Honkey Kong – when commercial photography is fun.

©Christian Åslund, from the series “Honkey Kong”

I’ve been following Christian Åslund, a Swedish editorial and commercial photographer,  around the internet off and on all semester for a social media marketing project. In addition to learning that it is really hard to learn anything about an established photographer by their social media presence — Åslund maintains very small presences here and there around the web — I’ve had the pleasure of seeing from very good work form this guy.

©Christian Åslund

©Christian Åslund

That is a cool picture. I kind of want to be her right now, as long as I can ignore my ridiculous fear of heights.

The project of his that made me laugh, though, is called “Honkey Kong – a photographic tribute to classic 2D platform video games.” The whole series is a playful and colorful, and an example of how drone photography is changing our available (and expected) photographic perspectives. The whole series is available at that link, but here are a few of my favorites from the series:

©Christian Åslund

©Christian Åslund

I love the way the woman’s face on the screen plays with location and distortion here – it reminds me of the feel of reading 1Q84.

©Christian Åslund

©Christian Åslund

Bird on a wire. Simple, graphically strong, fun. This project was shot for a show company called Jim Rickey – I love it when advertising imagery is smart, fun, and technically skilled.

As for social media as a photographer, I’m still figuring that out. Many successful photographers don’t use it at all. Those of us just staring out don’t have that luxury. It is so easy to be obnoxious. repetitive, derivative, boring…it’s a lot to think about and plan. Very little of the class I took this semester was applicable to photography, and there wasn’t any kind of platform for class discussion, so I didn’t get nearly as much out of it as I was hoping. Fortunately, there are lots of photographers out there who talk about social media. I think for a while I want to get back to the basics –

Just go take pictures.

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