sleep does not improve the case either.

So, since recently I was approached by two of my Japanese friends that complained about feeling too “shy” to have their pictures taken, and I am doing my best to convince them there is nothing to be shy about I guess I should myself not chicken out and likewise show something what I otherwise might prefer to hide as well. Interesting enough I have no hesitation to take or show nude photographs of me, but when it comes to tears, that’s a different story.

Oh well. Fair is fair.

Josiane Keller - crying

Josiane Keller “crying” (2014)

Hospital visit and some not super-successful pictures

May 7, 2014

My friend, a photographer, is in hospital. I am trying since days to get a good picture. Not easy. Now sure so far about these. I took one, which is a classical portrait style and very beautiful as is, only I am not sure if I want to take such a picture anyways, it has more an atmosphere like an oil painting:

Josiane Keller - Mark with polkadot-blankie

Josiane Keller “Mark with polkadot-blankie” (2014)

This one is better in terms of feeling, but not as good as a picture:

Josiane Keller - hospital rumba

Josiane Keller “hospital rumba” (2014)

Maybe, for time being, I stick with this one of the aquarium (why are aquarium pictures always so easy…? I guess because they are a natural kind of blurry and layered to being with):

Josiane Keller - hospital aquarium

Josiane Keller “hospital aquarium” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Mark

Josiane Keller “Mark” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Mark 2

Josiane Keller “Mark 2″ (2014)

I can’t say that I got it yet on this project. Gosh, all that focus!! Doesn’t match with my near-nearsightedness at all. Alright, I will keep trying.

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Two dogs

May 5, 2014

Told you I have plenty of dogs in my town, and many of them pit-bulls. Oh well. These two are actually very sweet, – and most photogenic:

Josiane Keller - two dogs 5

Josiane Keller “two dogs 5″ (2014)

osiane Keller - two dogs 2

Josiane Keller “two dogs 2″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - two dogs 3

Josiane Keller “two dogs 3″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - two dogs 4

Josiane Keller “two dogs 4″ (2014)

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New photos of a mean dog and a good friend and editing “the Planets”

May 5, 2014

Working on some more “America”-photos, incredible how many not so nice dogs are in my town! Well, SOME are very nice, I should say. But it is best to be careful. Yep, as I tried to explain it to the Anders Petersen-workshop-organzier: I live in a rough, tough city and even if there is plenty of inspiration for street photography I would prefer to live some sweet and nice place, I guess.

This is a picture of a dog that initially looked friendly, but soon turned out to be a barking mean beast. Oh well. This picture was taken just a second before he may have had a change of mind and I am most grateful there was this fence between the two of us.

What creeps me out and at the same time is interesting is that he has the most human-like eyes to me:

Josiane Keller - dog

Josiane Keller “dog” (2014)

This is my friend, I have not asked him if I may publish his name or not, so for time being I skip it, goofing around. He did a ton of poses for me, mainly complaining that he hated having his picture taken (I do not want to hear that sentence ANY MORE, guys! I am a photographer and if you hang out with me the chances that sooner or later I will shuff a camera in your face is pretty high!)

When he made this pose I thought it would be useless as it looked way too googly-eyes racist stereo-type and then working my shots over I realized that would be exactly the point of this shot, I HOPE you all can see the irony (but one never knows, so I better explain it here with showing the picture!)

Josiane Keller - my friend

Josiane Keller “my friend” (2014)

Further I am editing the footage from “The Planets” and hope to be finished with the whole project very soon.

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New pictures: Japan, America and at last the proof: the Apollo mission was a hoax after all!! – Look at my stills from ‘The Planets’!!!

May 2, 2014

New pictures fresh from life and a little less fresh are here:

osiane Keller - little giant - 2010

Josiane Keller “little giant” (2010)


Josiane Keller - sleep

Josiane Keller “sleep” (2014)


Josiane Keller - room

Josiane Keller “room” (2014)

and here:

Josiane Keller - hospital stairs

Josiane Keller “hospital stairs” (2014)

Happy news: the footage for the last clip of “I anyways live until I die” worked out well, so beautiful footage with a simple method, this clearly proves the Apollo Mission was a hoax after all, and it also suggest to consider a special space animation for the future. Have a look, six stills from “The Planets”:

Josiane Keller - The Planets (six stills)

Josiane Keller “The Planets – six stills” (2014)

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A picture swap for one friend, a last memory of another: 最後の – saigo no 2010 and a clip about the making of Jacob Aue Sobol’s project “Arrivals and Departures” (2012)

April 30, 2014

Full of pride I sent my friend a link to one of my favorite pictures – of him, expecting the only the best.

Instead he wrote me back he found it a very good photograph in artistic terms with a wonderfully surreal atmosphere, but little did I know he does not like his face, and that means he REALLY does not like his face, at all, and that has been the case from early childhood on, it’s his thing so to speak, and so he hoped I had not shown it to anyone and he really wishes I would take it down.

Oh dear. Well. We are not talking just somebody I caught in a crowd out on the street. This is about a good friend of mine and a picture I took as a portrait of him in a Cafe (as I tend to take so many pictures in Cafe’s all over the world).

Well, I told him his face looks completely normal, by “normal” I mean of course interesting enough that it can be substance of an excellent shot or many more, of only he would let me, and that the picture also represents him in the way I see him, a very talented, deep and interesting artist, the perfect portrait. And what if every one would come up and complain about not looking perfectly in this and the other shot and demanding to take it down? Oh dear!!! (Do you need model release forms for street photography? I thought so far NO… ?*)

But of course, in this case if he wants it down he wants it down and there is no way to make more of a debate of it. Too bad!!!

I grief over this shot, that’s for sure.

And of course his feelings about it being what they are I can’t show it to you, nor can I show which one I replaced it with, as it would give him away and I conclude he might not like that either.

And so, once again, I had to come up with a replacement picture. Perhaps this is a typical case? People who hate how they look like and do not want their picture taken at all? (Honestly, I know the man since years, I had no idea he felt that way and I promise you, there is nothing abut his face that indicates he might think that way, had he not told me now!)

That would be another interesting figure project: “people who hate their picture taken because they feel they look odd in some ways”.

And by looking through my folders I came across another photograph I had not even looked at, although it perfectly represents my lost friend, the one about the film “I anyways live until I die” is, in his shop, cooking for all the lost souls with empty stomach around him, and little did I know at the time it would be the last time I would take such a photograph of him doing that, which is why I titled it “last time” and put it at the end of the Japan 2011 album, although it was taken considering a time line, at the beginning of that stay then. But memory works that way: when something important is passed we realized it was the last time, but it is over already:

Josiane Keller - 最後の - saigo no

Josiane Keller 最後の – saigo no” (2010)

As for last night’s throwing of a planet on the pottery-wheel, as it turned out my clay was despite initial checking way too hard and I had first work it and then went to bed being late, so we will see what happens tonight!

Meanwhile you may (or may not) be eagerly awaiting the images of the making of “The Planets” watch this interesting clip by Sun Hee Engelstoft on Danish Photographer Jacob Aue Sobol shooting pictures from his project from 2012: “Arrivals and Departures” from Moscow to Beijing:


*Generally from what I found out about this topic so far, I need NO model release form (that means agreement) of any model in street photography or taken on public places, that is used as Art Photography or Photojournalism as opposed to for commercial use, which would be for instance within advertising or on stationary or coffee-mugs etc.

Still… I can hardly whack “my legal right” into my friend’s face if he asks me not to show this picture. Ahhh, too bad! What a wonderful photograph the world will never ever get to enjoy! Oh well.

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A memory: The Lincoln Brother-Kiss 2013, my photography versus German Expressionist art and throwing a planet on the pottery-wheel

April 29, 2014

One picture has to go into the album, and it is this one, it is actually a “version 3″, technically, but I wasn’t too picky with the title this time.

These are the puppets of puppeteer/musician Mike Bradley, who we had the pleasure to work with last year. The picture stems form an improvisation with his set of numerous Abraham Lincoln puppets.

Josiane Keller - The Lincoln Brothers-Kiss - 2013

Josiane Keller “The Lincoln Brothers-Kiss” (2013)

Please compare with the famous Brezhnev-Honecker-Kiss from 1979 by Regis Bossu:

Regis Bossu - Brezhnev-Honecker kiss

Regis Bossu “Brezhnev-Honecker kiss” (1979)

If you are too young or have other reasons not to know about this photo you can read up on it for example here:


I had to overwork the photo above between putting it up the first time and what you see now so it would really make sense with what I am trying to work on right now, but the story behind the picture is very important for my time in America, so it is essential to be represented there.

What I tried to explain to the Anders-Petersen-in Toscana-workshop-organizer is if you want to sing Jazz you have to live Jazz.

I said so before, but this fabulous statement is actually not my own but stems from my friend and saxophone player Piers Quick.

The point is: I cannot make atmospheric photographs of interesting people and not be involved with them in any way at all. Just passing through. I mean, of course I CAN, but I do not want to. I somehow think it is missing the point. Of course, sometimes life throws us places we do not really interact as much as in other places, but are forced to stick around for a while, but I think even in that case one should reflect exactly this then.

Josiane Keller - photos and expressionism

Josiane Keller “photos and expressionism” (2014)

And after I have now been thinking really a couple of months at least about the specific type of photography I want to make, am making, try to make, how to make it I realized that after all the photography and with that all those photographers I like and admire who currently or in the past too have been doing it, all have a certain style that has many parallels to the paintings, perhaps ale sculptures of German Expressionism.

The idea just came to me a couple of days ago, passed me up, and today I am picking around in it. I want to prove it simple style by juxtaposing a couple of famous expressionist paintings with some photos, and hopefully I can prove my point.

But that has to happen tomorrow the earliest, as now I have to complete the last clip for my animated film “I anyways live until I die” in particular “The Planets” and it requires me throwing a round shape on the pottery wheel, which is a little messy and takes a little time, so that is it for right now and right here.

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new photos or old photos updated

April 28, 2014

Checking through my portfolio and wondering if it’s good enough as is, with the result that I think it’s NOT good enough, so I added some (one) and swapped two.

This one is new (old):

Josiane Keller - teeth - 2009

Josiane Keller “teeth” (2009)

this one was changed (I had the choice to show the mouth or the eye, I think the eye works better and also makes sense with the meaning of this image, also that way it looks like there is also a clown’s nose, and THAT makes even more sense in this case…):

Josiane Keller - freedom versus liberty 2 - 2013

Josiane Keller “freedom versus liberty 2″ (2013)

and this one is swapped for a different one of the same model I had, but this is waaaaaaayyy more beautiful and powerful, so it has to be this one:

Josiane Keller - a man

Josiane Keller “a man” (2013)

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Four new photographs for America album

April 27, 2014

Well, as the titles says, four new ones, right here:

Josiane Keller - mermaid ballpen tattoo

Josiane Keller “mermaid ballpen tattoo” (2014)

I trained for a couple of weeks with a famous tattoo artist, totally oblivious to the fact that the tattoo-world is about ten times as cut-throat as the dance-world and about twenty times as cut-throat as the visual arts world. This only as a rough estimate to give you an idea about the mood. After about two, three weeks the wife of a co-owner complained about my existence in the shop, and based her displeasure on the fact that I had not enough tattoos. The one tattoo I have was made by my sensei, of course, as that is how we met basically, and since he knows exactly what he is doing and I had spent enough time prior to the execution to think about what I wanted him to do personally I think this is the one and only tattoo I need and it is perfect and sufficient. More true reason may have been that the lady was the only woman in that shop and firmly decided to stay the only woman there. My friend and me gave up on the lessons, and are waiting for him to open his own shop…

Meanwhile I am restricted to ballpen tattoos and specializing in mermaids in action as seen above.

Josiane Keller - yawning cat

Josiane Keller “yawning cat” (2014)

This very black cat was sitting by the window in a very white house, originally fascinated by a little sparrow outside teasing her, but eventually the bird left and the cat may have gotten tired over it all anyways.

Josiane Keller - invisible conversation

Josiane Keller “invisible conversation” (2014)

This lady was talking to her laptop in a Cafe, joking and laughing with it for hours and changed places, bringing her laptop and her invisible conversation along. It seemed like a performance for the people in the Cafe, and perhaps it was, I am not sure, nothing to the matter had been announced.

Josiane Keller - girl with a pearl earring

Josiane Keller “girl with a pearl earring” (2014)

This image, of course is the extension of the famous Vermeer painting, or one could also say “what happened later”. To compare, about twenty years earlier:

 Johannes Vermeer - The Girl with the Pearl Earring 1665

Johannes Vermeer “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” (1665)

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Four new photographs, Schubert String Quintet In C, Op. 163, D 956 – 2. Adagio, a tricky decision, two more pictures and one extra: Ewaipanoma

April 26, 2014

Four new photographs up.

Please look at them whilst also listening to this piece of music by Schubert, it fits very nicely (my opinion, but I can be incredibly conservative and I know it):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hPdIhTrd4 (*ignore that tacky video with it, this is only for sound!)

Josiane Keller - untitled - 2012

Josiane Keller “untitled” (2012)

Josiane Keller - Ewaipanoma 2

Josiane Keller “Ewaipanoma 2″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - T

Josiane Keller “T” (2014)

Josiane Keller - embryo light

Josiane Keller “embryo light” (2014)

Yesterday I also put up other pictures besides the ones featured in yesterday’s BLOG, but you need to look for yourself to find them (easy: “America-memory”!)

The reason why I did NOT feature them is… well, the old question: nude modelling online.

Last time I did so it skyrocketed my site-stats.

Basically that is a great thing. But not only to look at nudi-pics. I mean, I include them as with no clothes on I am pretty naked, that happens at least twice a day, to me as well as to many others, and for that reason I think it should be included in my photography. Some of the pictures are admittedly more sexual or arousing than others and that is a good thing, and has certainly also its place in life (hallelujah!) but I really want this to be only a part of my work and not the main reason to look at it.

There was also a big discussion yesterday between two very pretty, lush images to choose, both showing a perfect breast, but one really way more appetizing that the other. How funny, as ultimately we are all attracted to breast because that is where the food comes from. It is practically the very first thing in life after we are born we need to learn, the other stuff for quite some time happens automatic, not that one: “where is the food?”

Here is the food, in that thing. And for that reason it is designed in the most fantastic way human being can ever design anything. As otherwise nobody at the stage of freshly born would find it, bother to look for it or remember where it was.

But see above, that memory stays with us for life and I can choose to use it to lure sex-hungry internet surfers to my site with the help of machinery that knows how to detect what is a breast (how funny! Versus a face…!) or I can skip it.

I am not 100% decided on that one. For time being I went with the less lush version, that in it sefl is also a beautiful picture by the way. When I bring out my book I swear to God I will include the other one, as I am happy if there is the one person who buys a whole book for one single boob-photo!

But for time being let’s keep it at that.


And… one more:

Josiane Keller - ice cream face

Josiane Keller “ice cream face” (2013)

Josiane Keller - asphalt

Josiane Keller “asphalt” (2014)

and….one extra:

Josiane Keller - Ewaipanoma

Josiane Keller “Ewaipanoma” (2014)

Sometimes I think my photographs could all be stills from a Japanese horror movie, but maybe that’s the way I like it (subconsciously).

I mean actually this type:



headless creatures, with eyes and moth somewhere on the chest, they have various names and various locations, but for example here is something to read about it: http://powerandgender.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-ewaipanoma.html

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A brilliant idea (or is it?), postcode envy and reversed postcode envy and two more photographs

April 25, 2014

I have an idea.

The idea stems from exactly the conversation “WHY IS IT ERRATIC TO HOLD AN ANDERS PETERSEN WORKSHOP IN TOSCANA?”

I am thinking I should make a photobook (wow! BIG DREAMS!) of exactly that rotten ugly dangerous hopeless place where I am right now.

To compare with Toscana.

I guess the point is, I live here. Sad, but true. It is so sad I tend to avoid this truth and pretend I live somewhere waaaay nicer. But I don’t. I mean, I do hop here and there when there is a chance. Share my time. But still. When I am here I am right HERE. Tough.

And that leads into the conversation of “postcode envy” and “reversed postcode envy”.

‘Postcode envy’ refers to wanting to live and/or consequently pretend to live some place fashionable and posh, ‘reversed postcode envy’  means wanting and/or consequently pretending to live somewhere grim, rough, wild, adventurous, but ultimately not really safe and comfortable.

Throughout my whole gypsy life I have continuously encountered people who seemed to make a great deal out of either.

Particularly in connection with being an artist.

Whatever we think about it and conclude, for time being here two more photographs:

Josiane Keller - we're all crazy out here

Josiane Keller “we are all crazy out here” (2014)


Josiane Keller - liberty versus freedom 2014

Josiane Keller “liberty versus freedom” (2014)

And as for the rest time will tell.



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More comfortable in a depressed area of Europe, a totally perfect world and two new photos

April 24, 2014

The Anders Petersen-workshop communication is not finished yet it seems, but so far no new insights have been brought up, besides that the workshop organizer asked me:Would you be more comfortable if the workshop was taking place in a depressed area of Europe?”

YES!!! That is exactly my point! Of course. If you want to sing Jazz you also have to live Jazz.

It also turns out that the abbreviation of the workshop-organisation was called after “Totally Perfect World”. That is the issues right there: define “totally perfect”. My definition of “totally perfect” includes all the daily grind and grim I am surrounded by and it is not solved by ignoring all that. Would I prefer to live in a less difficult and challenging environment? Yes, certainly, that is tempting. But I need to think hard about that one. Because I think I might find it depressing as it would seem way too unreal and utopia. And for that I have never felt comfortable in what people consider a “perfect world”. I simply don’t share it, never have and possibly never will get to that point.

It is like the question: “would you like to be a child once again?” No, definitely not. That one is easy.


Anyways, new pics here, two of them for now:

Josiane Keller - untitled

Josiane Keller “untitled” (2014)

 Josiane Keller - untitled 2

Josiane Keller “untitled 2″ (2014)

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On which side is Anders Petersen? and “Vampire 4″

April 23, 2014

So everybody knows, one of my big heroes in photography is Mr. Anders Petersen, who is based in lovely, lovely Stockholm, http://www.anderspetersen.se/, if you think you do not know him, you do, for sure, as you all have seen Tom Waits’ cover for his album ‘RAIN DOGS’, right? This one:

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

Tom Waits (photo: Anders Petersen) “Rain Dogs” (1985)

Got it? See, I knew it! You can find the original photograph is Mr. Petersen’s album “Cafe Lehmitz” taken in  a down-and-out-pub in the late 60′s in Hamburg.

And generously so Mr. Petersen is teaching workshops.

So also this summer in Toscana in the lovely, lovely, lovely town of San Quirico d’Orcia (Siena). If you know anything about Europe and Italy, or Toscana you know one thing: it is beautiful, romantic, wonderful, relaxing, rural. At least, if it IS not really that, the people there try their hardest to make it LOOK that way.

Successfully so.

If you know anything about Mr. Petersen’s wonderful, wonderful photographs you know they tend to show the more quirky people in life on earth, those who show the beauty of life BECAUSE and not in spite of the fact that there is something about them OFF-BALANCE, one way or another.

I am very keen on studying on any workshop with this man. But after I put up the “America-memory”-album (“memory” is wishful thinking!) you can see where I live most of the time. And that has VERY Little in common with the beautiful, harmonious and lush life of a small Toscana-tourist town (they have a SPA there!)

To remember click here: http://www.josianekeller.com/category/america-memory/

I inquired now with the maestro himself as well as with the people who run the workshop, but although I got the loveliest and most friendly replies so far did not come to a really clear statement about my point. Perhaps I did not express myself clearly enough, that is possible, but I am not to keen to push the subject any further, as the last thing what I would want is piss off one of the great artists I am really keen on watching and watching and watching … and hopefully one day meeting in person!

But. I am interested in one thing: the workshop is taught by a person who’s subject matter is generally the down-and-out people and showing them from a more humanitarian perspective, or the seemingly normal people showing those from that angle they tend to prefer to hide, the side that does not fit in. And there is one thing the people on his pictures all have in common, if you ask me: they all have not a lot of money.

It is not that he is digging around in poverty, but the people and the depicted life and surrounding leads me to the conclusion if only they knew or had the choice they would, for instance, go on a week workshop, or possibly even just vacation, to San Quirico d’Orcia, but it is probably not going to happen for them, not for that price of this workshop (for one week) at least.

But now we shall all go there, a group of I think it is 14 students, to exactly that beautiful place and shall study Mr. Petersen’s style photography.

I am now thinking: if they have something even just near that subject matter in this wonderful place, they will make sure that some wealthy tourist will NOT encounter it. And if we do stumble across it, it would be even worse, as we stay only one week and can hardly say: “Do you have any chronic alcoholics in town, a run-down brothel or a couple of disabled children? We are happy to pay you a decent modelling fee, but we are the students from the Anders Petersen workshop and we need something a bit on the grim side to study Mr. Petersen’s famous style. Between lunch and dinner in our luxurious accommodation with Toscana country cooking and free wine.” GET REAL.

I mean, it will probably cause big round eyes, in the best case scenario.

Oh, I should point out: the workshop is quite expensive. It is do-able, but it is not the kind of price one just carelessly throws around with , in no case, I would say. So the people who worked all year long for their summer vacation might just go with the same money one month long back-packing in Thailand and feel they got more for their cash and once it is spent they have to go back to the treadmill for at  least another year. There is a very clear logical conclusion: if it cost that much then only those people will show up who happen to have that amount of money on the side to spend it on a 1 week photography workshop. And the people who I count into this group seem to vastly differ from the people Mr. Petersen shows in his photographs.

Of course, there are exceptions, always and so on, and as he himself pointed out to me wealth does not always guarantee a desensitized character. I am just wondering. And then I am also wondering one which side actually Mr. Petersen himself stands with that? He is famous for his kindness and humanism, his generosity and all sorts of great characteristics. Just I am wondering is he a part of the people he takes pictures of, or is he a tourist of misery after all? I want to doubt that as we all need our idols who keep us going if we only can believe it.

I am only wondering.

Personally, I do not like making work about people I don’t know and places I am not familiar with, as I think that is what postcards are for and I prefer more meaningful work, as that is the reason why I am making it in the first place: to make some sense of my life on earth.

That does not mean that I always like or love the people and place I deal with, but there is definitely a very close relationship one way or another and perhaps because it is so inevitable the work that comes from it is very intense. I could never make such pictures if I was just vacationing in a pretty spot on the map for a week with a couple of carefree friends. The outcome, so I am afraid, would look like an Abercrombie&Fitch catalog. Even so or perhaps because I would have a ton of fun and life might be very sweet for a change. It is very much desirable, but not what has been my subject matter in my work since years now, and that with good reason.

The question is: even though I adore the man and his photography … ahahah… projection -alert!!! I do not know him, so how could I adore him? Alright: I like ONLY his photos, there. So since I am very intrigued by his photography the purpose to chunk out that amount of money is to study with him his style of photography and NOT to meet a bunch of nice like minded friends and eat pasta and drink wine every evening.  I do not need to pay that much money for that and somehow although I always love meeting new people, it is currently not my priority, but instead pushing my work forwards is. Would that happen in this surrounding?

So. That is what I am thinking about these last days and have not decided yet what to do.

Meanwhile I am, parallel so to speak, pondering over my “Vampire” image, coming up now with a fourth variation:

Josiane Keller - vampire 4

Josiane Keller “Vampire 4″ (2014)




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